Stars stop 3-game slide with 2-1 shootout win over Rangers

“I think everyone in here knows that was embarrassing for two periods,” Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello said. “They smacked us around and we didn’t win one battle, we didn’t win a puck battle in front of the net. We weren’t first on the pucks. It’s not acceptable for the team that we are supposed to be. I think everyone in here knows that.”

The Thunder overcame a 20-point first-half deficit, the second consecutive game that the Grizzlies have squandered a big lead in a losing effort. Memphis led by 17 against Toronto on Friday night before losing to the Raptors.

“It was the extra kind of urgency,” said Thunder center Steven Adams, who along with Carmelo Anthony led Oklahoma City with 21 points and nine rebounds each. “We tried to speed up the game as well with tempo. We were just playing too slow, allowing them to get into their defense. The change of tempo was good.”

The Seahawks, now 8-4, are in wild-card position, but their schedule has a high degree of difficulty over the next three weeks. They opened as 3-point underdogs for next week’s game at Jacksonville, they host the Rams the week after that, and while a game at Dallas in Week 16 may not sound daunting at this point, we remind you that’s when Ezekiel Elliott is slated to return. The Eagles’ season ends at home vs. the Cardinals, but they can’t afford to step on too many land mines before that potential Week 17 walkover.

“The courage that he showed in coming out while still working on the field is as much of an accomplishment as his many World Series and postseason assignments,” he added.

Scott acknowledged his decision to retire might have been more difficult if his circumstances were different — say, he was 40 and hadn’t worked the World Series.

Now, he walks away with his health intact. And if there were any doubts, he keeps the video of that last violent concussion on his cellphone.canadiens_1247_fe1d7213eb8796ed-140x140

Three takeaways from Saints’ win over Panthers

The NFC South is now the Saints’ to lose.

The Saints took control of the division Sunday with a 31-21 win over the Panthers to complete the season sweep.

He has gone without a passing touchdown in two games this season, but the Saints won both of those games. He was 25 of 34 for 269 yards and a touchdown on Sunday, but the Saints ran for 148 yards and had three rushing scores.

The Saints also have a stout defense to go with their perennially potent offense. They will be a tough out in the NFC playoffs.

3. Panthers now vying for a wild-card spot — The Saints will win the NFC South, meaning the Panthers are now playing for the No. 5 seed. Carolina can earn an important tiebreaker next week by beating the Packers (6-6), but the division is now out of reach. The Panthers do have a win over the Lions (6-6) and will go for a season sweep of the Falcons (7-5) in the regular-season finale.

Matthew Stafford passed for 381 yards with an injured throwing hand and set up Matt Prater for a 46-yard field goal in the closing seconds Sunday, helping the Detroit Lions remain in playoff contention with a 24-21 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Stafford moved the Lions 49 yards in eight plays to set up Prater’s winning kick with 20 seconds left — the 32nd game-winning drive of the quarterback’s career, and fourth this season.

Stafford threw a 5-yard TD pass to Golden Tate and Theo Riddick scored on runs of 2 and 18 yards to help the Lions take a 21-7 lead into the fourth quarter.

Winston, who threw two interceptions and lost a fumble, led a 75-yard drive that he finished with a 2-yard scoring pass to O.J. Howard and then used a 40-yard pass interference call against Detroit cornerback DJ Hayden to set a 2-yard TD throw to seldom-used offensive lineman Leonard Wester to make it 21-21 with eight minutes remaining.canadiens_476_e1b1aca0ec108b16-140x140

Supreme Court case could legalize sports gambling in much of U.S.

After New Jersey passed a 2014 law allowing sports gambling at casinos and race tracks, the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and NCAA all promptly sued the state citing the damage that such a law could do to their sports.

We need to talk about Tom Brady’s Instagram. I haven’t seen something this trippy since I got high in college and watched The Great Muppet Caper three times. Check out what the Patriots quarterback put up after New England beat the Dolphins Sunday afternoon:

There’s a lot to unpack here. Let’s start with the fact that when I initially saw it, I thought to myself, “Am I missing an obvious internet or football joke? Or is Tom Brady’s social media person just dropping tons of acid before he fires up Adobe Illustrator?”

Enter goalie Corey Crawford — and a perfectly timed homestand against three of the worst teams in the NHL.

Crawford made 31 saves, Artem Anisimov scored the go-ahead goal with 4:47 left in the third period and the Blackhawks beat the Arizona Coyotes 3-1 on Sunday night.

Tommy Wingels and Nick Schmaltz also scored in the third as Chicago (14-11-5) earned its second straight win after dropping five in a row. Patrick Kane had two assists to run his career total to 781 points, breaking a tie with Doug Wilson for fifth on the franchise scoring list.

“We could probably play a little bit better, but we found ways to win even when we probably haven’t had our best,” Kane said. “Whether that’s goaltending or timely goals by the fourth line and Wingels, just finding ways to win, it’s huge points for us right now.”

Cowboys’ Jason Witten calls team meeting before Thanksgiving game vs. Chargers

The Cowboys, losers of two in a row, need to right the ship Thanksgiving Day against the Chargers if they want to keep their playoff aspirations a reality. And no Cowboy understands that better than 15-year veteran Jason Witten.

2018 was supposed to be a strong year for QB prospects to jump to the pros, but lackluster seasons from Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, and Josh Allen have tampered expectations. Of course, 2017 was supposed to be a weak QB draft and three — Mitchell Trubisky, Patrick Mahomes II, and Deshaun Watson — all went off the board before the 13th pick. Drafting an inexpensive franchise passer is the easiest way to build a contender and has thus raised the stakes for getting even flawed college prospects at the draft.

That’s bad news for these two teams, which currently project to the No. 4 (Denver) and No. 9 (Miami) picks. The Broncos won’t have a shot at the top quarterback in the draft with needy teams like the Browns and Giants ahead of them (so far). The Dolphins will be in even more trouble.

But the Knicks allowed the Hawks to make it interesting.

Jack was able to hit only one of two free throws, making it 109-106 with seven seconds left. Isaiah Taylor brought up the ball up the court and lost control of it near halfcourt before Kent Bazemore recovered. Bazemore was fouled with three seconds to go. After making the first free throw, he purposely missed the second one, but Porzingis sealed it with two free throws of his own.

“We made that game a lot more interesting down the stretch than we should have,” Jack said. “You know, we should have been able to close that thing out with two minutes to go and kind of been able to walk out of there kind of comfortable, feeling good and ready to move on to the next one.”mariners_760

It was the Cowboys gaining a pedestrian 275 total yards, but 172 of them in the second half.

It was Prescott’s teammates making it easy for him — the way Elliott was accustomed to doing and counted on doing, and the way most believed couldn’t be done without him, which made Prescott worthless, supposedly “exposing” him.

Knicks: Porzingis had eight rebounds. … Ron Baker, who has fallen down the depth chart at point guard, logged a season-high 31 minutes, giving the Knicks a nice lift as they went with a small lineup down the stretch. The fan favorite scored nine points, including four free throws during 10 minutes of play in the final period.

Schenn scored his 16th goal of the season just 40 seconds into the game to give the Blues a 1-0 lead. It was ninth goal in 18 career games against the Sabres.

Stastny scored his first goal in seven games to make it 2-0 with 3:43 left in the second period. Stastny put home a rebound off a shot by Tarasenko that went wide but caromed off the end boards right to his stick.

“I’ll acknowledge that there were some unfortunate things in that game that we don’t need in our game — by both sides,” Tomlin said. “My job as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers is to work hard to minimize those things that we’re involved in before they occur, and we do. But they did last night in an instance or two and we’ll make an accounting of that and work hard to make sure that they don’t happen again.

“We have a responsibility to make this game as safe as it possibly can be. … I take that responsibility personally. I think we’ve worked hard to improve in those areas, I think the game is safer than it’s been. That being said, I think we still have room for growth.”

Twitter roasts Jerry Jones during Cowboys’ ugly loss to Chargers

Evans was also madly in love with a woman he’d met at the Chateau Marmont over drinks one night with Ken Wahl and Carlos Santana. There was just one problem. She was the wife of the heavy metal singer Don Dokken. Or ex-wife. Christ, the stories were never clear, they never ended. This was the problem. There were many, many drives through Laurel Canyon, tears on both sides. Evans professed his devotion. He had never been this open with a woman before. He’d never met a woman like Cherri.

Multiple Las Vegas sportsbooks reported taking bets from respected players on the Crimson Tide, who are growing favorites over No. 1 Clemson in the Allstate Sugar Bowl (8:45 p.m. ET, Jan. 1).

Alabama opened as a 1-point favorite last Sunday at the Westgate SuperBook. The Crimson Tide are now 2.5-point favorites over the Tigers.

“Alabama got some money from a group who moves numbers,” Westgate Superbook assistant manager Ed Salmons said. “The public likes Clemson.”

A little more than a minute remained in the 1988 AFC Championship Game between the Broncos and Browns. The Broncos led 38-31. And Browns running back Earnest Byner looked poised to score the game-tying touchdown — until he fumbled. On the cusp of a clutch legacy, Byner made the play that would overshadow a solid career and become quintessential evidence to the “God hates Cleveland” curse.

Veterans Joe Thomas, Antonio Gates and Vernon Davis are among eight finalists for the NFL’s Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award.

Also announced Monday as finalists were Luke Kuechly, Haloti Ngata, Joe Staley, Josh McCown and Alex Smith.

Marvin Lewis says John Ross let the Bengals down

The Bengals lost to the Titans 24-20. They needed Ross to catch that ball and use his speed to get into the end zone.

“I would hope it would be a touchdown,” Lewis said. “But that’s the margin of error we are right now. We’re a little thin on that.”

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Keenum has completed 64.9% of his passes this season and passed for 11 touchdowns with only five interceptions. Minnesota is 11-5 SU and 13-3 ATS in its last 16 games at home overall and 7-1 ATS in its last eight home games against teams with winning records.

Sunday’s total is set at 46 points. The OVER is 8-3 in the last 11 games between the Rams and Vikings.

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I’m looking hard at the Thunder against the Golden State Warriors for potential building blocks

They were already rivals, then of course Kevin Durant went to the Dubs and entrenched the hate. If Durant sits, then Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are both great building blocks. And of course, Russell Westbrook is routinely triggered when he faces the Warriors.

New England capped a monster of an opening drive when Tom Brady found Dion Lewis for a 15-yard touchdown pass. Brady completed all nine of his pass attempts on a drive that went 15 plays, 87 yards and took 7:07 off the clock. Stephen Gostkowski made the PAT. 7-0, Patriots

A crushing Raiders fumble occurred with just 33 seconds remaining in the first half and Oakland threatening to score before halftime. Seth Roberts lost the ball while trying to gain extra yards around the New England 7-yard line.

Don’t give Tom Brady time to find a receiver in the red zone. Brady found Danny Amendola in the back of the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown to cap a nine-play, 80 yard drive that took a quick 3:32 off the second-quarter clock. Stephen Gostkowski made the PAT. 14-0, Patriots

Winston’s progress clearly has stalled. It’s not clear how much the shoulder injury from three weeks earlier has contributed. It’s also not clear how any of it happened when additions like DeSean Jackson and O.J. Howard joined Mike Evans and Doug Martin to supposedly give the Bucs all the weapons they’d need.steelers_014

Green Bay goes for it on fourth-and-2 near midfield.

Turnover, Detroit. After Stafford completes a 17-yard pass to convert on third down, Ameer Abdullah takes a handoff and fumbles near the line of scrimmage. The Packers recover; they’ll start their drive on their 27.

The Packers run a jet sweep to Randall Cobb, who is brought down well short of the marker. The Lions are set to take over in Green Bay territory.

It was very sad to hear the news today. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Patriots owner Robert Kraft said in a statement that the franchise is “shocked and deeply saddened by today’s news.”

“Terry was one of the most gifted receivers we have ever had,” Kraft said. “For so many Patriots fans, his rookie season will be remembered as one of the most impactful in franchise history. After a disappointing 6-10 finish in 1995, we drafted Terry seventh overall, and in his first year, he helped propel the Patriots to an AFC Championship and Super Bowl appearance. One of my favorite memories came when we hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers in the divisional playoff game.

The Bills thrive on dominating the turnover margin and running the ball effectively, but Saints are better at that kind of approach this season.

The Cowboys might get another week with Ezekiel Elliott in the lineup. They were desperate to put in a strong all-around performance against the Chiefs; now the Falcons are feeling that pressure, and they’ll finally put it all together for the first time since whipping Aaron Rodgers and the Packers at home. Matt Ryan gets the ball last to out-duel Dak Prescott.

Steelers rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster had five catches for 97 yards with a touchdown in Pittsburgh’s 20-17 win over the Colts. Indianapolis kicker Adam Vinatieri kicked a field goal and had two extra points. It was the first time in NFL history a player under the age of 21 (Smith-Schuster, 20 years old) and a player over the age of 40 (Vinatieri, 44 years old) each scored a point in the same game.