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On this week's 51%, we learn how one woman flourished after leaving a religious sect and created a lasting career on Wall Street. We also hear the journey of Fran Grey, a former addict, who is now the director of a rehab facility in West Virginia.
The Toronto Raptors were in danger of losing their third in a row on Wednesday until they erased a 17-point deficit against Indiana.
Fred VanVleet hit a go-ahead, 3-pointer with 25 seconds left to send the Raptors to a 99-96 triumph over the Pacers. VanVleet scored nine of his 11 points in the fourth quarter after the Pacers carried a 10-point lead into the period.
Former UConn men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie is alleging that his firing was racially motivated. Ollie says in court documents filed Tuesday in federal court that he was treated differently from former coach Jim Calhoun, who wasn't fired despite incurring recruiting violations.
Ollie was promoted to head coach in 2014, following Calhoun's retirement, and was dismissed in March.
Ollie says that the university has illegally tried to deter him from filing a racial discrimination complaint. A university spokeswoman said Tuesday that the school fired Ollie because of NCAA violations.
The New Orleans Saints have control of the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs after putting the clamps on Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers.
Alvin Kamara had 103 yards from scrimmage and scored a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter of the Saints' 12-9 win at Carolina. The Saints were held to a pair of Will Lutz field goals until Kamara ripped off a 16-yard scoring run with 12:12 remaining.
The Pittsburgh Steelers rediscovered their running game Sunday, but James Connor wasn't the one racking up the yardage.
Rookie Jaylen Samuels ran for a career-high 142 yards and made a critical third-down reception in the fourth quarter of the Steelers' 17-10 victory over the New England Patriots. Samuels set up Ben Roethlisberger's two touchdown passes in the first half to help Pittsburgh end a three-game losing streak. His late reception led to a field goal that capped the scoring late in the game.
Things just got a little more interesting in the AFC West after Philip Rivers engineered a very late comeback.
The Los Angeles Chargers scored two touchdowns in the final 3:49 before Rivers hit Mike Williams for a two-point conversion with just four seconds left to lead a 29-28 win over the Chiefs in Kansas City.
Boston Celtics forward Al Horford will miss at least another few games because of an injured left knee.
Horford sat out his third straight game Wednesday in Washington and says the knee pain has not been getting better. He is averaging 12.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 22 games this season, hitting 49.1 percent of his shots and 34 percent of his 3-point attempts.
The Toronto Raptors improved to an NBA-best 22-7 by dealing the Los Angeles Clippers their worst loss of the season.
Serge Ibaka delivered 25 points and nine rebounds as the Raptors ripped the Clippers, 123-99 in Los Angeles. Kyle Lowry hit four of Toronto's 14 3-pointers and added 21 points to help the Raptors win while Kawhi Leonard sat out with a bruised right hip. Fred Van Vleet had a career-high 14 assists starting in place of Leonard.
The Seattle Seahawks are on the doorstep of the postseason following their fourth straight win.
A blocked field goal and a fumble return sparked the Seahawks to a 21-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Seattle led just 6-0 when Bobby Wagner provided the block midway through the fourth quarter to set up Chris Carson's two-yard scoring run with 2:53 remaining. Just 18 seconds later, Justin Coleman brought back a fumble 29 yards for the game-clinching TD.
The New Orleans Saints became the second NFL team to clinch a division title by rallying to victory at Tampa.
The Saints trailed 14-3 at halftime before Drew Brees threw for a touchdown and ran for another in a 28-14 decision over the Buccaneers. He shrugged off a pair of turnovers to throw a 1-yard TD pass to Zach Line, then scored on a 1-yard sneak. Brees completed 24 of 31 passes for 201 yards and one interception.
Michael Thomas had 11 receptions for 98 yards as the Saints avenged a season-opening loss to Bucs and also rebounded from a defeat the previous week at Dallas.
The 11-2 Saints claimed the NFC South and moved closer to wrapping up a first-round bye in the playoffs.
The best finish of the day belonged to the Miami Dolphins as they pulled out a 34-33 win over the Patriots on the game's final play. The Pats were 16 seconds away from a 33-28 victory until Miami scored on a pass and double-lateral that was capped by Kenyan Drake's 52-yard run.
Derrick Henry helped the Tennessee Titans improve their chances for an AFC wild-card berth in a convincing 30-9 win over Jacksonville.
Henry tied an NFL record with a 99-yard touchdown run, matching Tony Dorsett's run for Dallas against Minnesota in 1983. He set a franchise record with 238 yards on just 17 carries, topping the previous mark of 228 yards set by Chris Johnson in 2009.
Henry matched another Titans franchise record with four touchdowns to help Tennessee move to 7-6.
The Titans outgained the Jaguars 426-255, and they also had four sacks.
Stephen Curry was his old self on Wednesday in his third game since missing 11 straight with a strained groin.
Curry nailed nine 3-pointers and poured in 42 points as the Golden State Warriors won a rematch of last season's NBA Finals, 129-105 at Cleveland. The two-time MVP put the game out of reach by scoring nine points in less than a minute midway through the fourth quarter. He also finished with nine rebounds and seven assists.
Curry is averaging 33 points since his return, going 18-for-33 from 3-point range.
Aaron Gordon scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, Nikola Vucevic finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds and the Orlando Magic beat the Miami Heat 105-90 on Tuesday night.
Terrence Ross added 19 off the bench for the Magic, who were 14 for 28 from 3-point range. Evan Fournier scored 13 and DJ Augustin had 11 for Orlando.
Justise Winslow scored 14 for Miami, which had won two straight — and still hasn't had a three-game winning streak this season. Kelly Olynyk scored 13, Hassan Whiteside had 12 and Dwyane Wade and James Johnson each added 11 for the Heat.
Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy suffered a fractured fibula in his right leg in the second quarter of Monday night's 28-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
McCoy ran to avoid a sack and tried to slide as the Eagles defense rushed toward him. He planted his right leg into the turf and the lower part of the leg and ankle viciously whipped into safety Malcolm Jenkins' knee.
The Dallas Cowboys have the upper hand in the NFC East race after generating the finest defensive performance against the New Orleans Saints this year.
The Saints' 10-game winning streak is over after the Cowboys limited them to 176 total yards in a 13-10 loss at Dallas. New Orleans was shut out in the opening half for the first time since 2014. The Saints also failed to score at least 21 points for the first time all season.
Joel Embiid got a chance to show his father what Philadelphia 76ers fans have been cheering for the last two seasons.
The Sixers' center put up 26 points and 14 rebounds against the Knicks in a 117-91 rout at Philadelphia. Embiid's spin move into a one-handed jam earned a smile and applause from Thomas Embiid, a colonel in the Cameroon military who is visiting from the family's home country and plans to spend a few weeks with his son.
Tom Brady broke another NFL passing record while moving the New England Patriots one step closer to one more AFC East title.
Brady became the all-time leader in total passing yards in regular season and playoff games while going 20 of 31 throws for 283 yards and two touchdowns in the Patriots' 27-13 win over the Jets at the Meadowlands. The 41-year-old Brady now has 79,416 yards and became the third quarterback in league history with 16 straight seasons of at least 3,000 yards.
The New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears are thankful for victories. The Saints picked up their tenth consecutive win, the Cowboys now own a share of first place in the NFC East, and the NFC North-leading Bears have their first five-game winning streak in five years.
New York State Senator José Peralta died of an apparent heart attack late Wednesday night. The 47-year-old Democrat represented the 13th District in Queens and was defeated in a Democratic primary this fall by Jessica Ramos.
LeBron James made his return to Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday and received a hero's welcome before helping the Los Angeles Lakers knock off his old team.
James finished with 32 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists in the Lakers' 109-105 win over the Cavaliers. He scored or assisted on 11 straight points as Los Angeles overcame a 99-91 deficit in the final period.
Danny Green provided the big basket as the Toronto Raptors won for the second time since a season-worst three-game losing streak.
Green nailed a jumper from the left side of the lane with 0.5 seconds left to give the Raptors a 93-91 victory at Orlando. Toronto blew an 18-point, first-half lead and were tied at 91 when Green took Kyle Lowry's inbounds pass and scored the last of his 13 points.
The Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs combined for 1,001 total yards and 105 points in a Monday night game that more than lived up to expectations.
Jared Goff hit Gerald Everett for a 40-yard scoring touchdown with 1:49 remaining to send the Rams past the Chiefs, 54-51. Goff passed for 413 yards and four touchdowns in the NFL's highest scoring game this season.
Patrick Mahomes threw for six TDs but was picked off twice in the final 78 seconds as the Chiefs fell to 9-2.
Marcus Peters and Lamarcus Joyner came up with the late interceptions for the 10-1 Rams.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are winners of six straight following a remarkable comeback in a 20-16 win over the Jaguars in Jacksonville.
The Jags led 16-0 late in the third quarter and were ahead 16-7 with 2 ½ minutes remaining, but Pittsburgh finally went in front on Ben Roethlisberger's one-yard keeper with five seconds to play. Roethlisberger also hit Vance McDonald for an 11-yard scoring with 2:28 remaining before the Jags went 3-and-out on their next possession.
Antonio Brown hauled in a 78-yard scoring strike from Roethlisberger, who passed for 314 yards but was intercepted three times.