#SportsReport: Green's Bucket Lifts Raptors... Mets Drop Mejia
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.
Kawhi Leonard had a team-high 18 points and Serge Ibaka added 14 with nine rebounds as the Raptors improved to 14-4.
Checking out Tuesday's other NBA games:
The Trail Blazers are 12-5 after turning a 10-point, third-quarter deficit into a 118-114 victory over the Knicks. CJ McCollum scored 31 points and Damian Lillard finished with 29 points, eight assists and six assists to help Portland deal New York its sixth consecutive loss.
The Wizards ended the Clippers' five-game winning streak as John Wall poured in 30 points and Bradley Beal contributed 27 in Washington's 125-118 victory. Wall, Beal and Jeff Green each scored 10 in the fourth quarter as the Wizards outscored Los Angeles, 39-23 to pull out the win.
The Nets earned a 104-92 win at Miami as D'Angelo Russell scored 20 points and Jarrett Allen added 13 points and 14 rebounds. Spencer Dinwiddie scored 16 points for Brooklyn, which held the Heat to 36 percent shooting and sent Miami to its fifth straight home loss.
Cavaliers, J.R. Smith parting ways:
The Cleveland Cavaliers have parted ways with disgruntled forward J.R. Smith.
The team says Smith "will no longer be with team as the organization works with JR and his representation regarding his future."
Smith requested a trade earlier this season. The 33-year-old has been displeased with his diminished role and the team's direction since LeBron James left for the second time as a free agent last summer.
Kevin Love won't be returning to the Cavs' lineup anytime soon. The All-Star forward says he may not be back until sometime in 2019 following foot surgery performed on Nov. 2.
Wednesday on the Court:
The Philadelphia 76ers host New Orleans at 7 p.m.
The New York Knicks face off against the Boston Celtics at 7:30 p.m.
The Brooklyn Nets go against Dallas at 8:30 p.m.
The top four teams in the College Football Playoff rankings remain the same for the third straight week, the first time that has happened in the five-year history of the postseason system.
Alabama stays at No. 1, followed by Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan. The Crimson Tide, Tigers and Fighting Irish are unbeaten, and the Wolverines haven't lost since their season-opening setback to Notre Dame.
Georgia and Oklahoma are fifth and sixth, just ahead of LSU, Washington State, undefeated UCF and Ohio State. The Knights moved up a notch with their blowout win over
Ryan Tannehill will be back under center when the Miami Dolphins take on the Colts at Indianapolis on Sunday.
The Dolphins' No. 1 quarterback threw at practice Tuesday for the first time since mid-October. Coach Adam Gase said Tannehill has progressed enough in his recovery from a throwing shoulder injury to rejoin the lineup.
The 5-5 Dolphins have dropped five of their last seven and were 2-4 while Tannehill recovered from the injury. The offense has gone nine quarters without a touchdown and has scored more than 23 points just once since a 3-0 start.
Elsewhere in the NFL:
Chase Daniel could be the starting quarterback when the Chicago Bears face the Lions in Detroit on Thanksgiving Day at 12:30 p.m. Mitchell Trubisky hasn't practiced since suffering a right shoulder injury during the fourth quarter of Sunday night's 25-20 win over the Vikings. Coach Matt Nagy is holding out hope Trubisky can play even without practice, but he adds he's very comfortable using Daniel if necessary.
Elsewhere in Thanksgiving Day action Washington goes against Dallas at 4:30 p.m. and Atlanta takes on New Orleans at 8:20 p.m.
The Broncos have waived cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones, three months after signing the 14-year veteran. Jones appeared in seven games for Denver, recording nine tackles, one interception and three pass breakups.
The Texas Rangers are saying goodbye to third baseman Adrian Beltre and hello to catcher Jeff Mathis.
The Rangers announced Tuesday that Beltre is retiring at age 39 after producing 3,166 hits over 21 major league seasons. The four-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove recipient made his big league debut at 19 with the 1998 Dodgers and spent time with the Mariners and Red Sox before joining the Rangers as a free agent in 2011. He made his only World Series appearance during his first season with Texas.
Beltre hit .286 with 477 homers and 1,707 RBIs in 2,933 games.
Meanwhile, the Rangers finalized their two-year, $6.25 million package with Mathis. The 35-year-old backstop is a lifetime .198 hitter over 13 big league seasons, but he's among the game's best defensive catchers. His 17 defensive runs saved last season were five more than any other catcher.
Also in the majors:
The Miami Marlins have discarded another veteran by designating utilityman Derek Dietrich for assignment. Dietrich hit .265 with 16 home runs in 149 games while spending most of last season in left field. Dietrich's departure means All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto has now been with Miami longer than any other player.
Meanwhile, the Mets have released reliever Jenrry Mejia (HEHN'-ree meh-HEE'-uh), who has been suspended three times for steroid use. The 29-year-old right-hander was told in July by baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred that he could return to the big leagues in 2019, three years after receiving a lifetime ban for his third positive test. Mejia became the Mets' closer in 2014, recording 28 saves and a 3.65 ERA.
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It will be top-ranked Duke against No. 3 Gonzaga in the Maui Invitational championship game.
The Blue Devils fought off a tough challenge by eighth-ranked Auburn as they saw a 17-point lead shrink to 61-56 before earning a 78-72 triumph over the Tigers.
R.J. Barrett and Cam Reddish scored 18 points each for the 5-0 Blue Devils, while Marques Bolden delivered 11 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks.
Jared Harper had a team-high 22 points and Bryce Brown had 16 for Auburn, which slipped to 4-1.
The Bulldogs had an easier time with Arizona as Rui Hachimura scored 24 points and Zach Norvell Jr. added 20 in a 91-74 win against the Wildcats. The Zags trailed until a 15-2 run put them up 56-53.
Justin Coleman had 28 points for Arizona, which had three assists on 21 made field goals.
In other top-25 finals:
Marcquise Reed poured in 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds as 16th-ranked Clemson stifled Georgia, 64-49 to advance to the Cayman Islands Classic title game. Elijah Thomas chipped in 12 points and 11 rebounds for his second straight double-double, and Shelton Mitchell followed his season-high 22-point performance on Monday by scoring 13 against the Bulldogs.
Garrison Mathews had 23 points and Kenny Cooper scored 17 with a couple of breakaway layups off steals to send Lipscomb to a 73-64 upset win at No. 18 TCU. Lipscomb had been 0-13 against ranked teams since 2006, which each loss by at least 10 points. The Bisons were down 22-8 midway through the first half before tying it with a 16-2 run.
Bol Bol had 21 points and nine rebounds to help No. 21 Oregon hold off Green Bay 83-72. Payton Pritchard had 18 points for the 4-1 Ducks, who went 33 of 42 from the line to just 9 of 18 for the Phoenix.
Kaleb Wesson dropped in 17 points and No. 23 Ohio State went on a 21-3 run in the second half to pull away in a 68-50 decision over Samford. Keyshawn Woods had 14 points in the Buckeyes' fifth straight win.
Syracuse takes on Colgate Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Quinnipiac defeated New Hampshire 69-63
Holy Cross edged UAlbany 69-65
Wednesday Iona face off against Hartford at 2 p.m.
Vermont goes against Yale Wednesday at 7 p.m.
UConn topped Cornell 91-74
Stephen F. Austin beat Marist 64-60
Siena Saints take on the Mountain Hawks Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Top recruit chooses Memphis:
James Wiseman has chosen Memphis and his former high school coach, Penny Hardaway, over Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Kansas and Florida State.
The 7-foot center is the No. 1 recruit in the nation for the 2019 class according to a composite ranking of recruiting sites compiled by 247Sports. Wiseman averaged 17 points and nine rebounds last season helping East High and Hardaway win Tennessee's Class AAA championship. Hardaway was hired by Memphis to take over at his alma mater soon after that title game.
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UMass edged UT Rio Grande Valley 74-70
UAlbany takes on Monmouth Wednesday at 5 p.m.
The Edmonton Oilers completed a tumultuous day by earning an overtime win on the road.
Leon Draisaitl scored 51 seconds into overtime to give the Oilers just their second victory in eight games, 4-3 at San Jose. Connor McDavid notched his 100th career goal and set up the tying and winning goals in Edmonton's first game under new coach Ken Hitchcock.
Hitchcock was promoted earlier in the day once general manager Peter Chiarelli decided to dismiss Todd McLellan after 3-plus seasons. The 66-year-old Hitchcock is 823-506-88 in a 21-season coaching career, winning a Stanley Cup with the 1999 Stars and making stops at Philadelphia, Columbus and St. Louis before returning to Dallas last season.
Capitals' Orpik out 4-6 weeks:
Veteran Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik has undergone arthroscopic right knee surgery and is expected to miss four to six weeks.
Orpik appeared in the Caps' first 10 games this season before missing the last nine. He was placed on long-term injured reserve on Nov. 9.
Wednesday on the Ice:
The New Jersey Devils host Montreal at 7 p.m.
The New York Islanders face off against the New York Rangers at 7 p.m.
The Buffalo Sabres take on The Flyers at 7:30 p.m.
The Boston Bruins take on Detroit at 7:30 p.m.
Former Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon has been charged with lying to police during an investigation of the handling of serial sexual abuser Larry Nassar.
Simon is the third current or former campus official other than Nassar to face criminal charges in the scandal. Hundreds of girls and women have said Nassar molested them when he was a physician, including while he worked at Michigan State and Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics.
Lindsey Vonn says she injured her knee in a training crash and will miss the upcoming World Cup speed races in Lake Louise, Alberta.
The three-time Olympic medalist didn't specify which knee she hurt in a super-G wipeout on Monday, but she said on her social media accounts she won't need surgery.
The 34-year-old Vonn plans to retire after the season. She has 82 World Cup victories, leaving her five away from breaking the record held by Ingemar Stenmark of Sweden.
Vijay Singh has settled his lawsuit against the PGA Tour over the way it investigated his use of deer antler spray. The settlement ends five years of litigation, less than a week before the case was to go to trial in New York.
Terms of the settlement announced Tuesday were not disclosed.
Singh said in a Sports Illustrated article in early 2013 that he used deer antler spray. The tour sent a sample of it from Singh to be tested and it returned small amounts of IGF-1, which was on the banned substance list. Two months after the tour told Singh he was being suspended for three months, it announced it was dropping the case because of new information on deer antler spray.
The Daily Racing Form reports Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens said he is retiring from riding after doctors informed him he has a spinal injury that could lead to a far more serious issue if he were to fall.
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