AP Tuesday Sports Roundup
Dallas tops Washington with late field goal
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys are co-owners of the worst record in the National Football Conference, possess a conference-worst 1-5 home record and are playing the rest of the season without injured quarterback Tony Romo. They are also just one game out of first place in the NFC East.
The Cowboys are 4-8 after Dan Bailey drilled a 54-yard field goal with nine seconds remaining to give them a 19-16 win at Washington. Bailey's kick capped a wild finish in which the two teams combined for 17 points in the final 74 seconds.
Dallas appeared to have the win in hand once Darren McFadden broke a 9-9 tie by scoring on a 6-yard run with 1:14 remaining. But it took just 30 seconds before Kirk Cousins hit DeSean Jackson for a 28-yard touchdown and Dustin Hopkins nailed the extra point.
Jackson seemed to redeem himself after he fumbled a punt to set up the Cowboys' go-ahead TD. That was until Matt Cassel moved Dallas 20 yards on five plays to give Bailey a chance to hit his fourth field goal of the night.
The outcome puts Washington in a three-way tie with Philadelphia and the New York Giants for the division lead at 5-7. Only the 2011 Giants have won NFC East with as many as seven losses.
Manning to throw Wednesday...Hasselbeck could play Sunday
UNDATED (AP) — Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will suit up and throw outdoors Wednesday as he takes his first big step back from a left foot injury that has had sidelined him since mid-November. However, Denver coach Gary Kubiak says he doesn't expect Manning to participate in Wednesday's practice. Brock Osweiler will start Sunday's game against the Raiders.
Over in Indianapolis, Colts coach Chuck Pagano says he expects quarterback Matt Hasselbeck to play this weekend against Jacksonville despite a fractured rib and a sore neck. The 40-year-old Hasselbeck was injured in Sunday night's 45-10 loss at Pittsburgh, his third straight game since replacing the injured Andrew Luck as the starter. Luck has been throwing at practice as he recovers from a lacerated kidney and partially torn abdominal muscle, but he's not quite ready to return yet.
Also in the NFL:
— The Seattle Seahawks have released cornerback Cary Williams, who started the first 10 games this season before getting benched. Williams was a healthy scratch the last two games as DeShawn Shead started in his place.
— Middle linebacker Paul Posluszny suffered a broken right hand in Jacksonville's loss to the Titans on Sunday, although the team has not ruled him out for the rest of the year. The Jags also say receiver Allen Hurns has been cleared to practice this week and play against Indianapolis on Sunday.
— New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is still in the NFL's concussion protocol, but coach Todd Bowles says his top defensive back is "feeling a lot better" after missing his second straight game.
— The 4-8 St. Louis Rams have fired offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti following their fifth straight loss. Assistant Rob Boras takes over the coordinating duties.
— The Cardinals-Eagles game in Week 15 has been shifted to prime time under the NFL's flexible scheduling policy. A Bengals-49ers matchup originally set to be played on NBC's "Sunday Night Football" on Dec. 20 instead will be played that afternoon.
— Ravens rookie tight end Nick Boyle has been suspended for four games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.
Short-handed Spurs crush talent-starved Sixers
UNDATED (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs gave the Philadelphia 76ers an opportunity to pull off a rare victory by resting Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard on Monday. It didn't help the Sixers as they dropped to 1-21 with a 51-point loss to the Spurs, 119-68.
LaMarcus Aldridge paced the Spurs with 26 points and nine rebounds. Tony Parker chipped in 12 points for the Spurs, who led by 44 after three quarters and improved to 18-4 with their fourth consecutive win.
The lopsided outcome came hours after the 76ers announced the hiring of longtime NBA executive Jerry Colangelo as chairman of basketball operations. Colangelo will also serve as an adviser to team ownership.
In other NBA action:
— The Los Angeles Clippers pulled out a 110-106 win at Minnesota behind DeAndre Jordan's 20 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks. Blake Griffin had 16 points and 11 rebounds in the Clippers' fifth victory in six games, while Chris Paul contributed 14 points and five assists in his first game since missing two straight with a rib injury.
— Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points and Deron Williams added 20 and seven assists to carry Dallas past the Knicks 104-97 in New York. Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis poured in 28 points and helped New York cut a 23-point deficit to 101-97.
— Mirza Teletovic capped his 21-point night by hitting a follow-up bucket with 0.3 seconds left to complete the Suns' comeback in a 103-101 triumph against Chicago. Brandon Knight provided 17 of his 21 points while the Suns outscored the Bulls 42-24 in the fourth quarter.
— Cody Zeller had 20 points and Charlotte snapped Detroit's four-game winning streak with a 104-84 romp over the Pistons. Marvin Williams had 14 points and 12 rebounds in the Hornets' seventh victory in nine games.
— Washington had three players score at least 21 points in a 114-103 victory at Miami. John Wall was high man for the Wizards with 26 points, Gary Neal and Bradley Beal each had 21 points and Otto Porter added 13 and 14 rebounds.
— Isaiah Thomas scored 22 points and Kelly Olynyk came off the bench to add 21 in Boston's 111-93 win at New Orleans. Jae Crowder scored 17 for the Celtics, while Jared Sullinger tied a career high with 20 rebounds to go with 11 points.
— Kyle Lowry had 27 points and Toronto halted a three-game skid by topping the Los Angeles Lakers 102-93. Terrence Ross added 22 and Bismack Biyombo (BIHZ'-mak bee-AHM'-boh) posted a career-high 15 points and 13 rebounds as the Raptors completed their first-ever season sweep of the Lakers.
— Greg Monroe drained a go-ahead layup with 5.9 seconds left before John Henson rejected Meyers Leonard's potential game-winning shot to send Milwaukee past Portland 90-88. Monroe finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Heisman finalists announced
NEW YORK (AP) — Alabama running back Derrick Henry, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson and Stanford's Christian McCaffrey are the finalists for the Heisman Trophy, to be awarded Saturday in New York.
Henry seems to be the favorite in a Heisman race that tightened over championship weekend. However, quarterbacks have won the award the last five years, and no running back has captured it since 2009. He ran for 189 yards and a touchdown on 44 carries in the Alabama's SEC championship game victory against Florida on Saturday.
Later that night, McCaffrey had 461 all-purpose yards with touchdowns running, receiving and passing as Stanford beat Southern California in the Pac-12 title game. Watson had 420 total yards and accounted for five touchdowns in Clemson's Atlantic Coast Conference championship game win against North Carolina.
News from current and former college coaches
UNDATED (AP) — Matt Rhule has been given a six-year contract extension after turning around Temple's football program. The deal keeps him at the helm of a team that's heading to its first bowl game since 2011. The third-year head coach has taken the Owls from 2-10 in 2013 and 6-6 in 2014 to one that finished the regular season 10-3.
In other college football coaching news:
— Newly appointed Georgia coach Kirby Smart will continue in his current role as Alabama's defensive coordinator through the College Football Playoff.
— Ohio State is losing its defensive coordinator as Chris Ash has been hired as head coach at Rutgers.
— Former Southern Cal football coach Steve Sarkisian has sued the school, saying it breached his contract and discriminated against him when he was fired this fall. Sarkisian claims he should have been allowed to seek treatment for alcoholism.
T25 MEN'S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE
Sooners thump Wildcats
UNDATED (AP) — The seventh-ranked Oklahoma Sooners are 6-0 following a convincing victory over a top-10 opponent.
Isaiah Cousins scored 19 points and Buddy Hield finished with 18 as the Sooners hammered ninth-ranked Villanova 78-55. Oklahoma was 14 of 26 from 3-point range, with Hield hitting four of his nine attempts from beyond the arc.
The Sooners never trailed and held the Wildcats to 32 percent from the field, including 4 of 32 from 3-point range.
Checking out the rest of the top-25 finals:
— Georges Niang shot 5-for-7 from 3-point range and finished with 31 points and 12 rebounds to lead fourth-ranked Iowa State to an 84-63 win against Buffalo. Jameel McKay finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Cyclones, who went on a 11-0 run after the Bulls got within 47-46 early in the second half.
— A.J. Hammons scored 14 points and Kendall Stephens contributed 13 to lead 11th-ranked Purdue's 80-53 rout of IUPUI. Caleb Swanigan added 11 points and 14 rebounds to help the Boilermakers improve to 9-0 for the first time since the 2009-10 season.
— No. 18 Butler hammered VMI 93-66 as Kelan Martin scored 20 points and Roosevelt Jones added 14. The 7-1 Bulldogs have won four in a row.
— Dillon Brooks scored 13 of his 19 points by halftime of No. 24 Oregon's 67-47 stifling of Navy. Chris Boucher provided 14 points and 14 rebounds as the Ducks improved to 7-1.
T25 MEN'S BASKETBALL-POLL
Michigan State takes over
UNDATED (AP) — The Michigan State Spartans are now the team with a bullseye on its back. The Spartans are the top team in the latest Associated Press men's basketball poll after a loss by then No. 1 Kentucky last week. The 9-0 Spartans received 62 first place votes, while second-ranked Kansas got one and third-ranked North Carolina is third with the final two first place votes.
This marks the first time since the 2013-14 season that Michigan State has been No. 1
Completing the top-five this week are Iowa State and Kentucky. The second-five consists of Maryland, Oklahoma, Duke, Villanova and Virginia.
T25 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL-POLL
UConn stays on top
UNDATED (AP) — Connecticut remains the top team in the women's AP basketball poll. The 6-0 Huskies received all 32 first place votes by the media panel.
The rest of the Top-Five is the same as last week's, with South Carolina second, followed by Notre Dame, Baylor and Maryland.
News from the Winter Meetings
UNDATED (AP) — A proposed trade that would bring flame-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman to the Los Angeles Dodgers appears to be on hold.
Yahoo Sports is reporting that police in Davie, Florida, investigated an accusation of domestic violence involving the Cincinnati Reds pitcher. Yahoo reported more than a dozen police officers responded to Chapman's home in Florida on Oct. 30 without an arrest due to conflicting stories and a lack of cooperation. Police said they could not provide a copy of the police report on Monday night, and Chapman's lawyer denied the allegations in the Yahoo report.
A person familiar with the Reds-Dodgers deal told The Associated Press the trade would not be finalized until after the teams exchanged medical records.
Major League Baseball's Statcast computer system shows that Chapman threw the 62 fastest pitches in the big leagues this year, ranging from 103.92 mph to 102.36 mph.
Also in the majors:
— The Mariners have obtained left-hander Wade Miley and reliever Jonathan Aro from the Red Sox for reliever Carson Smith and pitcher Roenis Elias. Miley was 11-11 with a 4.46 ERA in his only season with the Red Sox.
— The Royals have signed right-hander Chris Young to a two-year, $11.5 million package that includes a mutual option for the 2018 season. Young went 11-6 with a 3.06 ERA for the Royals, starting in the bullpen before moving to the rotation.
— The MLB players' association has filed a grievance challenging the Washington Nationals' decision to hand reliever Jonathan Papelbon a four-game suspension without pay for his dugout fight with teammate Bryce Harper late last season. The union will seek to recover $284,153 of Papelbon's salary when the grievance is heard.
— Washington has agreed to a two-year, $7 million contract with 34-year-old left-hander Oliver Perez, a deal awaiting finalization.
— Commissioner Rob Manfred has named Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. his special adviser on youth programs and outreach.
Preds rally to beat B's
UNDATED (AP) — The Nashville Predators were able to pick up a big victory in Boston on Monday after winning just two of their previous nine games.
The Predators erased a pair of one-goal deficits and beat the Bruins 3-2 on Viktor Arvidsson's goal with 4:56 remaining. Roman Josi notched a pair of power-play goals before Arvidsson beat Jonas Gustavsson.
Shea Weber had two assists for the Predators, who improved to 14-8-5 and moved one point ahead of Chicago for fourth place in the Central Division.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
— Colorado beat Minnesota 2-1 on John Mitchell's goal 3:35 into overtime. Tyson Barrie had a goal and an assist as the Avalanche won for the third time in four games.
— Radim Vrbata's sixth career hat trick was the difference in Vancouver's 5-2 verdict over Buffalo. Brandon Prust had a goal and an assist as the Canucks stopped a five-game losing streak.