#SportsReport: College Basketball Play Around The Region
On Monday Night Football, the Giants beat Cincinnati 21-20. The New York Giants are 6-3 after Eli Manning passed for 240 yards and three touchdowns in their fourth straight win, 21-20, over Cincinnati. The Giants' defense intercepted Andy Dalton once and sacked him three times after entering the game with an NFL-worst 11 sacks. New York went ahead for good on Manning's three-yard TD throw to Sterling Shepard on fourth-and-goal in the final period.
The NFL has slapped Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery with a four-game suspension without pay for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. Jeffery will be eligible to be activated on Dec. 12 and play against Green Bay six days later. He leads the Bears with 630 yards receiving and is second with 40 catches.
The Los Angeles Rams say defensive end Robert Quinn is in stable condition after checking himself into a hospital with an illness that's unrelated to football. The sixth-year pro from North Carolina and former first-round draft pick has two sacks this season along with two forced fumbles, giving him an NFL-best 19 since 2013. The 26-year-old Quinn underwent back surgery last December.
In the NBA, the Knicks beat Dallas 93-77, New Orleans squeaked by Boston 106-105, the Clippers topped Brooklyn 127-95, Indiana won against Orlando 88-69, Detroit bested Oklahoma City 104-88, Houston crushed Philadelphia 115-88, Memphis defeated Utah 102-96, and it was San Antonio over Miami 94-90.
In the NHL, Tampa Bay blanked the Islanders 4-0.
The Hockey Hall of Fame has enshrined four more members, including former Hart Trophy winner Eric Lindros. Also inducted on Monday were two-time Vezina Trophy winner Rogie Vachon, Soviet forward and Flames standout Sergei Makarov, and the late Pat Quinn.
The Arizona Coyotes have announced a proposal to build a 16,000-seat arena that would be the NHL team's third home since moving from Winnipeg to the Phoenix area in 1996. The plan would have the Coyotes playing in Tempe near the main Arizona State University campus. The arena would include an attached 4,000-seat multi-sport arena that would be used for Coyotes practices as well as by ASU athletics and youth hockey teams.
In NCAA men’s college basketball, No. 24 Cincinnati beat Albany 74-51, No. 11 Xavier topped Buffalo 86-53, No. 21 Rhode Island blasted Marist 107-65, and No. 20 Iowa St. won against Mount St. Mary’s 73-55. Meanwhile St. John’s beat Binghamton 77-61 and UMass Lowell won against Wagner 87-76. Hartford faces Niagara this morning at 6:30.
In women’s college basketball, No. 14 Syracuse beat Siena 102-65.
In the NCAA men’s college soccer championship, UAlbany will play the winner of the Boston College and Fordham game on Sunday.
There has been another change at the top in the new USCHO.com men's college hockey rankings, with Denver moving up to take over the top spot from Minnesota-Duluth. Boston College remains third while Quinnipiac moved up to fourth and dropping Boston University to fifth. UMass-Lowell is No. 6 and Harvard is 11th.
Florida International has hired Butch Davis as its new head football coach and will be introduced at a news conference today. Davis was the Miami Hurricanes' head coach from 1995-2000 before leaving for the Cleveland Browns. He also coached for four seasons at North Carolina and was let go in 2011 while the school dealt with allegations of improper benefits and academic misconduct, violations which Davis was never implicated in.’
Columbia University has stopped its wrestling team from competing as the university looks into possibly lewd text messages by some wrestlers. In a statement, Columbia says it started the probe after learning of the messages that it described as "appalling."
Syracuse coach Dino Babers says he's still awaiting the results of more tests on injured quarterback Eric Dungey. The sophomore star was hit in the head/shoulder area during the first quarter of a 54-0 loss to then-No. 3 Clemson on Nov. 5 and missed Saturday's home loss to North Carolina State. He had been listed as questionable for the game on the team's injury report.
Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager is the National League Rookie of the Year in a unanimous vote after hitting .308 with 26 home runs and 72 RBIs for the NL West champions. Seager is the 17th Dodgers player to earn Rookie of the Year honors, and the first since Todd Hollandsworth in 1996. Washington outfielder Trea Turner finished second in the balloting, followed by Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda.
The American League Rookie of the Year is Detroit hurler Michael Fulmer, who was 11-7 with a 3.06 ERA in 26 starts. Fulmer got off to a great start in 2016, going 9-2 with a 2.11 ERA in his first 13 big league outings before he and the Tigers faded down the stretch. He received 26 of 30 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers' Association of America to outdistance Indians outfielder Tyler Naquin and Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez.
The New York Mets are keeping their best-hitting infielder.
Second baseman Neil Walker has accepted the Mets' $17.2 million qualifying offer, saying he's happy to be back in Orange and Blue for 2017. Walker was hitting .282 with 23 homers and 55 RBIs in 113 games before missing the last part of the season due to back surgery.
The Phillies hung onto pitcher Jeremy Hellickson, who accepted the same qualifying offer after going 12-10 with a 3.71 earned run average in 32 starts this year.
Eight players did not accept qualifying offers, including two each from the Blue Jays and Dodgers. Toronto could lose sluggers Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista to free agency, while closer Kenley Jansen and utilityman Justin Turner could be heading out of Los Angeles.
Others passing on qualifying offers are Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, Rangers outfielder Ian Desmond, Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler and major league home run leader Mark Trumbo of the Orioles.
Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard will undergo season-ending surgery Thursday for an injury he sustained in the CONCACAF Word Cup qualifier between the U.S. and Mexico last week. Howard was diagnosed with a fracture of the right adducter longus located in the upper groin. He's expected to be sidelined four months. Howard will miss the Rapids' appearance in the MLS conference championship against Seattle this month.
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