Update on the latest sports

December 17, 2017 - 8:28 am


Chiefs slam Chargers...Lions batter Bears

UNDATED (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have seized control of the AFC West race by dominating the second-place Los Angeles Chargers.

Alex Smith and Kareem Hunt led the Chiefs' offense in a 30-13 rout of the mistake-prone Chargers. Smith threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns for Kansas City, which improved to 8-6 by rallying from a 13-10, second-half deficit. Hunt caught a TD pass from Smith and ran for 155 yards and a score in the Chiefs' eighth straight win over Los Angeles.

Philip Rivers threw two of his three interceptions to Marcus Peters as the Chargers ended a four-game winning streak and dropped to 7-7.

Also in the NFL, the Detroit Lions have given their playoff hopes a big boost by whipping the Chicago Bears.

Matthew Stafford was 25 of 33 for 237 yards and two touchdowns as the Lions beat the Bears 20-10 to improve to 8-6. His eight-yard TD pass to Eric Ebron put Detroit ahead 20-3 early in the third quarter. Stafford also avoided a turnover for the first time since Week 11.

Rookie Mitchell Trubisky had season highs with 31 completions, 46 attempts and 314 yards, but he also tossed three interceptions as the Bears lost for the sixth time in seven games. The outcome clinched Chicago's third straight season with at least 10 losses.


Falcons injuries

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman and left guard Andy Levitre have been ruled out for Monday night's game at Tampa Bay. Coleman has been in the concussion protocol since he was injured late in the Falcons' Dec. 7 victory over New Orleans. Levitre's streak of 140 consecutive starts since entering the league ended with the Saints game because of a triceps injury.


LeBron's triple-double keeps Cavs winning...Rockets make it 13 straight

UNDATED (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers made it 17 wins in their last 18 games overall and 11 straight at home.

LeBron James recorded his third triple-double in four games, delivering 29 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Cavaliers past the Utah Jazz 109-100. James was 9 of 15 from the field and 10 of 10 at the foul line in his 60th career triple-double. He scored six straight points and the Jazz got within 102-97 with four minutes left.

Kevin Love added 15 points to the victory.

Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets stretched their winning streak to 13 games, their longest since a team-record 22-game run in 2007-08.

James Harden scored 31 points and Chris Paul chipped in 25 as the Rockets squeezed out a 115-111 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. Harden had scored at least 20 in 29 straight games, matching the franchise mark set by Moses Malone.

Paul hit back-to-back mid-range jumpers on consecutive possessions in the final two minutes to put the game out of reach.

Checking out Saturday's other NBA action:

— Kyrie (KY'-ree) Irving dropped in 20 points and the Celtics nailed 14 of their 30 3-point attempts in a 102-93 verdict over the Memphis Grizzlies. Jayson Tatum had 19 points and nine rebounds for Boston, which trailed by two before opening the final period on a 16-0 run.

— Manu Ginobili (MAN'-oo jih-NOH'-blee) hit the winning layup with 3.1 seconds left and the Spurs closed on a 13-0 run in topping the Dallas Mavericks 98-96. LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points and 14 rebounds to allow San Antonio to win without Kawhi (kah-WY') Leonard, Tony Parker and Danny Green.

— Carmelo Anthony received cheers in his return to Madison Square Garden before Michael Beasley tied his season high with 30 points to lead the New York Knicks to their fourth straight win, 111-96 over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Anthony scored 12 points in the first half before being shut out on 0-for-5 shooting the rest of the way.

— The Miami Heat held off the Los Angles Clippers 90-85 behind Josh Richardson's career-high 28 points. Dion Waiters added 13 points in helping Miami coach Erik Spoelstra become the franchise leader with 455 victories.

— Portland dealt the Hornets their 10th loss in 12 games as CJ McCollum's 25 points sent the Trail Blazers to their third straight road victory 93-91 at Charlotte. Damian Lillard had 18 points, 11 assists and seven boards for the Blazers.

— Isaiah Canaan hit three free throws with 6 seconds to play in his first game with Phoenix to fuel a 108-106 triumph over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Dragan Bender and Troy Daniels each scored 17 points for the Suns.


No. 6 Miami remains undefeated

UNDATED (AP) — The unranked Indiana Hoosiers have earned their biggest victory since head coach Archie Miller took over the storied program last spring.

The Hoosiers trailed by eight until Juwan Morgan scored 19 of his career-high 34 points in the final 8 ½ minutes to lead an 80-77 overtime win against 18th-ranked Notre Dame in the Crossroads Classic at Indianapolis. Morgan scored all of Indiana's points in an 8-0 run to close regulation and the first four in overtime. He also provided a dunk that put the Hoosiers ahead 78-77 with 8.6 seconds to play.

Bonzie Colson had a team-high 29 points for the Fighting Irish.

The first game of the Crossroads Classic had No. 17 Purdue beating Butler 82-67. Carsen Edwards scored 18 points for the Boilermakers, while Vincent Edwards and Isaac Haas each added 15.

Meanwhile, third-ranked Wichita State was handed its second loss in 10 games as freshman Trae Young scored 29 points and had 10 assists to lead Oklahoma past the Shockers 91-83. Freshman forward Brady Manek scored 16 of his 21 points in the first half for the Sooners.

In other Top-25 results:

— Cassius Winston scored 19 points, and second-ranked Michigan State went on a late 12-2 run to hold off Oakland 86-73. Nick Ward had 15 points and 15 rebounds to help the 10-1 Spartans overcome Kendrick Nunn's 32 points for the Golden Grizzlies.

— Dewan Huell scored 15 points, Lonnie Walker IV had 13 and No. 6 Miami used a fast start to beat George Washington 59-50. The 9-0 Hurricanes ripped off 13 of the game's first 15 points on their way to a 21-point lead.

— Kevin Knox scored 21 points and Hamidou Diallo added 20, including a big 3-pointer with 50 seconds remaining in eighth-ranked Kentucky's 93-86 victory over Virginia Tech. The Wildcats won their seventh straight and hit a season-high 11 3-pointers in 22 attempts to improve to 9-1.

—Trevon Bluiett's jumper with 6.3 seconds left completed No. 10 Xavier's rally from a 22-point second-half deficit in a 68-66 victory over East Tennessee State. Bluiett missed 11 straight shots and was only 7 of 22 from the field for 18 points, but he made the one that mattered as the Musketeers improved to 10-1.

— Josh Perkins scored 20 points and Zach Norvell Jr. added 19 as 12th-rated Gonzaga outlasted North Dakota 89-83 in overtime.

— No. 13 Kansas barely ended its two-game skid as Svi Mykhailiuk (svee mih-HAH'-lehk) hit a 3-pointer with 23.2 seconds left to give the Jayhawks a 73-72 win at Nebraska. Udoka Azubuike (oo-DOH'-kah az-oo-BWEE'-kay) blocked a shot on the Cornhusker's final possession and finished with a career-high 26 points and 10 rebounds for the 8-2 Jayhawks.

— Corey Sanders scored eight of his season-high 22 points in a game-ending 17-2 run that sent Rutgers past No. 15 Seton Hall 71-65.

— Nigel Johnson scored 22 points and Devon Hall had a career-high 20 for No. 16 Virginia in an 80-60 rout of Davidson.

— Oklahoma State pulled off a 71-70 upset over No. 19 Florida State on Mitchell Solomon's tip-in with six seconds left.

— Marcquise Reed heaved a 75-foot pass to Elijah Thomas for a dunk that put Clemson ahead to stay with 37 seconds remaining in a 71-69 triumph over No. 22 Florida.

— Rawle Alkins scored a career-best 26 points to lead 23rd-rated Arizona to an 89-73 win over New Mexico.

— No. 24 Texas Tech hammered Rice 73-53 as Keenan Evans scored 13 points and Zhaire Smith added 12.

— Kyle Washington scored 19 points and Jacob Evans III had 16 in push No. 25 Cincinnati past UCLA 77-63.


Kemp back in LA, Gonzalez out in 5-player deal with Braves

UNDATED (AP) — Matt Kemp is returning to the Los Angeles Dodgers as part of a five-player trade with the Atlanta Braves.

The Dodgers are sending first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, pitchers Scott Kazmir and Brandon McCarthy and infielder Charlie Culberson and cash to Atlanta. Gonzalez has already been designated for assignment by the Braves.

Kemp played for the Dodgers from 2006-14, hitting 182 home runs. The 33-year-old outfielder hit .276 with 19 homers, 64 RBIs and 23 doubles in 115 games with the Braves.

The 35-year-old Gonzalez was an All-Star in 2015 and led the NL in RBI in 2014, but went on the disabled list last season for the first time in his career.

In other baseball news:

— The Cubs have finalized a two-year contract with side-arming reliever Steve Cishek (SEE'-shehk), who had a 2.01 ERA and a 3-2 record in 49 relief appearances for the Mariners and Rays last season.

— Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy says he doesn't want to offer any timetables about his recovery from knee surgery performed eight weeks ago, or when he might be ready to play. New Nationals manager Dave Martinez says Murphy told him he expects to be ready for opening day.


Lightning outscore Avs

UNDATED (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning are an NHL-best 24-6-2 after overcoming Gabriel Landeskog's (LAN'-dehs-kahgz) hat trick in Colorado.

Anton Stralman scored twice and Nikita Kucherov (KOO'-cheh-rahv) contributed his 23rd goal of the season as the Lightning held off the Avalanche 6-5. Stralman's second goal of the game put the Bolts ahead 5-2 with 17 ½ minutes left before Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon each scored twice to make things interesting.

Mikhal Sergachev provided the eventual deciding goal in the Lightning's seventh consecutive win.

Elsewhere on NHL ice:

— Ottawa won the NHL 100 Classic outdoor game at TD Place as Craig Anderson's 28 saves carried the Senators past the Canadiens 3-0. Jean-Gabriel Pageau (pa-ZHOH') opened the scoring late in the second period to back Anderson's 40th career shutout.

— Carter Hutton earned his ninth career shutout by making a career-high 48 saves in the Blues' 2-0 win against the Jets. Vladimir Tarasenko and Vince Dunn to help St. Louis stop a two-game skid.

— The Predators were 2-0 winners at Calgary as Pekka Rinne (PEH'-kuh REE'-nay) stopped 32 shots in his third shutout of the season and 46th of his career. Ryan Johansen and Kevin Fiala (fee-AH'-lah) did the scoring for Nashville, which remains tied with the Blues atop the Central Division and Western Conference races.

— Mats Zuccarello (zoo-kah-REH'-loh) scored a power-play goal 1:56 into overtime to give the Rangers their seventh straight win over the Bruins, 3-2 in Boston. Michael Grabner and J.T. Miller also scored to back Henrik Lundqvist, who made 33 saves while playing for the second consecutive day.

— Pittsburgh's three-game losing streak is over after Olli Maatta (OH'-lee MAH'-tah) scored the tiebreaking goal with 14 seconds left in an eventual 4-2 victory at Arizona. The Penguins blew a 2-0 lead before dealing the Coyotes their sixth straight loss and ninth in 10 games.

— The Hurricanes have a three-game winning streak after Scott Darling turned back 35 shots to lead Carolina past the Blue Jackets 2-1. Noah Hanifin scored the tiebreaking goal in the second period.

— The Capitals skated to a 3-2 win over the Ducks on Alex Ovechkin's goal at 1:58 of OT. Washington trailed 2-0 in the third period until Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsev sparked the Caps' sixth consecutive home win.

— Edmonton goalie Cam Talbot made 29 saves and Milan Lucic (LOO'-cheech) had a goal and assist in a 3-2 victory at Minnesota. Matt Dumba scored twice in the Wild's first loss in five games.

— Jordan Eberle's goal at 1:54 of OT settled the Islanders' 4-3 win over the Kings. John Tavares notched his 19th goal and set up Anders Lee's 20th to help New York hand Los Angeles its third straight loss since an eight-game winning streak.

— Shayne Gostisbehere's (GAHS'-tihs-behrz) second goal of the night came 3:50 into overtime and completed the Flyers' 2-1 win over the Stars. Brian Elliott made 26 saves and Jakub Voracek had two assists for the Flyers, who have won six straight since an 0-5-5 skid.


Bowl season begins

UNDATED (AP) — The college bowl season has begun with Saturday's six-game schedule.

Cedrick Wilson caught 10 passes for 221 yards and a touchdown as Boise State earned a 38-28 Las Vegas Bowl victory over Oregon. Brett Rypien (RIH'-pehn) threw for 362 yards and two touchdowns for the 11-3 Broncos.

Keion Davis rushed for 141 yards, including a 68-yard touchdown run in Marshall's 31-28 victory over Colorado State in the New Mexico Bowl. Chase Litton threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns for the Thundering Herd.

Troy took the New Orleans Bowl as Brandon Silvers threw for four touchdowns and ran for another in a 50-30 whipping of North Texas. Silvers passed for 306 yards and tossed two of his TD passes to Damion Willis, who had 11 receptions for 136 yards.

Conner Manning threw for 276 yards and a touchdown to lead Georgia State's 27-17 victory over Western Kentucky in the Cure Bowl. Roger Carter grabbed a 42-yard scoring pass, Demarcus Kirk scored on a 26-yard run, and Kyler Neal finished a 16-play drive with a one-yard TD run that put the Panthers up 27-10 in the fourth quarter.

Lamar Raynard scored on a 1-yard sneak with 38 seconds left to give North Carolina A&T a 21-14 victory against Grambling State in the Celebration Bowl. The junior quarterback drove the Aggies 56 yards in seven plays for the winning touchdown.

Brent Stockstill passed for 232 yards and two touchdowns as Middle Tennessee outlasted Arkansas State 35-30 in the Camellia Bowl. The Red Wolves cut an 18-point deficit down to five on Justice Hansen's 41-yard touchdown pass to Christian Booker with 5:03 left before the Blue Raiders ran out the clock.


Jazz C Rudy Gobert out with injured left knee

UNDATED (AP) — Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR') will be reevaluated in two weeks after spraining a left knee ligament in Friday's win over Boston. The injury occurred as teammate Derrick Favors fell backward onto Gobert's left, sending him to the floor.

Gobert averaging 11.6 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in 18 games.

In other NBA news:

— The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright has been charged in his slaying, more than seven years after his body was found in a field in his hometown of Memphis. Memphis police say Sherra Wright has been charged with first-degree murder in the 2010 death of Wright, who played for five teams over 13 seasons as a forward and center in the NBA.

— Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed the team's loss Thursday night in Cleveland because of travel restrictions from his drunken driving arrest last season while with the Detroit Pistons. The Los Angeles Times, citing people familiar with the situation, reported that Caldwell-Pope had to return to California to begin an intensive 25-day probation program that includes travel restrictions.


Veith wins World Cup super-G; Vonn pulls out with sore knee

VAL D'ISERE, France (AP) — Olympic champion Anna Veith won a World Cup super-G race on Sunday, more than two years after her last win. The 28-year-old Austrian profited from an early bib number to clock 1 minute, 5.77 seconds on the Oreiller-Killy course. Tina Weirather of Lichtenstein was second in 1:06.25 with Italian Sofia Goggia third in 1:06.28.

Goggia, second in Saturday's super-G behind Lindsey Vonn, has 15 World Cup podiums.

Vonn pulled out of Sunday's race because of soreness in her knee. Having done the morning's inspection, the 33-year-old American decided against racing as a precautionary measure. Vonn is flying home and will miss Tuesday's GS in nearby Courchevel.

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