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November 20, 2019
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November 20, 2019
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Update on the latest in sports:




LeBron sets triple-double mark, Lakers hold off OKC 112-107


LOS ANGELES (AP) – LeBron James became the first player in NBA history to record a triple-double against every team in the league, and Anthony Davis scored 34 points during the Los Angeles Lakers’ fifth straight victory, 112-107 over the Oklahoma City Thunder Tuesday night.


James posted 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to boost the NBA-leading Lakers, who have won 12 of 13 after a perfect four-game homestand.


James is fifth in NBA history with 86 triple-doubles, but the four players in front of him – Oscar Robertson, Russell Westbrook, Lakers great Magic Johnson and Lakers assistant coach Jason Kidd – hadn’t done it against 30 different teams.


Dennis Schroder scored 20 of his season-high 31 points in a phenomenal first half for the Thunder, who have lost four of five despite two solid performances at Staples Center. Danilo Gallinari added 25 points in his former home arena, and Nerlens Noel had 15.


In other NBA action:


– Jrue Holiday had 22 points and 10 assists, Brandon Ingram added 21 points, and the New Orleans Pelicans spoiled Carmelo Anthony’s Portland debut with a 115-104 victory over the Trail Blazers. Anthony scored the Blazers’ first points of the game on a 3 from 26 feet out, but wound up missing 10 of 14 shots and finishing with 10 points in what was the first game of his 17th NBA season. Portland’s Damian Lillard sat out with back spasms.


-Alec Burks scored a season-high 29 points, Glenn Robinson III added 20 as the Golden State Warriors snapped a seven-game losing streak with a commanding 114-95 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. Marquese Chriss and Eric Paschall added 17 points each for the Warriors. Draymond Green was just short of his 24th career triple-double with 8 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.


-Bogdan Bogdanovic set career highs with 31 points and seven 3-pointers, and the Sacramento Kings beat the Phoenix Suns 120-116. Richaun Holmes had 20 points and 15 rebounds, Nemanja Bjelica (neh-MAHN’-yah bee-eh-LEET’-zuh) scored 17 points and Harrison Barnes added 15 for Sacramento. The Kings have won four of five.




– Udoka Azubuike pounded home 21 points, Devon Dotson added 19 and fourth-ranked Kansas weathered East Tennessee State’s second-half charge to escape with a 75-63 victory. Marcus Garrett added 13 points for the Jayhawks, who led by as many as 18 early in the game before the Pirates closed within 61-56 with just over 5 minutes to go. Bo Hodges led the Pirates with 22 points.


– Jalen Smith had 17 points and eight rebounds, and No. 6 Maryland used its depth and balance to wear down Fairfield in a 74-55 victory. Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 12 points to pass James Gist and move into the Top 20 on Maryland’s career scoring list with 1,424.


– Ryan Woolridge scored 19 points as No. 8 Gonzaga topped Texas-Arlington 72-66. Admon Gilder added 17 points for the Bulldogs on Tuesday night, while Killian Tillie chipped in 15. Jabari Narcis led the Mavericks with 16 points and three blocks.




Pastrnak, Grzelcyk score 2 each, Bruins beat Devils 5-1


NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – David Pastrnak and Matt Grzelcyk (GRIHZ’-lihk) scored two goals apiece, and Brad Marchand added three assists to lead the Boston Bruins over the New Jersey Devils 5-1 on Tuesday night.


Tuukka Rask (TOO’-kah rask) made 25 saves and New Jersey native Connor Clifton added a goal as the Bruins beat the Devils for the eighth time in nine meetings.


Blake Coleman scored for New Jersey, which was looking for its first three-game winning streak since December 2018. Mackenzie Blackwood made 23 saves in starting for the 12th time in 14 games.


Pastrnak has an NHL-high 19 goals in 21 games, including 17 in his last 16 contests. Grzelcyk had six career goals in his first 149 games in the NHL. The defenseman had his first two-goal game in No. 150.
In other Tuesday night action:


– Oskar Sundqvist and David Perron scored to lead the St. Louis Blues past the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1, spoiling Pat Maroon’s much-anticipated return after helping his hometown team to a Stanley Cup title last season. Maroon, a St. Louis native, made his first trip back to the city since signing a one-year contract with the Lightning in the offseason.


– Nino Niederreiter had a goal and an assist, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 for their fourth straight victory. Andrei Svechnikov and Martin Necas also scored as Carolina earned the franchise’s first sweep of a regular-season road trip of at least three games. Sebastian Aho had an empty-netter, and Petr Mrazek made 30 saves.


– Patrik Laine and Nikolaj Ehlers scored, Connor Hellebuyck made 38 saves and the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Nashville Predators 2-1. The teams are heading in opposite directions in the tough Central Division. Winnipeg has won three in a row and five of six. The reeling Predators have lost five straight and seven of eight.


– Anthony Duclair had two goals and an assist, and the Ottawa Senators held on to beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3. John Gabriel Pageau and Brady Tkachuk also scored for Ottawa. Anders Nilsson made 35 saves, including 15 in the third period when the Senators were outshot 16-3.


– Aleksander Barkov and Brett Connolly each had a goal and an assist to lift the Florida Panthers over the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2. The Panthers are 6-2-1 in their past nine games. Morgan Frost scored a goal in his first NHL game and Travis Sanheim also scored for the Flyers, who have lost four straight.


– Zach Parise scored twice, Alex Stalock made 30 saves and the Minnesota Wild beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1. Jason Zucker had a goal and an assist, and Jonas Brodin also scored for the Wild, who improved to 4-2-1 in their last seven. Buffalo is on a 1-6-2 skid and battling injuries at the forward position following 9-2-1 start.


– Pierre Luc-Dubois had a three-point night, and rookie Emil Bemstrom added a goal and an assist, to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets over the Montreal Canadians 5-2 Tuesday.


– Brock Nelson’s second goal of the game 2:55 into overtime capped a frantic comeback to lift the New York Islanders over the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-4 to extend their unbeaten streak to 15 games. The Islanders trailed by two late in the third period before goals by Josh Bailey and Ryan Pulock in the final 4:29 of regulation forced overtime.


– Andre Burakovsky extended his recent surge with two more goals, leading the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-2 victory over the slumping Calgary Flames. That’s five goals in the last three games for the 24-year-old left wing, who on this night took advantage of a promotion to Colorado’s top line and a chance to skate with Nathan MacKinnon and Joonas Donskoi. Calgary has lost five straight.


– Jamie Benn scored twice, Ben Bishop made 32 saves and the Dallas Stars beat the Vancouver Canucks 6-1 for their fourth straight victory. The Stars have a nine-game point streak and are 11-1-1 in their last 13 games. Benn has three goals in the last two games after scoring only once in his first 20 games. He also assisted on Justin Dowling’s third goal in four games.


– Connor McDavid had a goal and two assists for his third straight game with at least three points, Leon Draisaitl extended his point streak to 13 games and the Edmonton Oilers snapped the San Jose Sharks’ six-game winning streak with a 5-2 victory. McDavid assisted on goals by Zack Kassian and James Neal to stake the Oilers to a 4-1 lead after two periods and then capped another big night with an insurance goal in the third.


– Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 saves for his 450th win, including a diving stop late in the game, and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2. Fleury is three wins behind New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist for sixth place on the career list.




Nets’ Irving to miss 3rd straight game with shoulder injury


NEW YORK (AP) – Brooklyn guard Kyrie Irving will miss a third straight game with a right shoulder injury. The Nets said Tuesday that the All-Star guard wouldn’t play Wednesday when they host Charlotte.
Brooklyn beat Chicago on Saturday in its first game without Irving, but lost Monday to Indiana in its return home after a five-game road trip. The Nets are also without their other starting guard, as Caris LeVert had surgery on his right thumb.




Dolphins release Walton, citing police matter


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – The Miami Dolphins have released troubled running back Mark Walton, saying he had been involved in an unspecified police matter.


Tuesday’s announcement came as the second-year player served a four-game suspension for violating NFL conduct and substance abuse policies.


The suspension stemmed from Walton being arrested three times last offseason in his hometown of Miami. He was sentenced in August to six months’ probation after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor weapons charge. Other charges, including marijuana possession and reckless driving, were dismissed.
In other NFL news:


– Antonio Brown has apologized to the Patriots and team owner Robert Kraft for any negative attention he brought to the team during his brief stint in New England. The four-time All-Pro receiver posted his apology on Instagram Tuesday. It comes on the heels of past posts in which he indicated he’d fight the Patriots’ decision to withhold a $9 million signing bonus.


– The Browns have placed starting safety Morgan Burnett on injured reserve with a torn Achilles tendon, another setback for Cleveland’s defense. Burnett got hurt during Thursday night’s victory over Pittsburgh.


– Kickers across the NFL also are struggling to put the ball through the uprights. Kickers are converting only 79.7 percent of field goals, the league’s lowest conversion rate since 2003 when they hit just 79.2 percent. Nobody can explain why, though injuries have been an issue.




Manfred says has broad authority for Astros discipline


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred hopes the investigation into sign stealing by the Houston Astros will be completed by next season and says he has broad authority to impose discipline beyond fines, the loss of amateur draft picks and taking away international signing bonus pool allocation.


Oakland pitcher Mike Fiers (FY’-urz) said that when he was with Houston in 2017, the Astros stole signs during home games by using a camera positioned in center field. That’s according to a report by The Athletic last week.


Speaking Tuesday ahead of an owners’ meeting, Manfred called the allegation a “most serious matter.” He said discipline could extend beyond fines and amateur signings.


In other MLB news:


– Japanese pitcher Shun Yamaguchi says he wants to move to Major League Baseball through the posting system. Yamaguchi led Japan’s Central League in wins, strikeouts and winning percentage this season. The 32-year-old right-hander would become the first player from Tokyo’s Yomiuri Giants to pursue a career in the majors through the posting system.


– Veteran outfielder Gerardo Parra has agreed to a contract with the Yomiuri Giants. The 32-year-old Parra was a clubhouse catalyst for the World Series champion Washington Nationals, hitting .250 with eight home runs and 42 RBIs in 89 games for the Nats after spending the first 30 games of the season with the San Francisco Giants. He has a career .276 batting average with 88 home runs and 522 RBIs over 11 seasons in the major leagues.




Alabama man charged in killing of rival college football fan


LITTLEVILLE, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama sheriff says two football fans “got into it” while watching the Louisiana State University-Alabama game and one is accused of fatally shooting the other during a fight.
Colbert County Sheriff Frank Williamson tells the Florence TimesDaily that a group gathered to watch the Nov. 9 game at David Allen Fulkerson’s home in Littleville. James Michael Roland Merritt was cheering for LSU, who beat Alabama that day 46-41.


Court documents say the fight escalated when Fulkerson thought Merritt called him an expletive.


Williamson says Fulkerson shot Merritt and added that alcohol was a “big” factor. Fulkerson contends he acted in self-defense during the fight.


News outlets report Merritt died Friday after nearly a week on life support. Fulkerson is charged with murder.


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