Saturday, December 5, 2020 12:39 AM EST
By The Associated Press, AP
COLLEGE BASKETBALL-MEN'S T25
Marquette stuns No. 4 Wisconsin on Lewis’ buzzer-beating tip
UNDATED (AP) — Justin Lewis scored 18 points and converted a putback off a missed free throw at the buzzer as Marquette knocked off No. 4 Wisconsin 67-65 on Friday night.
Marquette’s D.J. Carton was just inside the 3-point arc when he drew a foul with nine-tenths of a second left. Carton made the first free throw and his second attempt bounced off the rim.
Lewis got into the paint and tapped the ball with his right hand. The freshman’s shot hit the front of the rim and went off the backboard before falling through the basket as his teammates mobbed him.
Marquette earned its first victory over a top-5 team since beating No. 1 Villanova 74-72 on Jan. 24, 2017. The Golden Eagles also snapped Wisconsin’s 11-game winning streak, which began late last season.
Elsewhere in the Top 25:
— Matthew Hurt scored 24 points, including six of Duke’s 13 3-pointers, and the No. 6 Blue Devils used a 19-2 run in the second half to cruise past Bellarmine 76-54. The Blue Devils raced to leads of 17-4 and 25-15 in the first half behind 48% shooting with six 3-pointers, one more than they hit in Tuesday’s 75-69 loss to eighth-ranked Michigan State. Hurt kept up his hot shooting and finished 9 of 12 from the field, including 6 of 8 from long range. Nick Thelen had 14 points and Ethan Claycomb 13 for Bellarmine, which debuted as a Division I program.
— Eugene Omoruyi scored 22 points in his second straight strong game and No. 21 Oregon all but shut down Seton Hall star Sandro Mamukelashvili in an 83-70 victory. Oregon bounced back from an 83-75 loss to Missouri in its opener. The Ducks didn’t pull away until the last eight minutes, when they went on a 14-4 run and built a 16-point lead. It took Mamukelashvili 15 minutes to score, and that was a bank-in 3 from the wing. He didn’t score again until he dunked with about five minutes left. Seton Hall is off to its worst start since 1982-83. Shavar Reynolds Jr. led the Pirates with 17 points.
— Mac McClung scored 17 of his 20 points in the first half and Texas Tech beat Troy 80-46 in a replacement game for both teams. The Red Raiders were supposed to play St. John’s this week before the New York City school balked at making the trip to Texas as coronavirus infections surge. The Trojans couldn’t go to Wake Forest because of COVID-19 issues for the Demon Deacons.
—Rocket Watts scored a career-high 23 points to help No. 8 Michigan State beat Detroit Mercy 83-76. The Spartans started out flat coming off their road win over No. 6 Duke earlier in the week and it almost led to a huge upset. The Titans led by five points midway through the second half of a closely contested game with 10 lead changes and nine ties. Detroit’s last win over a Top 10 team on the road was in 1979 at Marquette with future NBA players such as the late Terry Duerod.
— Marcus Zegarowski and Ryan Kalkbrenner scored 14 points apiece to lead No. 9 Creighton in a 93-58 rout of Kennesaw State. Creighton coach Greg McDermott went nine deep into his bench in the first half and 13 of his players got minutes in a game in which the Bluejays led by as many as 43 points. Kalkbrenner, a 7-foot freshman, went 7 for 8 from the floor and dunked on four of five possessions while the Bluejays were on an early 23-4 run. Alex Peterson had 14 points to lead the Owls.
— Sam Hauser scored six of his 18 points in overtime and No. 15 Virginia beat Kent State 71-64. The Cavaliers avoided a second upset by an unranked, nonconference foe after their earlier loss to San Francisco. Hauser scored the first five points of the extra period as the Cavaliers kept the Golden Flashes from scoring until the final minute. Jay Huff had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Virginia. Mike Nuga scored 20 points, Danny Pippen had 13 and Justyn Hamilton had 12 for Kent State. Pippen’s third try from 3-point range swished through the net at the buzzer to force overtime.
NFL takes more steps to limit access
UNDATED (AP) — The NFL is further limiting player access to team facilities as it attempts to enhance safety measures during the pandemic.
In a memo sent to the 32 clubs and obtained by The Associated Press, teams are told that they must close their facilities for two days after games, with some exceptions.
Beginning Monday, all teams playing on a Sunday must close those facilities the next two days. Only players needing medical attention for injuries or in rehab programs may enter the team complex. Coaches can access the facility, but must work in their own offices and can’t conduct meetings except virtually.
The league had its second major outbreak in the last two weeks, with the Baltimore Ravens having at least two dozen people testing positive.
In other virus related NFL news:
— Browns star Myles Garrett said he had a rough two weeks after contracting COVID-19. Garrett spoke for the first time since he tested positive last month and missed Cleveland’s past two games. The defensive end said he lost his sense of smell and taste for two weeks and endured other severe symptoms. Garrett had concerns about long-term health issues, but he’s had his heart checked and assured he’s fine. Garrett has no idea how he contracted the virus. He’ll make his return Sunday when the Browns visit the Tennessee Titans.
— Denver Broncos defensive end Shelby Harris is back after missing four games when the coronavirus swept through his household. Harris says he didn’t get as sick as his pregnant wife did and handled much of the domestic duties while his wife and kids recovered. Harris says he experienced some chills and cold sweats but was bothered more by the aftereffects of COVID-19 that include nerve pain and a general feeling of unease. Coach Vic Fangio says barring a setback, Harris will play Sunday night at Kansas City. But he’ll be watched closely as his stamina still lags.
Jones sees limited practice, is doubtful
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones practiced on a limited basis Friday and has been listed as doubtful with a hamstring injury for Sunday’s game against the Seahawks in Seattle.
Jones was injured last weekend against Cincinnati and did not practice on either Wednesday or Thursday.
If Jones cannot play Colt McCoy will start for the Giants. They are riding a three-game winning streak that has put them in first place in the NFC East. The Seahawks, at 8-and-3, lead the NFC West. Judge said a decision on Jones’ status will be made after the flight to Seattle on Saturday.
Elsewhere in the NFL:
— Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is questionable for Sunday’s game against Cincinnati because of a thumb injury that forced him to miss last week’s victory over the New York Jets. Ryan Fitzpatrick replaced Tagovailoa last week and threw two touchdown passes. Running back Matt Breida was placed on the reserve-COVID 19 list Friday, causing further uncertainty at a position hard hit by injuries. Running backs Salvon Ahmed and DeAndre Washington are doubtful, and running back/receiver Malcolm Perry is questionable.
— Tennessee wide receiver Adam Humphries has been cleared from concussion protocol after missing four games and should be available Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. Humphries practiced fully all week and was not listed as questionable for the Titans. Tennessee will be without tight end Jonnu Smith, rookie offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson and cornerback Adoree Jackson, who has yet to play this season. Left guard Rodger Saffold and defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons both are questionable against the Browns. Tight end MyCole Pruitt should be back after missing three games with an injured knee.
— Quarterback Robert Griffin III has been placed on injured reserve by the Baltimore Ravens, leaving Trace McSorley as the backup when Lamar Jackson comes off the reserve/COVID-19 list. Griffin started Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Steelers and hurt his hamstring in the second quarter. He remained in the game until the injury became too much to bear and was replaced by McSorley in the fourth quarter of a 19-14 loss. Griffin must miss at least three games.
— The Las Vegas Raiders will be without leading rusher Josh Jacobs and safety Johnathan Abram for this week’s game against the winless New York Jets. Coach Jon Gruden says the two won’t make the trip to New York because of Jacobs’ injured ankle and Abram’s injured knee. Gruden had hoped both would be able to play this week but it wasn’t possible and now he hopes the injuries don’t linger even longer. Devontae Booker will stat at running back in Jacobs’ place.
— New York Jets left guard Alex Lewis is being benched for the second straight game as a result of what coach Adam Gase called an organizational decision. Lewis was limited at practice last Friday for what the team said was not injury related. He didn’t play last Sunday against Miami and Gase announced Friday that Lewis wouldn’t play when the winless Jets take on Las Vegas this Sunday after not practicing all week.
— The Cleveland Browns got two more players back from the COVID-19 list, activating starting linebacker Sione Takitaki and defensive end Joe Jackson on Friday. Earlier this week, the team activated star defensive end Myles Garrett, who missed the past two games after getting sick. Garrett has practiced this week and will make his return on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE FOOTBALL-VANDERBILT-GEORGIA
Vanderbilt-Georgia game postponed
UNDATED (AP) — Vanderbilt’s football game at No. 11 Georgia scheduled for Saturday has been postponed because the Commodores’ roster has fallen below minimum requirements.
Georgia announced the postponement was due to the Southeastern Conference’s COVID-19 protocols. The game has been rescheduled for Dec. 19. The game would not be played if Georgia qualifies for the SEC championship game, also scheduled for Dec. 19. The Bulldogs are a long shot to make it.
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Buffalo wins MAC East title after game is canceled
UNDATED (AP) — The undefeated Buffalo Bulls are awaiting word from the Mid-American Conference as to whether they have, in fact, clinched the East Division title after their game at Ohio was canceled and declared a no contest.
Buffalo athletic director Mark Alnutt says he likely won’t get an official ruling from the conference until early next week. That’s a switch after school officials indicated earlier in the day the Bulls had clinched the division title and a berth in the conference championship in two weeks.
NHL and players looking at mid-January start
UNDATED (AP) — A person familiar with the discussions tells The Associated Press that the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association are focusing their discussions on a mid-January start date for the season.
Jan. 1 had been the stated target, but there are a number of issues that need to be resolved before players can travel to begin practice.
The two sides still need to agree on a schedule. The current working plan featuring between 52 and 56 regular season games.
NBA schedule will include longer stays for visiting teams
UNDATED (AP) — Some NBA teams are going to have longer-than-usual trips to certain cities this season.
The league released the schedule for the first half of the truncated 72-game season on Friday. The schedule includes something that hardly ever would have been the case in recent years — teams taking a trip someplace and playing two games there before moving on to another city or heading back home.
It’s by design, with the NBA doing so to limit the amount of actual travel this season. The league is looking for any edge in the quest to to keep players, coaches and others healthy during the coronavirus pandemic.
Gatto has one-year deal with Rangers
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Right-hander Joe Gatto agreed to a one-year contract with the Texas Rangers, who brought back outfielder Scott Heineman with a one-year deal just one day after allowing him to become a free agent.
Meanwhile, the Rangers are giving Major League Baseball executive Chris Young a role with his hometown team by hiring the former pitcher as executive vice president and general manager. Young will work under president of baseball operations Jon Daniels, who is giving up the GM title after 15 years
In other baseball news:
— The Cincinnati Reds declined to offer contracts to four players for the 2021 season, including reliever Archie Bradley, catcher Curt Casali and outfielder Brian Goodwin. The team also announced that it had agreed to a one-year major league deal with infielder Kyle Farmer, who gets $640,000 while in the major leagues and $175,000 while in the minors.
— Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela had surgery to remove a bone chip from his right elbow, and New York said his expected recovery time is three months. Urshela is likely to miss about half of spring training, which starts in mid-February, and will have just a few weeks to get into shape ahead of the opener against Toronto on April 1.
MLB sues insurance providers, cites billions in virus losses
UNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball and all 30 of its teams are suing their insurance providers, citing billions of dollars in losses during the 2020 season played almost entirely without fans due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The league claims to have lost billions of dollars on unsold tickets, hundreds of millions on concessions, tens of millions on parking and millions more on suites and luxury seat licenses, in-park merchandise sales and corporate sponsorships.
Former Yankees affiliate shuts down, sues Major League club
NEW YORK (AP) — Owners of a minor league baseball team once affiliated with the New York Yankees says it has played its last inning.
Owners of the Staten Island Yankees have also filed a lawsuit accusing the pro Yankees of making making false promises the team would never abandon the farm club.
Grillo shoot 64 to build 3-shot lead at Mayakoba Classic
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) — Emiliano Grillo leaned on his great iron play to make birdie on half of his holes in the Mayakoba Classic. That gave the Argentine an 8-under 63 on Friday and a three-shot lead.
The round was delayed one hour in the morning because of the rain, and Grillo finished in darkness. He was three shots clear of Tony Finau and Tom Hoge, with 18-hole Russell Knox another shot back.
Rickie Fowler was certain to miss the cut, meaning he is likely to fall out of the top 50 for the first time in 10 years.
Korda, Nordqvist, Noh share LPGA Tour lead in North Texas
THE COLONY, Texas (AP) — Jessica Korda, Anna Nordqvist and 19-year-old Yealimi Noh share the second-round lead Friday in the LPGA Tour’s Volunteers of America Classic, the final tuneup before the U.S. Women’s Open next week at Champions Golf Club in Houston.
Korda shot her second straight 2-under 69. The five-time LPGA Tour winner played the first 12 holes in 4 under, then dropped a stroke on the par-5 13th and parred the final five.
Nordqvist closed with a bogey on the par-4 18th for a 68. Noh had the best round of the week with a 66. She had six birdies — four in a row on Nos. 17-2 — and a bogey.