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#SportsReport: Dr. Larry Nassar Sentenced To 60 Years In Prison

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DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT

A judge has sentenced a Michigan sports doctor to 60 years in federal prison for child pornography crimes.

The criminal case was one of three against former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics sports physician Dr. Larry Nassar, who also admits assaulting female gymnasts.

Separately, the 54-year-old has pleaded guilty to molesting gymnasts with his hands in the Lansing, Michigan, area under the guise of treatment. He'll be sentenced in those cases in January.

NFL

SUNDAY MATCHUPS

Indianapolis Colts will take on the Buffalo Bills 1:00 p.m.

Dallas Cowboys will play the New York Giants at 1:00 p.m.

New York Jets will play the Denver Broncos at 4:05 p.m.

Philadelphia Eagles will take on the LA Rams at 4:25 p.m.

Monday Night Football

New England Patriots will play the Miami Dolphins at 8:30 p.m.

NFL-FALCONS/SAINTS

The Atlanta Falcons are back in the hunt for the NFC South title after grinding out a win over the New Orleans Saints.

Deion Jones made a leaping interception in the end zone with 1:25 remaining to secure the Falcons' 20-17 win over the Saints. Drew Brees had just marched New Orleans to the Atlanta 11 before Jones allowed Atlanta to improve to 8-5, one game behind the division-leading Saints.

Matt Bryant's 52-yard field goal broke a 17-all tie with 3:49 to play. Matt Ryan was picked off three times but tossed a game-tying, eight-yard scoring pass to Mohamed Sanu 5:05 into the fourth quarter.

Brees threw scoring passes to Tommylee Lewis and Michael Thomas, but the Saints were held to 50 yards on 15 carries. Alvin Kamara ran the ball just once for two yards before leaving the game with a concussion.

Carolina will move into a tie with the Saints if the Panthers beat the Vikings in Charlotte on Sunday.

NFL-NEWS

The Cleveland Browns have fired top executive Sashi Brown, but are keeping coach Hue Jackson for another season despite a 1-27 record since he took over last year.

Brown has been replaced by former Kansas City GM John Dorsey, whose Chiefs went 43-21 and reached the playoffs three times in four seasons from 2013-16.

Brown's firing is not unexpected since Cleveland is 0-12 for the second straight season with Brown in charge. The team passed up a chance to draft quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson in the past two drafts and Cleveland has shown little sign of improvement since Brown took over.

In other NFL news:

— Eagles tight end Zach Ertz remains in the concussion protocol despite returning to practice on a limited basis Thursday. Ertz took a big hit in Philadelphia's loss at Seattle last weekend.

— Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier underwent surgery on Wednesday night in Pittsburgh to stabilize his spine. The 25-year-old suffered the injury while hitting Cincinnati's Josh Malone in the first quarter of Pittsburgh's 23-20 victory over the Bengals on Monday night.

— Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor had limited mobility in his bruised left knee on Thursday while practicing for the first time since being hurt last weekend. Coach Sean McDermott has listed Taylor as day to day.

NBA-SCHEDULE

Joel Embiid scored 33 points on Thursday, while teammate Ben Simmons had a triple-double, but it wasn't enough for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Brandon Ingram capped his 21-point performance by nailing the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds left to give the Lakers a 107-104 win at Philadelphia. Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson each had 16 points for the Lakers, who blew a 16-point lead in the second half before ending a five-game losing skid.

Simmons finished with 12 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists for the Sixers. Embiid tied the game by hitting a pair of free throws with 39.8 seconds remaining.

Checking out Thursday's other NBA action:

— The Rockets have an eight-game winning streak after James Harden poured in 29 points and Ryan Anderson added 23 in a 112-101 decision over the Jazz. Chris Paul chipped in 18 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds in helping Houston improve to a Western Conference-leading 19-4.

— Bradley Beal scored 34 points and the Wizards shot 51 percent in beating the Suns 109-99 in Phoenix. Former Sun Markieff Morris had 21 points for Washington, which closed on an 11-3 run to win for the third time in four games.

— The Thunder wasted Russell Westbrook's 31 points, eight boards and six assists in a 100-95 loss to the Nets. Caris Levert dropped in 19 points and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 17 in Brooklyn's third win in four games.

NBA-NEWS

The Philadelphia 76ers have parted with disappointing center Jahlil Okafor.

The Sixers are sending the third player taken in the 2015 NBA draft to the Brooklyn Nets. Okafor averaged 17 ½ points and seven rebounds as a rookie during the 2015-16 season, but he's dropped out of the team's rotation this year

The Sixers also sent guard Nik Stauskas and a 2019 second-round draft pick to the Nets for forward Trevor Booker.

Also in the NBA:

— The Pelicans say reserve center Alexis Ajinca has had surgery on his right knee and his recovery is expected to take four to six months. The 7-foot-2 Ajinca has been inactive so far this season while trying to determine if he could rehabilitate patellar tendinitis without surgery.

MLB NEWS

Giancarlo Stanton remains on the Miami Marlins' payroll, although that hasn't stopped the team from beginning its salary dump.

The Marlins have shipped speedster Dee Gordon to the Mariners for three prospects as Miami tries to slash payroll by more than 20 percent to about $90 million. Gordon hit .308 for Miami last season and led the National League in stolen bases for the third time in four years. He won a batting title in 2015 and is a lifetime .293 hitter.

Gordon has been a second baseman much of his major league career, but he's expected to be moved to the outfield by the Mariners due to the presence of eight-time All-Star Robinson Cano.

Miami acquired right-hander and Mariners No. 2 prospect Nick Neidert in the trade, along with infielder Chris Torres and right-hander Robert Dugger. Seattle gets international signing bonus pool allotment, boosting the amount it can offer Japanese star pitcher.

In other MLB news:

— The Cubs have added Tyler Chatwood to their starting rotation by giving the free-agent right-hander a three-year, $38 million contract. Chatwood was 8-15 with a 4.69 ERA in 33 appearances for the Rockies last season, including 25 starts.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-AWARDS

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield has received a few more postseason honors.

Mayfield is The Associated Press college football Player of the Year after completing 71 percent of his passes for 4,340 yards, 41 touchdowns and just five interceptions for the 12-1 Sooners so far this season. He easily outpointed Stanford running back Bryce Love and becomes the fourth Oklahoma signal-caller to capture the honor.

Mayfield also is the winner of the Walter Camp Award given to the top college player of the year as chosen by the nation's Football Bowl Subdivision coaches and sports information directors. He came away with the Davey O'Brien Award for the nation's best quarterback, and the Maxwell Award for the outstanding collegiate player.

Mayfield is among the finalists for the Heisman Trophy, along with Love and reigning Heisman recipient Lamar Jackson of Louisville.

Love didn't come away empty-handed Thursday, taking the Doak Walker Award for the outstanding college running back. Love has rushed for 1,973 yards and 17 touchdowns this season, averaging 8.3 yards per carry.

There were a few other college football awards handed out on Thursday.

Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick is the winner of the Chuck Bednarik Award for the outstanding collegiate defensive player, and the Jim Thorpe Trophy as the nation's best defensive back. Fitzpatrick is the second straight Crimson Tide player to win the Bednarik award, following Jonathan Allen.

The Fred Biletnikoff Award as the outstanding receiver has gone to James Washington of Oklahoma State.

Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver has come away with the Outland Trophy as the outstanding collegiate interior lineman.

Georgia's Roquan Smith has been voted the Butkus Award, given to the nation's best linebacker.

Utah's Matt Gay has won the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, and the Ray Guy punter Award has gone to Michael Dickson of Texas.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-COACHING MOVES

Tennessee's lengthy search for a head football coach is finally over.

The Vols have chosen Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt to take over for Butch Jones, who was dismissed last month. The hiring comes six days after former Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer was named athletic director and put in charge of the coaching search.

In other college coaching news:

— Mike Riley is returning to Oregon State, this time as an assistant on new coach Jonathan Smith's staff. Riley was most recently head coach at Nebraska after twice serving as the Beavers' head coach. He is Oregon State's all-time winningest coach with 93 wins.

— South Alabama has hired Central Arkansas coach Steve Campbell to lead its football program. Campbell replaces Joey Jones, who had been the program's only coach since its startup a decade ago.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Hartford beat Quinnipiac 77 to 75.

And on the women’s side:

UMass defeated Fisher college 121 to 38.

TOP 25 MEN'S BASKETBALL

Purdue was the only top-25 men's basketball team in action on Thursday, and the 21st-ranked Boilermakers cruised to an 80-50 rout of Valparaiso.

Vincent Edwards scored 15 points and Purdue closed the first half on a 21-4 run to take a 20-point lead into intermission.

Carson Edwards and Isaac Haas each had 10 points for the 9-2 Boilermakers.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS

The South Carolina State player who collapsed on the court during a game at North Carolina State last weekend has been released from the hospital.

A hospital spokesman has confirmed in an email to The Associated Press that Tyvoris Solomon had been discharged.

The redshirt senior collapsed near the team's bench during the first half of S.C. State's 103-71 loss on Saturday.

NHL-SCHEDULE

The Pittsburgh Penguins coughed up a two-goal lead to a division rival before winning for the fifth time in six games.

Matt Hunwick scored 89 seconds into overtime to complete the Pens' 4-3 win over the New York Islanders. Phil Kessel and Riley Sheahan tallied 32 seconds apart in the third period to put the Penguins ahead 3-1. However, the Isles forced OT on goals by Mathew Barzal and Brock Nelson in the final 4:53 of regulation.

Elsewhere on NHL ice:

— Vladislav Namestnikov scored the game-winner and had two assists in the Lightning's 5-2 victory over the Avalanche. Steven Stamkos also had a goal and two assists as Tampa Bay won for the fourth time in five games and improved to a league-best 20-6-2.

— The Kings picked up their seventh consecutive victory on Drew Doughty's goal 32 seconds into overtime of a 4-3 triumph over the Senators. Ottawa earned a point on Ryan Dzingel's goal with about 10 seconds left in regulation.

— Jake Allen stopped 29 shots in his 16th career shutout and Brayden Schenn scored for the fourth time in two games as the Blues knocked off the Stars 3-0. Schenn opened the scoring with his team-high 14th goal of the season to help St. Louis take over first place in the Central Division by one point over Nashville.

— David Backes scored his first two goals of the season and David Krejci added a goal and an assist as the Bruins ripped the Coyotes 6-1. The game was tied 1-1 before Backes tallied twice in a 5:12 span late in the second period of Boston's seventh win in nine games.

— The Canadiens lost their second straight since a five-game winning streak as Sean Monahan's second goal of the night gave the Flames a 3-2 overtime win at Montreal. Garnet Hathaway tied it in the third period with his first goal of the year, and David Rittich stopped 35 shots to get the victory over Carey Price.

— Vincent Trochek provided two power-play goals while the Panthers scored three times in the third period to beat the Jets 6-4 and stop a three-game skid. Florida netminder James Reimer handled 35 shots in his first start since No. 1 goaltender Roberto Luongo suffered a right leg injury on Monday.

— The Sharks beat the Hurricanes 5-4 on Brett Burns' goal 22 seconds into OT. Carolina hauled a 4-2 lead into the third period before Logan Couture scored with the man advantage and Barclay Goodrow tied it with a short-handed goal.

— The Flyers were 4-1 winners at Vancouver as Shayne Gostisbehere and Claude Giroux each furnished a goal and an assist. Brian Elliott notched his 200th career victory with 36 saves for the Flyers, who have won three in a row since a team record-tying 10-game skid.

NHL-NEWS

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan says defenseman Justin Schultz will be out at least two weeks, the result of an upper-body injury suffered in Tuesday's loss to the Rangers.

The Penguins recalled defenseman Frank Corrado from their American Hockey League affiliate.

In other NHL news:

— Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk was suspended by the NHL for Thursday's game in Montreal following his spearing incident against Toronto the previous night. Tkachuk forfeits more than $11,000 in salary.

— Canucks forward Bo Horvat is expected to be sidelined at least six weeks after fracturing a bone in his right foot. The team says a more concrete timeline will be determined after he sees a specialist.

— Devils defenseman Ben Lovejoy says he will donate his brain to research after he dies so it can be studied for signs of traumatic injury. The Concussion Legacy Foundation says Lovejoy is the first active NHL player to make such a pledge.

— Dallas billionaire Tom Dundon has signed a purchase agreement to buy a majority stake in the Carolina Hurricanes from longtime owner Peter Karmanos. Commissioner Gary Bettman said the franchise will not move.

— Bettman also says the league's board of governors has agreed to consider an expansion application from Seattle. He says the expansion fee has been set at $650 million for Seattle, which would become the league's 32nd team, if approved.

AUSTRALIAN OPEN-KUZNETSOVA

Two-time major winner Svetlana Kuznetsova has withdrawn from next month's Australian Open following surgery on her left wrist.

Tennis Australia said the 12th-ranked Kuznetsova and China's Sasai Zheng were the only players ranked in the top 100 who are confirmed as not playing the Jan. 15-28 tournament at Melbourne Park. Officials also say Serena Williams "is anticipated to return."

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