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November 14, 2018
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November 14, 2018
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Update on the latest in sports:




Durant leads short-handed Warriors


UNDATED (AP) – The Golden State Warriors experienced a bit of drama before and during Tuesday’s win over the Atlanta Hawks.


The Warriors took the court hours after handing All-Star forward Draymond Green a one-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team. He had a heated exchange with teammate Kevin Durant after Green lost the ball instead of passing it to Durant during the waning moments of regulation in Monday’s overtime loss to the Clippers.


Without Green and the injured Stephen Curry, Durant scored 29 points and nailed a key jumper in the final minute of Golden State’s 110-103 win over the Hawks. Jonas Jerebko started in place of Green and had season bests of 14 points and 14 rebounds.


Quinn Cook had six of the Warriors 28 assists while starting for Curry, who missed his third straight game with a strained left groin.


The Hawks dropped their fifth in a row despite Taurean Prince’s 22 points.


Checking out Tuesday’s other NBA action:


– James Harden scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half of the Rockets’ 109-99 win over the Nuggets. Clint Capela had a team-high 24 points and Chris Paul added 21 for Houston, which has won two straight and six of nine since a 1-4 start. Monte Morris had a team-high 19 points in the Nuggets’ fourth consecutive loss since opening the season 9-1.


– Cleveland ended a five-game skid as Tristan Thompson grabbed 21 rebounds and had 11 points in a 113-89 thumping of the Hornets. Jordan Clarkson contributed a team-high 24 points for the Cavaliers, who played without forwards Kyle Korver and Cedi Osman while three other players remain on the injured list.




Devils add to Pens’ misery


UNDATED (AP) – The Pittsburgh Penguins have resumed their swoon after earning a 4-0 shutout win over the Coyotes on Saturday.


Taylor Hall scored the last two goals to cap a four-point night as the Devils handed the Pens their sixth loss in seven games, 4-2. Pittsburgh tied it on Jake Guentzel’s (GEHNT’-sulz) goal just over four minutes into the third period, but the Devils regained the lead when Hall scored on a breakaway about four minutes later.


Hall added an empty-netter and set up goals by Travis Zajac (ZAY’-jak) and Damon Severson, helping the Devils win for just the third time in 12 games since a 4-0 start.


The Penguins’ skid follows a 4-0 road trip in which they outscored their opponents 23-6.


Elsewhere on NHL ice:


– Dmitry Orlov scored twice and had an assist as the Capitals handed the Wild their first regulation home loss of the season, 5-2. Tom Wilson also scored in his season debut after his 20-game suspension was reduced to 14, allowing him to suit up. Wilson had already missed the first 16 games of the season and will recoup about $380,000 of the $1.26 million he initially forfeited as part of the suspension.


– Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton scored eight seconds apart late in the third period to turn the Sharks’ 4-3 deficit into a 5-4 triumph over the Predators. Pavelski had two goals and Marcus Sorenson set up the tying and winning scores after providing the game’s first tally.


– Nazem Kadri (NA’-zehm KA’-dree) scored two power-play goals and John Tavares had a goal and two assists in the Maple Leafs’ 5-1 victory over the Kings. Morgan Rielly and Andreas Johnsson also scored in Toronto’s fourth win in five games.


– Carter Hutton turned back 29 shots and Kyle Okposo (oh-POH’-soh) scored the eventual game-winner in the Sabres’ 2-1 win against Tampa Bay. Jeff Skinner notched his team-high 13th goal and Nathan Beaulieu (BOY’-loh) had two assists as Buffalo handed the Lightning their second consecutive loss since a four-game winning streak.


– The Red Wings continue to roll after Mike Green provided a goal and two assists in their seventh win in eight games, a 6-1 rout of the Coyotes. Andreas Athanasiou (ath-ah-NAY’-zhoo) had a goal and an assist for Detroit, which is a .500 team despite a 1-7-2 start.


– Tom Kuhnhackl (KOO’-nah-kul) scored twice and the Islanders stopped a three-game skid by topping the Canucks, 5-2. Jordan Eberle had a goal and an assist, Matthew Barzal set up two scores and Thomas Greiss stopped 22 shots for New York.


– Second-period goals by Aaron Ekblad and Evgenii Dadonov (dah-DAH’-nohv) carried the Panthers to their fifth straight win, 2-1 at Philadelphia. Roberto Luongo made 16 of his 30 saves in the third period and blanked the Flyers after Jakub Voracek cut Florida’s lead with 16:05 left.


– Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl (DRY’-sy-tul) each had three-point nights and Kris Russell added a goal and an assist as Edmonton whipped the Canadiens, 6-2. Draisaitl scored once and had two assists, while his linemate and captain set up three goals in the Oilers’ first win in four games.


Also in the NHL:


– Bruins goaltender Tuukka (TOO-kah) Rask has returned to practice after taking a three-day leave of absence to attend to a personal matter. Rask acknowledged the matter was related to his family, but didn’t share details.




Vols hold off Jackets


UNDATED (AP) – Tennessee was a winner in its first game as a top-5 team since the 2007-08 season.


Grant Williams scored 22 points and the Vols improved to 3-0 by getting past Georgia Tech, 66-53. Jordan Bone had 15 points and Kyle Alexander added 12 while the duo helped Tennessee hold the Yellow Jackets under 28 percent from the field.


The Yellow Jackets missed 15 straight shots including their first 11 attempts during the first 7 1/2 minutes of the second half.


– LSU picked up its third straight win in the other top-25 game. Skylar Mays scored 19 points and transfer Kavell Bigby-Williams added a career-high 14 as the 22nd-ranked Tigers downed Memphis, 85-76. Bigby-Williams also finished with 10 rebounds and Mays hit a 3-pointer while LSU put together a 12-1 run in the second half to go ahead to stay.




No change among top 4 in CFP rankings


UNDATED (AP) – The top 10 remain the same in the latest College Football Playoff rankings.


Alabama stayed atop the rankings, followed by Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan. On the outside looking in are Georgia, Oklahoma, LSU, Washington State, West Virginia and Ohio State.


Unbeaten UCF climbed one spot to 11th.


The third rankings of the season were drama-free Tuesday night after every top-10 team won last weekend.




Bell snubs tender


UNDATED (AP) – James Connor will serve as the Pittsburgh Steelers’ primary running back the remainder of the season.


Le’Veon (LEH’-vee-ahn) Bell has refused to sign his $14.4 million franchise tender before Tuesday’s deadline, making him ineligible to play for the AFC North leaders or anyone else this season. Bell declined to accept the offer after becoming one of only three players in recent NFL history to be franchise tagged in consecutive seasons, joining linebacker Karlos Dansby and quarterback Kirk Cousins.


Connor has been outstanding during Bell’s absence, ranking third in the NFL with 771 yards rushing.


In other NFL news:


– Monday’s anticipated matchup between the Rams and Chiefs has been moved from Mexico City to Los Angeles by the NFL due to the poor condition of the field at Azteca Stadium. The league said it determined that the recently re-sodded field at Mexico City’s historic stadium “does not meet NFL standards for playability and consistency, and will not meet those standards by next Monday.”


– Rams receiver Pharoh Cooper will return to practice this week after being sidelined since the season opener by an injured ankle. Cooper was an All-Pro who made the Pro Bowl as a kick returner last season.


– The Bengals hired Hue Jackson as a special assistant, a day after Cincinnati fired its defensive coordinator and put Lewis in charge of the unit. Lewis says Jackson will help him prepare the defense each week and he’ll be on the field during games helping him with decisions.


– Police in New Jersey say a former NFL player threatened someone with a sword during an argument at a youth sports event. John “Charlie” Rogers Jr. turned himself in Monday and was charged with making terroristic threats, stalking and weapons offenses. Police say the incident happened at an Oct. 5 meeting for a youth basketball travel team at Matawan-Aberdeen Middle School.




Appeals court to hear case of ex-Saints star Smith’s killer


NEW ORLEANS (AP) – A Louisiana appellate court is set to hear the case of Cardell Hayes, convicted of manslaughter for fatally shooting retired New Orleans Saints star Will Smith.


Hayes insisted he shot Smith in self-defense after Smith grabbed a gun and fired as the two argued following a 2016 traffic collision. No one else testified Smith held a gun. A handgun was found loaded but unused in Smith’s car.


Hayes is serving a 25-year sentence.


Arguments before Louisiana’s 4th Circuit Court of Appeal were set for Wednesday afternoon. An immediate ruling was not expected.


Hayes’s attorneys say a judge should have granted a new trial because a witness who contacted the defense a day after Hayes’ conviction said he had heard two guns at the time of the shooting.




Snitker, Melvin top skippers


NEW YORK (AP) – The Atlanta Braves and Oakland Athletics were among the top surprises in the majors this year. Their skippers have been awarded for it.


Brian Snitker has been named the National League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, which gave the American League’s top honor to A’s manager Bob Melvin.


Snitker won 90 games and the NL East title with a club that lost 90 games in 2017. He was the lone skipper to be named on all 30 ballots, receiving 17 first-place votes and 116 points. Milwaukee’s Craig Counsell was second with 99 points, while Colorado’s Bud Black finished third with 41.


Melvin and the A’s won 97 games just a year after an 87-loss campaign, finishing second in the AL West before losing to the Yankees in the wild-card game. It’s the third time He has won the award, all with the Athletics.


Melvin received 18 first-place votes and 121 points from the BBWAA. Boston’s Alex Cora was second with 79 points, 22 more than Kevin Cash of Tampa Bay.


In other MLB news:


– Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright has had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee for an injury that kept him out of the World Series. Wright was removed from the Division Series roster following the opener against the New York Yankees, a day after reinjuring his left knee during a workout.


– Major League Baseball is investigating claims made against the Mariners by the team’s recently-fired training and conditioning director, who said team management had disparaged Latino players. The Mariners denied the allegations in a statement following the social media postings from Lorena Martin. She claimed general manager Jerry Dipoto, manager Scott Servais and director of player development Andy McKay had called Latino players “lazy, dumb and stupid, especially the Dominicans.”


– Ryosuke Kikuchi drove in the go-ahead run as Japan rallied with four runs in the top of the ninth inning to beat the MLB All-Stars 5-3 and take a 3-1 lead in their six-game exhibition series on Tuesday. The ninth-inning comeback started when Kirby Yates walked leadoff batter Kazuki Tanaka, who stole second and scored on Seiji Uebayashi’s single to center to cut the MLB lead to 3-2.