AP Friday Sports Roundup
Jaguars beat Titans
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) —
Rashad Greene's long punt return set up the go-ahead touchdown as the Jags downed Tennessee 19-13. Greene brought back a punt 63 yards before Blake Bortles hit Julius Thomas for a five-yard scoring strike with 3:30 remaining.
Bortles was 21 of 30 for 242 yards and an interception, while Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota was 22 of 35 for 231 yards, one TD and no picks.
Jason Myers hit three field goals after booting a game-winning, 52-yarder to end Jacksonville's 22-20 win at Baltimore last weekend.
The 2-8 Titans lost for the eighth time in nine games, spoiling the debut of interim coach Mike Mularkey.
News from the league
UNDATED (AP) — Arizona Cardinals left guard Mike Iupati returned to practice Thursday on a limited basis, just four days after he was taken off the field in an ambulance. Iupati was injured during a violent collision with the Seahawks' Kam Chancellor in the second quarter of Arizona's 39-32 victory at Seattle. Iupati said he "should be OK" for the Cardinals' game Sunday night against the Cincinnati.
In other NFL news:
— Quarterback Brandon Weeden has been claimed off waivers by the Houston Texans, two days after he was released by Dallas following the return of Cowboys starter Tony Romo. Weeden is being brought on board because Brian Hoyer is questionable for Sunday's game against the Jets because of a concussion.
— The Jets have announced that Ryan Fitzpatrick will start against the Texans on Sunday. Coach Todd Bowles says Fitzpatrick will be under center barring any setbacks with his surgically repaired left thumb. Fitzpatrick was injured during a game against Oakland on Nov. 1.
Perfect Warriors storm back in win over Clippers
UNDATED (AP) — The Golden State Warriors trailed the Los Angeles Clippers 39-19 in the first quarter last night, and 50-27 in the second. They also were losing 112-102 with five minutes left before improving to 13-0.
Andre Iguodala hit a pair of 3-pointers to spark the rally and Stephen Curry scored seven points in the final two minutes as the Warriors downed the Clippers 124-117. Curry nailed six 3-pointers and finished with game highs of 40 points and 11 assists. Klay Thompson had 25 points for the Warriors, who closed on a 22-5 run to stay unbeaten.
Golden State also got 21 points from Harrison Barnes and 19 from Draymond Green.
The Warriors have the NBA's longest season-opening winning streak since the 2002-03 Mavericks win their first 14 games. The all-time league record for consecutive wins at the start of a season is 15, shared by the 1948-49 Washington Capitals and the 1993-94 Houston Rockets.
Also in the NBA:
— LeBron James scored 27 points and Kevin Love added 22 and 15 rebounds to lead the Cavaliers past Milwaukee 115-100 in Cleveland. J.R. Smith finished with 18 points for the Cavs, who saw a 21-point lead cut to 84-79 before James scored six points in a 13-5 spurt.
— Chris Bosh scored 23 points and grabbed 11 boards, while Dwyane Wade added 24 points in Miami's 116-109 triumph over Sacramento. Rajon Rondo had a season-high 18 assists, 14 points and nine rebounds for the Kings, who played without DeMarcus Cousins while he served a one-game suspension for hitting Atlanta's Al Horford in the head on Wednesday.
Harper unanimous NL MVP...Donaldson takes AL honors
UNDATED (AP) — The Washington Nationals were a tremendous disappointment this year, but their 22-year-old right fielder was fantastic.
Bryce Harper has become the youngest unanimous MVP in baseball history, taking National League honors for a season in which the Nationals missed the playoffs by seven games. Harper led the majors with a .649 slugging percentage and a .460 on-base average, while hitting .330 with 42 home runs and 99 RBIs.
This is the latest postseason honor for the four-year veteran, who received a Silver Slugger last week and was the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year.
Harper is the first MVP in franchise history, which includes the team's years as the Montreal Expos.
Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt was second in the voting, followed by Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto.
Josh Donaldson is the American League MVP after helping the Toronto Blue Jays reach the playoffs for the first time in 22 years. Donaldson paced the AL with 123 RBIs and batted .297 with 41 home runs and a major league-best 122 runs scored.
The third baseman received 23 first-place votes, runner-up Mike Trout of the Angels received seven first-place votes and Kansas City outfielder Lorenzo Cain finished third.
Donaldson is the Blue Jays' first MVP since George Bell in 1987.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— The Astros have traded infielder Jonathan Villar to the Brewers for minor league pitcher Cy Sneed. The 24-year-old Villar hit. 284 with seven doubles, two homers and 11 RBIs in 53 games for the Astros last season. Sneed had a 2.58 ERA in 23 starts and three relief appearances for two Class A teams this year.
— Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred says it is "absolutely clear" that there will be changes made to the safety netting at games following several instances of fans injured by foul balls this year. Manfred said that recommendations on the location of nets as well as a fan education program will be announced at a later time.
TOP 25 MEN'S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE
Utah, Butler win in San Juan
UNDATED (AP) — Sixteenth-ranked Utah and No. 22 Butler were winners in the first round of the Puerto Rico Tipoff in San Juan.
Lorenzo Bonam scored a season-high 20 points and Jordan Loveridge added 18 as the Utes earned a 73-63 triumph against Texas Tech. Utah shot 38 percent but finished with a 45-38 rebounding advantage and scored 20 second-chance points.
Butler followed its school-record 144-point assault in its season opener with a 93-59 rout of Missouri State. Kelan Martin scored 18 points off the bench for the Bulldogs, who shot 60 percent and made 8 of 17 3-pointers. Andrew Chrabascz also scored 18 for the Bulldogs.
Also in top-25 action:
— Sixth-ranked Virginia bounced back from Monday's season-opening loss to George Washington by whipping Bradley 82-57. Anthony Gill scored 16 points and the Cavaliers used an 18-3 run to take a 37-25 lead.
— Gabe York drained four 3-pointers on his way to a career-high 23 points in 12th-ranked Arizona's 88-76 home win against Boise State. Freshman Allonzo Trier scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half to help the 3-0 Wildcats earn their 41st consecutive home-court victory, the longest active streak in the country.
— James Blackmon Jr. scored 19 points and Thomas Bryant chipped in 17 as 14th-ranked Indiana ripped Creighton 86-65. The Hoosiers seized control when Bryant made a 3-pointer to start a 12-0 run that extended Indiana's lead to 26-10 less than halfway through the first half.
— Wade Baldwin IV came off the bench to score 21 points and lead 17th-rated Vanderbilt to a 79-72 overtime win against Stony Brook. Riley LaChance and Damian Jones both scored 13 points for the Commodores, who were forced into OT on Carson Puriefoy's two-point jumper with one second left in regulation.
— No. 23 LSU beat South Alabama 78-66 as Ben Simmons scored 23 points and Antonio Blakeney had 22. Simmons shot 9-for-14 from the field and had a season-high 16 boards.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEW MEXICO
Lobos forward told to stop playing
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico forward Devon Williams has been advised by doctors to stop playing after being diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spine. The stenosis was discovered after he lost feeling in his extremities after a fall during a road game Sunday. Lobos coach Craig Neal says Williams will now serve as another coach, sitting in on meetings and helping the Lobos prepare for their next opponent.
TCU loses Dotson
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — One of the greatest receivers in TCU history is done for the rest of the regular season. Senior Josh Doctson will miss the last two regular-season games for the No. 11 Horned Frogs because of an injured wrist. He was hurt Nov. 7 against Oklahoma State when he planted his hand on the turf after a catch and a defender fell on his left arm.
Dotson set TCU's single-season records this season with 79 catches, a nation-leading 1,337 yards and 14 touchdowns. He is the career record holder with 29 TDs and 2,773 yards, and his 180 receptions are one short of that mark.
Cougars hoping to keep Herman
HOUSTON (AP) — The University of Houston System regents have voted to negotiate an amendment to first-year football coach Tom Herman's contract.
The amendment would give him a $3 million-a-year raise and increase his performance incentives. Regents Chairman Tilman Fertitta says the money will come from donors and auxiliary revenue.
The 13th-ranked Cougars are 10-0. Herman figures to be in position to move on if he wants.
Stars take over league points lead
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens and Dallas Stars all entered tonight's NHL action with a league-high 30 points. Only the Stars came away with any points.
The Stars pulled out a 3-2 win at Washington on Jason Spezza'sunassisted goal with 8:50 remaining. Spezza's tally came just over four minutes after Alex Ovechkin scored his 484th career goal to break Sergei Fedorov's record for Russian-born players.
Tyler Seguin and Cody Eakin also tallied for the Stars to back Kari Lehtonen's 33-save effort.
Dallas tops the West at 16-4-0 and is five points clear of the rest of the conference.
The Rangers saw their nine-game winning streak come to an end with a 2-1 loss at Tampa Bay. The Blueshirts were on a power play when Valtteri Filppula beat Hendrik Lundqvist for the tiebreaking goal with 65 seconds remaining. Alex Killorn also scored as the Lightning won for only the second time in their last six games to move back to .500.
The Rangers and Canadiens still share the Eastern Conference lead following Montreal's 3-2 loss to Arizona. Martin Hanzal and Shane Doan scored just over four minutes apart in the first period before Oliver Ekman-Larsson's power-play tally put the Coyotes ahead 3-0.
Max Pacioretty had a goal and an assist for the Canadiens, who are 5-4-2 since their season-opening, nine-game winning streak.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
— Alex Steen set up two goals before delivering the lone shootout tally in the third round to give St. Louis a 3-2 victory against Buffalo. Kevin Shattenkirk and Vladimir Tarasenko had power-play goals for the Blues, who still trail the Central Division by five points to Dallas.
— Sidney Crosby's third goal of the season was the eventual game-winner in Pittsburgh's 4-3 verdict over Colorado. The two-time scoring champ now has 10 points in 19 games after helping the Penguins improve to 12-7-0.
— San Jose pulled out a 1-0 win at Philadelphia on Melker Karlsson's goal 3:45 into overtime. Martin Jones handled 34 shots in his 10th career shutout as the Sharks improved to 4-0 on their six-game road trip.
— Boston won for only the third time in eight games as Loui Eriksson notched his third career hat trick in a 4-2 win against Minnesota. The game as tied 1-1 until Eriksson scored twice in a 3:44 span of the second period.
— Ottawa was a 3-0 winner over Columbus as Craig Anderson stopped 25 shots in his 30th career shutout. The game was scoreless until Erik Karlsson scored twice during a 1:51 span late in the second period to send the Senators to their second victory in six games.
— Anaheim had dropped four of five before Cam Fowler scored a power-play goal and Andrew Cogliano added a short-handed tally in the Ducks' 3-1 win at Florida. Ryan Getzlaf had two assists and Frederik Andersen stopped 23 shots for the Ducks.
American heavy leaderboard after one
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — American Austin Ernst is the leader through one round of the LPGA Tour Championship in Naple, Florida. Ernst fired a 6-under-66, one shot better than South Korea's Mi Hyang Lee. Six of the next seven players on the leader board are all Americans.
First round over
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Georgia (AP) — First round play in the PGA's RSM Classic is in the books with Kevin Kisner atop the leaderboard after a 7-under-65. He leads no less than eight players by one shot. The tournament is the last official event of the year with the season resuming Jan. 7-10 in Hawaii.
Former golfer passes away
OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) — Dan Halldorson, who ranks as one of the best Canadian golfers ever, has died at the age of 63. Halldorson won the 1980 Pensacola Open for his lone PGA Tour title. He won seven Canadian Tour events. The PGA Tour Canada reports he died after suffering a stroke on Monday.
Two-time track gold medalist dies at 91
WASHINGTON (AP) — "Marvelous Mal" Whitfield, a Tuskegee airman who won Olympic track and field titles in the 800 meters in 1948 and 1952 and served for decades as a sports affairs officer for the U.S. Information Agency, has died. He was 91.
Whitfield was the first service member to win a gold medal while on active duty. He also helped the U.S. win the 1,600 relay title in London. The former Ohio State star successfully defended his 800 title in 1952 in Helsinki.