Update on the latest sports

January 14, 2018 - 6:31 am


Eagles beat Falcons, Pats whip Titans

UNDATED (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles are going to the NFC championship game for the first time since the 2008 season.

The Eagles' defense staged a last-minute, goal-line stand to preserve a 15-10 win over the Falcons in Philadelphia. Atlanta had a first-and-goal at the Eagles 9 and reached the two-yard line before Matt Ryan overthrew Julio Jones in the end zone on fourth down to secure Philadelphia's first playoff win in nine years.

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles engineered several long drives, but they had to settle for a second-quarter touchdown and three field goals. Jake Elliott's 37-yard field goal put Philadelphia ahead 12-10 with 11 seconds left in the third quarter.

Elliott also nailed a 53-yard field to close the second quarter, 10 ½ minutes after he missed an extra point following LeGarrette Blount's one-yard TD run.

Foles was 23 of 30 for 246 yards and no interceptions for the Eagles, who will host the winner of Sunday's NFC divisional game between the Vikings and Saints in Minnesota.

Ryan completed 22 of his 36 passes for 210 yards, including a six-yard scoring pass to Devonta Freeman that put the Falcons ahead 10-3 with 5:41 left in the first half. Jones had nine catches for 101 yards.

New England will play in the AFC title game for the seventh straight year. The Patriots earned a berth by routing the Titans 35-14.

Tom Brady threw for 337 yards and three touchdowns, his 10th consecutive postseason game with at least three TD tosses.

James White caught a touchdown pass and ran for another, and Danny Amendola had 11 catches for 112 yards.

The Pats made Marcus Mariota (mar-ee-OH'-tah) uncomfortable by recording a playoff team-record eight sacks. Mariota completed 22 of 37 passes for 254 yards, but his two touchdown throws sandwiched 35 straight New England points.

The Patriots will host either Pittsburgh or Jacksonville next Sunday.


Bradford activated...Texans get a GM

UNDATED (AP) — The Vikings have activated Sam Bradford from injured reserve, making him one of four quarterbacks on the team's roster.

Bradford opened the season as the team's starter and last played at Chicago on Oct. 9 before being sidelined by a left knee injury suffered in the season opener. He returned to practice just last week.

Case Keenum will remain the starter for Sunday's NFC divisional playoff game against New Orleans.

In other NFL news:

— The Texans have hired Brian Gaine as general manager and extended the contract of coach Bill O'Brien through 2022. Gaine signed a five-year contract and brings 19 years of NFL personnel experience to Houston. He spent the 2017 season as the Buffalo Bills' vice president of player personnel.


Michigan beats No. 4 Michigan State

UNDATED (AP) — Fourth-ranked Michigan State has now dropped two of three games since reeling off 15 consecutive wins.

Archrival Michigan came into East Lansing and knocked off the Spartans 82-72. Moritz Wagner (VAHG'-nur) scored a career-high 27 points and Zavier Simpson hit a layup with 14 ½ minutes left to put the Wolverines ahead to stay. Simpson finished with 16 points as the 15-4 Wolverines won for the eighth time in nine games.

Miles Bridges had 19 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals, but he also lost possession four times as Michigan scored 26 points off the Spartans' 18 turnovers.

Top-ranked Villanova avoided an upset as Donte DiVincenzo drained six 3-pointers while pouring in 25 points to lead a 78-71 verdict over St. John's. Mikael Bridges had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Wildcats, who shot 13-for-30 from 3-point range and overcame a career-high 37 points by Shammorie Ponds.

Meanwhile, eighth-ranked Texas Tech won the first-ever Top 10 matchup on its home court as the Red Raiders got past No. 2 West Virginia 72-71. Keenan Evans scored 20 points, including a jumper that put Tech ahead by four in the final minute. Brandon Francis added a career-high 17 points as the Red Raiders improved to 15-2.

Jevon Carter had 28 points for the 15-2 Mountaineers, while Esa Ahmad added 18 in his season debut following an NCAA academic suspension.

In other Top 25 games:

— Fifth-ranked Purdue crushed Minnesota 81-47 as Vincent Edwards scored 25 points on 9 of 14 shooting in the Boilermakers' 13th straight win. Isaac Haas pitched in 14 points and five rebounds for Purdue, which is 17-2 overall and 6-0 in the Big Ten for the first time in 18 years.

— Landry Shamet and backcourt mate Conner Frankamp each scored 16 points as No. 6 Wichita State held off Tulsa 72-69. Markis McDuffie added 10 points and nine rebounds for the 14-2 Shockers.

— Marvin Bagley III contributed 30 points and 11 rebounds as seventh-ranked Duke whipped Wake Forest 89-71. Gary Trent Jr. had six 3-pointers and 19 points for the Blue Devils, who played without head coach Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEHF'-skee) because of a virus.

— Trae Young's 43 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists carried ninth-ranked Oklahoma past No. 16 TCU 102-97 in overtime. Young delivered 29 points after halftime as the nation's leader in scoring and assists registered his second dominating performance against the Horned Frogs in two weeks.

— Xavier rolled to a 92-70 rout of No. 25 Creighton as Trevon Blueitt shook off a recent shooting slump to score 24 points for the 10th-ranked Musketeers. Kaiser Gates came off the bench and had 11 points with seven rebounds after being dropped from the starting lineup following back-to-back losses.

— Shannon Evans scored seven of his 22 points in a late 10-0 run to push No. 11 Arizona State past Oregon State 77-75. Cody Justice added 14 points, including four 3-pointers as the 14-3 Sun Devils shook off Thursday's home loss to Oregon.

— No. 12 Kansas pulled out a 73-72 win over Kansas State on Malik Newman's go-ahead free throws with 15 seconds left. Devonte Graham finished with 23 points and Udoka Azubuike (oo-DOH'-kah az-oo-BWEE'-kay) added 18 with eight rebounds in the Jayhawks' sixth straight win over their I-70 rival.

— Desi Rodriguez and Myles Powell each scored 19 points to lead 13th-rated Seton Hall to a 74-61 victory over Georgetown. Angel Delgado added 11 points and 13 boards in helping the Pirates improve to 15-3 overall and 11-0 at home.

— Jarron Cumberland scored 18 points and Jacob Evans III chipped in 16 as No. 14 Cincinnati whipped South Florida 78-55. The Bearcats shot 70 percent while outscoring the Bulls 43-22 in the second half of their eighth straight win.

— Johnathan Williams scored 17 points and Josh Perkins added 16 as No. 15 Gonzaga dumped San Francisco 75-65. The Bulldogs are 16-3 overall and have won 18 straight road games in West Coast Conference play.

— No. 17 Arizona scored eight straight points to take an 84-77 lead with 1:12 left in a 90-83 triumph over Arizona. Allonzo Trier finished with 25 points and Deandre Ayton added 24 for the 14-4 Wildcats.

— Donte Grantham's 18-point performance included four 3-pointers as 19th-rated Clemson downed No. 18 Miami 72-63. The 15-2 Tigers continued their best start in nine seasons and bounced back from their first ACC defeat that snapped a 10-game win streak.

— Joel Berry II hit two free throws with 7.1 seconds left as No. 20 North Carolina earned its first ACC road victory of the season, 69-68 at Notre Dame. Berry finished with 15 points, while Luke Maye had a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds for the 14-4 Tar Heels.

— Shai Gilgeous (shay GIHL'-juhs) -Alexander dropped in 22 points and Kevin Knox scored five straight to put No. 21 Kentucky ahead to stay in a 74-67 victory at Vanderbilt.

— Bryce Brown dropped in 23 points and No. 22 Auburn won its 14th in a row by rallying from a 13-point, second-half deficit in a 76-68 victory at Mississippi State.

— Briain Angola scored five of his 24 points in double-overtime as No. 23 Florida State escaped with a 101-90 victory against Syracuse.

— Jordan Bowden scored 15 points and Kyle Alexander had 14 to send No. 24 Tennessee past Texas A&M 75-62.


Coach files suit claiming fraud, extortion

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech basketball coach Josh Pastner says he and his family are victims of fraud and extortion.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported Saturday that Pastner filed a civil lawsuit against former Georgia Tech booster Ron Bell and his girlfriend, Jennifer Pendley, who have accused the coach of breaking NCAA rules.

According to the lawsuit filed in Arizona, Bell and Pendley "began a malicious campaign to defame Pastner, and to extort and blackmail Pastner" by threatening to release accusations the lawsuit contends are "false and patently untrue."


Curry returns to help Warriors continue road win streak

UNDATED (AP) — The Golden State Warriors had Stephen Curry back in the lineup after he missed two games with an ankle injury.

Curry scored 24 points and the Warriors picked up their 12th consecutive road win by nipping the Raptors 127-125. The two-time MVP hit a pair of crucial free throws in the closing seconds, allowing Golden State to withstand Fred VanVleet's 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Klay Thompson had a team-high 26 points and Kevin Durant provided 25 for the Warriors, who led by 27 at intermission and were up by 19 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Raptors lost to Golden State for the eighth consecutive time despite DeMar DeRozan's 42 points.

Checking out Saturday's other NBA finals:

— Kawhi (kah-WY') Leonard had missed three straight games with a shoulder injury before scoring 19 points in 28 minutes of San Antonio's 112-80 dismantling of the Nuggets. Davis Bertans had 18 points for the Spurs, who never trailed as they improved to a league-best 19-2 at home

— John Wall finished with 16 assists and delivered 17 of his 23 points after halftime to lead the Wizards to a 119-113 overtime win against the Nets. Bradley Beal added 24 points and Marcin Gortat (MAHR'-shihn GOHR-taht') had 16 points and 13 rebounds to help Washington avoid a sweep of the season series.

— Lou Williams dropped in 26 points and the Clippers reached .500 by winning for the 13th time in their last 19 games, 126-105 over Sacramento. Willie Reed had 14 points and 13 rebounds starting in place of DeAndre Jordan, who is out with a sprained left ankle.

— The Thunder stopped a three-game skid as Russell Westbrook had 25 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists to lead a 101-91 win at Charlotte. Paul George added 17 points and Steven Adams had 14 with 11 rebounds for Oklahoma City.

— Zach LaVine (lah-VEEN') scored 14 points in his first game in 11 months as the Bulls pulled out a 107-105 victory over the Pistons. Lauri Markkanen contributed 19 points and Chicago held off several late runs to win for the 13th time in 20 games.

— Julius Randle scored six of his 23 points in overtime and finished with 15 rebounds as the Lakers outlasted the Mavericks 107-101. Randle grabbed a rebound on Lonzo Ball's missed jump shot and scored on the rebound with 18.3 seconds remaining, giving the Lakers a five-point lead en route to their fourth straight win.


Isles hammer Rangers

UNDATED (AP) — The New York Islanders have continued their recent dominance of the crosstown Rangers.

Rookie Mathew Barzal scored twice and had three assists as the Isles beat the Blueshirts for the ninth time in their last 10 meetings, 7-2. Anthony Beauvilier (boh-VIHL'-ee-ay) had two goals and an assist for the Islanders, who have won two in a row following a season-high, six-game losing streak.

Jaroslav Halak (YAH'-roh-slahv hah-LAHK') stopped 37 shots and Jordan Eberle had four assists in the Isles' highest-scoring game of the season.

Kevin Hayes and Mike Zibanejad (MEE'-kuh zih-BAH'-neh-zhahd) scored in the Rangers' third loss in four games.

Elsewhere on NHL ice:

— Brad Marchand scored in regulation and provided the deciding goal in the fourth round of a shootout as the Bruins topped the Canadiens 4-3 to improve to 9-0-3 in their last 12. Canadiens left wing Phillip Danult left the ice on a stretcher after being hit in the head by slap shot from Boston's Zdeno Chara (zuh-DAY'-noh CHAH'-rah).

— The Oilers celebrated a 3-2 win at Vegas after Darnell Nurse scored 55 seconds into overtime. Nurse also set up a Patrick Maroon and Drake Caggiula also scored as Edmonton won in the desert for the second time in two nights.

— Joonas Donskoi scored the tying goal with 16 seconds left in regulation before Marc-Edouard Vlasic tallied in overtime to complete the Sharks' comeback in a 6-5 triumph over the Coyotes. Donskoi scored twice and Joe Pavelski had a goal and two assists in San Jose's first win in four games.

— The Penguins won their third in a row as Evgeni Malkin contributed two goals and two assists in a 4-1 verdict over the Red Wings. Phil Kessel added a goal and two assists to support Tristan Jarry, who turned back 29 shots in his third straight start.

— Sean Couturier's (koo-TOOR'-ee-ayz) two goals and one assist led the Flyers to their fourth straight win 5-3 at New Jersey. Wayne Simmonds, Travis Konecny and Michael Raffl also scored as Philadelphia sent the Devils to their season-high sixth consecutive loss.

— Devan Dubnyk (DOOB'-nihk) stopped 32 shots and Matt Dumba scored twice in the third period as the Wild whipped the Jets 4-1. Mikael Granlund put Minnesota ahead for good with his 10th goal in eight games.

— Anaheim's Ondrej Kase (AHN'-dray KAH'-shah) had two goals and an assist to lead the Ducks past the Kings 4-2. Ryan Kesler scored a power-play goal and John Gibson handled 23 shots in Anaheim's first victory of the season in the Freeway Faceoff rivalry.

— The Avalanche notched their sixth straight win as Alexander Kerfoot scored in the first period and assisted on Nathan MacKinnon's winner in a 4-1 decision over the Stars. MacKinnon made it 2-1 with 13:27 to play.


Astros get Cole from Bucs...Padres, Hand agree

UNDATED (AP) — The Houston Astros have added another potent arm to their rotation.

The World Series champs have acquired Gerrit Cole from the Pirates for four players. Cole was 12-12 with a 4.26 ERA last season. He joins a starting five that includes Dallas Keuchel (KY'-kul) and Justin Verlander.

Pittsburgh gets right-handers Joe Musgrove and Michael Feliz, third baseman Colin Moran and outfielder Jason Martin for their ace.

In other major league news:

— Padres All-Star closer Brad Hand has accepted a three-year contract extension reportedly worth $19.75 million, pending the left-hander passing a physical. The deal includes a fourth-year option. Hand went 3-4 with 21 saves and a 2.16 ERA last season. He's been mentioned in trade talk since last summer.


Hoge has lead at Honolulu

HONOLULU (AP) — Tom Hoge owns a one-shot lead over Patton Kizzire and second-round leader Brian Harman through 54 holes of the PGA's Sony Open at Honolulu.

Hoge birdied the par-5 18th for a 6-under 64 and a 16-under total.

Kizzire matched Hoge's 64 and Kyle Stanley fired a 65 to get within two shots of the lead.


Sportscaster Keith Jackson dies

UNDATED (AP) — Longtime ABC sportscaster Keith Jackson has died at 89.

Jackson was the network's No. 1 voice of college football for four decades and was ABC's original play-by-play man for Monday Night Football. He also was one of the first two play-by-play voices when ABC acquired the Major League Baseball broadcast rights in 1976.

In addition, Jackson was ABC's lead NBA play-by-play man, worked college basketball and covered 10 Olympics. He coined several signature phrases like "Whoa, Nelly!" and is credited by Rose Bowl officials as having dubbed the game "the granddaddy of them all."

ESPN says Jackson died Friday, but the network issued no cause or place of death.

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