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#SportsReport: Jets Beat Giants; Suns Down Nets

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The Jets wasted a 14-0 lead and trailed 27-21 in the fourth quarter until Le’Veon Bell scored on a one-yard run to help New York pull out a 34-27 victory against the Giants. Sam Darnold threw a touchdown pass to Jamison Crowder and had a TD run for the 2-7 Jets. Daniel Jones threw a career-high four touchdown passes, two each to Darius Slayton and Golden Tate, but couldn't prevent the 2-8 Giants from losing their sixth in a row.

The Browns pulled out a 19-16 win over the Bills on Baker Mayfield’s seven-yard scoring strike to Rashard Higgins with 1:44 to play. Mayfield had his second straight solid game, completing 26 of 38 passes for 238 yards and two TDs as the 3-6 Browns ended a four game losing streak. Josh Allen had a pair of touchdown runs for the 6-3 Bills.

The Steelers are 5-4 after forcing four turnovers in a 17-12 victory against the Rams. Minkah Fitzpatrick had a 43-yard fumble return for a touchdown, and Mason Rudolph completed 22 of 38 passes for 242 yards and a TD. The 5-4 Rams converted just 1 of 14 third downs and came up empty on a pair of last-gasp drives in the final two minutes.

Dalvin Cook ran for 97 yards and had another 86 yards receiving to set up three other scores in the Vikings’ 28-24 downing of the Cowboys. Cook broke a 21-21 tie with a two-yard scoring burst on fourth down in the third quarter to help Minnesota improve to 7-3. Dak Prescott threw for 397 yards and three touchdowns for the 5-4 Cowboys.

A trip to Cincinnati could have been a trap game for the Baltimore Ravens after they dominated the defending-champion New England Patriots last Sunday. Instead, the Ravens picked up their fifth straight win and improved to 7-2 by manhandling the winless Bengals. Lamar Jackson threw for three touchdowns and added a sensational 47-yard scoring run to lead Baltimore’s 49-13 romp at Cincinnati. Jackson set a club completion percentage record by hitting on 15 of his 17 throws for 223 yards and a perfect passer rating of 158.3, his second of the season. Ryan Finley finished 16 of 30 for 167 yards in his first NFL start as the 0-9 Bengals absorbed their 11th consecutive loss since last season. Finley also threw an interception that Marcus Peters turned into an 89-yard scoring play.

Ryan Tannehill threw a 23-yard touchdown to Adam Humphries with 23 seconds left before the Titans blocked a last-second field goal attempt to beat the Chiefs, 35-32. Derrick Henry ran for 188 yards, including a 68-yard TD in the third quarter and a 1-yard TD with 6:26 remaining to pull the Titans within 29-27. Chiefs quarterback Pat Mahomes threw for 446 yards and three touchdowns in his first game since missing two straight with a dislocated kneecap.

New Orleans’ six-game winning streak is over after Matt Ryan completed 20 of 35 for 182 yards and two touchdowns in Atlanta’s 26-9 stunner over the Saints. Ryan’s first TD throw put the Falcons ahead to stay in the second quarter before his fourth-quarter scoring toss to running back Brian Hill gave Atlanta a 20-9 lead. Saints quarterback Drew Brees went 32 of 45 for 287 yards, but Atlanta allowed just 23 yards on the ground and ended a six-game losing streak.

Aaron Jones scored three rushing touchdowns and the Packers used a goal-line stand to beat the Panthers, 24-16. Preston Smith and the Packers’ defense stopped Christian McCaffrey at the goal line as time expired to give Green Bay an 8-2 record. Kyle Allen completed 28 of 43 attempts for 307 yards, but he also had two costly turnovers as Carolina dropped to 5-4.

Miami scored 13 points off three Brian Hoyer interceptions as the Dolphins earned a 16-12 win at Indianapolis. Ryan Fitzpatrick scored on an 11-yard run in the first half to help the Dolphins win their second straight since an 0-7 start. Hoyer was 18 of 39 with 204 yards and one TD in place of injured quarterback Jacoby Brissett as the Colts fell to 5-4.

Mitchell Trubisky tied a season high with three touchdown passes as the Bears knocked off the Lions, 20-13 to end a four-game losing streak. Taylor Gabriel, Tarik Cohen and Ben Braunecker each had scoring receptions for the 3-6 Bears. Jeff Driskel was 27 of 46 for 269 yards with a touchdown and interception for the 3-5-1 Lions after starting QB Matthew Stafford was held out of the game because of hip and back injuries.

The Buccaneers also stopped a four-game skid. Winston threw for 358 yards and one touchdown in a 30-27 decision over the Cardinals. Matt Gay kicked three field goals and Peyton Barber scored on a 1-yard run to finish a 92-yard, game-winning drive Winston put together. Murray threw for 324 yards and three TDs to Christian Kirk, but his first NFL interception set up Tampa Bay’s go-ahead TD.


LSU is an overwhelming No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll after receiving 57 first-place votes following Saturday’s 46-41 win over Alabama. Second-ranked Ohio State picked up five first-place votes and No. 3 Ohio State came away with three. Alabama fell two spots to fourth. Georgia is fifth, followed by Oregon, Minnesota, Utah, Penn State and Oklahoma. The Golden Gophers beat the Nittany Lions on Saturday to climb into the top 10 for the first time since 1962.

Arkansas has fired football coach Chad Morris after 22 games and an 0-14 record in SEC contests. The Razorbacks are 4-18 overall under Morris following Saturday’s 45-19 loss to Western Kentucky. Two of those wins came against subdivision teams. Athletic director Hunter Yurachek said in a statement that it was clear the program had not made the progress necessary to compete and win, especially in the conference.


Devin Booker shot 4-for-5 from 3-point range and was 10 of 14 overall while scoring 27 points in the Suns’ 138-112 thrashing of the Nets. Ricky Rubio added 22 points and 12 assists for Phoenix, which was 19 of 42 from beyond the arc.

The Cavaliers beat the Knicks, 108-87 behind Collin Sexton’s 31 points. Kevin Love and Jordan Clarkson each added 17 points for Cleveland, which opened the second half on an 18-6 run and led by as many as 30 in the third quarter.

Philadelphia ended its three-game losing streak as Joel Embiid delivered 18 points and nine rebounds in 26 minutes to lead the 76ers’ 114-106 win against the Hornets. Furkan Korkmaz scored 17 points and keyed a Sixers' run in the third quarter.

Nikola Jokic has nailed a game-winning shot for the second straight game to help the Denver Nuggets improve to 7-2. Jokic hit a fadeaway jumper with 2.4 seconds left to give the Nuggets a 100-98 overtime victory over the Timberwolves. It came two nights after his jumper with 1.2 seconds left completed Denver’s comeback from a 21-point, fourth-quarter deficit in a 100-97 stunner against the 76ers. Jokic had 20 points, six rebounds and seven assists in the Nuggets’ fourth straight win. Will Barton had 13 points, including a pair of 3s in overtime, and 12 rebounds. Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 points and 16 rebounds for Minnesota, which lost for the third time in four games.

The Lakers’ seven-game winning streak is over after Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet posted double-doubles in the Raptors’ 113-104 victory at Los Angeles. Siakam delivered 24 points and 11 rebounds, while VanVleet finished with 23 points and 10 assists in Toronto’s third straight win.

Giannis Antetokounmpo poured in 24 of his 35 points in the second half and finished with 16 rebounds to help the Bucks rally and beat the Thunder, 121-119. Eric Bledsoe added 25 points and nine assists in Milwaukee’s fifth win in six games.

Damian Lillard dropped in 30 points and the Trail Blazers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 124-113 overtime victory against the Hawks. Atlanta lost for the sixth time in seven games despite Trae Young’s 35 points and 10 assists.

Domantas Sabonis had 21 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists to carry the Pacers past the Magic, 109-102. Malcolm Brogdon and T.J. Warren scored 19 points each to help Indiana win for the sixth time in seven games since an 0-3 start.

In NBA news, Dion Waiters has been handed a 10-game suspension by the Miami Heat, his second banishment already this season. The team cited multiple examples of conduct detrimental to the team as the reason for the punishment. According to according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter, Waiters was treated for a medical emergency that started on the Heat charter flight Thursday night from Phoenix to Los Angeles. The person says Waiters ingested at least one cannabis-infused edible and had a reaction serious enough that medical attention was required when the plane landed in Los Angeles. Neither Waiters nor the team has confirmed details on the incident.


In men's college basketball, Vermont edged Bucknell 66-63. 

In women's college basketball, Minnesota routed Vermont 90-58, UConn downed California 72-61, and Rhode Island defeated Hartford 68-56. 

In top-25 basketball, Cassius Winston had a lot more on his mind than a basketball game, but he managed to lead top-ranked Michigan State to victory on Sunday. Winston had 17 points and 11 assists to highlight the Spartans’ emotional 100-47 victory over Binghamton. He was playing just a day after his brother, Zachary, died after being hit by a westbound Amtrak train in Albion on Saturday night. The crowd observed a moment of silence in Zachary's honor, then Cassius assisted on Michigan State's first basket and sank his first shot, a 3-pointer from near the top of the key. Xavier Tillman scored 17 points and Aaron Henry added 16 as Michigan State rebounded from Tuesday’s loss to No. 2 Kentucky.

Jordan Nwora scored 21 points and fifth-ranked Louisville hit its first 11 shots in a 78-55 romp over Youngstown State. Steven Enoch added 17 points and a career-high 14 rebounds for the Cardinals, who also received 16 points from Ryan McMahon.

Devin Vassell scored 13 points and M.J. Walker added 12 as Florida State surprised the sixth-ranked Gators, 63-51. Florida hit just one field goal during a 10-minute stretch bridging the two halves, allowing the Seminoles to take a 38-25 lead.

Mamadi Diakite contributed 19 points and 13 rebounds to 11th-ranked Virginia’s 65-34 stifling of James Madison. Braxton Key finished with 14 points for the Cavaliers, including seven straight during a 29-6 run spanning halftime.

Freshman D.J. Carton and Kaleb Wesson scored 13 apiece as No. 18 Ohio State routed UMass-Lowell, 76-56. Wesson also had 13 rebounds and five assists in the Buckeyes’ tuneup for Wednesday’s showdown with 10th-ranked Villanova.

Nico Mannion provided 23 points and Josh Green chipped in 20 to guide No. 21 Arizona to an easy 90-69 win over Illinois. The Wildcats shot 56%, had 14 steals and turned a tight game at halftime into a rout with a 17-2 second-half run.


The Florida Panthers have played 17 games this season, and eight have gone into overtime or a shootout. The Panthers earned their second shootout win over the season as Vincent Trochek provided the deciding tally in a 6-5 downing of the Rangers. Frank Vatrano scored in regulation and converted in the shootout as Florida improved to 3-5 in games decided after the third period. Evgenii Dadonov had a goal and two assists for the Panthers, who are 8-4-5 overall after ending a two-game losing streak. Rookie Kaapo Kakko scored once in regulation before providing the Rangers’ lone shootout tally.

Travis Konecny had a goal and an assist before Joel Farabee supplied the deciding shooting tally in the Flyers’ fourth consecutive win, 3-2 at Boston. Phillipe Myers also scored in regulation and Carter Hart finished with 26 saves as Philadelphia handed the Bruins their third straight loss since a six-game winning streak.

Wayne Simmonds and Jesper Bratt scored 22 seconds apart in the first period of the Devils’ 2-1 victory against the Canucks. Mackenzie Blackwood made 30 saves and blanked Vancouver after Brock Boeser scored a power-play goal late in the second period.

Connor McDavid recorded his fifth career hat trick and became the eighth NHL player to record 400 points before his 23rd birthday to send the Oilers to a 6-2 win over the Ducks. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored twice in Edmonton’s fifth win in six games.

Patrick Kane’s two goals and one assist helped the Blackhawks nail down a 5-4 triumph over the Maple Leafs. Alex DeBrincat had three assists and Robin Lehner turned back 53 shots as Chicago handed Toronto its first regulation loss in six games.

Anthony Mantha scored with 30.9 seconds left to complete the Red Wings’ comeback in a 3-2 win over the Golden Knights. Vegas led 2-1 until defenseman Madison Bowey tallied with about nine minutes to play.

The Jets beat the Stars, 3-2 on Mark Scheifele’s goal 21 seconds into overtime. Patrik Laine snapped a 10-game scoring drought with a power-play goal and Andrew Copp tallied to help Winnipeg move to 4-0-1 in its last five games.


Denny Hamlin saved his season by winning at ISM Raceway near Phoenix to advance into NASCAR's title-deciding race. Hamlin then cruised to his sixth win of the season and punched the air with his fist in his car as he crossed the finish line. Hamlin will race Gibbs teammates Busch and Martin Truex Jr., as well as Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing, for the championship. Of the four, Hamlin is the only one without a previous championship. Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney and Joey Logano were eliminated. Logano was seeking a chance to make it back-to-back titles but had a mechanical problem early in the final stage that dropped him deep into the field.


Jeff Maggert holed out from 123 yards for eagle on the third playoff hole to win the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Maggert’s eagle also allowed Scott McCarron to take the season points title on the PGA Tour Champions and the $1 million bonus. Two holes earlier, Retief Goosen missed a 4-foot birdie putt that would have given him the tournament and the Schwab Cup. Instead, the South African could only watch from the fairway as Maggert's shot on the par-4 17th landed in front of the pin, bounced once and dropped for a stunning conclusion to the season.

Ai Suzuki shot a bogey-free 5-under 67 to win the Japan Classic by three strokes for her first LPGA career victory. Suzuki carded her fifth birdie of the day on the par-5 18th hole at the Seta Golf Course to finish with a 17-under 199, three shots ahead of Hyo Joo Kim, who shot a 66.

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