AP Tuesday Sports Roundup
Pats get to 10-0
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots remain one of the NFL's two unbeaten teams, keeping pace with the Carolina Panthers.
The Patriots are 10-0 after James White scored two touchdowns in their 20-13 triumph over Buffalo. White put the Pats ahead to stay with a six-yard scoring run with 5:55 left in the third quarter. He also grabbed a 20-yard TD pass from Tom Brady, who was 20 of 39 for 277 yards and one interception.
Danny Amendola had nine receptions for 117 yards to help New England become the 16th team since 1970 to open a season with ten consecutive wins. The Patriots also began the 2007 season 10-0 and continued their winning streak until a loss to the Giants in the Super Bowl.
LeSean McCoy had a 27-yard scoring run for the 5-5 Bills, who snapped a two-game winning streak and lost to Brady for the 25th time in 28 games.
League looks into Keenum situation
UNDATED (AP) — The NFL is investigating whether correct concussion protocol was followed for Rams quarterback Case Keenum in Sunday's loss at Baltimore.
The back of Keenum's helmet slammed into the ground. His hands immediately went toward his head and he struggled to get up, appearing staggered. But he stayed in the game and was later sacked, causing a fumble that led to the decisive Ravens field goal.
A league spokesman says a review has begun to see why Keenum wasn't removed from the game for the necessary evaluation as required.
— Houston Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer is done with the concussion protocol and will start on Sunday against New Orleans. He was injured in a game against Cincinnati Nov. 16 and sat out on Sunday against the Jets.
Broncos stick with Osweiler
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Quarterback Brock Osweiler will get a second consecutive start for the Denver Broncos while Peyton Manning addresses his left foot injury.
Osweiler looked good in his first NFL start Sunday against Chicago, completing 20 of 27 passes for 250 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in a victory over the Bears. It was the first turnover-free game of the season for the 8-2 Broncos.
Manning flew to Charlotte on Monday to meet with renowned foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson about his torn plantar fascia.
Sixers still perfectly awful
UNDATED (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers remain on target for a pair of NBA records they'd rather not have.
The Sixers are 0-15 this season and 0-25 since last March following a 100-95 loss at Minnesota. Andrew Wiggins scored 17 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter for the Timberwolves. Kevin Garnett had eight points and 10 rebounds as the Wolves improved to 6-8.
The Timberwolves entered the game 0-6 at home and trailed by five with 2 1/2 minutes left before putting Philadelphia closer to tying a couple of records for futility. The 76ers' 0-15 start is three losses away from matching the league record set by the 2009-10 Nets. Philadelphia also is within one of tying the NBA record of 26 consecutive losses, set by the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers and matched by the Sixers two seasons ago.
Also in the NBA:
— LeBron James had 15 points and 13 assists as the Cavaliers beat Orlando 117-103. James joined Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history to rank in the top 25 in career points and assists, passing Norm Nixon for 25th on assists with his fifth of the night. Kevin Love scored 27 of his season-high 35 points in the first half as the Cavs improved to 8-0 at home.
— San Antonio is 11-3 after Kawhi Leonard had 24 points and 13 rebounds in the Spurs' 98-84 victory over Phoenix. Tony Parker had 20 points and eight assists, while Danny Green added 18 points on 4 of 9 from 3-point range for the Spurs.
— Kevin Durant returned from his hamstring injury and delivered 27 points and six rebounds in Oklahoma City's 111-89 rout of the Jazz in Utah. Russell Westbrook narrowly missed his third triple-double of the season, contributing 20 points, seven rebounds and nine assists.
— Kemba Walker scored 21 of his 39 points in the fourth quarter to lead Charlotte's late charge in a 127-122 triumph over Sacramento. The Hornets trailed by 22 in the second half before winning for the fourth time in five games.
— New York's four-game winning streak is over after Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh each scored 16 points in the Heat's 95-78 stifling of the Knicks at Miami. Knicks rookie forward Kristaps Porzingis missed 11 of 18 shots but still had 20 points and 14 rebounds.
— Greg Monroe had 20 points and 13 rebounds in his first game against his former team to lead Milwaukee's 109-88 rout of Detroit. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 17 points and Khris Middleton chipped in 16 as the Bucks stopped a three-game losing streak.
Budenholzer fined $10G
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer has been fined $25,000 for making contact with referee Ben Taylor in Saturday's loss to Cleveland.
Budenholzer was given a technical for stepping onto the court before he bumped Taylor. Budenholzer said after the game that any contact was 100 percent unintentional, but the referees association quickly reacted angrily to the punishment, issuing a statement saying Budenholzer deserved a suspension.
TOP 25 BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE
UNDATED (AP) — The Maui Invitational has long been rife with upsets, and it didn't take long for the first surprise to occur in this year's tournament.
No. 13 Indiana had a 75-67 lead with 4:50 remaining before unranked Wake Forest pulled out an 82-78 triumph over the Hoosiers. Bryant Crawford's driving layup with 3.2 seconds to play gave the Demon Deacons the lead before John Collins made two free throws with 0.7 seconds left.
Devin Thomas led the Deacons with 21 points, while Dinos Mitoglou scored all 18 of his points in the first half. Crawford finished with 13 points and Collins had 10.
Troy Williams finished with 16 points for the 3-1 Hoosiers.
Next up for Wake Forest is No. 19 Vanderbilt, which opened its game with a 27-4 run before Jeff Roberson finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds in a 92-55 victory over St. John's.
Also in the Maui Invitational, Wayne Selden Jr. and Sviatoslav Mykhaliuk scored 18 points apiece and fifth-ranked Kansas shot over 64 percent from the field in a 123-72 pounding of Chaminade. Devonte Graham had 15 points and Frank Mason III had 14 as the Jayhawks bounced back from last week's loss to then-No. 13 Michigan State.
Elsewhere in top-25 action:
— Denzel Valentine had 12 points, nine rebounds and seven assists to help No. 3 Michigan State hammer Eastern Michigan 89-65. Javon Bess scored nine of his 13 points in coach Tom Izzo's 499th career victory.
— Fourth-ranked Iowa State improved to 3-0 as Naz Mitrou-Long drained six of the Cyclones' 14 3-pointers in an 83-63 win against Chattanooga. Georges Niang finished with 19 points and Monte Morris had 14 and 10 assists for the Cyclones.
— North Carolina advanced to the CBE Classic final as Justin Jackson had 21 points and 13 rebounds to lead the ninth-ranked Tar Heels over Northwestern 80-69. Kennedy Meeks and Joel Berry II added 12 points apiece in the Tar Heels' first game since losing the No. 1 ranking.
— Jaylen Brown and Jordan Mathews each had 18 points and Tyrone Wallace provided 17 as 14th-ranked California hammered Sam Houston State 89-63.
— Luke Fischer dropped in 19 points and Jajuan Johnson hit the winning free throws with 10.8 seconds left as Marquette nipped No. 22 LSU 81-80 in the Legends Classic semifinals.
— Trevon Bluiett had 14 points and a career-high 16 rebounds to help No. 23 Xavier knock off Northern Kentucky 78-66.
Wildcats take over as No. 1
UNDATED (AP) — Kentucky is the new No. 1 team in the weekly The Associated Press college basketball poll.
The Wildcats moved up a spot after North Carolina was stunningly upset by Northern Iowa on Saturday. Kentucky scored an impressive win over Duke in the Champions Classic last week before beating Wright State to improve to 4-0.
The Wildcats got 59 of the 65 first place votes, while second-ranked Maryland claimed the other seven. Michigan State climbed 10 spots to third, just ahead of Iowa State and Kansas.
Duke, Oklahoma, Villanova, North Carolina and Gonzaga round out the top 10.
TOP 25 BASKETBALL-WOMENS POLL
Huskies are unanimous No. 1
UNDATED (AP) — UConn is back to being a unanimous choice as No. 1 in the AP women's basketball poll.
The Huskies got all of the first place votes this week after routing then-No. 7 Ohio State in their opener by 44 points. Connecticut had all but one first place votes last week.
South Carolina, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Baylor once again follow the Huskies to round out the first five.
Roberts takes over Dodgers
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers have hired Dave Roberts, making him the first minority manager in franchise history.
Roberts replaces Don Mattingly, who left the Dodgers after the season and wound up manager of the Miami Marlins.
The 43-year old Roberts has no managing experience on any level. He's served the past two seasons as the bench coach for the San Diego Padres. He played for the Dodgers for three seasons during his career.
In other baseball news:
— Catcher Chris Iannetta has signed a one-year contract with the Seattle Mariners. Iannetta spent the past four seasons with the Los Angeles Angels but struggled at the plate this year, hitting just .188 with 10 homers and 34 RBIs.
— Lloyd McClendon is returning to the Detroit organization as manager of the Tigers' Triple-A team, the Toledo Mud Hens. McClendon managed the Seattle Mariners for two seasons before being fired in October.
— Hall of Famer Rod Carew is hoping to qualify for a heart transplant after a massive heart attack two months ago. The 70-year-old Carew tells Sports Illustrated he was stricken while golfing alone in Corona, California, on Sept. 20.
T25 FOOTBALL-OHIO STATE-ELLIOTT
Eliott apologies from post-game comments
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott has apologized for the critical comments he made about play calling after Saturday's loss to Michigan State.
He says it was the wrong time to make it known he would not be returning to school next season.
Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer says Elliott will not be disciplined and that he agreed the star junior should have carried the ball more in Saturday's loss.
Elliott had 12 carries in the Buckeyes' 17-14 loss.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-SYRACUSE FIRES SHAFER
Syracuse fires coach after 8th straight loss
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse has fired football coach Scott Shafer two days after the team's eighth straight loss. Shafer will coach the season finale against Boston College on Saturday.
The 3-8 Orange started the season with three straight wins before going into a tailspin for the second consecutive year.
Shafer's three year record is 13-23.
Rangers deal Preds third straight shutout loss
UNDATED (AP) — The Nashville Predators began their current five-game road trip hoping to stay within striking distance of the NHL's Western Conference and Central Division leaders. Instead, they've opened the journey with three straight shutout losses.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 31 shots and the New York Rangers picked up their 11th victory in 12 games by blanking the Predators 3-0. Lundqvist sparkled during the first period, helping the Rangers kill off three straight minor penalties and allowing New York to withstand Nashville's 14-3 shots advantage.
Rick Nash opened the scoring 4:32 into the second period before Kevin Hayes added a power-play goal and an assist in the third. Lundqvist made just six saves in the final period to secure his second shutout of the season and 57th of his career.
The Rangers share the Eastern Conference lead with Montreal at 34 points, and they top the Metropolitan Division by five points over Washington.
Nashville is nine points behind Dallas in the Western Conference and Central Division races.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
— The Capitals were 1-0 winners over Edmonton as Braden Holtby stopped 33 shots in his 21st career shutout. Dmitri Orlov scored with 6:32 left to give the Caps their second straight win.
— Third-period goals by Troy Brouwer and Robby Fabbri lifted St. Louis over Buffalo 2-1. Jake Allen stopped 24 shots for the Blues, who are within four points of the West-leading Stars.
— Jonathan Quick turned back 30 shots and Alec Martinez scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period of the Kings' 3-1 triumph at Florida. Tyler Toffoli netted his 11th of the season and Marian Gaborik added the insurance tally as Los Angeles ended a two-game skid.
— Cody McLeod and Blake Comeau each had a goal and an assist in the third period as Colorado beat Winnipeg 4-1 to halt a three-game losing streak. McLeod snapped a 1-1 deadlock with 13:15 remaining before Matt Duchene added an insurance tally.
— David Krejci scored the lone shutout goal in Boston's 4-3 verdict over Toronto. Brad Marchand contributed a pair of go-ahead goals in the Bruins' third straight win.
— Philadelphia beat Carolina 3-2 on Shayne Gostisbehere's goal 24 seconds into overtime. Claude Giroux scored a short-handed goal and had two assists to help the Flyers win for just the third time in their last 14 games.