Update on the latest in sports:

January 07, 2020 - 10:36 pm


Blazers knock off Raptors

UNDATED (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers had lost six of seven games before going into Toronto and knocking off the defending NBA champs.

Carmelo Anthony capped his 28-point performance by nailing the tiebreaking basket with four seconds left in the Blazers’ 101-99 triumph over the Raptors. Damian Lillard had 20 for the Trail Blazers, who had lost in their last four visits to Toronto and eight of their previous nine meetings with the Raptors overall.

Hassan Whiteside added 14 points and 16 rebounds for Portland, which bounced back from Sunday’s loss at Miami.

Lowry had 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, but he missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer.

Checking out Tuesday’s other NBA action:

— Chris Paul scored 20 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and overtime in leading the Thunder to a 111-103 victory over the Nets. Shea Gilgeous-Alexander added 22 points in helping Oklahoma City bounce back from Monday’s loss in Philadelphia to win for the sixth time in seven games.

— Derrick Rose hit a 15-footer with 27 seconds left and finished with 24 points in the Pistons’ 115-113 comeback win against the Cavaliers. Andre Drummond chipped in 23 points and 20 rebounds for Detroit, which trailed 110-91 early in the fourth quarter.


Griffin out indefinitely after knee surgery

UNDATED (AP) — Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin is out indefinitely after having surgery on his left knee.

The Pistons announced Tuesday that Griffin will have an extended rehabilitation period with no timetable for his return.

The 30-year-old Griffin was an NBA All-Star last season for the sixth time. He has played in just 18 games this season and is averaging career lows of 15.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.

In other NBA news:

— Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said Tuesday there is still no firm date on when Zion Williamson will play in his first regular season game. The first player taken in last year’s draft has now participated in full-court and five-on-five drills as the NBA's top overall draft choice moves closer to making his NBA debut. Gentry says Williamson generally looks “fine,” but he ruled out the 6-8, 285-pound forward for Wednesday’s game against the Bulls.

— The Heat will celebrate Dwyane (dwayn) Wade’s career with a three-day tribute next month. Plans call for the retirement of his No. 3 jersey and a viewing of the documentary covering his on- and off-court career. Wade played 16 seasons in the NBA. Most of them were with Miami. He helped the Heat win NBA titles in 2006, 2012 and 2013 and is the leading scorer in team history.

— Forward Marquese Chriss has been waived by the Warriors, providing room for Golden State to sign Damion Lee for the remainder of the season. Lee was in his final days of a two-way contract that allowed him to split time with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the G League.


Giants start negotiations with Judge after Rhule goes to Panthers

UNDATED (AP) — The New York Giants were scheduled Tuesday to interview Matt Rhule (rool) for their head coaching vacancy. Instead, Rhule was hired by the Carolina Panthers, while the Giants began contract negotiations with Joe Judge.

Rhule has left Baylor to become head coach of the Panthers. The 44-year-old Rhule has accepted a seven-year, $62 million contract to replace Ron Rivera, who was fired with four games remaining in the 2019 regular season. Rhule just led the Bears to an 11-1 regular season before losses to Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship game and Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.

Meanwhile, a person familiar with the situation says the Giants and Judge are working on a deal for him to become the team's head coach. Judge has spent the last eight years under New England coach Bill Belichick and was the team’s special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach this season. The 38-year-old Judge has also worked for Nick Saban at Alabama but has never been a head coach before.

Judge would take over a team that went 4-12 and 5-11 in Pat Shurmur's two seasons.

In other NFL coaching moves:

— The Cowboys will introduce Mike McCarthy as the ninth coach in franchise history on Wednesday. It will be the second coaching stop for the 56-year-old McCarthy. He won a Super Bowl and went to the playoffs nine times in 12-plus seasons with Green Bay. The Packers won the Super Bowl at the home of the Cowboys nine years ago. McCarthy replaces Jason Garrett, whose team missed the playoffs in the final year of his contract.


Terps tame Buckeyes

UNDATED (AP) — No. 12 Maryland put together a stifling defensive performance to remain unbeaten at home.

Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 20 points and the Terrapins held Ohio State to 31% shooting in a 67-55 downing of the No. 11 Buckeyes. Maryland went up by 10 on a 3-pointer by Cowan with 12:58 left.

Jalen Smith had 11 points and seven rebounds as the Terps won their third in a row to improve to 13-2 overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten.

Kaleb Wesson scored 15 for the 11-4 Buckeyes.

In other top-25 finals:

— Jordan Nwora (NOHR’-ah) scored 19 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and hit a critical layup with 5:21 remaining that helped No. 13 Louisville pull away from Miami, 74-58. Steven Enoch had 12 points and 10 boards for the Cardinals, who were coming off back-to-back losses to Kentucky and Florida State.

— Jared Hamilton drained a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 37 seconds left and added a pair of free throws to clinch it as Boston College beat No. 18 Virginia 60-53. Jay Heath scored 17 in the Eagles’ first win over the Cavaliers since 2013.

— Ron Harper Jr. had 22 points as Rutgers knocked off No. 20 Penn State, 72-61. The Nittany Lions led by 10 in the first half and wasted Myreon Jones’ 21 points in falling to 12-3.


Lightning blast Canucks for 8th straight win

UNDATED (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning and Vancouver Canucks each brought lengthy winning streaks into their game on Tuesday, but the outcome was lopsided.

Carter Verhaeghe (vur-HAY’-gee) had his first career hat trick and the Lightning exploded for six goals in the second period of a 9-2 thrashing of the Canucks. Verhaeghe, Nikita Kucherov (KOO’-chuh-rahv) and Erik Cernak scored during a 56-second span late in the second period to break open the game.

Brayden Point contributed a goal and three assists, while Steven Stamkos added a goal and two helpers in the Lightning’s season-high eighth consecutive victory.

The Canucks carried a 1-0 lead into the second period before ending a seven-game winning streak.

It marked just the second game in NHL history featuring teams riding win streaks of seven or more games.

Elsewhere on NHL ice:

— T.J. Oshie (OH’-shee) and Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kihn) each scored twice as the Capitals cruised to their third straight win, 6-1 against the Senators. Washington scored six unanswered goals after Artem Anisimov (ah-NEE’-sih-mahv) gave the Senators a 1-0 lead at 5:40 of the first period.

— Anders Lee’s second goal of the night came at 4:09 of overtime to send the Islanders past the Devils, 4-3. New York blew a 2-1 lead late in the second period and trailed 3-2 before Tom Kuhnhackl (KOO’-nah-kul) beat Mackenzie Blackwood with 5:46 left in regulation.

— The Hurricanes erased a 2-0 deficit and wasted a two-goal lead before downing the Flyers, 5-4 on Dougie Hamilton’s goal at 1:56 of overtime. Hamilton, Warren Foegele (FOH’-gul) and Jake Gardiner each delivered a goal and an assist as Carolina ended a two-game skid while handing Philadelphia its fourth consecutive loss.

— Taylor Hall scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period of the Coyotes’ fourth straight victory, 5-2 at Florida. Oliver Ekman-Larsson had a goal and two assists in support of Adin Hill, who stopped 37 shots in his first start of the season.


Predators hire John Hynes as new coach

UNDATED (AP) — The Nashville Predators have made a head coaching change with the team in danger of missing the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in six seasons.

Predators general manager David Poile (poyl) has hired John Hynes after the team dropped four of its last five games to fall to 19-15-7. He replaces the fired Peter Laviolette, who led Nashville to the 2017 final and was 248-143-60 over five-plus seasons with the club.

Hynes was just let go as head coach of the Devils after opening this season 9-13-4. He was 150-159-45 with one playoff appearance in four-plus seasons in New Jersey.

It’s the first time Poile has dismissed a head coach at midseason since he replaced Terry Murray with Jim Schoenfeld (SHOHN’-fehld) while GM of the Capitals in 1993-94. Poile says his players are responsible for the coaching change, not Laviolette.


Baseball to investigation allegations against Red Sox

UNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball says it will investigate allegations the Boston Red Sox illegally used their video replay room to steal signs between opposing pitchers and catchers during their 2018 World Series championship season.

The claims were made Tuesday in a report by The Athletic. The website cited three anonymous sources it said were with the Red Sox during the 2018 season who said some players visited the replay room during regular-season games to get information on sign sequences.

The Red Sox say they will cooperate with MLB's investigation into the allegations. 

In other MLB news:

— The White Sox have agreed to a $6 million, one-year contract with free-agent reliever Steve Cishek (SEE'-shehk), pending a physical. The 33-year-old Cishek spent the previous two seasons with the crosstown Cubs and was 4-6 with a 2.95 ERA and seven saves in 70 appearances last season.

— Right-hander Jimmy Nelson and the Dodgers have worked out a one-year, $1.25 million package that could be worth $13.25 million over two seasons. The 30-year-old pitcher spent the last six seasons with Milwaukee, going 33-46 with a 4.22 ERA and 578 strikeouts and 240 walks. He appeared in just 10 games last season after missing all of 2018 with a partially torn labrum in his pitching shoulder.

— The Orioles have signed veteran infielder José Iglesias to a one-year, $3 million contract that includes a $3 million club option for 2021. Iglesias is virtually guaranteed a starting job after shortstop Jonathan Villar (vee-AHR’) was traded by Baltimore in December.

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