Update on the latest sports
Saints outlast Panthers to pad division lead
UNDATED (AP) – The New Orleans Saints have put themselves in position to clinch the NFC South title as early as next week after escaping with a victory over the second-place Carolina Panthers.
The Saints coughed up a 31-18 lead before Will Lutz drilled a 33-yard field goal as time expired to give New Orleans a 34-31 victory over the Panthers.
Drew Brees (breez) completed 30 of 39 passes for 311 yards and three touchdowns. He led New Orleans from its own 14-yard line with 1:51 left to the Carolina 15 with 3 seconds remaining to set up the winning kick.
Lutz became the hero two minutes after Joey Slye missed a 28-yard field goal attempt for Carolina. Slye also missed an extra point in the third quarter.
Michael Thomas had 10 catches for 101 yards and a touchdown for the 9-2 Saints, including receptions of 14 and 24 yards on the game-winning drive.
Allen passed for 256 yards and three TDs for Carolina, which fell four games behind the Saints with five to play.
Elsewhere in Week 12 of the NFL’s 100th season:
– Jimmy Garoppolo (gah-RAH’-pah-loh) threw two long touchdown passes and the 49ers began a difficult three-game stretch of division-leading opponents by blasting the Packers, 37-8. Garoppolo connected on a 42-yard touchdown strike to Deebo Samuel in the second quarter and a 61-yarder to George Kittle in the third to help San Francisco improve to 10-1. Aaron Rodgers lost a fumble on the opening drive, was sacked five times and was held to 104 yards passing as Green Bay fell to 8-3.
– The Patriots became the first team to hold Dallas without a touchdown this season as New England picked up a 13-9 win over the Cowboys to improve to 10-1. Tom Brady finished 17 of 37 for 190 yards and a TD, with Julian Edelman grabbing eight passes for 93 yards. Ezekiel Elliott rushed 21 times or 86 yards, but the 6-4 Cowboys were just 2 of 13 on third down.
– Rashaad Penny ran for a career-best 129 yards, including a 58-yard touchdown that helped the Seahawks knock off the Eagles, 17-9. Russell Wilson was 13 of 25 for 200 yards, one TD and one pick as Seattle improved to 9-2 overall and 6-0 on the road. Carson Wentz was 33 of 45 for 256 yards and a TD, but he also had two interceptions and lost two fumbles as Philadelphia dropped to 5-6.
– The Bills improved to 8-3 as Josh Allen threw for two touchdowns and Shaq Lawson had two of Buffalo’s four sacks in a 20-3 win over the Broncos. John Brown made a diving 34-yard touchdown catch, and Cole Beasley scored on an 18-yard reception for Buffalo, which hasn’t had a record this good through 11 games since 1996. Frank Gore had 65 yards rushing to up his total to 15,289 and move ahead of boyhood idol Barry Sanders into third on the NFL career list.
– The Titans scored four touchdowns over six offensive plays in the third quarter to turn a close game into an eventual 42-20 romp over the Jaguars. Derrick Henry had two scoring runs just 16 seconds apart for the 6-5 Titans, and rookie receiver A.J. Brown capped the scoring spurt with a 65-yard TD catch that made it 35-3 with 6:57 left in the third quarter. Ryan Tannehill ran for two TDs and threw two TDs to improve to 4-1 as Tennessee’s starter.
– The Raiders’ three-game winning streak is over after Sam Darnold passed for two touchdowns and ran for another in the Jets’ 34-3 rout of Oakland. Darnold was 20 of 29 for 315 yards, including TDs to Robby Anderson and Ryan Griffin as the 4-7 Jets earned their third straight win. Derek Carr was pulled late in the third quarter before the 6-5 Raiders ended a three-game winning streak and fell one game behind the AFC West-leading Chiefs.
– Devlin “Duck” Hodges took over for struggling Mason Rudolph and threw a 79-yard touchdown pass to James Washington that carried the Steelers to a 16-10 victory over the winless Bengals. Rookie Benny Snell Jr. returned from a knee injury and ran for 98 yards for the 6-5 Steelers. Tyler Boyd made a catch and was stripped by Devin Bush at the Steelers 8-yard line in the fourth quarter, preserving the lead and helping Cincinnati fall to 0-11.
– Jarvis Landry had 10 receptions for 148 yards and two touchdowns against his former team in leading the Browns to their third straight win, 41-24 over the Dolphins. Baker Mayfield had 327 yards passing and hit a TD pass to Odell Beckham Jr. Joe Schobert had two interceptions as the Browns moved back into the AFC playoff picture at 5-6.
– Allen Robinson scored a TD and had a season-high 131 yards receiving as the Bears won for the second time in three games, 19-14 over the Giants. Khalil Mack had a strip-sack deep in New York territory to set up Mitchell Trubisky’s two-yard touchdown run that put Chicago ahead 19-7. Trubisky threw for a season-high 278 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions as the 5-6 Bears dealt the 2-9 Giants their seventh consecutive loss.
– Quinton Dunbar intercepted Jeff Driskel in the final minute before Dustin Hopkins hit a tiebreaking, 39-yard field goal with 16 seconds left to push the Redskins past the Lions, 19-16. Rookie Dwayne Haskins finished 13 of 29 for 156 yards and an interception in his first NFL win as Washington ended a four-game skid and moved to 2-9. Driskel was picked off three times as the Lions lost their fourth in a row and fell to 3-7-1.
– Defensive lineman Vita Vea turned receiver to haul in his first career touchdown in the Buccaneers’ 35-22 victory against the Falcons. Jameis (JAY’-mihs) Winston shook off two more interceptions to post his sixth straight 300-yard passing game, completing 18 of 28 for 313 yards and three touchdowns. Chris Godwin had two scoring receptions to help the 4-7 Bucs win for just the second time in their last seven games.
T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL
No. 2 Ohio State gains on LSU
UNDATED (AP) – The latest Associated Press football poll still has LSU at No. 1 following the Tigers’ rout of Arkansas, but second-ranked Ohio State picked up ground by beating previous No. 9 Penn State on Saturday.
LSU claimed 50 first-place votes, while the Buckeyes received nine.
Clemson is third, followed by Georgia and Alabama. Utah, Oklahoma, Florida, Minnesota and Michigan round out the top 10, and Oregon dropped eight spots to 14.
The CFP rankings will be released on Tuesday as its committee has the final say on the semifinalists for the national championship.
Mavs top Rockets to take division lead
UNDATED (AP) – The Dallas Mavericks find themselves atop the NBA’s Southwest Division at 11-5 after leapfrogging over the Houston Rockets.
Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) scored 41 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. added a season-high 31 in the Mavericks’ fifth consecutive win, 137-123 over the Rockets. Doncic scored six consecutive points, capped by a 3-pointer to make it 132-113 with about 3 1/2 minutes to go.
Kristaps Porzingis (KRIHS’-tahps pohr-ZIHN’-gihs) provided 23 points and a team-high 13 rebounds to help the Mavs hand the Rockets their third straight loss since an eight-game winning streak.
James Harden had 32 points for Houston but was just 2 of 15 from beyond the arc as Houston missed 34 of its 44 3-point attempts.
Checking out Sunday’s other NBA action:
– Montrezl (MAHN’-trehz) Harrell tied a career-high with 34 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to send the Clippers to their fifth win in a row, 134-109 over the Pelicans. Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard added 26 points and Paul George hit six of the Clippers’ 16 3-pointers to finish with 18 points.
– The Nuggets got their fifth consecutive win as Paul Millsap scored 23 points and Jamal Murray and Will Barton had 22 apiece in a 116-104 downing of the Suns. Phoenix guard Devin Booker was averaging 26.2 points this month before Denver limited him to 12 on 5 of 13 shooting.
– The Nets pulled out a 103-101 win over the Knicks as Spencer Dinwiddie scored 30 points in another strong start in place of the injured Kyrie Irving. Jarrett Allen had 18 points and 10 rebounds in Brooklyn’s season-high third consecutive win.
– Harrison Barnes matched his season high with 26 points on 7-of-8 shooting in the Kings’ seventh win in 10 games, 113-106 over the Wizards. Bojan (BOY’-ahn) Bogdanovic had 21 points and Buddy Hield (heeld) added 18, including a late 3-pointer that put Sacramento ahead to stay.
T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE
Frosh Morsell lifts Cavaliers
UNDATED (AP) – Seventh-ranked Virginia continued their season-opening stretch of stifling defensive performances, but the Cavaliers almost wasted one in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off title game in Connecticut.
Highly touted freshman Casey Morsell (mohr-SEHL’) scored 19 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:02 remaining to send the Cavs to a 48-45 victory over Arizona State. Morsell made 7 of his 12 shots after making just five baskets on 36 attempts in the Cavaliers first five games.
Mamadi Diakite (MAH’-mah-dee dee-ah-KEE’-tay) added 15 points for the defending national champions, who allowed the Sun Devils to go on a 19-0 run to take a 35-26 lead early in the second half.
Virginia has allowed an average of 42.7 points in winning its first six games.
In Sunday’s other top-25 men’s basketball finals:
– Jordan Nwora scored 18 points and second-ranked Louisville wasted most of a 22-point, second-half lead before pulling out an 82-76 victory against Akron. Steven Enoch added 17 and Ryan McMahon contributed a pair of free throws that gave the Cardinals a six-point edge with 16.8 seconds to play.
– Ninth-ranked Kentucky hammered Lamar, 81-56 as Tyrese Maxey hit four of the Wildcats’ season-high 10 3-pointers while scoring 21 points. Ashton Hagans added 15 points to help Kentucky move to 5-1.
– Freshman Jahmi’us Ramsey scored a career-high 27 points and No. 12 Texas Tech turned a one-point, halftime deficit into a 96-66 rout of LIU-Brooklyn. Ramsey was 5 of 6 from 3-point range and grabbed six rebounds in the third-highest scoring game for a Red Raiders freshman.
– Nico Mannion scored 22 points and Zeke Nnaji chipped in 21 in No. 14 Arizona’s 104-67 pounding of Long Beach State. The Wildcats led by five before hitting 13 of their first 16 shots in the second half, including 6 of 8 3-pointers to take a 72-44 lead.
– Alphonso Anderson scored 10 of his 19 points down the stretch and No. 15 Utah State scored the final 11 points to beat North Texas, 68-59. Justin Bean finished 14 points and 13 rebounds to help the Aggies stay unbeaten.
Keyontae Johnson and Andrew Nembhard had 15 points each and Florida held off 18th-ranked, 70-65 in the Charleston Classic championship. Kerry Blackshear Jr. provided 14 points, grabbed 10 boards and hit a pair of big free throws in the closing seconds.
– No. 23 Colorado was a 56-41 winner over Wyoming behind Tyler Bey’s 11 points and 19 boards. D’Shawn Schwartz had 12 points and Evan Battey hauled in 13 rebounds for the 4-0 Buffaloes.
– Jared Butler scored 10 of his 22 points during the final six minutes of 24th-rated Baylor’s 87-78 victory over No. 17 Villanova. MaCio Teague scored 18 points while Davion Mitchell added 13 to help the 5-1 Bears win their fourth in a row.
– Isaiah Stewart poured in 25 points and had seven rebounds to lead No. 25 Washington to an 88-69 blowout against San Diego. Jaden McDaniels contributed 20 points and Nahziah Carter added 16 with eight boards for the Huskies.
Sabres get much-needed win
UNDATED (AP) – The Buffalo Sabres have struggled since a 9-2-1 start and were in danger of falling to .500 before ending a three-game losing streak on Sunday.
Zemgus Girgensons (ZEHM’-guhs GER’-gehn-suhnz) scored twice and Jack Eichel (EYE’-kul) collected three points in the Sabres’ 5-2 victory over the Panthers in Florida. Eichel has a team-high 29 points after furnishing a goal and two assists, netting the eventual game-winner that put Buffalo ahead, 3-0 early in the second period.
Eichel also set up goals by Victor Olofsson and Jeff Skinner as the Sabres handed the Panthers their second loss in a row.
Linus Ullmark stopped 43 shots and blanked Florida until Noel Acciari (ah-CHAH’-ree) beat him midway through the middle period.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
– James Neal, Alex Chiasson (CHAY’-sahn) and Markus Granlund scored in regulation before Connor McDavid delivered the only shootout goal in the Oilers’ 4-3 win against the Coyotes. Granlund forced OT by collecting a dropped catch from Darcy Kuemper (KEHM’-pur) and scoring on the rebound with 6:48 to play in regulation.
– James Reimer earned his 22nd career shutout with a 19-save effort in the Hurricanes’ 2-0 win against the Red Wings. Sebastian Aho (AH’-hoh) had a goal and an assist and Teuvo Teravainen (TOO’-voh tehr-ah-VY’-nehn) also scored to help Carolina win for the sixth time in seven games.
Arvidsson out 4-6 weeks
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Nashville Predators say forward Viktor Arvidsson will miss four to six weeks with a lower-body injury.
Arvidsson was cross-checked by Robert Bortuzzo early in the first period of the Predators’ 4-2 win over the Blues on Saturday. Bortuzzo was suspended for four games without pay for the infraction.
Busy Braves get backstop d’Arnaud
ATLANTA (AP) – The Atlanta Braves have filled another hole by agreeing to terms with catcher Travis d’Arnaud on a two-year, $16 million contract.
The 30-year-old d’Arnaud spent most of last season in Tampa Bay, where he rekindled his career by hitting .263 with 16 homers in 92 games. He gives the Braves a second veteran catcher to pair with Tyler Flowers.
TENNIS-DAVIS CUP FINALS
Nadal, Bautista Agut give Spain Davis Cup
MADRID (AP) – Spain has captured the Davis Cup for the sixth time by knocking off first-time finalist Canada in Madrid.
Rafael Nadal clinched it for the Spaniards by defeating Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 7-6 and giving his country a sweep of the two final matches. The top-ranked Nadal won all of his eight matches at the revamped competition that debuted a World Cup-style format.
Roberto Bautista Agut (ah-GOO’) opened the final with a straights-sets victory, three days after the death of his father.
Duncan outlasts Simpson for first PGA title
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) – Tyler Duncan sank a 12-foot putt on the second hole of a playoff with Webb Simpson to win the RSM Classic in Georgia for his first PGA Tour title.
Playing two groups ahead of Simpson on Sea Island’s Seaside Course, Duncan birdied three of the last four holes in regulation for a 5-under 65. Simpson birdied 15 and 16 and closed with two pars to match Duncan at 19-under.
Kim’s long birdie worth $1.5 mil
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) – Sei Young Kim sank a 25-foot birdie on the final hole of the CME Group Tour Championship to win $1.5 million, the richest prize in the history of women’s golf.
Kim closed with a 2-under 70 to beat Charley Hull, who birdied her last three holes for a 66.
Kim finished a wire-to-wire victory for her third LPGA Tour title of the year and 10th of her career.