Update on the latest sports

November 03, 2017 - 8:54 am


Jets rout Bills on Thursday night

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Matt Forte (for-TAY') ran for two touchdowns four days after complaining the Jets didn't run the ball enough, and an overwhelming defense sacked Tyrod Taylor seven times Thursday night in New York's 34-21 demolition of the Buffalo Bills.

Buffalo came in having scored 64 points in its last two wins, but self-destructed with turnovers and miscues. New York snapped a three-game slide in which it held leads in each defeat.

Forte scored on runs of 10 and 5 yards and had 14 carries for 77 yards. Augmenting that was Bilal Powell with a 51-yard burst and 74 yards on nine carries. Quarterback Josh McCown got in on the fun with a 10-yard scramble to open the scoring and New York rushed for 194 yards overall.

Jordan Jenkins had two of the Jets' sacks as they never allowed Buffalo's offense to get on track.

The Bills fell to 5-3 while the Jets improved to 4-5.

In other NFL news:

— Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck will be placed on injured reserve. Luck was "shut down" three weeks ago after complaining of soreness in his surgically repaired throwing shoulder.

— The San Francisco 49ers are placing leading receiver Pierre Garcon on injured reserve for the remainder of the season with a neck injury. The team says Garcon has a non-displaced fracture of the C5 pedicle. Garcon led the team with 40 catches for 500 yards before getting hurt last weekend in Philadelphia.

— Lawyers for the NFL say Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has no chance of success with his latest attempt to delay a six-game suspension. The lawyers made the argument Thursday in papers submitted to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The court is considering whether to weigh in on Elliott's suspension for domestic violence allegations.

— Two people familiar with the situation tell The Associated Press that Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson sustained a season-ending knee injury in practice on Thursday. The people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, say the rookie suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in one of his knees and will go on the injured reserve.

— Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali returned to practice for the first time since the end of last season, though it's unclear when he will be activated from the physically unable to perform list. Hali's return Thursday begins a three-week window in which the Chiefs must decide whether to activate Hali or shut him down for the season.


Thompson, Durant lead Warriors past injury-riddled Spurs

UNDATED (AP) — Klay Thompson scored 27 points, Kevin Durant had 24 and the Golden State Warriors overcame a lethargic first half to beat the injury-riddled San Antonio Spurs 112-92 on Thursday night.

Steph Curry added 21 points for Golden State in its first meeting against the Spurs since sweeping the Western Conference finals en route to the NBA title.

The Spurs played without Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker, as they did in the conference finals. Unlike those blowout victories, Golden State struggled to close out San Antonio.

Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points and 10 rebounds, continuing his resurgent season. Kyle Anderson added 16 points in place of Leonard, whose return from an injured right quadriceps is still undetermined.

In other NBA action:

— Damian Lillard made a 3-pointer with 0.7 seconds left and the Portland Trail Blazers extended their winning streak over the Los Angeles Lakers to 13 games with a 113-110 victory. Lillard finished with 32 points, and Portland snapped a two-game skid. Jusuf Nurkic added 28 points for Portland. Brook Lopez had 27 points and rookie Kyle Kuzma added a season-high 22 for the Lakers, who were short-handed after Larry Nance Jr. injured his left hand in the second half.


No timetable for Hayward's return

UNDATED (AP) — Gordon Hayward is working his way back from a horrific leg injury. But the Boston Celtics forward has no timetable for his return. Hayward broke his left leg in the season opener, less than three weeks ago.

— Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson could be out for a month because of a strained left calf. He was injured in the second quarter of Wednesday night's loss to Indiana and left Quicken Loans Arena on crutches. The team said he had an MRI on Thursday and is projected to return in three to four weeks.

— The NBA says it will hold its draft lottery in Chicago next spring. The league announced Thursday the event will be held outside of New York or New Jersey for the first time on May 15. It will be followed by the draft combine May 16-20 in Chicago, where it has been conducted for years.


Eller scores twice, adds assist as Caps beat Isles 4-3

UNDATED (AP) — Lars Eller scored two goals, including the winner, and had an assist to help the Washington Capitals beat the New York Islanders 4-3 on Thursday night.

Eller was arguably the best player on the ice, drawing two penalties and committing one as part of an eventful outing. The Danish center's play helped Washington escape despite being outshot 38-19 and 16-2 in the third period.

Braden Holtby made 35 saves, including many in the third while the Islanders were pouring it on. Taylor Chorney and Alex Chiasson each scored his first goal of the season for the Capitals.

New York's Anders Lee scored twice and John Tavares got his 12th goal of the season, one behind Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov for the NHL lead. Jaroslav Halak made 15 saves.

Other finals from around the league:

— Sean Kuraly scored his first career goal to snap a tie midway through the third period, sending the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights. Kuraly got to a rebound during a scrum in front of the Vegas net after a shot by Torey Krug with 10:07 left, restoring Boston's lead and helping the Bruins to avoid being swept by the expansion Golden Knights in their inaugural season.

— Mark Stone had a goal and an assist and Craig Anderson made 24 saves in the Ottawa Senators' 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Alex Burrows and Nate Thompson also scored to help the Senators rebound from an 8-3 home loss to Montreal on Monday night.

— J.T. Miller scored 1:19 into overtime and the New York Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1. Miller skated around defenseman Anton Stralman and beat Andrei Vasilevskiy (vah-sihl-EHV'-skee). New York also got a goal from Chris Kreider, and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 shots

— Oliver Bjorkstrand and Josh Anderson each scored twice to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets over the Florida Panthers 7-3. Boone Jenner, Tyler Motte and Markus Hannikainen also had goals for the Blue Jackets, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 31 saves. The Panthers lost their third straight.

— Matt Cullen scored his first goal of the season on his 41st birthday, giving the sputtering Minnesota Wild a welcome spark on the way to a 6-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Cullen added an assist during Minnesota's three-goal first period. Nino Niederreiter and Tyler Ennis also scored to send struggling Montreal goalie Carey Price into the first intermission with a 3-0 deficit. The Wild have won six straight games against the Canadiens, outscoring them 25-9.

— Mark Scheifele had a hat trick, Patrik Laine scored his first goal in five games and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Dallas Stars 5-2 to extend their points streak to six games. The Jets have won three straight to improve to 6-3-2. They are 4-0-2 on the points streak.

— Michal Neuvirth made 33 saves and Brandon Manning broke a scoreless tie with a second-period goal to lead the Philadelphia Flyers over the St. Louis Blues 2-0. Claude Giroux added an empty-net goal with 5.4 seconds left in Philadelphia's first shutout of the season.

— Benoit Pouliut had two goals and an assist, and the Buffalo Sabres held off Arizona's furious late charge to beat the Coyotes 5-4. Kyle Okposo had a goal and an assist to help the Sabres build a 5-1 lead in the third period in a battle of the worst teams from each conference. But Arizona scored three goals in the final eight minutes, pulling within one on Christian Dvorak's goal with an extra attacker and 52 seconds left.

— Semyon Varlamov stopped a career-high 57 shots, Blake Comeau scored the first of Colorado's three second-period goals over a 3:33 span and the Avalanche beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3. Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen also scored in the second for Colorado. Carl Soderberg added a goal, and Patrik Nemeth got his first NHL goal as the Avalanche improved to 5-1 at home.

— Mark Giordano scored 2:19 into overtime, Mike Smith made 43 saves and the Calgary Flames beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1. Giordano fired a perfect shot over Tristan Jarry's glove off a pass by Matthew Tkachuk. Sean Monahan also scored for Calgary, which is 2-1-0 during a seven-game homestand. Patric Hornqvist had a goal for Pittsburgh.

— Tyler Toffoli scored two goals, Michael Amadio got his first NHL goal and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-3 on Thursday night for their eighth victory in 10 games. Amadio, Michael Cammalleri and Trevor Lewis scored during a three-goal first period for the Kings. Jonathan Quick made 33 saves as they pulled even with St. Louis atop the Western Conference standings in their impressive start to the season. Los Angeles was up 5-0 late in the second period before Auston Matthews scored on his first career penalty shot.


Kremlin hails Ovechkin for starting pro-Putin group

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin is welcoming Alex Ovechkin's new "social movement" to support President Vladimir Putin.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says Ovechkin is "a very famous Russian, a very successful Russian, and we really know that he values our president highly."

The Washington Capitals captain said Thursday on Instagram he was starting a group called Putin Team to "show everyone a strong and united Russia."

Speaking after the Capitals' game against the New York Islanders on Thursday, Ovechkin said he didn't mean his post as a political gesture, but as a sign of Russian patriotism. The Russian presidential election is scheduled for March 18.


World Series champion Houston Astros arrive back home

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston began welcoming the World Series champion Astros as heroes immediately after their charter flight landed at Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Water cannons on airport firetrucks sprayed a victory arch of water over the team plane after it landed about 6:15 p.m. Thursday. Fans and media were kept at a distance from the jet as it taxied to a cargo tarmac, where the Astros boarded buses headed to Minute Maid Park.

The celebration continues Friday afternoon with a victory parade through downtown Houston that will end with a rally on the City Hall steps, where Mayor Sylvester Turner will pay tribute to the team.

All classes in the Houston school district school have been canceled for the day.


Home of Dodgers' Puig burglarized during World Series

UNDATED (AP) — Police say the home of Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig was burglarized while his team was losing the World Series.

Police say officers answered a burglary alarm at the Encino, California, home Wednesday evening and found a smashed window with several items taken. There's no word on the value of the items.

Puig was at Dodger Stadium, where the team lost Game 7 to Houston 5-1.

Puig bought the home about a month ago.

Earlier this year, burglars hit Puig's Sherman Oaks, California, home and stole about $170,000 in jewelry and other items while he was at spring training in Arizona.

In other MLB news:

— The Washington Nationals are hiring Kevin Long as hitting coach. He replaces Rick Schu. Long has been the hitting coach for the New York Mets over the past three seasons. Before that, he held that job with the New York Yankees from 2007-14. Earlier Thursday, the Nationals introduced new manager Dave Martinez.

— Outfielder Justin Upton is staying with the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels say their late-season trade acquisition has agreed to a new five-year, $106 million contract. The Angels acquired him on Aug. 31 from the Detroit Tigers.

—The Boston Red Sox have hired Tony La Russa to serve as a vice president and special assistant on its baseball operations staff. He'll work under Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski in all areas of baseball operations.

—The Detroit Tigers are adding Chris Bosio as their pitching coach and keeping Lloyd McClendon as hitting coach. Bosio spent the previous six seasons as pitching coach for the Chicago Cubs. New manager Ron Gardenhire is also keeping Dave Clark as third base coach. Rick Anderson will be the team's bullpen coach, Phil Clark an assistant hitting coach, Steve Liddle the bench coach, Ramon Santiago the first base coach and Joe Vavra a quality control coach.

— Minnesota Twins slugger Miguel Sano will undergo surgery for a persistent leg injury that knocked him out for six weeks during the season. He is scheduled for surgery Nov. 13 in New York.

— The Seattle Mariners have declined 2018 contract options on right-handed pitchers Hisashi Iwakuma and Yovani Gallardo, making both free agents. Seattle also claimed utility man Andrew Romine off waivers from Detroit and reinstated pitchers David Phelps and Drew Smyly from the 60-day DL.

— Geovany Soto's $3 million option was declined by the Chicago White Sox, making the catcher eligible for free agency. . The 34-year-old Soto missed most of last season because of a right elbow injury that required surgery and batted .190 in 13 games.


No. 18 Stanford to start K.J. Costello at quarterback

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — K.J. Costello will start at quarterback for No. 18 Stanford this week at No. 25 Washington State.

Coach David Shaw said Thursday that Costello will replace Keller Chryst for Saturday's key game in the Pac-12 North.

Costello completed 15 of 24 passes for 173 yards and a touchdown in a 34-24 win over Arizona State on Sept. 30 in his only previous start. Costello has completed 44 of 67 passes for 517 yards with four TDs and no interceptions this season.

Chryst had started 13 of the past 14 games for the Cardinal but has completed just 53.8 percent of his passes this season with eight touchdowns and four interceptions.

Stanford can clinch the Pac-12 North with wins against Washington State and Washington the next two weeks.


Kim Meen-Whee shoots 6-under 65 to take lead in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kim Meen-Whee birdied two of his final three holes for a 6-under 65 and a one-stroke lead Friday in the PGA Tour's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

The 25-year-old South Korean player birdied all three par-5 holes at TPC Summerlin, Nos. 13 and 16 on his first nine and No. 9 on his second nine. Kim was fourth two weeks ago in South Korea in the PGA Tour's CJ Cup.

John Huh was at 66 with J.J. Spaun, Ryan Blaum and Alex Cejka. Jimmy Stanger also was 5 under with three holes left when play was suspended because of darkness.

In other PGA news:

— The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Olympic Club has agreed to host the PGA Championship in 2028 and the Ryder Cup matches in 2032. The Olympic Club had been in line to host the 2027 U.S. Open until it went to Pebble Beach. Olympic has hosted the U.S. Open five times, most recently in 2012.


New track and field world rankings to shape Olympic entries

MONACO (AP) — The IAAF says it will create a world rankings system to help decide qualification for the Olympics and world championships.

Track and field's governing body says Hungary-based analysts Elite Ltd. will help with "the build, management and maintenance of a new IAAF results and statistics database."

The IAAF says the rankings will operate next year and be used to shape entries to the 2019 worlds in Doha, Qatar, and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Details about how the rankings point system will work have not been finalized.

IAAF President Sebastian Coe says the rankings will give "a clear understanding of the hierarchy of competitions from national through to area and up to global events."


Olympic bodies improve protection for athletes from abuse

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Trying to protect athletes from abuse and harassment, the International Olympic Committee has published a 106-page document to help sports bodies improve their rules and processes.

Athletes, including Olympic champion gymnasts, have talked about their experiences in the #MeToo campaign since allegations of sexual abuse were made against film producer Harvey Weinstein.

IOC President Thomas Bach says "we praise the athletes' courage to speak out on incidents of harassment and abuse, and we support them in their action."

The so-called "toolkit" document was promised last year when the IOC created a new incident reporting process for athletes at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. A welfare officer worked at the athletes village in Rio, and the same system will be in place at the Pyeongchang Olympics in February.

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