NFL SCOREBOARD

New Orleans 21 Atlanta 16

Detroit 34 Chicago 30

Indianapolis 26 Houston 20

Miami 19 Cincinnati 7

Minnesota 27 Jacksonville 24 OT

Las Vegas 31 NY Jets 28

Cleveland 41 Tennessee 35

LA Rams 38 Arizona 28

NY Giants 17 Seattle 12

Green Bay 30 Philadelphia 16

New England 45 LA Chargers 0

Kansas City 22 Denver 16

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

#20 USC 38 Washington State 13

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#8 Michigan State 79 Western Michigan 61

#11 West Virginia 80 Georgetown 71

#12 Villanova 68 #17 Texas 64

#17 Texas Tech 81 Grambling 40

Georgia Tech 79 #20 Kentucky 62

#25 Michigan 80 Central Florida 58

Notre Dame 78 Detroit 70

Seton Hall 98 Penn State 92 OT

West Carolina 76 Tennessee Tech 75 OT

Drexel 69 Coppin State 54

Florida 80 Stetson 36

Stanford 78 North Carolina A&T 46

Ohio 101 Cleveland State 46

Missouri 72 Wichita State 62

Valparaiso 85 Judson 45

Quinnipiac 64 New Hampshire 58

St. John’s 89 Stony Brook 66

UC Riverside 83 Denver 63

Little Rock 86 Central Arkansas 83

North Alabama 107 Carver College 40

Alabama Birmingham 77 Troy 55

Drake 97 St. Ambrose 53

Western Kentucky 96 Mississippi Valley State 69

Wyoming 76 Oregon State 73

Army 63 LaSalle 59

Long Beach State 80 Seattle 75

Appalachian State 81 North Carolina Wesleyan 57

Greensboro 67 Longwood 64

Marist 64 Binghamton 60

San Diego State 65 Pepperdine 60

Southern Illinois 102 Quincy 61

Sam Houston State 117 Howard Payne 54

LSU 86 Louisiana Tech D5

Bowling Green 86 Buffalo 78

Stephen F Austin 97 LSU – Alexandria 79

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#11 Kentucky 72 #13 Indiana 68

#22 Notre Dame 65 IUPUI 58

#1 South Carolina 83 #23 Iowa State 65

#12 Texas A&M 66 #25 Texas 61

#5 Louisville 85 Tennessee Martin 67

#8 North Carolina State 98 Coastal Carolina 46

#10 Oregon 85 Utah 43

#22 Syracuse 82 Penn State 72

#7 Arizona 78 USC 77

South Dakota State 75 #18 Gonzaga 72 OT

#9 UCLA 63 Arizona State 59

#16 Arkansas 83 #4 Baylor 78

#2 Stanford 83 Washington 50

Valparaiso 52 Purdue 47

Akron 77 Dayton 74

Drake 99 Minnesota 66

Illinois 53 Omaha 50

Creighton 88 Butler 41

COLLEGE FOOTBALL THIS WEEK

Week 15

Thursday, Dec. 10

Florida Atlantic at Southern Miss | 6:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Pitt at Georgia Tech | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Friday, Dec. 11

North Texas at UTEP | 6 p.m. | ESPN3

Charlotte at Marshall | 6:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Arizona State at Arizona | 7 p.m. | ESPN

Nevada at San Jose State | 10 p.m. | CBSSN

Utah at Colorado | FS1

Saturday, Dec. 12

Alabama at Arkansas | 12 p.m. | ESPN

Michigan at Ohio State | 12 p.m. | FOX

Oklahoma at West Virginia | 12 p.m. | ABC

Illinois at Northwestern | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

Georgia at Missouri | 12 p.m. | SEC Network

Rutgers at Maryland | 12 p.m. | BTN or FS1

Minnesota at Nebraska | 12 p.m. | BTN or FS1

Wake Forest at Louisville | 12 p.m. | ACC Network

Ohio at Kent State | 12 p.m. | ESPN3

Miami (Ohio) at Bowling Green | 12 p.m. | ESPN3

Northern Illinois at Eastern Michigan | 12 p.m. | ESPN3

Houston at Memphis | 12 p.m. ET | ESPN+

Western Michigan at Ball State | 12 p.m. | ESPN+

UAB at Rice | 1 p.m. | ESPN3

Akron at Buffalo | 2:30 p.m.

Coastal Carolina at Troy | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Central Michigan at Toledo | 3 p.m. | ESPN3

Incarnate Word at Arkansas State | 3 p.m. | ESPN3

Purdue at Indiana | 3:30 p.m. | BTN

Wisconsin at Iowa | 3:30 p.m. | BTN or FS1

Michigan State at Penn State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN

North Carolina at Miami | 3:30 p.m. | ABC

Texas at Kansas | 3:30 p.m. | ESPNU

Navy at Army | 3:30 p.m. | CBS

Cincinnati at Tulsa | 4 p.m. | ESPN2

Washington at Oregon | 4 p.m. | FOX

Tennessee at Vanderbilt | 4 p.m. | SEC Network

Duke at Florida State | 4 p.m. | ACC Network

Appalachian State at Georgia Southern | 6 p.m. | ESPN3

Boise State at Wyoming | 6 p.m. | CBSSN

LSU at Florida | 7 p.m. | ESPN

Oklahoma State at Baylor | 7 p.m. | ESPNU

Louisiana Tech at TCU | 7 p.m.

USC at UCLA | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

Auburn at Mississippi State | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network

Ole Miss at Texas A&M | 8 p.m. | CBS

Virginia at Virginia Tech | 8 p.m. | ACC Network

Utah State at Colorado State | 9:30 p.m. | CBSSN

San Diego State at BYU | 10 p.m. | ESPN2

Fresno State at New Mexico | 10:30 p.m. | FS2

Stanford at Oregon State | 10:30 p.m.

Cal at Washington State | 10:30 p.m.

UNLV at Hawai’i | 11 p.m.

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL THIS WEEK

NCC

Tuesday, Dec. 8

Anderson at Pendleton Heights, 7:30 pm

Harrison at University, 7:30 pm

Friday, Dec. 11

Anderson at Tech , 7:30 pm

Harrison at Lafayette Jeff , 7:30 pm

Marion at Richmond , 7:30 pm

McCutcheon at Kokomo , 7:30 pm

Central at Logansport , 7:30 pm

Saturday, Dec. 12

Anderson at Noblesville, 7:30 pm

Brownsburg at Tech, 7:30 pm

Guerin Catholic at Central, 7:30 pm

Harrison at North Montgomery, 7:30 pm

Lebanon at Kokomo, 7:30 pm

McCutcheon at Covington, 7:30 pm

Richmond at New Palestine, 7:30 pm

Rochester at Logansport, 7:30 pm

TEC

Tuesday, Dec. 8

Talawanda (Ohio) at Union County, 7:30 pm

Union City at Mississinawa Valley (Ohio), 7:30 pm

Wednesday, Dec. 9

Anderson Prep at Lincoln, 7:30 pm

South Adams at Winchester, 7:30 pm

Friday, Dec. 11

Eastern Hancock at Northeastern, 7:30 pm

Knightstown at Lincoln, 7:30 pm, ppd.

Union County at Hagerstown, 7:30 pm

Winchester at Union City, 6 pm

Saturday, Dec. 12

Centerville at Wapahani, 7:30 pm

Daleville at Tri, 7:30 pm

Hagerstown at Cowan, 7:30 pm

Union City at Ansonia (Ohio), 6 pm

Wapahani at Knightstown, 7:30 pm, ppd.

MEC

Friday, Dec. 11

Bluffton at Monroe Central, 7:30 pm, ppd.

Cowan at Blue River , 7:30 pm

Eastern Hancock at Northeastern, 7:30 pm

Fishers at Shenandoah, 7:30 pm

Burris at Monroe Central, 7:30 pm

Union (Modoc) at Wes-Del , 6 pm

Wapahani at Lapel, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Dec. 12

Blue River at Southern Wells, 7:30 pm

Centerville at Wapahani, 7:30 pm

Daleville at Shenandoah, 7:30 pm

Daleville at Tri, 7:30 pm

Hagerstown at Cowan, 7:30 pm

Monroe Central at Wes-Del, 7:30 pm

Wapahani at Knightstown, 7:30 pm, ppd.

EASTERN INDIANA

Friday, Dec. 11

Jennings County at East Central, 7:30 pm

Lawrenceburg at Batesville, 7:30 pm

Rushville at Franklin County, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Dec. 12

Greensburg at South Decatur, 7:30 pm

Lawrenceburg at Switzerland County, 7:30 pm

Oldenburg at East Central, 7:30 pm

Pendleton Heights at Connersville, 7:30 pm

South Ripley at Franklin County, 7:30 pm

Southwestern at Batesville, 7:30 pm

PIONEER

Tuesday, Dec. 8

Bethesda Christian at Christel House, 7 pm

Harrison at University, 7:30 pm

Shortridge at International, 6:30 pm

Park Tudor at Heritage Christian, 7:30 pm

Victory Prep at Greenwood Christian, 7:30 pm, ppd.

Wednesday, Dec. 9

Anderson Prep at Lincoln, 7:30 pm

Burris at Frankton, 7 pm

Thursday, Dec. 10

Central Christian at International, 6:30 pm

Covenant Christian at Greenwood Christian, 7:30 pm

Friday, Dec. 11

Legacy Christian at Bethesda Christian, 7:30 pm

Burris at Monroe Central, 7:30 pm

Oldenburg at Seton Catholic, 7:30 pm

Park Tudor at Beech Grove, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Dec. 12

Crosspointe Christian at Bethesda Christian, 7:30 pm

Greenwood Christian at Lutheran, 7:30 pm

Lapel at Burris, 7:30 pm

Liberty Christian at University, 7:30 pm

Seton Catholic at Anderson Prep, 7:30 pm

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

NCC

Tuesday, Dec. 8

Anderson at Mt. Vernon, 7:30 pm

Wayne at Marion, 6:30 pm

Jay County at Central, 7:30 pm

Kokomo at Western, 7:30 pm

Logansport at Harrison, 7:30 pm

Phalen Academy at Tech, 7:30 pm

Pioneer at McCutcheon, 7 pm

Richmond at Franklin County, 7:30 pm

Twin Lakes at Lafayette Jeff, 1 pm

Thursday, Dec. 10

Clinton Prairie at Lafayette Jeff, 6 pm

Richmond at Rushville, 7:30 pm

Friday, Dec. 11

Anderson at Tech, 7:30 pm

Harrison at Lafayette Jeff, 6 pm

McCutcheon at Kokomo, 6 pm

Central at Logansport, 6 pm

Saturday, Dec. 12

Anderson at Harrison, 2:30 pm

Indiana Deaf at Tech, 7 pm

Logansport at LaVille, 7:30 pm

Marion at Huntington North, 7:30 pm

McCutcheon at Westfield, 1:30 pm

TEC

Monday, Dec. 7

Tri at Blue River, 7:30 pm

Tuesday, Dec. 8

Lincoln at Wes-Del, 7:30 pm

South Adams at Winchester, 7:30 pm

Southwestern at Knightstown, 7:30 pm

Wednesday, Dec. 9

Centerville at Union City , 7:30 pm, ppd.

Northeastern at Seton Catholic, 6 pm, ppd.

Union County at Hagerstown, 7:30 pm

Thursday, Dec. 10

Blue River at Knightstown, 7:30 pm

Northeastern at South Adams, 7:30 pm, ppd.

Union County at Oldenburg, 7:30 pm

Winchester at Wapahani, 7:30 pm

Friday, Dec. 11

Hagerstown at Connersville, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Dec. 12

Lincoln at Winchester , 7:30 pm

Oldenburg at Hagerstown, 1:30 pm

South Decatur at Union County, 7:30 pm

MEC

Monday, Dec. 7

Tri at Blue River, 7:30 pm

Tuesday, Dec. 8

Lincoln at Wes-Del, 7:30 pm

Eastern Hancock at North Decatur, 7:30 pm

Lapel at Daleville, 6 pm

Shenandoah at Monroe Central, 7:30 pm

Yorktown at Wapahani, 7:30 pm

Wednesday, Dec. 9

Union at Anderson Prep, 6 pm

Thursday, Dec. 10

Blue River at Knightstown, 7:30 pm

Monroe Central at Yorktown, 7:30 pm

Seton Catholic at Union, 6 pm

Winchester at Wapahani, 7:30 pm

Friday, Dec. 11

Cowan at Blue River, 6 pm

Saturday, Dec. 12

Anderson Prep at Cowan, 11 am

Burris at Shenandoah, 7:30 pm

Randolph Southern at Union, 1 pm

EASTERN INDIANA

Tuesday, Dec. 8

Hauser at Batesville, 7:30 pm

New Castle at Connersville, 7:30 pm

Richmond at Franklin County, 7:30 pm

Rushville at Triton Central, 7:30 pm

Thursday, Dec. 10

Franklin County at Rising Sun, 7:30 pm

Greensburg at South Dearborn, 7:30 pm

Jac-Cen-Del at Batesville, 7:30 pm

North Decatur at Lawrenceburg, 7:30 pm

Richmond at Rushville, 7:30 pm

Friday, Dec. 11

East Central at Columbus North, 7:30 pm

Hagerstown at Connersville, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Dec. 12

Franklin County at South Ripley, noon

Greensburg at Rushville, 1:30 pm

Lawrenceburg at Connersville, 7:30 pm

South Dearborn at Hauser, 1:30 pm

AP FOOTBALL POLL

RankSchoolVotesPrev
1Alabama (9-0)1550 (62)1
2Notre Dame (10-0)14822
3Ohio State (5-0)14073
4Clemson (9-1)13874
5Texas A&M (7-1)12745
6Florida (8-1)12336
7Cincinnati (8-0)12047
8Indiana (6-1)104710
9Miami (FL) (8-1)10399
10Iowa State (8-2)94712
11Coastal Carolina (10-0)92314
12Georgia (6-2)91411
13Oklahoma (7-2)83713
14BYU (9-1)7138
15Northwestern (5-1)64716
16USC (3-0)62417
17Louisiana (9-1)56020
18Tulsa (6-1)44422
19Iowa (5-2)42424
20North Carolina (7-3)306NR
21Colorado (4-0)253NR
22Liberty (9-1)19125
23Texas (6-3)164NR
24Buffalo (4-0)145NR
25Wisconsin (2-2)11518

Others: North Carolina State (98) , San Jose State (66) , Marshall (66) , Oklahoma State (33) , UCF (11) , Washington (10) , Boise State (10) , Auburn (9) , Missouri (8) , Nevada (5) , Army West Point (2) , UCLA (1) , TCU (1)

COACHES FOOTBALL POLL

RankSchoolVotesPrev
1Alabama (9-0)1547 (59)1
2Notre Dame (10-0)1479 (2)2
3Clemson (9-1)13953
4Ohio State (5-0)1387 (1)4
5Texas A&M (7-1)12666
6Florida (8-1)12585
7Cincinnati (8-0)11727
8Miami (FL) (8-1)10509
9Indiana (6-1)100011
10Georgia (6-2)98710
11Iowa State (8-2)95812
12Oklahoma (7-2)86013
13Coastal Carolina (10-0)83814
14Northwestern (5-1)68317
15USC (3-0)61516
16BYU (9-1)5988
17Louisiana (9-1)50021
18Iowa (5-2)39624
19Tulsa (6-1)39422
20North Carolina (7-3)370NR
21Liberty (9-1)18525
22Colorado (4-0)178NR
23Texas (6-3)161NR
24North Carolina State (8-3)154NR
25Wisconsin (2-2)12419

Others: Oklahoma State (100) , Missouri (88) , Marshall (77) , San Jose State (68) , Buffalo (59) , Nevada (48) , Auburn (42) , Oregon (30) , Boise State (26) , Army West Point (25) , Washington (19) , SMU (10) , Appalachian State (3)

NFL

With their offense sputtering in the second half Sunday, the Indianapolis Colts turned to their defense to seal a win over the Houston Texans.

Philip Rivers threw two touchdown passes in the first half and the defense dominated after that, lifting the Colts to the 26-20 victory.

The Texans had a chance to take the lead with about 90 seconds left. They were at the Colts 2 when Deshaun Watson fumbled a low snap and Anthony Walker pounced on it to secure the victory.

“It was crazy,” Indianapolis coach Frank Reich said. “Obviously, that’s why it’s a 60-minute minute game and you’re never surprised by things that happen in this league … we got a good break there. We made the break. They dropped the ball and we went and got it.”

Watson took responsibility for the miscue even though the snap wasn’t great.

“I should have just caught the ball,” he said. “I know it was a little low and hot, but for me I take pride in catching every snap regardless of where it is and how fast it is.”

The Colts (8-4) led 24-20 at the break after Rivers threw TD passes of 21 and 39 yards. Their offense didn’t score after that, but the defense held Houston (4-8) scoreless in the second half and Justin Houston added a safety with a sack of Watson in the end zone.

The safety was Indy’s third this season and the fourth of Houston’s career, tying him for the most in NFL history. Houston had three sacks, three QB hits and forced a fumble.

With Sunday’s shutout in the second half, the Colts are allowing an average of 7.33 points in the second half of games this season.

Watson threw for 341 yards and ran for a score in the first half. But he did not have a touchdown pass for the first time this season and threw an interception after not being picked off in the last six games.

NFL

Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns can do more than just run the ball, and the NFL’s longest active playoff drought is moving closer to an end after 18 seasons.

They just need to finish what they start a bit better.

Mayfield threw for a season-high 334 yards with all four of his touchdown passes in the first half, and the Browns scored the first 17 points before holding on to win their fourth straight, 41-35 over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

With both chasing AFC playoff berths, the Browns looked like the team leading a division – they are second in the AFC North behind the unbeaten Pittsburgh Steelers – as they improved to 9-3 for the first time since 1994. Cleveland has only won nine games in a season three times in its expansion era, which began in 1999.

“I think people know we are a good team now when we play well, and that’s what we did today,” Browns running back Nick Chubb said.

The Titans (8-4) came in leading the AFC South and left tied after the Colts beat Houston 26-20, though Tennessee still has the better division record. The Titans fell apart after a bad fourth-down spot on their opening drive. NFL rushing leader Derrick Henry lost his first fumble this season on the next drive.

“Things kind of snowballed,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said.

Mayfield kept the Browns from needing the NFL’s top rushing offense in what had been expected to be a run-game showdown against the Titans and Henry. The Browns had their best-scoring half ever, leading 38-7 at halftime, topping the 35 points scored in the second half at Cincinnati in 2004.

NFL

The Kansas City Chiefs are so dynamic offensively they sometimes don’t even know when they’ve scored a touchdown.

They were fortunate one of those cases didn’t come back to bite them Sunday night.

Patrick Mahomes threw for 318 yards and a score, Harrison Butker was perfect on five field-goal attempts, and the underrated Chiefs defense bailed out an offense that struggled once again in the red zone — and made two big mistakes that cost them touchdowns — in a 22-16 victory over the Denver Broncos.

Travis Kelce had eight receptions for 136 yards along with the go-ahead TD grab late in the third quarter, and Tyrann Mathieu twice picked off Broncos quarterback Drew Lock — the second with 24 seconds left to seal the win — as the Chiefs clinched a playoff berth by improving to 11-1 for the second time in franchise history.

“It’s obviously a big deal — you want to find a way to get in the playoffs,” Mahomes said, “but we have bigger goals.”

Like defending their Super Bowl title.

It might help their cause if the Chiefs actually count the touchdowns they score.

The play everyone was left talking about came on third-and-10 at the Denver 40 early in the second quarter. Mahomes found a wide-open Tyreek Hill downfield, only for him to appear to drop the certain touchdown. But replays clearly showed the ball trapped between Hill and a defender, never touching the ground, for what should have been a score.

Hill never argued when it was called incomplete, though, nor did Chiefs coach Andy Reid throw his red challenge flag.

Instead, he quickly sent his punt team out and tried to pin the Broncos deep in their own territory.

“I checked with Tyreek,” Reid said afterward. “He came off, and normally you can tell with a receiver whether he had it or not — especially Tyreek — and he was surprised as any of us he ended up with the football.”

Hill also had a 48-yard touchdown reception wiped out by holding late in the game, which gave the Broncos (4-8) a chance to march for the go-ahead score. Denver managed to move to midfield before stalling, but rather than going for it on fourth-and-3 with 6 minutes to go, coach Vic Fangio elected to punt the ball away.

The Chiefs melted most of the clock before Butker kicked a 48-yard field goal with 1:06 left, and the Kansas City defense forced Lock into a wild fourth-down throw that Tyrann Mathieu intercepted to put the game away.

“I gave it strong consideration,” Fangio said of his fourth-down call, “but you know, at some point in the game, we’ve got to get a stop, and we weren’t able to. We held them to a field goal but that made it a touchdown game and burned off some of the time there, so in retrospect, should have probably gone for it.”

Lock returned after missing last week’s game against New Orleans, along with the rest of Denver’s quarterbacks, because of COVID-19 positive tests and contact tracing. The local boy finished with 151 yards passing and two touchdown throws to Tim Patrick, while Melvin Gordon ran for 131 yards on just 15 carries.

“There’s no feel-good losses in this league,” Lock said. “We did play them closer than we have before, but I mean, what does that get you? Nothing. It gets you an upset locker room. It gets you a sad flight home.”

Made even more stinging is how close the Broncos came to springing the upset.

The Chiefs didn’t take the lead until Butker’s fourth field goal early in the second half, then answered the second Lock-to-Patrick touchdown connection with a TD of their own. With a defender hanging on his jersey, Mahomes tossed a 15-yard scoring pass to Kelce, ending their streak of seven straight red-zone trips without a touchdown.

The Chiefs defense made sure that the only touchdown they scored in the game would be enough.

“It’s such a blessing to have that guy back there slinging it around,” Kelce said, “because he takes the ultimate pride in his craft and playing the game, and you know you can always count on him.”

NFL

Amid all the punches and shoving and five ejections was Tua Tagovailoa’s best stretch yet as an NFL quarterback.

The rookie returned from a thumb injury that forced him to miss one game and led three third-quarter scoring drives to help the Miami Dolphins rally past the Cincinnati Bengals 19-7 Sunday in a game that included a benches-clearing confrontation and other after-the-whistle unpleasantries.

The Dolphins lost their best defender when NFL interception leader Xavien Howard was thrown out late in the first half, but they limited Cincinnati to 25 yards after halftime and finished with six sacks. Miami ranks second in the NFL in scoring defense and has allowed 10 points in the past two weeks.

Both benches emptied in the fourth quarter after Cincinnati’s Mike Thomas was flagged for a foul covering a punt. There was pushing and shoving, and Bengals safety Shawn Williams and Miami receivers DeVante Parker and Mack Hollins were ejected.

Miami coach Brian Flores came onto the field and yelled at the Bengals.

“These are like my kids, but my emotions got the best of me there,” Flores said. “I’m going to stick up for my players, they’re going to stick up for each other. We got to do a better job keeping our poise.”

Tyler Boyd turned a short pass into a 72-yard touchdown to give the Bengals a 7-0 lead, but he was later ejected following a tussle with Howard.

The Dolphins (8-4) won for the seventh time in eight games to achieve their best 12-game record since 2003.

Tagovailoa improved to 4-1 as a rookie starter with seven touchdown passes and still no interceptions. He played with the thumb on his throwing hand taped, and warmed up as the game wore on. He threw for 167 yards in the pivotal third quarter, when the Dolphins rallied from a 7-6 halftime deficit to mount three scoring drives.

“I wasn’t really playing in sync with how the guys were playing,” he said. “Things started to click at the end of the first half.”

Cincinnati’s Brandon Allen, making his second start after a knee injury ended rookie Joe Burrow’s season, went 11 for 19 for 153 yards before being sidelined late in the game with a chest injury. Afterward he said he was OK.

The Bengals (2-9-1) lost their fourth game in a row and are assured of at least nine defeats for the fifth consecutive year.

NFL

Taysom Hill finally threw a touchdown pass.

Two of them, in fact.

The New Orleans defense finally gave up a touchdown.

But not two, which ensured the Saints are headed back to the playoffs for the fourth year in a row.

Hill won another start filling in for injured Drew Brees and New Orleans got the big defensive stop it needed in the closing minutes to preserve a 21-16 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

The Saints (10-2) clinched a playoff berth with their ninth straight victory and Chicago’s 34-30 loss to Detroit.

“Our work’s not done yet,” defensive end Trey Hendrickson said.

Hill connected with Tre’Quan Smith on a 15-yard touchdown in the opening quarter – the quarterback’s first scoring pass since his senior year at Brigham Young in 2016.

He added another before halftime, zipping an 11-yard pass to tight end Jared Cook in tight coverage.

“I don’t care as much as people might think,” said Hill, who improved to 3-0 filling in for Brees. “I know there was a lot of conversation about getting that first TD completion. But as long as we’re winning football games, I’m happy.”

Hill was 27 of 37 for 232 yards passing. He tacked on 83 yards rushing on 14 carries, including a 43-yard scamper that was the longest run of his career, setting up his first TD pass.

“I thought his performance was strong,” coach Sean Payton said. “He made a lot of throws.”

If there was one flaw in Hill’s game, it was hanging on to the football. He had a couple of fumbles, the first coming deep in Atlanta territory to spark the Falcons’ comeback.

Atlanta drove 85 yards capped by Matt Ryan’s 10-yard touchdown pass to Russell Gage with 7:43 remaining. New Orleans hadn’t allowed a touchdown since the opening drive of a game against San Francisco on Nov. 15, a span of 14 quarters without one.

The Falcons (4-8) got the ball back and again pushed deep into New Orleans territory. On second-and-2 at the Saints 13, Todd Gurley was stuffed for no gain. He got the ball again on third down for a sweep around the left end, but Demario Davis caught him for a 7-yard loss.

NFL

Derek Carr threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to Henry Ruggs III with 5 seconds left, lifting the Las Vegas Raiders to a wild 31-28 victory over the still-winless New York Jets on Sunday.

The Jets took a 28-24 lead with 5:34 remaining on Ty Johnson’s 1-yard touchdown and the defense came up with a big fourth-down stop that appeared to end New York’s agonizing wait for its first win of the season.

But New York went three-and-out with a chance to seal it – and Carr and the Raiders had 35 seconds left to try for what appeared an unlikely comeback. Four plays later, Carr found Ruggs streaking downfield – beating rookie cornerback Lamar Jackson – and delivered the ball perfectly for the winning score.

The Raiders (7-5) celebrated wildly, and the deflated Jets (0-12) could only imagine what could – and maybe should – have been.

After a squib kick by Las Vegas, the Jets had one final chance but Sam Darnold’s Hail Mary throw was batted down in front of the end zone.

Carr finished with three touchdown passes, including two to Darren Waller, and ran for another score. Waller had 13 catches for 200 yards, becoming the 12th tight end since the 1970 merger with 150 or more yards receiving and two or more TD catches in a game.

Clelin Ferrell had two strip-sacks in his return from the COVID-19 list as Las Vegas bounced back from a blowout loss to Atlanta last week to stay in the middle of the AFC playoff hunt.

NFL

Darrell Bevell had a hard time processing everything from his first game as an NFL coach.

He watched as the Detroit Lions wiped out a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter, recovered a strip-sack in the closing minutes to set up the go-ahead touchdown, and squeezed out a 34-30 victory over the Chicago Bears.

“My emotions right now, I can’t even think straight,” Bevell said. “I’m just trying to wrap my head around this whole thing on what just happened.”

So were the Bears.

Adrian Peterson scored from the 5 after Romeo Okwara strip-sacked Mitchell Trubisky with about two minutes left, capping the comeback. Matthew Stafford threw for 402 yards and three touchdowns, and the Lions (5-7) came away with a wild win following a major shakeup after a Thanksgiving loss to Houston. They fired general manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia while elevating Bevell, their offensive coordinator, to interim coach.

“It was a crazy, amazing week,” Bevell said. “I just couldn’t be happier with how they did today.”

Detroit trailed 30-20 early in the fourth period after Trubisky threw an 11-yard touchdown to Cole Kmet on a bootleg. Chicago’s Bilal Nichols then intercepted a short, sidearmed pass intended for Jesse James.

But the Lions turned things around down the stretch, sending the Bears (5-7) to their sixth straight loss.

Detroit cut it to 30-27 with 2:18 left on Stafford’s 25-yard pass to Marvin Jones Jr. Then, the Bears had a third down at their 17 when Okwara stripped Trubisky. John Penisini recovered and the Lions took over at the Chicago 7.

Peterson ran it in two plays later for his second touchdown of the game. The Lions came out on top after losing four of five, and Stafford gave Bevell the game ball.

“Guys were having a blast,” Stafford said. “Obviously, it was a crazy one, down to the wire. Defense made some huge plays late in the game. We were able to put enough points on the board, come away with the win. Happy for (Bevell). Happy for our team. Just excited to get a win and thought it was fitting;he needed to get that game ball. It’s his first game as a head coach, and to get a win is huge.”

Stafford completed 27 of 42 passes, and the Lions snapped a five-game losing streak to Chicago. The 12-year veteran has 3,278 yards, the ninth time he has surpassed the 3,000 mark. He has 31 fourth-quarter comebacks, the most in the NFL since 2009. His 38 winning drives during that span rank second in the league.

NFL

The Minnesota Vikings have made it all the way back to even after their 1-5 start, fully in the running for the playoffs entering the final quarter of the season.

Staying in the picture will require far better performances than this.

Dan Bailey kicked a 23-yard field goal with 1:49 left in overtime after he missed two extra points and a 51-yard try with 13 seconds remaining in regulation, lifting the Vikings to a 27-24 victory over Jacksonville on Sunday.

“This team will fight. I do believe that. Obviously there are a lot of things we need to clean up,” said coach Mike Zimmer, who sweated out a 28-27 win over Carolina the previous week and a 31-28 loss to Dallas prior to that.

The Cowboys, Panthers and Jaguars (1-11), who lost their 11th straight game, are a combined 8-27.

“The last two weeks you come in the locker room, and it’s more relieved than excited,” Zimmer said. “That’s probably a good thing, because I think they know where they’re at in this world right now.”

Harrison Smith set up Bailey’s redo with a diving interception at the Jacksonville 46, the fourth turnover of the game by the Jaguars.

“That’s a play I’ll be replaying in my head all night. Would love to have it back,” said Mike Glennon, who passed for 280 yards and one score in his second start, but had two interceptions.

The Vikings (6-6) got their fifth win in six games. Justin Jefferson topped the 1,000-yard mark just 12 games into his rookie season, finishing with nine receptions for 121 yards. Adam Thielen had eight catches for 75 yards and a score in his return from a one-game COVID-19 quarantine.

Kirk Cousins passed for 305 yards and three touchdowns, producing just enough clutch completions to make up for his throw on the first play of the second half that Joe Schobert returned 43 yards for a touchdown. That gave the Jaguars a 16-6 lead, their largest at any point this season.

Then the unforced errors kicked in. Glennon and Chris Conley each lost fumbles. The Jaguars had 10 penalties for 83 yards. Chase McLaughlin even had a chance to win it with a 62-yard field goal at the end of the fourth quarter that fell short.

NFL

Jared Goff threw for 351 yards, Darrell Henderson ran for a crucial 38-yard touchdown and the Los Angeles Rams moved into a tie for the NFC West lead with a 38-28 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

The Rams (8-4) have won three of four and are tied with the Seahawks, who lost to the New York Giants 17-12.

Los Angeles had a 24-14 lead early in the fourth and looked like it was going to pull away until Nsimba Webster fumbled on a punt return. The Cardinals recovered at the LA 15-yard line and quickly turned the mistake into a touchdown on Kenyan Drake’s 4-yard run that pulled Arizona within 24-21.

The Rams responded on their next drive, moving quickly downfield. Henderson sliced through Arizona’s defense untouched for the 38-yard score that pushed it to 31-21.

The Cardinals (6-6) have lost three straight and four of their past five. Second-year Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray had an inconsistent game, completing 21 of 39 passes for 173 yards and three touchdowns. He also lost a fumble midway through the fourth and threw a pick-6 to LA’s Troy Hill, who ran it back 35 yards for a 38-21 lead.

Arizona opened the game with a 59-yard touchdown pass from Murray to tight end Dan Arnold, who didn’t have a defensive player within 15 yards of him while making the catch. The Rams were distracted by triple-teamed DeAndre Hopkins, which led to Arnold being wide open, and he was able to jog into the end zone.

Los Angeles’ defense, which has been among the NFL’s best this season, tightened in a hurry. The Cardinals didn’t get another first down until late in the second quarter, and Murray finished the first half 3-of-12 passing for 73 yards.

The Rams rallied for a 14-7 halftime lead. They tied it early in the second quarter on a 9-yard touchdown run by rookie Cam Akers and pulled away when Goff hit Tyler Higbee for a 1-yard touchdown with 51 seconds left before halftime.

Goff completed 37 of 47 passes for the day. The Rams also had a big advantage in time of possession, keeping the ball about 39 minutes to Arizona’s 21.

NFL

Laughed at and mocked for being on top of the worst division in the NFL, the New York Giants now have an impressive win to validate their spot as NFC East leaders.

Alfred Morris scored a pair of third-quarter touchdowns, the New York defense shut down Russell Wilson and one of the top offenses in the league, and the Giants stunned the Seattle Seahawks 17-12 on Sunday.

Double-digit underdogs, the Giants (5-7) handed Seattle its first home loss of the season, sent the NFC West race into some mayhem, and kept their spot on top of the NFC East for another week.

Following its 0-5 start, New York has won five of its past seven, the last four in a row. New York had been close in tight losses to Tampa Bay and the Rams, but picked the perfect time to get its first victory over a team with a winning record.

And the Giants did it with starting quarterback Daniel Jones (hamstring) a spectator after getting hurt last week against Cincinnati. Colt McCoy was far from spectacular but made key plays and avoided critical mistakes following a first-half interception.

McCoy was 13 of 22 for 105 yards, and Wayne Gallman rushed for 135 yards on 16 carries.

Meanwhile, alarms will be going off all over Seattle (8-4) after a sloppy, uninspired performance. Seattle’s offense that was once unstoppable couldn’t get started until it was too late. Wilson was 27 of 42 for 263 yards and was often hesitant with his decisions.

He was sacked five times, a number of those simply from holding the ball too long. The biggest sack came in the closing seconds when Leonard Williams threw Wilson for an 8-yard loss on third down. A fourth-and-18 desperation throw by Wilson was batted down, and the Giants were left to celebrate.

NFL

Aaron Jones rushed for 130 yards and delivered a game-clinching 77-yard touchdown run with 2:36 left as the Green Bay Packers withstood a fourth-quarter comeback attempt to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles 30-16 on Sunday.

Aaron Rodgers connected with Davante Adams on two of his three touchdown passes and reached a couple of career milestones to help Green Bay (9-3) hand the Eagles (3-8-1) their fourth consecutive loss. Kingsley Keke had two of the Packers’ seven sacks.

Green Bay owned a 23-3 lead in the fourth quarter when the Eagles scored two touchdowns in a span of just over a minute. Rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts, who took over for an ineffective Carson Wentz midway through the third quarter, started it by throwing a 32-yard touchdown pass to Greg Ward on fourth-and-18. Jalen Reagor then delivered a 73-yard punt return to cut the lead to 23-16 with 6:30 left, though Jake Elliott missed the extra point.

The Eagles forced a second straight three-and-out, but couldn’t move the ball and punted. That’s when Jones put away the game.

Jones ran through a big hole in the middle of the line, broke an attempted ankle tackle and headed downfield as a second defender made an unsuccessful diving attempt to bring him down. He raced down the left sideline and eluded a third defender inside Philadelphia’s 30-yard line, worked his way through traffic before heading into the end zone.

Rodgers, who went 25 of 34 for 295 yards, increased his career touchdown passes to 400, the seventh NFL player to join that fraternity. The others are Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, Dan Marino and Philip Rivers.

Rodgers got to No. 400 in his 193rd career game, faster than any other player. He now has 36 touchdown passes this year and is the first player to throw at least 35 in five separate seasons. He also did it in 2011 (45), 2012 (39), 2014 (38) and 2016 (40).

Rodgers put the Packers ahead for good with a 1-yard pass to Adams on fourth down in the second quarter. Rodgers and Adams connected again on a 9-yarder to cap a 99-yard drive in the third period.

Adams, who caught 10 passes for 121 yards, has scored in seven straight games to tie Hall of Famer Don Hutson’s franchise record. Hutson had a pair of seven-game TD reception streaks in 1941-42 and 1943-44.

NFL

Cam Newton ran for two touchdowns and the New England Patriots scored two TDs on special teams in a 45-0 rout of the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.

Newton has four games this season with multiple rushing touchdowns, breaking the league record for a quarterback. He had three such games in 2011, an achievement he shared with five others, and has 10 in his career, three more than any other QB.

Newton’s 1-yard dive on the game’s opening drive and a 2-yard keeper up the middle in the second quarter gave him 11 rushing scores on the year. His most in a season is 14 as a rookie with the Carolina Panthers in 2011.

The Patriots (6-6) have won two straight and four of five to get back into playoff contention in the AFC.

Los Angeles (3-9) suffered the worst loss in franchise history, eclipsing a 49-6 defeat to Kansas City in 1964. It was the first time since 2014 the Chargers were shut out. LA will finish with a losing record for the second consecutive season.

Gunner Olszewski took Ty Long’s punt 70 yards up the right sideline early in the second quarter, putting New England ahead 14-0. The Patriots’ second special teams score came on the last play of the first half, when Devin McCourty returned a blocked field-goal attempt 44 yards to the end zone. New England led 28-0 at halftime.

The Chargers reassigned special teams coach George Stewart on Nov. 25, but LA’s struggles in that phase continued.

Newton completed 12 of 19 passes for 69 yards, including a 5-yard pass to N’Keal Henry during the third quarter that extended New England’s lead to 35-0.

Jarrett Stidham replaced Newton early in the fourth quarter threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Olszewski.

Rookie Justin Herbert was 26 of 53 for 209 yards for the Chargers. He was intercepted twice.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Alabama was No. 1 for the fifth week in a row Sunday and extended its streak of consecutive poll appearances to 210, the third longest in the history of The Associated Press college football poll.

The Crimson Tide were the unanimous No. 1 for the third straight week and the top seven teams were unchanged for a fifth consecutive poll.

Notre Dame was No. 2, followed by Ohio State, Clemson and Texas A&M to round out the top five. No. 6 Florida and No. 7 Cincinnati also held their spots.

Alabama’s poll appearance streak passed Florida’s run of 209 under Steve Spurrier from 1990-2002. Up next is Florida State’s streak of 211 during the Bobby Bowden era from 1989-2001. The record belongs to Nebraska at 348 from 1981-2002.

BYU was the only top-10 team to lose, falling in a thriller at Coastal Carolina on Saturday. The Cougars dropped six spots to No. 14 and the Chanticleers jumped three spots to No. 11.

POLL POINTS

No. 24 Buffalo is ranked for the first time in school history, breaking into the Top 25 this week without playing a down. The Bulls had their game at Ohio called off on Friday while on their way to Athens because the Bobcats were having COVID-19 issues.

Buffalo is the first Mid-American Conference team to be ranked this season, giving every FBS league at least one ranked team during this pandemic-altered season.

The Bulls have been an FBS school playing in the MAC since 1999 and had only two non-losing seasons before Lance Leipold took over as coach in 2015. Leipold, who built a Division III powerhouse at Wisconsin-Whitewater, is in the midst of his fourth straight season of .500 or better at Buffalo.

IN-N-OUT

While the top seven teams in the rankings remained in a holding pattern, the back half got a shake-up with Buffalo and the Colorado Buffaloes stampeding into poll.

Marshall, Oklahoma State, Oregon and Washington all fell out. For Oklahoma State, its third loss of the season knocked the Cowboys out of the rankings for the first time this season.

Marshall fell out all the way from No. 15 after getting shut out by Rice at home on Saturday in one of the most surprising upsets of the season.

The Ducks’ and Huskies’ exits left the Pac-12 with two ranked teams: No. 16 Southern California, which was scheduled to play Sunday night against Washington State in a game delayed because of COVID-19 issues, and No. 21 Colorado.

Under first-year coach Karl Dorrell, the Buffaloes (4-0) are ranked for the first time since a two-week stint in 2018. That season started 5-0 and ended with a seven-game losing streak and a coaching change.

No. 20 North Carolina and No. 23 Texas returned to the Top 25.

CONFERENCE CALL

Big Ten – 5 (Nos. 3, 8, 15, 19, 25).

SEC – 4 (Nos. 1, 5, 6, 12).

ACC – 4 (Nos. 2, 4, 9, 20).

Big 12 – 3 (Nos. 10, 13, 23).

American – 2 (Nos. 7, 18).

Pac-12 – 2 (Nos. 16, 21).

Sun Belt – 2 (Nos. 11, 17).

MAC – 1 (No. 24).

Independent – 2 (Nos. 14, 22).

RANKED vs. RANKED

– No. 7 Cincinnati at No. 18 Tulsa. A rematch for Dec. 19 in the American Athletic championship game is already assured, with only the site of the game to be determined.

– No. 25 Wisconsin at No. 19 Iowa. The Heartland Trophy is on the line.

– No. 20 North Carolina at No. 9 Miami. Interesting matchup between the ACC’s third and fourth best teams.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Texas said all football team activities have been paused after three players and two staff members tested positive for the coronavirus Sunday after getting home from a win at Kansas State.

The players and staff were not identified. Texas said all of them tested negative on Friday and went to the game. They tested positive after the team returned home. All will be tested again Monday and Tuesday before the program will determine when team activities can resume.

Texas is ranked No. 23 after its 69-31 win Saturday.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Ohio went on a 40-0 scoring run, spanning halftime, to set a NCAA record for a game involving two Division I men’s basketball teams, and the Bobcats beat Cleveland State 101-46 on Sunday.

Lunden McDay closed the first half with a 3-pointer as Ohio scored the final five points for a 51-25 lead. Ohio then opened the second half by scoring the first 35 points — with 3-pointers from four different players.

Cleveland State missed 17 straight shots during the run. The Vikings ended their scoring drought on a free throw with 8:03 left, and didn’t make its first field goal of the second half until the 5:10 mark.

According to the NCAA record book, Oklahoma scored 39-straight points in a first-half run against Weber State on December 22, 2014.

McDay scored 20 points and Dwight Wilson III had 18 points and 14 rebounds for Ohio (3-1). Jason Preston, named the MAC player of the week, had 12 points, on 5-of-6 shooting, seven rebounds and eight assists.

Deante Johnson had nine points and six rebounds for Cleveland State (0-2).

The Vikings went 0 for 12 from 3-point range in the second half and shot 12% (3 for 25). For the game, they were 3 of 23 from distance and shot 23%. Meanwhile, the Bobcats shot 59% from the field (35-59).

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

After opening the season in a Connecticut “bubble,” Villanova went all the way down to Texas to get a big win.

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl and Justin Moore each scored 19 points and No. 12 Villanova held on late to beat No. 17 Texas 68-64 Sunday, handing the Longhorns their first loss after a strong start.

“Road attitude is something we talked about,” Robinson-Earl said. “We just tried to stay after it.”

It took some physical play against an experienced Texas lineup, some late free throws and some old-fashioned grit to close it out.

Collin Gillespie made four free throws over the final 15 seconds to secure the win for the Wildcats (4-1). Jermaine Samuels, who sat out practice this week because of a sprained pinky on his right hand, collected a game-high 12 rebounds.

“I wasn’t even thinking about it,” Samuels said. “You could feel it here and there on deadballs, but I was just focused on what the next play was.”

Courtney Ramey and Matt Coleman III each scored 17 points to pace the Longhorns (4-1). Texas had won the Maui Invitational in the program’s best start in six years under coach Shaka Smart, who just last season was under intense pressure and speculation he could lose his job.

Ramey fouled out to send Gillespie to the line and he calmly stroked both shots to put the Wildcats up by four. After Coleman made a twisting layup, Gillespie was again back at the line and swished two more. Gillespie finished with 12 points.

Ramey made a long 3-pointer to tie the game at 57 before Villanova answered with a 3-pointer from Cole Swider with 1:58 to play and the Wildcats held the lead to the end.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

No. 13 Hoosiers Drop Tough Road Contest At No. 11 Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky.  – A tough fourth-quarter sank No. 13 Indiana Women’s Basketball on the road, as it lost to No. 11 Kentucky, 72-68.

KEY MOMENTS

In a gritty first quarter, Kentucky took an early 10-7 lead at the media timeout as the two teams traded leads three times in the first three minutes of action. Back-to-back buckets by sophomore forward Mackenzie Holmes and junior guard Aleksa Gulbe gave IU the lead back, 13-12, with just under three minutes to play. It sparked a 7-0 run for the Hoosiers who ended the frame at the buzzer as senior guard Jaelynn Penn hit one of her 3 triples in the opening 10 minutes to take a 21-12 lead.

The Hoosiers continued to build a sizeable lead in the first part of the second quarter, going up as many as 14 with Holmes completing fast break action to make it 28-14 with 6:44 to play before the half.

UK would cut the lead to single digits on a Rhyne Howard 3-pointer with 3:57 remaining. IU’s defense would hold the Wildcats to no field goals in that final 3:57 and built a 36-23 lead at halftime behind 11 points from Penn and 10 points from Holmes.

Indiana would maintain its lead through the third quarter, going up by as many as 13 with a Gulbe offensive board and putback. UK would push the deficit down to single digits a few times including with just under a minute to play but Berger’s jumper at the buzzer would give the Hoosiers the 10-point edge going into the final 10 minutes.

However, that’s where IU would relinquish its lead as it struggled to score in the final 10 minutes, shooting just 26 percent in the final quarter. An 11-0 Kentucky run late in the frame put the home team on top and led by five with just 37 second to play. Indiana would respond on a couple occasions but it wasn’t enough as the Wildcats sealed it down the line.

NOTABLE

Three Hoosiers hit double figure scoring. Grace Berger had a team high 21 points while Mackenzie Homes scored 16 and Jaelynn Penn knocked in 11 points.

Berger, Holmes, and Penn combined for 48 or Indiana’s 68 points

Berger led the Indiana offense with 21 points, six rebounds, and three assists. The junior claimed all 14 of Indiana’s points in the fourth quarter.

Holmes tallied 16 points and 11 rebounds for her second career double-double. Her 11 rebounds were a career high.

The Hoosiers had 42 points in the paint while the Wildcats had 22 points.

Indiana outrebounded Kentucky 38-37.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Buckeyes Improve to 3-0 with 96-63 Victory over Northern Kentucky   

Five Buckeyes in double figures led by Jacy Sheldon’s 20

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State women’s basketball, the 19th-ranked program nationally, continued its winning ways with a 96-63 victory over Horizon Conference member Northern Kentucky Sunday afternoon at Value City Arena. Ohio State improves to 3-0 on the season while Northern Kentucky, from Highland Heights, Ky., falls to 0-4.

Sophomore Jacy Sheldon, who hit her season’s average of 18.0 points per game in the first 16 minutes, led Ohio State with 20 points off 7 of 10 shooting from the field. Dorka Juhasz added 18 points while Madison Greene had 17 and seven assists. Aaliyah Patty and Rikki Harris also reached double figures in points with 13 and 11, respectively. Patty led the way with eight rebounds.

“We’re getting a chance to play a lot of people, which is great,” Ohio State coach Kevin McGuff said. “We’re getting a lot of players on film and that’s good stuff. We have to make sure we continue to make progress, though. I felt we did that from game one to game two, but I think we kind of slid back a little this game.

“We’re a good offensive team. We can score the ball. I just didn’t think our energy was good enough, though.”

Sheldon scored 11 of Ohio State’s first 13 points and finished with 13 first quarter points as Ohio State built a 32-23 lead after one. Greene added 10 points in the quarter as both teams were on fire from the field: Ohio State shot 80 pct. for the quarter (12 of 15) while NKU did its best to stay close by shooting 56.3 pct. (9 of 16).

The Buckeyes then went on a 15-3 run in the first six minutes of the second quarter to open up a 48-26 lead and cruised to the victory from that point. It was 53-34 at the half and 74-46 at the start of the fourth quarter. 

Ohio State shot 57.6 pct. for the game and limited the Norse to 30 pct. shooting. The home team also outrebounded its guests, 40-35 and hit 10 three-point field goals compared to seven for NKU.

The Buckeyes non-conference season continues Thursday with a 4 p.m. game against Miami (Ohio) at Value City Arena.

NBA

The Portland Trail Blazers have closed their facility for deep cleaning after three positive COVID-19 tests came back in a span of four days.

Sunday was to have been the first full day of training camp for the Blazers. They, along with all other NBA teams, began having players back in their facility for individual workouts last week. The team did not say if the positive tests involved players, staff or some combination of the two.

Portland is scheduled to open its preseason slate at home Friday against Sacramento, a game that — for now — is set to be televised nationally on ESPN.

Blazers President Neil Olshey, in a statement distributed by the team, said the decision to close the facility was made “out of an abundance of caution.” The team has also completed contact tracing, Olshey said.

The Blazers did not say how long their facility would be closed. There was no immediate announcement about the team’s plan for practice Monday, or if any talks had taken place about postponing or canceling Friday’s preseason opener.

“It’s something you’ve got to deal with,” Miami Heat guard and National Basketball Players Association vice president Andre Iguodala said Sunday when told of the Blazers’ situation — the first facility shutdown in the league since teams began gathering last week. “Hope for the best but prepare for the worst and see what happens from there.”

The league told its teams on Saturday that clubs found to not be complying with league rules designed to minimize the spread of the coronavirus this season could face major penalties such as forfeiting games or draft picks.

NBA teams began coronavirus testing to prepare for camp around Nov. 24, and the league said 48 players — almost 9% of all tested — were positive for COVID-19 in the first week of that program.