AP Monday Sports Roundup
Panthers still perfect...Packers catch Vikes
UNDATED (AP) — The Carolina Panthers remain one of the NFL's two unbeaten teams.
The Panthers have become the first NFL team to open its schedule with 10 straight wins following a losing season, doing it in a 44-16 trouncing of Washington. Cam Newton completed 21 of his 34 passes for 236 yards and touchdowns to five different receivers. He became the first Carolina quarterback in franchise history to throw four TD passes in an opening half, helping the Panthers carry a 31-14 lead into the locker room.
The game was tied at 14 until Newton led an eight-play, 92-yard touchdown drive in the second quarter. That began a string of 30 straight points for Carolina, which dealt Washington its ninth consecutive road loss.
Elsewhere on the Week 11 NFL schedule:
— Arizona blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter before Chandler Catanzaro drilled a 32-yard field goal with two seconds left to give the Cardinals a 34-31 victory over Cincinnati. Carson Palmer threw for four touchdowns and later completed three quick passes in the final minute to set up the winning kick that left the Cardinals 8-2. Andy Dalton had a pair of TD tosses for the 8-2 Bengals.
— Minnesota and Green Bay now share first place in the NFC North following the Packers' convincing 30-13 win over the Vikings. The Packers had dropped three straight before Aaron Rodgers threw for 212 yards and a pair of touchdowns in beating the Vikes for the 10th time in 11 tries. Datone Jones had two of Green Bay's six sacks and Eddie Lacy ran for a season-high 100 yards to help the Packers end the Vikings' six-game winning streak. Both teams are 7-3.
— Brock Osweiler was 20 of 27 for 250 yards and two touchdowns in his first NFL start as Denver downed Chicago 17-15 to end a two-game losing streak. Osweiler was efficient while Peyton Manning stayed home to rest injuries to his foot, ribs and shoulder. Bears running back Jeremy Langford scored on a 2-yard run with 24 seconds left, but he was stopped on the two-point conversion attempt as the 8-2 Broncos dropped Chicago to 4-6.
— Tony Romo led the Dallas Cowboys to a 24-13 win over Miami, his first game since missing seven weeks with a broken collarbone. Romo hit on 18 of his 28 passes for 227 yards and a pair of touchdowns to help the 3-7 Cowboys end a seven-game losing streak and drop the Dolphins to 4-6. Linebacker Rolando McClain scored the game's first points on his first interception return for a TD.
— Seattle didn't miss injured running back Marshan Lynch as rookie Thomas Rawls rushed for 209 yards and scored two touchdowns in the Seahawks' 29-13 win over San Francisco. Rawls scored on a 2-yard run in the first quarter and added a 31-yard catch-and-run touchdown with 12:32 left. Tyler Lockett caught pair of TD passes from Russell Wilson, who threw for 260 yards, three scores and no interceptions for the 5-5 Seahawks.
— Baltimore posted a costly 16-13 win over St. Louis as quarterback Joe Flacco suffered torn knee ligaments and running back Justin Forsett broke his right arm. Flacco was 27 for 44 for 299 yards and a score before he was injured while getting the Ravens to the Rams 29 in the closing seconds. Justin Tucker kicked a 47-yard field goal as time expired, allowing the Ravens to improve to 3-7 and dropping the Rams to 4-6.
— Adam Vinatieri kicked a 43-yard field goal with 52 seconds remaining as the Colts overcame a pair of two-touchdown deficits to beat the slumping Atlanta Falcons 24-21 and improve to 5-5. With injured Andrew Luck watching from the sidelines, veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was 23 of 32 for 213, two touchdowns and two interceptions. The defense also did its part as D'Qwell Jackson tied the game with 10:07 remaining on a 6-yard interception return for a touchdown. The loss is Atlanta's fourth in five games after a 5-0 start.
— Detroit has won back to back games for the first time this season. Quarterback Matthew Stafford ran for the go-ahead 5-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter and the 3-7 Lions held on to beat the Raiders 18-13. It was the Lions' first rushing touchdown since Week 3, and came after Detroit was held to just 27 yards in the third quarter. The 4-6 Raiders led 13-9 before suffering their season-high third consecutive loss.
— Tampa Bay's Jameis Winston tied a rookie record with five touchdown passes and Doug Martin ran for 235 yards in the Buccaneers 45-17 pounding of the Eagles. Winston completed 19 of 29 passes for 246 yards and tied Matthew Stafford's rookie mark in the third quarter on an 8-yard toss to his fifth different receiver. Martin had 177 yards in the first half, including runs of 84 and 58 yards. The Bucs have won two straight and are 5-5, while the Eagles are 4-6 following their second loss in a row.
— Houston is on a roll as the Texans won their third straight to improve to 5-5. They beat the Jets 24-17 as DeAndre Hopkins had two touchdown catches and Alfred Blue caught a TD pass from receiver Cecil Shorts. Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for a touchdown and ran for another in his first game since undergoing thumb surgery, but New York fell to 5-5 with its fourth loss in five games.
— Kansas City's 33-3 rout of San Diego gives the 5-5 Chiefs a four-game winning streak and drops the Chargers to 2-8. Alex Smith was 20 of 25 for 253 yards, but the Chiefs' highlights came from two of their defensive players. Justin Houston intercepted a Philip Rivers pass and returned it 17 yards for a touchdown, and defensive tackle Dontari Poe leaped over the pile for a 1-yard TD.
Kyle Busch takes Cup
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Busch opened the Sprint Cup season in a hospital bed, and he's ended it with his first championship.
Busch has won the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway to claim the Sprint Cup title. He moved past Brad Keselowski on the final restart with seven laps to go in the 400-mile race.
Busch took the championship despite breaking his right leg and left foot before the Daytona 500, leading to multiple surgeries and causing him to miss the first 11 races of the season. NASCAR granted him a waiver to race for the championship if he earned a berth in the playoffs, and he did it by winning four of five races at midseason.
Kevin Harvick finished second in the race and second in the championship standings. Jeff Gordon took third overall in his final season as a driver.
Dodgers pick Roberts as manager
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A person familiar with the decision has told The Associated Press that the Los Angeles Dodgers will hire Dave Roberts as their manager.
Roberts is a former Dodgers outfielder who will be the first minority manager in the storied franchise's history. The 43-year-old most recently served as bench coach of the San Diego Padres.
Roberts will succeed Don Mattingly.
Change in the AP poll
UNDATED (AP) — The new Associated Press Top-25 football poll looks a lot different than last week's following Saturday's losses by Ohio State and Oklahoma State. Clemson remains No. 1, with Alabama now No. 2. Iowa is third, followed by Notre Dame and Oklahoma.
Michigan State jumped three spots to sixth after upsetting previous No. 2 Ohio State 17-14. The Buckeyes began the season as a unanimous No. 1 and slipped to No. 2 earlier this month before falling to eighth on Sunday.
Oklahoma State's 45-35 loss to Baylor dropped the Cowboys from fourth to ninth and pushed Baylor to seventh. Florida comes in ranked 10th this week.
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Irish lose top running back
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame leading rusher C.J. Prosise is doubtful for Saturday's game with No. 13 Stanford. Prosise suffered a high ankle sprain in Saturday's win over Boston College. Irish cornerback KeiVarae Russell, the team's second-leading tackler, is out as well with a broken right leg.
Coach ousted at Iowa State
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State is looking for a new football coach as Paul Rhoads is out after seven seasons. He will coach his final game with ISU this Saturday against West Virginia and enters with a 32-54 record.
Rhoads signed a 10-year, $20 million contract before the 2012 season and is due a $4.5 million buyout under the terms of that deal.
Warriors tie record
UNDATED (AP) — The Golden State Warriors are the third team in NBA history to open a season with 15 straight wins. They can become the first to open a season 16-0 when they host the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.
The Warriors joined the 1948-49 Washington Capitols and 1993-94 Houston Rockets with a 118-105 triumph over the Nuggets in Denver. Klay Thompson shot 4-for-7 from 3-point range and delivered a team-high 21 points and seven assists. Stephen Curry had 19 points and nine assists for the Warriors, who shot 53 percent from the field and were 15-for-29 from beyond the arc. Curry sat out the final period and finished with a season low for points.
Also in the NBA:
— Oklahoma ended the Mavericks' six-game winning streak as Russell Westbrook had 31 points and 11 assists in the Thunder's 117-114 triumph against Dallas. The game was tied at 113 until Westbrook hit two baskets in the final 63 seconds.
— The Toronto Raptors held Blake Griffin and Chris Paul scoreless through the first 20-plus minutes of a 91-80 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. DeMarre Carroll scored each of his 21 points in the first half, and DeMar DeRozan also had 21 as the Raptors dealt the Clippers their third consecutive loss and seventh in nine games.
— Brook Lopez had 23 points and Jarrett Jack scored 13 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter on Brooklyn's 111-101 win against Boston. Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley each scored 27 points for the Celtics.
— Damian Lillard poured in 30 points and had a career-high 13 assists in the Portland Trail Blazers' sixth consecutive victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, 107-93. C.J. McCollum added 19 points and Mason Plumlee provided 17 and 11 rebounds as the Blazers won their second straight since a seven-game skid.
— Anthony Davis capped a 32-point, 19-rebound performance with a tiebreaking 3-pointer in the final minute of the Pelicans' 122-116 win over the Suns in New Orleans. Ryan Anderson had 29 points for New Orleans, which has won two straight since a 1-11 start.
Smart lost to the Celtics
NEW YORK (AP) — Celtics guard Marcus Smart could miss at least a couple of weeks with a lower left leg injury. Coach Brad Stevens says Smart won't need surgery and that the injury isn't considered a long-term problem. Smart was hurt during Friday's game with Brooklyn.
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Duke has Garden party
UNDATED (AP) — Fifth-ranked Duke is 4-1 after capturing the 2K Classic championship at Madison Square Garden.
Grayson Allen scored a career-high 32 points as the Blue Devils nipped Georgetown 86-84. Derryck Thornton provided 14 points and Matt Jones scored 11 for the Blue Devils, who trailed by seven at halftime before winning their second straight since a lopsided loss to second-ranked Kentucky.
In other top-25 finals:
— Malcolm Brogdon had 21 points and No. 6 Virginia won the Charleston Classic witih an 83-66 victory over George Mason. London Perrantes had 16 points and 11 assists for the Cavaliers.
— Josh Hart scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds as 11th-ranked Villanova hammered Akron 76-56. The Wildcats trailed by as many as eight before going on a 27-5 run bridging the two halves.
— Gabe York scored 18 points to carry No. 12 Arizona past Northwestern State 61-42. The Wildcats extended the nation's longest active home winning streak to 42 games.
— Jakob Poeltl delivered 32 points and 11 rebounds as No. 16 Utah beat Temple 74-68 in the third-place game at the Puerto Rico Tipoff. Brandon Taylor hit the go-ahead shot with 28.4 seconds left.
— Rapheal Davis scored 18 points and 21st-rated Purdue used a 15-2 spurt to pull away in an 85-70 win against Florida in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off title game.
— Angel Rodriguez scored 19 points and Miami knocked off a second straight ranked opponent by beating No. 22 Butler 85-75 in Puerto Rico Tipoff championship game.
— No. 25 Oregon topped Valparaiso 73-67 behind Dillon Brooks' 26 points and 13 boards.
Habs sweep Isles
UNDATED (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens are back atop the NHL's Eastern Conference standings after completing a season sweep of the New York Islanders.
Alex Galchenyuk scored the tiebreaking goal on a power play with 3:29 remaining before the Habs completed a 4-2 win over the Isles. David Desharnais also scored a power-play goal and Tomas Fleischmann knocked in a short-handed goal to help Montreal beat the Islanders for the second time in three nights.
The Canadiens lead the East by two points over the New York Rangers, and they top the Northeast Division by nine points over Ottawa.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
— Justin Faulk leads the NHL with eight power-play goals after scoring two more in Carolina's 4-3 win over Los Angeles. Brett Pesce added his first NHL goal and had an assist as the Hurricanes climbed out of the Eastern Conference cellar, a point ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
— Michael Cammalleri had a goal and two assists in New Jersey's 3-1 win at Vancouver. Cory Schneider stopped 36 shots as the Devils salvaged the finale of a three-game trek through Western Canada.
— The Blue Jackets led 3-1 until San Jose scored four unanswered goals in the final 13:47 to earn a 5-3 triumph at Columbus. Joe Pavelski scored the first and last goals of the Shawks' late flurry, with Brent Burns and Brenden Dillon tallying 1:50 apart to put them ahead 4-3 with 6:45 left.
Kisner gets the win
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Kevin Kisner is a first-time winner on the PGA Tour after capturing the RSM Classic. Kisner closed with a 6-under 64 for a 22-under total that left him six strokes ahead of runner-up Kevin Chappell.
Several winners in final LPGA event
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Cristie Kerr shot a final round 4-under-68 to win the last LPGA event of the year, the LPGA Tour Championship in Naples, Florida. She finished 17 under, while fellow American Gerina Piller and South Korea's Ha Na Jang tied for second at 16-under.
Lydia Ko tied for seventh to win a $1 million bonus and become the player of the year. Inbee Park was sixth to capture the season scoring title and guarantee herself a spot in the LPGA Hall of Fame.