AP Sports Wrap From Thursday, Dec 24, 2015
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Raiders were winners in what may have been their final game in Oakland, doing it against the team that could be their co-tenants in the Los Angeles area.
Sebastian Janikowski hit a 31-yard field goal with 8:05 left in overtime before the Raiders stopped the Chargers on downs to complete a 23-20 triumph against San Diego.
Derek Carr's 3-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree and two-yard toss to Seth Roberts on the two-point conversion put the Raiders ahead 20-17 with 4:42 to play in regulation. That was enough time for Philip Rivers to march the Chargers down field and set up Josh Lambo's 45-yard field goal with 55 seconds left.
Latavius Murray rushed for 79 yards on 19 carries, including a 22-yard scoring run in the first quarter. Carr completed 24 of his 39 passes for 209 yards, one touchdown and one interception as Oakland improved to 7-8.
Rivers was 31 of 49 for 277 yards, one TD and no interceptions for the 4-11 Chargers.
The outcome made safety Charles Woodson a winner in his final home game with the Raiders as he will retire after his 18th NFL season.
Giants fill Beckham's roster spot
UNDATED (AP) — The Giants have filled star receiver Odell Beckham, Jr.'s roster spot by promoting Ben Edwards off the practice squad for Sunday night's game against Minnesota. Beckham lost the appeal of his one-game suspension for his actions in the loss to Carolina last weekend and will sit out the Vikings' game.
Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson missed practice again on Thursday while nursing a sprained ankle. Coach Mike Zimmer says the Pro Bowl back should be ready to play in Sunday's game.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (breez) appears determined to overcome a right foot injury in time to play against Jacksonville on Sunday. The veteran QB says he has "every intention" on playing, although Saints coach Sean Payton has not officially named his starter.
MLB-HOT STOVE LEAGUE
AP source: Murphy to Nats in 3-year deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — Daniel Murphy spent last season helping the New York Mets unseat the Washington Nationals as NL East champions. Next year, he'll try to do it in reverse.
A personal familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that the second baseman and the Nationals have agreed to a three-year, $37.5 million contract, pending a physical.
The 30-year-old Murphy sizzled in the National League playoffs after hitting .281 with a career-high 14 home runs and 73 RBIs during the regular season. He homered in six straight postseason games from Game 3 of the division series against the Dodgers through the Mets' four-game sweep of the Cubs. But he was dreadful at the plate and on the field during the World Series, hitting .150 with no RBIs and key errors in the last two games, helping the Royals knock off New York in five games.
Murphy became a free agent after the season and rejected the Mets' $15.8 million qualifying offer.
Washington loses its first-round draft pick, the 16th overall, and the Mets gain a compensation-round pick.
Western Michigan earns first bowl win
UNDATED (AP) — Western Michigan and San Diego State were the Christmas Eve bowl game winners.
Jamauri Bogan rushed for 215 yards and four touchdowns to power Western Michigan past Middle Tennessee 45-31 in the Bahamas Bowl. It's the first bowl victory in seven tries for the Broncos, who finished the season 8-5.
Richie James had two touchdown catches and one touchdown run for 7-6 Middle Tennessee. Brent Stockstill threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns to go with his interception.
San Diego dominated the Hawaii Bowl as the Aztecs scored TDs on a kickoff, an interception and a halfback option en route to a 42-7 rout of Cincinnati. The 11-3 Aztecs went ahead to stay when Rashaad Penny returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. Damontae Kazee's eighth interception of the season set up Donnell Pumphrey's 16-yard halfback-option pass to Dakota Gordon for a score, and defensive lineman Alex Barrett returned Hayden Moore's third interception 43 yards for a TD that put the Aztecs ahead 42-0 with 9:04 to play.
Suns suspend Morris
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have suspended forward Markieff Morris two games for what was termed "conduct detrimental to the team."
The move comes a day after Morris threw a towel at coach Jeff Hornacek in a home loss to Denver. Hornacek said after the game that Morris was upset about being taken out of the game.
Morris has played poorly most of the season and lost his starting job several weeks ago. He has repeatedly tweeted his desire in the offseason to be traded after the Suns dealt his twin brother Marcus to Detroit.
Sixers make a move
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The NBA-worst 1-30 Philadelphia 76ers have acquired point guard Ish Smith from the New Orleans Pelicans for two second-round draft picks. Smith averaged 8.9 points and 5.7 assists in 27 games.
To make room, the Sixers also waived guard Tony Wroten (ROH'-tehn). Wroten has been bothered by injuries all season and averaged 8.4 points in just eight games. He averaged 16.9 points in 30 games last season.
Knicks player reports robbery
NEW YORK (AP) — Police say Knicks forward Derrick Williams has reported that $617,000 in jewelry has vanished from his apartment.
Two women are being sought in the case. Police released surveillance video footage late Wednesday of two well-dressed women leaving a club in Manhattan's meatpacking district early Dec. 19.
They say those women went to Williams' home in the trendy TriBeCa neighborhood. Police say Williams later reported several pieces of jewelry missing.
DraftKings fighting back
CHICAGO (AP) — Boston-based DraftKings has filed a lawsuit against Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan a day after she declared daily fantasy sports betting illegal in the state. The lawsuit was filed in Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago.
DraftKings attorney Randy Mastro says the suit was filed so Illinois residents who have played daily fantasy sports for years will know they can continue to, in his words, "enjoy the fantasy sports games they love."
The lawsuit asks the court for an expedited opinion. It claims fantasy games do not constitute gambling within the meaning of Illinois law.
AP-SPORTS STORY OF THE YEAR
Triple Crown is top sports story
NEW YORK (AP) — A remarkable horse and a feat not accomplished in 37 years is The Associated Press sports story of the year.
American Pharoah's sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes for horse racing's first Triple Crown since 1978 has been selected the sports story of the year in an annual vote conducted by The Associated Press.
It was the first time one horse has swept the three big races over five weeks since Affirmed did it in 1978.
American Pharoah's Triple Crown win received 43 of the 82 first-place votes to easily outpoll the "Deflategate" scandal that ensnared Super Bowl-winning Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
The FIFA (FEE'-fuh) world-wide soccer scandal was third followed by Golden State's NBA title win and Jordan Spieth's (SPEETHZ) pursuit of golf's Grand Slam.