#SportsReport: Islanders Top Red Wings; Sabres Crush Devils
The New York Islanders have back-to-back wins since a three-game winless skid through California. Anders Lee scored for the second straight game and Jordan Eberle collected his first two goals of the season as the Islanders downed the Red Wings, 4-1.
Anthony Beauvillier also scored Ryan Pullock had three assists for the Isles, who are within five points of the Metropolitan Division-leading Capitals with three games in hand. Semyon Varlamov turned back 30 shots as the Islanders dealt the Red Wings their 10th consecutive loss.
Alex Tuch scored twice in the first 3:50 to jumpstart the Golden Knights in a 4-1 victory over the Rangers. Tuch and Max Pacioretty notched power-play goals and Malcolm Subban stopped 29 shots as Vegas earned its season-high third straight win since a 2-6-2 skid. Subban blanked the Rangers until Brendan Lemieux scored late in the second period.
Jack Eichel had a goal and two assists in the Sabres' 7-1 blowout over the Devils. Eichel scored 2:46 into the game, and Conor Sheary scored twice while the Sabres built a 5-0 lead in the opening period. Linus Ullmark made 44 saves for Buffalo, which won for just the fourth time in its last 16 games.
Jake Allen made 38 saves in his first shutout of the season and 20th of his career to highlight the Blues' 4-0 win against the Blackhawks. Brayden Schenn scored his team-leading 14th goal to help St. Louis improve to 13-3-3 since Vladimir Tarasenko suffered a shoulder injury. Jaden Schwartz, Tyler Bozak and Mackenzie MacEachern also scored for the defending Stanley Cup champs.
Derek Grant scored twice and Ryan Miller made 34 saves as the Ducks doubled up the Kings, 4-2. Jakob Silfverberg scored his team-leading 10th goal, Hampus Lindholm had three assists in Anaheim's third victory in its last 13 games. Kurtis MacDermid and rookie Nikolai Prokhorkin scored for the last-place Kings.
In NHL news, Blackhawks assistant Marc Crawford will be away from the team while it reviews his conduct with another organization. The Blackhawks did not provide any details about what they are examining. However, former NHL forward Sean Avery recently told the New York Post that Crawford kicked him after he was whistled for a too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty when he played for Crawford with the Kings during the 2006-07 season. The 58-year-old Crawford joined coach Jeremy Colliton's staff in June.
It was just another day at the arena for Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek Freak delivered 29 points and 15 rebounds in just under 22 minutes as the Milwaukee Bucks rolled to their 12th win in a row, a 132-88 blowout over the New York Knicks. Antetokounmpo already had a double-double after 14 minutes of work, his 21st in 22 games. He exited with nearly five minutes left in the third quarter and the Bucks ahead, 93-54. D.J. Wilson added a career-high 19 points and Khris Middleton had 16 as Milwaukee improved to an NBA'-best 18-3.
Tobias Harris scored 26 points and Al Horford had 17 as the Sixers downed the Jazz, 103-94. James Ennis III sparked the crowd by doing three quick pushups after drawing a foul while nailing a 3-pointer that put the Sixers ahead by 26. The 76ers improved to 10-0 at home and 15-6 overall despite a subpar performance by Joel Embiid, who scored 16 points but shot just 5-for-13.
Indiana knocked off the Grizzlies, 117-104 as Malcolm Brogdon had 19 points to lead seven Pacers in double-figures. Domantas Sabonis added 18 points, Myles Turner with 17 and Justin Holiday chipped in with 15 on 5 of 6 from beyond the arc. Jaren Jackson Jr. led Memphis with a season-high 31 points.
Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 23 points, including two clutch 3-pointers in the final minute to lift the Suns past the Hornets, 109-104. Devin Booker added 23 points and Dario Saric had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Phoenix, which snapped a three-game skid. Marvin Williams led the Hornets with a season-high 22 points.
Zach LaVine capped his 28-point performance by hitting four free throws in the final 11 seconds to help the Bulls finish off a 113-106 downing of the Kings. Lauri Markkanen had 20 points and seven rebounds as Chicago stopped a three-game skid. Buddy Hield finished with 26 points for Sacramento, while teammate Richaun Holmes added 20 and nine rebounds.
The Hawks snapped a 10-game losing streak as Trae Young scored 24 points and rookie De'Andre Hunter added 18 in a 104-79 pounding of the Warriors. The Hawks expanded a nine-point halftime lead to 76-53 in the third quarter when Vince Carter hit a 3-pointer with 1:09 left in the period. Rookie Eric Paschall had a team-high 24 points for Golden State, which committed 25 turnovers that led to 25 Atlanta points.
In women's college basketball, Penn blasted Hartford 74-46.
In other top-25 basketball, No. 22 Washington has a four-game winning streak after holding the nation's best 3-point shooting team to 17.4% shooting from beyond the arc. The Huskies allowed South Dakota to hit just 4 of 23 3-point tries in a 75-55 downing of the Coyotes. Jaden McDaniels scored 20 points, Isaiah Stewart had 16 points and 15 rebounds for Washington.
Louisville is the latest team to climb to No. 1 in The Associated Press men's college basketball poll after claiming 48 of 65 first-place votes. No. 2 Kansas had three first-place votes. Maryland is third, followed by Michigan and Virginia. The Cavaliers received five first-place votes. Michigan has matched a poll record by debuting at No. 4, matching Kansas in 1989. Ohio State, North Carolina, Kentucky, Gonzaga and Duke round out the top 10. The Blue Devils fell from first with their home loss to Stephen F. Austin.
The Seattle Seahawks have grabbed control of first place in the NFC West with a strong second half against Minnesota Monday night. Rashaad Penny scored one touchdown rushing and one receiving in the Seahawks' 37-30 win over the Vikings. Seattle trailed 17-10 until Penny burst into the end zone on a one-yard run early in the third quarter. The Seahawks pulled ahead on a field goal and took control when Russell Wilson hit David Moore for a 60-yard TD. Penny's 13-yard scoring grab made it 34-17 with 13 12/2 minutes to play. Wilson was 21 of 31 for 240 yards, two touchdowns and an interception that was returned 30 yards by Anthony Harris for a TD. The Seahawks and 49ers are 10-2, but Seattle holds the tiebreaker with four games remaining. Kirk Cousins was 22 of 38 for 276 yards and one TD for the 8-4 Vikings, who are one game behind the first-place Packers in the NFC North.
In NFL news, Jets safety Jamal Adams has a sprained left ankle that could sideline him for at least New York's game Sunday against Miami. But Coach Adam Gase says quarterback Sam Darnold is OK after tweaking a knee in Sunday's loss to Cincinnati.
Rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew will return to Jacksonville's starting lineup Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers. He replaces ineffective and highly paid veteran Nick Foles following the team's fourth consecutive lopsided loss. Coach Doug Marrone made the announcement Monday, one day after a 28-11 home loss to Tampa Bay in which the 4-8 Jaguars managed 242 yards, turned the ball over four times and were flagged a season-high 16 times for 125 yards. It was the team's 18th loss in its past 24 games. Marrone benched Foles at halftime, trailing 25-0. Minshew went 4-4 as the starter while Foles recovered from a broken left collarbone suffered in the opener. Minshew rallied the team Sunday and had a chance to make it a seven-point game in the fourth quarter.
Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is not expected to miss any time after injuring his right hand in Sunday's loss to Pittsburgh. Mayfield played the second half with a glove helping protect his hand after he struck it on the facemask of a Steelers player while throwing an incompletion before halftime. X-rays taken on Mayfield were negative.
The Lions have put rookie tight end T.J. Hockenson on injured reserve with an ankle injury. Hockenson caught 32 passes for 367 yards and two touchdowns this season after being taking by Detroit in the first round of the draft.
Washington head football coach Chris Petersen says he is stepping down six seasons at the school, with defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake promoted to take over the program. Petersen's decision was shocking coming off a season in which the Huskies went 7-5 in the regular season and are bound for a sixth straight bowl game under his leadership. Petersen was 146-38 combined during his time as the head coach at Boise State and Washington.
The Red Sox have tendered outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. a contract for the 2020 season, preserving their rights to him. Bradley batted .225 last season while leading the AL in assists and putouts for a center fielder.
The Indians have acquired catcher Sandy Leon from the Red Sox for minor league right-hander Adenys Bautista. The switch-hitting León batted just .192 last season in 65 games for the Red Sox, but he's been ranked among the AL's best defensive catchers.
The Cincinnati Reds have added an All-Star infielder to their starting lineup. The Reds have worked out a four-year, $64 million package with free-agent infielder Mike Moustakas. Moustakas batted .254 with 35 homers and 87 RBIs this year and made his third All-Star team. The 31-year-old could fill the Reds' hole at second base that opened when Scooter Gennett got hurt and then was traded last season.
Catcher Austin Barnes agreed to a $1.1 million, one-year contract with the Dodgers, who also reached an $875,000 deal with left-hander Scott Alexander.
The Cubs did not offer a 2020 contract to shortstop Addison Russell, making the 2016 All-Star a free agent one year after he was suspended for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. The 25-year-old returned to the Cubs in May and batted a career-low .237 with nine homers, 23 RBIs and a .699 OPS.
The Marlins have acquired infielder Jonathan Villar from the Orioles for minor league left-handed pitcher Easton Lucas. Villar batted .274 with 33 doubles, 24 home runs, and 73 RBI in 162 games for Baltimore this year. Miami also claimed first baseman Jesús Aguilar off waivers after he was designated for assignment last week by the Rays.
The Giants allowed Kevin Pillar to become a free agent by failing to offer the outfielder a 2020 contract. Pillar hit .264 for San Francisco with 21 homers and 87 RBIs after being acquired from Toronto last April 2.
Outfielder Steven Souza Jr., pitcher Taijuan Walker and catcher Caleb Joseph are free agents after the Diamondbacks declined to offer them 2020 contracts.
The Brewers have declined to offer contracts to infielder Travis Shaw, right-hander Jimmy Nelson and three others, making them free agents. Pitchers Alex Claudio and Junior Guerra and infielder Tyler Saladino were also let go by a Milwaukee.
The Athletics did not tender a contract to former closer Blake Treinen, letting the 2018 All-Star become a free agent. The right-handed Treinen posted a 4.91 ERA this year and was replaced by Liam Hendriks as close as the low-budget A's earned the AL's top wild card.
Backup infielder Ehire Adrianza and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to a $1.6 million, one-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration. Adrianza batted .272 with a .765 OPS, both career bests.
All-Star catcher James McCann agreed to a $5.4 million, one-year contract with the Chicago White Sox. McCann set career highs with a .273 batting average, 18 homers and 60 RBIs in his first year with the White Sox. He also was an All-Star selection for the first time.
Switch-hitting second baseman Jurickson Profar has been acquired by the Padres from the Athletics for catcher Austin Allen and a player to be named. Profar matched his career high with 20 home runs and batted .218 with 67 RBIs over 139 games this year, his lone season with Oakland.
The Mariners have failed to offer 2020 contracts to infielder Tim Beckham and outfielder Domingo Santana, making them free agents.
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