Update on the latest in sports:
Ravens top Texans
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens have their first winning streak since taking the first two games of the season.
Terrell Suggs had both of the Ravens’ sacks and forced a fumble as the Ravens knocked off the visiting Houston Texans 23-16. Suggs anchored a Baltimore defensive that didn’t allow a touchdown over the final 51 minutes and forced three turnovers, two coming in the final five minutes.
Suggs stripped Tom Savage of the ball to set up Justin Tucker’s 49-yard field goal with 2:53 to play. Anthony Levine then intercepted a Savage pass to clinch it.
The Ravens also relied on special teams trickery as punter Sam Koch threw a 22-yard pass to Chris Moore, giving Baltimore a first down at the Houston 19. Javorius Allen followed with a 10-yard TD to tie the game early in the second quarter.
Alex Collins ran for 60 yards and a touchdown as the Ravens improved to 6-5 and dropped the Texans to 4-7.
Savage completed 22 of 37 passes for 252 yards but was picked off twice in Houston’s fourth loss in five games.
NFL suspends Crabtree, Talib
UNDATED (AP) — The NFL has handed down two-game suspensions to both Raiders receiver Michael Crabtree and Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib (ah-KEEB tah-LEEB’) for their brawl in Sunday’s game at Oakland.
The fight was a continuation of a dispute that started last season when Talib ripped Crabtree’s chain off during the season finale. Talib once again ripped Crabtree’s chain off his neck and took Crabtree’s helmet off before throwing it.
In other NFL news:
— Trevor Semian is the Broncos’ starting quarterback once again after Paxton Lynch started Sunday’s loss at Oakland. Denver coach Vance Joseph said on his weekly radio show Monday that Lynch will miss two to four weeks with a high right ankle sprain.
— The Seahawks will be without strong safety Kam Chancellor for the rest of the season due to a neck injury suffered earlier this month. Head coach Pete Carroll announced the news during his weekly radio show on KIRO-AM. Chancellor was hurt late in Seattle’s victory over Arizona on Nov. 9 while making a tackle.
— The Lions have put safety Tavon Wilson on injured reserve with a shoulder problem. Wilson has started 23 games over the past two seasons for Detroit.
— The Bills have revealed that wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin does indeed have torn cartilage in his right knee. Head coach Sean McDermott denied Monday that Benjamin had a torn meniscus, but a team spokesman confirmed later that it was torn, saying McDermott had misunderstood the question. Benjamin was injured while making a catch in the Bills’ loss to the Chargers on Nov. 19.
Trump renewing his complaint about kneeling NFL players
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is renewing his complaints about NFL players who kneel during the national anthem.
Players have been kneeling to protest racism and police brutality, particularly toward people of color. Trump says the act is disrespectful and is hurting the game.
Trump tweeted today that at least 24 players kneeled during weekend play at stadiums that he says are having a hard time filling up with fans.
The president says: “The American public is fed up with the disrespect the NFL is paying to our Country, our Flag and our National Anthem. Weak and out of control!”
Trump has branded the league as “weak” for not requiring players to stand during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Pistons knock off Celtics
UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Celtics have split their last four games since ripping off a 16-game winning streak.
The Celtics couldn’t handle Andre Drummond on Monday as the Pistons’ center had season highs of 26 points and 22 rebounds in Detroit’s 118-108 victory in Boston. Drummond grabbed 10 boards in the first quarter and furnished 11 points over the final 5 ½ minutes to send the Pistons to their third win in four games.
Reggie Jackson scored 20 points with seven assists in helping Detroit send the Celtics to their first loss in Boston since their home opener versus the Bucks.
Marcus Smart was 6 of 9 from 3-point range while scoring a team-high 23 points for the Celtics.
It’s the first time Boston has lost by more than eight points this season.
In Monday’s other NBA action:
— Tony Parker made his season debut and LaMarcus Aldridge had a season-high 33 points to go with 10 rebounds to send the Spurs past the Mavericks 115-108. Parker had six points and four assists in 14 minutes in his first appearance since tearing his right quadriceps tendon during the Western Conference semifinals last season. San Antonio trailed by 13 in the first half and finished the game without coach Gregg Popovich, who was ejected for storming the court to berate an official.
— Willie Cauley-Stein had 19 points, eight boards and six assists as the Kings topped the short-handed Warriors 110-106. Bogdan Bogdanovic made a go-ahead bank shot with 12.6 seconds left to help Sacramento end an eight-game losing skid at Golden State. The Warriors were without All-Stars Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant because of injuries.
— The Cavaliers rolled to their eighth straight win as LeBron James had 30 points, 13 rebounds and six assists in a 113-91 pounding of the 76ers. Jeff Green had 14 points and 10 boards for the Cavs, whose winning streak follows a 5-7 start. Joel Embiid (joh-EHL ehm-BEED’) contributed 30 points and 11 rebounds for the Sixers, who lost for only the second time in seven games.
— The Rockets were 117-103 winners over the Nets behind James Harden’s eight 3-pointers, 37 points, 10 boards and eight assists. Harden was 5-for-5 from 3-point range while scoring 20 points in the first quarter of Houston’s fifth straight win.
— Lou Williams poured in a season-high 42 points and the Clippers came back from a 103-95 deficit to beat the Lakers 120-115. Blake Griffin had 26 points and 11 rebounds for the Clippers, who have won three straight since a nine-game losing streak.
— Damian Lillard dropped in 32 points and the Trail Blazers concluded a 4-1 road trip with a 103-91 win at New York. Pat Connaughton added 17 points in Portland’s third consecutive victory.
— Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh) scored 26 points and Bojan (BOY’-ahn) Bogdanovic added 22 as the Pacers dealt the Magic their ninth straight loss 121-109. Domantas Sabonis (doh-MAHN’-tahs sah-BOH’-nihs) chipped in 19 points for Indiana, which led just 95-91 before going on a 13-0 run.
Grizzlies fire Fizdale
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies have provided the second coaching dismissal of the NBA season with over three-fourths of the schedule remaining.
David Fizdale has been fired and replaced by assistant B.J. Bickerstaff on an interim basis. The move comes amid an eight-game losing streak that has dropped the Grizzlies to 7-12.
Fizdale was hired in the summer of 2016 after eight years as an assistant at Miami. The Grizzlies made the 2017 playoffs at 43-39 and opened this season 5-1 before slumping while star guard Mike Conley deals with an injury.
The Suns were the first NBA team to fire a coach this season, replacing Earl Watson with Jay Triano after just three games.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLL
Duke is unanimous choice
NEW YORK (AP) — Duke remains No. 1 in The Associated Press men’s basketball poll, but Arizona is nowhere to be seen.
The 8-0 Blue Devils picked up all 65 first-place votes following comeback wins over Texas and Florida in the PK80 Invitational over the weekend.
The Wildcats had been No. 2 before falling out of the poll with three straight losses at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.
Kansas is the new No. 2 team, followed by Michigan State, Villanova and Notre Dame.
The Gators moved up one spot to sixth, ahead of Kentucky, Wichita State, Texas A&M and Miami.
The AP women’s poll still has UConn as the unanimous No. 1 team. Texas is second, followed by Notre Dame, Louisville and South Carolina.
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Bearcats romp...Cavs stifle Badgers
UNDATED (AP) — Eleventh-ranked Cincinnati and No. 18 Virginia were among Monday’s winners in men’s basketball.
Gary Clark scored 14 points and had seven rebounds as the 11th-ranked Bearcats crushed winless Alabama State 83-51 to improve to 7-0. Cincinnati scored 30 points off 20 turnovers and earned its 30th straight home win heading into Saturday’s clash with crosstown-rival Xavier.
Kyle Guy scored 17 points, and the Cavaliers held Wisconsin scoreless for more than 7 minutes in the second half in a 49-37 victory Monday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Virginia overcame its 39 percent shooting by outrebounding the Badgers 39-30 and outscoring them 34-18 in the paint.
Ty Detmer out at BYU
PROVO, Utah (AP) — BYU has announced that former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Ty Detmer is no longer the offensive coordinator at the school.
Detmer remains under contract and could return in a different role at the discretion of the new coordinator, who will make decisions on the offensive staff.
The Cougars just wrapped up a 4-9 season and finished with one of the worst offenses in recent school history.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-RICE-BAILIFF FIRED
Rice fires coach after dismal season
HOUSTON (AP) — Rice football coach David Bailiff has been fired following a 1-11 campaign that left him 57-80 in 11 seasons at the school.
The Owls had a pair of 10-win seasons and made four bowl appearances under Bailiff, but they have won just nine games over the last there years. Rice is tied for second in the nation with 29 turnovers this year.
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Barrett is ‘probable’ for conference championship
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said quarterback J.T. Barrett is “probable” to play in the Big Ten Championship game against Wisconsin this Saturday.
Barrett left in the third quarter of the Buckeyes’ 31-20 win at Michigan last weekend. He said he aggravated a meniscus injury before the game when he was bumped by someone while warming up on the sideline.
Report: Gophers starting QB Croft seeks release from team
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A school official says Minnesota starting quarterback Demry Croft will leave the Gophers with two years of eligibility remaining.
Croft started the final six games this season and completed just 41 percent of his passes for 674 yards, four touchdowns and seven interceptions in nine games.
Flyers fall in OT again
UNDATED (AP) — The good news for the Philadelphia Flyers is that they’ve earned a point in three straight games and five of their last six. The bad news is that their losing streak is up to eight games following a 5-4 overtime loss to the Penguins.
The streaks continued in Pittsburgh as the Flyers blew third-period leads of 3-1 and 4-3 before Sidney Crosby scored 1:48 into overtime. Jake Guentzel (GEHNT’-sul) scored the equalizer with 64 seconds left in regulation to finish with two goals and an assist.
Crosby had two assists in the Pens’ second straight victory since a three-game skid.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
— The Blue Jackets’ six-game winning streak is over after Carey Price turned back 37 shots to lead the Canadiens past Columbus 3-1. Price has allowed just one goal in two games since missing 10 straight with a lower-body injury.
— Rookie Alex DeBrincat continued his solid November by notching his first career hat trick and setting up a goal to lead the Blackhawks to a 7-3 rout of the Ducks. DeBrincat has nine goals and 12 points in 11 games this month.
— Winnipeg spotted Minnesota a 2-0 lead before Linemates Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele and Kyle Connor each had a goal and two assists to lead the Jets to a 7-2 thrashing of the Wild. Joel Armia added a goal and an assist as the Jets earned their fourth straight home win.
— The Panthers took a 3-2 win at New Jersey as Jared McCann scored the go-ahead goal with 7:15 remaining. Roberto Luongo (loh-AHN’-goh) made 23 saves to join Patrick Roy (wah) as the only goaltenders to win 200 games with two different teams.
Rangers get Fister...Iwakuma gets minor league deal from M’s
UNDATED (AP) — The Texas Rangers have added to a starting rotation that grew thin last season.
The Rangers have worked out a one-year, $4 million package with Doug Fister, who was 5-8 with a 4.88 ERA in 18 appearances with the Red Sox this year. A person familiar with the deal says the contract is pending a physical.
The 33-year-old Fister has pitched for five teams over nine major league seasons, going 82-58 with a 3.68 earned run average.
Also in the majors:
— The Mariners have signed right-handed pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma (hih-SAH’-shee ee-wah-KOO’-muh) to a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training. Shoulder injuries limited him to six starts last season before he underwent surgery in September. He is 63-39 with a 3.42 ERA in six years with Seattle.
NHL suspends Avs captain
NEW YORK (AP) — Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog (LAN’-dehs-kahg) has been suspended four games without pay by the NHL for his cross-check on Calgary’s Matthew Tkachuk (kuh-CHUHK’).
Landeskog hit Tkachuk in the ribs with his stick, pushing the Flames forward into back of the Colorado net before delivering another blow to the head and neck area of the Calgary forward.