Tennessee 28 Dallas 14



Miami 120 Detroit 115 OT

Houston 98 Indiana 94

Orlando 102 Cleveland 100

Chicago 116 New York 115 2OT

Oklahoma City 122 New Orleans 116

Denver 115 Boston 107

Toronto 124 Utah 111

Golden State 117 Memphis 101

LA Clippers 120 Minnesota 109



Boston 2 Dallas 1

Montréal 4 NY Islanders 3

New Jersey 5 Pittsburgh 1

Washington 4 Edmonton 2

Philadelphia 5 Arizona 2



TOP 25

#10 Michigan State vs. #1 Kansas

#4 Duke vs. #2 Kentucky

Idaho State vs. #3 Gonzaga

Towson vs. #5 Virginia

Lenior-Rhyne vs. #6 Tennessee

BYU vs. #7 Nevada

#8 North Carolina vs. Wofford

Morgan State vs. #9 Villanova

South Alabama vs. #11 Auburn

Portland State vs. #14 Oregon

Eastern Washington vs. #16 Syracuse

Florida vs. #17 Florida State

Norfolk State vs. #19 Michigan

Fort Wayne vs. #21 UCLA

Citadel vs. #22 Clemson

Southeast Louisiana vs. #23 LSU

Fairfield vs. #24 Purdue

Western Kentucky vs. #25 Washington



Chicago State at Indiana

Indiana State at Ball State

Illinois Chicago at Notre Dame

Concordia Chicago at Valparaiso

IUPUI at Xavier


INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL: Morgan, Langford Named to Naismith Trophy Watch List

Atlanta, Georgia – Indiana University senior Juwan Morgan and freshman Romeo Langford were named to the 50-member 2019 Citizen Naismith Trophy Watch List awarded annually to college basketball’s player of the year.  The honor is presented by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

A list of the midseason 30 team will be released on Feb. 13, 2019, followed by the 10 national semifinalists and four finalists on March 4, 2019 and March 19, 2019 respectively. The 2019 Citizen Naismith Trophy will be awarded on at the Naismith Awards Brunch on April 7, 2019, during the Final Four in Minneapolis.

Morgan, a 6-8 forward from Waynesville, Mo., is in his fourth year with the Hoosiers and earned All-Big Ten and All-District honors as a junior. He improved his overall scoring by 8.8 points and his Big Ten output by 10.6 points and started 30 games.  He averaged 16.5 points overall and 7.4 rebounds.  He needs 170 points to become the 52nd player in IU history to reach the 1,000-point mark in their career.  He also is on the Karl Malone Watch List given to the top power forward each college basketball season and earned Preseason All-Big Ten honors.

Langford, a 6-6 guard from New Albany, is the 27th former Indiana Mr. Basketball and 21st former McDonald’s All-American to wear the Cream and Crimson.  He ranked fourth all-time in Indiana High School basketball history scoring 3,002 points and averaged 28.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in his four seasons as a prep.  A two-time prep All-American, Langford was ranked the No. 5 player in the Class of 2018 by ESPN and 247 Sports.  Langford was named third-team Preseason All-American by and and earned fourth-team honors from A preseason All-Big Ten pick, he also is on the Jerry West Award Watch list awarded to the top shooting guard in the country.


PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL: Edwards Selected to Naismith Trophy Player of Year Watch List

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue junior guard Carsen Edwards was named one of 50 players to watch for the Citizen Naismith Trophy Men’s Player of the Year honor the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced today. Edwards was a finalist for the award a year ago after not being on the preseason list. Earlier this offseason, Edwards was named Blue Ribbon Yearbook’s preseason National Player of the Year and the Big Ten’s preseason Player of the Year, as well as earning a spot on the Cousy Award watch list for the nation’s top point guard. Edwards, a 6-foot, 1-inch guard from Atascocita, Texas, earned the nod after an outstanding sophomore season, helping the Boilermakers to a 30-7 overall record and a spot in the Sweet 16 for the second consecutive season. Edwards’ 1,046 career points are the 12th most for an active player nationally through his sophomore season. His 686 points last year were the ninth most nationally for a freshman or sophomore and he was one of six underclassmen a year ago to have 650 points, 100 rebounds and 100 assists. He is the only player in Purdue history to have reached those marks in the same season. Edwards was at his best late in the season, averaging 21.1 points per game in 13 games played after February 1. He tallied 40 points in a win over Illinois in late February and 30 against Texas Tech in the Sweet 16, while averaging 20.5 points per game in six postseason games. He scored in double-figures in 20 straight games to end the season, surpassing 20 points nine times. Edwards and the Boilermakers open the regular season Nov. 6, when Fairfield visits Mackey Arena. Season tickets are available by calling the Purdue Athletics Ticket Office at 800.49SPORT or online at


BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL: Baldwin Named to Naismith Trophy Watch List

Butler junior Kamar Baldwin is among the 50 players selected to the watch list for

the 2019 Citizen Naismith Trophy Men’s Player of the Year honor. The list was

announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club Monday, Nov. 5.

Baldwin’s standout 2017-18 campaign propelled the 6-1 guard to a unanimous selection

on the preseason All-BIG EAST team. As a sophomore, he averaged 15.7 points, 4.9

rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.5 steals. He was even more productive in BIG EAST play

as his averages increased to 16.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per conference contest.

Baldwin also earned a spot on the 2018 BIG EAST All-Tournament Team thanks in large

part to a career-high 32-point outburst against Seton Hall in the quarterfinals. His

893 points through his first two seasons at Butler are the fourth-most in program


A list of the mid-season 30 team will be released on Feb. 13, 2019, followed by the

10 national semifinalists and four finalists on March 4, 2019 and March 19, 2019

respectively. The 2019 Citizen Naismith Trophy will be awarded on at the Naismith

Awards Brunch on April 7, 2019, during the Final Four in Minneapolis.

“This time of year is filled with excitement, optimism and anticipation as each team

is undefeated and the race for the Citizen Naismith Trophy is wide open. These 50

candidates are ones to keep an eye on, but there will be plenty of others who will

enter the competition throughout the season,” said Eric Oberman, executive director

of the Atlanta Tipoff Club. “It’s great to have the season tipping off tomorrow.”

Butler opens the 2018-19 regular season Saturday, hosting Miami (Ohio) at Hinkle





MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — IU East forward Denis Herrera scored three goals in the Red

Wolves’ playoff win to notch River States Conference Men’s Soccer Offensive Player

of the Week for Oct. 29-Nov. 4.

Herrera, a freshman from Richmond, Ind., scored all three goals in IU East’s 3-1 win

over Asbury (Ky.) in the RSC Men’s Soccer Championship quarterfinals. His third hat

trick of the year powered the Red Wolves to their seventh win in a row.

IU East is 10-9 overall, 5-4 RSC and visits No. 1-ranked Rio Grande (Ohio) in the

semifinals on Wednesday at 7 p.m.



MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — IU East defender Matthew Fletes led the defensive charge in the

Red Wolves’ playoff victory to gain River States Conference Men’s Soccer Defensive

Player of the Week for Oct. 29-Nov. 4.

The Lancaster, Calif., native was a defensive key for IU East’s 3-1 win over Asbury

(Ky.) in the RSC Men’s Soccer Championship quarterfinals. He has also been a big

part of the Red Wolves current win streak of seven games.

IU East is 10-4 overall, 5-4 RSC and plays at No. 1-ranked Rio Grande (Ohio) in the

semifinals on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.


Mariota recovers, Titans top Cowboys 28-14 in Cooper’s debut

Kevin Byard secured the interception that sparked the sluggish Tennessee Titans and turned toward midfield.

The flashback for the Dallas Cowboys was just as disheartening as the original.

Byard mimicked Terrell Owens’ mocking celebration on the star logo at the 50-yard line from 18 years ago, Marcus Mariota accounted for three touchdowns and the Titans spoiled Amari Cooper’s Dallas debut with a 28-14 victory on Monday night.

The end-zone pick of Dak Prescott came after Mariota fumbled on the first two Tennessee possessions. Just as T.O. did at old Texas Stadium 18 years ago, Byard ran to midfield, under the huge videoboard at spacious AT&T Stadium, and spread his arms.

Owens did it twice in a blowout San Francisco win over a bad Dallas team that time. This win by the Titans (4-4) ended their three-game losing streak while handing the Cowboys (3-5) their first loss in four home games and making their road to the playoffs a difficult one.

“It was huge,” Mariota said of Byard, while adding that he didn’t see the celebration. “The defense has done an unbelievable job throughout the year in building us up. They found ways to give us plays, to get turnovers.”

The Cowboys looked like the team headed for a blowout win, but led just 7-0 after Mariota’s early miscues because of Brett Maher’s missed 38-yard field goal on the opening possession and Prescott’s ill-advised throw into double coverage.

“That was the difference. Simple as that,” said Prescott, who lost a fumble at his 40-yard line to set up Tennessee’s tiebreaking score in the third quarter. “Defense gives a turnover there. We’re up seven points and I go down there and try to force the ball and give it right back to them.”


Harden’s late 3 helps Houston rocket past Pacers 98-94

James Harden produced his typical scoring flurry Monday night. His teammates delivered the knockout blow with a staunch second-half defensive effort.

On a night the league’s reigning MVP made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 36.1 seconds left and closed it out by making four straight free throws, Harden was thrilled to see the Houston Rockets rediscover their winning combination in a 98-94 victory at Indiana.

“We’re doing a really good job of getting stops and making it hard for teams to score,” he said. “I’m not worried about our offense. We’re a really good offensive team. We’re going to make shots. We need a pretty good defensive effort (each night).”

The message seems to have sunk in.

While Harden did his usual work with 28 points, six assists and five 3-pointers, the improving defense and a healthier roster has helped last season’s Western Conference runner-ups punch their way out of an early-season corner.

Since starting 1-5, Houston has won three straight – all on the road, the last two without the benefit of hitting 100 points. And more help appears to be on the way.

Officially, the Rockets say they are finalizing the details on a deal to bring back defensive guru Jeff Bzdelik. Unofficially, it looks all but done.

“Just really happy he’s coming back,” coach Mike D’Antoni said before the game. “It’s great. We can pick up where we left off.”

What Bzdelik will find is a team ready and willing to fight hard as it did again Monday.

After trailing for most of the second and third quarters, they finally rallied behind Harden in the fourth quarter and closed it out by shutting down the Pacers.


Murray scores 48 as Nuggets beat Celtics 115-107

Jamal Murray simply got caught up in the moment when he hoisted a long shot with the clock winding down.

He took some heat for it. No disrespect meant, he maintained.

Murray scored a career-high 48 points, including 19 in the fourth quarter, and the Denver Nuggets overcame a sluggish start to beat the Boston Celtics 115-107 on Monday night.

The point guard knew he was on from his first jumper – a deep 3-pointer. He realized he might have ruffled some feathers with his last – an even deeper 3 in an effort to score 50.

“My emotion took over as it normally does when I get going like that,” Murray explained.

Murray was feeling it all night, hitting 19 of 30 shots, including five 3s. He had two attempts to reach 50 points in the final seconds, but missed a reverse layup and then that 3 at the buzzer – one that bothered the Celtics with the game already decided.

“What kind of competitor wouldn’t it bother? I was (mad), but we’re not going to make a big thing about it,” said Kyrie Irving, who scored 31 points on 13-of-17 shooting. “But congratulations to him on 48 points. He did it in a great fashion.”

Nuggets coach Michael Malone said the veterans on his team talked to Murray about the late shot.

“He’s young. He’s still learning,” Malone said. “You never want to try to disrespect anybody. It wasn’t disrespect. He was trying to get to 50 points.”

At 9-1, the Nuggets are earning a measure of respect around the NBA as they’re off to their best start since 1976-77. They’re 6-0 at home, including wins over Golden State and now Boston.

“We’ve accomplished nothing,” Murray said. “Keep trusting each other and get the job done.”

Denver spotted the Celtics an 18-point lead in the first quarter but quickly made up ground behind Murray, who scored 23 in the first half.


LaVine scores career-high 41 points in double OT win

Zach LaVine decided to take the game into his own hands and finally put an end to this double-overtime affair.

Scoring a career-high 41 points, including all eight in the second overtime and the game-winning free throw with 0.2 seconds left, LaVine led the Chicago Bulls to a 116-115 win over the New York Knicks on Monday night.

“I was doing what I do to get us a lead,” LaVine said. “I try to get to the cup, get to the free-throw line. At the end of the day, I am going to do what I do to help us get a win.””

Antonio Blakeney scored 17 points, Jabari Parker had 15 and Wendell Carter Jr. added 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Bulls.

Enes Kanter led the Knicks with 23 points and 24 rebounds while Allonzo Trier scored 21.

Emmanuel Mudiay’s coast-to-coast layup had tied the score with 2.7 seconds left in the second overtime. But, his foul sent a driving LaVine to the line for the winning free throw.

“I love the attack on that last possession to get to the free-throw line, which was obviously needed,” said Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg. “Our guys needed to get a close one. The guys hung tough and they stuck together. We found a way to get it.”

LaVine, who scored all eight of Chicago’s points in the second overtime, scored the final points of the first overtime with his fadeaway jumper with 1:13 remaining.


Warriors use big third quarter to beat Grizzlies 117-101

The Golden State Warriors delivered one of those high-flying third quarters that were a signature last season.

Stephen Curry capped it with a rare but dazzling block.

“We’ll have to start calling him a rim protector now,” Kevin Durant quipped.

Klay Thompson scored 27 points, Durant added 22 points, six rebounds and six assists, and the Warriors pulled away after halftime to run their winning streak to eight games with a 117-101 win against the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night.

Curry overcame a slow start to score 19 points, and the Warriors used a 34-15 third quarter to pull away. That marked a season-low scoring total for any quarter by the Grizzlies.

At 10-1, the Warriors are off to the second-best start in franchise history behind the team of three years ago that began 24-0. The 1960-61 Philadelphia Warriors were 9-0 before losing four straight.

Thompson’s contested 3 moments before the halftime buzzer sent the teams into intermission tied at 58, then the Warriors took off the way they do resemblant of their signature third quarters last season.

“I think the second half we picked the pace up, got out in transition and that opens up the floor for everybody,” Thompson said.

Curry’s 3-pointer with 3:14 left in the third put the Warriors up by 10, 81-71, before Durant followed with back-to-back jumpers. Curry swatted a shot by Wayne Selden to end the third, sending the two-time defending champions into a frenzy.

“That was impressive,” coach Steve Kerr said. “I was hoping for the (Dikembe) Mutombo finger wag. Didn’t quite get it.”

Curry shot 1 of 7 in the opening quarter with a single 3 accounting for his point total.


USOC moves to shut down USA Gymnastics after Nassar scandal

The U.S. Olympic Committee took steps Monday to decertify USA Gymnastics as the governing body for the sport at the Olympic level, choosing the nuclear option for an organization that botched its own rebuilding attempt in the wake of a sex-abuse scandal involving former team doctor Larry Nassar.

In an open letter to the gymnastics community, USOC CEO Sarah Hirshland said “you deserve better,” and that the challenges facing USA Gymnastics are more than it is capable of overcoming as currently constructed.

The USOC itself also has faced criticism for not responding quickly and appropriately to sex abuse cases, and though the move was cheered by the gymnast whose own revelations helped propel Nassar’s years of abuse to the fore – `’THANK YOU,” tweeted Rachel Denhollander – others viewed it as a ploy to shift blame for the scandal.

“Today’s announcement by USOC seeks only to deflect from their total failure over decades to protect the gymnasts in their care,” said a statement from attorneys Michelle Simpson Tuegel and Mo Aziz, who represent Olympian Tasha Schwikert and her sister, Jordan, in their lawsuit against USAG and the USOC.

Even with a new board of directors that started in June, USA Gymnastics made repeated mistakes while dealing with the aftermath of revelations that the now-imprisoned Nassar molested Olympians while working as a volunteer. Those included the botched hiring of a program coordinator and an interim CEO to replace Kerry Perry, who lasted barely nine months on the job after the USOC forced out Steve Penny.

The announcement comes only days after the U.S. team brought home nine medals from the World Championships in the first major meet in the lead-up to Tokyo in 2020. Five of those were individual medals won by Olympic champion Simone Biles, who is among the athletes who have not hesitated to criticize the organization.

By decertifying USA Gymnastics, the USOC is taking major action against an organization that never grasped control over its own rebuilding. But the move also leaves a void that cannot be easily filled. In addition to supporting elite and Olympic athletes, and selecting teams and coaches for international competitions, USA Gymnastics serves more than 150,000 athletes in 3,000 clubs around the country. There is no other organization standing by to fill that need.

“Seeking to revoke recognition is not a decision that we have come to easily, but I believe it is the right action,” Hirshland said. “In the short-term, we will work to ensure that America’s gymnasts have the support necessary to excel on and off the field of play. We are building plans to do just that no matter the outcome of the revocation process.”

The federal law that governs the USOC gives the federation final say on which organizations represent each sport at the Olympics, and also establishes a process to decertify the organizations. But that process is used only under the most extreme circumstances. One example came in 1994 when the USOC recommended decertifying the NRA as the governing body for shooting, and the NRA accepted the decision. The USOC also has dictated changes and placed its own administrators in charge of smaller NGBs in need of overhauls.


Bengals come out of bye missing top receiver A.J. Green

The black stool rested upside-down in A.J. Green’s locker – not a site the Bengals wanted to see coming out of their bye week .

Green was getting his injured right foot examined on Monday while his teammates returned from a week off that helped some of them heal, but not one of their most valuable players. Green hurt his right foot during a 37-34 win over Tampa Bay heading into the bye.

Green wore a protective boot last week and was sent for an exam by a specialist. Coach Marvin Lewis said Monday afternoon that the receiver won’t need surgery, but he gave no indication of when he might be able to play again.

The Bengals (5-3) will likely be missing their most indispensable receiver heading into a game Sunday against the Saints (7-1) at Paul Brown Stadium.

“Obviously it puts a lot of pressure on us as individuals because we know what he brings to the table,” tight end C.J. Uzomah said. “I mean, he’s A.J. Green. A.J. Dream is what we call him – it’s a dream to have him on the team.”

For now, the dream is gone.

Green leads the Bengals with 687 yards receiving and six touchdown catches. When the Bengals need the big catch at the end of a close game, Green is Andy Dalton’s top choice. His touchdown catch with 7 seconds left gave the Bengals a 37-36 win over the Falcons on Sept. 30. During the win over the Buccaneers, Green had catches of 23 and 11 yards that moved the Bengals in range for Randy Bullock’s 44-yard field goal on the final play. Green hurt his foot on the final catch.

Cincinnati’s offense has been depleted by injuries to its tight ends – Tyler Eifert is out for the season with a broken ankle – and injuries to both running backs. Joe Mixon missed two games after knee surgery, and Giovani Bernard has missed the past four games with a knee injury.


Steelers rolling as Bell hints possible return

Le’Veon Bell might be ready to head back to work. The Pittsburgh Steelers don’t exactly look like they need him.

The star running back tweeted “Farewell Miami” on Monday, possibly indicating the end of his months-long standoff with the club. Bell hasn’t been inside the Pittsburgh locker room since last January, opting to stay away rather than sign his one-year franchise tender. The two-time All-Pro has sacrificed half of the $14.4 million he’s due this season but needs to report by Nov. 13 to make sure he accrues enough service time to reach free agency in March.

Bell’s extended absence initially created a furor inside the locker room. Now, it seems almost like an afterthought. The Steelers (5-2-1) have ripped off four straight victories heading into Thursday night’s visit from Carolina (6-2), relying heavily on James Conner – Bell’s replacement – to surge into the lead in the AFC North.

Conner topped 100 yards rushing for a fourth straight week during a 23-16 victory over Baltimore on Sunday, and caught his first career touchdown pass when he took a short flip from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and bulled past Baltimore safety Eric Weddle at the pylon.

“He’s showing that no challenge is too big for him, against the No. 1 defense or whoever it might be,” Steelers left tackle Alejandro Villanueva said of Conner. “You know when you’re so close to him, and he lowers his shoulder, and you see him get a couple yards, it’s extremely motivating.”

Conner is second in the league in all-purpose yards and touches behind Los Angeles Rams standout Todd Gurley and tied for fourth in total touchdowns. The second-year back hardly seems bothered by the heavy workload, saying he’s built for it. So does his coach.

“I agree with James,” Mike Tomlin said Monday when asked about Conner’s personal assessment.


John Elway says coach Vance Joseph’s job is safe for now

John Elway says he’s going to “stay the course” with Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph despite his 8-17 record.

Elway told Broncos broadcasting partner Orange & Blue 760 that he’s encouraged by the team’s improvement despite its 3-6 record, which is identical to last year’s mark after nine games.

“At this point in time, we’re going to stay the course. I think there’s enough good things that are going on as far as us and the way that we’re playing,” Elway said. “I’m much more encouraged this year than I was last year.”

A year ago, the Broncos were in the midst of a franchise-worst eight-game skid that included its first shutout in a quarter century and a series of double-digit losses.

This year, they’ve hung tough with some of the league’s top teams, losing by a combined 16 points to the Texans (6-3), Rams (8-1) and Chiefs (8-1) twice.

Brandon McManus missed a 51-yard field goal attempt as time expired in their crushing 19-17 loss to Houston on Sunday .

Although the Broncos have lost six of their last seven, Joseph hasn’t lost the locker room.

“I like the heartbeat of this team and the fact that they’re competitors and they continue to work hard,” Elway said. “As you know, they’re very, very frustrated because they’ve put in a lot of hard work and they’re not getting paid back for all the work they put in with the win.”

Earlier this season, Elway said it was difficult to make many changes midseason and he reiterated that Monday.

“You’d love to have the magic wand and throw the fairy dust on this thing and have some good things happen and get us over the hump,” Elway said. “We’ve been in six one-score games, so I’m much more encouraged this year than I was last year because I think that guys are still playing hard and we’re in games.”


Dolphins’ Gase says Jones will be back in lineup Sunday

As he tried to resolve issues that led safety Reshad Jones to take himself out of a game, Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase acknowledged Monday didn’t feel like a typical day after a victory.

“No,” Gase said. “It’s slightly irritating.”

Gase said Jones will be back in the lineup this week at Green Bay, and added that communication problems between defensive coordinator Matt Burke and players need to be addressed.

Gase and Jones met hours after the two-time Pro Bowl safety watched the second half of Sunday’s 13-6 win over the New York Jets from the sideline.

“Me and him are on the same page,” Gase said.

The coach declined to say why Jones removed himself from the game. But the Dolphins’ plan to rotate safeties may have contributed, and Gase indicated he’s not comfortable with communication between Burke and players.

“I have to get some things cleaned up as far as how we go about things,” Gase said. “That’s what today is going to be mostly about.”

At quarterback, Brock Osweiler is likely to make his fifth consecutive start in place of Ryan Tannehill, who remains sidelined by a throwing shoulder injury. Gase declined to rule out Tannehill against the Packers, but said it wasn’t even certain he would be allowed to throw Monday or Tuesday.

Gase calls offensive plays, but said he has recently become more involved with the defense. The Dolphins gave up 102 points in the three games before Sunday, with blown coverage in the secondary a recurring problem.

Miami (5-4) intercepted Jets rookie Sam Darnold four times, but Gase said there’s no guarantee of a carry-over Sunday against the Packers.


Bills QB Allen resumes practice 3 weeks after elbow injury

The Buffalo Bills might have some good news on offense, for once.

Rookie quarterback Josh Allen resumed throwing for the first time in three weeks since spraining his right elbow, and there’s a possibility he could play against the New York Jets this weekend.

Coach Sean McDermott wouldn’t rule out Allen from playing Sunday, but was cautious in adding, “I’m going to take it day to day at this point.”

Allen began testing his arm on Friday, and continued through the weekend, McDermott said. On Monday, Allen threw about 100 passes during a workout, which translates into an average workload during a normal practice.

McDermott stressed he’s going to take a cautious approach regarding Allen, and noted one option is providing him additional time to heal with Buffalo (2-7) entering its bye week after playing at New York.

Should he play, the matchup against the Jets (3-6) would pit the Bills rookie against quarterback Sam Darnold, who was drafted third overall, four spots ahead of Allen.

Allen has been out since being hurt during a 20-13 loss at Houston on Oct. 14, which began the Bills’ four-game skid.

Buffalo’s quarterback position has been in flux since and contributed to a sputtering offense which has scored 20 points in its past three games and an NFL-worst 96 overall this season.

Derek Anderson turned the ball over six times in two starts before sustaining a concussion in a 25-6 loss to New England last week. Nathan Peterman threw three interceptions in a 41-9 loss to Chicago on Sunday.

Anderson remains in the NFL’s concussion protocol.


Cavs sign Drew to new coaching contract for rest of season

Larry Drew’s awkward impasse with the Cleveland Cavaliers is over.

The team relented to Drew’s requests by restructuring his contract and signing him to be their coach for the remainder of this season – and perhaps beyond.

Drew and his agent, Andy Miller, had been negotiating since the Cavs’ top assistant asked for security and guarantees if he was going to become the rebuilding team’s interim coach and replace Tyronn Lue, who was fired on Oct. 28 following a 0-6 start. Drew wanted a pay raise to finish out the season and got one.

Drew’s new deal includes a team option for the 2019-20 season. If the Cavs chose not to retain him, Drew will receive a buyout payment.

“So now there’s clarity,” Drew said Monday night before the Cavs played in Orlando. “There’s just no gray area, and because there’s no gray area and me and my staff can just roll our sleeves up put all into helping this team be successful.”

Drew said he did not talk to the team about anything beyond this season.

“The discussion we had was about moving forward with what we have and what we want to accomplish,” he said. “We want to do everything to put (rookie guard) Collin (Sexton) in a position to be successful. We’re going to try and move forward and keep this team competitive.

“I embrace the challenge. My staff embraces the challenge.”

The Cavs have gone 1-2 under Drew, who didn’t want to proceed this season without assurances from the organization. Drew promised to remain professional and do his job during the talks, and the 60-year-old kept his word.

After ruling the Eastern Conference the past four seasons with LeBron James, Cleveland is going through a difficult transition without the three-time champion.


Nadal out of ATP Finals with abdominal injury, ankle surgery

Rafael Nadal pulled out of the season-ending ATP Finals because of an abdominal injury and had surgery on his right ankle Monday.

Nadal announced on Twitter that he is done for the year, citing the stomach muscle issue that forced him to withdraw from last week’s Paris Masters.

He added that he decided to have the ankle operation so he can start 2019 healthy.

John Isner will replace Nadal in the ATP Finals field. Play in London begins next Sunday.

Nadal hasn’t competed since he retired from his U.S. Open semifinal because of a painful right knee.

He lost his No. 1 ranking to Novak Djokovic on Monday.

Because Nadal’s season is over, Djokovic is assured of finishing the year atop the ATP rankings for the fifth time.

The 32-year-old Spaniard ends 2018 with a 45-4 record and five titles, including his 17th Grand Slam trophy at the French Open in June.


Mayweather to fight Japanese kickboxer Nasukawa in December

Floyd Mayweather is planning on fighting Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa on Dec. 31 in Saitama, north of Tokyo.

The 41-year-old Mayweather is 50-0 in his boxing career but has never fought professionally under MMA rules. Although he did have a lucrative win over MMA fighter Conor McGregor last year.

Japanese promoter the RIZIN Fighting Federation on Monday said rules and the weight class for the bout have not been set.

“We still have some work to do,” said Nobuyuki Sakakibara, the RIZIN chairman.

The 20-year-old Nasukawa, speaking at a news conference alongside Mayweather, called it “probably the biggest event of my life so far.”

He also vowed to end Mayweather’s long string of victories.

“Nobody has defeated my opponent in the past, and I would like to be the man who makes history,” Nasukawa said, speaking through an interpreter. “My punch can change history. And I will show that to you. So please stay tuned.”

Mayweather sat calmly and then praised his young opponent.

“I think he’s young, very strong and very fast and he undefeated so it’s obvious he’s doing something right,” Mayweather said.




JOHANNESBURG-South Africa will send a racially integrated team of athletes to the Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain, next July, ending an absence of 32 years, sports officials announced here tonight. But disputes remain over the flag, anthem and emblem to be used by the South African athletes. South Africa last competed in the Olympics in 1960 before being expelled for its apartheid policies, which included sending whites, but not blacks, to represent the country at sporting events abroad.
“This is the first time we can say that South Africa is taking part in the Olympic Games,” said Sam Ramsamy, the head of the new National Olympic Committee of South Africa, in announcing the decision to go tonight. “South Africa has never taken part in the Olympic Games before, although a section of South Africa had,” Ramsamy said, referring to the country’s white minority. “And we are very pleased that we can get a South African team representing South Africa which will have the support of all South Africa at Barcelona.”
On July 9, the International Olympic Committee decided at a meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, to readmit South Africa. But a formal invitation to the 1992 Games hinged on further progress toward the unification of South Africa’s racially disparate sports bodies. The process has not been completed, but Olympic officials accept that unification is well on its way. South Africa was expelled from Olympic competition by the I.O.C. in 1970 because of the country’s policies of racial discrimination. But its Olympic exile has lasted longer. South Africa last competed in the 1960 Summer Games in Rome with an allwhite team, but stayed home in 1964 and 1968 because of threats of boycotts by African nations and countries in the Soviet bloc.
In 1977, the United Nations and the British Commonwealth imposed their own bans on sporting relationships with South Africa. As a result, South African athletes have been unwelcome in virtually all international competition, including the sports that are most popular with South Africans: soccer, rugby and cricket. Some South African athletes, however, were able to compete in the Olympics after gaining citizenship in other countries, including Zola Budd Pieterse (for Britain) and Sydney Maree (for the United States) in 1984.
At a news conference today, Ramsamy displayed a flag with cascading red, blue and green bands set against a mountain. It would replace South Africa’s orange, white and blue flag, which is identi- fied with white minority rule. And he said the team’s anthem would be the “Ode to Joy” from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, which is also the Olympic hymn.