AP Sports Wrap from Saturday, Jan 7 2017
UNDATED (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks and Houston Texans have advanced to the NFL's divisional playoffs.
Thomas Rawls ran for a team-record 161 yards and the Seahawks earned their 10th straight home playoff game by stifling Detroit, 26-6. Rawls capped his night with a 4-yard touchdown run that gave Seattle a 19-6 lead with 8:49 left.
Seattle also leaned on the combination of Russell Wilson and Doug Baldwin, who had 11 receptions for 104 yards and a TD. Wilson finished 23 of 30 for 224 yards and two scores, including a brilliant, 2-yard touchdown grab by Paul Richardson.
The Lions could muster just 231 total yards and were held to a pair of Matt Prater (PRAY'-tur) field goals. Prater became the first kicker to hit multiple 50-yard field goals, nailing them from 51 and 53 yards.
Matthew Stafford was 18 of 32 for 205 yards for the Lions, who end the season on a four-game losing streak.
Next up for the Seahawks are the Atlanta Falcons.
The Texans have reached the AFC divisional playoffs by throttling Connor Cook and the Oakland Raiders.
Houston's defense allowed just 203 net yards, recorded three sacks and intercepted Cook three times in a 27-14 win over the Raiders. Jadaveon (jah-DEH'-vee-an) Clowney set the tone by picking off Cook on Oakland's second possession to set up Lamar Miller's four-yard touchdown run. A.J. Bouye and Corey Moore also intercepted the Raiders' quarterback, while Whitney Mercilus had two sacks.
Cook was 18 of 45 passing for 161 yards and a touchdown in becoming the first player to make his initial NFL start in a postseason game. He hit Andre Holmes for an eight-yard TD in the fourth quarter, but it came after the Texans built a 27-7 lead.
Cook was pressed into service following injuries to Derek Carr and Matt McGloin.
Brock Osweiler (AHS'-wy-lur) ran for a score and threw for another while passing for 168 yards in his return to Houston's starting lineup. Miller had 73 yards on 31 carries in helping the Texans control the ball for 33 ½ minutes.
Houston will take on New England next weekend unless Miami beats Pittsburgh on Sunday. Otherwise, the Texans will head to Kansas City.
The game caps a disappointing finish to the season for the Raiders, who were in line to claim the AFC West title and a first-round bye in the playoffs until they lost to the Broncos last weekend.
Duke wins without Coach K
UNDATED (AP) — So far, so good for the Duke Blue Devils without their head coach.
Assistant Jeff Capel began his role as acting coach by guiding the eighth-ranked Blue Devils to a 93-82 win over Boston College. The victory comes one day after Mike Krzyzewski underwent back surgery that is expected to keep him off the bench for about four weeks.
Freshman Jayson Tatum scored nine of his 22 points in the final 4 ½ minutes to help Duke stay ahead following a late charge by the Eagles. Grayson Allen added 12 points and 11 assists for the Blue Devils, who blew most of a 25-point lead before improving to 14-2.
In other top-25 action:
— Kris Jenkins poured in a season-high 23 points and No. 1 Villanova rebounded from its first loss of the season by downing Marquette, 93-81. Josh Hart's 19 points helped the Wildcats improve to 15-1 and win for the 21st time in 22 games since last season's Big East tournament.
— Second-ranked Baylor has put itself in position to surge to the top of Monday's AP poll with a 61-57 win over Oklahoma State. Manu Lecomte scored 17 points and Johnathan Motley had 13 as the 15-0 Bears stayed with No. 5 Gonzaga as the only unbeaten teams in Division I men's basketball.
— Third-ranked Kansas got 26 points from Frank Mason III in an 85-68 decision over Texas Tech. Devonte Graham contributed a season-high 20 points for the Jayhawks, who scored 12 straight to go up by 17 in the second half of their 51st consecutive home win.
— De'Aaron Fox scored a career-high 27 points and sixth-ranked Kentucky ran its SEC record to 3-0 with a 97-71 rout of Arkansas. Isaiah Briscoe and Derek Willis each added 15 points for the Wildcats, who outscored the Razorbacks by 14 points over the last 14 1/2 minutes.
— Daxter Miles Jr. tied his season high with 22 points and No. 7 West Virginia improved to 13-2 with an 82-70 triumph over TCU. Esa Ahmad added 16 points for the Mountaineers, while Jevon Carter and freshman Sagaba Konate scored 13 each.
— No. 9 Louisville improved to 13-3 as the Cardinals gave up just 18 first-half points before Donovan Mitchell scored 13 of his 20 in the second half of a 65-50 win against Georgia Tech. Quentin Snider added 12 points and seven rebounds to help the Cardinals withstand center Ben Lammers' career-high 24 points, nine rebounds and three blocks for the Yellow Jackets.
— Justin Patton dropped in 20 points and Maurice Watson Jr. produced 14 assists as 10th-ranked Creighton flew to a 78-64 win at Providence. Marcus Foster finished with 17 points for the Bluejays, who opened on a 10-0 run and improved to 15-1.
— Florida State is 3-0 in the ACC for the first time in school history after the 12th-ranked Seminoles coasted to a 93-78 triumph against No. 21 Virginia Tech. Terance Mann scored 22 points and Dwayne Bacon added 17 as the 'Noles improved to 15-1 with their 11th consecutive victory.
— Chris Boucher scored a career-high 29 points off the bench to help lead No. 15 Oregon to its 13th straight win, 85-66 against Washington State. Dylan Ennis added 17 points for the 15-2 Ducks, who won despite leading scorer Dillon Brooks being ejected early in the game.
— No. 16 Xavier was a 97-82 winner over St. John's behind Edmond Sumner's 20 points and seven assists.
— No. 17 Arizona knocked off Colorado, 82-73 as Lauri Markkanen shot 4-for-5 from 3-point range in a 22-point performance.
— No. 18 Butler has followed Wednesday's win over top-ranked Villanova by pulling out an 85-76 decision over Georgetown in overtime.
— Jock Landale's 21 points, 11 boards and three blocks highlighted No. 19 Saint Mary's 63-52 victory at San Francisco.
— Kyle Washington had 19 points and nine rebounds as No. 22 Cincinnati topped Houston, 67-58 for its sixth straight win.
— V.J. Beachem tied his career-high with 22 points and Matt Farrell added 15 as No. 23 Notre Dame beat Clemson, 75-70 to get to 14-2 overall.
— KeVaughn Allen drained four 3-pointers in the final 7:34 and finished with 23 points to send No. 24 Florida past Tennessee, 83-70.
— Fifth-ranked Gonzaga had its game against Portland postponed due to a winter storm. No makeup date has been announced.
— No. 14 North Carolina and visiting North Carolina State were postponed because of bad weather and rescheduled for Sunday afternoon.
Celtics stay hot, inch closer to Raptors
UNDATED (AP) — Isaiah Thomas and the Boston Celtics have picked up their fourth straight victory.
Thomas hit for 38 points and the Celts dominated the third quarter of a 117-108 win over New Orleans. Boston outscored the Pelicans 36-20 in the third period to take a 20-point lead.
Marcus Smart added a season-high 22 points for the Celtics, who've won 10 of their last 12 to creep within 1 ½ games of the Atlantic Division-leading Toronto Raptors.
The Raptors coughed up a 19-point lead and allowed Jimmy Butler to score 42 points in the Bulls' 123-118 overtime win against Toronto in Chicago. Dwyane (dwayn) Wade delivered 20 points and Doug McDermott had 17 as the Bulls beat the Raptors for the 10th straight time.
Checking out the rest of the NBA action:
— Davis Bertans scored a season-high 21 points and San Antonio earned its ninth straight home win by downing Charlotte, 102-85. Kawhi (kah-WY') Leonard added 19 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 15 and 11 rebounds as the Spurs won for the 13th time in 15 games.
— George Hill scored 19 points in his return from a concussion and the Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR') tipped in a rebound with 27.5 seconds to play to push Utah past Minnesota, 94-92. Gobert finished with 12 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks for the Jazz, who trailed by 11 heading into the fourth quarter.
— Russell Westbrook recorded his 17th triple-double of the season and nailed seven 3-pointers in Oklahoma City's 121-106 victory against Denver. Westbrook finished with 32 points, 17 boards and 11 assists as the Thunder stopped a three-game skid.
— Tim Hardaway Jr. and Dennis Schroder combined to hit eight 3-pointers and score 42 points to send Atlanta to a 97-82 win at Dallas. Hardaway had 22 points on 5-for-8 from beyond the arc, Schroder chipped in 20 points and Dwight Howard finished with 15 and 20 rebounds in the Hawks' sixth straight win.
— Indiana's season-high winning streak has reached five games after Paul George and Jeff Teague (teeg) each scored 19 points in a 123-109 decision over visiting New York. Thaddeus Young had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Pacers, who sent the Knicks to their seventh loss in eight games.
— The Detroit Pistons were supposed to take on the Trail Blazers in Portland, but the game has been postponed by the threat of bad weather in Rip City. The two teams will play it on Sunday.
NBA champs land another weapon
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers have finalized a trade that brings them sharpshooter Kyle Korver from the Hawks. The Cavs sent forward Mike Dunleavy, guard Mo Williams, cash and a protected future first-round draft pick to Atlanta.
The acquisition of Korver will help Cleveland offset the loss of J.R. Smith, who will be out until April after having thumb surgery. The 6-foot-7 Korver is a career 43 percent shooter from 3-point range and also has plenty of postseason experience.
Jackets melt down in 3rd period
UNDATED (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets were in line to pad their division lead on Saturday, two days after their 16-game winning streak came to an end. Instead, the Rangers erased a 4-2, third-period deficit before Michael Grabner scored with just 17 seconds left in regulation to give New York a 5-4 victory at Columbus.
Adam Clendening fueled the rally by scoring twice in the final period before Grabner notched his second goal of the night. Clendening had scored just twice in 60 NHL games and none in 10 games this season before sparking the rally.
Oscar Lindberg had the first goal for the Rangers, who have won five of their last six.
Cam Atkinson scored his 19th goal of the season for the Jackets, who have four games in hand on the Blueshirts.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
— Nikita Scherbak scored a power-play in his NHL debut and Alex Radulov (RAD'-yoo-lahf) had a goal and an assist as Montreal handled Toronto, 5-3. Max Pacioretty (pash-uh-REH'-tee) collected his 19th goal and Carey Price stopped 33 shots to help the Atlantic Division leaders beat the Maple Leafs for the 13th straight time.
— Tuukka (TOO'-kah) Rask has five shutouts this season after making 25 saves in Boston's 4-0 win at Florida. Brad Marchand leads the Bruins with 12 goals and 34 points after scoring twice.
— Braden Holtby posted his second straight shutout by turning back 30 shots in Washington's fifth consecutive victory, 1-0 at Ottawa. T.J. Oshie (OH'-shee) scored the lone goal 98 seconds after the opening faceoff to send the Senators to their fourth loss in a row.
— Joe Pavelski scored twice in the third period to help San Jose secure a 6-3 win over Detroit. The Red Wings struck first before Joonas Donskoi (JOO'-nuhs DAHN'-skoy), Mirco Mueller and Patrick Marleau scored during a 3:32 span late in the first period.
— Paul Stastny (STAS'-nee) had two goals and an assist before Patrik Berglund scored the game-winner with 1:54 left in the Blues' 4-3 victory against Dallas. Carter Hutton made 25 saves for the Blues.
— Tanner Pearson's goal at 3:32 of overtime gave the Kings a 4-3 win over Minnesota at Los Angeles. Jeff Carter had a goal and two assists for the Kings before Pearson left them 8-1 in games decided in OT.
— Edmonton pulled out a 2-1 win at New Jersey on Mark Letestu's (leh-TEHS'-tooz) power-play goal 3:59 into overtime. Matthew Benning tied it with a third-period goal and Cam Talbot stopped 19 shots as the Oilers climbed a season-high eight games over .500 and improved to 2-1 on their four-game road trip.
— Michael Neuvirth (NOY'-vurth) stopped 24 shots and the Flyers ended a five-game losing streak by getting all of their goals in the second period of a 4-2 triumph over Tampa Bay. The game was tied 1-1 until Sean Couturier (koo-TOOR'-ee-ay) and Michael Raffl scored 1:09 apart.
— Buffalo won for the second time in three games by scoring three times in the final period to beat Winnipeg, 4-3. Marcus Foligno (foh-LEE'-noh) and Zemgus Girgensons (ZEHM'-guhs GEER'-gehn-suhns) scored 26 seconds apart to tie it before Brian Gionta (jee-AHN'-tah) snapped a 3-3 stalemate four minutes later.
— Arizona ended its nine-game losing streak as Anthony Duclair and Radim Vrbata (vur-BAH'-tah) scored in a shootout to give the Coyotes a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders. The Isles led 1-0 until Brandon Perlini scored in the third period.
— Chad Johnson stopped 28 shots and Calgary ended Vancouver's six-game winning streak by topping the Canucks, 3-1. Matt Stajan (STAY'-jehn), Alex Chiasson (CHAY'-sahn) and Michael Frolik froh-LEEK') did the scoring to help Johnson pick up his first victory in a month.
James Madison wins FCS title
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Khalid Abdullah ran for 101 yards and two touchdowns as James Madison won its second Football Championship Subdivision title, beating Youngstown State 28-14. Dukes junior quarterback Bryan Schor threw two touchdown passes in the game's first 5 1/2 minutes.
This is the first time in six years a team other than North Dakota State raised the FCS championship trophy.
James Madison ended North Dakota State's quest for a six-pack by beating the Bison in the semifinals before ending the year 14-1.
PGA-SBS TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Thomas leads through 54
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — Justin Thomas will carry a two-stroke lead into the final round of the PGA's SBS Tournament of Champions at Kapalua.
Thomas took the lead by driving the 14th green for an eagle. The shot highlighted his third straight round of 6-under-par 67.
Japan's Hideki Matsuyama (hih-DEH'-kee maht-soo-YAH'-mah) is second as he tries to win for the fifth time in his last six starts since Oct. 16 at the Japan Open. Thomas is the lone player to beat him during that stretch.
ALPINE SKIING-WOMEN'S SLALOM
Shiffrin wins WCup slalom despire skiing over broken gate
MARIBOR, Slovenia (AP) — Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin won a women's World Cup slalom Sunday despite skiing over a gate that was rolling down the course in her final run.
The American was leading the field by 0.19 seconds when the gate broke and flew down the hill. Shiffrin skied over it but managed to stay on the course.
She lost her advantage due to the incident, but accelerated in the bottom section to take the win, 0.19 seconds ahead of Wendy Holdener of Switzerland. Frida Hansdotter of Sweden came 0.31 behind in third.
It was Shiffrin's 27th career win, which puts her level with Phil Mahre (mehr) in third place among American skiers with most World Cup wins, behind Bode (BOH'-dee) Miller (33) and Lindsey Vonn (76).