#SportsReport: College Basketball Season Begins Today

Nov 10, 2017

Today kicks off the first games of the 2017-18 college basketball season. Some local matchups to watch:

Cornell is at Syracuse at 7 p.m.

Colgate is Connecticut at 7 p.m.

Iona College at UAlbany 7 p.m.

UMass Lowell at UMass 7 p.m.

Siena is at Charleston at 7 p.m.

Central Connecticut is at Hartford at 8 p.m.

And on the women’s side:

Cornell is at Loyola at noon.

Morgan State is at Syracuse at 2.

UM Fort Kent is at UMass at 4:30 p.m.

UAlbany is at Maryland at 7 p.m.

Siena is at Penn State 7 p.m.

Navy is at Marist at 7 p.m.


Russell Wilson threw two touchdown passes to Jimmy Graham and the Seattle Seahawks added to their history of success in Arizona with a 22-16 victory over the Cardinals on Thursday night.

The Seahawks (6-3) limited Adrian Peterson to 29 yards in 21 carries in a game marred by a host of injuries and penalties, most of them against Seattle. But the Seahawks improved to 4-0-1 in Arizona in Bruce Arians' five seasons as coach of the Cardinals (4-5).

The only time the Seahawks haven't beaten Arians' team in Arizona was in last season's 6-6 tie.

Seattle's Kam Chancellor forced a fumble by Peterson on Arizona's first offensive play and later tackled him in the end zone for a safety.

At least seven players left the game with injuries, including Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman, who limped off the field in the third quarter with a heel injury. He had missed practice all week with an Achilles tendon problem.

NFL Sunday Matchups:

New York Jets are at Tampa Bay at 1 p.m.

New Orleans is at Buffalo 1 p.m.

New York Giants are at San Francisco 4:25 p.m.

New England Patriots are at Denver 8:30 p.m.

The Philadelphia Eagles have a bye week.


A federal appeals court in New York City has denied Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's bid to keep a six-game suspension over alleged domestic violence on hold.

Elliott was in court and the denial of the injunction makes him ineligible in Sunday's game at Atlanta.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that Elliott didn't meet the standards to continue blocking the suspension but ordered a hearing as soon as it could be scheduled.

He played the first eight games on three different legal reprieves. It wasn't immediately clear how soon the court would rule on Elliott's claim that he was treated unfairly by the NFL.

In other NFL news:

—The New England Patriots claimed tight end Martellus Bennett off waivers on Thursday, a day after he was cut by the Green Bay Packers for "failing to disclose a physical condition." The 30-year-old was listed as having a shoulder injury as Green Bay began preparations for its game Sunday at Chicago.

— Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase says right tackle Ja'Wuan James' left hamstring injury could be a long-term issue, and he's undergoing further medical evaluation. James was hurt in the loss Sunday to Oakland. Also, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has a knee injury.

— Detroit coach Jim Caldwell says guard T.J. Lang is going through the concussion protocol. Lang played in Monday's win at Green Bay. Caldwell said Thursday that Lang was having no issues until the start of practice Wednesday. He began feeling ill and was taken out of practice.

— A Massachusetts researcher says Aaron Hernandez suffered severe damage to parts of the brain that play an important role in memory, impulse control and behavior. The 27-year-old former New England Patriots player killed himself in April while serving life in prison for murder.

— Saints coach Sean Payton says injured cornerback Delvin Breaux is not expected to play this season because of a setback which occurred after he'd been designated to return from the club's injured reserve list. Payton, who addressed Breaux's status on Thursday, says, "Right now, he's going to remain on injured reserve."

— Joe Fortunato, the speedy linebacker who helped the Chicago Bears win the 1963 NFL title, has died. He was 87. Fortunato died Monday in Mississippi, where he starred at linebacker and fullback at Mississippi State.


James Harden had a triple-double of 35 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists to help the Houston Rockets to a 117-113 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night. Harden also had five steals and a block as Houston extended its winning streak to four games. LeBron James had 33 points for the Cavaliers and Jeff Green added 27.

More finals from around the league:

— John Wall's Wizards managed to make a double-digit edge hold up against the Lakers this time, with the All-Star point guard scoring 23 points and Bradley Beal 22 as Washington beat Los Angeles and cold-shooting Lonzo Ball 111-95. Washington's Otto Porter Jr. finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Markieff Morris scored 16 on 6-of-7 shooting. Ball had 10 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

— DeMar DeRozan scored 33 points, Serge Ibaka had 19 and the Toronto Raptors beat New Orleans 122-118 on Thursday night for their fifth straight win over the Pelicans. Kyle Lowry scored six of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and Jonas Valanciunas grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds as the Raptors won for the 13th time in 16 meetings with New Orleans. Jrue Holiday had a season-high 34 points and 11 assists for the Pelicans.

— De'Aaron Fox made a 19-foot jumper with 13.4 seconds remaining and the Sacramento Kings held on to beat Philadelphia 109-108 to end the 76ers' longest winning streak in six years. Two nights after coming from 17 points down to upset Oklahoma City and snap a seven-game losing streak, Sacramento (3-8) pulled off another stunner after closing the game with a 7-0 run. The Kings (3-8) led most of the second half but fell behind late in the fourth quarter.

— Emmanuel Mudiay scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, including the go-ahead 3-pointer midway through the period, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 102-94. Paul Milsap added 17 points and Nikola Jokic had 15 points to go with 11 rebounds for Denver. The Nuggets snapped a five-game losing streak at home to the Thunder. Carmelo Anthony had 28 points to lead the Thunder.

In other NBA news:

— Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd is being fined $15,000 by the NBA for public criticism of the officiating in a loss at Cleveland. Kidd made the comments after the 124-119 loss Tuesday night.

— Police say they believe they have found the gun used to kill former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, whose body was found in a swampy field in Tennessee seven years ago. A Memphis police spokeswoman says the gun was found in a lake in Walnut, Mississippi, about 75 miles east of Memphis.

— A person familiar with the situation says the NBA will hold the 2020 All-Star game in Chicago. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity. Commissioner Adam Silver, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and team officials are scheduled to make the announcement in Chicago on Friday afternoon.


Leon Draisaitl's goal with 16.3 seconds left in overtime lifted the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.

The Oilers, who are 6-8-1, have now won consecutive games for the first time all season. Anton Slepyshev and Milan Lucic also scored for Edmonton, and Cam Talbot made 32 saves.

The Devils have lost four straight to fall to 9-4-2.

Cory Schneider made 29 saves for New Jersey. Brian Boyle and Drew Stafford scored for the Devils.

Edmonton never led in until Draisaitl's game-winner.

In other NHL action:

— Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek each had a goal and two assists to lead the Philadelphia Flyers over the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1. Brian Elliott made 38 saves and Sean Couturier also scored for the Flyers, who avenged last Wednesday's 3-0 loss at Chicago while beating the Blackhawks for the 14th straight time in Philadelphia during the regular season.

— Jason Zucker scored three goals in the third period and Devan Dubnyk made 41 saves for a shutout as the Minnesota Wild beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-0 to end their three-game losing streak. It was the second multi-goal game in two nights for Zucker, who scored twice in a 4-2 loss at Toronto on Wednesday.

— Brayden Schenn and Alexander Steen scored in a shootout and Carter Hutton stopped both attempts he faced in the tiebreaker to lead the St. Louis Blues past the Arizona Coyotes 3-2. St. Louis beat the Coyotes for the 12th straight time and has won seven of eight overall.

— Jaromir Jagr scored his first goal for the Flames and added an assist to lead Calgary to a 6-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. After Jagr's rebound resulted in Mark Jankowski's first NHL goal to open the scoring 9:15 into the first period, the future Hall-of-Famer showed the type of finish around the net that has got him 766 career goals, second only to Wayne Gretzky.

— Jakob Silfverberg scored twice in 35 seconds and the Anaheim Ducks used three power-play goals to snap a four-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. Brandon Montour and Hampus Lindholm also scored for Anaheim. Backup goalie Ryan Miller made 19 saves.Sven Baertschi scored for Vancouver.

— Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov and Alex Killorn each had a goal and an assist during Tampa Bay's four-goal first period, and the NHL-leading Lightning beat the Los Angeles Kings 5-2 in an early meeting of division leaders. Victor Hedman also scored while Tampa Bay's stars led a fantastic four-goal outburst in just 2:02 to bury Jonathan Quick and the Pacific Division-leading Kings. Vladislav Namestnikov added a third-period goal and Peter Budaj made 22 saves.


Alabama point guard Collin Sexton will serve a one-game suspension for violating NCAA rules.

Sexton was rated one of the nation's Top 10 recruits and was the centerpiece of coach Avery Johnson's recruiting class.

He averaged 32.6 points and 6.3 rebounds as a senior at Pebblebrook High School in Mableton, Georgia.


Star receiver Quintez Cephus will miss the rest of the season for No. 6 Wisconsin because of an injured right leg. Coach Paul Chryst said after practice Thursday that Cephus had surgery this week.

He leads the Badgers in receiving yards and touchdown catches. The sophomore was hurt during the 45-17 win last week at Indiana. Cephus finishes the year with 30 catches for 501 yards and six scores.


Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost has broken his pelvis and several ribs during a fall on his property in Georgia. The team says the 62-year-old manager was working on a deer stand that gave way on Saturday.

Yost underwent surgery at Grady Hospital in Atlanta and was to be transferred to a rehabilitation facility.

In other baseball news:

— Don Mattingly will be back as Marlins manager next season. The decision by the team's top executive had been expected, with Mattingly entering the third season of a four-year contract. But the recent sale of the franchise to a group including Derek Jeter had left Mattingly's status in question.

— Former major league skipper Chip Hale will be the bench coach for new Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez, while Derek Lilliquist will be the team's pitching coach. Also joining the team are first base coach Tim Bogar and assistant hitting coach Joe Dillon. The Nationals had previously announced Kevin Long will be the hitting coach. Third base coach Bobby Henley was retained.

— The Cubs have hired Jim Hickey as their pitching coach and moved Brandon Hyde to bench coach. Hickey spent 11 years as Tampa Bay's pitching coach. He replacies Chris Bosio. Hyde takes over for Dave Martinez, who left to become the Washington Nationals' manager.

— A celebration of Roy Halladay's life will take place next Tuesday at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Florida, the spring training home of the Philadelphia Phillies. The two-time Cy Young Award winner died this week at age 40 when the private plane he was piloting crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. Halladay pitched for Toronto from 1998-2008 and for Philadelphia from 2009-13, going 203-105. He threw a perfect game in 2010.


Patton Kizzire carried some momentum from last week in Las Vegas by running off six straight birdies and opening with a 9-under 62 that gave him a two-shot lead Thursday in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

Kizzire closed with a 64 in Las Vegas to tie for fourth, his best finish in more than a year on the PGA Tour. Playing in the first group, Kizzire finished the front nine with two straight birdies, and then made four straight birdies on the back nine at the El Camaleon Golf Club at Mayakoba. A bogey on the 18th gave him a 62.

Vaughn Taylor played bogey-free for a 64.

Rickie Fowler, playing for the first time since the Presidents Cup, was at 65 along with PGA Tour rookie Brandon Harkins.

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