Review Category : National Sports

Paul Leads Clippers Past Suns, 120-107

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Clippers point guard Chris Paul had a team high 32 points and nine assists as Los Angeles (5-3) clipped the Phoenix Suns (5-5), 120-107 on Saturday night.

The Clippers took an early 27-23 lead after the first quarter, but the Suns managed to tie the game at 54-54 going into half-time. In the third quarter, the Clippers turned up the offense, outscoring the Suns by 22 points with Paul contributing 11 points.

Clippers center DeAndre Jordan finished the game with 12 points, 18 rebounds and seven block shots while forward Blake Griffin had 19 points and eight rebounds.

Guard Gerald Green led the way for the Suns with 26 points on 10-of-19 shooting, including 4-of-8 from beyond the arc.

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Penguins Outlast N.Y. Rangers in Shootout, 3-2

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(PITTSBURGH) — Penguins center Brandon Sutter scored in the fourth round of a shootout to give Pittsburgh (12-3-1; 25pts) a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers (7-6-4; 18pts) on Saturday night.

The Rangers thought they had the game won in the third round when defenseman Dan Boyle scored, but his goal was waived off following a video review which showed him hitting the puck on a rebound. The teams were called back on the ice to complete the game.

New York had a chance to force a fifth round, but Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury stopped Rick Nash to secure the win. Fleury made 29 saves while Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist stopped 36 shots.

The Rangers took a 2-1 lead at 16:24 into the first period following a power play goal from forward Martin St. Louis. The Penguins tied it at 8:09 of the second period courtesy of center Evgeni Malkin’s seventh goal of the season.

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(3) Florida State Thwarts Miami’s Upset Bid

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.) — For the third time in its last four games Florida State found itself down at halftime, and as it did every other time, FSU won.

Dalvin Cook ran for a 26-yard touchdown with 3:05 remaining in the game, giving FSU its first lead of the contest and the No. 3 Seminoles held on from there as they avoid the upset and beat rival Miami, 30-26 Saturday night.

“They love each other and it gets down to that,” Florida State head coach Jeff Fisher said. “They play for each other. They don’t panic. This is a heck of a Miami football team. Give them credit … but our kids just execute when they have to.”

Miami (6-4, 3-3 ACC) came to play. It scored twice in the first quarter and got a field goal early in the second quarter to put them up 16-0 before Florida State did anything. The Seminoles would end up scoring on a 44-yard run by Cook but the Hurricanes answered right back when true freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya threw a 61-yard touchdown to Clive Walford. Roberto Aguayo would hit the first of his three field goals before the end of the quarter to go into halftime with Miami up by 13.

The second half was a different story.

This time it was Florida State (10-0, 7-0 ACC) that played the aggressor outscoring the Hurricanes 20-3 in route to its 26th-straight victory.

Miami was still alive with 39 seconds to play. It had the ball on the Florida State 43 but Kaaya’s pass was intercepted by Jalen Ramsey to seal the Seminoles fifth-straight win over the Hurricanes.

Florida State will try to keep its undefeated record intact next Saturday when it hosts Boston College (6-4, 3-3 ACC).

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Diamondbacks Acquire Pitcher Jeremy Hellickson from the Rays

BananaStock/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) — Dave Stewart’s first major move as the general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks is official as he has acquired starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson from the Tampa Bay Rays.

In exchange, the Diamondbacks are sending two minor league prospects, infielder Andrew Velazquez and outfielder Justin Williams.

“I’m definitely excited to get over there to Arizona and get back to the pitcher I was,” Hellickson told the Tampa Bay Times. “I’d heard enough rumors so you kind of expect something, but I’m definitely kind of shocked. I’m definitely going to miss a lot of people over there.”

This ends Hellickson’s tenure with the only team he’s ever known during his five-year Major League career. He started off great as he won the American League Rookie of the Year Award in 2010. Despite his initial success, he’s struggled to regain his ROY form the past two seasons.

In 2013, he posted a 5.17 ERA while going 12-10. He spent time on the disabled list in 2014 while going 1-5 with a 4.52 ERA.

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ABC Scoreboard Roundup 11/15/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NCAAF Top-25: (4) TCU 34 (9-1) – Kansas 30 (3-7)

(5) Alabama 25 (9-1) – (1) Mississippi State 20 (9-1)

(8) Ohio State 31 (9-1) – (25) Minnesota 24 (7-3)

(14) Arizona 27 (8-2) – Washington 26 (6-5)

(15) Georgia 34 (7-2) – (9) Auburn 7 (7-2)

Arkansas 17 (5-5) – (17) LSU 0 (7-4)

Northwestern 43 (4-6) – (18) Notre Dame 40 (7-3)

(20) Wisconsin 59 (8-2) – (16) Nebraska 24 (8-2)

Virginia Tech 17 (5-5) – (21) Duke 16 (8-2)

(22) Georgia Tech 28 (9-2) – (19) 6 (7-3)

(23) Utah 20 (7-3) – Stanford 17 (5-5)

NCAAB Top-25: (4) Duke 109 (2-0) – Fairfield 59 (1-1)

(24) Michigan 92 (1-0) – Hillsdale 68

NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers 127 (5-3) – Atlanta Hawks 94 (5-4)

Toronto Raptors 111 (8-2) – Utah Jazz 93 (4-7)

Washington Wizards 98 (7-2) – Orlando Magic 93 (4-7)

Memphis Grizzlies 95 (9-1) – Detroit Pistons 88 (3-7)

Indiana Pacers 99 (4-7) – Chicago Bulls 90 (7-3)

Dallas Mavericks 131 (7-3) – Minnesota Timberwovles 117 (2-7)

NHL: Boston Bruins 2 (11-8-0) – Carolina Hurricanes 1 (5-8-3)

Minnesota Wild 2 (9-7-0) – Dallas Stars 1 (6-7-4)

Los Angeles Kings 3 (8-5-4) – Anaheim Ducks 2 (11-3-3) – Overtime

Buffalo Sabres 6 (4-13-2) – Toronto Maple Leafs 2 (9-7-2)

Montreal Canadiens 6 (13-4-1) – Philadelphia Flyers 3 (7-7-2)

Tampa Bay Lightning 5 (12-4-2) – New York Islanders 2 (11-6-0)

Colorado Avalanche 3 (6-8-5) – New Jersey Devils 2 (8-8-2)

Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (12-3-1) – New York Rangers 2 (7-6-4) – Shootout

Columbus Blue Jackets 2 (6-10-1) – San Jose Sharks 1 (9-8-2)

Nashville Predators 2 (11-4-2) – Winnipeg Jets 1 (9-7-2)

St. Louis Blues 4 (12-4-1) – Washington Capitals 1 (7-7-3)

NASCAR: Matt Kenseth wins the NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford EcoBoost 300

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Crimson Tide Dash Bulldogs Undefeated Hopes

American Football Field Yard Lines IStockPhoto/ Thinkstock(TUSCALOOSA, Al.) — Alabama handed Mississippi State their first loss of the season Saturday as the Crimson Tide won a tight one 25-20.

Alabama confused and stymied Dak Prescott all game as they contained the dual threat quarterback and forced him into costly mistakes.

Prescott threw three interceptions on the day, none more costly than a pick thrown late in the third quarter. The Bulldogs had marched down to the Alabama 15 yard line, trailing by 13. Prescott forced a pass to his left and Crimson Tide corner Cyrus Jones was waiting on the pass: stealing possession of the ball.

Alabama’s offense was methodical. The Tide ran for 124 yards and threw for 211 yards; 88 of which were caught by star wide receiver Amari Cooper. He also added a touchdown reception. T.J. Yeldon ground out 72 yards on 16 carries and punched in a touchdown.

The loss certainly comes at a bad time for Mississippi State as the college football regular season winds down and four teams will be selected for college football’s inaugural playoff. The win will boost Alabama’s chances of contending once again for the grand prize of collegiate football.

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Crimson Tide Dash Bulldogs Undefeated Hopes

American Football Field Yard Lines IStockPhoto/ Thinkstock(TUSCALOOSA, Al.) — Alabama handed Mississippi State their first loss of the season Saturday as the Crimson Tide won a tight one 25-20.

Alabama confused and stymied Dak Prescott all game as they contained the dual threat quarterback and forced him into costly mistakes.

Prescott threw three interceptions on the day, none more costly than a pick thrown late in the third quarter. The Bulldogs had marched down to the Alabama 15 yard line, trailing by 13. Prescott forced a pass to his left and Crimson Tide corner Cyrus Jones was waiting on the pass: stealing possession of the ball.

Alabama’s offense was methodical. The Tide ran for 124 yards and threw for 211 yards; 88 of which were caught by star wide receiver Amari Cooper. He also added a touchdown reception. T.J. Yeldon ground out 72 yards on 16 carries and punched in a touchdown.

The loss certainly comes at a bad time for Mississippi State as the college football regular season winds down and four teams will be selected for college football’s inaugural playoff. The win will boost Alabama’s chances of contending once again for the grand prize of collegiate football.

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(4) TCU Rallies Late to Edge Kansas

iStockphoto(LAWRENCE, Kan.) — Trailing 27-17 with under four minutes to play in the third quarter, No. 4 TCU scored 17 unanswered points to rally past Kansas 34-30 Saturday.

Kansas took a 27-17 lead after a Michael Cummings 78-yard touchdown to Nigel King with 8:27 remaining in the third quarter. But TCU put together an 80-yard drive on their next offensive possession that ended with a 24-yard touchdown run by Aaron Green to get within three. The Horned Frogs defense then forced a three-and-out on the Jayhawks, which elected to punt. That punt was returned for a 57 yard touchdown by Cameron Echols-Luper to give TCU the lead for good.

Cummings was intercepted by Chris Hackett with 3:26 remaining securing the victory for TCU (9-1, 6-1, Big 12).

“A lot of people would have lost that ballgame,” TCU head coach Gary Patterson said. “There wasn’t any style points here other than the fact that we fought back and won the game.”

Trevone Boykin threw for 330 yards and a touchdown in the win.

Cummings finished with 332 yards passing and two touchdowns for Kansas (3-7, 1-6 Big 12).

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(8) Ohio State Hangs On to Beat (25) Minnesota

Football Texture/iStockphoto(MINNEAPOLIS) — Freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett accounted for four touchdowns to help No. 8 Ohio State tip No. 25 Minnesota 31-24 Saturday.

Barrett, who took over at the beginning of the year when Braxton Miller was ruled out for the season, completed 15 of 25 passes for 200 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for 189 yards and a touchdown in the win. His four touchdowns give him 38 for the season, a new school record.

“I had no idea that this is who J.T. Barrett is,” Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said. “Very clear picture of who he is now.”

Ohio State (9-1, 6-0 Big Ten) led 31-14 lead with 10:08 remaining in the game before Minnesota started a comeback.

After forcing the Golden Gophers to punt on their next drive, Buckeyes punt returner Jalin Marshall fumbled the ball which was recovered by Minnesota on Ohio State’s 14 yard line. Two plays later David Cobb rushed for his third touchdown of the game to cut the Buckeyes’ lead to 10. Ryan Santoso would kick a 34-yard field goal on the Golden Gophers next drive to make it a 31-24 game. Minnesota then tried an onside kick but Ohio State recovered to seal the win.

“Every guy on our team believes that we’re a good enough team to win those games,” Cobb said, who finished the game with 145 rushing yards.

Minnesota (7-3, 4-2 Big Ten) has now lost 37 of its last 39 games versus Ohio State.

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Adam Silver Calls for Legalized Sports Betting

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(NEW YORK) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver believes it is time for society to embrace sports gambling.

Silver wrote an op-ed on the New York Times website calling for the United States government to embrace placing bets on professional sports in a heavily legislated manner; similar to the manner in which Europe runs its betting market.

From the New York Times article, Silver writes:

“…despite legal restrictions, sports betting is widespread. It is a thriving underground business that operates free from regulation or oversight. Because there are few legal options available, those who wish to bet resort to illicit bookmaking operations and shady offshore websites. There is no solid data on the volume of illegal sports betting activity in the United States, but some estimate that nearly $400 billion is illegally wagered on sports each year.”

A New Jersey judge is expected to make a ruling on the legality of the state accepting bets on sporting events. The NBA, as well as the other major sports leagues have filed an injunction to ban the state from accepting such wagers.

When asked to comment on the article, Tim Frank, VP of Communications at the NBA told ABC Radio that, “the article speaks for itself and we don’t have any additional comments to make on it.”

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