Brown goes from cited to exciting as Steelers rip Panthers
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Antonio Brown raced past the Carolina Panthers’ secondary on Thursday night after racing through the streets of suburban Pittsburgh earlier in the day. Brown delivered a 53-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter and finished with eight receptions for 96 yards as the Steelers won their fifth in a row, a 52-21 blowout over the Panthers.
Brown was on the field hours after being stopped for speeding over 100 mph in his Porsche. Ross Township police tell WPXI-TV that an officer was searching for a bank robbery suspect when a black Porsche sped by. The officer pulled the car over and the driver was identified as Brown, who was cited for reckless driving.
Brown was just one of Ben Roethlisberger’s targets as the Pittsburgh quarterback passed for 328 yards and five touchdowns.
The Steelers took control by scoring 21 points in the first 11 minutes before improving to 6-2-1, tops in the AFC North.
Cam Newton completed 23 of 29 for 193 yards and a pair of short TDs to Christian McCaffrey, but the Panthers ended a three-game winning streak and slipped to 6-3.
McCown in for ailing Darnold
UNDATED (AP) — Josh McCown will start at quarterback for the New York Jets against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday in place of injured rookie Sam Darnold. Coach Todd Bowles says Thursday he has ruled out Darnold to start because of a strained right foot, but hasn’t determined whether the rookie will be inactive for the game. The 39-year-old McCown has not taken a snap in a regular-season game this season.
In other NFL news:
— Wally Triplett, the trailblazing running back who was one of the first African-Americans drafted by an NFL team, has died. He was 92. Triplett was the third African-American selected in the 1949 draft, but he was the first of those draftees to play in a regular-season game. He played in 24 games for the Lions and Chicago Cardinals.
T25 FOOTBALL-NC STATE/WAKE FOREST
Deacs stun Pack
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A late touchdown pass has allowed Wake Forest to pull off its first road win over a ranked team since 2008.
Jamie Newman hit Jack Freudenthal for a 32-yard score with just 30 seconds left to push the Demon Deacons past No. 22 North Carolina State, 27-23. Newman had three TD passes for Wake Forest, which entered the game as 19 ½-point underdogs before evening its record at 5-5.
Ryan Finley finished 35 of 52 for 374 yards with a 35-yard touchdown pass to Emeka Emezie and a 2-yard touchdown run for the 6-3 Wolfpack.
NC State had been ranked 14th in the CFP before losing for the third time in four games.
T25 FOOTBALL-NOTRE DAME-BOOK
ND offense not by the Book Saturday
UNDATED (AP) — Two people familiar with the decision say No. 3 Notre Dame will start quarterback Brandon Wimbush against Florida State on Saturday in place of Ian Book, who is nursing an undisclosed injury.
Book is not expected to play after taking a hit to the back and ribs last week against Northwestern, according to the people who spoke Thursday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to because no official announcement was made.
Book replaced Wimbush as the starter in the fourth game of the season for the 9-0 Fighting Irish. He is completing 74.5 percent of his passes for 1,824, with 15 touchdowns and four interceptions. Wimbush was the starter last season for the Irish.
Bucks thrash Warriors as Curry leaves with injury
UNDATED (AP) — If the Milwaukee Bucks didn’t make believers out of NBA fans during their 7-0 start, they may have a few converts this morning.
The Bucks put an end to the Golden State Warriors’ eight-game winning streak by routing the two-time defending champions, 134-111. Eric Bledsoe was high man for Milwaukee with 26 points, including seven straight while the Bucks were outscoring the Warriors, 41-28 in the third quarter. Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-the-toh-KOOM’-poh) chipped in 24 points, nine rebounds and four assists as the 9-2 Bucks handed the Warriors their first home loss this season.
Golden State finished the game without two-time MVP Stephen Curry because of a strained the adductor muscle in his left leg. He was 0-for-4 from 3-point range and scored 10 points before leaving the game midway through the third period.
Klay Thompson had a team-high 24 points for the Warriors.
Checking out Thursday’s other NBA action:
— Russell Westbrook sat out a second-straight game while Paul George scored 20 points in the Thunder’s 98-80 rout of the Rockets. George delivered 14 points while Oklahoma City was outscoring Houston, 30-26 in the second quarter to take a 14-point advantage. George also had 11 rebounds, six assists and six steals as the Thunder won their seventh in a row despite just two points from Carmelo Anthony on 1 of 11 shooting.
— Kyrie Irving scored 18 of his season-high 39 points after the third quarter and the Celtics rallied from a 22-point deficit to beat the Suns, 116-109 in overtime at Phoenix. Marcus Morris came off the bench to score 17 points, including the tying 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds left in regulation.
— The Trail Blazers earned a 116-105 win over the Clippers as Damian Lillard dropped in 25 points and CJ McCollum added 23. Zach Collins provided a pair of fourth-quarter dunks that game Portland 10-point leads in the team’s sixth victory in seven games.
Bolts double up Isles
UNDATED (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning have passed the Nashville Predators for the NHL’s best record by winning a battle of the two Eastern Conference division leaders.
Tyler Johnson scored a tiebreaking goal with 1:26 remaining and Andre Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHV’-skee) stopped 35 shots as the Lightning topped the Islanders, 4-2. Tampa Bay went ahead on second-period goals by Mathieu Joseph and J.T. Miller, but the Isles knotted the score on Josh Bailey’s second goal of the night at 8:43 of the third.
Steven Stamkos added an empty-net goal and an assist for the Bolts, who top the league at 12-3-1.
The Islanders had been 5-0-2 in their previous seven games.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
— The Blackhawks dropped their first game under new coach Jeremy Colliton as Calvin de Haan’s first goal of the season gave the Hurricanes a 4-0 lead in a 4-3 win at Chicago. Former Hawks netminder Scott Darling handled 35 shots to help Carolina stop a five-game losing streak.
— Bo Horvat scored twice and had two assists as the Canucks outscored the Bruins, 8-5. Horvat opened the scoring 2:46 into the first period and added a short-handed goal that put Vancouver ahead, 7-4 midway through the third.
— Shayne Gostisbehere (GAHS’-tihs-behr) scored 61 seconds into overtime to complete Philadelphia’s comeback in a 5-4 win over the Coyotes. Scott Laughton tallied twice for the Flyers, who first overtime on a goal by Dale Weise (wees) with 2:13 left in regulation.
— The Golden Knights coughed up a 3-1 lead early in the third before William Carrier scored midway through the period to lead a 5-3 victory at Ottawa. Jonathan Marchessault (MAHR’-sheh-soh) and Shea Theodore had power-play goals for Vegas.
— Dallas also squandered a 3-1 lead before Devin Shore’s second goal of the night snapped a 3-3 deadlock with 5:47 left in the Stars’ 4-3 verdict over the Sharks. Tyler Seguin (SAY’-gihn) provided a goal and an assist, while Anton Khudobin (hoo-DOH’-bihn) stopped 33 shots for Dallas.
— The Panthers earned a 4-1 win against the Oilers as Roberto Luongo made 26 saves in his second start since missing nine straight with a knee injury. Evgenii Dadonov (dah-DAH’-nahv), Nick Bjugstad (BYOOG’-stad), Jonathan Huberdeau (HOO’-bur-doh) and Colton Sceviour (SEE’-vur) did the scoring for Florida.
— Vladimir Sobotka and Jeff Skinner each scored twice before Rasmus Ristolainin (rihs-to-LY’-nehn) tallied 1:38 into overtime of the Sabres’ 6-5 downing of the Canadiens. Skinner’s final goal tied the game early in the third period.
— Mikko Koivu (MEE’-koh KOY’-voo) set up goals by Nino Niederreiter (NEE’-dur-eye-tur), Zach Parise (pah-REE’-say) and Mikael Granlund in the Wild’s 3-1 win against the Kings. Parise furnished the go-ahead goal and had an assist in Minnesota’s eighth victory in 10 games.
M’s get Mallex Smith
UNDATED (AP) — The Seattle Mariners have added a bit more speed to a roster that finished below the major league average in stolen bases this season.
The M’s have acquired outfielder and leadoff hitter Mallex Smith from Tampa Bay in a five-player package that sends catcher Mike Zunino and outfielder Guillermo Heredia to the Rays.
Smith swiped a career-high 40 bags this year for a team that finished second in the majors with 128 steals. The entire Mariners lineup totaled just 39 more stolen bases than Smith, who also hit .296 and tied for the major league lead with 10 triples.
Zunino homered 20 times last season but batted just .201 with a .259 on-base percentage. Heredia was a spare outfielder for Seattle this year, hitting .236 in 292 at-bats over 125 games.
In other MLB news:
— The World Series-champion Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians each landed two players on the American League Silver Slugger team. Red Sox stars Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez are on the squad, as are infielders Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor (lihn-DOHR’) of the Indians. Colorado has a major league-high three players on the team: Nolan Arenado (ar-eh-NAH’-doh), Trevor Story and German (hur-MAHN’) Marquez.
— Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez had surgery on his left shoulder, which could slow him during spring training but is not likely to keep him out of the lineup on opening day. New York general manager Brian Cashman made the announcement at the general managers’ meetings, hours after the Yankees finalized an $8 million, one-year contract with CC Sabathia.
— Jung Ho Kang (gahng) is staying with the Pirates after the two sides agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract that includes $2.5 million in performance bonuses. The deal was announced a week after Pittsburgh declined a $5.5 million club option for Kang, triggering a $250,000 buyout.
— A person familiar with the agenda tells The Associated Press that baseball owners plan to vote on a new term for Commissioner Rob Manfred when they meet in Atlanta next week. The person also says the docket will also include a new television contract with Fox and an agreement for in-game cut-ins with the subscription video streaming service DAZN. Manfred was elected commissioner in August 2014 to succeed Bud Selig and started a five-year term the following Jan. 25.
— Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem said Major League Baseball and its players’ union likely will not decide until the eve of spring training whether to change rules in an effort to increase action on the field next year. Halem said MLB wants the game to be played in a way that’s compelling for its audience, including the younger audience.
— Hall of Famers, former teammates and winners of the Willie Mac Award attended a celebration of Willie McCovey’s life on a picture-perfect day in San Francisco. McCovey was remembered Thursday as an example of humility. McCovey died Oct. 31 at age 80 after suffering from ongoing health issues.
Yanagita hits ‘sayonara’ home run to lift Japan over MLB
TOKYO (AP) — Yuki Yanagita hit a two-run walkoff home run in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday to lift Japan to a 7-6 win over the MLB All-Stars in the opening game of a six-game exhibition series.
Juan Soto, Carlos Santana and Amed Rosario had all homered to give the MLB squad a 6-4 lead but reliever Kirby Yates couldn’t close out the game.
Tsubasa Aizawa singled in a run to cut the lead to 6-5 before Yanagita’s dramatic blast to deep center before 44,943 at Tokyo Dome.
Santana hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning to give his team a 4-1 lead but Japan tied the game on a bases-clearing double by Shogo Akiyama in the bottom of the frame.
Soto restored the lead for the MLB players in the sixth with an opposite-field two-run shot to left.
Rosario hit a solo homer in the third inning.
The series continues this weekend with two more games in Tokyo followed by one game in Hiroshima on Tuesday and two games in Nagoya on Wednesday and Thursday.
Kuchar tied for lead
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) — Matt Kuchar (KOO’-chur) is part of a three-way tie for the lead through the opening round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico.
Kuchar fired a 7-under 64 to tie Dominic Bozzelli and PGA Tour rookie Kramer Hickok. Kuchar missed just two fairways as he continued his quest for his first title since 2014.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS-SCHWAB CUP CHAMPIONSHIP
Goydos, Petrovic share Schwab lead
PHOENIX (AP) — Paul Goydos and Tim Petrovic share the lead in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship after carding 8-under 63s in the opening round at Phoenix Country Club.
Goydos eagled No. 1 and closed with a birdie on the par-5 18th. Petrovic eagled the 306-yard, par-4 fifth and rebounded from a bogey on the par-4 17th with a birdie on 18.
Scott McCarron is alone in third, two strokes off the pace and one ahead of Glen Day.
Bernhard Langer is seven shots back and Scott Parel eight off the pace. Langer and Parel are 1-2 respectively in the standings and can clinch the season title with a win here.
Founding Wild owner dies
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The founding owner of the Minnesota Wild has died from cancer at age 78.
Bob Naegele (NAY’-glee) Jr., the founding owner of the Minnesota Wild, died of complications from cancer.
The Wild said Bob Naegele (NAY’-glee) Jr. died Wednesday night with his family by his side. Players will wear a jersey patch with his initials for the remainder of the season.
Naegele was the lead investor in the expansion franchise that began play in 2000, eight seasons after the North Stars left Minnesota for Dallas..