NFL SCOREBOARD

Baltimore 26 Atlanta 16

Denver 24 Cincinnati 10

LA Rams 30 Detroit 16

Arizona 20 Green Bay 17

Houston 29 Cleveland 13

Jacksonville 6 Indianapolis 0

Miami 21 Buffalo 17

NY Giants 30 Chicago 27 OT

Tampa Bay 24 Carolina 17

Kansas City 40 Oakland 33

Tennessee 26 NY Jets 22

New England 24 Minnesota 10

Seattle 43 San Francisco 16

LA Chargers 33 Pittsburgh 30

 

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#6 Tennessee 79 Texas A&M Corpus Christi 51

#16 Ohio State 79 Minnesota 59

Arizona 76 Connecticut 72

Valparaiso 82 UC Riverside 73

Missouri 64 Central Florida 62 OT

SMU 79 Oral Roberts 67

Nebraska 75 Illinois 60

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#2 Connecticut 89 #1 Notre Dame 71

#3 Oregon 110 Long Beach 48

#5 Louisville 107 Tennessee State 52

#6 Mississippi State 67 #10 Texas 49

#7 Maryland 92 Baltimore County 61

Gonzaga 79 #8 Stanford 73

#11 Tennessee 76 Oklahoma State 63

#12 Syracuse 98 Towson 55

#13 North Carolina State 85 Old Dominion 56

#14 Iowa 92 Robert Morris 63

#15 California 67 Cal State Northridge 42

#19 Arizona State 70 Tulsa 52

#20 Minnesota 67 Air Force 50

#21 Miami Florida 73 Colorado 58

#22 Marquette 85 Michigan 74

#23 Iowa State 91 Arkansas 82

Creighton 74 Nebraska 65

Ohio State 69 Cincinnati 56

Michigan State 91 Texas Southern 45

Penn State 80 Jacksonville 61

Indiana 67 UCLA 65

 

IU EAST BASKETBALL RECAP FOR DEC. 2

MEN

BECKLEY, W.Va – The Indiana University East men’s basketball team fell 100-89 at WVU

Tech on Dec. 2 in a matchup of the teams with the loftiest national rankings in the

River States Conference.

NAIA Division II No. 7 IU East is 8-4 overall and 1-1 in the River States

Conference. NAIA Division II No. 11 WVU Tech is 10-1 overall and 2-0 in the league.

Jaylen McKay led IU East in scoring with a career-high 27 points.

WVU Tech’s Elisha Boone tallied 14 rebounds to go along with his 24 points.

IU East is off next week during final exams week. The Red Wolves’ next game is Dec.

10 against No. 10 Union College (Ky.) at Corbin Arena in Corbin, Ky.

 

WOMEN

BECKLEY, W.Va. – The Indiana University East women’s basketball team fell 76-64 at

WVU Tech on Dec. 2 in the Red Wolves’ first River States Conference road game of the

season.

IU East is 3-9 overall and 1-1 in the River States Conference. WVU Tech is 5-5

overall and 2-0 in the league.

IU East’s Addie Brown had season-bests with 21 points and five 3-pointers.

WVU Tech’s Brittney Justice matched her season high with 22 points and also hauled

down a career-best 19 rebounds.

IU East will take some time off for final exams week. The Red Wolves’ next game is

Dec. 15 at home against Ohio Christian University at 1 p.m. on Lingle Court in the

first game of a women’s-men’s River States Conference doubleheader.

 

NBA SCOREBOARD

LA Lakers 120 Phoenix 96

New Orleans 119 Charlotte 109

Miami 100 to Utah 100

Philadelphia 103 Memphis 95

Dallas 114 LA Clippers 110

San Antonio 131 Portland 118

 

NHL SCOREBOARD

Anaheim 6 Washington 5

Winnipeg 4 NY Rangers 3

Calgary 3 Chicago 2

San Jose 3 Montréal 1

Colorado 2 Detroit 0

Los Angeles 2 Carolina 0

 

FINAL PLAYOFF SELECTION COMMITTEE PAUL

1 Alabama

2 Clemson

3 Notre Dame

4 Oklahoma

5 Georgia

6 Ohio State

7 Michigan

8 Central Florida

9 Washington

10 Florida

11 LSU

12 Penn State

13 Washington State

14 Kentucky

15 Texas

16 West Virginia

17 Utah

18 Mississippi State

19 Texas A&M

20 Syracuse

21 Fresno State

22 Northwestern

23 Missouri

24 Iowa State

25 Boise State

 

ASSOCIATED PRESS COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

1 Alabama

2 Clemson

3 Notre Dame

4 Oklahoma

5 Ohio State

6 Georgia

7 Central Florida

8 Michigan

9 Washington

10 Florida

11 LSU

12 Washington State

13 Penn State

14 Texas

15 West Virginia

16 Kentucky

17 Syracuse

18 Mississippi State

19 Fresno State

20 Utah

21 Texas A&M

22 Army

23 Boise State

24 Missouri

25 Iowa State

 

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL RPI RANKINGS

1 Kansas

2 Wisconsin

3 Oklahoma

4 Tennessee

5 Gonzaga

6 Buffalo

7 Nevada

8 Duke

9 Michigan

10 Auburn

11 Radford

12 Texas Tech

13 Loyola Marymount

14 Minnesota

15 St. John’s

16 Florida State

17 Iowa

18 Central Florida

19 Virginia Tech

20 Creighton

21 Texas

21 Marquette

23 Michigan State

24 Virginia

25 Belmont

 

TOP HEADLINES

Oklahoma is in: Sooners snag 4th spot in playoff semifinals

Faced with a tricky choice, the College Football Playoff selection committee fell back on some simple criteria: One loss is better than two. Winning a conference championship is better than not. Go with the team that didn’t get blown out.

Oklahoma is in the playoff, moving into the fourth and final spot Sunday after avenging its only loss by winning the Big 12 championship against Texas.

“I feel like we have a team worthy of it, a team that can go make a run,” Sooners coach Lincoln Riley said on ESPN.

The Sooners (12-1) will face No. 1 Alabama (13-0) in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 29 in a matchup of Heisman Trophy front-runner quarterbacks – Kyler Murray of Oklahoma and the Tide’s Tua Tagovailoa, who sprained his ankle in the Southeastern Conference championship game Saturday and is expected to miss at least two weeks.

No. 2 Clemson (13-0) plays No. 3 Notre Dame (12-0) in the Cotton Bowl on the same day. The winners meet in the championship game on Jan. 7 in Santa Clara, California.

Georgia (11-2) dropped a spot to fifth and Ohio State (12-1) remained sixth in the selection committee’s final top 25 released Sunday. The Bulldogs lost to Alabama in the Southeastern Conference championship game Saturday while the Buckeyes won the Big Ten championship against Northwestern.

“In the end, one-loss conference champion with their only loss being on a neutral field to a ranked team, which they avenged in their conference championship,” selection committee chairman Rob Mullens said on ESPN. “Every combination was vetted, looking at their full body of work, their resumes side-by-side. In the end, what we decided was amongst the group of three, Oklahoma, Georgia, Ohio State, the committee voted that no one was unequivocally better than the other so then we leaned on the protocol. So we went with the one-loss conference champion.”

Selection committee protocol states conference championships work as a virtual tiebreaker when teams are close. The Sooners beat Texas for the Big 12 title on Saturday, paying back a three-point loss in October in Dallas in the Red River Rivalry game.

Oklahoma is making its third appearance in the five-year-old playoff. Defending national champion Alabama has played in them all. Clemson is making its fourth straight appearance. Notre Dame is in the playoff for the first time, making it 10 teams in five seasons to participate in the playoff. Unbeaten UCF finished eighth in the final rankings, nowhere to be found in the committee’s playoff discussion. The Knights will take their 25-game winning streak to a marquee bowl game, probably the Fiesta Bowl. The rest of the New Year’s Six bowl pairings were to be announced later Sunday.

The debate leading up to championship Saturday was whether Oklahoma or Ohio State might take the fourth spot if Alabama beat Georgia.

The wild card was Georgia beating the mighty Tide, which could have meant two SEC teams for the second straight season. Instead, the Bulldogs lost but played well enough to allow coach Kirby Smart to make that case that Georgia should remain in the top four. Smart told reporters after the SEC title game to ask Alabama coach Nick Saban which team he would like to avoid in the playoff? Saban, of course, endorsed his former defensive coordinator and conference-mate.

The committee didn’t buy it and stayed with the one consistent data point throughout the five years of playoff selections: No team with more than one loss has ever made the playoff. Of the 20 teams that have been selected, only two have not won a conference title.

For the second straight season, two of the Power Five conferences were left out and for the second straight season it was the Big Ten and Pac-12. Ohio State was the first team out last season and again appears to have gotten squeezed because of a lopsided loss to an unranked team. The Buckeyes were blown out by Purdue in October, similar to the way they lost at Iowa in 2017.

The Pac-12 was never really in the discussion, with its champion Washington finishing 10-3.

Georgia had both two losses and a blowout loss (at LSU, by 20 in October). The Bulldogs have been rolling since and had Alabama on the ropes before the Tide erased a 14-point deficit. The Bulldogs proved they could hang against the best, but it was not enough.

Oklahoma has had defensive issues all season, but its offense has been virtually unstoppable.

 

Alabama QB Tagovailoa facing ankle surgery

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will have surgery on his right ankle and recovery is expected to take about two weeks.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban tells ESPN that Tagovailoa has a high ankle sprain and will have it scoped. He says recovery time for most of his players for this procedure has typically been “a two-week deal.”

Saban is hoping Tagovailoa will be back by the time No. 1 Alabama starts practice for the Orange Bowl semifinal game against No. 4 Oklahoma on Dec. 29.

Tagovailoa hurt his right ankle when an offensive lineman stepped on it in the fourth quarter of the Southeastern Conference championship game against No. 6 Georgia. The Heisman Trophy candidate was helped off the field and didn’t return to the game.

 

K-State coach Snyder retiring after 27 seasons, 215 wins

Bill Snyder already was considered the architect of the greatest turnaround in college football history before he decided to return from a three-year retirement to resurrect Kansas State again.

Now, the 79-year-old coach is heading back into retirement.

Snyder decided to step away Sunday after 27 seasons on the sideline, ending a Hall of Fame tenure in Manhattan that began in the Big Eight and weathered seismic shifts in college football. Along the way he overcame throat cancer, sent dozens of players to the NFL and gave countless more an opportunity to succeed not only on the field but also in life.

“Coach Snyder has had an immeasurable impact on our football program, Kansas State University, the Manhattan community and the entire state of Kansas,” Wildcats athletic director Gene Taylor said. “He and his family have touched the lives of so many people, from student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans, and he is truly one of the greatest coaches and leaders in college football history.

“His impact on college football is unmatched and legacy is one that will last a lifetime.”

The Wildcats fell apart during a season-ending loss to Iowa State, leaving them 5-7 and at home for the bowl season. Snyder finishes with a resume featuring a record of 215-117-1, trips to 19 bowl games, two Big 12 championships and a legacy that will endure long into the future.

The highway leading into town already has been renamed in his honor, leading fans from Interstate 70 to the stadium that bears the name of his family. A large bronze statue of Snyder stands outside.

Taylor said the search for a new coach will begin immediately with help from Ventura Partners, and a clause in Snyder’s contract indicates he will have input in the decision. Taylor also said Snyder will exercise a clause that allows him to become a special ambassador to the university at a yearly salary of $250,000 for “as long as he is physically and mentally able.”

 

Jaguars show up on defense, shut down Luck, Colts 6-0

Jalen Ramsey reached out and briefly offered to help Andrew Luck off the ground , only to quickly withdraw his hand and walk away.

Psych!

Ramsey and the Jacksonville Jaguars refused to give the Indianapolis Colts anything Sunday, turning in one of the most dominant defensive performances in franchise history and carrying the team to a 6-0 victory.

“Truthfully, I do that almost every week,” Ramsey said of his fake-out moment with Luck. “People just caught it this week.”The Jaguars (4-8) needed that kind of defensive effort to make up for a lackluster offense. They stopped a seven-game slide and snapped Indy’s five-game winning streak, leaving the Colts (6-6) in need of some help to get back into the AFC wild-card picture.

Ramsey was at his best while playing through a knee injury. He helped hold T.Y. Hilton to eight catches for 77 yards and also made a game-ending tackle on Erik Swoope with 8 seconds remaining.

Ramsey hit Swoope near the sideline at the end of a third-and-6 play at the Jacksonville 29, and the tight end seemed to land out of bounds. But officials ruled Swoope’s forward progress had been stopped and kept the clock running. The Colts were out of timeouts and could only watch the clock wind down.

“I didn’t feel very sharp,” Colts quarterback Andrew Luck said. “I didn’t feel I was putting the ball in the right places to give the guys a chance to catch them, but again, give credit to their coverage. I think all the guys in the locker room right now feel that we didn’t hold up our end of the bargain as players. I know I can be sharper. I know I need to be sharper. I’m discouraged, but in a sense I’m also encouraged to get back to work and improve on things.”

Luck completed 33 of 52 passes for 248 yards and an interception. He was sacked three times after getting hit just five times in the entire month of November. He was sacked once in the previous five games.

The Colts entered with the fourth-most points in the league, having averaged more than 34.6 a game during their win streak. Luck had thrown three or more touchdown passes in eight consecutive games, one shy of the club record.

 

Lindsay leads Denver to 3rd straight win, 24-10 over Bengals

Nobody’s overlooking 5-foot-8 Phillip Lindsay anymore, not with the way he’s run the Broncos right back into playoff contention.

The rookie rushed for a career-high 157 yards and a pair of touchdowns Sunday as Denver adapted to a windy afternoon and got its third straight victory, 24-10 over the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Broncos (6-6) have emerged from their bye week and knocked off the Chargers, Steelers and Bengals to stay in contention in December.

“Four games left, and they’ve got to be our best four,” linebacker Von Miller said. “We took a long way to get there, and there’s still a long way to go.”

Denver handled an unseasonably warm day: 66 degrees at kickoff with wind gusts up to 40 mph that redirected kicks and throws. The plan was to give it to their 190-pound running back and let him live up to his new nickname.

They’ve started calling him “Pit Bull.”

“I like it,” said Lindsay, who really didn’t have a choice in the matter. “The defensive line gave me the name. When the defensive line gives you a name, you take it.”

He took it and ran with it, just like he has since he joined the Broncos as an undrafted rookie from Colorado.

“Oh man, I’m so happy he’s on our team,” defensive lineman Domata Peko said. “In training camp and OTAs he was wearing No. 2 and all the guys were like, `Who the hell is No. 2? He’s making all these plays on us, man.’

“And now the whole word knows it’s Phillip Lindsay, man.”

Lindsay ran for TDs of 6 yards and 65 yards – the longest of his career – as Denver got up 21-3 in the third quarter and closed it out against the unraveling Bengals (5-7), who lost for the sixth time in seven games. Lindsay’s two touchdowns matched his career high.

Lindsay also became the first undrafted rookie in Broncos history to top 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in a season.

 

Todd Gurley-led Rams beat Lions 30-16, clinch NFC West title

The Los Angeles Rams returned to their lockers in the Motor City, where NFC West championship shirts and hats were waiting to be worn.

The victors, though, refuse to be spoiled by this accomplishment.

Todd Gurley ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns to help the Rams overcome a sputtering start to beat the Detroit Lions 30-16 Sunday and clinch the division title for a second straight season.

“We’re not satisfied yet,” said defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who had two sacks and forced a fumble. “But we’re headed in the right direction.”

The Rams (11-1) moved a step closer to earning home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs, taking a one-game lead over New Orleans after it lost to Dallas on Thursday night. It is a cushion Los Angeles needs because its only loss was against the Saints last month.

“We’re in a position right now that we feel good about,” coach Sean McVay said. “If we take care of our business, all the rest of that stuff takes care of itself.”

The Lions (4-8) have lost five of six since a surge of success gave them a winning record in late October.

“I’m extremely tired of losing,” center Graham Glasgow said.

Detroit’s defense held Los Angeles’ high-powered offense in check for three quarters, giving the slumping team a shot to potentially pull off a stunning upset. The Lions, though, failed to make the most of the opportunity because their offense struggled to move the ball and score.

Donald helped seal the win by forcing Matthew Stafford to fumble midway through the fourth quarter. The star defensive tackle had two strip-sacks in his last game on Nov. 19, a 54-51 win over Kansas City.

“He held the ball and was loose with it,” Donald said. “I just took advantage.”

Donald has an NFL-high 16 1/2 sacks this season, and the Rams say he should be an MVP candidate.

 

Texans get 9th straight win, 29-13, win over Browns

After the Houston Texans extended their franchise record with a ninth straight win on Sunday, J.J. Watt was asked to reflect on how far the team has come in the past year.

“I was on the couch a year ago so this is a lot better,” said Watt, who missed the last 11 games of Houston’s 4-12 2017 season with a broken leg. “I was in a lot of pain. So it’s good for us to be winning … this is what it’s supposed to feel like. Honestly this is how you dream it up.”

Deshaun Watson threw a touchdown pass and the Texans intercepted rookie Baker Mayfield three times, returning one for a score, to get the 29-13 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday that extended the streak.

The Texans (9-3), who opened the season 0-3, haven’t lost since Sept. 23 to take a commanding lead atop the AFC South. While they appreciate what they’ve done to turn things around, they’re quick to note that they still have plenty of work left to do.

“It means a lot especially from where we came from 0-3 … but it’s not the Super Bowl so we’re still fighting,” receiver DeAndre Hopkins said.

Houston raced out to a 23-0 halftime lead and added two second-half field goals by Ka’imi Fairbairn to give him five on Sunday.

Mayfield, the top overall pick in this year’s draft, had his worst game of the season, throwing three interceptions for the first time since he was a freshman at Texas Tech in 2013. He entered the game having thrown nine touchdown passes with just one interception in the past three games as the Browns (4-7-1) won consecutive games for the first time since 2014.

Mayfield lamented the mistakes he made in this one.

“(If) I would’ve taken care of the ball, this game would’ve been very close,” he said.

He finished with 397 yards passing and had a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter after throwing a career-best four in a win over the Bengals last week. Houston’s fearsome pass rush, led by Watt and Jadeveon Clowney didn’t sack Mayfield, but they hurried and harassed him for much of the day.

 

Mahomes throws 4 TDs to lead Chiefs past Raiders 40-33

Patrick Mahomes threw four touchdown passes Sunday to join Peyton Manning and Tom Brady as the only QBs to reach the 40 TD mark through 12 games. The Kansas City Chiefs won their first game since releasing star running back Kareem Hunt, 40-33 over the Oakland Raiders.

The Chiefs (10-2) cut ties with Hunt after a months-old video surfaced on TMZ on Friday, showing him shoving and kicking a woman. No charges have been filed in the case from February, but the Chiefs let Hunt go because he misled them about the incident.

Spencer Ware replaced Hunt as starter and scored on a direct snap on fourth-and-goal from the 1 in the third quarter. Mahomes did most of the rest of the damage against the Raiders (2-10) with his arm.

He connected on two short touchdown passes to Travis Kelce in the first half, then found another tight end, Demetrius Harris, on a 13-yard pass late in the third quarter one play after an apparent TD to Kelce was called off by a replay review.

Mahomes finished 23 for 38 for 295 yards and engineered a late TD drive capped by a 2-yard pass to Chris Conley after Oakland cut the deficit to three.

Oakland added a late field goal, but the Chiefs recovered the onside kick to seal the win.

Mahomes has 41 TD passes on the season, joining Manning (44 in 2004, 41 in `13) and Brady (41 in 2007) as the only QBs with at least 40 in the first 12 games of a season.

Kelce had 12 catches for 168 yards, topping the 1,000-yard mark for the third straight season.

Derek Carr threw three TD passes for the Raiders, but Oakland lost three fumbles that led to three scores for the Chiefs and reached double-digit losses for the 12th time in 16 seasons.

 

Rosas’ overtime FG the winner as Giants stun Bears 30-27

The New York Giants finally have a signature win to carry them through the rest of the season and maybe beyond.

While beating the NFC North-leading Bears wasn’t pretty and involved blowing up a 10-point lead in the final 1:13, the Giants showed character in a wild game in the rain highlighted by trick plays – and a reminder of William “The Fridge” Perry.

The Giants (4-8) won for seventh time in 28 games over the past two seasons as Aldrick Rosas kicked a 44-yard field goal in overtime in a 30-27 win Sunday, snapping the Bears’ five-game winning streak.

“The takeaway is, and I told the team this, some people are fond of talented people, some people are fond of smart people. I’m fond of tough, resilient people,” Giants coach Pat Shurmur said. “When you are trying to flip culture and when you are trying to build something, you have to dig in on that. There was some toughness and resiliency when they came back to tie things up.”

Rosas’ third field goal of the game came on the opening series of overtime. It was set up by a 29-yard run by rookie Saquon Barkley, who finished with 125 yards on 24 carries.

“It speaks to the resiliency of the guys,” Giants left tackle Nate Solder said after the team refused to fold following the Bears’ late heroics. “It speaks about the type of guys we have in the locker room and we just got to keep doing it and moving forward and believing in each other and doing it together.”

The Giants didn’t nail down the win until Janoris Jenkins knocked away a deep fourth-down pass to Taylor Gabriel after quarterback Chase Daniel fumbled on consecutive plays on the rainy afternoon to set up a fourth-and-8.

Chicago (8-4) forced overtime by getting a 21-yard field goal by Cody Parkey and a 1-yard touchdown pass from halfback Tarik Cohen to Anthony Miller as time expired in the fourth quarter. The trick-play touchdown was set up by a recovered onside kick by Daniel Brown on a play Giants star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. did not dive for the loose ball. Then came a questionable pass interference call in the end zone against cornerback B.W. Webb with :03 to go.

 

Ravens stifle feeble Falcons 26-16 for 3rd straight win

The Baltimore defense made life miserable for Matt Ryan and the Falcons’ offense – and gave rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson plenty of room for error.

The Ravens turned in a dominating defensive performance, limiting Atlanta to its fewest yards in almost two decades while Jackson guided Baltimore to its third straight victory, 26-16 on Sunday.

The 2016 Heisman Trophy winner, making his third straight start and first on the road, completed only 12 of 21 passes for 125 yards but did plenty of damage with his legs. He carried 17 times for 75 yards, including a 13-yard scoring run in the first quarter that turned out to be the Ravens’ lone offensive touchdown.

Not much offense was needed.

Not the way the Ravens played on the other side of the line.

Baltimore held the Falcons to 131 total yards – Atlanta’s worst showing since a 105-yard effort against San Francisco on Dec. 12, 1999 .

“Our defense, they’re rolling,” Jackson said.

The Ravens sacked Matt Ryan three times – one of which forced a fumble that Tavon Young returned 11 yards for a touchdown to seal the victory midway through the fourth quarter. Baltimore held a nearly 2-to-1 edge in time of possession (39:39-20:21) and limited the Falcons to 2 of 9 on third-down conversions.

When the Falcons went for it on fourth-and-1 at midfield, Ito Smith had barely taken the handoff when he was swarmed over by the Ravens for a 1-yard loss. Atlanta finished with just 34 yards rushing on 15 carries.

“The defensive line did a great job of containing the run,” linebacker C.J. Mosley said. “Once a defense gets a team one-dimensional, that’s when you can definitely go to work on their offense.”

For Ryan, it was the fewest passing yards in a game he played from start to finish in his 11-year career. The only times he threw for fewer yards were in 2009, when he passed for 15 yards against Tampa Bay before being knocked out of the game with a toe injury , and a 106-yard performance in the 2011 regular-season finale, also against the Buccaneers, when the Falcons built a big lead and rested their starters heading into the playoffs.

 

Rivers rallies Chargers past Steelers 33-30

Philip Rivers watched Ben Roethlisberger do what the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback so often does – lead a game-tying drive late in the fourth quarter – and decided it was time for the Los Angeles Chargers to do something they so rarely do: win a big one on the road against a team with Super Bowl aspirations of its own.

So the longtime Los Angeles quarterback gathered his teammates around him and delivered a very blunt message.

“It was `Let’s go win it,'” Rivers said. ‘”Let’s make this the last drive and win it.'”

Done and done. Rivers drove the Chargers 64 yards in 11 plays to set up Michael Badgley’s 29-yard field goal on the final snap as the Los Angeles rallied for a 33-30 victory on Sunday night.

Badgley’s initial 39-yard attempt sailed wide left, but the Steelers were called for offsides. Badgley’s ensuing 34-yard attempt was blocked, but Pittsburgh’s celebration was cut short when the Steelers were again flagged for crossing the line of scrimmage early. The Steelers jumped once more Badgley’s 29-yarder, but the Chargers gleefully declined the penalty as they spilled onto the field.

“There was no worry or doubt,” Badgley said. “It’s just one of those things where you stay tough. It’s a situation you never really plan out there where you get three in a row like that. You just have to go do what you know how to do.”

Down 23-7 at the half, the Chargers (9-3) became the first visiting team to win in Pittsburgh after trailing by 16. The Steelers (7-4-1) had been 174-0-1 when up by that much at home. Now Pittsburgh heads into the final quarter of the season having its once comfortable lead in the AFC North trimmed to just a half-game over surging Baltimore (7-5).

“Don’t need to panic,” Roethlisberger said. “Don’t need to worry.”

 

Green Bay Packers fire coach Mike McCarthy

The Green Bay Packers have fired coach Mike McCarthy and made offensive coordinator Joe Philbin the interim head coach.

The move announced by team president Mark Murphy came after a stunning 20-17 loss on Sunday to the Arizona Cardinals, dropping Green Bay to 4-7-1.

Murphy, in a statement, said the 2018 season “has not lived up to the expectations and standards of the Green Bay Packers. As a result, I made the difficult decision to relieve Mike McCarthy of his role as head coach, effective immediately.”

Murphy said the process of hiring the next head coach would begin immediately.

McCarthy was in his 13th season as coach. The Packers won the Super Bowl under McCarthy in the 2010 season. He finishes with a record of 125-77-2.

“Mike has been a terrific head coach and leader of the Packers for 13 seasons, during which time we experienced a great deal of success on and off the field,” Murphy said.

But this is a third straight year in which Green Bay has had extended struggles.

In 2016, the Packers started 4-6, then won eight straight games to get to the NFC title game, losing to the Atlanta Falcons. Green Bay finished 7-9 and missed the playoffs in 2017, when Aaron Rodgers missed extensive time with a broken collarbone.

McCarthy shook up his coaching staff, including bringing Philbin back as offensive coordinator and hiring Mike Pettine to replace Dom Capers as defensive coordinator. Different problems emerged.

This year, Rodgers hurt his left knee in the season opener, though he is feeling better now. Receivers Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison have missed time with injuries. The same issues kept popping up for the offense, most glaringly, empty third downs and a lack of explosive plays.

Rodgers was asked after the game – but before McCarthy’s firing was announced – how much blame offensive players should get if the Packers made a coaching change after the season.

“Yeah, a lot probably. We haven’t played very well,” Rodgers said. “We all take part in the disappointments and the failures that we’ve had this season. We’ve had a number of opportunities. It’s not like we’re getting blown out in a bunch of games. We’re in games.”

 

Kareem Hunt admits he misled Chiefs about hotel assault

Running back Kareem Hunt acknowledged that he misled the Kansas City Chiefs about his role in a February assault in a Cleveland hotel that ultimately led to his release this week.

During a live interview with ESPN on Sunday, the NFL’s reigning rushing champion also said that league officials never spoke to him about the incident while conducting their own investigation, and that he never saw the security camera video until TMZ Sports posted it Friday.

In the course of a few hours, Hunt went from preparing for Sunday’s game in Oakland to being sent home from the practice facility. He was then placed on the NFL’s Commissioner Exemption List, summoned back to the team facility and told that he was being released .

“They believed that I lied to them. I lied to them,” Hunt said. “They pretty much said we love you, everybody cares about you, and just we have to let you go. It was a tough conversation. And the Chiefs did what was right. I made a poor decision and I’m willing to take full responsibility.”

In the grainy, graphic video, Hunt is seen getting into an argument with a woman and several men step in to hold him back. He later pushes one of the men, knocking down a woman that Hunt admitted he did not know, and eventually kicks her while she lays on the ground.

“The Chiefs are right. I didn’t tell them everything,” Hunt said. “My actions caused this and I really wish I could apologize to them and let them know there’s no hard feelings.”

The video brought immediate comparisons to the footage of former Ravens running back Ray Rice , who was seen punching out his then-fiancee in an elevator. That incident led to a lengthy legal saga, and it culminated in an investigation by Robert Mueller into the NFL’s mishandling of it.

The league eventually hired more staff to conduct such investigations, and announced it would take a more active role in handling similar cases in the future.

 

Adonis Stevenson in critical condition after KO

Canadian boxer Adonis Stevenson is reportedly hospitalized in critical condition after being knocked out in his light heavyweight title fight in Quebec City.

Boxing promoter Yvon Michel tweeted early Sunday that Stevenson was in intensive care and that his family asked that his privacy be respected.

Oleksandr Gvozdyk stopped Stevenson at 2:49 of the 11th round Saturday night to take his World Boxing Council light heavyweight title.

The 41-year-old Stevenson was put on a stretcher after the bout and left Videotron Centre in an ambulance.

The Montreal-based fighter was making his 10th title defense since winning the belt against Chad Dawson in 2013 and was ahead on two of the judges’ cards and tied on the third when he was stopped.

The 31-year-old Gvozdyk, from the Ukraine, improved to 16-0.

 

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
9 3 0 .750 0.0 331 259 6-0-0 3-3-0 6-2-0 3-0-0 2 W
6 6 0 .500 3.0 244 300 5-1-0 1-5-0 5-4-0 3-1-0 1 W
4 8 0 .333 5.0 178 293 2-3-0 2-5-0 3-6-0 1-2-0 1 L
3 9 0 .250 6.0 243 307 2-4-0 1-5-0 2-7-0 0-4-0 6 L
West Division
W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
10 2 0 .833 0.0 444 327 5-0-0 5-2-0 8-1-0 4-0-0 1 W
9 3 0 .750 1.0 340 249 4-2-0 5-1-0 6-2-0 2-2-0 2 W
6 6 0 .500 4.0 276 262 3-3-0 3-3-0 4-5-0 2-2-0 3 W
2 10 0 .167 8.0 220 367 1-5-0 1-5-0 1-7-0 0-4-0 2 L
North Division
W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
7 4 1 .625 0.0 346 282 3-3-0 4-1-1 4-4-1 3-1-1 2 L
7 5 0 .583 0.5 297 214 4-2-0 3-3-0 6-3-0 2-3-0 3 W
5 7 0 .417 2.5 286 371 3-4-0 2-3-0 3-5-0 1-3-0 4 L
4 7 1 .375 3.0 266 312 3-2-1 1-5-0 3-5-1 2-1-1 1 L
South Division
W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
9 3 0 .750 0.0 302 235 5-1-0 4-2-0 7-2-0 3-1-0 9 W
6 6 0 .500 3.0 325 279 4-2-0 2-4-0 5-5-0 2-2-0 1 L
6 6 0 .500 3.0 221 245 4-1-0 2-5-0 4-6-0 2-2-0 1 W
4 8 0 .333 5.0 203 243 3-4-0 1-4-0 3-6-0 1-3-0 1 W
National Football Conference
East Division
W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
7 5 0 .583 0.0 247 223 5-1-0 2-4-0 6-3-0 3-1-0 4 W
6 5 0 .545 0.5 220 229 3-3-0 3-2-0 6-3-0 2-1-0 2 L
5 6 0 .455 1.5 230 253 3-3-0 2-3-0 3-5-0 2-1-0 1 W
4 8 0 .333 3.0 267 315 2-4-0 2-4-0 3-7-0 0-4-0 1 W
West Division
W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
11 1 0 .917 0.0 419 298 6-0-0 5-1-0 7-1-0 4-0-0 3 W
7 5 0 .583 4.0 319 259 3-2-0 4-3-0 6-3-0 2-2-0 3 W
3 9 0 .250 8.0 175 310 1-5-0 2-4-0 3-5-0 2-2-0 1 W
2 10 0 .167 9.0 255 336 2-3-0 0-7-0 1-8-0 0-4-0 3 L
North Division
W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
8 4 0 .667 0.0 344 241 5-1-0 3-3-0 6-2-0 3-1-0 1 L
6 5 1 .542 1.5 275 270 4-2-0 2-3-1 5-3-1 2-1-1 1 L
4 7 1 .375 3.5 281 287 4-1-1 0-6-0 2-6-1 1-2-1 3 L
4 8 0 .333 4.0 254 316 3-4-0 1-4-0 2-7-0 1-3-0 2 L
South Division
W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
10 2 0 .833 0.0 419 269 5-1-0 5-1-0 7-2-0 2-1-0 1 L
6 6 0 .500 4.0 304 306 5-1-0 1-5-0 4-5-0 1-2-0 4 L
5 7 0 .417 5.0 318 355 4-2-0 1-5-0 4-5-0 2-2-0 2 W
4 8 0 .333 6.0 296 333 3-4-0 1-4-0 4-4-0 2-2-0 4 L

 

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
W L Pct GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
Toronto 20 4 .833 10-2 10-2 3-1 12-3 8-2 8 W
Philadelphia 17 8 .680 3.5 13-1 4-7 2-3 12-7 8-2 4 W
Boston 13 10 .565 6.5 6-3 7-7 3-2 9-5 6-4 3 W
Brooklyn 8 16 .333 12.0 3-8 5-8 2-2 6-6 2-8 6 L
New York 8 16 .333 12.0 4-6 4-10 2-4 5-12 4-6 1 W
Central Divison
W L Pct GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
Milwaukee 15 7 .682 11-2 4-5 3-0 8-3 6-4 1 L
Detroit 13 7 .650 1.0 9-3 4-4 4-0 10-6 8-2 5 W
Indiana 13 10 .565 2.5 6-4 7-6 2-1 8-3 5-5 2 L
Chicago 5 19 .208 11.0 3-9 2-10 1-5 4-10 1-9 6 L
Cleveland 4 18 .182 11.0 3-8 1-10 0-4 3-12 3-7 4 L
Southeast Division
W L Pct GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
Charlotte 11 12 .478 8-5 3-7 5-1 11-8 4-6 2 L
Orlando 11 12 .478 6-6 5-6 2-2 7-6 5-5 1 W
Miami 9 13 .409 1.5 5-8 4-5 1-6 5-11 4-6 2 W
Washington 9 14 .391 2.0 7-5 2-9 2-2 5-6 5-5 1 W
Atlanta 5 18 .217 6.0 3-7 2-11 3-2 4-11 2-8 2 L
Western Conference
Northwest Division
W L Pct GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
Denver 15 7 .682 9-3 6-4 4-0 10-4 6-4 5 W
Oklahoma City 14 7 .667 0.5 9-3 5-4 0-1 7-6 7-3 2 W
Portland 13 10 .565 2.5 8-4 5-6 1-2 6-7 3-7 2 L
Minnesota 11 12 .478 4.5 9-4 2-8 2-2 5-9 7-3 1 L
Utah 11 13 .458 5.0 2-6 9-7 0-2 7-8 4-6 1 L
Pacific Division
W L Pct GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
LA Clippers 15 7 .682 9-1 6-6 3-0 10-5 8-2 1 L
Golden State 15 9 .625 1.0 11-2 4-7 2-1 8-6 4-6 2 L
LA Lakers 14 9 .609 1.5 9-4 5-5 3-0 10-6 7-3 3 W
Sacramento 11 11 .500 4.0 6-5 5-6 0-3 6-9 4-6 1 W
Phoenix 4 19 .174 11.5 3-8 1-11 0-4 3-11 2-8 5 L
Southwest Division
W L Pct GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
Memphis 13 9 .591 7-3 6-6 2-0 8-5 6-4 1 L
Dallas 11 10 .524 1.5 9-2 2-8 1-2 6-7 8-2 1 W
New Orleans 12 12 .500 2.0 9-2 3-10 2-1 6-7 5-5 1 W
Houston 11 11 .500 2.0 5-5 6-6 1-3 5-8 6-4 2 W
San Antonio 11 12 .478 2.5 7-4 4-8 3-3 9-8 4-6 1 W

 

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
Tampa Bay Lightning 27 19 7 1 39 18 103 79 11-4-0 8-3-1 7-3-0
Washington Capitals 26 15 8 3 33 14 95 83 8-4-2 7-4-1 8-2-0
Toronto Maple Leafs 27 19 8 0 38 19 98 70 9-5-0 10-3-0 8-2-0
Buffalo Sabres 27 17 7 3 37 14 85 76 9-2-1 8-5-2 8-1-1
Columbus Blue Jackets 26 15 9 2 32 15 90 83 7-4-1 8-5-1 6-3-1
New York Islanders 25 13 9 3 29 12 76 72 7-3-2 6-6-1 5-4-1
Boston Bruins 26 14 8 4 32 13 71 64 9-3-0 5-5-4 5-3-2
Montreal Canadiens 27 12 10 5 29 10 83 88 7-6-2 5-4-3 3-5-2

New York Rangers 28 13 12 3 29 9 80 88 10-4-1 3-8-2 4-5-1
10 Carolina Hurricanes 26 12 10 4 28 11 66 71 7-4-3 5-6-1 5-3-2
11 Ottawa Senators 27 12 12 3 27 12 98 109 9-4-2 3-8-1 5-5-0
12 Detroit Red Wings 27 12 12 3 27 10 76 87 7-6-2 5-6-1 5-4-1
13 Pittsburgh Penguins 25 10 10 5 25 10 83 84 5-6-2 5-4-3 3-5-2
14 Florida Panthers 25 10 10 5 25 9 82 91 5-4-3 5-6-2 3-5-2
15 Philadelphia Flyers 25 11 12 2 24 10 76 88 5-7-1 6-5-1 4-5-1
16 New Jersey Devils 25 9 11 5 23 9 74 86 7-1-4 2-10-1 3-3-4
Western Conference
GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
Nashville Predators 27 18 8 1 37 18 88 66 10-5-0 8-3-1 5-5-0
Calgary Flames 27 16 9 2 34 16 91 76 8-3-2 8-6-0 6-3-1
Colorado Avalanche 27 16 6 5 37 16 99 73 6-2-3 10-4-2 8-0-2
Winnipeg Jets 26 16 8 2 34 15 91 77 9-3-2 7-5-0 6-3-1
Anaheim Ducks 29 14 10 5 33 12 70 83 7-3-5 7-7-0 6-2-2
San Jose Sharks 28 13 10 5 31 13 85 89 8-3-2 5-7-3 4-4-2
Dallas Stars 27 14 10 3 31 14 74 71 8-3-1 6-7-2 5-4-1
Minnesota Wild 26 14 10 2 30 14 83 76 8-4-2 6-6-0 4-6-0

Vegas Golden Knights 28 14 13 1 29 13 82 78 7-3-1 7-10-0 7-3-0
10 Edmonton Oilers 26 13 11 2 28 13 70 79 7-4-1 6-7-1 5-4-1
11 Arizona Coyotes 25 12 11 2 26 11 66 66 6-6-1 6-5-1 5-4-1
12 Vancouver Canucks 29 11 15 3 25 10 82 102 5-6-1 6-9-2 1-8-1
13 Chicago Blackhawks 28 9 14 5 23 9 77 104 5-5-3 4-9-2 3-6-1
14 St. Louis Blues 25 9 13 3 21 9 74 85 6-7-1 3-6-2 3-7-0
15 Los Angeles Kings 27 10 16 1 21 9 58 82 6-8-1 4-8-0 5-5-0