Sunday, November 29
Kobe to retire
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is in the midst of his 20th NBA season, and he says it will be his last.
The 37-year-old Bryant says he will retire after the season, making the announcement in a post on The Players' Tribune on Sunday. He says his heart and mind can handle another season, but his body knows it's time to say goodbye.
Bryant ranks third on the NBA's career scoring list with more than 32,000 points. He's won two Olympic gold medals, earned five NBA titles and been named an All-Star 17 times. But this season has been a struggle. He is averaging just 15.7 points on a career-worst 32 percent shooting in 12 games, numbers that have contributed to the Lakers' 2-13 start.
76ers tie one losing record, extend another
UNDATED (AP) — One game after the Philadelphia 76ers set an NBA record for consecutive losses, they managed to tie another mark for futility.
The Sixers are 0-18 after Mike Conley scored 20 points and had five assists to lead Memphis past Philadelphia 92-84. Zach Randolph finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who trailed by five with 7 ½ minutes left before going on a 15-1 run.
The 76ers have tied the record for longest season-opening losing streak, set by the 2009-10 Nets. Philadelphia also has dropped 28 straight since last March.
In other NBA play:
— The Hornets are 5-1 on their seven game homestand following an 87-82 win against Milwaukee. Kemba Walker scored 22 points and Nicolas Batum (bah-TOOM') added 15 to help the Hornets improve to 10-7 on the season.
— Blake Griffin scored 12 of his 26 points in the final 6:32 to lead the Clippers to a 107-99 victory over Minnesota. Chris Paul had 20 points and nine assists, and J.J. Redick added 18 points to help the Clippers beat the Timberwolves for the 13th consecutive time and seventh straight at Staples Center.
— Eric Bledsoe had 20 points and 11 assists as Phoenix beat Toronto 107-102 to end a four-game losing streak. Mirza Teletovic shot 6-for-7 from 3-point range in scoring 20 points for the Suns.
— Orlando picked up its third straight win as Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE'-poh) scored 19 points and Nik Vucevic (voo-SEH'-vihich) added 18 and 10 rebounds in a 110-91 romp over Boston. Tobias Harris had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Magic.
— James Harden provided 26 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in Houston's 116-111 overtime win at New York. Marcus Thornton scored seven of the Rockets' 15 overtime points and finished with 18.
— Brooklyn beat Detroit 87-83 behind Thaddeus Young's 19 points and 10 boards. The Pistons fell to 8-9 despite Andre Drummond's league-high 15th double-double: 20 points and 18 rebounds.
Bengals get back to winning
UNDATED (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals emphatically shook off their recent slide.
Andy Dalton threw three touchdown passes to pace Cincinnati to a 31-7 win over St. Louis. Dalton was 20 of 27 for 233 yards with touchdowns of 9 and 18 yards to A.J. Green. Tyler Eifert also had his NFL-leading 12th touchdown catch and Leon Hall returned one of three Nick Foles interceptions for a touchdown
The AFC North-leading Bengals snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 9-2.
In other NFL finals:
— Arizona picked up its fifth straight win as Carson Palmer ran for a go-ahead, 8-yard touchdown with 2:28 left to send the Cardinals to an ugly 19-13 victory over San Francisco. David Johnson ran for a 1-yard touchdown in the third quarter for the 9-2 Cardinals, who still lead the NFC West by three games over Seattle. The 49ers are 3-8.
— The Seahawks are 6-5 after Russell Wilson tied a team record with five touchdown passes in a 39-30 win over Pittsburgh. Wilson was 21 of 30 with three TD passes to Doug Baldwin and two to Jermaine Kearse (kurs). Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (RAWTH'-lis-bur-gur) was 36 of 55 for 456 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions before leaving the game in the fourth quarter due to concussion protocal. Pittsburgh dropped to 6-5.
— Adrian Peterson rushed for 158 yards and two touchdowns to lead Minnesota over Atlanta 20-10. The Vikings improved to 8-3 to hold onto first in the NFC North. Matt Ryan threw two interceptions for the slumping Falcons including one in the end zone when they were poised to score. Atlanta has lost five of six to drop to 6-5.
— Forty-year old Matt Hasselbeck threw a pair of second half touchdown passes to lead the Colts to a 25-12 win over Tampa Bay. Hasselbeck was 26-of-45 for 315 yards to win for the fourth time as a starter for the injured Andrew Luck. Forty-two year old Adam Vinatieri kicked four field goals for the 6-5 Colts who improved their playoff standing. The Buccaneers fell to 5-6.
— Kansas City got a pair of touchdown passes from Alex Smith in a 30-22 win over Buffalo. The Chiefs have won five in a row to improve to 6-5 and join the playoff hunt. Alex Ware rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown, while Jeremy Maclin had nine receptions for 160 yards and a touchdown.
— Kirk Cousins threw for a touchdown and ran for another to lead Washington to a 20-14 win over the Giants. Washington improves to 5-6 and joins the Giants at the top of the weak NFC East. Cousins was 20 of 29 for 302 yards passing. Eli Manning threw three interceptions before trying to rally the Giants from a 20-0 deficit. He connected on fourth quarter touchdown passes to Rueben Randel and Odell Beckham, Jr. who made a highlight reel one-handed catch.
— Brian Hoyer passed for 205 yards and two touchdowns in Houston's 24-6 win over New Orleans. The Texans defense held New Orleans without a touchdown for the first time since 2005 and kept Drew Brees from throwing a touchdown pass for the first time in 46 games. Houston has won four in a row to improve to 6-5.
— Derek Carr threw a 12 -yard touchdown pass to Seth Roberts to cap a 330-yard passing day with 1:21 to play lifting Oakland to a 23-21 win over Tennessee. It was Carr's third scoring pass of the game and second to Roberts. Titans rookie quarterback Marcus Mariotta (mar-ee-OH'-tah) also threw for three scores.
— Phillip Rivers threw for four touchdowns in San Diego's 31-25 win over Jacksonville. Antonio Gates caught two of the scoring tosses to help the Chargers snap a six-game skid. Rivers passed Joe Montana and tied Vinny Testaverde for 11th on the NFL's all-time TD pass list with 275.
— Ryan Fitzpatrick threw four touchdown passes in the Jets 38-20 win over Miami. He connected twice with Brandon Marshall and once each with rookie Devin Smith and Eric Decker. The 6-5 Jets had lost four of their last five. The 4-7 Dolphins have lost four of five.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-AP POLL
Tigers still No. 1, Oklahoma up to third
UNDATED (AP) — Clemson continues to hold onto the top spot in this week's Associated Press college football poll.
The 12-0 Tigers picked up 53 of the 61 first-place votes after holding off South Carolina. The other eight go to second-ranked Alabama, which wrapped up the SEC West title with a win over Auburn.
Oklahoma is third, followed by Iowa and Michigan State. Ohio State, Stanford, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Florida State round out the top 10.
Richt out at Georgia
UNDATED (AP) — Longtime Georgia coach Mark Richt is out of a job as the fallout from unfulfilled expectations begins in college football.
He has stepped down in what Richt calls a mutual decision.
The Bulldogs are 9-3 and bowl bound, but the losses to Tennessee, Alabama and Florida ruined any chances for the goal of winning an SEC title. Georgia was picked to win the SEC East.
Richt was 145-51 in 15 seasons.
— Virginia Tech has hired Memphis' Justin Fuente as its next football coach. He will replace Frank Beamer who's departing after 29 years. The 39-year-old Fuente has spent the past four seasons turning a struggling program into a winner. The Tigers went 10-3 last season and are heading to a bowl game with a 9-3 mark this season.
— Rutgers has fired coach Kyle Flood and athletic director Julie Hermann. The Scarlet Knights just finished a 4-8 season that was a mess on and off the field. Flood was suspended for three games for making inappropriate contact with a professor regarding a player's academics, and seven players have been arrested since August.
— Mike London has resigned as Virginia head coach after failing to produce a winning season in five of his six years. London had a 27-46 record at the school.
— Toledo's Matt Campbell will be Iowa State's new football coach, a person briefed on the decision has told The Associated Press. Campbell will replace Paul Rhoads, who was fired a week ago after seven seasons leading the Cyclones.
Tigers get Zimmermann
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers reportedly have landed one of the top free agent starting pitchers, getting right-hander Jordan Zimmermann.
The 29-year-old Zimmermann went 13-10 with a 3.66 ERA last season for the Washington Nationals, striking out 164 with 39 walks. He went 14-5 with a 2.66 ERA in 2014.
CBS Sports first reported the deal, which was pending a physical. ESPN.com reported the financial terms at $110 million over five years.
TOP 25 BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE
Shockers lose again
UNDATED (AP) — The good news for 20th-ranked Iowa State is that injured forward Anton Grady was able to fly back with the team from Orlando, Florida. The bad news is that the Shockers likely will drop out of the top 25 after going 0-3 in the AdvoCare Invitational.
Wichita State is just 2-4 after Jarrod Uthoff scored 22 points to lead Iowa's 84-62 rout of the Shockers in the tournament's seventh-place game. Uthoff had 13 points as the Hawkeyes took a commanding 40-21 halftime lead.
Eric Hamilton had a team-high 14 points for the Shockers, whose slide began when Grady fell face-first following a collision during the tournament opener against Alabama.
Grady was recovering from what doctors believe is a spinal cord concussion that showed no signs of trauma. The school said Grady is walking with assistance.
In other top 25 play:
— Grayson Allen and Luke Kennard scored 22 points each to lead No. 6 Duke to an 85-52 win over Utah State. The Blue Devils shot 56 percent from the field and improved to 6-1 with their fourth straight win.
— Ryan Spangler had 20 points and 14 rebounds to help No. 7 Oklahoma defeat Wisconsin 65-48. Isaiah Cousins added 14 points for the 4-0 Sooners, who led for all but 30 seconds against last year's national runner-up.
— Allonzo Trier and Kadeem Allen scored 13 points each to lead No. 11 Arizona's 68-59 victory over Boise State in the third-place game of the DirecTV Wooden Legac. Ryan Anderson added 11 points and seven rebounds for the 6-1 Wildcats, whose only loss game in the semifinals against Providence.
— Retin Obasohan capped his 19-point night by hitting the winning layup with 8 seconds left in Alabama's 74-73 upset win over No. 17 Notre Dame in the fifth-place game at the AdvoCare Invitational. Arthur Edwards scored all 15 of his points in the first half.
— No. 23 Xavier won the Advocare Invitational as Edmond Sumner contributed 14 points in a 90-61 pounding of Dayton. Trevon Bluiett and Myles Davis had 12 points apiece for the 7-0 Musketeers.
— Keith Frazier scored 23 points to lead No. 25 SMU to a 77-69 win over Brown. The victory moved the Mustangs to 4-0.
Panthers top Red Wings in overtime
DETROIT (AP) — The Florida Panthers won the NHL's lone game of the day, while continuing their recent success in Motown.
The Panthers picked up their fifth straight win in Detroit by downing the Red Wings 2-1 on Brian Campbell's goal 1:20 into overtime.
Reilly Smith's goal at 14:38 of the third period evened the game for the Panthers and set up the overtime. Florida hasn't lost in regulation at Detroit since Dec. 15, 2007.
The Red Wings' Dylan Larkin opened the scoring in the second period with his team-leading 10th goal.
Murray leads Britain to victory
GHENT, Belgium (AP) — Andy Murray has given Britain its first Davis Cup title in 79 years.
Murray beat Belgium's David Goffin 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 in the first of reverse singles to give Britain an insurmountable 3-1 lead.
It was the first Davis Cup win since Fred Perry led Britain to victory in 1936.