Wednesday, November 25
Zags top Huskies
UNDATED (AP) — Tenth-ranked Gonzaga got 24 points from Kyle Wiltjer in a 80-64 win over Washington in the opening game of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
The Bulldogs improved to 3-0 with the help of a cold 19-of-74 shooting from the Huskies.
The teams combined for 60 fouls and 74 free throws in the disjointed game.
In the other games at that tournament involving ranked teams, No. 18 UConn faces Michigan and No. 25 Texas A&M faces Texas and new coach Shaka Smart.
No. 5 Kansas and 19th-ranked Vanderbilt have an early season showdown of ranked teams in the title game of the Maui Invitational today.
It will be the second championship for either school in the holiday tournament. Vanderbilt won here in 1986, and Kansas won in 1996.
The Jayhawks are 3-1 this season, while Vandy is off to a 5-0 start.
No. 13 Indiana takes on UNLV is the fifth-place game at Maui.
Second-ranked and 4-0 Maryland takes on Rhode Island in the Cancun Challenge.
There are ten games on the top 25 schedule.
Diallo cleared to play for Jayhawks
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The NCAA will allow freshman Cheick Diallo to begin playing for No. 5 Kansas beginning next week, ending a months-long investigation into the five-star prospect's background.
The NCAA says Diallo received a limited amount of impermissible benefits. The result is a five-game suspension that includes four games already missed and the Maui Invitational title game Wednesday night against No. 19 Vanderbilt.
Diallo will be allowed to play Tuesday night against Loyola.
The 6-foot-9 Diallo has been allowed to practice with Kansas, but he had been barred from participating in games during the probe.
Rams receiver shot
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Suspended Rams receiver Stedman Bailey is recovering from surgery after he and another man were shot while sitting in a car with four others Tuesday night. Both are listed in critical but stable condition.
The nature of Bailey's injuries have not been disclosed.
Bailey was sitting in a car with four others in the Miami area when they were shot by someone in another car. The suspects are still at large.
Police say the victims drove themselves to an area hospital.
Bailey went to high school in the Miami area. He's sitting out a four-game suspension for violation of the league's substance abuse policy.
Seahawks running back has surgery
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch has undergone surgery to repair an injury related to a sports hernia and will be sidelined for three to four weeks.
Coach Pete Carroll has confirmed that Lynch underwent surgery in Philadelphia to repair an abdominal injury.
Carroll said Lynch will remain on the East Coast for several days to begin the recovery and will remain on the active roster in the hopes he can return late in the season.
Washington could play 2 overseas next year
LONDON (AP) — The Washington Redskins could become the first team to play two NFL games in London in the same season, and in consecutive weeks. The Redskins will face the Cincinnati Bengals on Oct. 30 at Wembley Stadium and could also face the St. Louis Rams a week earlier at Twickenham Stadium, depending on how the team finishes in the NFC East.
In the first of the three games scheduled for next season in London, the Indianapolis Colts will take on the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley on Oct. 2.
The NFL has been playing regular-season games in London since 2007.
Family says CTE found in Gifford's brain
NEW YORK (AP) — The family of Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford says signs of the degenerative disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy were found in his brain after his death.
In a statement released through NBC News on Wednesday, the family said he had "experienced firsthand" symptoms associated with CTE but did not offer specifics. Gifford died of natural causes at his Connecticut home in August at age 84.
Hornets give Clifford extension
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford has agreed in principle to a multiyear contract extension, with his team 8-6 with an overhauled roster.
The team did not release financial terms of the deal. Clifford is in his third year as coach and has a combined 43-39 record.
Clifford has 30 years of NBA coaching experience, having spent time as an assistant with the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic and New York Knicks.
Lowrie goes back to the A's...Braves add Norris
UNDATED (AP) — Oakland has reacquired infielder Jed Lowrie in a trade with Houston for minor league right-hander Brendan McCurry.
The deal comes less than a year after Lowrie left Oakland to sign a three-year, $23 million deal with the Astros.
The 31-year-old hit .222 with nine homers and 30 RBIs in 69 games for Houston this year. He was sidelined for more than three months by a torn ligament in his right thumb.
The Braves have added a veteran pitcher to their young rotation, agreeing to a one-year contract with right-hander Bud Norris. He was 3-11 splitting time between Baltimore and San Diego last season.
— Free agent catcher Alex Avila and the Chicago White Sox have agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract. The .242 career hitter had spent all seven years of his major league career with Detroit.
— Free-agent catcher Geovany Soto and the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a $2.8 million, one-year contract. The deal comes a day after the Angels lost catcher Chris Iannetta to Seattle in free agency. Soto hit .218 with 21 RBIS in 78 games with the White Sox last season.
LeBron, Cavs visit Raptors
UNDATED (AP) — LeBron James looks to move up on the NBA career scoring list when he leads the Cavaliers into Toronto tonight for a battle of NBA division leaders.
The Cleveland star needs just six points to pass Reggie Miller for 18th all-time.
The Cavs top the Central Division with an Eastern Conference-best 11-3 mark despite playing without three of their season-opening starters who are sidelined with injuries.
Toronto heads up the Atlantic Division and heads into the game with a 3-1 record at home this season.
San Antonio hosts Dallas in a battle of the top two teams in the Southwest Division.
The Spurs have built an 11-3 overall record, due in part to a 7-0 mark at home. That's helped them build a 2 1-2 -game lead over the Mavericks at the top of the division. Dallas is coming off at loss at Memphis last night in which they were held to a season-low 36 points in the first half.
The quest for a win goes on for the 76ers tonight when they visit Boston. Philadelphia's 15 straight losses are three away from tying the league record for worst start to a season.
There are 12 games in the NBA tonight.
Eastern Conference showdown
UNDATED (AP) — The top two teams in the NHL's Eastern Conference face off when Montreal visits the Rangers in one of 13 games on the NHL schedule.
Both teams have 34 points, tying them for the league lead with idle Dallas.
The Rangers head into the game with a 12-1-2 mark in their last 15 games.
San Jose is back home to take on the Blackhawks after a successful 6-0 road trip. That's helped the Sharks vault into a tie for first with Los Angeles for the Pacific Division lead.
Chicago's Patrick Kane is riding a career-best, 16-game point streak with 10 goals and 16 assists.
Habs extend GM
MONTREAL (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens have signed general manager and executive vice president Marc Bergevin (BER'-zheh-vihn) to a multiyear contract extension through the end of the 2021-22 season.
The Canadiens have made the playoffs in three straight seasons under Bergevin's watch, including an appearance in the Eastern Conference final in 2013-14. Montreal is tied with the Rangers and Dallas for the top point total in the league heading into Wednesday's game.