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January 5, 2019

NBA SCHEDULE

Mitchell, Jazz send Cavs to 8th straight loss, win 117-91

UNDATED (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 18 points and the Utah Jazz dominated the second half, sending the Cleveland Cavaliers to their eighth straight loss with a 117-91 victory.

Cleveland, now 8-31, has the worst record in the NBA with four of the losses in the streak coming by 20 or more points.

In other games around the league:

—Karl-Anthony Towns had 29 points and 15 rebounds, and Jeff Teague added 23 points and 10 assists in his return to the Minnesota lineup in the Timberwolves’ 120-103 comeback victory over the Orlando Magic. The Timberwolves recovered from a 19-point deficit midway through the second quarter with a 44-12 run through the 5:51 of the third quarter.

— Hassan Whiteside scored 21 points, and the Miami Heat moved back over .500 with a 115-109 win over the Washington Wizards. Miami moved over .500 for the first time since Oct. 27, when it was 3-2. Bradley Beal scored 33 for the Wizards, who dropped their eighth straight on the road.

— Gordon Hayward had 16 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, Jaylen Brown scored 21 points and the short-handed Boston Celtics beat the Dallas Mavericks 114-93. The Celtics won easily despite playing their second straight game with star guard Kyrie Irving sidelined by scratched corneas.

— Victor Oladipo made a 3-pointer from just above the top of the arc with 0.3 seconds left in overtime to give the Indiana Pacers their sixth straight victory, 119-116 over the Chicago Bulls. Oladipo had 36 points and seven rebounds, and Domantas Sabonis added 23 points and 12 rebounds.

— D’Angelo Russell had 23 points and 10 assists, DeMarre Carroll added 20 points, including a season-high five 3-pointers, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Memphis Grizzlies 109-100. Joe Harris added 18 points for the Nets, who had six players in double figures.

— Mike Budenholzer’s first game against the team he coached for five seasons was no contest. Budenholzer’s Milwaukee Bucks rolled to a 33-point halftime lead and coasted to a 144-112 victory over the Atlanta Hawks for their fifth straight victory. Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 16 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists for Milwaukee.

— Danilo Gallinari and Lou Williams scored 21 points apiece to lead a balanced attack, and the Los Angeles Clippers extended their dominance of the Phoenix Suns with a 121-111 victory. Marcin Gortat had his first double-double of the season with 18 points and 13 rebounds.l

NBA NEWS

LeBron James out at least 1 more week with groin injury

UNDATED (AP) — LeBron James will miss at least four more games with the Los Angeles Lakers while he recovers from a left groin strain.

The Lakers on Friday said James’ injury will be re-evaluated in one week.

The four-time NBA MVP already has missed four games after getting hurt during the Lakers’ victory at Golden State on Christmas.

NHL SCHEDULE

Penguins top Jets 4-0 to run winning streak to 8

UNDATED (AP) —Olli Maatta and Matt Cullen scored 11 seconds apart in the first period, Matt Murray stopped 33 shots and the surging Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-0 for their eighth straight victory.

Pittsburgh’s eight-game run is its longest since winning eight in a row from March 26-April 7, 2016.

The Penguins captured the franchise’s fourth Stanley Cup that season.

Elsewhere on the ice:

— Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen scored power-play goals to capitalize on a major boarding penalty early in the first period, helping the Colorado Avalanche end a six-game slide with a 6-1 win over the New York Rangers. Gabriel Landeskog added a goal off his right skate, Alexander Kerfoot tipped in a shot, Rantanen deflected in yet another and Ryan Graves closed out the scoring with his first career NHL goal.

— Keith Kinkaid stopped 21 shots and had two saves in a shootout, lifting the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes. Kinkaid, who entered after MacKenzie Blackwood left with a lower-body injury in the first period, stopped Alex Galchenyuk and Nick Cousins in the shootout. Kyle Palmeiri and Drew Stafford scored in the shootout for the Devils, who have won four of six.

— Greg McKegg had a goal and an assist in his Carolina debut and the Hurricanes defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 Friday night. It was the first multi-point game of McKegg’s six-year career. Micheal Ferland, Dougie Hamilton and Sebastian Aho added goals for Carolina. Curtis McElhinney stopped 22 shots in his second straight win after four consecutive losses.

— Dylan Larkin scored with 24.9 seconds left in overtime as the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Nashville Predators 4-3 Friday night and snapped a six-game winless streak. Andreas Athanasiou, Thomas Vanek and Tyler Bertuzzi also scored for Detroit, which had gone 0-4-2 in its last six games. Jimmy Howard stopped 27 shots.

— Tyler Seguin’s second goal of the game 3:37 into overtime lifted the Dallas Stars to a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals. Anton Khudobin made 36 saves, including the stop of a backhand by T.J. Oshie 1 1/2 minutes into overtime, to help Dallas complete a 3-0-1 homestand. Seguin’s winner, his fourth goal in two games, came after Alexander Radulov skated behind the net and passed across to Seguin at the right of the net.

Max Pacioretty scored in his return to the Vegas lineup and the Golden Knights extended their winning streak to five games, beating the Anaheim Ducks 3-2. Tomas Nosek had a goal and an assist, and Nate Schmidt also scored to help the Golden Knights improve to 6-0-2 in their last eight games. Marc Andre-Fleury made 25 saves

NFL-NEWS

Gase interviews with Jets

UNDATED (AP) — The Jets have interviewed former Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase for their head coaching vacancy.

Gase is the second known meeting New York has had as it looks for a replacement for Todd Bowles , who was fired last Sunday night after he went 24-40 in four seasons. The Jets spoke with Gase on Friday after interviewing Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy (bee-EN’-uh-mee) in Kansas City on Wednesday.

In other NFL news:

— John Elway met with Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak about the Denver Broncos’ vacant head coaching position Friday. Elway has also met with former Colts coach Chuck Pagano and Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor. Elway is set to meet with Patriots de facto defensive coordinator Brian Flores on Saturday and Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio on Monday.

— New England Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores is the first candidate to interview for the Miami Dolphins’ coaching job. Flores, who met Friday with the Dolphins, has been a Patriots assistant for 11 seasons and took over defensive play-calling a year ago.

— The Browns took their coaching search on the road and interviewed New Orleans tight ends coach Dan Campbell. The 42-year-old Campbell met Friday with Browns general manager John Dorsey and other members of Cleveland’s front office. He is the fourth candidate interviewed by the Browns, who fired Hue Jackson this season.

— The Pittsburgh Steelers have parted ways with outside linebackers coach Joey Porter. The move is the first of what could be several coaching adjustments by the Steelers after Pittsburgh failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2013.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS

Notre Dame All-America CB Love to skip junior season for NFL

Ohio State center Michael Jordan will enter NFL draft

UNDATED (AP) — Notre Dame All-America cornerback Julian Love and tight end Alize Mack are forgoing their final seasons of eligibility and entering the NFL draft.

The 5-foot-11, 193-pound Love has said he received a second-round grade from the NFL draft advisory board.

Mack was a senior, though he missed the entire 2016 due to academics and had another season of eligibility.

In other college football news:

— Oklahoma has hired Ohio State co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Alex Grinch as defensive coordinator. He spent one season at Ohio State and helped the Buckeyes reach the Rose Bowl. Before that, he was defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Washington State from 2015-17.

— Ohio State center Michael Jordan has decided to leave early for the NFL draft. The 6-foot-7, 312-pound lineman says he will forgo his senior season.

— South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley will play a final season for the Gamecocks. Bentley was considering giving up his final season for the NFL.

— Georgia tight end Isaac Nauta says he is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

— Georgia quarterback Justin Fields may be getting closer to transferring to Ohio State. The overall No. 2 national prospect in the 2018 recruiting class was expected to visit the Ohio State campus on Friday, according to a person close to the situation.

— Stanford receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside will skip his senior season to declare for the NFL draft. The 6-foot-3 Arcega-Whiteside is projected as a second-day selection in the draft.

— Pittsburgh has fired offensive coordinator Shawn Watson and wide receivers coach Kevin Sherman in an effort to overhaul its beleaguered offense.

— Two people familiar with the situation say West Virginia and Troy’s Neal Brown are completing a deal to make him the next coach of the Mountaineers. Brown would replace Dana Holgorsen, who this week left West Virginia to become Houston’s coach.

— Louisville has announced the returns of Cort Dennison and Stephen Field and the hiring of Chad Scott to Scott Satterfield’s coaching staff.

— George Welsh, who coached football at Virginia for 19 years and retired as the Atlantic Coast Conference’s career victories leader, has died at age 85. Welsh compiled a 134-86-3 record at Virginia from 1982-2000. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004.

T25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

No. 20 Buffalo rolls in MAC opener, 74-58 over EMU

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) —Montell McRae scored a career-high 18 points and Nick Perkins added 15 to lift No. 20 Buffalo to an easy win in its conference opener, 74-58 over Eastern Michigan.

CJ Massinburg added 12 points for Buffalo. McRae scored 12 of his points in the first half.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWS

UNC’s Williams: Manley won’t play at Pittsburgh

UNDATED (AP) — North Carolina coach Roy Williams says sophomore big man Sterling Manley will miss his second straight game when the Tar Heels play at Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Manley sat out of Wednesday’s home win against Harvard due to soreness in his left knee. At the time, the school said it was unclear when he would return and he was still being evaluated.

In other college basketball news:

— UConn forward Kassoum Yakwe is expected to miss the remainder of the season with a fracture in his right foot. The 6-foot-7 graduate transfer from St. John’s suffered the injury during the team’s shootaround on Wednesday.

— Bob Burrow, a two-time All-American whose per-game average of 17.7 rebounds is a Kentucky single-season record, has died. He was 84.

MLB NEWS

Tulowitzki, Yankees finalize 1-year deal

UNDATED (AP) — Troy Tulowitzki and the New York Yankees have finalized a one-year contract for the major league minimum $555,000, giving the team a low-cost option at shortstop while Didi Gregorius recovers from Tommy John surgery.

Tulowitzki was limited to 66 games in 2017 because of a hamstring and right ankle injury. The ankle required surgery last spring and he missed the entire season.

In other MLB news:

— The Royals have signed right-hander Kyle Zimmer to a one-year contract, and designated infielder Cheslor Cuthbert for assignment.

— Infielder Cory Spangenberg and the Milwaukee Brewers have finalized a one-year contract that pays $1.2 million in the major leagues and $250,000 in the minors.

— The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired right-handed reliever Oliver Drake from the Toronto Blue Jays for $70,000.

— The Baltimore Orioles have claimed right-handed reliever Austin Brice off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels.

— The Texas Rangers have acquired right-handed pitcher Luke Farrell on a waiver claim from the Los Angeles Angels. Texas also signed right-handers Adrian Sampson and Rafael Montero to minor league contracts with invitations to major league spring training.

PGA-TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS

Gary Woodland birdies his way into lead at Kapalua

KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — Gary Woodland chipped in for the first of five straight birdies on the back nine Friday on his way to another 6-under 67 that gave him a three-shot lead going into the weekend at the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

Just about everyone in the winners-only field at Kapalua was in the hunt, with a five-way tie for the lead at one point.

Woodland left everyone behind with his big run of birdies and was at 12-under 134.

Rory McIlroy had another good finish for a 68 and was tied for second with Bryson DeChambeau (68) and Kevin Tway (71).

Defending champion Dustin Johnson was over par for the first time in 33 rounds at Kapalua. His 74 included a two-shot penalty when he hit a ball that wasn’t his.

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