NBA SCOREBOARD

Brooklyn 120 Detroit 119 OT

Denver 108 Chicago 107 OT

Minnesota 128 Utah 125

Indiana 107 New York 101

Golden State 131 New Orleans 121

LA Lakers 114 Dallas 113

San Antonio 120 Phoenix 99

 

NHL SCOREBOARD

Vancouver 4 Chicago 2

 

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

New York City FC 3 Philadelphia 1

Portland 2 FC Dallas 1

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Toledo 45 Ball State 13

 

HS GIRLS BASKETBALL

Brownsburg        60           Hamilton Heights             35

Delta                    62           Muncie Central                 42

East Central        65           South Dearborn                28

 

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL-HCAC TOURNEY

Earlham 3 Anderson 0

ELSEWHERE

Indiana 3 Michigan 1

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana volleyball team took down No. 14 Michigan in four sets (25-19, 25-19, 22-25, 25-17) Wednesday night at University Gym.

Key Moments

At 5-6 in the first set an ace by Kamyrn Malloy brought the score to the first tie of the night at 6-6. The match had a total of 33 ties.

With the score at 23-19 in the first set, a kill by Hayden Huybers and a Wolverines attack error allowed the Hoosiers to close the set at 25-19.

After an 11-11 tie in the second set, the Hoosiers went on a 9-3 run to give them a 20-14 lead.

A kill by Kamryn Malloy closed the second set for Indiana at 25-19.

The Hoosiers opened the fourth set with two kills by Breana Edwards and an attack error by the Wolverines to start them with a 3-0 lead.

At 14-11 in the fourth set, Indiana went on a 11-6 scoring run that closed the set for them at 25-17 and gave them the match victory.

 

IUPUI 3 Cleveland State 2

 

Purdue 3 Michigan State 1

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. –  Redshirt senior Sherridan Atkinson, redshirt junior Blake

Mohler and sophomore Caitlyn Newton all hit over .300 as the No. 13 Boilermakers

defeated Michigan State,3-1 (25-18, 19-25, 25-18, 25-19) on Wednesday, to pick up

their 20th win of the season. The victory marks Purdue’s second consecutive 20-win

season and the eighth in the last nine years.

As a team, the Boilermakers hit .333 in the first set, .306 in the third set and

.333 in the fourth set to complete a strong offensive showing. Atkinson led Purdue

with 18 kills with only three errors. Newton followed with 14 putaways of her own,

while freshman Grace Cleveland added 12 and Mohler chipped in eight.

Redshirt freshman Hayley Bushed averaged 12.25 assists per set, finishing with a

match-best 49 assists.

The Boilermakers also played well defensively with seven players tallying four or

more digs, led by 16 from senior libero Brooke Peters. Freshman Marissa Hornung

added to Purdue’s back row with 12 digs.

 

Wright State 3 Oakland 0

 

MEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER

Dayton 2 Fordham 0

Notre Dame 2 Clemson 0

No. 18 Notre Dame (10-5-2, 4-3-1 ACC) turned in a

complete performance on both ends of the pitch in the 2-0 victory Clemson

(7-9-1, 2-6-0 ACC) in the first round of the ACC Tournament on Wednesday

evening at Alumni Stadium.

 

Xavier 5 Butler 3

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER

IU EAST RELEASE

WILMORE, Ky. – The Indiana University East women’s soccer team finished the regular

season with a 3-3 draw against Asbury University in a River States Conference affair

on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Evie Stepaniak had a pair of goals for the Red Wolves, while Ellie Guenther had the

other score.

The Red Wolves enter the RSC Women’s Soccer Championship Quarterfinal match as the

fifth seed as they visit the University of Rio Grande on Saturday, Nov. 3.

Indiana University East is 10-4-3 overall and 5-3-1 in conference play, while Asbury

is now 9-7-1 and 6-2-1.

Guenther tied the match at 1-1 with a goal at 22:44

Stepaniak scored her first goal of the contest at 28:09 to give the Red Wolves a 2-1

advantage by halftime.

Olivia Malott assisted on Stepaniak’s score.

Stepaniak put IU East on top 3-1 at 51:30 with her second goal.

Elizabeth Sparks scored twice for Asbury at 57:27 and 75:43 to send the contest to

overtime.

IU East goalkeeper Amamda Nicholson had six saves.

The Red Wolves are going to participate in the post-season for the first time.

Stepaniak leads the Red Wolves with 24 points on 11 goals and two assists.

Malott picked up her third assist. She also had eight goals for 19 points.

IU East travels to the University of Rio Grande (7-8-2, 5-3-1) on Saturday for the

quarterfinal contest at 6 p.m. No. 4 seed Rio Grande defeated the Red Wolves 1-0

earlier this season.

 

 

TOP HEADLINES

EARLHAM VOLLEYBALL: Volleyball advances to HCAC semis with win over Anderson

EARLHAM RELEASE

RICHMOND, Ind. – The 42 kills, the .320 hitting percentage, and 49 team digs formed the storyline behind Earlham College’s commanding 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-11) win over Anderson University in Wednesday’s Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Volleyball Tournament first round match.

However, it was a nine-serve run by senior Megan Hedinger to open the third set that punctuated the Quakers’ dominant performance over the Ravens at the Druley Performance Gym, effectively cinching the win before the set was even half over.

Hedinger dropped nine straight serves deep into left-side back corner of the Anderson court, vaulting Earlham into a quick 10-0 lead in set three and completing the sweep of the over-powered Ravens. Two of Hedinger’s serves went for aces, with the remaining seven flummoxing the Ravens who were unable to receive Hedinger’s serve and get in-system for a quality attack.By the time, Hedinger’s serving run was through, it was apparent to all that the Ravens’ proverbial goose was cooked.

From there, the Quakers held at least a double-digit lead the rest of the way while hitting .440 (14-3-25) in the set. First year Abbey Zanatta charted five kills in set three with first year Sarah Dickman adding four of her own, while junior Lauren Jackson had 12 assists running the Earlham offense.

The prelude to that dominating third set was a crescendo for the Quakers.

Earlham hit .250 (15-5-40) in the first set led by senior Ashleigh Burton’s six terminations. Dickman had five kills, with Jackson charting 15 assists and Hedinger turning up seven digs in the frame. The see-saw first set saw five lead changes and 12 ties, before back-to-back kills by Dickman and Burton allowed Earlham to eke out a 23-21 lead. An attack error by Anderson’s Kennedy Thomas put Earlham on set point, and Burton’s sixth kill of the set gave the frame to the Quakers, 25-21.

The Quakers had to rally from a deficit in set two, using Angelica Carpio’s devastating jump serve to go on a four-point run midway through the set to take a 16-14 lead. After a pair of side-out points, Julia Stewart’s serve triggered another three-point Quaker run that left Earlham with a 20-15 advantage.

Five points later, Caroline Mulvihill’s kill got the Quakers to set point, and a Raven attack error off Jackson’s serve gave the second set to Earlham, 25-17.

Earlham hit .312 (13-3-32) in set two, with Dickman charting six kills in the frame. Jackson tallied 12 assists, while Carpio dug up four balls on defense.

Dickman finished the match with a team-high 15 kills, while Burton and Zanatta logged nine and eight respectively. Hedinger tallied 12 digs for the Earlham cause, while Mulvihill turned up 10 digs. The Quakers charted 42 kills on their 97 attacks with a mere 11 errors.

Jackson finished with 39 assists while running the Quaker offense, putting the junior from Tonganoxie, Kan., over the 3,000-assist mark for her career. Jackson now has 3,067 career assists, second among Earlham all-time assist leaders behind Jen Maure’s (1997-2000) 3,414 career assists, and making Jackson just the second player in program history to go over the 3,000-assist mark.

Anderson was held to just .091 hitting for the match, with 28 kills on 99 attacks with 19 errors. Olivia Rice paced the Ravens with nine kills, while Kylie Osborne recorded eight terminations. Kaycie Gates charted 25 assists while running the Raven offense, and Brooke Troyer had a team-best 11 digs.

The win over Anderson marked a triumph for Earlham in its first post-season appearance since joining the HCAC in 2010. The Quakers will now advance to the 2018 HCAC Volleyball Championship semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 3, in Lexington, Ky., on the campus of Transylvania University. The Quakers will face second-seeded Rose-Hulman in Saturday’s second semifinal at 5:00 p.m., following the Transylvania-Bluffton semifinal at 2:00 p.m.

 

Maryland fires coach DJ Durkin day after reinstatement

DJ Durkin’s return as Maryland’s football coach lasted one day.

Durkin was fired Wednesday night, just over 24 hours after being reinstated.

Instead of resolving the issues facing the flawed program, the decision by the University System of Maryland board of regents on Tuesday to retain Durkin and athletic director Damon Evans created a different set of problems in the wake of a player’s death and discontent engulfing the football team.

Several state officials called for Durkin to be fired, and one called the decision to retain him an “embarrassment.”

Maryland President Wallace Loh fired Durkin after conferring with the leadership of the Student Government Association, the Senate Executive Committee, deans, department chairs and campus leadership. The firing came about five months after offensive lineman Jordan McNair collapsed on the practice field and later died of heatstroke.

“The overwhelming majority of stakeholders expressed serious concerns about Coach DJ Durkin returning to the campus,” Loh wrote in a statement.

“The chair of the Board of Regents has publicly acknowledged that I had previously raised serious concerns about Coach Durkin’s return. This is not at all a reflection of my opinion of Coach Durkin as a person. However, a departure is in the best interest of the University, and this afternoon Coach Durkin was informed that the University will part ways,” Loh wrote. “This is a difficult decision, but it is the right one for our entire University.”

Loh’s action was immediately met with approval by Maryland Congressman Anthony G. Brown.

“Dr. Loh’s firing of Coach Durkin is the right decision and the decision that had to be made if the UMD community was going to ever move forward,” Brown said.

Durkin’s dismissal comes while he was in the third season of a five-year, $12.5 million contract he signed in December 2015. He will be owed about $5.5 million, according to buyout terms of his contract.

Matt Canada is expected to resume the role of interim coach. Maryland is 5-3 heading into Saturday’s home game against Michigan State.

 

Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey has died at age 80

Willie McCovey, the sweet-swinging Hall of Famer nicknamed “Stretch” for his 6-foot-4 height and those long arms, died Wednesday. He was 80.

The San Francisco Giants announced McCovey’s death, saying the fearsome hitter passed “peacefully” in the afternoon “after losing his battle with ongoing health issues.”

A former first baseman and left fielder, McCovey was a career .270 hitter with 521 home runs and 1,555 RBIs in 22 major league seasons, 19 of them with the Giants. He also played for the Athletics and Padres.

McCovey made his major league debut at age 21 on July 30, 1959 and played alongside the other Willie – Hall of Famer Willie Mays – into the 1972 season before Mays was traded to the New York Mets that May.

McCovey batted .354 with 13 homers and 38 RBIs on the way to winning 1959 NL Rookie of the Year. The six-time All-Star also won the 1969 NL MVP and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1986 after his first time on the ballot.

“You knew right away he wasn’t an ordinary ballplayer,” Hall of Famer Hank Aaron said, courtesy of the Hall of Fame. “He was so strong, and he had the gift of knowing the strike zone. There’s no telling how many home runs he would have hit if those knees weren’t bothering him all the time and if he played in a park other than Candlestick.”

McCovey had been getting around in a wheelchair in recent years because he could no longer rely on his once-dependable legs, yet was still regularly seen at the ballpark in his private suite. McCovey had attended games at AT&T Park as recently as the final game of the season.

“For more than six decades, he gave his heart and soul to the Giants,” Giants President and CEO Larry Baer said. “As one of the greatest players of all time, as a quiet leader in the clubhouse, as a mentor to the Giants who followed in his footsteps, as an inspiration to our Junior Giants, and as a fan cheering on the team from his booth.”

 

Parade fetes Red Sox; trophy, manager Cora hit by beer cans

Confetti cannons boomed and huge crowds of fans cheered wildly on Wednesday as the Boston Red Sox rumbled through downtown aboard duck boats to mark the team’s fourth World Series championship in the past 15 years.

One of the team’s championship trophies and team manager Alex Cora were hit by flying cans of beer that Boston fans have made a practice of offering their sports heroes during recent victory parades. Neither was seriously injured and it didn’t take any varnish off the shining celebration.

The rolling rally set off from venerable Fenway Park and wound its way through major city streets lined by fans numbering in the hundreds of thousands, some who arrived before dawn.

Bits of red, white and blue paper rained down as team officials, players, and their families waved from the amphibious, World War II-era vehicles. Some autographed balls and drank beers tossed to them from the jubilant throng.

Many in the sea of Red Sox jerseys and ball caps took advantage of the fact that the parade coincided with Halloween.

Young children dressed up as comic book and Disney characters, 20-somethings from the city’s numerous colleges sported full-body panda and dinosaur outfits, and fans took selfies with a doppelganger of pro wrestler Hulk Hogan roaming the crowd.

“It’s been nothing but love. We’re out here having a good time. We’re turnt up,” said Jarrick Fidalgo, a New Bedford, Massachusetts, native with his face painted in the diabolical red, white and black of the Joker from “Batman.”

But it wasn’t all carefree fun. Team manager Alex Cora, one of the team’s four World Series trophies and a bystander were among those hit by errant beer cans. Cora and the trophy were barely scathed, but the bystander was urged to get treatment for a gash on her nose, The Boston Globe reported.

Patrick Connolly, a 19-year-old from Sandwich, Massachusetts, was charged with assault and disorderly conduct for allegedly hitting Cora with an unopened beer.

Connolly told the arresting officers, according to the Globe: “I love Cora. I didn’t mean to hit him.”

 

3 days after Series gem, Price says he’s staying with Boston

Three days after a World Series victory that transformed him from a postseason flop to an October hero, Red Sox left-hander David Price said at the team’s victory parade Wednesday that he would stay in Boston rather than opt out of his contract and become a free agent.

“I’m not going anywhere,” Price said on the field at Fenway Park before boarding a duck boat for the ride through the city. “I came here to win, and we did that this year. That was very special and I want to do it again.”

Price will earn $127 million over the next four years, the remainder of a seven-year, $217 million contract he signed before the 2016 season that gave him the right to opt out after the third year. It remains the richest contract ever for a pitcher.

“There wasn’t any reconsideration on my part, ever,” Price said.

The 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner, Price has gone 31-19 with a 3.74 ERA in three seasons in Boston but until this year never had any success in the playoffs. He had never won a postseason start in his career – a 0-9 record in his first 10 tries – and was booed off the field after recording just five outs in the Division Series against the New York Yankees.

But he was the winning pitcher in the AL Championship Series clincher against Houston, and then he won his first career World Series start, Game 2 against Los Angeles. He pitched in relief in Boston’s 18-inning Game 3 loss, then started on three day’s rest and delivered seven innings of three-hit ball in the finale to help eliminate the Dodgers.

“We were hoping he would stay,” Red Sox president Sam Kennedy said. “He’s ready to go back-to-back.”

In all, Price was 3-1 with a 3.46 ERA this postseason and 2-0 with a 1.98 ERA in two starts and one relief appearance against the Dodgers. The Boston Herald reported that Price lost a 3-2 vote to first baseman Steve Pearce for the World Series MVP.

 

Dolphins’ Tannehill ruled out of Sunday’s game against Jets

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the New York Jets, meaning Brock Osweiler will start for the fourth game in a row.

Tannehill, recovering from an injury in Week 5 to his throwing shoulder, was limited in practice Wednesday. He has begun throwing, but improvement in his shoulder has been unpredictable, coach Adam Gase said.

“Some days it feels a lot better,” Gase said. “Some days it doesn’t feel as good when he’s throwing.”

The Dolphins are 4-4, and 1-2 with Osweiler starting. His passer rating of 93.8 is slightly higher than Tannehill’s 92.9.

“This sport is so special, and you never know when you’re going to get another opportunity,” Osweiler said. “So when you do get the opportunity to play, shoot, man, I play every single play like it’s my last. I’m playing as hard as I possibly can, so hopefully I never have to go back to the bench.”

 

Jaguars QB Bortles has shoulder injury, team signs Jones

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles injured his non-throwing shoulder against Philadelphia in London last week but is expected to play Nov. 11 at Indianapolis.

Nonetheless, the Jaguars (3-5) signed free agent Landry Jones to take some repetitions during the team’s bye week. Jacksonville worked Jones out before the loss to the Eagles.

Jones fills an open roster spot created when the team traded defensive end Dante Fowler to the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday.

A fourth-round draft pick by Pittsburgh in 2013, Jones has appeared in 18 games and is 3-2 as a starter. He has completed 64 percent of his passes for 1,310 yards, with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Bortles hasn’t missed a start since taking over the job early in the 2014 season. He played through a right wrist injury last season.

 

Bears may place Kyle Long on injured reserve

Chicago Bears right guard Kyle Long has a tendon injury in his right foot, and the team is deciding whether to put him on injured reserve.

Coach Matt Nagy said Wednesday the three-time Pro Bowl lineman has a boot on his foot and is “week to week.” The Bears are still trying to figure out the “complete extent” of the injury.

Asked if Long has any broken bones, Nagy said, “I’m not going to get into the details of it.” But he added there are “some issues” with a tendon.

The Bears could place Long on IR with the intent to return in eight weeks if they don’t think he could be back sooner.

“Those are decisions we’re going through,” Nagy said. “We’re not there yet. We don’t need to be. Once we get to that point, then we’ll decide what we want to do.”

Long was hurt in the closing minutes of the Bears’ 24-10 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday. Tight end Dion Sims rolled into him while the two were blocking for Jordan Howard on a run.

The injury to Long leaves the NFC North-leading Bears (4-3) in a painful and familiar spot with him as they get ready to visit the Buffalo Bills (2-6). Chicago could also be without star pass rusher Khalil Mack (right ankle) and No. 1 receiver Allen Robinson (groin) again. The two missed the win over the Jets.

The 29-year-old Long made the Pro Bowl his first three seasons after being drafted in the first round in 2013. But he missed eight games in 2016 and six last season after playing in 47 of a possible 48 from 2013 to 2015.

Nagy again said the latest injury was not the same as the severe one to his right ankle in 2016 that required surgery. Long also had operations on his shoulder, elbow and neck after he was shut down last year.

 

Bills sign QB Matt Barkley, bring back punter Colton Schmidt

The Buffalo Bills have signed quarterback Matt Barkley to address a banged-up and thinly experienced position ahead of their game against the Chicago Bears this weekend.

In a separate move Wednesday, punter Colton Schmidt returned to the Bills. He was signed to replace rookie Corey Bojorquez, who was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.

Barkley has been out since hurting his left knee in the Cincinnati Bengals’ preseason finale. He was placed on injured reserve and then released on Sept. 12.

The Bills are in need of quarterback help with rookie starter Josh Allen missing his third game with a sprained right elbow. Veteran backup Derek Anderson’s status is uncertain after he suffered a concussion in a 25-6 loss to New England on Monday night.

That leaves Buffalo in a position to start turnover-prone backup Nathan Peterman against the Bears.

Barkley has a 1-5 NFL career record as a starter since being selected by Philadelphia in the fourth round of the 2013 draft out of Southern California.

Reserve running back Taiwan Jones also was placed on IR with a neck injury.

 

No. 15 Virginia Tech suspends Chris Clarke indefinitely

Virginia Tech has suspended guard Chris Clarke indefinitely.

The school made the announcement in a one-sentence release on Wednesday. It gave no information as to why Clarke was suspended.

The 6-foot-6, 210-pound senior is the most versatile player on the 15th-ranked Hokies and has averaged 9.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists during his career. He has been removed from the Hokies’ online roster, which the school says is standard procedure amid an indefinite suspension.

Virginia Tech was picked to finish fifth in the Atlantic Coast Conference in a vote by media members.

 

Notre Dame No. 1 in women’s college basketball poll

Muffet McGraw and Notre Dame start the new season where they left off – atop women’s college basketball.

The Irish were the unanimous No. 1 team in The Associated Press women’s basketball preseason poll that was released Wednesday.

The defending national champions received all 31 first-place votes from a national media panel. It’s only the second time that McGraw’s team has been the preseason No. 1 team. It also occurred in 2016. The Irish return four starters from last season’s team that battled through a bunch of ACL injuries before winning the school’s second national championship. McGraw was honored that the team was ranked first, but feels that there are a lot of good teams in college basketball this year.

“Parity is creeping in. I think there are a lot of good teams that are on the radar and some that are under it. It will be interesting to see,” she said. “People picked up some good freshmen.”

UConn was second in the poll, ending a run of 34 consecutive weeks at No. 1. The Huskies have been in the top five every week since Jan. 29, 2007.

“We are No. 2 on reputation. I don’t know we’re No. 2 on merit, that’s for sure,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “We are like the Sophia Loren of basketball. We’ve looked good for a long time.”

Oregon followed the Huskies, earning the best ranking in program history. The Ducks have lofty expectations this year.

“Look at what we’ve done in a few short years, that doesn’t happen very often in a Power Five conference,” Oregon coach Kelly Graves said. “It’s hard to make a move in these conferences with established powers. I’m proud of what we’ve done and hope to keep it going. I felt this was a sleeping giant here. Everything was in place for us to be considered among the best programs. That’s started to play itself out.”

Baylor and Louisville were fourth and fifth.

Mississippi State, Stanford, Oregon State, Maryland and South Carolina rounded out the top 10 teams. Eight is the best ranking in the preseason for Oregon State in the program’s history.

 

Sabonis, Oladipo lift Pacers over Knicks 107-101

After walking into Madison Square Garden dressed as a superhero, Victor Oladipo had to shake off his lingering bronchitis before unleashing his powers on the New York Knicks.

Domantas Sabonis was 12-for-12 shooting while matching his career high with 30 points, Oladipo scored 11 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and the Indiana Pacers beat the Knicks 107-101 on Wednesday night.

Oladipo, who arrived in a Black Panther costume for Halloween, has been dealing with bronchitis for about a week, and it worsened two days ago. He started off cold Wednesday, scoring five points and picking up three fouls in the first half while feeling short of breath at times.

It was all different down the stretch.

Indiana trailed 97-94 with 3:08 left before Oladipo got hot. Sabonis hit two free throws, and then Oladipo picked off Tim Hardaway Jr.’s lazy dribble and threw down a breakaway dunk for a 98-97 lead.

Indiana scored the next five points, capped by Oladipo’s 3-pointer with 1:23 left, to make it 103-97 after the star guard had hit just one of his previous seven 3s.

“Some of the shots I feel like I normally make I wasn’t making today,” Oladipo said. “So got to find other ways to win, got other ways to impact the game.”

Hardaway led the Knicks with 37 points, and Noah Vonleh had 14 points and 10 rebounds. New York has lost six of seven since winning on opening night.

Their inability to execute several times coming out of timeouts cost them in the fourth quarter on top of the five turnovers that Indiana converted into eight points.

“Coming out of the timeout we gotta know our plays. We know how the defensive concepts are,” said Hardaway Jr., who had a career-high seven 3s.

 

Rose scores career-high 50 as Timberwolves top Jazz 128-125

As the final buzzer sounded and his teammates swarmed him on the court, Derrick Rose couldn’t help but fight back tears.

Rose’s emotions were on full display moments after he scored a career-high 50 points in a vintage performance that lifted the Minnesota Timberwolves over the Utah Jazz 128-125 on Wednesday.

Given everything he’s been through, it was a special night for the 2011 NBA MVP.

“It still didn’t even hit me yet,” he said. “Words can’t explain how I feel right now. It’s been a while.”

Derailed by injuries for years, Rose walked off serenaded by chants of “MVP! MVP!” from the home crowd. The 30-year-old point guard shot 19 of 31 from the field and hit four 3-pointers. He played 41 minutes, his most in nearly two years.

“He has courage, he has humility and he has character,” said Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau, who also coached Rose during his prime seasons in Chicago. “He’s been through a lot of adversity. He’s maybe one of the most mentally tough people I’ve ever come across.”

Rose had 34 points in the second half and 15 in a tightly contested fourth quarter as the Wolves held off the Jazz, who waived Rose in February after a two-day stint.

His basket down low with 30 seconds remaining put Minnesota up for good, and he made two free throws with 13.8 seconds left to make it a three-point lead.

“He made a lot of plays, made some tough shots,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “We had some breakdowns, a little bit of everything.”

Jae Crowder and Joe Ingles each missed a 3-pointer that could have tied it for Utah. Rose then blocked a 3-point try by Dante Exum with 2.7 seconds to go, and the Timberwolves grabbed the loose ball to seal it.

 

Curry’s big night carries Warriors to sixth straight win

Steve Kerr scratched of his head when asked why Stephen Curry is shooting the ball so well at the start of his 10th NBA season.

“It’s, um, I don’t know,” Kerr said.

No question Golden State’s coach is getting a thrill watching No. 30’s hot hand – as in 52.9 percent from 3-point range through nine games.

Curry scored 37 points with seven 3-pointers for his sixth 30-point game of the season and dished out nine assists, and the Warriors beat the New Orleans Pelicans 131-121 on Wednesday night for their sixth straight win.

“I’ve always said I want to continue to try to improve my shooting and get more efficient,” Curry said. “Obviously a good start to that but got to sustain it and stick to the program of what I’ve been doing.”

Kevin Durant added 24 points and eight assists, and Draymond Green contributed 16 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists for his first double-double of the season.

Green has 50 assists in the last five games and is a big reason the Warriors are passing so well this season. They finished with a season-high 39 assists.

“Probably the best player on the floor tonight,” Kerr said of Green. “… We are only as good as Draymond is on many nights.”

Anthony Davis returned from a two-game absence with a sprained right elbow and shot just 6 of 16 for 17 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for the Pelicans, who lost a five-game Western Conference semifinal to Golden State last postseason.

 

Cavs’ All-Star Love to miss ‘weeks’ with painful toe injury

Kevin Love doesn’t know when he’ll be able to help the struggling Cavaliers.

The All-Star forward said Tuesday night that he will miss at least several weeks with a painful left toe injury that has bothered him since the preseason and recently got so severe that he had trouble walking. He did not rule out surgery.

The 30-year-old had an MRI and visited Dr. Martin O’Malley at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. He’s been told to rest the injury, and there is no clear timetable when he’ll play again.

“I would like to get back obviously as soon as possible,” said Love, who has been wearing a walking boot on his left foot for the past few days. “I had high hopes for the season, I know it’s been off to a really rocky start, but the more I can be out there and help this team, the better. So I’m hoping to get out there as quickly as possible and hoping that it’s only two or three weeks.”

Love missed his third straight game Tuesday as Cleveland hosted the Atlanta Hawks. The Cavs entered the game 0-6, and the four-time defending Eastern Conference champions are reeling after coach Tyronn Lue was fired Sunday. Compounding the slow start, the Cavs are still working through contract negotiations with assistant Larry Drew, who wants more security before he takes over and said he’s “very disappointed” the team has not given him a new deal.

Love said he first injured his toe during the preseason opener against Boston on Oct. 2. He then missed the club’s final three exhibitions.

He pushed through the pain for Cleveland’s first four regular-season games, but struggled with his shot while overcompensating for the injury. Love has been frustrated by not being able to play, but knows he has to obey doctor’s orders.