Update on the latest in sports:
Seahawks rally past Packers
SEATTLE (AP) – The Seattle Seahawks were able to win a matchup of desperate NFL teams on Thursday.
Russell Wilson hit Ed Dickson for a 15-yard touchdown with 5:08 to send the Seahawks past the visiting Green Bay Packers, 27-24. Wilson threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns while helping Seattle overcome a 14-3 deficit.
The Seahawks’ defense stiffened in the second half, holding the Packers to 114 total yards. Half of that came on Aaron Rodgers’ 57-yard strike to Davante Adams.
Rodgers was 21 of 30 passing for 332 yards and two scores, while Adams had 166 yards on 10 receptions.
The Seahawks are 5-5 after ending a two-game skid. The Packers are 4-5-1.
Bosa unsure about Sunday
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) – Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa isn’t sure if he will make his long-awaited season debut on Sunday against the Broncos.
The third-year pro has practiced the last two days as he works his way back from a foot injury that caused him to miss the first 10 games. He acknowledged before Thursday’s practice that it will likely be a game-time decision whether he plays this week.
Rockets rout Warriors
UNDATED (AP) – The Houston Rockets had no trouble beating the team that stopped them from reaching the NBA Finals last spring.
James Harden poured in 27 points and the Rockets opened the fourth quarter on a 12-2 run to take an 88-65 lead in a 107-86 rout of the Warriors. James Ennis III had 19 points on 7 of 11 shooting for Houston, which reached the .500 mark at 7-7 despite a 1-4 start.
Kevin Durant had 20 points for the Warriors on a night they were just 4 of 18 on 3-pointers.
Golden State is 2-2 since Stephen Curry suffered a groin injury. Curry is expected to miss the last two games of the Warriors’ three-game trek through Texas.
Checking out the rest of Thursday’s NBA slate:
– Lou Williams hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 40 seconds remaining as the Clippers downed the Spurs, 116-111 for their season-high third straight win. Williams had a team-high 23 points off the bench for Los Angeles, which is 7-1 at home.
– The Nuggets ended their four-game losing streak by getting a season-high 25 points from Juancho Hernangomez in a 138-93 dismantling of the Hawks. Paul Millsap and Gary Harris added 18 points apiece for the Nuggets, who outscored Atlanta 36-16 in the third quarter.
Rockets dropping Anthony
UNDATED (AP) – Carmelo Anthony’s stint with the Houston Rockets has lasted just 10 games.
Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has released a statement saying the team is “parting ways” with the 10-time All-Star forward and “working toward a resolution.” Morey added that Anthony had a tremendous approach while with the Rockets and accepted every role head coach Mike D’Antonio gave him, but the fit they envisioned never materialized.
Anthony signed a one-year, $2.4 million deal during the offseason after being traded by the Thunder to Atlanta before his contract was bought out by the Hawks. He averaged 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds for Houston.
Anthony is third among active NBA players with 25,551 points, and 19th in league history.
Also around the NBA:
– Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (RAH’-zhahn RAHN’-doh) is expected to undergo surgery this week on his broken right hand, keeping him out of the lineup for at least a few weeks. Coach Luke Walton says Rondo was injured in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ fourth straight win, 126-117 over Portland on Wednesday. Rondo is averaging 8.5 points, 6.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals in his first season with Los Angeles.
– Ashley Moyer-Gleich and Natalie Sago are among five officials who have been promoted by the NBA to full-time status, making them the fourth and fifth women in league history to have that designation.
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Tech, Purdue win at Charleston Classic
UNDATED (AP) – Virginia Tech and Purdue have advanced to the Charleston Classic semifinals by winning on Thursday.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 21 points for the 16th-ranked Hokies in a 73-64 victory over Ball State. Tech watched a 16-point lead slip to 49-44 midway through the second half before going on a 14-4 run to take control and wrap up a spot in the semis against Northeastern.
Carsen Edwards scored 17 of his 25 points in the first half of the Boilermakers’ 92-70 rout of Appalachian State. Edwards and Ryan Cline each hit four of Purdue’s 13 3-pointers, with Cline finishing with 21 points.
There were a couple of top-25 upsets in the 2K Classic in New York.
Jalen Adams and Alterique Gilbert scored 16 points each to lead Connecticut’s 83-76 triumph over No. 15 Syracuse. Tarin Smith added 14 points off the bench as the Huskies improved to 3-0 under first-year coach Dan Hurley.
Iowa pulled off the other stunner as Jordan Bohannon scored 16 points to lead the Hawkeyes past 13th-ranked Oregon, 77-69. Luka Garza added 12 and Ryan Kriener finished with 11 as Iowa earned the right to take on Connecticut on Friday.
Also on Thursday’s top-25 schedule:
– Gonzaga was a 94-71 winner against Texas A&M behind Zach Norvell’s 22 points. Brandon Clark delivered 14 points and 11 rebounds in the rout, while Rui Hachimura (ROO’-ee ha-chee-MOOR’-ah) chipped in 18 points and seven boards.
– Desmond Bane scored 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting, including the go-ahead 3-pointer in No. 21 TCU’s 77-69 win over Fresno State.
Memphis player dies at 22
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Memphis basketball player Karim Sameh Azab died Thursday, seven months after announcing he had leukemia. He was 22.
School officials said Azab experienced shoulder discomfort as Memphis prepared for last season’s American Athletic Conference tournament. That led to a diagnosis of leukemia lymphoma.
Yelich, Betts take MVP honors
NEW YORK (AP) – Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch) and Boston’s Mookie Betts are both 26-year-old outfielders. They are also their league’s reigning most valuable players.
Yelich (YEH’-lihch) is the National League MVP after hitting .326 with 36 home runs and 110 RBIs for the NL Central champions. He won in a landslide, receiving 29 of 30 first-place votes and 415 points from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America compared to 250 points for Cubs infielder and runner-up Javier Baez.
Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado (ar-eh-NAH’-doh) finished third and Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was fourth. Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom of the Mets picked up the other first-place vote to finish fifth.
Betts is the runaway winner of the American League MVP, picking up 28 of 30 first-place votes from the BBWAA. He hit a major league-leading .346 with 32 homers, 80 RBIs and 30 stolen bases as the leadoff hitter for the World Series-champion Red Sox.
Two-time MVP Mike Trout of the Angels was second in the voting, ahead of Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez and Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez. Trout and Martinez each picked up one first-place vote.
Manfred, Fox deals extended
ATLANTA (AP) – Baseball owners have extended the contract of Commissioner Rob Manfred through the end of the 2024 regular season.
Manfred took over for Bud Selig (SEE’-lihg) in 2015 to become the 10th commissioner in MLB history. He has worked in the commissioner’s office since 1998 after serving as outside counsel for owners during the 1994-95 baseball strike.
Owners also signed a new television deal with Fox, which has been airing MLB games since 1996. The seven-year extension runs through 2028 and will continue to include the World Series, All-Star game and various LDS and LCS games.
Point’s power-play flurry leads Bolts
UNDATED (AP) – The Tampa Bay Lightning earned a rare win in Pittsburgh by taking advantage of the slumping Penguins.
Brayden Point scored three straight power-play goals in a 91-second span of the second period to lead the Lightning past the Pens, 4-3. It was the sixth-fastest three goals by a single player in NHL history, and the second-fastest since the 1967 expansion.
Yanni Gourde (YAH’-nee gohrd) also had a power-play goal, Nikita Kucherov (KOO’-cheh-rahv) picked up added three assists and backup goalie Louis Domingue (doh-MIHNG’) made 28 saves to help the Lightning win for the fifth time in seven games.
Tampa Bay had been 1-11-1 in its last 13 visits to Pittsburgh.
The Penguins have dropped seven of eight since sweeping a four-game road trip.
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby sat out the game due to an upper-body injury. Coach Mike Sullivan declined to offer specifics on the nature of Crosby’s issue but said it’s not concussion-related.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
– Kasperi Kapanen’s (kas-PEHR’-ee KAP’-uh-nehnz) second goal of the night was a short-handed tally that lifted the Maple Leafs over the Sharks, 5-3. John Tavares had a goal to extend his scoring streak to seven games and help Toronto win for the eighth time in nine road games this season.
– Darcy Kuemper (KEHM’-pur) turned back a career-high 44 shots as the Coyotes handed the Predators their third consecutive loss, 2-1. Michael Grabner and Jason Demers did the scoring in Arizona’s second victory in six games.
– Mikko Koivu (MEE’-koh KOY’-voo) had a goal and two assists in the Wild’s 11th victory in 14 games, 6-2 against the Canucks. Eric Staal scored once and had an assist as Minnesota topped its season high for goals.
– Columbus is 4-0-2 in its last six after Joonas Korpisalo (kohr-pih-SAH’-loh) turned back 38 shots in the Blue Jackets’ 7-3 rout of the Panthers. Anthony Duclair, Pierre Luc-Dubois, Cam Atkinson, Brandon Dubinsky and Boone Jenner each had a goal and an assist as the Jackets ended Florida’s five-game winning streak.
– Anthony Beauvilier (boh-VIHL’-ee-ay) broke out of his season-long scoring slump by registering his first career hat trick and adding an assist in the Islanders’ 12th victory in their last 13 meetings with the Rangers, 7-5. Leo Komarov (KAHM’-ah-rahv) added a goal and an assist in the Isles’ seventh win in 10 games overall.
– The Devils earned a 3-0 win at Philadelphia as Keith Kinkaid turned back 29 shots in his third shutout of the season and seventh of his career. Joey Anderson notched his first NHL goal by scoring 3:45 into the first period of New Jersey’s second straight win.
– Drake Batherson scored in his NHL debut to snap a 1-1 tie in the second period of the Senators’ 2-1 victory against the Red Wings. Craig Anderson preserved the lead by stopping two penalty shots in the final period.
– Third-period goals by Jonathan Drouin (DROO’-an) and Artturi Lehkonen (ahr-TOOR’-ee LEH’-koh-nehn) lifted the Canadiens past the Flames. 3-2. Tomas Tatar (tah-TAHR’) also scored and Carey Price stopped 43 shots, blanking Calgary after Matthew Tkachuk (kah-CHUHK’) scored twice in the second period.
Arvidsson out up to 8 weeks, Subban on IR
UNDATED (AP) – The Nashville Predators have a couple of major holes in their lineup.
The Predators say forward Viktor Arvidsson will miss between up to eight weeks with a broken thumb suffered in last weekend’s win at Dallas. Arvidsson had just returned off injured reserve after sitting out three games with a lower-body injury.
The Predators have also placed defenseman P.K. Subban (SOO’-ban) on injured reserve and activated blueliner Dan Hamhuis (HAM’-hyoos). Subban has an upper-body injury.
In other NHL news:
– Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey has been fined almost $8,500 but was not suspended for unsportsmanlike conduct against Capitals forward T.J. Oshie (OH’-shee) in Wednesday’s 3-1 win over the defending champs. Morrissey threw Oshie to the ice late in the game.
Miles, LSU work out buyout
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – LSU and Les Miles have completed a $1.5 million lump-sum settlement that relieves the university of paying its former football coach an additional $5 million through 2023.
Miles was fired four games into the 2016 season, but was due a buyout of around $12.9 million at the time. LSU was able to pay Miles’ buyout in installments over about eight years, but the settlement saves LSU money while removing any disincentives for Miles to pursue another college coaching job immediately.
Howell on top through 18
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) – Charles Howell played a bogey-free round in an 8-under 64 that gives him a two-shot lead through one round of the PGA’s RSM Classic.
Howell played the Plantation course at Sea Island Resort. He is seeking his first victory in 333 starts since his Riviera victory in February 2007.
Defending champion Austin Cook and J.J. Spaun each shot 66s while also navigating the Plantation course. Tournament host Davis Love III had two bogeys and still managed a 67.
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Olson leads LPGA finale
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) – Amy Olson shot a 9-under 63 to take a one-shot lead over Brittany Lincicome (LIHN’-sih-kuhm) and Nasa Hataoka through first-round play at the LPGA’s season-ending CME Group Tour Championship.
Olson had two separate streaks of four consecutive birdies, finished with nine overall and never dropped a shot.
Lincicome started with five straight birdies on her way to a 64.