AP Tuesday Sports Roundup
Bears get road win
SAN DIEGO (AP) — It was a record-setting victory for Jay Cutler on Monday, and a major sense of relief for the Chicago Bears following back-to-back losses.
Cutler broke the Bears' all-time record for touchdown passes before Zach Miller made a one-handed grab of a 25-yard TD with 3:19 left in a 22-19 comeback win at San Diego. Cutler topped Sid Luckman's old club mark of 137 TD tosses by hitting Martellus Bennett for a one-yard score in the second quarter.
The Chicago quarterback was 27 of 40 for 345 yards, one interception and one lost fumble. Cutler didn't have a turnover in the second half, helping the Bears improve to 3-5.
Jeremy Langford carried 18 times for 72 yards and a touchdown as the Bears ended a two-game skid and dropped the Chargers to 2-7.
Chicago's comeback began after Jason Verrett returned an interception 68 yards for a TD to put the Chargers ahead 13-0 early in the second half.
Philip Rivers threw for 280 yards and a touchdown in San Diego's fifth consecutive loss.
NFL suspended Talib...Bridgewater "good to go"
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Denver star cornerback Aqib Talib has been suspended for one game without pay by the NFL for poking Colts tight end Dwayne Allen in his right eye in the loss to Indianapolis on Sunday.
Talib said afterward he didn't intend to poke Allen, but was only trying to shove him away.
Talib can appeal within three days.
In other NFL news:
— Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has passed his first post-concussion test. Coach Mike Zimmer says he believes Bridgewater "will be good to go" when the Vikings play at Oakland this weekend.
— The New England Patriots have put running back Dion Lewis on injured reserve, ending his season one day after a serious injury to his left knee in a win over Washington. Lewis had been one of the biggest surprises for the 8-0 Patriots this season, with 622 combined yards rushing and receiving in seven games.
— San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Tomsula says he wants to talk to his players and staff over the next days before revealing his plans at quarterback. Blaine Gabbert started in place of Colin Kaepernick on Sunday and tossed two touchdown passes in the Niners' 17-16 victory Sunday over the Atlanta Falcons.
— St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Bailey served a two-game suspension for performance enhancing drugs last season.
Wolves end Hawks' streak
UNDATED (AP) — The Golden State Warriors remain the NBA's only unbeaten team after cooling off the surprising Detroit Pistons.
Klay Thompson scored 24 points and the Warriors improved to 8-0 by handing the Pistons just their second loss in seven games, 109-95 at Oakland. Stephen Curry hit just seven of his 18 shots but finished with 22 points, five assists and five rebounds to help the Warriors get within one victory of the longest season-opening winning streak in team history.
The Philadelphia Warriors won their first nine games in 1960-61.
Also in the NBA:
— The Atlanta Hawks' seven-game winning streak came to an end, but they managed to hang in there against the Minnesota Timberwolves after falling behind by 34 in the third quarter. Andrew Wiggins scored 21 of his 33 points while the Wolves built an 81-47 lead before holding off the Hawks 117-107. Atlanta clawed all the way back and took a 107-106 lead on Paul Millsap's layup with about 3 ½ minutes left before Wiggins scored the next seven to tie a career high for points in a game.
— The Los Angeles Clippers pulled out a 94-92 win over Memphis behind Blake Griffin's 24 points and 24 rebounds. DeAndre Jordan delivered 13 points and 12 boards, while Chris Paul had 14 points in 32 minutes after sitting out the Clippers' previous game with a right groin injury.
— Philadelphia remains winless after Nikola Mirotic had 20 points and 10 rebounds in Chicago's 111-88 pounding of the 76ers. Pau Gasol scored 16 points against the Sixers, who are 0-7 this season and have dropped 17 straight since March.
— Paul George drained a go-ahead 3-pointer with 5:51 remaining and finished with 27 points to carry Indiana past Orlando 97-84. Evan Fournier had 21 points and the Pacers used a 17-3 fourth-quarter run to pull away for their fourth win in five games.
— Kawhi Leonard shot 10-for-13 while scoring a game-high 24 points in San Antonio's 106-88 win at Sacramento. Lamarcus Aldridge had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Spurs, who shot 53 percent en route to their second straight win.
— J.J. Hickson hit four free throws down the stretch and finished with a team-high 19 points in Denver's 108-104 verdict over Portland. Emmanuel Mudiay added 18 points, including a pair of game-clinching free throws with 18.3 seconds left.
President resigns at Mizzou; chancellor to leave at end of year
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Protests by University of Missouri football players and other campus activists have led to a housecleaning on the Columbia campus.
President Tim Wolfe and Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin have announced their resignations with students on campus in open revolt over what they saw as indifference to racial tension at the school. Black student groups had complained for months that Wolfe was unresponsive to racial slurs and other slights on the overwhelmingly white main campus of the state's four-college system.
Wolfe took "full responsibility for the frustration" students expressed and said their complaints were "clear" and "real." Loftin announced that he would step down at the end of the year and shift to leading research efforts.
The complaints came to a head over the weekend, when at least 30 black football players announced that they would not play until the president was gone.
Head football coach Gary Pinkel explained why he supported his players' decision to boycott team activities until the president resigned, saying they were concerned with the health of a graduate student who had not eaten for a week as part of protests against Wolfe.
Barrett back as Buckeyes starter
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — J.T. Barrett is once again the starting quarterback for No. 2 Ohio State following a one-game suspension.
Coach Urban Meyer announced Barrett as the starter two days after backup Cardale Jones led the Buckeyes to a 28-14 win against Minnesota.
Barrett was suspended by Meyer after the quarterback was cited for driving while impaired.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL-PRE-SEASON ALL-AMERICA
Seniors dominate AP All-American team
UNDATED (AP) — Seniors Kyle Wiltjer of Gonzaga, Georges Niang of Iowa State and Buddy Hield of Oklahoma have been selected to The Associated Press preseason All-American basketball team.
Junior Kris Dunn of Providence and freshman Ben Simmons of LSU round out the team.
Wiltjer was the leading vote-getter, receiving 51 votes from the 65-member national media panel.
This is the third straight preseason All-America team to have a freshman on it.
Illinois fires AD
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois has fired athletic director Mike Thomas as it prepares to release the final report from its investigation into mistreatment of football and women's basketball players.
Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson says the report found no wrongdoing by Thomas, but a change in leadership was needed.
Thomas' firing follows allegations by former football, women's basketball and women's soccer players that they were mistreated by coaches. Football coach Tim Beckman was fired over the allegations and lawsuits filed by players in the other two sports are ongoing.
Donaldson, Harper named top players
NEW YORK (AP) — Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson has been voted the major league player of the year and the AL outstanding player in the annual Players Choice Awards.
Washington's slugging right fielder Bryce Harper was picked as the NL outstanding player.
Baltimore outfielder Adam Jones won the Marvin Miller man of the year award, given to a player who most inspires others through his efforts on and off the field.
Houston ace Dallas Keuchel was voted the AL's outstanding pitcher, and Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke the NL's outstanding pitcher.
Astros shortstop Carlos Correa and Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant were the top rookies, while Texas slugger Prince Fielder and New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey were the top comeback players.
Balloting was conducted in mid-September by the Major League Baseball Players Association.
Surgery for Pujols, Brantley
UNDATED (AP) — Two of the American League's top sluggers are recovering from surgery.
Angels first baseman and designated hitter Albert Pujols underwent a procedure to repair the planter plate in his right foot. The team announced that Pujols is expected to resume full baseball activities in 4 1/2 months, which would be late in spring training.
The 35-year-old first baseman hit .244 with 40 homers and 95 RBIs this year and made the All-Star team for the 10th time.
And Indians outfielder Michael Brantley will likely miss the start of next season. The team says Cleveland's best all-around player won't be ready "for game activity" for 5 to 6 months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn right labrum.
Indians trainer James Quinlan said the goal is to have Brantley ready for the April 4 season opener against Boston, but he may need more time to get completely healthy.
MLB-HALL OF FAME
Griffey, Hoffman among newbies on HOF ballot
NEW YORK (AP) — Ken Griffey Jr. and Trevor Hoffman are among 15 newcomers on this year's Hall of Fame ballot.
Griffey was a unanimous pick for the 1997 AL MVP award. He's is a 13-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove winner who is sixth on the career list with 630 home runs.
Hoffman is a seven-time All-Star who held the all-time record of 601 saves until it was topped by Mariano Rivera's 652.
A vote of at least 75 percent from the Baseball Writers' Association of America is needed for election. Results will be announced Jan. 6.
Coyotes cool off Ducks
ANAHEIM(AP) — The Phoenix Coyotes ended Anaheim's four-game winning streak in last night's lone NHL contest.
Max Domi scored twice and Mikkel Boedker netted the game-winner 78 seconds into overtime to give the Coyotes a 4-3 win over the Ducks. Anthony Duclair's power-play tally sparked the Coyotes' three-goal second period after Anaheim took a 2-0 lead.
Anders Lindback handled 33 shots as Arizona climbed back over .500 at 7-6-1.
NHL-HOCKEY HALL INDUCTION
Hall ceremony in Toronto
TORONTO (AP) — It was a big day in Toronto for a couple of former Detroit Red Wings.
Sergei Fedorov and Nicklas Lidstrom have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Fedorov spent 13 of his 18 NHL seasons with the Wings and finished with 483 goals and 1,179 points in 1,248 career games. Lidstrom's 21-year NHL career was spent entirely with Detroit as he earned seven Norris trophies and the 2002 Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP.
Also being inducted on Monday are defensemen Chris Pronger and Phil Housley, USA Hockey blueliner Angela Ruggiero and builders Peter Karmanos Jr. and Bill Hay.
Bob McKenzie received the Elmer Ferguson Award for hockey journalism, while Nick Nickson of the Kings was presented with the Foster Hewitt Award for broadcasting.
GOLF-SANDERSON FARMS CHAMPIONSHIP
Malnati earns first win
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Peter Malnati has his first PGA Tour title after a one-stroke win over William McGirt and David Toms at the Sanderson Farms Championship. Malnati closed with a 5-under 67 for an 18-under total in a rain-soaked tournament that wasn't completed until today. He birdied five of his final 12 holes after entering the round with a one-stroke deficit.
Five women join lawsuit
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Five women have joined a lawsuit filed against escort Katina Powell, saying she falsely alleges they participated in prostitution at the University of Louisville in her book.
The women joined a suit previously filed by four Louisville students that accuses Powell of damaging the school's reputation in her recently-released book. Powell alleges in the book that former Cardinals men's basketball staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.
WADA panel calls for ban on Russian athletes
GENEVA (AP) — A World Anti-Doping Agency panel has accused the Russian government of complicity in widespread doping and cover-ups by its track and field athletes. It's calling for a widespread ban on Russian athletes from competition until the country cleans up its act, including in next year's Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The governing body for track and field says it will consider sanctions against Russia, including possible suspension of the national athletics federation.