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Lewis, Urlacher, Moss among Hall Class of ’18…Brady takes MVP honors

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Pro Football Hall of Fame will have eight new members this summer.

Hard-hitting linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher have made the Hall on their first try, as did wide receiver Randy Moss. Receiver Terrell Owens and safety Brian Dawkins were also selected by the 47 Hall of Fame voters.

Rounding out the Class of 2018 are contributor Bobby Beathard and senior nominees Jerry Kramer and Robert Brazile.

The NFL also handed out its Associated Press awards.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady received the MVP Award after leading his team to the Super Bowl for the eighth time. The 40-year-old Brady had one of his best seasons with 32 touchdown passes, eight interceptions and a passer rating of 102.8.

Rams running back Todd Gurley ran for 13 touchdowns and caught six TD passes to earn the AP Offensive Player of the Year Award. Gurley finished with 1,305 yards rushing.

The Rams’ Aaron Donald is the first pure defensive tackle to win the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year award since 1999. Donald led all players at his position with 11 sacks and had 58 pressures while usually being double-teamed.

Sean McVay is the AP Coach of the Year after leading the Rams to an 11-5 record and a playoff berth in his first season with the team. Los Angeles made a seven-game improvement and captured its first division title since 2003.

The Saints’ Alvin Kamara has won the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award after rushing for 728 yards with a 6.1-yard average. He scored five rushing touchdowns and also caught 81 passes for 826 yards and five TDs.

Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore is the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year. The Ohio State product had five interceptions and 18 passes defensed in 13 games.

Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen returned from two devastating injuries to win the AP NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award. Allen missed half of the 2015 season with a kidney issue, then was lost in the 2016 season opener with a torn right ACL.

Pat Shurmur has won the Assistant Coach of the Year award for his work with the Vikings. Shurmer has since been hired as head coach of the Giants.

Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly (KEEK’-lee) has won the 2017 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award.



Duke, Kansas taste defeat

UNDATED (AP) – It was a tough afternoon for the nation’s fourth-, seventh- and ninth-ranked men’s basketball teams.

St. John’s had dropped 11 straight before Shamorie Ponds poured in 33 points to lead the Red Storm to an 81-77 stunner against No. 4 Duke at Madison Square Garden. Bashir Ahmed finished with 19 points for St. John’s, which trailed by 10 early in the game before surging ahead with a 15-4 run to start the second half.

Gary Trent Jr. had 22 points for the 19-4 Blue Devils.

Oklahoma State pulled off the other major upset as Kendall Smith capped his 24-point afternoon by hitting the clinching free throws in the closing seconds of an 84-79 triumph over No. 7 Kansas at Lawrence. Cameron McGriff added 20 points and Jeffrey Carroll had 15 for the Cowboys, who built an 18-point first-half lead and dominated the boards in ending their three-game losing streak.

It was the third loss for the Jayhawks in Allen Fieldhouse this season, their most since 1998-99.

Washington pulled out a 78-75 win over ninth-ranked Arizona on Dominic Green’s 3-pointer at the buzzer. Green finished with 14 points off the bench as the Huskies beat the Wildcats for the first time in nine tries.

Checking out Saturday’s other top-25 action:

– De’Andre Hunter scored 15 points and Kyle Guy chipped in 14 as second-ranked Virginia stifled Syracuse, 59-44. The Cavaliers have won 14 straight and are 11-0 in the ACC for the first time since 1980-81.

– Third-ranked Purdue eked out a 78-76 win at Rutgers behind Vincent Edward’s 18 points, seven rebounds and eight assists. Mathis Dakota scored 16 points for the Boilermakers, who blew most of a 15-point, first-half lead before earning their school-record 19th consecutive victory.

– Matt McQuaid scored 12 points and made the decisive 3-pointer with 1:08 to play as No. 5 Michigan State outlasted Indiana, 63-60. The Spartans have won six straight to stay two games behind Purdue in the Big Ten title chase.

– Trevon Bluiett had a season-high 31 points and sixth-ranked Xavier went 10-for-10 from the line in overtime to escape with a 96-91 win against Georgetown. Blueitt converted a four-point play late in regulation before the Musketeers earned their sixth straight win.

– Eighth-ranked Cincinnati owns a 14-game winning streak after Jacob Evans III scored 19 points to lead a 65-57 victory over Connecticut. Kyle Washington added 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Bearcats, who never trailed in improving to 21-2 overall and 10-0 in the American Athletic Conference.

– Jarrett Culver hit four 3-pointers in the first half and scored 20 points as No. 10 Texas Tech knocked off TCU 83-71. The Red Raiders took control with an 18-0 run before halftime and earned their fourth straight win to move into a first-place tie with Kansas in the Big 12.

– Bryce Brown scored 25 points and Mustapha Heron had 23 to lead No. 11 Auburn to a 93-81 win over Vanderbilt.

– Matt Coleman scored 14 of his 22 points in the second half and helped Texas close on a 22-8 run in a 79-74 win against No. 12 Oklahoma.

– No. 13 Saint Mary’s extended its team-record winning streak to 18 games as Jock Landale had 34 points and tied his season high with 18 rebounds in a 65-62 triumph over San Diego.

– Rui Hachimura scored 15 points and Josh Perkins added 14 as No. 14 Gonzaga won its fifth in a row, 68-60 against BYU.

– Sagaba Konate scored 19 points and No. 15 West Virginia ended a three-game losing streak by slamming Kansas State, 89-51.

– No. 18 Tennessee notched its fifth straight win as Grant Williams and Lamonte’ Turner each had 17 points in a 94-61 blowout over Mississippi.

– Luke Maye scored 26 points and No. 19 North Carolina ending its first three-game losing streak in four years by trouncing Pittsburgh 96-65.

– Gabe DeVoe dropped in 24 points and Marcquise Reed provided 10 of his 22 points in the final six minutes to help No. 20 Clemson close out a 75-67 verdict over Wake Forest.

– Missouri beat Kentucky for the first time in 11 tries as Jordan Barnett and Kassius Robertson each scored 16 points to lead the Tigers past the 21st-ranked Wildcats, 69-60.

– Collin Sexton scored 17 points and Alabama rallied from a 10-point deficit to beat No. 23 Florida 68-50.

– Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman made a tiebreaking three-point play with 3.8 seconds left and finished with 17 points as No. 24 Michigan held on to beat Minnesota 76-73 in overtime.



Rockets destroy Cavs

UNDATED (AP) – The Cleveland Cavaliers managed to hold NBA scoring leader James Harden 15 points below his average, but it didn’t stop the Houston Rockets from improve to 11-2 since Jan. 8.

Chris Paul delivered 22 points and 11 assists to lead the Rockets’ 120-88 dismantling of the Cavs. Ryan Anderson finished with 21 points for Houston, which led by 35 in the third quarter and dropped Cleveland to 0-8 in nationally televised games this season.

Harden was held to 16 points, but LeBron James finished with just 11 on 3 of 10 shooting. James sat out the final period as the Cavaliers saw their lead in the Central Division cut to 1 1/2 games over Indiana.

Meanwhile, Denver sent the Warriors to their second loss in three games. Nikola Jokic scored 19 points, grabbed nine rebounds and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:10 remaining as the Nuggets beat the defending champs, 115-108. Will Barton had 25 points for the Nuggets, who rallied from 12 down in the second half to split the four-game season series.

In Saturday’s other NBA action:

– Jimmy Butler scored 30 points and Karl-Anthony Towns recorded his league-leading 47th double-double in the Timberwolves’ 118-107 victory over the Pelicans. Towns contributed 22 points and 16 boards to help Minnesota withstand 38 points by Anthony Davis.

– The Jazz have a five-game winning streak after Ricky Rubio scored a season-high 34 points and added nine assists in a 120-111 downing of the Spurs at San Antonio. Derrick Favors added 14 points and batted down a pass near the 3-point arc before slamming a one-handed dunk to put Utah ahead 114-109.

– Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh) had 19 points, nine rebounds and four assists for the Pacers in a 100-92 win against the 76ers. Philadelphia center Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) played back-to-back days for the first time in his career and finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds.

– The Wizards were 115-98 winners at Orlando behind Bradley Beal’s 18 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Otto Porter scored 20 points and Tomas Satoransky had a career-high 19 in Washington’s fourth consecutive win without injured guard John Wall.

– Ish Smith provided 25 points and Andre Drummond added 23 with 20 rebounds as the Pistons downed the Heat, 111-107. Blake Griffin nailed a key 3-pointer with 44 seconds left and finished with 16 points, nine rebounds and seven assists to help Detroit win its third in a row.

– Tobias Harris scored 24 points in his Clippers debut and Danilo Gallinari also had 24 points as Los Angeles won for the third time in four games, 113-103 over the Bulls. Lou Williams added 21 points and six assists, while Montrezl Harrell scored 14 in helping the Clippers over .500 at 26-25.

– Yogi Ferrell made consecutive 3-pointers to spark a 16-0 run at the start of the fourth quarter, sending the Mavericks to their first win in six games, 106-99. Harrison Barnes scored 18 points and Dwight Powell added 17 points and nine rebounds to help Dallas win in Sacramento for the first time in nearly three years.



Eustachy placed on leave

UNDATED (AP) – Colorado State has placed basketball coach Larry Eustachy (yoo-STAY’-shee) on administrative leave while the school looks into the “climate of the program.”

Athletic director Joe Parker says Eustachy will not coach until the assessment is complete, adding that the university is proceeding as quickly as possible and understands the importance of a thorough and fair process.

Assistant Steve Barnes coached the team Saturday against Nevada.

In other college basketball news:

– The family of Texas basketball star Andrew Jones says he is making “positive strides” in his leukemia treatment. The sophomore guard was the team’s top scorer when he was sidelined for several games with a wrist fracture, Jones was later diagnosed with leukemia after complaining of always feeling tired.



Devils beat Penguins

UNDATED (AP) – The New Jersey Devils were able to leapfrog ahead of Pittsburgh into second place in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division, three points behind Washington.

Travis Zajac scored twice and had an assist as the Devils downed the Penguins, 3-1 at Newark. Neither team scored until Zajac and Blake Coleman scored in the first 3:05 of the second period.

Keith Kincaid needed to make just 15 saves and blanked the Pens before Evgeni Malkin scored 6:16 into the third period.

The Penguins were outshot 38-16 in ending a four-game winning streak.

Elsewhere on NHL ice:

– Nikita Kucherov set up goals by Chris Kunitz (KOO’-nihts) and Victor Hedman while the Lightning took a 2-0 lead less than six minutes into a 4-2 downing of the Canucks. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 31 shots as Tampa Bay kept their five-point lead over second-place Boston in the Atlantic Division.

– Tuukka (TOO’-kah) Rask improved to 18-0-2 in his last 20 starts by turning back 23 shots in Boston’s 4-1 win over Toronto. David Pastrnak and Torey Krug each scored on a power play in the second period and Patrice Bergeron added his team-leading 22nd goal as Boston moved to 16-1-3 in its last 20 games.

– Connor Hellebuyck (HEH’-leh-buhk) stopped 25 shots for his fifth shutout of the season as the Jets beat the Avalanche 3-0. Patrik Laine (LY’-nay) scored his team-leading 24th goal as Winnipeg moved to 5-0-2 in its last seven to keep their two-point lead over Nashville in the Central Division.

– The Predators got two goals from Kevin Fiala and 20 saves from Pekka Rinne (PEH’-kuh REE’-nay) in a 5-2 win over the Rangers. P.K. Subban, Colton Sissons and Viktor Arvidsson also scored to help Nashville improve to 8-1-1 in its last 10 games.

– St. Louis nipped Buffalo 1-0 as Carter Hutton made 27 saves in his third shutout of the season and 11th of his career. Carl Gunnarson’s goal with 5:41 left allowed Hutton to improve to 9-1-1 in his last 11 games.

– Mattias Janmark, Stephen Johns and Jamie Benn scored in a 2:51 span of the second period before the Stars completed a 6-1 romp over the Wild. Tyler Seguin (SAY’-gihn) had a goal and two assists as Dallas won its second straight.

– Third-period goals by Jordan Eberle and Brock Nelson sent the Islanders past the Blue Jackets, 4-3. Jaroslav Halak (YAH’-roh-slahv hah-LAHK’) made 25 of his 46 saves in the first period to help New York win for the first time in three games since the All-Star break.

– Mike Hoffman scored the lone shootout goal in the sixth round to push the Senators past the Flyers, 4-3. Ottawa was moments away from a 3-2 victory until Nolan Patrick scored with 2.6 seconds left in the third period.

– The Kings blasted the Coyotes 6-0 as Darcy Kuemper handled 27 shots in his 10th career shutout. Trevor Lewis scored a short-handed goal and Jake Muzzin (MUH’-zihn) tallied on a power play to help Los Angeles win its second straight since a five-game skid.

– Calgary erased deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 before Sean Monahan scored 59 seconds into overtime to send the Flames past the Blackhawks 4-3. Michael Frolik tied the game midway through the third period, and Monahan’s 24th of the season ended the Flames’ six-game losing streak.

– Defenseman Jeff Petry scored twice and the Canadiens halted a three-game skid by whipping the Ducks, 5-2. Antti Niemi (AN’-tee nee-EH’-mee) stopped 43 shots for Montreal.

– Jonathan Huberdeau scored with just eight seconds left in regulation to give the Panthers a 3-2 win against the Red Wings. Aaron Ekblad scored once and set up the game-winner in Florida’s third consecutive victory.



SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Rickie Fowler birdied the last three holes to grab the lead through three rounds of the PGA’s Phoenix Open.

Fowler fired a 4-under 67 in front of almost 217,000 spectators, the largest crowd in golf history. His 14-under total puts him one ahead of Former Arizona State players Jon Rahm and Chez Reavie, along with Bryson DeChambeau.

Phil Mickelson is two shots back.



Giles, Hechavarria win arbitration cases, Osuna loses

UNDATED (AP) – Major league players are now 5-2 in arbitration.

Houston closer Ken Giles and Tampa Bay shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria have won their salary arbitration cases, while Toronto closer Roberto Osuna lost.

Giles got a raise from $555,100 to $4.6 million, $400,000 more than Houston’s offer after going 1-3 with a 2.30 ERA and 34 saves in 38 opportunities.

Hechavarria was awarded $5.9 million, instead of the $5.35 million offered by the Rays. He hit a combined .261 with eight homers and 30 RBIs with the Marlins and Rays last season.

Osuna will make $5.3 million after asking for $5.8 million. He made $552,400 last year while going 3-4 with a 3.38 ERA and 39 saves.Osuna also leading the majors with 10 blown saves.



Dozens assaulted by Nassar while FBI knew about allegations

DETROIT (AP) – The New York Times is reporting that at least 40 girls and women say they were molested by a Michigan sports doctor over a 14-month period, and that the FBI was aware that Larry Nassar had been accused of molesting elite gymnasts.

The Times says the FBI became aware of Nassar in July 2015. But he wasn’t publicly exposed until The Indianapolis Star published allegations by a victim in 2016.


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