Update on the latest in sports:
Towns, Teague lead Wolves over Nets, 119-111
UNDATED (AP) — On the same day the Timberwolves finally traded Jimmy Butler, Minnesota snapped a five-game losing streak with a 120-113 win Monday over the visiting Brooklyn Nets.
Karl-Anthony Towns scored 25 points and grabbed a season-high 21 rebounds for Minnesota, and Jeff Teague returned from a six-game absence to score 24 points
Monday marked the first day of the post-Butler era in Minnesota. The Timberwolves officially dealt the beleaguered star to the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday, along with big man Justin Patton. The Wolves received Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Jerryd Bayless and a 2022 second-round pick in the trade.
In other NBA action:
— Iman Shumpert made a tiebreaking jumper with 4:05 remaining, De’Aaron Fox and Nemanja Bjelica followed with 3-pointers and the Sacramento Kings pulled away to beat San Antonio 104-99 Monday night, ending a 14-game losing streak to the Spurs. Fox finished with 19 points and seven assists. Willie Cauley-Stein had 13 points and 13 rebounds and Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 22 for the Kings.
— John Wall had 25 points and 10 assists, Bradley Beal added 21 points and the Washington Wizards won consecutive games for the first time this season, beating the Orlando Magic 117-109 on Monday night. Terrence Ross scored 21 points off the bench to lead Orlando, which saw a two-game winning streak snapped.
— Harrison Barnes scored 22 points and J.J. Barea added 14 points and five assists as the Dallas Mavericks held off the Chicago Bulls 103-98 Monday. Dallas (5-8) won its third game in four tries despite a sluggish 11-point game from Luke Doncic, who leads all rookies in scoring.
— Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 points and a season-high 21 rebounds, and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Brooklyn Nets 120-113 after finally trading Jimmy Butler. The Nets lost leading scorer Caris LeVert to what appeared to be a severe right leg injury late in the first half.
— Joe Ingles scored 19 points, Rudy Gobert added 15 points and 16 rebounds and the Utah Jazz won their third straight, 96-88 over the Memphis Grizzlies. The Jazz broke open a close game in the final six minutes with a 14-5 run. Gobert had eight points in the stretch as Utah built its lead to 11 points in the late stages. Derrick Favors and Donovan Mitchell finished with 12 points apiece for Utah. Mike Conley led Memphis with 24 points, while Marc Gasol added 16.
— Joel Embiid scored 35 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, and the Philadelphia 76ers added to Miami’s early season struggles by topping the Heat 124-114. The win came hours after the 76ers finalized a trade with Minnesota to land four-time All-Star Jimmy Butler, who was in Philadelphia and not with the club in Miami.
— Anthony Davis had 25 points and a season-high 20 rebounds, E’Twaun Moore scored a season-high 30 points and the New Orleans Pelicans beat Toronto 126-110, snapping the Raptors’ six-game winning streak.
— Paul George matched his season high with 32 points and went 6 of 10 from 3-point range, Dennis Schroder added 20 points and nine assists and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Phoenix Suns 118-101 on Monday night.
Ohtani wins AL Rookie of the Year; Acuna wins NL honor
UNDATED (AP) — Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani (SHOH’-hay oh-TAH’-nee) has been voted American League Rookie of the Year after becoming the first player since Babe Ruth with 10 homers and four pitching wins in the same season.
Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. was an overwhelming pick for the National League honor, easily beating Washington outfielder Juan Soto.
Ohtani, a 24-year-old right-hander who joined the Angels last winter after five seasons with Japan’s Nippon Ham Fighters, received 25 first-place votes and four seconds for 137 points from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America in balloting announced Monday.
Acuna started the season at Triple-A and made his debut on April 25, the youngest player in the majors then at 20 years, 128 days. The Venezuelan hit .293 with 26 homers, 64 RBIs and 16 steals with a .917 OPS. He set a Braves record with eight leadoff homers this season and tied a franchise mark by homering in five straight games from Aug. 11-14.
In other MLB news:
— Joe Mauer is leaving the playing field after a 15-year major league career, but not Minnesota or the Twins. Mauer formalized his goodbye to the game on Monday at a news conference. He said he’ll stay connected to his hometown team in some capacity and will raise his kids in Minnesota. Mauer joined the organization in 2001 as the first overall pick in the draft out of Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul.
Tentative settlement reached in NHL concussions lawsuit
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The NHL and attorneys for retired players have reached a tentative settlement worth roughly $19 million in the biggest lawsuit brought against the league over concussions and other head injuries.
As part of the settlement, the NHL does not acknowledge any liability for any of the players’ claims. The lawsuit, consolidated in federal court in Minnesota and by far the largest facing the league, involves more than 100 former players who accused the NHL of failing to better prevent head trauma or warn players of risks while promoting violent play that led to their injuries.
Stuart Davidson, an attorney on the players’ side, said the NHL is setting aside about $19 million for the lawsuit. That’s significantly less than the billion-dollar agreement reached between the NFL and its former players on the same issue.
Aho scores in OT, Hurricanes beat Blackhawks 3-2
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Sebastian Aho scored 1:16 into overtime and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Monday night, spoiling Cam Ward’s emotional return to Raleigh.
Teuvo Teravainen and Micheal Ferland scored power-play goals 66 seconds apart late in the second period for Carolina, which has earned points in three straight and beat Chicago for the second time in four nights.
Ward stopped 37 shots in his return to PNC Arena, Jonathan Toews scored a deflected goal and Alex DeBrincat added a goal, but the Blackhawks lost their eighth straight.
Carolina’s Scott Darling made 33 saves against his former team, in regulation coming up with a slick glove save to stop Patrick Kane on a 2-on-1 and making a left pad save to stop Nick Schmaltz on a breakaway.
Elsewhere on the ice:
— Henrik Lundqvist stopped 25 shots to lead the surging New York Rangers to a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. Filip Chytil and Brett Howden scored to help Lundqvist get his 437th career win, tying Jacque Plante for seventh place on the NHL’s all-time list.
— Pierre-Luc Dubois scored midway through the third period, just seconds after being stopped by Dallas goalie Anton Khudobin, and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Stars 2-1 on Monday night.
Campbell out 4-6 weeks with knee injury
UNDATED (AP) — Los Angeles Kings goalie Jack Campbell will be out for at least a month after surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his knee.
The Kings recalled goalie Cal Petersen from their AHL affiliate in Ontario on Monday.
Los Angeles is without its top two goalies after Campbell’s injury followed Jonathan Quick’s surgery last month to repair a meniscus tear in his own knee. Peter Budaj is the Kings’ likely starter until Quick returns.
In other NHL news:
— Martin Brodeur, Willie O’Ree and NHL commissioner led the latest group of inductees to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Brodeur, the all-time leader in goalie wins and shutouts, was joined in the player’s category by Martin St. Louis, Canadian women’s star Jayna Hefford and Russian great Alexander Yakushev. Bettman and O’Ree — the NHL’s first black player — went into the Hall as builders.
— The potential owners of an NHL expansion franchise in Seattle remain confident arena renovations will be completed in time for the 2020-21 season. NHL Seattle says ownership recognizes the ability to start play in 2020 is dependent on KeyArena renovations being finished on time. Deputy NHL Commissioner Bill Daly expects a decision on Seattle expansion next month but isn’t sure when the arena will be ready.
Bengals fire defensive coordinator after rout by Saints
UNDATED (AP) — The Bengals have fired defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, a day after their historically bad performance in a 51-14 loss to the Saints.
New Orleans scored on every possession except the last one — when it took a knee in field-goal range — during its rout at Paul Brown Stadium.
The Bengals (5-4) have given up 500 yards in three straight games — a first in the Super Bowl era — and are on pace to give up an NFL record for yards in a season.
In other NFL news:
— A person familiar with the hiring says former Browns coach Hue Jackson is rejoining Cincinnati’s staff under Marvin Lewis. Jackson, who was fired in Cleveland on Oct. 19, will join the Bengals in a still to be determined role. Jackson was Lewis’ offensive coordinator for two years in Cincinnati before he was hired by the Browns.
— The Buffalo Bills have released turnover-prone quarterback Nathan Peterman. The move was announced by the team and made as the Bills enter their bye week.
— Former New York Giants running back Ron Johnson, who was the first black player to be a captain of the Michigan football team, had died. He was 71. Michigan announced that Johnson had died after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
— Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott says rookie quarterback Josh Allen will reclaim the starting job should he be healthy when the team returns from its bye week off. McDermott made the announcement a day after journeyman backup Matt Barkley threw two touchdowns in a 41-10 win at the New York Jets.
— The Chicago Bears are expressing support for Cody Parkey after he missed two extra points and two field-goal attempts in a 34-22 victory over Detroit. Coach Matt Nagy says the team is discussing the possibility of having Parkey practice at Soldier Field sometimes.
— Former Detroit Lions Hall of Famer Lem Barney and his wife are suing a Detroit-area pizza chain for racial discrimination after being refused service. The lawsuit filed Monday says when Lem and Jacqueline Barney went to Happy’s Pizza in Commerce Township Nov. 2, they were told to go to Happy’s Southfield location because “they would be more at home there.” Southfield has a majority black population and Commerce Township is mostly white. The company denies the allegation.
— Saints coach Sean Payton says the Saints have signed veteran receiver Brandon Marshall. Marshall’s addition adds depth to an offense that already leads the NFL in scoring with 36.7 points per game and ranks in the top five in yards per game with 413.9.
— Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby has a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season. Darby was injured in the second half of Philadelphia’s 27-20 loss to Dallas on Sunday night
— Los Angeles Rams receiver Cooper Kupp is out for the season after tearing a ligament in his left knee. Kupp was hurt on a noncontact play during the Rams’ 36-31 victory over the Seattle Seahawks
— Jacksonville Jaguars center Brandon Linder will have season-ending surgery on his right knee. Linder injured his knee in Sunday’s 29-26 loss at Indianapolis, and coach Doug Marrone said the team captain will be placed on injured reserve.
Duke is on top of latest poll
NEW YORK (AP) — Duke has supplanted Kansas atop the new AP Top 25 poll after its dominating win against Kentucky, giving the Blue Devils a record number of appearances at No. 1.
The Blue Devils jumped from fourth to first in Monday’s first regular-season poll. That allowed Duke to set a record with its 135th week at No. 1, breaking a tie with UCLA for most all-time.
Duke claimed 48 of 65 first-place votes after beating then-No. 2 Kentucky by 34 points in their opener.
It was impressive enough to bump the preseason No. 1 Jayhawks, who fell to No. 2 despite a quality win of their own against then-No. 10 Michigan State.
Gonzaga was third, followed by Virginia and Tennessee to round out the top 5.
David Pearson, NASCAR’s Silver Fox, has died at 83
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — David Pearson, a NASCAR pioneer and longtime rival of Richard Petty, has died. He was 83.
Pearson died Monday, The Wood Brothers racing team said, but details were not immediately available.
Pearson was a three-time Cup champion and his 105 career victories trail only Petty’s 200 on NASCAR’s all-time list.
Born just outside of Spartanburg, Pearson made his NASCAR debut in 1960 and along with Petty, Bobby Allison and Cale Yarborough, they raced all over the country as the cornerstone during NASCAR’s period of slow growth beyond a regional racing series. Pearson was inducted into the second class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Initially nicknamed “The Fox” for his calculated attack on the race track, the moniker evolved into “The Silver Fox” as Pearson aged. His career paralleled Petty’s and the two combined for 63 finishes in which the two finished first and second to each other.