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#SportsReport: Saints Beat Rams...Ethiopia's Desisa, Kenya's Keitany Win NYC Marathon

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The New Orleans Saints are the first team to beat the Los Angeles Rams this season, but it wasn't easy.

The Saints coughed up a 35-14 lead before scoring on two drives in the final 6 ½ minutes to beat the Rams, 45-35. Wil Lutz put New Orleans ahead with a 54-yard field goal and Michael Thomas capped his record-setting performance by hauling in a 72-yard scoring pass from Drew Brees with 3:52 to play.

Thomas had 12 receptions for a team-record 211 yards, while Alvin Kamara scored three touchdowns in the first half.

The Rams tied the game with 9:48 left on Jared Goff's 41-yard TD pass to Cooper Kupp. Goff was 28 of 40 for 391 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

Brees also threw for three scores, all in the opening half.

The Saints improved to 7-1 and dropped the Rams to 8-1.

Elsewhere in the NFL:

The Chiefs still lead the AFC at 8-1 after Patrick Mahomes passed for 375 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-21 victory at Cleveland. Mahomes has 29 TD passes and 3,185 yards, the most by any QB through 10 games since 1950. Kareem Hunt grabbed a scoring pass and had two touchdown runs as Kansas City handed the 2-6-1 Browns their fourth straight loss.

James White ran for two touchdowns and the 7-2 Patriots picked up their sixth win in a row by dumping the Packers, 31-17. The game was tied at 17 until New England receiver Julian Edelman hit White on a 37-yard catch-and-run to set up White's second score, a 1-yard run with 10:06 to play. Tom Brady passed for 294 yards and a TD, hitting Josh Gordon for a 55-yard score to ice it against the 3-4-1 Packers.

The Steelers earned a 23-16 victory at Baltimore as Ben Roethlisberger threw for two touchdowns and ran for a score. Big Ben had 270 passing yards and James Connor provided 107 yards on the ground while grabbing a scoring pass. The Steelers have won four straight since a home loss to the Ravens, leaving them 5-2-1. Joe Flacco had just 209 passing yards and was sacked twice for the 4-5 Ravens.

The Chargers improved to 6-2 with their fifth consecutive victory as Philip Rivers threw for 228 yards and two touchdowns in a 25-17 decision over the 4-4 Seahawks in Seattle. Melvin Gordon added 113 yards rushing and Desmond King provided the deciding points for Los Angeles by stepping in front of a Russell Wilson pass and returning it 42 yards for a touchdown with 6:44 remaining. Wilson threw for 228 yards and two scores.

Danielle Hunter had 3 1/2 of Minnesota's franchise-record 10 sacks and a fourth-quarter fumble return for a touchdown as the Vikings silenced the Lions, 24-9. The fourth-year defensive end also was credited with nine tackles and four quarterback hits while helping the 5-3-1 Vikings limit the Lions to 214 total yards. Stafford had just 199 yards passing for the 3-5 Lions.

The Falcons rolled to their third straight win as Matt Ryan threw for 350 yards and four scores in a 38-14 blowout over the Redskins. Julio Jones grabbed seven passes for 121 yards and sealed the win with his first touchdown in 13 games, a 35-yard scamper off a screen pass with just under four minutes remaining. Tevin Coleman had a 39-yard scoring reception and finished with 88 yards on 13 carries as Atlanta dropped the Redskins to 5-3.

Cam Newton completed 19 of 25 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers' 10th consecutive home win, 42-28 versus Tampa Bay. Christian McCaffrey racked up 157 yards from scrimmage and scored twice for the 6-2 Panthers, who had touchdowns on five straight first-half possessions. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for four touchdowns but was intercepted twice as the Buccaneers dipped to 3-5.

The Texans were able to celebrate a 19-17 win at Denver when Brandon McManus missed a 51-yard field goal as time expired. Demaryius Thomas was a winner just days after being traded by the Broncos, finishing with three receptions for 61 yards in Houston's sixth straight win since an 0-3 start. Deshaun Watson threw for 213 yards, two TDs and no interceptions against the 3-6 Broncos.

Rookie linebacker Jerome Baker intercepted Sam Darnold and scored the only touchdown on a 25-yard return with 11 minutes left in the Dolphins' 13-6 silencing of the Jets. Darnold was picked off four times while completing just 21 of his 39 attempts for 229 yards in the Jets' third straight loss. Cameron Wake and Akeem Spence had two sacks apiece for the 5-4 Dolphins, who had allowed 102 points the previous three weeks.

Jordan Howard scored two touchdowns and the Bears' defense had two others in a 41-9 blowout over the Bills. Eddie Jackson scored on a 65-yard fumble return and Leonard Floyd brought back a tipped pass 19 yards for another TD some 3 1/2 minutes apart in the second quarter. The Bears scored four touchdowns over a span of 12 minutes, 20 seconds in the second quarter and improved to 5-3 while dropping the Bills to 2-7.

In Monday’s NFL Matchup Tennessee takes on Dallas at 8:15 p.m.


Giannis Antetokounmpo had his second triple-double this season to help the Milwaukee Bucks match the best nine-game start in team history.

The Bucks are 8-1 after their power forward scored 26 points on 8 of 11 shooting while providing 15 rebounds and 11 assists in a 144-109 dismantling of the Kings.

Ersan Ilyasova scored all 15 of his points while the Bucks were building a 72-50 lead by intermission, their most productive first half of the season.

Justin Jackson set a career-high with 22 points and Buddy Hield had 19 for the Kings, who had their five-game winning streak snapped.

Checking out Sunday's other NBA action:

Serge Ibaka got off to a fantastic start in the Raptors' 121-107 win over the Lakers, hitting his first 14 shots before finishing with a career-high 34 points and 10 rebounds. Kyle Lowry added 21 points and 15 assists as Toronto improved to 9-1 with its eighth consecutive win over Los Angeles since 2014.

Aaron Gordon scored 26 points and D.J. Augustin dropped in 18 as the Magic held off the Spurs, 117-110. DeMar DeRozan had 25 points for San Antonio, which erased most of a 26-point deficit over the final nine minutes before ending a four-game winning streak.

Jusuf Nurkic had 19 points and 12 rebounds in guiding the Trail Blazers to a 111-81 romp over the Timberwolves. Meyers Leonard had a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds off the bench.

D'Angelo Russell snapped out of a slump with 13 of his 21 points in the second half of the Nets' 122-97 thumping of the 76ers. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson also scored 21 points and Caris LeVert had 20 to help Brooklyn keep Philadelphia winless on the road at 0-5.

The Suns pulled out a 102-100 win over the Grizzlies on Devin Booker's 17-foot jumper with 1.7 seconds remaining. Booker scored 14 of his game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter despite playing the entire period with five fouls.

Washington's five-game skid is over after John Wall scored 26 points and Bradley Beal added 22 in a 108-95 victory over the Knicks. Markieff Morris had 16 points and Jeff Green added 14 in Washington's second win in nine games.

Monday night on the court:

The New York Knicks host the Chicago Bulls at 7:30 p.m.

Boston faces off against Denever at 9 p.m.


The Tampa Bay Lightning needed a late rally to become the first team in the NHL's Eastern Conference with more than 20 points.

Yanni Gourde scored 14 seconds into overtime to lift the Bolts past the Senators, 4-3. Brayden Point prolonged the game by scoring with 27 seconds left in regulation on a two-man advantage before Gourde allowed Tampa Bay to improve to 10-3-1.

Ryan McDonagh had three assists for the Atlantic Division leaders.

Elsewhere on NHL ice:

The Rangers claimed their third win in a row as Henrik Lundqvist turned back 39 shots and Jimmy Vesey scored twice in a 3-1 verdict over the Sabres. The Rangers made the most of their first two shots in the middle period, scoring twice within 19 seconds.

Cam Fowler completed his first career hat trick by scoring 36 seconds into overtime to complete the Ducks' first win in eight games, 3-2 over the Blue Jackets. John Gibson made 24 saves for the Ducks, who had been 0-5-2 since defeating the New York Islanders 4-1 on Oct. 17.

Monday on the Ice:

The New York Rangers host Montreal at 7 p.m.

The New Jersey Devils go against Ottawa at 7:30 p.m.

Stevens dismissed by Kings:

The struggling Los Angeles Kings have fired head coach John Stevens just 13 games into his second season in charge.

The move comes as the Kings sit at the bottom of the NHL's Western Conference standings at 4-8-1. However, Los Angeles had won two of its last three following a six-game losing streak.

Willie Desjardins was named the Kings' interim head coach by general manager Rob Blake.


Kevin Harvick earned a shot at another NASCAR Cup championship by rocketing past polesitter Ryan Blaney in overtime to win at Texas Motor Speedway.

Another late caution led to a third restart in the final 35 laps, each time with Harvick leading. Harvick led 177 of the 337 laps.

It is the second year in a row that that the 2014 Cup champion has won the fall race at Texas to get into the final four.

With Joey Logano and Harvick locked in after winning the past two races, the series goes to Phoenix next week with only two spots up for grabs for the championship run at Homestead in two weeks.


Bryson DeChambeau holed an eagle putt from just inside 60 feet on the 16th hole before completing a 5-under 66 and a one-shot victory over Patrick Cantlay in the Shriners Hospital for Children Open.

DeChambeau won for the fourth time in his last 12 starts on the PGA Tour and moved to No. 5 in the world ranking. He had to survive a wild back nine at the TPC Summerlin in which four players had a share of the lead at some point.


The top three teams are the same in the latest Associated Press college football poll, but there are several changes just below.

Alabama remains the unanimous No. 1 selection following Saturday's 29-0 shutout of LSU, which dropped the Tigers out of the top five. Clemson stays at No. 2, Notre Dame still holds onto No. 3, while Michigan moves up a notch to replace LSU at No. 4.

Georgia is fifth, followed by Oklahoma, West Virginia, Ohio State, LSU and Washington State. The Mountaineers moved up five spots with Saturday's one-point win at Texas.

Iowa State is ranked for the first time this season, one of five teams to move into the top 25 this week.


Karen Khachanov upset a tired-looking Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-4 to win the Paris Masters title Sunday and deprive Djokovic the chance of matching Rafael Nadal's record of 33 Masters titles.

Djokovic looked out of energy after an epic three-hour semifinal win against Roger Federer on Saturday. However, he will return to No. 1 in the rankings for the first time in two years on Monday.


Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia has won the New York City Marathon, holding off countryman Shura Kitata by 1.99 seconds.

Desisa finished in 2 hours, 5 minutes, 59 seconds. Last year's winner, Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya, finished third.

Mary Keitany of Kenya became the second woman to win the marathon four times, beating countrywoman Vivian Cheruiyot by 3 minutes, 13 seconds.

She ran the course in 2 hours, 22 minutes, 48 seconds the second fastest time for a female runner in NYC marathon history.


Mookie Betts and the Boston Red Sox just keep winning.

Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Ian Kinsler won Gold Gloves for the World Series champion Red Sox on Sunday night, and the Atlanta Braves also were recognized for their fielding excellence this season.

The 26-year-old Betts won for the third straight year. He also is a top contender for the AL MVP award.

Kinsler got his second Gold Glove at second base, and Bradley won for the first time in center. Teammate Andrew Benintendi also was nominated, but Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon took home his sixth Gold Glove instead.

Atlanta added three Gold Gloves to its surprise NL East title this season. Freddie Freeman and Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo tied for the award at first base, and center fielder Ender Inciarte and right fielder Nick Markakis also were honored for the Braves.

It's the third straight Gold Glove for Inciarte. Markakis won for the first time in the NL and third time overall, ending Jason Heyward's run of four in a row.

Oakland, Colorado and Arizona each had two Gold Glove winners in the infield.

First baseman Matt Olson and third baseman Matt Chapman were recognized for the Athletics, and second baseman D.J. LeMahieu and third baseman Nolan Arenado won for the Rockies. Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke got his fifth consecutive Gold Glove award, and teammate Nick Ahmed won for the first time at shortstop.

St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina took home his ninth Gold Glove, but his first since 2015. It was a similar situation at catcher in the AL, with Salvador Perez winning for Kansas City for the fifth time after he was unseated by Martin Maldonado last year.

Pittsburgh left fielder Corey Dickerson rounds out the NL winners. Houston pitcher Dallas Keuchel and Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons also won in the AL.

Clemente Award:

Many around Major League Baseball rallied to help Puerto Rico after it was ravaged by Hurricane Maria last year.

The efforts of one native son were honored with an award named for the island's greatest player Wednesday.

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was named the recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award, a fitting recognition for the star who grew up on Puerto Rico and idolized the island's late Hall of Famer.

Commissioner Rob Manfred and Clemente's widow, Vera Clemente, presented the award to members of Molina's family before Game 2 of the World Series. It is given annually to the player who best represents Clemente's humanitarian efforts.

Molina wasn't on hand to receive the award himself because he is currently in Colombia, coaching Puerto Rico's under-23 national baseball team in the Baseball World Cup. Clemente also managed the national team while he was playing in the major leagues.

Molina has worked tirelessly to help Puerto Rico recover from the effects of Maria last year.

The 36-year-old Molina and his wife, Wanda, in 2010 created the Foundation4 (Fundacion4) to improve the lives of underprivileged children on the island who have been affected by poverty, abuse and cancer.

"What he represents for the whole country and for all of Latin America is the same spirit that dad had," Clemente's son, Luis, said of Molina. "We're very proud to continue the Clemente legacy."

Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who is from Caguas, Puerto Rico, greeted Molina's family during the award presentation and gave Vera Clemente flowers.

Cora, who has also been a visual presence in the hurricane relief efforts back on his native island, said he is an admirer of the work Molina has done there in the aftermath of the storm.

"I call him the leader because he's the leader of our national team. He's the leader of the St. Louis Cardinals. And he's the leader on the field. But off the field, he became the leader last year," Cora said.

"Very proud of what he's done throughout his career. But I think last year was the highlight of his career."

Molina is the third Puerto Rican-born player to win the award and fourth from the island. He joins Carlos Beltran (2013), Carlos Delgado (2006) and Edgar Martinez (2004).

A nine-time All-Star, Molina is an eight-time Gold Glove Award winner and has spent all 15 of his big league seasons with the Cardinals.

Clemente died on Dec. 31, 1972, when his airplane that was carrying supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua crashed after taking off from Puerto Rico.

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