Ravens top sputtering Saints…Bills crush Jets in Motown
UNDATED (AP) — Drew Brees (breez) threw for 420 yards and three touchdowns on Monday night, but his one interception proved costly.
Will Hill brought back an interception 44 yards for a touchdown that put the Baltimore Ravens ahead to stay in a 34-27 win over the Saints in New Orleans.
Justin Forsett rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns as the Ravens completed a four-game sweep of NFC South opponents. Steve Smith caught four passes for 89 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown catch that helped the 7-4 Ravens stay a half-game behind first-place Cincinnati in the AFC North.
The Saints are 4-7 following their third straight loss.
Meanwhile, the Buffalo Bills certainly made themselves at home in Detroit.
Kyle Orton threw for two touchdowns and the Bills’ defense allowed just 218 yards in a 38-3 laugher against the New York Jets. Orton was 24 of 32 for 230 yards and no interceptions to help the displaced Bills dominate in Motown.
Heavy snow in the Buffalo area moved the game to Detroit, but there were plenty of Bills fans in attendance at Ford Field. Scott Chandler acknowledged Buffalo fans by catching a 19-yard scoring pass before mimicking a shoveling motion in the end zone.
The Bills improved to 6-5 with the victory.
Browns safety doubtful for season
UNDATED (AP) —Cleveland Browns starting safety Tashaun Gipson’s season could be over after he sustained a severely sprained right knee while colliding with teammate Joe Haden in Sunday’s win over Atlanta.
Gipson leads the NFL with six interceptions.
Browns coach Mike Pettine (PET’-ihn) said Monday that the team has not yet decided whether to place Gipson on injured reserve.
In other NFL injuries:
— Houston quarterback Ryan Mallett is being evaluated for an undisclosed injury. Texans coach Bill O’Brien wouldn’t say what the injury was, but there are reports that Mallett has a torn pectoral muscle.
— The Kansas City Chiefs have placed Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry on the non-football illness list after a mass was discovered in his chest following Thursday night’s game in Oakland. Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder says there has been no definitive diagnosis, but the leading possibility is lymphoma.
—Oakland Raiders receiver Rod Streater has returned to practice for the first time since breaking his left foot two months ago.
— The Washington Redskins have placed special teams captain Adam Hayward on injured reserve with a knee injury, ruling him out for the season.
Browns looking into alleged fight involving Manziel’s entourage
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland police say a Browns fan who says he wanted to give Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL’) “a hug” was struck by the rookie quarterback’s entourage at a downtown hotel and was left with a swollen eye and lip. The fan said he took one step toward Manziel and was punched by a man before he was struck several times in the face and “pushed and attacked” by a group of unidentified men who were with Manziel. The man who threw the first punch said the fan tried to assault Manziel.
Sandoval, Ramirez to Red Sox
UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have reconstructed the left side of their infield by opening their checkbook.
Free-agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval is leaving the World Series-champion San Francisco Giants for the Red Sox. And a baseball official with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press the Bosox also have worked out a free-agent contract with shortstop Hanley Ramirez. The official confirmed both deals on the condition of anonymity because the players hadn’t passed a physical.
Sandoval’s agent confirmed the popular player known in the Bay Area as “Kung Fu Panda” had a contract in place with the Red Sox.
Sandoval hit .279 with 16 homers and 73 RBIs in 157 regular-season games for the Giants and .366 in the postseason with seven doubles and five RBIs, four during the World Series against Kansas City. A person with knowledge of that proposal told The Associated Press that Sandoval had pondered an offer from the Giants worth close to $100 million over five years before accepting Boston’s proposal.
Ramirez hit .283 with 13 homers and 71 RBIs in 128 games for the Dodgers last season. The 10-year major league veteran has played fewer than 94 games four times over the last six seasons due to various injuries.
— The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired right-hander Juan Nicasio (nih-KAH’-see-oh) from the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The 28-year-old Nicasio was 6-6 with a 5.38 ERA for the Rockies last season.
— A person with knowledge of the deal had told The Associated Press that Kyle Seager has agreed to a $100 million, seven-year contract with Seattle. Seager is coming off his first All-Star game selection and his first Gold Glove.
— The agent for Josh Willingham says the 35-year-old outfielder is retiring after 11 major league seasons. Willingham hit .215 with 14 homers and 40 RBIs in 364 plate appearances this year with Minnesota and Kansas City.
— Pitchers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz are among 17 newcomers on baseball’s 2015 Hall of Fame ballot. Craig Biggio tops 17 holdovers on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot announced Monday. That group includes Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines.
— Former left-handed pitcher Ray Sadecki (sah-DEK’-ee) has died from complications of blood cancer at age 73. Sadecki was a 20-game winner in helping the Cardinals capture the 1964 World Series. He also went to the World Series with the 1973 New York Mets and compiled a 135-131 career record with a 3.78 ERA.
Sixers, Blazers keep streaks intact
UNDATED (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers are just one game away from tying the club record for longest season-opening losing streak.
The 76ers are 0-14 after LaMarcus Aldridge had 15 of his 33 points during the pivotal third quarter that pushed Portland past Philadelphia 114-104. Wesley Matthews added 17 points, Damian Lillard had 17 and Robin Lopez chipped in 12 as the Trail Blazers won their eighth in a row.
The Sixers will look to avoid an 0-15 opening when they host Brooklyn on Wednesday. They also are just four losses from tying the 2009-10 Nets, who set an NBA record by beginning the season 0-18.
Elsewhere in the NBA:
— Cleveland’s four-game losing streak is over after LeBron James delivered 29 points and 11 assists in a 106-74 rout of Orlando. James had 16 points and four assists in the first quarter alone, hours after saying, “I stink,” when describing his performance this season.
— Jonas Valanciunas (YOH’-nuhs val-ehn-CHOO’-nihs) had a career-high 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead Toronto’s fifth straight win, 104-100 over Phoenix. DeMar DeRozan added 23 points as the Raptors improved to 9-1 at home and 4-0 against Western Conference opponents.
— Blake Griffin and Chris Paul each had double-doubles and the Los Angeles Clippers drained 15 of their 32 3-point attempts in a 113-92 rout of the Hornets in Charlotte. Griffin finished with 22 points and a season-high 16 rebounds, while Paul had 22 points and a season-best 15 assists to help the Clippers send the Hornets to their sixth straight loss.
— James Harden had 36 points and Houston improved to 11-3 with a 91-86 victory over the slumping New York Knicks. Harden had half of the Rockets’ 14 3-pointers to overwhelm the Knicks, who played the second half without star forward Carmelo Anthony due to back spasms.
— Chicago got past Utah 97-95 as Jimmy Butler scored 25 points and Pau Gasol added 23 points and nine rebounds. Derrick Rose scored 18 points in his return to the Bulls’ lineup.
— Donald Sloan scored 29 points and six other Indiana Pacers scored in double figures in a 111-100 victory at Dallas. Indiana got a double-double from Luis Scola, who scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Taylor sorry, will not appeal
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — An apologetic Jeffery Taylor says he will not appeal the NBA’s 24-game suspension following his guilty plea on domestic violence charges.
The Hornets forward says he takes “full responsibility” for his actions and deemed NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s punishment “appropriate.”
UNDATED (AP) — Second-ranked Arizona is 4-0 after winning its opening game at the Maui Invitational.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Brandon Ashley each scored 15 points to lead the Wildcats to a 72-53 win over Missouri. Freshman Stanley Johnson added 14 points for the Wildcats, who held the Tigers to 36 percent shooting while scoring 24 points off 17 turnovers.
Checking out the rest of the top-25 finals:
— Sixth-ranked Louisville opened on a 29-0 run and crushed Savannah State 87-26. Montrezl Harrell had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Cardinals, who held the Tigers to 7.7 percent shooting in the first half.
— Brannen Greene and Perry Ellis had 17 points apiece as 11th-ranked Kansas whipped Rider, 87-60. Cliff Alexander had 10 points and four rebounds.
— Villanova won a matchup of ranked teams as JayVaughn Pinkston scored 15 points and Darrun Hilliard had 14 to lead the 12th-ranked Wildcats past No. 14 Virginia Commonwealth 77-53. The Wildcats used a 16-0 run early in the second half to bust this one open and advance to the Legends Classic final against Michigan at the Barclays Center. The 19th-ranked Wolverines advanced with a 70-63 win against Oregon as Zak Irwin scored 19 points and Caris LeVert provided 18.
— No. 15 San Diego St. won its opening-round game at the Maui Invitational by rallying in the second half and the first overtime and outlasting BYU 92-87 in double-overtime. Ageel Quinn dropped in 22 points, Winston Shepard had 18 points and eight rebounds, and J.J. O’Brien delivered 13 points, nine boards and seven assists.
— Georges Niang (johrj nee-ANG’) scored 28 points and reserve Dustin Hogue chipped in 17 as No. 13 Iowa State beat Alabama 84-74 to reach the CBE Classic championship game. Naz Long also scored 15 points for the 3-0 Cyclones.
— No. 20 Michigan State crushed Santa Clara 79-52 behind Gavin Schilling’s career highs of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Travis Trice scored 19 points and had eight of his team’s 22 assists.
Longhorns lose guard Taylor to wrist injury
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas point guard Isaiah Taylor has a broken left wrist and will miss an extended period of time for the No. 7 Longhorns.
Texas coach Rick Barnes said he does not know when Taylor will return, but the injury is not season-ending.
T25 BASKETBALL POLL
Kentucky entrenched at No. 1
UNDATED (AP) — Kentucky has strengthened its hold on the top spot in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll this week. The 5-0 Wildcats got 62 of the 65 first-place votes after three wins, including a rout of then No. 5 Kansas.
The other three first-place votes went to Wisconsin, which checks in at No. 2 this week. Arizona, Duke and North Carolina round out the top five. Louisville, Texas, Virginia, Wichita State and Gonzaga are the rest of the top 10.
TOP 25 WOMENS BASKETBALL POLL
New No. 1
UNDATED (AP) — South Carolina takes over as the new No. 1 in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll for the first time in school history.
The Gamecocks received 21 first-place votes, edging Notre Dame for the top spot. The Irish garnered 12 first-place ballots and moved up to second.
UConn drops from first to third following an overtime loss at Stanford last Monday, ending the Huskies’ 22-week run atop the poll. Tennessee and the Cardinal round out the first five.
Pens, Isles win in extra time
UNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins were winners in their first game since suffering back-to-back losses to the surging New York Islanders over the weekend.
Evgeni Malkin scored the tying and winning goals as the Pens pulled out a 3-2 overtime victory in Boston. Malkin tied the game with a power-play goal midway through the third period and won it 32 seconds into the extra session.
Sidney Crosby added a goal and two assists to help the Penguins keep their share of the Metropolitan Division lead.
The New York Islanders stayed tied with Pittsburgh as Frans Nielsen and John Tavares scored shootout goals in a 1-0 triumph over Philadelphia. Jaroslav Halak (hah-LAHK’) turned back 21 shots in the Islanders’ ninth victory in 10 games.
Also on ice:
— Stephen Weiss scored his first two goals of the season in the second period of Detroit’s 4-3 victory against Ottawa. Gustav Nyquist and Riley Sheahan had power-play goals for the Red Wings.
— Jason Zucker scored twice and Nino Niederreiter (NEE’-dur-eye-tur) notched the game-winner in Minnesota’s 4-1 verdict over Florida. Niklas Backstrom stopped 29 shots as the Wild won for the fifth time in six games.
Longtime coach dies
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Former NHL player, coach and executive Pat Quinn has died at age 71, after a long illness.
Quinn played parts of nine seasons in the NHL and went on to enjoy a long coaching career. He coached Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Toronto, leading the Flyers and Canucks to the Stanley Cup finals.
Quinn also guided Canada to the gold medal at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City.
Russian hockey great dies
MOSCOW (AP) — Viktor Tikhonov (TEE’-kah-nahv), the Soviet hockey coach whose teams won three Olympic gold medals but fell to the United States in the “Miracle on Ice,” has died after a long illness. He was 84.
Under Tikhonov, the Soviet “Big Red Machine” was a powerhouse, although it had to settle for the silver medal at the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid after the stunning defeat to the United States.
Tikhonov’s teams went on to win three Olympic gold medals. He also led the Soviet team to eight world championship titles.