T25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Wildcats hammer Jayhawks
UNDATED (AP) — The top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats have passed their first major test of the men’s college basketball season.
The Wildcats are 3-0 after holding Kansas under 20 percent shooting in a 72-40 rout of the fifth-ranked Jayhawks. Dakari Johnson finished with 11 points and Andrew Harrison had 10 in the second game of the Champions Classic at Indianapolis.
The Jayhawks shot just 19.6 percent from the field and were 15 for 27 at the line in their worst offensive performance since a 61-45 loss to Kentucky 16 years ago.
In other top-25 finals:
— Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor (jah-LEEL’ OH’-kah-fohr) scored 17 points on 8 of 10 shooting as the fourth-ranked Blue Devils beat No. 19 Michigan State 81-71 in the State Farm Champions Classic. Okafor also had five rebounds and Quinn Cook delivered 19 points to help Duke improve to 3-0.
— Malcolm Brogdon and Justin Anderson scored 17 points apiece and No. 9 Virginia closed the first half on a 22-6 run to beat South Carolina State 75-55.
— Ron Baker scored 21 points to lead No. 11 Wichita State to a 71-56 win over Memphis, pushing the Shockers’ regular-season win streak to a nation-leading 33 games.
— No. 15 VCU downed Toledo 87-78 as Treveon Graham and Melvin Johnson each scored 22 points
— JJ O’Brien scored all 12 of his points in the second half and finished with 11 rebounds to help No. 16 San Diego State beat 25th-ranked Utah 53-49.
— Kam Williams scored 15 points and Shannon Scott has a career-best 14 assists to lead No. 20 Ohio State past Marquette 74-63.
— Terran Petteway scored 23 points, Shavon Shields added 16 and No. 21 Nebraska shook off a sloppy first half to beat Central Arkansas 82-56.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-CFP RANKING
Tide takes top spot
UNDATED (AP) — The Tide has turned in the latest College Football Playoff ranking.
Alabama has moved from fifth to first with Saturday’s 25-20 win over Mississippi State, which fell from first to fourth. Alabama has won five in a row since a 23-17 loss to Mississippi Oct. 4.
Oregon is second, unbeaten Florida State is third, TCU is fifth and Ohio State sixth.
Players union appealing season-ending suspension for star running back
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings will be without their star running back for at least the rest of this season. That’s after the NFL suspended Adrian Peterson without pay. The player’s union quickly announced an immediate appeal as the Vikings running back remained at the center of an escalating dispute between the league and the NFL Players Association over the player discipline process.
Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL’) told Peterson he will not be considered for reinstatement before April 15 for his violation of the NFL personal conduct policy – the first example of a crackdown on players involved with domestic violence.
Peterson pleaded no contest Nov. 4 to misdemeanor reckless assault in Texas for injuries to his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch. He said he intended no harm, only discipline.
NFL CONCUSSION LAWSUIT
Judge to weigh fairness of NFL concussion deal
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Critics of what could be a $1 billion settlement of NFL concussion lawsuits will have their day in court in Philadelphia today.
Dozens of former players, relatives and lawyers hope to speak to the judge weighing final approval.
The deal was announced last year to settle claims the NFL long hid what it knew about concussion risks.
The NFL expects about 6,000 former players to develop Alzheimer’s disease or dementia in the coming decades. They would get an average $190,000.
Some critics say that’s not enough to cover their needs — especially when the NFL takes in $10 billion each year.
Lead plaintiff Kevin Turner is battling Lou Gehrig’s disease and can’t make the hearing. But he hopes the deal is approved.
Turner says time is of the essence for players like him.
In other NFL news:
— San Francisco 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman was scheduled for his first practice of the season today, officially opening a 21-day window during which the team can decide whether to activate him or place him on injured reserve. The three-time All-Pro sustained a major injury to his left knee in last season’s NFC championship game at Seattle.
— The New Orleans Saints have placed receiver Brandin Cooks and starting free safety Rafael Bush on injured reserve, ending their seasons. Cooks’ agent said that the Saints’ second-leading receiver had surgery on his right thumb yesterday and was expected to be out four to six weeks. The injury occurred in Sunday’s loss to Cincinnati, the same game in which Bush fractured his right leg.
— Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he’s “probably” given up hope of Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy playing this season following the NFL’s decision to suspend Vikings running back Adrian Peterson for the remainder of the year. Hardy was placed on the exempt-commissioner’s permission list Sept. 17, two months after being convicted on two counts of domestic violence.
— The Indianapolis Colts have signed former Pro Bowl return specialist Josh Cribbs and tight end Weslye Saunders. The Colts made the moves after placing running back Ahmad Bradshaw on season-ending injured reserve with a fractured left leg and waiving linebacker Victor Butler.
— The Pittsburgh Steelers have released running back LeGarrette Blount less than 24 hours after Blount left the field early in last night’s win over Tennessee. Blount was in for just one play during Pittsburgh’s comeback 27-24 victory and watched teammate Le’Veon Bell run for 204 yards and a touchdown.
— The Cleveland Browns have released disgruntled running back Ben Tate, two days after he was given the ball just twice in a matchup against his former team, the Houston Texans. Tate signed a two-year, $6.2 million free agent contract in March with Cleveland.
Slugger’s contract backloaded
UNDATED (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton will make just $6.5 million in the first year of his record $325 million, 13-year contract with the Miami Marlins.
The All-Star outfielder will earn $107 million over the first six seasons of the deal, according to contract information obtained by The Associated Press. If he declines to opt out of the contact after the 2020 World Series, he is scheduled to get $29 million apiece in 2021 and ’22, and $32 million in each of the following three seasons before his salary drops to $29 million in 2026 and $25 million in 2027.
In other baseball news:
— Free agent catcher Russell Martin and the Toronto Blue Jays have finalized a five-year, $82 million contract. The three-time All-Star hit .290 with 11 home runs and 67 RBIs last season, while also helping the Pirates to a second straight playoff berth.
— The Chicago White Sox have agreed to a three-year, $15 million pact with left-handed reliever Zach Duke, boosting their bullpen. The 31-year-old flourished in his lone season with Milwaukee, going 5-1 with a 2.45 ERA in a career-high 74 appearances.
— San Francisco pitcher Tim Hudson says next season will probably be his last. The 39-year-old right-hander finally reached and won the World Series in his 16th major league season.
— The Houston Astros have avoided arbitration with outfielder Alex Presley by giving him a one-year contract. The 29-year-old hit. 244 with six homers and 19 RBIs in 89 games for Houston last season.
— A federal judge has threatened to hold Roger Clemens in contempt after his lawyers didn’t provide documents in Brian McNamee’s lawsuit against the seven-time Cy Young Award winner. The judge issued a 13-page order in federal court in Brooklyn on Tuesday telling Clemens to produce by Nov. 26 all documents previously demanded by the court.
Lakers get second win
UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers were able to avoid their 10th loss in 11 games this season by pulling out a victory in Atlanta.
Kobe Bryant poured in 28 points and Carlos Boozer added 20 as the Lakers got past the Hawks 114-109. Bryant converted a three-point play that put the Lakers ahead 108-102 with 71 seconds remaining.
Paul Millsap had a game-high 29 points in the Hawks’ first home loss of the season.
Also in the NBA:
— Milwaukee is above .500 for the first time in 20 months after Ersan Ilyasova had 20 points and Zaza Pachulia (ZAH’-zah pah-CHOOL’-yah) had a double-double in a 117-113 downing of New York. Pachulia added season highs of 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Bucks, who saw a 26-point lead cut to 115-113 before improving to 6-5.
— Anthony Davis dropped in 28 points and had nine boards as New Orleans beat Sacramento 106-100. Ryan Anderson finished with 22 points and Tyreke Evans added 18 to help the Pelicans improve to 6-4.
— Utah beat Oklahoma City 98-81 as Alec Burks had 20 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. Enes Kanter added 16 points and a season-high 15 boards for the Jazz
Predators chew up Leafs
UNDATED (AP) — The Nashville Predators tied a team record for goals in a game while continuing their strong start to the NHL season.
Taylor Beck scored twice and had an assist in the Predators 9-2 dismantling of the Maple Leafs in Toronto. Shea Weber collected three assists, five other Predators had a goal and an assist and nine Nashville skaters produced multi-point games.
It was the third nine-goal game for the Predators, and their first since Mar. 18, 2006 against Calgary. They are 12-4-2 under new coach Peter Laviolette (lah-vee-oh-leht) and one behind the Western Conference-leading Anaheim Ducks.
The Ducks squandered a 2-0 lead in the third period of a 4-3 shootout loss at Calgary. Dennis Wideman scored twice in regulation before Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan funished the Flames’ shootout tallies.
Also on ice:
— Montreal had won six straight before Beau Bennett collected a goal and two assists in Pittsburgh’s 4-0 shutout of the Canadiens. Marc-Andre Fleury posted his league-high fourth shutout of the season with a 27-save effort.
— The Isles bounced back from Saturday’s 5-2 loss at Tampa by downing the Lightning by the same 5-2 score at Nassau Coliseum. Cal Clutterbuck tied it with a short-handed goal before Mikhail Grabovski and Ryan Strome (strohm) scored 63 seconds apart later in the second period.
— Tomas Tatar (tah-TAHR’), Tomas Jurco and Riley Sheahan each had a goal and an assist as Detroit whipped the Blue Jackets 5-0 in Columbus. Jimmy Howard stopped 28 shots in his first shutout of the season and 19th of his career.
— Boston also earned a shutout victory as Tuukka (TOO’-kah) Rask turned back 33 shots in a 2-0 win against St. Louis. Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES’ BEHR’-zhur-ahn) and Torey Krug (kroog) did the scoring to back Rask’s 24th career whitewash.
— Jeff Carter had a goal and an assist while Los Angeles was scoring four times in the second period of a 5-2 win over Florida. Jonathan Quick stopped 29 shots for the Kings.
— Mathieu Perreault (peh-ROH’) and Mark Scheifele (SHYF’-lee) scored less than two minutes apart to give Winnipeg a 2-0 lead in the second period of a 3-1 verdict over New Jersey. Rookie Michael Hutchinson stopped 21 shots and lowered his goals-against average to 1.38 through six games.
— Brian Gionta (JAHN’-tah) had two goals and an assist while Buffalo scored four times on just 14 shots in a 4-1 triumph against San Jose. The Sabres have won eight straight over the Sharks and have their first winning streak of the season after a 3-13-2 start.
— Eric Staal scored twice and set up another goal while Carolina was storming back from a 2-0 deficit in a 6-4 win at Dallas. The Hurricanes ended a three-game losing streak and dealt the Stars their 10th loss in 12 games.
— Washington stopped a two-game skid by downing Arizona 2-1 on Eric Fehr’s (fehrz) goal at 3:16 of overtime. Braden Holtby stopped 23 shots and helped the Capitals kill off the Coyotes’ four power plays.
Penguins defenseman Maatta back after cancer scare
MONTREAL (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta (OH’-lee MAH’-tah) played against Montreal on Tuesday, two weeks after undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his thyroid.
The 20-year-old Maatta underwent surgery at the urging of doctors, who detected the tumor during a preseason physical. Maatta returned to the ice a few days after the procedure. Maatta has one goal and five assists in 11 games for the Penguins.
Ireland beats US
The United States men’s soccer team’s winless streak stretched to four games with a year-ending 4-1 loss to a second-string Ireland team in an international friendly.
Ireland changed all 11 starters from Friday’s 1-0 loss at Scotland in European Championship qualifying and went ahead in the seventh minute when Anthony Pilkington chipped goalkeeper Bill Hamid, who made his second international start and first since January 2012.
CHARLIE SIFFORD-MEDAL OF FREEDOM
Black golfer recognized for breaking barriers
CLEVELAND (AP) — Pioneering black golfer Charlie Sifford will receive the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, on Nov. 24 during a ceremony at the White House.
The 92-year-old Sifford has been compared to Jackie Robinson for finally breaking the PGA’s color line when it reluctantly dropped its “Caucasian only” membership rule in 1961 and issued him full playing privileges on the PGA Tour. Sifford has been credited with opening the doors to other minority golfers. Tiger Woods has long called Sifford his grandfather and has said that were it not for Sifford and other pioneers, he may not have ever played golf.
9-time Le Mans champion Tom Kristensen to retire
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Nine-time Le Mans champion Tom Kristensen says he will retire from racing at the end of the month.
The 47-year-old Dane, one of the greatest endurance racers of all time, says he feels he has “crossed the finish line.”
Kristensen says his last race will be the Six Hours of Sao Paulo in Brazil on Nov. 30.
Kristensen earned his first 24 Hours of Le Mans victory in 1997. He then won six straight from 2000-05, taking him past the six-win record held by Belgian driver Jacky Ickx. He added two more wins in 2008 and 2013.
He has also has won the Sebring 12 Hours six times.