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Mourinho loses in Old Trafford return; Liverpool wins derby

Tottenham's manager Jose Mourinho, left, reacts as Manchester United's Marcus Rashford, centre, and Tottenham's Davinson Sanchez challenge for the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Steve Douglas, AP

Jose Mourinho was standing on the edge of his technical area near the halfway line when Manchester United midfielder Daniel James came sliding off the field and clattered head-first into the right knee of the Portuguese coach.

Mourinho just about stayed on his feet but grimaced as he clutched his knee before hobbling away.

It was a rough return to Old Trafford for the former United manager on Wednesday.

Two weeks into his time at Tottenham and Mourinho has finally lost a game — and it just had to be against the club that fired him a year ago.

United won 2-1 to end Tottenham's run of three wins since the arrival of Mourinho, with Marcus Rashford scoring both of the home team's goals and celebrating them maybe with a little dig at his old manager.

"Doubters just spur me on," Rashford wrote on Twitter after the match, potentially a reference to Mourinho who, in one standout incident during his time at United, turned his back to Rashford and folded his arms in disgust after the striker missed an easy chance in a Champions League match against Young Boys in November last year. Less than a month later, Mourinho was fired.

Tottenham, which slipped to eighth place and behind United in the standings, has now conceded two goals in each of the four games Mourinho has been in charge — a statistic that must concern a coach who usually sets his teams up to defend resolutely.

If Tottenham can't stop allowing goals, Liverpool can't stop scoring them.

The unbeaten leaders netted four goals in the first half and added a fifth late on in a 5-2 thrashing of Everton in the Merseyside derby to stay eight points clear of Leicester, which beat last-place Watford 2-0.

Liverpool scored five in a league game against Everton at home for the first time since 1965, despite leaving out two of the team's formidable attacking trio — Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino — as well as captain Jordan Henderson.

Everton couldn't take advantage and slipped into the relegation zone on another dark day for its under-pressure manager Marco Silva, who might not stay in the job after this latest loss given the manner of his team's defending at Anfield.

There were also wins for Chelsea and Wolves — the teams in fourth and fifth place, respectively — while Southampton beat Norwich in a match between relegation contenders.

 

Klopp's rotation

Jürgen Klopp claimed his 100th Premier League win in style on a night his decision to rotate his team was utterly vindicated.

The first three goals were scored by Divock Origi (2) and Xherdan Shaqiri, the players who replaced Firmino and Salah in the starting lineup.

Sadio Mane added the fourth just before halftime and Georginio Wijnaldum scored the fifth in the 90th minute to pile more pressure on Silva, whose Everton team has lost nine of its 15 league games.

"The type of mistakes we are making is because the players are playing under big pressure because of the position in the table," Silva said. "They are making some mistakes that are not normal for the level we are."

 

Vardy's streak

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy scored for the seventh straight game in the Premier League and is closing in on his record of netting in 11 in a row, set in the team's improbable title-winning season in 2015-16.

He set Leicester on its way against Watford by converting a 55th-minute penalty before James Maddison added the second goal in injury time.

With a club record-tying seventh straight league win, Leicester climbed back in front of Manchester City, which briefly moved into second with a 4-1 win at Burnley on Tuesday.

 

Abraham' scoring return

Tammy Abraham scored one goal and set up another for Chelsea in a 2-1 win over Aston Villa on his return to the team after a hip injury.

Without Abraham, Chelsea surprisingly lost 1-0 to home to West Ham at the weekend but it looked a more dangerous team with the England striker.

Having headed Chelsea in front with his 11th goal of the season, Abraham laid the ball off for Mason Mount to power home a finish high into the net from the edge of the area to give the hosts the lead again after Villa equalized through Trezeguet.

Chelsea is fourth, three points behind Man City.

 

Wins for Wolves, Southampton

Wolverhampton Wanderers consolidated fifth place and extended its unbeaten run in the Premier League to 10 matches with a 2-0 win over West Ham, whose manager Manuel Pellegrini is back under pressure for his job. Leander Dendoncker and Patrick Cutrone were the scorers for Wolves.

Southampton moved out of the relegation zone by beating next-to-last Norwich 2-1. Danny Ings gave Southampton the lead with his eighth goal of the season and Ryan Bertrand also scored before Teemu Pukki's second-half reply for Norwich.


Nichushkin, Avalanche beat Maple Leafs 3-1

 

Colorado Avalanche right wing Valeri Nichushkin (13) celebrates his goal on Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen (31) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

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Toronto (AP) — Valeri Nichushkin scored a short-handed goal in the third period, lifting the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night.

Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist, Joonas Donskoi also scored and Philipp Grubauer stopped 38 shots for the Avalanche.

Zach Hyman scored for Toronto and Frederik Andersen, starting on consecutive nights for the first time since January 2017, had 27 saves.

With his team on the power play, Toronto center Jason Spezza's stick shattered on a shot and as he tried to keep the puck in with his feet at the blue line, he got caught up with teammate Morgan Rielly. That allowed Nichushkin to move in all alone and bury his third goal of the season upstairs at 6:40 to put Colorado up 2-1.

Toronto, which had Mitch Marner back after he missed 11 games with a high ankle sprain, pushed as the period wore on and pressed late, but couldn't get anything past Grubauer with Andersen on the bench before Donskoi iced it into an empty net with 79 seconds left.

 

Penguins 3, Blues 0

Pittsburgh (AP) — Stefan Noesen celebrated his return to the NHL with his first goal of the season and banged=up Pittsburgh handed St. Louis its first regulation loss on the road since before Halloween.

Noesen, a five-year veteran who signed a minor-league deal with the Penguins in the offseason, pounded home a rebound off Jared McCann's shot with 39 seconds left in the second period for his first goal since last March when he played for New Jersey.

Teddy Blueger scored 39 seconds into the game to give the Penguins the early lead and Alex Galchenyuk got his second of the season early in the third period. Tristan Jarry stopped 28 shots to post his third career shutout as.

Jordan Binnington finished with 30 saves for St. Louis, but the Blues saw their 10-game road point streak end.

 

Senators 5, Oilers 2

Edmonton, Alberta (AP) — Tyler Ennis had a goal and two assists to help Ottawa snap a five-game skid.

Artem Anisimov, Connor Brown, Anthony Duclair and Vladislav Namestnikov also scored for the Senators. Craig Anderson, returning from a lower-body injury, stopped 24 shots.

Jujhar Khaira and Oscar Klefbom had goals for the Oilers, losers of three of their last four. Mikko Koskinen gave up three goals on 12 shots before leaving in the second period. Mike Smith finished with 11 saves.

 

Capitals 3, Kings 1

Los Angeles (AP) — John Carlson scored twice, Ilya Samsonov stopped 22 shots and Washington beat Los Angeles.

Tom Wilson also had a goal as the Capitals have won five in a row for the second time this season. They won six straight Oct. 25-Nov. 9.

Blake Lizotte had a goal and Jonathan Quick made 19 saves for the Kings, who lost for the third time in their past 10 home games.


Cochran-Siegle posts fastest time in super-G training run

Ryan Cochran-Siegle, of the United States, moves down the course during the men's World Cup super-G ski race in Lake Louise, Alberta, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP) — Ryan Cochran-Siegle of the United States posted the fastest time in a super-G training run along the challenging Birds of Prey course.

Cochran-Siegle said he flowed with the terrain as he finished in a time of 1 minute, 41.37 seconds Wednesday. He led Norway's Aleksander Aamodt Kilde by 0.24 seconds. Austrian Matthias Mayer, who won a super-G race last weekend in Lake Louise, Alberta, finished third in the training session.

The 27-year-old Cochran-Siegle is looking for his first World Cup podium finish this weekend. It was the first time he was credited with the top time in a World Cup training run. He finished third during downhill training in Bormio, Italy, last season, but on race day he didn't finish.

That's why he's not reading too much into being on top of the leaderboard now.

"I just skied well today," Cochran-Siegle said. "That's about it. Race day is a totally different ball game."

The super-G will be held Friday, downhill on Saturday and giant slalom Sunday. Cochran-Siegle is slated to compete in all three.

Cochran-Siegle hails from Vermont and is the latest member of the "Skiing Cochrans" family to shine on the slopes. His mother, Barbara Ann, won the slalom at the 1972 Olympics.


Antetokounmpo scores 35 points, Bucks win 13th straight

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) attempts a layup as Detroit Pistons guard Tony Snell (17) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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Detroit (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 35 points to lift the Milwaukee Bucks to their 13th consecutive victory, 127-103 over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.

The last time the Bucks had a longer winning streak than this was when they won 16 in a row spanning the end of the 1972-73 season and the beginning of 1973-74. They also had a 13-game run shortly after that 16-game streak ended.

Milwaukee had won its previous two games by 41 and 44 points, and the Pistons had won their previous two by 34 and 33. This one wasn't close, either. The Bucks have dominated Detroit of late.

Milwaukee won all eight matchups with the Pistons last season — four in the regular season and four in the first round of the playoffs. The Bucks also beat Detroit last month in their first meeting of 2019-20.

Andre Drummond had 23 points and 14 rebounds for Detroit.

 

Lakers 121, Jazz 96

Salt Lake City (AP) — Anthony Davis scored 26 points, LeBron James had 20 points and 12 assists and Los Angeles routed Utah.

Rajon Rondo added 14 points and a season-high 12 assists and season-high nine rebounds. Los Angeles cruised to an easy victory, outscoring Utah 32-5 in fast-break points and totaling 21 points off 19 Jazz turnovers.

Donovan Mitchell scored 29 points and Bojan Bogdanovic added 23 to lead Utah. The Jazz lost for the fifth time in six games.

 

Mavericks 121, Timberwolves 114

Dallas (AP) — Dwight Powell had 24 points on 9-for-9 shooting from the field, Jalen Brunson ignited a fourth-quarter rally with 14 of his 16 points in the period and Dallas beat Minnesota.

Powell and Brunson both had season highs as the Mavericks overcame a subpar outing by Luka Doncic to win for the ninth time in 10 games. Doncic finished with 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists after picking up a technical foul in the third quarter and seeing his team rally with most of its starters on the bench.

Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins had 26 points apiece for Minnesota.

 

Celtics 112, Heat 93

Boston (AP) — Jaylen Brown scored a season-high 31 points, Kemba Walker had 28 and Boston beat Miami to improve to 8-0 at home.

Brown connected on a season-high five 3-pointers, and Walker had seven assists and four rebounds. Jayson Tatum added 19 points

Jimmy Butler led Miami with a season-high 37 points and had six rebounds and four assists. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra left the team in the morning, flying home to be with wife Nikki for the birth of their second son. Assistant coach Dan Craig ran the team.

 

Hornets 106, Warriors 91

Charlotte, N.C. (AP) — Devonte Graham made 10 3-pointers and scored 33 points and Charlotte beat Golden State to spoil D'Angelo Russell's return to the court.

Graham was 10 of 16 from beyond the arc and also had nine assists and had seven rebounds. Backcourt mate Terry Rozier added 25 points, seven assists and seven rebounds.

Russell finished with 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting in 25 minutes after missing the last nine games with a right thumb sprain.

 

Nets 130, Hawks 118

Atlanta (AP) — Garrett Temple scored a season-high 27 points, Spencer Dinwiddie had 18 of his 24 in the second half and Brooklyn beat Atlanta.

Taurean Prince finished with 23 points against his former team, and Jarrett Allen had 20 for the Nets, who were coming off a three-point home loss Sunday to Miami but have won six of eight.

Kyrie Irving missed his 10th straight game with a right shoulder impingement and did not make the two-game trip to stay home and rehab.

Trae Young scored 39 points and rookie Cam Reddish had a career-high 25 for Atlanta. The Hawks have lost 11 of 12.

 

Trail Blazers 127, Kings 116

Portland, Ore. (AP) — CJ McCollum scored 33 points and Portland Trail Blazers pulled away in the final quarter to beat the Sacramento Kings 127-116 on Wednesday night.

Hassan Whiteside added 22 points and 16 rebounds, as well as a career-high seven assists. Damian Lillard had 24 points and 10 assists in Portland's third straight home victory. Carmelo Anthony finished with 20 points, his fourth game with 20 or more in seven games with the Blazers.

Richaun Holmes had 28 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings.

 

Magic 128, Suns 114

Orlando, Fla. (AP) — Aaron Gordon scored a season-high 32 points, Terrence Ross had 22 and Orlando beat Phoenix.

Evan Fournier added 21 points, and Markelle Fultz had 13 points, five assists and four rebounds for the Magic. Frank Kaminsky led the Suns with 23 points and five rebounds, and Devin Booker had 17 points and five assists.

 

Pacers 107, Thunder 100

Oklahoma City (AP) — T.J. Warren scored 24 points to help Indiana beat Oklahoma City.

Domantas Sabonis added 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Pacers. They have won seven of eight.

Steven Adams scored 20 points on 8-for-8 shooting and Danilo Gallinari and Dennis Schroder each added 18 points for the Thunder.

 

Bulls 106, Grizzlies 99

Chicago (AP) — Zach LaVine scored 25 points, Wendell Carter Jr. had 16 points and 13 rebounds and Chicago held of Memphis.

Lauri Markkanen added 15 points for the Bulls.

Jonas Valanciunas had 32 points and 13 rebounds for Memphis.


Smoke haze provides added hazard at Australian Open

Australia's Adam Scott tees off on the 13th during the Australian Open Golf Pro-AM in Sydney, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. The Australian Open begins Thursday. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Sydney (AP) — Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia, Ernie Els and other players at this week's Australian Open could have another course hazard to contend with: smoke from nearby bushfires.

A temperature inversion which formed over Sydney on Monday night trapped smoke in the region on Tuesday and caused considerable haze during a practice round. Golf Australia said it plans to increase on-site medical staff if the fire-driven smog disrupts the tournament.

With a wind shift on Wednesday, the situation had improved during the pro-am, but Golf Australia chief executive Stephen Pitt said he was concerned with the potential for smoke affecting the health of players.

"It was pretty bad yesterday, stinging eyes and all that," Scott said after his pro-am round on Wednesday.

There were about 25 bush and grass fires burning across New South Wales state, including a large one in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. A westerly wind on Tuesday moved a lot of the smoke from that fire over Sydney.

While Pitt said he was confident the tournament would proceed without any smoke delays, he said officials will closely monitor the weather with children and elderly spectators most susceptible to the threatening air quality.

"Firstly our issues with smoke at a golf tournament pale into insignificance with the things that home owners and property owners and people right around the country have dealt with," Pitt said of the fires which have killed six people and destroyed dozens of homes.

"So we're very aware of that fact and all our sympathies and thoughts go to them because that's the real issue."

Pitt said it was a new type of threat for the tournament.

"It's something we've never had to give consideration to before," he said. "We've had storms and rain and hail and heat and cold and all those sort of things that are your typical golf tournament issues. But this one is new and we have been in constant contact with the Bureau of Meteorology."

Scott is among the International players for next week's Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne playing this week in Sydney for team captain Els. Also in Sydney for the first time in his career is Louis Oosthuizen, the only South African player on the International team.

Other International team players at The Australian Golf Club this week are Marc Leishman, Cameron Smith, defending champion Abraham Ancer and Taiwan's C.T. Pan.

The International team's only win over the United States team was in 1998 when it was first held at Royal Melbourne.

"I think we all sort of feel Royal Melbourne is the place we've got probably the best shot," Oosthuizen said. "We've got a team that's really in form. We've got a young side coming through. I think having an Aussie crowd behind us, playing Royal Melbourne especially, I think it will be the best home course advantage we can have."


Marchessault's hat trick leads Golden Knights past Devils

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Newark, N.J. (AP) — Jonathan Marchessault scored three straight goals in the third period to rally the Vegas Golden Knights over New Jersey 4-3 Tuesday night, hours after the Devils fired coach John Hynes.

Marchessault scored twice in the first 5:04 of the third to give the Golden Knights a 3-2 lead. He added a power-play goal midway through the period, and Vegas held on even after New Jersey's Nico Hischier scored 20 seconds later.

 

Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson (71) congratulates center Jonathan Marchessault (81) as goaltender Malcolm Subban (30) and right wing Reilly Smith (19) try to avoid skating over hats thrown onto the ice after Marchessault scored the third of his three goals during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Newark, N.J. The Golden Knights defeated the Devils 4-3. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The Golden Knights have won four straight to improve to 15-11-4. Malcolm Subban had 32 saves, and Chandler Stephenson scored in his first game since being acquired Monday from the Washington Capitals.

Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 26 shots for the Devils. Kyle Palmieri and Jesper Bratt also scored.

Hynes was fired Tuesday after a 9-13-4 start that left the team in last place in the Metropolitan Division and with the NHL's second worst record.

 

Flyers 6, Maple Leafs 1

Philadelphia (AP) — Claude Giroux scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period and Philadelphia had three goals in the final 2:06 to get their fifth straight win.

Travis Konecny had a goal and an assist for Philadelphia, which has earned points in seven straight games (6-0-1). The Flyers had an NHL-best 24 points in November, going 10-2-4 to tie a franchise record for most points in a month. Carter Hart finished with 27 saves.

Scott Laughton, Joel Farabee, Shayne Gostisbehere and James van Riemsdyk also scored.

Travis Dermott scored for Toronto, which lost for just the second time in six games since Sheldon Keefe replaced the fired Mike Babcock as head coach on Nov. 20.

 

Canadiens 4, Islanders 2

Montreal (AP) — Phillip Danault, Brendan Gallagher and Shea Weber each had a goal and an assist, and Montreal beat New York to snap an eight-game losing streak.

Jeff Petry also scored and Carey Price stopped 21 shots to earn his 11th win of the season for Montreal, which ended an 0-5-3 skid.

Scott Mayfield and Matthew Barzal scored in the third period for the Islanders, and Thomas Greiss finished with 36 saves.

 

Lightning 3, Predators 2, OT

Nashville, Tenn. (AP) — Nikita Kucherov scored at 2:35 of overtime to give Tampa Bay a victory over Nashville.

Victor Hedman and Ondrej Palat also scored and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 30 shots as the Lightning snapped a three-game skid.

Calle Jarnkrok and Kyle Turris had the goals for Nashville, which has lost three of its last four. Pekka Rinne finished with 28 saves.

 

Bruins 2, Hurricanes 0

 

Carolina Hurricanes' Brett Pesce (22) sends the puck past Boston Bruins' Anders Bjork (10) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) 

Boston (AP) — Charlie Coyle scored late in the third period, Jaroslav Halak stopped 24 shots for his second shutout of the season, and Boston beat Carolina for its eighth straight win.

David Krejci also scored for Boston, just 1:08 after Coyle got the Bruins on the scoreboard.

James Reimer finished with 32 saves for the Hurricanes.

 

Jets 5, Stars 1

Winnipeg, Manitoba (AP) — Kyle Connor had a goal and two assists, and Winnipeg handed Dallas its fourth straight loss.

Nikolaj Ehlers, Josh Morrissey, Patrik Laine and Mark Scheifele each had a goal and assist for Winnipeg, which is 4-1-0 in its past five games. Connor Hellebuyck made 27 saves.

Miro Heiskanen scored for the Stars, who are 0-3-1 since ending a seven-game winning streak. Anton Khudobin stopped 25 shots.

 

Coyotes 4, Blue Jackets 2

 

Columbus, Ohio (AP) — Darcy Kuemper stopped 33 shots and Arizona beat Columbus behind goals by Clayton Keller, Christian Fischer and Lawson Crouse.

Carl Soderberg had an empty-net goal and assisted on two of the earlier goals.

Dean Kukan and Alexandre Texier scored and Joonas Korpisalo had 24 saves for the Blue Jackets

 

Wild 4, Panthers 2

Sunrise, Fla. (AP) — Carson Soucy scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period to lift Minnesota over Florida.

Luke Kunin, Mats Zuccarello and Jason Zucker also scored as the Wild won their fourth straight game and earned a point for the 10th straight game (7-0-3). Kaapo Kahkonen stopped 44 shots in his second NHL start.

Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau scored for the Panthers, who have lost four of their past five games. Chris Driedger made 22 saves in his second straight start.

 

Capitals 5, Sharks 2

San Jose, Calif. (AP) — John Carlson had a goal and two assists in the opening period to reach 40 points for the season, Nick Hathaway and Jakub Vrana each scored twice and Washington beat San Jose.

Carlson had a hand in all three Washington goals during a span of 3:01 in the first period that put the Capitals in control in the opener of their three-game California swing. He assisted on the first goal of the game for both Hathaway and Vrana and then scored his own, giving him nine goals and 31 assists through 29 games this season.

Carlson joined Bobby Orr and Al MacInnis as the only defensemen in the expansion era to reach 40 points in the first 30 games of a season.

Braden Holtby made 23 saves for Washington.

Melker Karlsson and Evander Kane scored for San Jose. Martin Jones allowed five goals on 22 shots before being replaced by Aaron Dell after two periods. San Jose lost for just the third time in 14 games.

 

Canucks 5, Senators 2

Vancouver, British Columbia (AP) — Antoine Roussel scored in his first game back after being sidelined for eight months with an injury, and Vancouver beat Ottawa.

Zack MacEwen got his first NHL goal, and Tanner Pearson, Elias Pettersson and Oscar Fantenberg also scored for Vancouver, which won for just the fifth time in 15 games (5-8-2). Chris Tanev and Adam Gaudette each had two assists and Thatcher Demko stopped 40 shots.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Tyler Ennis scored for the Senators, who lost their fifth straight. Anders Nilsson gave up four goals on 15 shots in the first period, and Marcus Hogberg finished with 13 saves the rest of the way.


Pats, Ravens, Seahawks simply need win to reach playoffs

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, center, questions a call during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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New England, Baltimore and Seattle have the simplest NFL playoff scenarios going into Week 14: Win on Sunday and they're in.

The Patriots (10-2) can clinch their 11th straight trip to the playoffs with a victory at home against AFC West-leading Kansas City. The Chiefs (8-4) are in with a win and an Oakland loss.

New England reached the postseason in 16 of coach Bill Belichick's first 19 seasons. The Patriots, a game ahead of Buffalo in the AFC East, have several ways to get in with a tie this week.

The Ravens (10-2) have the edge on New England for the AFC's top seed because of a win over the Patriots. Baltimore clinches a playoff spot with a victory at Buffalo and wraps up the AFC North with a win and a Pittsburgh loss or tie.

Baltimore and New England each have a far-fetched scenario to get in with a loss.

The Bills (9-3), who have won three straight games, need help to get in this week if they win.

The Seahawks and San Francisco are tied for the NFC West lead at 10-2. Both will qualify with victories because Seattle is playing the two-time defending division champion Los Angeles Rams. If the Rams lose, the 49ers are in with a win or tie at New Orleans.

The NFC South champion Saints (10-2) are the only team to clinch so far.


Butler, Heat win in OT to hand Raptors first home loss

Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) drives past Toronto Raptors guard Norman Powell during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

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Toronto (AP) — Jimmy Butler had 22 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, Duncan Robinson scored 22 points and the Miami Heat spoiled Kyle Lowry's return to Toronto's lineup by beating the Raptors 121-110 in overtime Tuesday.

Butler scored eight consecutive points in 55 seconds to begin the extra session as the Heat recovered after blowing a seven-point lead in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter. 

Bam Adebayo scored 18 points, Justise Winslow had 17 and Kelly Olynyk 16 as the Heat snapped the Raptors' season-high winning streak at seven games, and became the first visitor to win north of the border this season.

Pascal Siakam had 15 points and 12 rebounds, Norman Powell scored 23 points and Fred VanVleet had 19 for Toronto, which had won a franchise-record nine straight home games to begin the season.

The Raptors missed all nine of their field goal attempts in overtime.

 

Spurs 135, Rockets 133, 2 OT

San Antonio (AP) — Lonnie Walker IV had a career-high 28 points and San Antonio overcame James Harden's 50 points by rallying from a late 10-point deficit to beat Houston.

DeMar DeRozan added 23 points, nine assists and five rebounds as the Spurs won their second straight at home and snapped the Rockets' two-game winning streak.

Harden played a season-high 49 minutes coming off a 60-point outing Saturday over three quarters against Atlanta. He was whistled for two charges in the second overtime. The second came against DeRozan with 0.8 seconds remaining, sealing San Antonio's victory.

 

Lakers 105, Nuggets 96

Denver (AP) — LeBron James had 25 points, nine assists and a crucial dunk off a miss late in the fourth quarter to lead Los Angeles over Denver.

Anthony Davis shook off flu-like symptoms to score 25 points and add 10 rebounds for the Lakers.

Both teams were coming off losses that ended long winning streaks, but it was Los Angeles that bounced back behind James and Davis.

Davis missed the morning film session and his status for the game was questionable until before tip. He showed no effects of illness, scoring 13 points in the third while shooting 5 of 7 in the period.

Jamal Murray scored 22 points and Paul Millsap had 21 points and eight rebounds. Nikola Jokic was held to 13 points but added eight assists.

 

Clippers 117, Trail Blazers 97

Los Angeles (AP) — Montrezl Harrell scored 26 points, Paul George added 25 and Los Angeles pulled away in the second half to beat Portland.

Kawhi Leonard added 11 points in helping extend the Clippers' franchise-best start at home to 13-1.

The game was tied 10 times in the first half before the Clippers eked out a 62-59 lead at halftime.

George and Leonard took over to start the third. They each hit 3-pointers and George had a steal and a dunk to go with a free throw from Leonard as part of a 14-3 run that gave the Clippers a 76-62 lead.

CJ McCollum scored 20 points, Hassan Whiteside had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Damian Lillard added 16 points on 5-of-15 shooting for the Blazers, whose three-game winning streak ended. Carmelo Anthony had nine points and six rebounds.

 

Mavericks 118, Pelicans 97

New Orleans (AP) — Luka Doncic scored 15 of his 33 points in the third quarter and grabbed 18 rebounds in just 28 minutes to power Dallas over New Orleans.

Doncic shot 9 of 18 from the field, making five 3-pointers, and hit 10 of 13 free throws to lead the Mavericks to their eighth victory in the last nine games.

Doncic had 12 points the first quarter and then broke open a three-point game by scoring 15 of the Mavericks' 25 points in the final 9:18 of the third, when Dallas built a 84-75 lead. Two of Doncic's jumpers came from at least 25 feet with no defender in his face.

Dallas led by as many as 18 points in the fourth quarter and coasted home.

Seth Curry added 19 points off the bench for the Mavericks, and Tim Hardaway Jr. and Maxi Kleber each had 12.

Brandon Ingram scored 24 points and Jrue Holiday had 18 for New Orleans, which lost its sixth consecutive game.

 

Magic 127, Wizards 120

Washington (AP) — Evan Fournier scored 31 points, D.J. Augustin added 16 of his 24 in the fourth quarter and Orlando beat Washington.

Bradley Beal scored 42 points for the Wizards, who have lost five of six.

Markelle Fultz added a career-high 20 points for the Magic, who have won three of four after earning just their second road victory of the season.

Davis Bertans added 21 points and Isaiah Thomas scored 20 for Washington. The Wizards were without starting center Thomas Bryant, who was diagnosed with a stress reaction in his right foot Tuesday and will be re-evaluated in three weeks.

 

Pistons 127, Cavaliers 94

Cleveland (AP) — Blake Griffin scored 24 points, Andre Drummond had 17 points and 14 rebounds, and Detroit routed Cleveland to win consecutive games for the first time this season.

Griffin played just 24 minutes and was 8 of 13 from the field, including 6 of 7 from deep. Drummond played 31 minutes as Detroit's starters were on the bench for the fourth quarter.

Griffin scored 16 points in the first quarter with four 3-pointers. Detroit hit 10 3-pointers in the first half and built a 57-38 lead, a margin that steadily grew throughout the game and reached 35 in the fourth quarter.

Cleveland has lost 10 of 11. Collin Sexton scored 22 points, and Tristan Thompson had 10 points and 14 rebounds.


Seahawks take over 1st place in NFC West, beat Vikings 37-30

Minnesota Vikings' Kyle Rudolph reaches to catch a pass for a touchdown as Seattle Seahawks' K.J. Wright (50) reaches toward him during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Minnesota Vikings' Kyle Rudolph reaches to catch a pass for a touchdown as Seattle Seahawks' K.J. Wright (50) reaches toward him during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Tim Booth

Seattle (AP) — By the time the playoffs arrive, the Seattle Seahawks are going to feel just fine in a close, tight game.

Even when they're comfortably ahead, the Seahawks have a way of making the final minutes more than a little unnerving.

"Close games are cool, aren't they? I like them," Seattle coach Pete Carroll joked. "Maybe the 17 points was too much. Maybe we shouldn't have been ahead by that much."

Thanks to the combo of Rashaad Penny and Chris Carson, and one big strike from Russell Wilson, the Seahawks built a big second-half lead before holding off the Minnesota Vikings for a 37-30 win Monday night.

Penny scored one touchdown rushing and one receiving, and Wilson hit David Moore on a 60-yard touchdown pass as the Seahawks scored 24 straight points to take control before needing to hold on late as the Vikings tried to rally.

Seattle (10-2) moved into a tie with San Francisco atop of the NFC West but holds the tiebreaker. The Seahawks have the inside track to the division title with four games left.

"Just couldn't be more excited to have that kind of win and put us at 10 wins, that's a nice spot for this time," Carroll said. "We kick it into the fourth quarter and now it's finish time."

Minnesota (8-4) fell a game behind Green Bay in the NFC North and is only one game ahead of the Los Angeles Rams in the wild-card race. They lost star running back Dalvin Cook to a shoulder injury when he fumbled midway through the third quarter in what became a major turning point.

Cook said he believes he should be able to play next week and took responsibility for the fumble.

"Everybody acts like this is the end of the world, we lost one game tonight," Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer said. "We're 8-4 we have four games left, three division games. This isn't the end of the world, we still have a lot of good football left to play."

Wilson wasn't great, but he came up with key plays as Seattle won its fifth straight. He had a forgettable first-half moment trying to bat down a deflected pass only to watch Anthony Harris intercept the ball and return it for a touchdown. Wilson was 21 of 31 for 240 yards.

The key was the running of Penny and Chris Carson. Seattle rushed for 218 yards, the most allowed by Minnesota this season. Carson had 102, including a 1-yard TD. Penny added 74. The Vikings were giving up just 94 yards per game rushing.

"Our running game has been a staple of our offense. That's our foundation and both of those guys are amazing backs. They're really coming on," Seattle offensive lineman Duane Brown said.

Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins was 22 of 38 for 276 yards but couldn't connect with Irv Smith Jr. on fourth-and-3 at the Vikings 42 with 2:31 left. Jason Myers' 36-yard field goal with 21 seconds left provided the final margin for Seattle.

"I think we have a football team that can go on the road in a tough environment and get a win. I think this is an opportunity we missed. It's disappointing," Cousins said.

It was a wild second half featuring 40 combined points and four key turnovers — three by Minnesota.

Seattle pulled even at 17 on Penny's 1-yard TD run. On Minnesota's first play of the next possession, Cook was stripped by Rasheem Green, and Bradley McDougald recovered. It was the first of two critical turnovers that led to 10 points for Seattle.

The Seahawks were held to a field goal following Cook's fumble but took a 27-17 lead on their next possession when Moore ran free through the Vikings secondary and Wilson hit him in stride. Minnesota cornerback Xavier Rhodes appeared to think he had safety help over the top, but no one was there as Moore sprinted for his second TD catch of the season on the next-to-last play of the third quarter.

The first play of the fourth quarter was forgettable for the Vikings as well. Cousins' pass for Stefon Diggs was intercepted by Tre Flowers, who may have gotten away with pass interference, but deflected the pass and made a juggling interception at the Minnesota 25. Three plays later, Wilson found Penny on a screen pass and Seattle had a 17-point lead.

Minnesota's rally started with Seattle's own blown coverage as Cousins hit Laquon Treadwell for a 58-yard TD. Seattle seemed poised to add on, helped by a fake punt that Travis Homer took for 29 yards, but DK Metcalf fumbled and the Vikings recovered at their 28 with 9:34 left.

It took barely 2 minutes for Minnesota to pull within 34-30 as Cousins connected with Kyle Rudolph for a 3-yard touchdown and another brilliant one-handed catch by the Vikings' tight end. But that was as close as Minnesota would get.

"We're in control and that's a great thing. We like having that," Wilson said.

Up next:

Vikings: Return home to host Detroit on Sunday.

Seahawks: Travel to Los Angeles to face the Rams on Sunday night.


New Zealand draws 2nd test vs. England, wins series 1-0

New Zealand's Kane Williamson bats during play on the final day of the second cricket test between England and New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton, New Zealand, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

 New Zealand players pose for a team photo with the trophy following play on the final day of the second cricket test between England and New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton, New Zealand, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. New Zealand won the series one nil after rain ended the game early. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

Hamilton, New Zealand (AP) — Kane Williamson posted his 21st test century and Ross Taylor his 19th in a record partnership which ensured New Zealand drew the second cricket test against England and secured a 1-0 win in the two-match series.

New Zealand's most successful test batting stymied the tourists attack until shortly after lunch Tuesday when rain began to fall and washed out the last two sessions.

By that stage Williamson, who was 104 not out, and Taylor, 105 not out, likely had already done enough to save the match. Their unbroken 213-run partnership — New Zealand's best for the third wicket against England — had steered the home team to 241-2, a lead of 140 after it had started its second innings 101 runs behind England.

Both reached their centuries in the short passage of play — about 17 minutes — between lunch and the rain.

Williamson brought up his from 230 balls in just over five hours and with 11 boundaries.

Taylor did so, more spectacularly, with a six off the bowling of England captain Joe Root, from 184 balls, in 274 minutes with 11 fours and two sixes. At 83 he became, in his 96th test, only the second New Zealander after Stephen Fleming (7,172) to surpass 7,000 runs in tests.

"It was a great fighting effort over the last couple of weeks," Williamson said. "We know what a great unit the England side is and to lose both tosses and show that fight that we demand of ourselves as a unit was really pleasing."

Root must have known at the start of the day that his team's chances of achieving a win to tie the series was slight at best. New Zealand was already 96-2, just six runs behind, and the real threat of rain that hung over the day meant time wasn't on his side.

England needed early wickets and a vital break through literally slipped through its hands when Joe Denly dropped Williamson from the bowling of Jofra Archer when the New Zealand captain was 64 and the score was 154, a lead of 53.

Williamson ballooned a catch to Denly at short mid-wicket, probably the easiest chance he will ever receive, and the fieldsman had two grabs at the ball before putting it down.

As Taylor and Williamson ground on relentlessly through the lunch break and as storm clouds crept up on Seddon Park, Root saw his team's chances dissolve.

"It was a shame about the rain today," Root said. "It was a shame about losing sessions earlier in the match. We felt if we didn't lose those the pitch might deteriorate slightly quicker and might have done a little more for us coming into this last day."

Root had done everything in his power to give his team a winning chance. His 226 in England's only innings, his third double-century in tests and his first as captain, lifted his team, along with Rory Burns' 101 and Ollie Pope's 75, to 476 in reply to New Zealand's 375.

With New Zealand 28-2 in its second innings late on the fourth day, Root must have felt some confidence in England's chances.

But Williamson and Taylor stood in his way and proved an impassable roadblock.

England now heads to South Africa for a challenging four-test series. With its performance in Hamilton its confidence will be higher than after its first test defeat which came hard on the heels of is Ashes defeat at home.

"I think we've learned a lot as a group," Root said. "We learned about people in these conditions, how they go about different situations, how they react to it and what their characters are.

"There's been a lot of information and we need to take that forward, carry the lessons we learned here into South Africa."

New Zealand also will take some confidence into its impending three-test series against Australia, though it meets an Australian team in exceptional form after its recent 2-0 series win over Pakistan.

The New Zealanders have no warm-up games before their first test against Australia, a day-night match at Perth, starting Dec. 12 and have to overcome the fact that none of its current 15-strong squad has played a test in Perth, Melbourne or Sydney.


Hawks top Warriors in matchup of teams with worst records

Atlanta Hawks guard DeAndre' Bembry (95) shoots as Golden State Warriors forward Kevon Looney (5) defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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Atlanta (AP) — Trae Young scored 24 points, rookie De'Andre Hunter added 18 and the Atlanta Hawks snapped a 10-game losing streak with a 104-79 win over the Golden State Warriors on Monday night in a matchup of teams with the worst records in the NBA.

The Warriors (4-18) finished with a season low in points (4-18). It was the lowest point total allowed by the Hawks (5-16).

Golden State dressed just nine players, even with center Kevon Looney returning to action after missing 19 games with a nerve condition.

Rookie Eric Paschall led Golden State with 24 points, but his teammates combined to shoot 24 of 72, and the Warriors were slowed by 25 turnovers, which the Hawks converted into 25 points. The Warriors were missing Draymond Green, DeAngelo Russell and Stephen Curry, among others.

Hunter scored 13 of his 18 points in the first half. He left the game midway through the fourth quarter with what appeared to be a wrist injury.

 

76ers 103, Jazz 94

Philadelphia (AP) — Tobias Harris scored 26 points and Philadelphia beat Utah for its eighth win in nine games and 10th straight at home.

Al Horford had five baskets in the first quarter for 12 of his 17 points. James Ennis III finished with eight points.

Rudy Gobert scored 27 points for the Jazz, who trailed by 40 points to Toronto a night earlier and faced an 18-point deficit against Philadelphia at the break.

Philadelphia's Joel Embiid had another off night, scoring 16 points on 5-for-13 shooting.

 

Suns 109, Hornets 104

Charlotte, N.C. (AP) — Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 23 points, including two clutch 3-pointers in the final minute that lifted Phoenix over Charlotte.

Devin Booker added 23 points and Dario Saric had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Suns, who snapped a three-game skid.

Marvin Williams led the Hornets with a season-high 22 points and Devonte Graham had 15 points and 12 assists.

The Suns led by 20 at the break, but squandered that lead and trailed by five in the final minute. That's when Oubre knocked down back-to-back 3s to put the Suns ahead with 19.8 seconds left.

 

Bucks 132, Knicks 88

Milwaukee (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo needed only 14 minutes to record another double-double, finishing with 29 points and 15 rebounds as Milwaukee won its 12th straight game.

The Bucks (18-3) led by as many as 47 and cruised behind Antetokounmpo.

The reigning MVP shot 10 of 14 from the field, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range, while playing 22 minutes.

Milwaukee's winning streak is the longest in the NBA this season and the franchise's longest since the 1981-82 season.

D.J. Wilson added a career-high 19 points, Khris Middleton had 16 and George Hill 14 for the Bucks, who improved to 9-1 at home.

Julius Randle paced New York with 19 points and Damyean Dotson had 15.

 

Pacers 117, Grizzlies 104

Memphis, Tenn. (AP) — Malcolm Brogdon scored 19 points, Domantas Sabonis added 18 and Indiana beat depleted Memphis.

Seven players scored in double figures for the balanced Pacers, including Myles Turner with 17 points. Jeremy Lamb and Justin Holiday had 15 apiece, with Holiday missing only one of his six 3-point attempts.

Jaren Jackson Jr. led Memphis with a season-high 31 points. Solomon Hill moved into the starting lineup and added 22, also a season best. Dillon Brooks finished with 19 on 7-of-16 shooting.

The Grizzlies were short-handed as five players — all key parts of the rotation — sat out with various ailments. That left reserves to try and play with any kind of rhythm.

 

Bulls 113, Kings 106

Sacramento, Calif. (AP) — Zach LaVine scored 28 points and made four free throws in the final 11 seconds, and Chicago overcame a sloppy fourth quarter to beat Sacramento.

Lauri Markkanen had 20 points and seven rebounds, Wendell Carter added 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Tomas Satoransky scored 14 points as Chicago snapped a three-game losing streak.

Buddy Hield finished with 26 points for Sacramento. Richaun Holmes added 20 points and nine rebounds.


Allen gets shutout, Blues blank short-handed Blackhawks 4-0

St. Louis Blues' Mackenzie MacEachern (28) watches his shot score past Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford as Calvin de Haan watches during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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Chicago (AP) — Jake Allen made 38 saves, Brayden Schenn scored his team-leading 14th goal and the St. Louis Blues beat the short-handed Chicago Blackhawks 4-0 on Monday night for their fourth consecutive victory.

Jaden Schwartz, Tyler Bozak and Mackenzie MacEachern also scored for St. Louis, which improved to 13-3-3 since star forward Vladimir Tarasenko was sidelined by a left shoulder injury that required surgery.

It was Allen's first shutout of the season and No. 20 for his career, matching Jaroslav Halak for second on the franchise list. Brian Elliott leads the way with 25.

Chicago lost for the sixth time in seven games since a four-game win streak.

The last-place Blackhawks played a man short because of injuries and the salary cap, going with 11 forwards and six defensemen.

 

Islanders 4, Red Wings 1

Detroit (AP) — Jordan Eberle scored two goals and Semyon Varlamov made 30 saves as New York handed Detroit its 10th straight defeat.

Anders Lee and Anthony Beauvillier also scored for the Islanders, who were outshot 31-25 but never trailed.

Dylan Larkin had the only goal for the Red Wings.

 

Golden Knights 4, Rangers 1

New York (AP) — Alex Tuch scored twice in the first four minutes and Vegas went on to a win over New York.

Reilly Smith and Max Pacioretty also scored to help the Golden Knights get their first three-game winning streak of the season. Malcolm Subban stopped 29 shots as Vegas improved to 5-2-1 after a season-high five-game skid (0-4-1).

Brendan Lemieux scored and Henrik Lundqvist finished with 28 saves for the Rangers, who were 4-0-1 in their previous five games.

The Rangers went 0 for 6 on the power play against a Vegas team that came in tied for fifth in penalty-killing.

Subban got the start while Marc-Andre Fleury is away from the team following his father's death.

 

Sabres 7, Devils 1

Buffalo, N.Y. (AP) — Jack Eichel had a goal and two assists, and Buffalo used a five-goal first period to beat New Jersey.

Eichel scored 2:46 into the game, and Conor Sheary scored twice during the first 20 minutes. Jeff Skinner and Rasmus Asplund also had goals in the first, and Victor Olofsson and Henri Jokiharju scored in the second. Linus Ullmark made 44 saves for the Sabres.

Louis Domingue was pulled after allowing five goals on 15 shots. He was replaced by Mackenzie Blackwood, who made 15 saves.

The Sabres blew out New Jersey while celebrating the 50th anniversary of the birth of the franchise. Buffalo was awarded an expansion team on Dec. 2, 1969.

 

Ducks 4, Kings 2

Anaheim, Calif. (AP) — Derek Grant scored two goals, Ryan Miller made 34 saves and Anaheim beat Los Angeles in the first Freeway Faceoff rivalry game of the season.

Jakob Silfverberg scored his team-leading 10th goal, Hampus Lindholm had three assists, and Carter Rowney had a goal and an assist as the Ducks won for just the third time in 13 games.

Anaheim hung on through a tense third period with a few big saves from Miller, who filled in for the ailing John Gibson, before Grant scored an empty-net goal from center ice with 38 seconds left.

Kurtis MacDermid and rookie Nikolai Prokhorkin scored for the last-place Kings, who have lost four of six after a previous run of solid play. Jack Campbell stopped 16 shots.


Leicester late winner vs Everton; Ljungberg starts with draw

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London (AP) — Leicester continued another improbable Premier League title run with a last-gasp 2-1 win over Everton on Sunday, while Arsenal great Freddie Ljungberg couldn't end the Gunners' winless streak in his first game as interim manager.

Kelechi Iheanacho's 94th-minute winner completed a comeback victory for second-place Leicester, which is eight points off league leader Liverpool and three ahead of Manchester City.

Leicester fans got another boost as manager Brendan Rodgers appeared to brush off speculation linking him to the vacant Arsenal job.

"Yes, very much so," he told BBC radio when asked if he wanted to stay. "I'm at a great club. I absolutely love it here."

Earlier, Ljungberg got off to a rocky start as a double from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang salvaged a 2-2 draw for Arsenal at Norwich.

Arsenal's first game since the firing of Unai Emery as coach extended its winless run to an eighth match in all competitions.

Manchester United is another big club struggling this season, and that continued in a home 2-2 draw with Aston Villa.

 

Foxes on prowl

 

 Leicester City players celebrate after Leicester's Kelechi Iheanacho scoring his side's second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Leicester City and Everton at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, England, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Leicester didn't play like title contenders for most of its game against Everton, but got the result when it mattered.

Everton led until the 68th minute thanks to Richarlison's goal, before Jamie Vardy — part of Leicester's 2016 title-winning team — leveled for the hosts with help from Iheanacho.

Iheanacho scored deep into added time off a pass by Ricardo Pereira. Offside was given, but the video assistant referee system allowed the goal.

"I've been waiting for this opportunity and I knew one day it was going to come so I've been working hard in training every day to make sure I keep up to this standard," Iheanacho said. "So I'm happy today - getting a goal and assisting Jamie."

 

Winless Arsenal

Instead of a morale-boosting win over a team second from last in the Premier League, Arsenal had to come from behind twice just to draw.

Norwich snatched the lead in the 21st minute with Teemu Pukki's deflected shot.

Arsenal seemed to have wasted a chance to level when Aubameyang's penalty — awarded for handball by Norwich's Christoph Zimmermann — was saved by Tim Krul. But VAR caught Max Aarons encroaching on the penalty area as the kick was taken, and Aubameyang scored at the second attempt.

Arsenal went into the interval 2-1 down when Todd Cantwell scored in first-half stoppage time off a pass from Onel Hernandez. Cantwell has made a habit of scoring against bigger clubs, with three of his four Premier League goals this season coming against Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City.

Aubameyang leveled the game for a second time when he scored on a rebound in the 57th. Norwich nearly took the lead again soon after but Cantwell hit the post.

 

United underwhelms

 

Manchester United's Juan Mata, right, in action during the English Premier League soccer match against Aston Villa at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, Sunday Dec. 1, 2019. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP) 

Even by the standards of recent Manchester United seasons, this one is looking disappointing.

United failed to find a cutting edge in its draw with Aston Villa, whose defender Tyrone Mings played a vital role with a goal.

Villa also displayed a style United lacked, typified by Jack Grealish's excellent top-corner finish for the opening goal and Mings' volley to make it 2-2.

United's first goal was a header from Marcus Rashford that went in off the post and goalkeeper Tom Heaton, who was unfortunate to be credited with the own goal.

United is ninth and has won just two of its last nine games in the Premier League.

"We have had the lead in so many games and we haven't been able to win those games. Six or seven times we've been 1-0 up, or 2-1 or 3-2 like last week," was United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's verdict.

"We should be better at seeing those games into wins."

 

Wolves draw

Lys Mousset continued his run of good form with his fourth goal in six Premier League games but it wasn't enough to give Sheffield United the win in a 1-1 draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

French forward Mousset needed just two minutes to score from a cross by George Baldock, but Wolves leveled through Matt Doherty in the 64th.

Wolves are unbeaten in six games in all competitions and nine in the Premier League, while Sheffield United hasn't lost in seven games in all competitions and remains unbeaten on the road. Both teams have impressed this season with sixth-place Wolves immediately above Sheffield United.

 

 Sheffield United's Jack O'Connell, left, and Wolverhampton Wanderers's Raul Jimenez battle for the ball during the English Premier League soccer match at Molineux, Wolverhampton, England, Sunday Dec. 1, 2019. (Bradley Collyer/PA via AP)


Hamilton seals easy 11th victory of F1 championship season

Jerome Pugmire

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (AP) — World champion Lewis Hamilton's 11th victory of another dominant season proved so easy that the driver who finished way back in second place at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix joked that he should have eased up a bit.

Hamilton's 84th career win saw him finishing around 17 seconds clear of Max Verstappen. The Red Bull driver had started from second place behind Hamilton.

"I wasn't expecting to have the pace advantage to that extent," Hamilton said.

After Hamilton pulled clear from pole, he was five seconds ahead within 10 laps and Verstappen never got remotely close to catching his Mercedes in a season-finale resembling more of a coronation procession for the six-time Formula One champion.

"I do wish we had some battles," Hamilton said to Verstappen, sitting alongside him in the post-race news conference.

"You could have slowed down," Verstappen joked, after his ninth podium of the season saw him consolidate third place in the standings behind the Mercedes pair of Valtteri Bottas and Hamilton.

 

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates on the podium after wining the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix, at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Dec.1, 2019. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Although Verstappen had reliability issues approaching the midway point of the 55-lap race, the 22-year-old Dutchman conceded it had little impact on who won.

"We drove around the problem," he said. "But it wouldn't have made any difference today (in terms) of winning the race."

Hamilton is now just seven wins behind seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher's all-time record of 91, and could realistically overtake the F1 great next season.

After clinching a record-extending 88th career pole, Hamilton won on the Yas Marina circuit for the fifth time in his career— four with Mercedes and once when driving for McLaren in 2011.

This was the opposite of the season-ending thriller in 2016, when former Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg beat Hamilton to the title in dramatic fashion.

The fans watching as the sky darkened and the floodlights flickered on saw no overtaking, except for Verstappen's clean move on Charles Leclerc's Ferrari on Lap 33. It was typical Verstappen, already a young master at overtaking and arguably the best in F1.

Leclerc finished third for a 10th podium in a strong first season with Ferrari, which included an F1-leading seven poles — two more than Hamilton and Bottas — and two wins.

However, Ferrari was summoned for a post-race investigation because there was a difference between the amount of fuel in the car declared by the team and the amount inside the car.

Ferrari was found to have inaccurately declared the amount and fined 50,000 euros ($55,000), but no action was taken against Leclerc.

Leclerc only just held off Bottas, who climbed 16 places to fourth after starting last.

Sebastian Vettel started fourth and finished fifth in a disappointing end to a season where the four-time F1 champion won only once — in Singapore — out of 21 races.

Hamilton finished with 413 points with Bottas on 326, followed by Verstappen (278), Leclerc (264) and Vettel (240).

After Hamilton's clean getaway, Verstappen was overtaken by Leclerc and just held off Vettel on the first lap, which saw Pierre Gasly's Toro Rosso sandwiched between both Racing Point cars and forced to pit for a new front wing.

Ferrari pitted both drivers for new tires on the 13th lap, but while Leclerc's tire switch was relatively good, Vettel's took several seconds too long because the mechanics struggled to fit his front left tire on.

It was the latest basic mistake from Ferrari in yet another season marred by errors following similar blunders in the past two seasons.

Ferrari replaced Maurizio Arrivabene with Mattia Binotto as team principal, but Binotto has not managed to stem the flow of mistakes.

Leclerc finished fourth in the standings and Vettel was a lowly fifth.

"We didn't have the year we were hoping for, full stop. The reasons are clear, the lessons are clear and it's up to us to take them on board," said Vettel. "As a team we must perform stronger, and as an individual I can do better."

Although dull, Sunday's race underlined the superiority shown by Hamilton for much of the year.

When he pitted about halfway through the race, such was his comfort zone that he still came out six seconds clear of Leclerc, while an anxious Verstappen complained about engine, braking and throttle issues.

Still, the audacious Dutchman found some extra speed to overtake Leclerc and assuredly held the Monegasque driver off as he tried to overtake him back down the right.

Ferrari pitted both drivers simultaneously again on Lap 39, and this time the tire changes were both fairly smooth.

Leclerc finished a massive 43 seconds behind Hamilton but had built up just enough of a lead to hold off Bottas by .9 seconds.

"Valtteri was very quick towards the end," Leclerc said. "I was pretty worried at one point."

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain leads on Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc of Monaco during the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix, at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Dec.1, 2019. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)


Jackson, Ravens beat 49ers 20-17 to extend win streak to 8

David Ginsburg

Baltimore (AP) — Neither rain, wind nor the San Francisco 49ers' top-ranked defense could prevent Lamar Jackson from guiding the Baltimore Ravens to their franchise-record eighth straight win.

Jackson weathered miserable conditions to run for 101 yards and Justin Tucker kicked a tiebreaking 49-yard field goal as time expired to give the Ravens a 20-17 victory Sunday in a possible Super Bowl preview.

The combination of driving rain, a stiff wind and San Francisco's rugged defense was difficult for Jackson to handle. He completed only 14 of 23 passes for 105 yards and lost a fumble.

Asked afterward to describe the weather, Jackson bowed his head, lifted it slowly and peeked over the podium to declare, "Horrible."

Certainly, not the kind of weather that benefited the passing game.

"Oh, man. I was throwing passes behind my receivers. It was ticking me off," Jackson said. "A lot of passes getting away from me. The weather, it messed with me a lot."

 

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) flips after being tripped by San Francisco 49ers cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon (23) in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Baltimore, Md. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

But the double-threat quarterback was solid when it counted. Not only did Jackson fuel the NFL's top-ranked rushing attack, but he directed a clutch drive that lasted nearly 6½ minutes before Tucker ended it with a kick that tore through the raindrops and between the uprights.

Jackson knew that after he had done his job, Tucker would do his part.

"That golden leg. I got all the faith in him," Jackson said. "I'm on the sideline praying, but at the same time I know Tucker can do it."

Tucker, the most accurate field goal kicker in NFL history, now has 15 game-winners over an eight-year career.

"That's the guy you want in that situation," coach John Harbaugh said.

Baltimore (10-2) improved to 16-3 with Jackson as a starter and 12-0 when he rushes for at least 70 yards. In addition, Jackson became the first quarterback in NFL history to have four 100-yard rushing games in a season.

Raheem Mostert ran for a career-high 146 yards and a touchdown for the 49ers (10-2), now tied with New Orleans for the best record in the NFC.

"We had every chance to win that game. Came up a little bit short there at the end," coach Kyle Shanahan said. "Credit to them. Hopefully, we can earn an opportunity to maybe get the chance to play them some other time again."

Jimmy Garoppolo went 15 of 21 for 165 yards for San Francisco. 

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo looks to pass the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Baltimore, Md. (AP Photo/Gail Burton) 

Jackson lost a fumble for the first time this season when Marcell Harris yanked the wet ball from his grasp at the San Francisco 20 in the third quarter.

The 49ers subsequently got a game-tying 32-yard field goal from Robbie Gould, who missed the previous three games with a quad injury.

In the fourth quarter, both teams failed to convert on fourth down before the Ravens faced a fourth-and-1 from their 44 with 4:39 left. Jackson ran off right guard for 3 yards to extend the drive.

A 12-yard pass to tight end Mark Andrews gave Baltimore a first down at the San Francisco 39, and the Ravens soon summoned Tucker to end it.

Mostert ran for 89 yards before halftime — surpassing his previous career high in a game — but Gould missed a 51-yard field-goal attempt as time expired in a second quarter that ended with the Ravens ahead 17-14.

A 33-yard touchdown pass from Garoppolo to Deebo Samuel concluded San Francisco's first drive and made the 49ers the first team to score in the first quarter against Baltimore since the Bengals on Oct. 13.

It was also the first time the Ravens trailed since the second quarter of their game at Seattle on Oct. 20.

Baltimore tied it with a 20-yard pass from Jackson to Andrews after Garoppolo lost the ball while being sacked. It was the Ravens' 48th touchdown of the season, breaking the franchise mark set by the 2009 team.

Jackson scored on a 1-yard run before the 49ers pulled even on Mostert's 40-yard sprint to the end zone.

But San Francisco managed only 119 yards and three points after halftime.

"On offense, we were beating ourselves," Mostert insisted. "It's not like they were beating us down. … We just got to keep our heads up."

Up Next

San Francisco faces New Orleans on the road, the 49ers' third straight game against a first-place team.

Baltimore travels to Buffalo for a matchup with the Bills, who beat Dallas on Thanksgiving and have the inside track on an AFC wild-card berth with a 9-3 record.


Backes, Pastrnak lead Bruins past Canadiens 3-1

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Boston (AP) — David Backes scored the deciding goal in his first game in nearly a month, David Pastrnak added his league-leading 25th goal, and the Boston Bruins won their seventh straight game, beating the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 Sunday night.

Backes' first goal of the season came off a feed from David Krejci through the right circle, with 9:31 remaining in the third period.

Boston Bruins' David Pastrnak goes around Montreal Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber during the second period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson) 

Backes was in the lineup for the first time since being injured during a scary collision with Ottawa's Scott Sabourin on Nov. 2.

Jake DeBrusk added his sixth goal of the year on a give-and-go with Charlie Coyle two minutes later.

Tuukka Rask made 28 saves for the Bruins.

Boston extended its point streak to 11 games (8-0-3) and entered the third month of the season as the only team without a home regulation loss (11-0-4).

Joel Armia scored, and Carey Price had 31 saves for Montreal. The Canadiens extended their season-high losing streak to eight (0-5-3).

 

Wild 3, Stars 2, SO

St. Paul, Minn. (AP) — Mikko Koivu scored the shootout winner in his 1,000th career game and reached 700th career points with a second-period assist in Minnesota's win over Dallas.

Koivu, playing his 15th season with the Wild, beat Ben Bishop with his trademark move, a backhand over the goalie's left shoulder. Then Alex Stalock, who made 26 saves, stuffed Corey Perry to seal the victory.

Kevin Fiala had a goal and an assist and Zach Parise also scored for the Wild. Both also scored in the first three rounds of the shootout, but Joe Pavelski and Tyler Seguin countered for Dallas.

Blake Comeau and John Klingberg scored for Dallas and Bishop stopped 27 shots. The Stars have lost three in a row after a 14-1-1 run.

 

Oilers 3, Canucks 2

Vancouver, British Columbia (AP) — Leon Draisaitl scored two power-play goals and Edmonton snapped a two-game losing streak with a win over Vancouver.

Josh Archibald also scored for the Oilers (17-9-3). Connor McDavid and Alex Chiasson each had two assists. Mikko Koskinen stopped 30 shots.

Josh Leivo and Brock Boeser scored the Canucks (13-11-4), who are 3-3-0 in their last six games.

Goaltender Jacob Markstrom, making his first back-to-back start of the season, stopped 26 shots for Vancouver.


Liverpool opens up 11-point lead over Man City in EPL

Steve Douglas, AP

Liverpool's march to a first English league championship in 30 years is turning into a procession.

Manchester City certainly looks in no state to stop it happening.

The gap between the two main title contenders in the Premier League grew to a remarkable 11 points on Saturday, with a match-winning performance by Liverpool's commanding center back, Virgil van Dijk, highlighting the difference between the teams.

Hours after City's shaky defense conceded an 88th-minute equalizer in a 2-2 draw at Newcastle, Van Dijk ventured forward to power home two headed goals from set-pieces and lead Liverpool to a 2-1 win over Brighton at Anfield.

Liverpool finished the match with 10 men after goalkeeper Alisson Becker was sent off in the 76th for handball outside the area, from which Brighton scored its goal at a free kick.

If third-placed Leicester, which was tied on points with Man City, fails to beat Everton on Sunday, Liverpool will own a double-figure lead after just 14 of the 38 rounds.

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk celebrates after scoring during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Brighton at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

"We don't think about these things," Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said. "It was just to win this game."

Even with their recent history of agonizing misses in Premier League title races, the Reds would be hard-pushed to mess this one up — especially with their class of 2019-20 still unbeaten and having dropped only two points all season.

Kevin De Bruyne's rasping strike that flew in off the crossbar gave City a 2-1 lead at Newcastle in the 82nd but it proved to be in vain as Jonjo Shelvey, a former Liverpool player, equalized after makeshift City center back Fernandinho conceded a sloppy free kick.

How City, deprived of star center back Aymeric Laporte because of a long-term knee injury, would love a defender like Van Dijk to shore up its creaky backline that's also missing Vincent Kompany after the long-time captain's departure at the end of last season.

"To concede the goals we did today was frustrating," City defender John Stones said. "It's something that is hard for me to explain."

City failed to win at St. James' Park for the second straight season. Pep Guardiola's side lost 2-1 in January, which sparked a 14-match winning run that took City to the title — a point ahead of Liverpool.

City might have to go unbeaten for the rest of this season to even get close to threatening Liverpool this time round.

Mourinho wins again

It's three straight wins for Jose Mourinho as Tottenham manager — and much of that is down to Dele Alli.

The midfielder has been revitalized since Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino last week, playing in a more attacking role close to striker Harry Kane. He starred in the 3-2 win at West Ham in Mourinho's first game in charge, scored the goal that started Spurs' recovery from 2-0 down in the 4-2 win over Olympiakos in the Champions League, and on Saturday scored twice in a 3-2 win over Bournemouth.

"He plays in a position where he feels happy and comfortable," Mourinho said of Alli. "We give him space for his creativity which he always has."

Alli scored the opening two goals before Moussa Sissoko volleyed in a third.

Harry Wilson netted twice late on but Spurs held on for a win that lifted them to fifth place, having been in 14th place when Mourinho took over.

The Champions League qualification positions are suddenly in sight for Tottenham after a surprise loss for Chelsea.

Dream debut

 West Ham's Aaron Cresswell celebrates scoring West Hams first goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and West Ham at Stamford Bridge Stadium in Lonodn, England, in London, England, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Leila Coker)

Knowing he was in line to make his Premier League debut at age 33 for the club where his father was a great, David Martin struggled to eat for the past two days.

Martin didn't show any nerves in goal for West Ham on Saturday, keeping a clean sheet as the team upset London rival Chelsea in a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge.

Aaron Cresswell scored West Ham's winner in the 47th to leave fourth-placed Chelsea six points ahead of Tottenham.

Martin, whose father Alvin played 20 straight years for West Ham from 1976, replaced Roberto after a series of woeful performances by the Spanish goalkeeper, and said he was just glad "I didn't let anyone down."

The victory ended West Ham's streak of eight matches without a win in all competitions, stretching back more than two months.

Wins for Palace, Southampton

Wilfried Zaha scored for the second straight game as Crystal Palace won at Burnley 2-0 to climb into the top half.

Southampton rallied to beat Watford 2-1 at home and move four points clear of the last-place visitor in a match between teams in the relegation zone. James Ward-Prowse curled in the 83rd-minute winner from a free kick.


England 269-5 at stumps on day 3, 2nd tests vs. New Zealand

England's Joe Root hits the ball past New Zealand's Tom Latham during play on day three of the second cricket test between England and New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton, New Zealand, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

New Zealand's Kane Williamson is airborne as he throws the ball at the stumps during play on day three of the second cricket test between England and New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton, New Zealand, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

Hamilton, New Zealand (AP) — With a streaky shot England captain Joe Root brought up his first test century in more than nine months Sunday, just when it was most needed on the third day of the second test against New Zealand.

When stumps were drawn due to rain 10 minutes before scheduled stumps, Root was 114 not out and England was 269-5, still trailing New Zealand by 106 runs on the first innings. Ollie Pope was four not out.

Root's broad grin when he reached his milestone — his 17th test century — showed his mixed relief and elation that his inside edge from the bowling of Neil Wagner missed the stumps and broke his long drought after a day of hard labor on his team's behalf.

Runs haven't come easily for Root since his last century, 122 against the West Indies at Gros Inlet in February. In his 14 innings since, encompassing the home Ashes series against Australia, Root has made four half-centuries and three ducks and has averaged 26.5.

He has seen his average as England captain drop below 40 and has fallen out of the top 10 of the batting world rankings for the first time since 2014.

Root made two and 11 in the first test against New Zealand at Mount Maunganui where England was mauled by an innings and 65 runs. On Sunday, by sheer force of will, the England captain battled his way back into form just as his team needed him most.

Needing to win the match to share the two-test series, England started the third day in a desperate position at 39-2 in reply to New Zealand's first innings of 375.

With the support of opener Rory Burns, who posted his second test century and was out immediately afterwards for 101 to a hairline run out call, Root put on 118 for the third wicket and gave backbone to England's reply.

Root started the day six not out, with Burns on 24, and batted throughout the day, sometimes fluently but mostly with care and watchfulness to protect his wicket and give his team a faint hope of winning the match and saving the series.

Burns reached his half-century from 97 balls, taking advantage of a docile pitch. He curbed the instinct to drive which caused him problems before stumps on the second day when he was dropped at slip on 11, then at mid-wicket on 20. Burns worked shorter balls into the on-side for boundaries while Root preferred to drive on the few occasions the New Zealand bowlers erred and gave him that option.

Root needed 145 balls and almost three hours to reach his fifty. He had a fright at 47 when he was given out caught by wicketkeeper B.J. Watling from the bowling of Daryl Mitchell but successfully challenged the decision and replays showed the ball missed the bat and grazed the pad.

Burns reached a tidy century from 208 balls, in 317 minutes with 15 fours. He had a reprieve at 87 when a New Zealand fielding error spared him from an almost certain run out.

He wasn't granted a second chance and was run out for 101 when he was beaten by Jeet Raval's throw from the outfield. Television umpire Bruce Oxenford from Australia needed several minutes and many replays to decide the stumps had been broken, a bail dislodged a split-second before Burns gained his ground.

"Obviously pleased to get a hundred, obviously I'd like to still be out there and obviously a disappointing end to it," Burns said. "I felt like I played very nicely today.

"I got my tempo back to how I wanted to bat and my rhythm to how I wanted to bat."

Root was stuck on 87 for several minutes then moved toward his century with authority. He went from 87 to 91 with a cover-driven four off Wagner, then 91 to 95 with a boundary off Tim Southee through third man. A further boundary took him to 99 before an inside edge off Wagner narrowly missed his off stumps and sped to the fine leg boundary for four.

Root lost two partners before stumps. Ben Stokes was out for 26, caught by Taylor off Southee, and Zak Crawley fell for one in his first test innings.


Hamilton says he's flattered by Ferrari's praise

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the qualifying session at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A laughing Lewis Hamilton did little to quash rumors of a potential move from Mercedes to Ferrari by acknowledging he was flattered by comments from the Italian team principal.

Mattia Binotto called the six-time world champion "an outstanding driver" on Friday and then added "knowing that he's available in 2021 can make us only happy."

Hamilton is one of several F1 drivers, including both current Ferrari drivers, whose contracts expire at the end of next year. This has only fueled speculation that there could be a significant shake-up ahead.

"I think it's the first compliment I've had from Ferrari in 13 years ... Thank you. I'll take it," Hamilton said, laughing, when responding to Binotto's open flattery. "It's taken all these years for them to recognize me. I'm grateful ... It's positive. I think it's never a waste of time to ever be nice to someone."

The 34-year-old British driver, who reportedly earns more than $50 million a year at Mercedes, was pressed further as to whether he would be interested in moving to the famed Italian team.

"(Ferrari is) a team I've always appreciated. To earn the respect from them is obviously very high up, is not a bad thing," Hamilton said after taking a record-extending 88th career pole position for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Saturday. "Who knows what the driver market's going to be doing over the next year? (But) if I'm really honest, I'm not really focused on that right at this second."

Binotto also said "honestly it's too early for any decision."

Hamilton added that Ferrari already has "two great drivers" in four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel and the highly promising 22-year-old Charles Leclerc.

But Vettel, who joined in 2015, has so far failed to deliver Ferrari its first drivers' title since Kimi Raikkonen in 2007 and the famed Prancing Horse team has not worn the constructors' crown since 2006.

By contrast, Mercedes has won six straight doubles since team principal Toto Wolff and Hamilton joined the Silver Arrows together in 2013 — an inspired move which has helped Hamilton add five F1 titles to his first with McLaren in 2008.

"I am totally relaxed about the situation," Wolff said when asked about the speculation linking his star driver to Ferrari. "I am absolutely open to everybody exploring options. If the relationship ends one day, I would be the first one to cheer (wish him luck)."

Wolff added that "conversations are going to begin" with Hamilton over a potential new contract, without giving details as to when.

He would not be drawn into whether Red Bull driver Max Verstappen — who has won three races this season and eight overall — would be a suitable replacement if Hamilton does join Ferrari.

"We will not embark on a potential fishing mission before Lewis and I have a discussion," Wolff said.

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas, who has won four races and taken five pole positions this season, and the 22-year-old Verstappen are also yet to sign contracts beyond 2020.


Georgiev makes 33 saves, Rangers shut out Devils 4-0

New York Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev, right, celebrates with teammates after defeating the New Jersey Devils 4-0 during an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)

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Newark, N.J. (AP) — Alexandar Georgiev stopped 33 shots for his third career shutout, leading the surging New York Rangers to a 4-0 win over the short-handed New Jersey Devils on Saturday.

New York improved to 4-0-1 in its last five games. Mika Zibanejad had a goal and an assist, and Jesper Fast, Adam Fox and Brady Skjei also scored.

Georgiev had 11 saves in the first, 10 in the second and 12 in the third to get New York's first shutout of the season.

Mackenzie Blackwood had 19 saves for New Jersey, which went 0 for 8 on the power play while giving up two short-handed goals. It lost for the fourth time in six games.

 

Flyers 4, Canadiens 3, OT

Montreal (AP) — Ivan Provorov scored 31 seconds into overtime, and Philadelphia earned its fourth straight victory.

Oskar Lindblom, Kevin Hayes and Travis Konecny also scored for the Flyers (15-7-5), who were coming off a 6-1 win over Detroit on Friday. Brian Elliott made 39 saves.

The Canadiens (11-9-6) dropped their seventh consecutive game. Tomas Tatar had two goals, and Joel Armia also scored. Keith Kinkaid stopped 25 shots.

Provorov used a nifty move to get around Max Domi before beating Kinkaid for his sixth of the season.

 

Maple Leafs 2, Sabres 1, OT

Toronto (AP) — John Tavares scored at 1:45 of overtime and picked up his 400th NHL assist as Toronto split a home-andhome series with Buffalo.

Tavares' 10th goal of the season helped Toronto improve to 4-1-0 in its last five games. William Nylander also scored for the Maple Leafs (13-11-4). Frederik Andersen made 29 saves in victory.

Rasmus Ristolainen scored for Buffalo (12-10-5). Carter Hutton made 41 saves in defeat and fell to 0-5-3 in his last eight games.

The game marked the home-coaching debut for Sheldon Keefe. The former NHLer from Brampton was named head coach of the Maple Leafs on Nov. 20 after the team dismissed Mike Babcock.

 

Flames 3, Senators 1

Calgary, Alberta (AP) — Elias Lindholm scored the deciding goal late in the third period and added an empty-netter, leading Calgary past Ottawa.

New Flames coach Geoff Ward won for the second time in as many games. He was also a winner on Wednesday night, when Calgary beat Buffalo 3-2 in overtime.

Calgary head coach Bill Peters resigned on Friday amid allegations of racial slurs and physical abuse of players in previous jobs. Peters' resignation came after a lengthy process that included investigations by the Flames and the NHL.

Dillon Dube also scored for Calgary (13-12-4). The Flames improved to 3-0-1 in their last four games.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau had his team-leading 14th goal for Ottawa (11-15-1), which lost its fourth straight. David Rittich made 26 saves and improved to 12-7-4.

Marcus Hogberg had 24 saves for Ottawa in his first start of the season and the fifth of his career.

 

Hurricanes 3, Lightning 2

Tampa, Fla. (AP) — James Reimer made 36 saves, Sebastian Aho and Jaccob Slavin each had a goal and an assist, and Carolina beat Tampa Bay.

Carolina also got a goal from Jordan Martinook. Dougie Hamilton had two assists.

Brayden Point and Tyler Johnson scored for the Lightning, who have lost three straight (0-2-1). Curtis McElhinney stopped 21 shots.

 

Islanders 2, Blue Jackets 0

New York (AP) — Mathew Barzal had a goal and an assist, Semyon Varlamov got his second shutout of the season, and New York beat Columbus.

Anders Lee also scored to help the Islanders get a win in the return from an 0-2-1 California trip that ended their franchise-record 17-game point streak. Thomas Greiss started and made nine saves before leaving with 5:54 left in the first period. Varlamov came on and stopped all 30 shots he faced to earn his 27th career shutout.

Elvis Merzlikins finished with 25 saves as the 25-year-old Latvian fell to 0-3-3 in his rookie season for the Blue Jackets.

 

Panthers 3, Predators 0

Sunrise, Fla. (AP) — Chris Driedger posted a shutout in his first career start, Anton Stralman scored his first two goals of the season and Florida beat Nashville.

Driedger stopped 27 shots in his first appearance with Florida. The 25-year-old appeared in three games for Ottawa between 2014-17 but had never started in the NHL.

Aleksander Barkov added his eighth goal as the Panthers won for the first time in four games. It was the Predators' first loss in regulation in the past five games.

Juuse Saros stopped 24 shots for Nashville.

 

Capitals 5, Red Wings 2

Detroit (AP) — Alex Ovechkin completed a hat trick with two empty-net goals and Washington dealt Detroit its ninth straight loss.

Ovechkin reached 20 goals for the 15th consecutive season to start his career, a feat previously achieved by Marcel Dionne, Mike Gartner, Jaromir Jagr and Mats Sundin. The 34-year-old Ovechkin also had an assist.

T.J. Oshie had a goal and an assist, Tom Wilson also scored and Evgeny Kuznetsov had three assists for the Capitals. Ilya Samsonov stopped 25 shots.

Robby Fabbri and Luke Glendening scored for Detroit, which has been outscored 24-4 in its last five games. Jonathan Bernier made 29 saves.

 

Blues 4, Penguins 1

St. Louis (AP) — Justin Faulk and Nathan Walker each scored for the first time with the Blues, and St. Louis beat Pittsburgh.

Jaden Schwartz had a goal and an assist and Ivan Barbashev and Mackenzie MacEachern also scored for the Blues, who won their third straight game and have points in their last four. Jordan Binnington made 28 saves and improved to 13-4-4.

Sam Lafferty and Kris Letang scored for the Penguins, who lost their second straight game. Matt Murray, playing for the first time since Nov. 7, made 22 saves.

 

Sharks 4, Coyotes 2

Glendale, Ariz. (AP) — Logan Couture scored twice and San Jose got four unanswered goals to rally past Arizona for ITS 11th win in 13 games.

Couture bookended San Jose's comeback, starting it midway through the first period and completing it with an empty-netter. He has five goals and 14 points in his past 10 games.

Dylan Gambrell and Timo Meier also scored for San Jose.

The Sharks extended their NHL record by winning their 45th consecutive game in which they have allowed fewer than three goals. They broke the mark in a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday.

Nick Schmaltz and Derek Stepan scored on the Coyotes' first two shots, but Martin Jones stymied the Coyotes the rest of the way. Jones made 21 saves while starting on back-to-back days for the first time this season.

 

Avalanche 7, Blackhawks 3

Denver (AP) — Mikko Rantanen had a goal and three assists in his return to Colorado's lineup after missing 16 games due to injury, and Nazem Kadri and Joonas Donskoi each scored twice in the win over Chicago.

Nathan MacKinnon added a goal and two assists and Tyson Jost also scored to help Colorado sweep the two-game set.

Robin Lehner had nine saves before being replaced by Corey Crawford, who didn't do much better.

Patrick Kane scored his 14th goal late in the third to extend his points streak to 15 games, the longest of the season in the NHL. Brandon Saab and Dominik Kubalik also scored. Crawford stopped 13 shots.

 

Kings 2, Jets 1

Los Angeles (AP) — Joakim Ryan and Nikolai Prokhorkin each scored and Los Angeles beat Winnipeg.

Jack Campbell made 33 saves for the Kings, who have won six of their past eight home games.

Jack Roslovic scored but the Jets were unable to pick up an 11th win in their record-setting November. Winnipeg went 10-3-1, the most wins this month in franchise history. Laurent Brossoit made 32 saves.

Dustin Brown got his fourth point in the past four games with an assist.

 

Canucks 5, Oilers 2

Edmonton, Alberta (AP) — Tanner Pearson recorded the first four-point game of his career, leading Vancouver over Edmonton.

Pearson had two goals and two assists, and Tyler Graovac, Loui Eriksson and Josh Leivo also scored for the Canucks. Bo Horvat also chipped in with three assists to help Vancouver snap its three-game losing streak.

Connor McDavid and Zack Kassian scored for Edmonton, which dropped its second straight.

Edmonton slipped to 16-9-3, and holds the Pacific Division lead. The Canucks are five points back at 13-10-4.

Jacob Markstrom (8-6-3) made 27 saves in the victory, while Mike Smith (7-7-1) turned aside 33 of 38 shots for Edmonton.
 


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