Update on the latest in sports:

November 15, 2017 - 8:36 am


Irving returns as Celtics continue streak

NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving had to wear a mask Tuesday, but it did nothing to hide his talent.

Irving scored 25 points in his return to the lineup as the Boston Celtics earned their 13th consecutive victory, 109-102 at Brooklyn. Irving missed one game with a minor facial fracture after he was hit by teammate Aron Baynes on Friday. He fiddled with his protective facial mask frequently, but it didn't seem to affect his play much.

Marcus Morris added 21 points and 10 rebounds to help the Celtics improve to an NBA-best 13-2 heading into Thursday's game against Golden State.

Checking out Tuesday's other NBA action:

— LaMarcus Aldridge scored a season-high 32 points and coach Gregg Popovich picked up his 500th career road win as the Spurs knocked off the Mavericks 97-91. Patty Mills added a season-best 19 points, including a 3-pointer and a driving layup right after Dallas got within a point early in the fourth quarter.

— DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points and the Raptors led by as many as 21 in the first half before holding off the Rockets 129-113. Houston ended a six-game winning streak despite James Harden, who scored a game-high 38 points and was 19 of 19 from the line.


Crimson Tide is No. 1 in CFP

UNDATED (AP) — Alabama has replaced Georgia as the No. 1 team in the College Football Playoff rankings.

The 10-0 Crimson Tide took the top spot their win over Mississippi St. and the Bulldogs' 23-point loss to Auburn last weekend.

Clemson is second, with Miami and Oklahoma joining the Tigers and Crimson Tide among the top four for the first time. Wisconsin was fifth, and Auburn climbed to sixth.

Georgia dropped to seventh, and Notre Dame slipped from third to eighth following its blowout loss to the Hurricanes.


5th Wheaton football player pleads not guilty in hazing case

WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — A fifth Wheaton College football player charged with battery in the hazing of a teammate at the suburban Chicago school has pleaded not guilty.

James Cooksey is due back in court Jan. 11 along with the other four, who have also pleaded not guilty.

All five are accused of duct-taping their teammate, then dumping him half-naked in a park in March 2016.


Tennessee State football player expelled for punching coach

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee State University football player has been dismissed from the team and expelled from the school for hitting a coach.

TSU athletic director Teresa Phillips told The Tennessean that 22-year-old senior defensive end Latrelle Lee was kicked off the team and expelled Monday. Videos show Lee hitting head strength coach T.J. Greenstone twice in the head, knocking him to the turf on the sideline during Saturday's game against Southeast Missouri.


Blue Devils beat Spartans in 1-2 matchup

UNDATED (AP) — Top-ranked Duke and No. 4 Kansas were the winners in the Champions Classic in Chicago.

Grayson Allen scored a career-high 37 points and freshman Trevon Duval added 17 with 10 assists in the Blue Devils' 88-81 win against No. 2 Michigan State. Allen made five 3-pointers and scored 21 points in the second half to help make up for the absence of freshman phenom Marvin Bagley III, who suffered an eye injury before intermission.

Miles Bridges, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Nick Ward each scored 19 points for the Spartans, who blocked 12 shots and shot 51 percent from the floor.

In the second game, Svi Mykhailiuk scored 17 points and Devonte Graham hit the clinching free throws to give the Jayhawks a 65-61 victory against seventh-ranked Kentucky. Malik Newman had a key rebound in the closing seconds and hit two foul shots to help Kansas knock off the Wildcats.

Kevin Knox was high man for Kentucky with 20 points.

In other top-25 finals:

— Mikal Bridges scored a career-high 23 points and furnished four of Villanova's team-record 13 blocks in a 113-77 laugher against Nicholls. Donte DiVincenzo added 20 points and Jalen Brunson had 17 while the fifth-ranked Wildcats shot 58 percent from the field.

— Zach Norvell Jr. scored 18 points and fellow freshman Corey Kispert added 13 as No. 17 Gonzaga pounded Howard 106-69. The Zags hit 14 3-pointers, held Howard to 30 percent shooting and outrebounded the Bison 51-33.

— Center Isaac Haas scored 22 points, and No. 19 Purdue dominated underneath the basket to forge an 86-71 win at Marquette. Carsen Edwards had 15 points for the Boilermakers, who outrebounded the Golden Eagles 34-23 and outscored them 30-12 in the paint.


Three UCLA players return to US after China shoplifting incident

UNDATED (AP) — Three UCLA basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting have returned to Los Angeles.

Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were held up in Hangzhou for questioning following allegations of shoplifting last week before the 23rd-ranked Bruins played Georgia Tech in their season-opening game in Shanghai.

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said Tuesday the matter "has been resolved to the satisfaction of the Chinese authorities." Scott thanked President Donald Trump, the White House and the State Department for their efforts in resolving the matter.

There was no immediate word on the trio's status for the team's home opener Wednesday night against Central Arkansas.

In other college basketball news:

— Georgia Tech star Josh Okogie will serve a six-game suspension, while teammate Tadric Jackson must sit out three games for accepting benefits in violation of NCAA rules. The school turned itself in to the NCAA last month, saying an internal investigation showed Jackson and Okogie received apparel, meals and transportation valued between $525 and $750 from a person who was not a booster or a school employee.

— Braxton Beverly is now eligible to play for the North Carolina State men's basketball team after the NCAA reconsidered its original ruling. Beverly was initially ruled ineligible after taking two summer courses at Ohio State. He sought a waiver of the one-year undergraduate transfer rule when he enrolled at N.C. State after the Buckeyes made a coaching change.


Molitor, Lovullo take manager honors

UNDATED (AP) — The Baseball Writers' Association of America has announced the winners for the American and National League managers of the year.

The Minnesota Twins' one-year turnaround has led Paul Molitor to be named the AL Manager of the Year. The Twins went 85-77 this past season and earned their first playoff spot since 2010 after losing 103 games in 2016.

Molitor received 18 of 30 first-place votes. Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona received 11 first-place votes to finish second in the balloting, one spot ahead of Houston's A.J. Hinch.

Torey Lovullo is the NL Manager of the Year after guiding the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 93-69 record and a wild-card berth in his first year at the helm. Lovullo received 18 of 30 first-place votes and 111 points in voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Dave Roberts of the pennant-winning Los Angeles Dodgers was second, and Colorado's Bud Black was third.


Red Sox great Bobby Doerr dies at 99

BOSTON (AP) — Hall of Fame second baseman Bobby Doerr (dohr) has died at age 99.

Doerr was dubbed the "Silent Captain" by longtime Boston Red Sox teammate and life-long friend Ted Williams.

Doerr played 14 seasons with the Red Sox from 1937 to 1951, posting a .288 career average with 2,042 hits, 223 home runs, and 1,247 RBIs. He had six 100-RBI seasons, an accomplishment that was not matched by another second baseman for 25 years.


"Go-Go" Chisox outfielder "Jungle Jim" Rivera dies at 96

CHICAGO (AP) — Former Chicago White Sox outfielder "Jungle Jim" Rivera has died at age 96.

Rivera played for Chicago from 1952-61 and was a member of the "Go-Go" Sox team that won the 1959 AL pennant, ending the club's 40-year postseason drought.

Rivera led the league in steals in 1955, two years after topping the circuit in triples. He batted .256 in a career that included short stints with the St. Louis Browns and Kansas City Athletics.


Stanton could sit Sunday

UNDATED (AP) — Quarterback Drew Stanton's knee injury could clear the way for Blaine Gabbert to make his debut for the Arizona Cardinals Sunday against the Texans in Houston.

Stanton sprained a knee early in Thursday's 22-16 loss to Seattle but managed to stay in the game. He has started two games since Carson Palmer was lost for the season with a broken left arm.

In other NFL news:

— Panthers rookie wide receiver Curtis Samuel is done for the year and will undergo season-ending surgery on his left ankle. Samuel injured his ankle in the third quarter of Carolina's 45-21 win over the Dolphins Monday after grabbing five passes for 45 yards in the game.

— The Bills have signed defensive tackle Deandre Coleman after yielding 492 yards rushing in their last two games. Coleman will be given an opportunity to fill the spot left open after Buffalo traded Marcell Dareus to Jacksonville last month.

— The Seahawks have signed veteran cornerback Byron Maxwell to help make up for the loss of Richard Sherman to a season-ending Achilles tendon injury. Sherman has been placed on injured reserve by Seattle, which also put running back C.J. Prosise on IR with an ankle injury.

— Running back Rob Kelley and inside linebacker Will Compton landed on the Redskins' injured reserve list. Kelley sprained a ligament in his left knee and Compton sprained a foot during Sunday's loss to the Vikings.

— Browns linebacker Jamie Collins has been placed on IR after suffering a season-ending knee injury.


Sheary lifts Pens

UNDATED (AP) — Conor Sheary's second goal of the night and eighth of the season sent the Pittsburgh Penguins to just the second win in their last six games.

Sheary scored just 16 seconds into overtime to complete the Pens' comeback in a 5-4 win over the Sabres. Buffalo led 3-1 and 4-3 before Phil Kessel tied it with 6:11 left in regulation.

Kessel, Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist each finished with a goal and an assist as the Penguins dropped the Sabres to 5-9-4.

Elsewhere on NHL ice:

— The Predators stretched their winning streak to five games as Mattias (mah-TEE-uhs) Ekholm and Kevin Fiala (fee-AL'-uh) each had a goal and an assist in a 6-3 verdict over the Capitals. Filip Forsberg notched his 100th NHL goal and Pekka Rinne (PEH'-kuh REE'-nay) stopped 26 shots for Nashville.

— Devan Dubnyk (DOOOB'-nihk) posted his third straight shutout and Nino Niederreiter (NEE'-dur-eye-tur) scored 12 seconds into the Wild's 3-0 win against the Flyers. Dubnyk turned back 30 shots and led Minnesota to its third consecutive win.

— The Blue Jackets earned a 2-1 win over the Canadiens on Zach Werenski's goal 69 seconds into OT. Josh Anderson also scored to back Sergei Bobrovsky (boh-BRAHF'-skee), who stopped 28 shots and was perfect until Paul Byron tied the game with 7:46 left in regulation.

— The Oilers rolled to an 8-2 win over the Golden Knights as Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins deliver two goals apiece. Oscar Klefbom (KLEHF'-bahm) and Patrick Maroon each added a goal and an assist as part of Edmonton's season-high offensive explosion.

— Jonathan Huberdeau (HOO'-bur-doh) had two power-play goals and Vincent Trocheck (TROH'-chehk) scored the winner in a shootout to lift the Panthers over the Stars 4-3. Aleksander Barkov scored in regulation and the shootout as Florida won for only the second time in its last eight games.

— The Jets beat the Coyotes for the second time in four days behind Connor Hellebuyck's (HEH'-leh-buhks) 32 saves in a 4-1 triumph at Winnipeg. Hellebuyck improved to 9-1-2 and helped the Jets deal the Coyotes their fifth consecutive loss.

— Sven Baertschi (BEHR'-chee) scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period of the Canucks' 3-2 comeback win against the Kings. Vancouver rallied after Tanner Pearson and Anze Kopitar (AHN'-zhay KOH'-pih-tahr) scored in the first 3:14 to give Los Angeles a two-goal advantage.


Two NHL deals

UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers swapped forwards on Tuesday, with Mike Cammalleri heading to Alberta for Jussi Jokinen (YOO'-see YOH-kih-nehn).

Cammalleri has three goals and four assists this season after scoring at least 19 goals in nine of his 14 NHL seasons. The 34-year-old Jokinen has one assist in 14 games with Edmonton.

Another NHL deal Tuesday had the Arizona Coyotes sending goalie Louis Domingue (LOO'-ee doh-MIHNG') to the Tampa Bay Lightning for forward Tye McGinn and goalie Michael Leighton. Domingue played well at times as Mike Smith's backup last season, but was just 0-6 with a 4.33 goals-against average this season.


Papa John's apologizes for criticizing NFL anthem protests

UNDATED (AP) — Papa John's has apologized for comments made by CEO John Schnatter, blaming sluggish pizza sales on NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.

The company is a major NFL sponsor and advertiser, and Schnatter said on an earnings call Nov. 1 that "NFL leadership has hurt Papa John's shareholders" and that the protests "should have been nipped in the bud a year and a half ago."

The company tweeted a statement Tuesday night, offering to "work with the players and league to find a positive way forward."

The company's stock has fallen by nearly 13 percent since Schnatter's comments.

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