AP Wednesday Sports Roundup
NFL OK's Rams to LA and Chargers can join them
HOUSTON (AP) — NFL owners voted to allow the St. Louis Rams to move to a new stadium just outside Los Angeles, and the San Diego Chargers will have an option to share the facility.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the Oakland Raiders, who also wanted to move, were left out of the deal, but could move to Los Angeles if San Diego doesn't.
The moves end the NFL's 21-year absence from the nation's second-largest media market.
The compromise— the Chargers and Raiders wanted to share a new stadium in Carson, California, and the Rams wanted to move to nearby Inglewood — was approved 30-2 after the other options did not get the 24 votes needed for approval.
No NFL franchise has moved since the Houston Oilers went to Tennessee in 1997. The Raiders and Rams both left Los Angeles after the 1994 season. The Rams had been in the LA area since 1946.
NFC West champs lose two players
UNDATED (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals say they've lost two defensive starters for the playoffs. Outside linebacker Alex Okafor has been placed on the non-football injury list with a toe injury, while defensive tackle Cory Redding has been placed on injured reserve with a high ankle sprain.
To fill the roster voids, the Cardinals signed outside linebacker Jason Babin and elevated outside linebacker Gabe Martin from the practice squad.
The Cardinals entertain Green Bay this Saturday.
— Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger says he has torn ligaments and a sprain in his right shoulder as the Steelers prepare to face Denver Sunday. Coach Mike Tomlin says Roethlisberger is day-to-day. All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown remains in the NFL's concussion protocol and starting running back DeAngelo Williams remains a longshot to return from a right foot injury.
— Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson has interviewed with the Cleveland Browns for a second time about their coaching job. The Browns confirmed owner Jimmy Haslam's meeting on Tuesday with Jackson, who has emerged as the front-runner to become the team's eighth coach since 1999.
Mountaineers knock off No. 1 Jayhawks...Wolverines fell Maryland
UNDATED (AP) — There will probably be major changes in the AP college basketball rankings next week -- the No. 1- and No. 3-ranked teams both lost.
__ Jaysean Paige scored 26 points, Devin Williams had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 11 West Virginia knocked off top-ranked Kansas 74-63. Perry Ellis scored 21 points for Kansas, which fell to 14-2. The Jayhawks committed a season-high 22 turnovers, shot 42 percent from the field and were held to their lowest point total of the season. West Virginia is 15-1, its best start since 1982 when it started 24-1.
__ No. 3 Maryland also lost, 70-67 at Michigan. That ended the Terps' 10-game win streak. Zak Irvin led the Wolverines with 22. Freshman center Diamond Stone had 22 points and 11 boards for Maryland.
In other AP Top-25 hoops:
— Seventh-ranked Xavier made 12 3-pointers in the Musketeers' 84-64 win over DePaul. Trevon Bluiett scored 24.
— Kris Dunn hit a fadeaway jumper at the buzzer and scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half as No. 12 Providence overcame its worst shooting of the season to defeat Creighton (KRAY'-tin) 50-48. The Friars won despite shooting an icy 29.6 percent from the field.
— Malcolm Brogdon had 20 points and London Perrantes scored all 13 of his in the second half as No. 13 Virginia ended a two-game losing streak with a 66-58 victory over No. 8 Miami.
— Jamal Murray scored 22 points to lead No. 14 Kentucky to an 80-74 victory over Mississippi State.
— Jalen Jones scored 26 points and Danuel House added 22 to help No. 15 Texas A&M outlast Florida 71-68 for their seventh straight win.
— Texas upset 17th-ranked Iowa State 94-91 in overtime. Isaiah Taylor scored 28 points, including five in overtime.
Nine straight for Spurs...Eight in row for Cavs
UNDATED (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs are heading into Thursday's showdown against Cleveland on a roll.
The Spurs won their ninth in a row by beating Detroit 109-99 behind Tony Parker's 31 points. LaMarcus Aldridge added 22 points and 13 boards. That ended the Pistons' three-game win streak.
Manu Ginobili added 15 points while Tim Duncan had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Spurs. They now return to San Antonio trying to extend their 31-game home winning streak Thursday against Cleveland.
In other NBA:
— LeBron James had 27 points and the go-ahead layup in overtime, Kyrie Irving added 22 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers extended their winning streak to eight games with a 110-107 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.
— Giannis Antetokounmpo had 29 points and 10 rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks used a late rally to slip past the Chicago Bulls, 106-101. Greg Monroe added 17 points and 12 rebounds for Milwaukee.
— Paul George had 21 points and seven rebounds, and the Indiana Pacers pulled away late to beat the Phoenix Suns 116-97.
— Oklahoma City scored a 101-96 road win over Minnesota. Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 30. Russell Westbrook added 22 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds.
— Houston got 25 points from All-Star guard James Harden in the Rockets' 107-91 win over Memphis.
— Kristaps Porzingis scored 26 points, Arron Afflalo had 20 of his 24 in the second half, and the New York Knicks beat the Boston Celtics 120-114.
--The L.A. Lakers beat New Orleans 95-91. Louis Williams had 19 points and eight assists for the Lakers.
Eight straight for Blackhawks
UNDATED (AP) — Andrew Shaw scored two goals and the Chicago Blackhawks celebrated coach Joel Quenneville's contract extension with a 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators for their eighth straight victory.
Corey Crawford made 41 saves and Marian Hossa added two assists on his 37th birthday.
The Blackhawks closed out a perfect four-game homestand hours after they announced a three-year extension with Quenneville that runs through the 2019-20 season. Quenneville, the only active coach with three Stanley Cup titles, also moved into a tie with Al Arbour for second on the NHL list with his 782nd victory, trailing only Scotty Bowman with1,244.
In other hockey:
— Brock Nelson scored a hat trick and the New York Islanders beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2. Nelson leads the Islanders with 17 goals.
— Jeff Skinner scored a power-play goal 3:02 into overtime and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2.
— Brian Gionta had a goal and an assist as the Buffalo Sabres scored three times in the first period and hung on to beat the Minnesota Wild 3-2.
__ Joe Pavelski scored his 22nd goal of the season and added an assist as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4-1.
__ Steven Stamkos scored twice, helping the Tampa Bay Lighting beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-0 for their first win in Denver since 2004. Ben Bishop got his second shutout of the season with 21 saves.
— Arizona nipped Edmonton 4-3 in overtime. Oliver Ekman-Larsson got the game-winner with nine seconds left in OT.
— St. Louis beat New Jersey 5-2. Patrik Berglund scored twice, including the go-ahead goal in the second period.
T25 FOOTBALL-FINAL POLL
Alabama is No. 1
UNDATED (AP) — Alabama has been picked the No. 1 team in the final The Associated Press college football poll, just hours after beating Clemson 45-40 for the national championship. It's the 10th time The Crimson Tide has won the AP's national championship, which goes back decades before there was a playoff.
The Tigers , who were ranked No. 1 going into the title game, finished second in the poll with Stanford third, Ohio State fourth and Oklahoma fifth.
Former Butler star dies
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former Butler basketball star Andrew Smith has died after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 25.
The 6-foot-11 Smith played in two national championship games for the Bulldogs. He was diagnosed with and aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma late in 2014.
His body rejected a bone marrow transplant last November.
MLB-HOT STOVE LEAGUE
Rockies come to terms with Parra
UNDATED (AP) — Free agent outfielder Gerardo Parra has posted on Instagram that he is "super excited to join the Rockies." A person close to the negotiations says Parra has agreed to a three-year, $27.5 million deal with the team. The person confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it has yet to be announced.
Parra hit .291 with 14 homers last season for Milwaukee and Baltimore, which obtained him in a trade deadline deal.
In other baseball:
— The man who put together the successful 2015 Toronto Blue Jays has secured a new job. Alex Anthopoulos, who spent the last six seasons with the Jays as their GM, has been hired by the Dodgers as vice president of baseball operations.
— The Dodgers have acquired minor league infielder Erick Mejia from the Mariners for pitcher Joe Wieland. Mejia has a .273 career batting average with 49 stolen bases, a home run and 42 RBIs in 133 minor league games in the Seattle organization.
Baseball great dead
HOUSTON (AP) — Baseball Hall of Famer Monte Irvin has died at the age of 96 of natural causes at his Houston home. Irvin starred in the big leagues after playing in the Negro League because of baseball's exclusion of black players. The Hall of Fame says Irvin died Monday night of natural causes at his Houston home.
Irvin was 30 when he joined the Giants in 1949, two years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier. Irvin spent seven of his eight big league seasons with the Giants and finished with a career average of .293 and 99 homers in the majors.