Update on the latest in sports:
Titans bolster postseason hopes by dumping Cowboys
ARLINGTON (AP) – The Tennessee Titans were able to end a three-game losing streak by handing Dallas its first home loss of the season.
Marcus Mariota (mar-ee-OH’-tah) threw for two touchdowns and ran for another score as the Titans beat the Cowboys, 28-14 near Dallas. Mariota was 21 of 29 for 240 yards without an interception, although he fumbled on each of Tennessee’s first two possessions.
Kevin Byard sparked the 4-4 Titans with an end-zone interception of Dak Prescott and celebrated T.O.-style, sprinting to midfield and standing on the Cowboys’ star logo with arms spread. The pick came after Mariota’s second fumble and revitalized Tennessee.
Amari Cooper scored the Cowboys’ first TD and finished with five receptions for 58 yards in his first game since being acquired from the Raiders.
Ezekiel Elliott finished with 61 yards for the 3-5 Cowboys.
Banged up Redskins
UNDATED (AP) – The Washington Redskins have a one-game lead in the NFC East, but they will finish the season without three major pieces to their offense.
Starting guards Brandon Scherff (shehrf) and Shawn Lauvao are done for the year, as is wide receiver Paul Richardson. Scherff tore a pectoral muscle, Lauvao tore a knee ligament and Richardson has a bad shoulder. All three are scheduled for surgery.
In addition, Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams is expected to miss another two or three games after having an operation on his right thumb.
In other NFL news:
– Broncos general manager John Elway says he’s going to “stay the course” with head coach Vance Joseph despite his 8-17 record since taking over after the 2016 season. Elway told Broncos broadcasting partner Orange & Blue 760 that he’s encouraged by the team’s improvement, although the 3-6 record is identical to last year’s mark after nine games. They’ve hung tough with some of the league’s top teams, losing by a combined 16 points to the Texans, Rams and Chiefs twice.
– Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette practiced for the first time in more than a month as he comes back from a strained hamstring. He worked with the first-team offense and looked like he might be fully healthy for the first time since the season opener.
– Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen has resumed practicing for the first time since spraining his right throwing elbow, though coach Sean McDermott says it’s too early to determine whether he can play against the Jets this weekend.
– The Chargers have released kicker Caleb Sturgis and promoted Michael Badgley from the practice squad. Sturgis’ release came after he missed two extra points and a field goal in Sunday’s 25-17 win over Seattle.
Harden lifts Rockets
UNDATED (AP) – The Houston Rockets have a three-game winning streak since opening the season 1-5.
James Harden scored seven of his 28 points over the last 35 seconds of the Rockets’ 98-94 victory at Indiana. Harden drained a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 34.8 seconds left and added four free throws.
Clint Capela contributed 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Rockets, who allowed just 39 points in the second half.
Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh) scored 28 points and made two 3s in the final minute, but Indiana ended a three-game winning streak.
Checking out Monday’s other NBA action:
– Klay Thompson poured in 27 points and the Warriors improved to 10-1 with a 117-101 win over the Grizzlies. Kevin Durant added 22 points, six rebounds and six assists to help Golden State earn their eighth straight win. Stephen Curry finished with 19 points for the Warriors, who broke up the game by outscoring Memphis 34-15 in the third quarter.
– Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH’-kah), OG Anunoby (an-oo-NOH’-bee) and Fred VanVleet scored 17 points apiece in the Raptors’ fourth consecutive win, 124-111 at Utah. Lowry also had 11 assists for Toronto, which improved to 10-1 despite playing without Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard due to a sore left ankle.
– The Nuggets improved to 9-1 as Jamal Murray scored 19 of his career-high 48 points in the fourth quarter of a 115-107 triumph over the Celtics. Nikola Jokic (YOH’-kihch) finished with eight points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for Denver, which spotted Boston an 18-point lead before matching their best start since 1976.
– Josh Richardson scored 27 points and hit four free throws in the final 2.1 seconds to wrap up the Heat’s 120-115 overtime win at Detroit. Goran Dragic had 21 points and Dwyane (dwayn) Wade contributed 18 off the bench as Miami stopped a three-game skid.
– Tobias Harris and Danilo Gallinari each scored 22 points and Lou Williams added 20 in the Clippers’ 120-109 downing of the Timberwolves. Karl-Anthony Towns had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Wolves, who are 0-6 on the road.
– Evan Fournier hit a long jumper at the horn as the Magic stormed back from a five-point deficit in the last 24 seconds of a 102-100 triumph against Cleveland. Aaron Gordon finished with 23 points for Orlando, while Fournier and Terrence Ross each added 15.
– The Bulls were 116-115 winners over the Knicks in double-overtime behind Zach LaVine’s (lah-VEENZ’) career-high 41 points. Antonio Blakeney chipped in 17 points and LaVine provided the game-winning free throw with 0.2 seconds left.
Drew gets deal as interim coach
CLEVELAND (AP) – Cleveland Cavaliers assistant Larry Drew has agreed to a new contract to be the team’s interim coach for the remainder of this season.
He wanted some guarantees and security during a rebuilding season for the Cavs, who are 1-8 entering Monday night’s game in Orlando.
Drew became acting coach when Tyronn Lue (TY’-rahn loo) was fired last week, and he asked the team to restructure his deal if he was going to be named interim head coach.
UNDATED (AP) – The Baseball Writers’ Association of America has announced its finalists for the year’s individual awards.
Boston outfielder Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout and Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez are finalists for the AL MVP. Milwaukee outfielder Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch), Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado (ar-eh-NAH’-doh) and Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baez are up for the NL’s top honor.
The Cy Young Award finalists are Tampa Bay lefty Blake Snell, Indians ace Corey Kluber and Houston right-hander Justin Verlander on the American League side, and New York Mets ace Jason deGrom (deh-GRAHM’), Washington’s Max Scherzer and Philadelphia’s Aaron Nola in the National League.
Angels DH Shohei Ohtani (SHOH’-hay oh-TAH’-nee) will be battling Yankees outfielder Gleyber (GLAY’-bur) Torres and Miguel Andujar (an-DOO’-hahr) for the AL Rookie of the Year. Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler, Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna (ah-KOON’-yah) Jr. and Washington outfielder Juan Soto are the rookie finalists in the NL.
The three finalists for AL Manager of the Year are Tampa Bay’s Kevin Cash, Oakland’s Bob Melvin and Alex Cora from the World Series-champion Boston Red Sox. Colorado’s Bud Black, Milwaukee’s Craig Counsell and Atlanta’s Brian Snitker are the NL finalists.
The winners will be announced next week, beginning with the rookies of the year on Monday.
Also around baseball:
– Former players Harold Baines, Orel Hershiser, Will Clark, and Joe Carter are on 10-man ballot for the baseball Hall of Fame’s Today’s Game Era committee to consider next month. Will Clark and Lee Smith are on the ballot, as are late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and former managers Lou Piniella, Davey Johnson and Charlie Manuel. The 16-member committee will meet Dec. 9 at the winter meetings in Las Vegas, and a candidate will need at least 12 votes to be elected.
– The Seibu (SAY’-boo) Lions have agreed to post pitcher Yusei Kikuchi, clearing the way for the 27-year-old left-hander to negotiate with teams in Major League Baseball. Kikuchi has a 73-46 career record with a 2.77 ERA in Nippon Professional Baseball. He went 14-4 this year and struck out 153 batters in 163-2/3 innings.
Caps double up Oilers
UNDATED (AP) – The defending Stanley Cup champions avoided falling to .500 at the 13-game mark.
Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kihn) had a power-play goal and Pheonix Copsey stopped 31 shots as the Capitals beat the Oilers’ 4-2 to end a two-game losing streak. Jakub Vrana (vuh-RAH’-nah) and linemate Devante Smmith-Pelly also scored against Cam Talbot, who allowed four goals on 23 shots.
Connor McDavid extended his point streak to eight games with his 10th goal of the season, but Edmonton lost for just the second time in their last seven games.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
– Brian Boyle capped his first career hat trick by scoring two power-play goals in the second period of the Devils’ 5-1 win at Pittsburgh. Will Butcher had a goal and two assists, and Keith Kincaid stopped 35 shots as New Jersey dealt the Penguins their fourth straight loss since a 4-0 road trip.
– The Islanders’ five-game winning streak is over after Joel Armia scored in the fifth shootout round to give the Canadiens a 4-3 win at Brooklyn. Casey Cizikas (sih-ZEE’-kuhs) tallied twice while the Isles built a 3-1 lead in the first period, but Montreal eventually tied it on Artturi Lehkonen’s (ahr-TOOR’-ee LEH’-koh-nehnz) goal at 7:43 of the third.
– The Bruins pulled out a 2-1 win over the Stars on Brad Marchand’s power-play goal 4:29 into overtime. David Pastrnak also had a power-play goal and Tuukka (TOO’-kah) Rask made 24 saves for Boston.
– The Coyotes’ five-game winning streak is over after Claude Giroux (juh-ROO’) scored twice and had an assist in the Flyers’ 5-2 victory at Arizona. Calvin Pickard stopped 35 shots to help Philadelphia finish 3-0-1 on its four-game road trip.
Jets’ Lemieux suspended 2 games for illegal check to head
NEW YORK (AP) – Winnipeg Jets forward Brendan Lemieux has been given a two-game suspension by the NHL for his illegal check to the head of Florida forward Vincent Trocheck (TROH’-chehk) during Friday’s game at Helsinki. Lemieux skated by Trocheck and hit him in the head after the Panthers forward passed the puck into the Jets’ zone.
USA Gymnastics stripped of certification
UNDATED (AP) – USA Gymnastics is about to receive a death sentence.
The U.S. Olympic Committee is moving to revoke USA Gymnastics’ status as the governing body for the sport at the Olympic level. The decision comes after USA Gymnastics botched its own reorganization in the wake of a sex-abuse scandal involving former team doctor Larry Nassar.
USOC CEO Sarah Hirshland issued an open letter to the gymnastics community saying “you deserve better,” and that the challenges facing USA Gymnastics are more than it is capable of overcoming as currently constructed.
The U.S. team brought home nine medals from the World Championships last week in the first major meet on the lead-up to the Tokyo Games in 2020. But the sport’s U.S. governing body has been in disarray since revelations Nassar molested Olympians while working as a volunteer.
USA Gymnastics is in search of its fourth president and CEO in the last 19 months thanks to a series of resignations, all of them under pressure from the USOC or the gymnastics’ community at large.
BLACK COLLEGE HALL OF FAME
Taylor, Douglas, Boozer among latest Black College HOF class
ATLANTA (AP) – John Taylor from Delaware State and Hugh Douglas from Central State are among the seven new inductees to the Black College Football Hall of Fame.
Joining Taylor and Douglas in the 10th class are Emerson Boozer of Maryland Eastern Shore; Rich “Tombstone” Jackson from Southern; Frank Lewis from Grambling State; Timmy Newsome from Winston-Salem State; and Arnett “Ace” Mumford, who coached Southern to 11 Southwestern Athletic Conference championships.
Nadal’s season is over
LONDON (AP) – Rafael Nadal has announced that he’s done for the year due to an abdominal injury that also caused him to pull out of the season-ending ATP Finals on Monday.
The second-ranked Nadal hasn’t competed since he retired from the U.S. Open semifinal because of a painful right knee.
Nadal also said he will undergo right ankle surgery so he can start 2019 healthy.
Djokovic returns to No. 1
UNDATED (AP) – Novak Djokovic (JOH’-koh-vihch) is back at No. 1 in the ATP rankings after a two-year absence, overtaking Rafael Nadal.
Djokovic is the first male since Marat Safin (mah-RAHT SA’-fihn) in 2000 to rise to the top after falling outside the top 20 in the same season. He climbed from 22nd by going 43-5 and winning both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.