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December 23, 2018


Ravens silence Chargers...Titans rally past Redskins

UNDATED (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans remain on a collision course for at least the second AFC wild-card berth after both teams won on Saturday.

The Ravens are 9-6 and in possession of the No. 6 seed in the conference following a 22-10 stifling of the Los Angeles Chargers.

Lamar Jackson threw for 204 yards, including a career-best 68-yard TD pass to Mark Andrews. The Chargers led 10-6 until Jackson’s scoring throw to Andrews early in the third quarter.

Baltimore iced the victory when Tavon Young brought back an Antonio Gates fumble 62 yards for a touchdown late in the game.

Justin Tucker hit three field goals for the Ravens, who are 5-1 since Jackson became the starting quarterback.

The Chargers dropped to 11-4 and will have to settle for the AFC’s No. 5 seed if Kansas City wins Sunday at Seattle.

In Nashville, Blaine Gabbert came off the bench in the second quarter and threw a go-ahead, two-yard scoring pass to MyCole Pruitt with 4:30 remaining in the Titans’ 25-16 victory over the Redskins. Gabbert was pressed into service when Marcus Mariota (mar-ee-OH’-tah) suffered a stinger just before halftime.

Gabbert threw for 101 yards, and Derrick Henry finished with 84 yards and a TD on 21 carries.

Malcolm Butler capped the scoring by picking off Josh Johnson as time expired and running it back 56 yards.

The 9-6 Titans now must beat Andrew Luck and the Colts and have either Baltimore or Pittsburgh lose once to earn the AFC’s second wild-card spot.

Adrian Peterson ran for 119 yards and a TD for the 7-8 Redskins.


Sun Devils dump top-ranked Jayhawks

UNDATED (AP) — Kansas will likely drop from the top of The Associated Press men’s basketball poll on Monday after suffering its first loss of the season.

Rob Edwards scored 15 points and hit two free throws with 6.1 seconds left to lead No. 18 Arizona State past the Jayhawks, 80-76.

The Sun Devils used a 10-0 run to go up 76-74 with 90 seconds left. Kansas tied it with a pair of free throws, but Remy Martin hit a pull-up jumper with 58 seconds left to put Arizona State ahead for good.

It was Arizona State’s second win over a No. 1 team and allowed the Sun Devils to improve to 9-2.

Kansas is 10-1.

In other Top 25 finals:

— Grant Williams delivered 22 points and 10 rebounds as No. 3 Tennessee earned its sixth straight win, 83-64 against Wake Forest. Kyle Alexander scored a career-high 19 points and had 8 rebounds to help Tennessee extend its home winning streak to 15 games.

— Iggy Brazdeikis (braz-DAY’-kihs) scored 19 points and Charles Matthews added 17 to lead fourth-ranked Michigan to a 71-50 victory over Air Force. Jordan Poole and Isaiah Livers scored 11 points each for the Wolverines, who took control with a 19-3 run in the first half and improved to 12-0 for only the third time in school history.

— Fifth-ranked Virginia moved to 11-0 as De’Andre Hunter dropped in 18 points in the Cavaliers’ 72-40 thumping of William & Mary. Kyle Guy contributed nine of his 16 points during a 17-2 run that put the Cavs ahead by 21 midway through the second half.

— Caleb Martin hit a 3-pointer with 45 seconds left and finished with 19 points in No. 7 Nevada’s 68-62 triumph over Akron. Jordan Caroline also had 19 points for the 12-0 Wolf Pack.

— Samir Doughty scored 20 points and Austin Wiley added 17 with 10 rebounds to send No. 7 Auburn to a 93-88 win over Murray State 93-88. The Tigers led 91-79 in the final minute, but the Racers pulled within three before Jared Harper hit two free throws to ice it.

— Keldon Williams scored 16 of his game-high 23 points in the second half as 19th-ranked Kentucky beat No. 9 North Carolina, 80-72. Williams got hot after Reid Travis contributed 16 of his 20 points to help the Wildcats take a 40-31 halftime lead.

— David Nichols scored a season-high 19 points off the bench and 11th-ranked Florida State shot a season-best 55 percent to beat Saint Louis, 81-59. Nichols went 7 for 11, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to end the first half and give the Seminoles a 40-25 lead.

— C.J. Jackson scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half as No. 15 Ohio State won its fifth in a row, 80-66 against UCLA. Caleb Wesson had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the 11-1 Buckeyes.

— Ethan Happ dropped in 19 points and grabbed his 1,000th career rebound, sending No. 16 Wisconsin past Grambling State, 84-53.

— No. 17 Mississippi State held off Wright State, 67-63 behind Quinndary Weatherspoon, who capped a 14-point performance by going 5-for-6 from the line in the final minute.

— Juwan Morgan recorded the second triple-double in Indiana history by furnishing 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in the 22nd-ranked Hoosiers’ 94-64 pounding of Jacksonville.

— Joe Wieskamp scored a career-high 24 points and Jordan Bohannon had 18 on six 3s as No. 23 Iowa blew past Savannah State, 110-64 for its fourth straight victory.

— James Palmer Jr. scored 23 points and Isaiah Roby had 20 as 25th-rated Nebraska racked up its 18th consecutive home win, 86-62 against Cal State Fullerton.


Sixers crush Raptors

UNDATED (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers are an NBA-best 16-3 at home after slamming the league’s No. 1 team.

Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) combined with Ben Simmons for 53 points and the Sixers pulled within 2 ½ games of the Raptors in the Atlantic Division by hammering Toronto, 126-101. Embiid delivered 27 points and 11 rebounds, while Simmons contributed 26 points, 12 boards and eight assists.

The Raptors were without two-time defensive player of the year Kawhi Leonard, as well as Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH’-kah) and Jonas Valanciunas (YOH’-nuhs val-an-CHOO’-nuhs). Pascal Siakam (see-AH’-kam) scored 26 points for Toronto, which dipped to 25-10.

Checking out Saturday’s other NBA action:

— Kevin Durant had 29 points and provided a key 3-pointer with 15 seconds left in the Warriors’ 120-116 victory at Dallas. Jonas Jerebko provided a nice boost with a season-high 23 points on 10-for-12 shooting with six rebounds for Golden State in 21 minutes off the bench.

— The Rockets were 108-101 winners over the Spurs behind James Harden’s 39 points and 10 assists. Clint Capela had 21 points and a season-high 23 rebounds in Houston’s first win in six games without injured point guard Chris Paul.

— The Thunder needed all of Paul George’s 43 points and 14 rebounds in a 107-106 triumph over the Jazz. Jerami Grant and Steven Adams each scored 15 as Oklahoma City picked up its fourth straight win and improved to 21-10, tying the Nuggets for the best record in the Western Conference.

— Josh Richardson scored 16 points, Dwyane Wade had a pair of big baskets in the final minutes of the Heat’s 94-87 win against the Bucks. Miami won its season-high fourth in a row and held Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) to a season-lose nine points on 3-for-12 shooting.

— Danilo Gallinari and Tobias Harris each scored 21 points as the Clippers ripped the Nuggets, 132-111. Montrezl (MAHN’-trehz) Harrell had 20 points in helping Los Angeles hand Denver its worst loss of the season.

— Bradley Beal had 40 points and his first career triple-double to lift the Wizards over the Suns, 149-146 in triple-overtime. John Wall also had a career-high 15 assists and 11 rebounds, while teammate Thomas Bryant added a career-high 31 points on 14 of 14 shooting and 3-for-3 from the line. Only Wilt Chamberlain shot 100% while taking more field goal attempts in NBA history.


Nets coach fined

NEW YORK (AP) — Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson has been fined $25,000 for verbally abusing game officials and failing to leave the court in a timely manner following his ejection on Friday.

Atkinson received a technical foul and was ejected with 1:09 remaining in the fourth quarter of a 114-106 loss to the Indiana Pacers.


Army crushes Houston

UNDATED (AP) — Army has concluded the first 11-win season in team history by crushing Houston in the Armed Forces Bowl.

Quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr. ran for 170 yards and five touchdowns as the 22nd-ranked Black Knights rolled to a 70-14 rout of the Cougars. Hopkins completed the first 1,000-yard passing season for Army since 2007, completing each of his three attempts for 70 yards.

Army got 507 of its 592 total yards on the ground in its highest-scoring game this season, and the most points in the program’s nine bowl appearances.

Army ends up 11-2, and the Cougars finish 8-5.

In Saturday’s other bowl games:

— Jamie Newman ran for a 1-yard touchdown with 34 seconds left to send Wake Forest to a 37-34 victory over Memphis in the Birmingham Bowl. Newman ran for three touchdowns and passed for a fourth to lead the Demon Deacons, throwing for 328 yards and rushing 23 times for 91 more.

— Troy took the Dollar General Bowl as Sawyer Smith threw for 320 yards and four touchdowns to carry the Trojans past Buffalo, 42-32. Sidney Davis secured the win for Troy by running 20 yards for a TD with 3:09 left following a fumble by Bulls quarterback Tyree Jackson.


Bruins win behind Bergeron

UNDATED (AP) — Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES’ BEHR’-zhuh-rahn) returned to the ice and guided the Boston Bruins to their sixth win in eight games.

Bergeron reached the 300-goal plateau for his career while scoring twice and collecting four points in the Bruins’ sixth victory in eight games, 5-2 over the Predators. He also set up Brad Marchand’s tiebreaking score while Boston netted four goals in the third period.

David Pastrnak had his team-leading 23rd goal and added two assists, while Marchand set up two goals.

Nashville absorbed its season-worst fourth straight loss to remain behind Winnipeg in the NHL’s Central Division.

Elsewhere on NHL ice:

— Pheonix Copley earned his first career shutout by stopping 35 shots in the Capitals’ seventh victory in eight games, 4-0 over the Ottawa Senators. Brett Connolly, Matt Niskanen, Jakub Vrana and Michal Kempny scored for Washington.

— Mitch Marner tallied twice while Toronto and the Rangers were combining for six goals in the third period of the Maple Leafs’ 5-3 victory. Morgan Rielly leads all NHL defenseman with 42 points after providing a goal and an assist to the victory.

— Linus Ullmark made 36 saves and the Buffalo Sabres got goals from Rasmus Dahlin (RAZ’-muhs DAH’-lihn) and Jeff Skinner in beating the Anaheim Ducks 3-0. Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart each had two assists and Connor Sheary added an empty-net goal as Buffalo snapped a two-game skid.

— Jake Guentzel (GEHNT’-sul) notched a pair of goals and Matt Murray turned back 38 shots in the Penguins’ 3-0 shutout of the Hurricanes at Carolina. Kris Letang (leh-TANG’) also scored and Sidney Crosby had three assists as Pittsburgh won for the fifth time in six games.

— Cam Atkinson scored twice and Artemi Panarin (ahr-TEH’-mee pah-NAH’-rihn) had a goal and two assists to lead the Blue Jackets to their third straight win, 4-3 over the Flyers. James van Riemsdyk (REEMZ’-dyk) had a goal and an assist in Philadelphia’s first loss in three games since interim coach Scott Gordon replaced the fired Dave Hakstol and 20-year-old Carter Hart took over the goaltending duties.

— Arizona blew a three-goal lead in the third period before Brad Richardson scored twice in the final 3:39 of the Coyotes’ 6-4 verdict over the Avalanche. Alexander Kerfoot scored twice in Colorado’s third loss in four games.

— David Perron (peh-RAHN’) had a goal and an assist as the Blues downed the Flames, 3-1 to finish 2-1 on their trip through Western Canada. Tyler Bozak and Oskar Sundqvist also scored and Jake Allen stopped 28 shots.

— Phillip Danault completed a hat trick with 85 seconds left in regulation before Paul Byron’s overtime tally completed the Canadiens’ 4-3 win at Vegas. Carey Price made 23 saves as Montreal ended the Golden Knights’ six-game winning streak.

— The Stars pulled out a 2-1 win against the Wild on Alexander Radulov’s (RAD’-yoo-lahvz) goal with 10 seconds on the clock in overtime. Ben Bishop stopped 30 shots and Jamie Benn tied it in the third period before Dallas dealt Minnesota its fourth straight loss.

— Ilya Kovalchuk (KOH’-vul-chuhk) returned from a 10-game injury absence and had two goals, including the overtime tally in the Kings’ 3-2 win against the Sharks. Alex Iafallo (eye-ah-FAH’-loh) had a goal and an assist to support Jonathan Quick’s 29-save performance.

— Panthers netminder Roberto Luongo turned back 33 shots and Mike Hoffman had a power-play goal in a 2-1 victory at Detroit. Aleksander Barkov had two assists, giving him four goals and seven points in his last four games.


Shiffrin ties World Cup record

COURCHEVEL, France (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin won a slalom in France for a women’s record-equaling 35th career victory in the discipline and 50th overall.

Shiffrin extended her first-run lead of 0.04 seconds to finish 0.29 clear of Petra Vlhova, who has been runner-up to the American star in all three traditional slaloms this season.

Shiffrin tied her childhood idol Marlies Schild of Austria with 35 slalom wins on the World Cup circuit.

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