World news – Brady overtakes Heinicke and leads Buccaneers past Washington

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Brady threw for 381 yards and two touchdowns to take the Tampa Bay Buccaneers past Washington 31-23 in their NFC wildcard game on Saturday night to claim their first playoff win since 2002.

At his 42nd post-season start and initially not wearing a New England Patriots uniform, Brady made the most of the lack of pressure to improve the NFL’s second-tier defense on 22 passes out of 40.

He had to face Taylor Heinicke from Washington, who already showed a breakout performance in his second pro start and in the playoffs instead of the injured starter Alex Smith. Heinicke – signed to the training team in early December – ran 46 yards and a touchdown and threw 306 yards and a score.

While Bill Belichick and the Patriots from home with a playoff series of 11 after a 7: 9 – Watching this season, Brady has the opportunity to play in another Super Bowl – at his new home stadium.

The Buccaneers are waiting for the Chicago result in New Orleans on Sunday to see if they can Drew Brees and the Visit the Saints or host the Los Angeles Rams this weekend. You’d need an angry bear to play at home in the division round.

There’s not much slowing down Brady, who at 43 years and 159 days overtook George Blanda as the oldest player to pass a TD pass in a playoff Game has thrown. A 36-yard scoring connection with Antonio Brown was Brady’s longest in the playoffs since 2011. Brady was methodical in the first half with 12 completes for 209 yards and wasn’t fired until the last minute of the second quarter / p> Heinicke made things interesting in the third, mostly by looking for an 8-yard TD on the pylon in the corner of the end zone. The play even caught the attention of reigning Super Bowl champion Patrick Mahomes, who tweeted, « Bro what!?!?! »

On the show, after Heinicke hit his left shoulder, Brady built a 69 yard -Scoring drive bounded by a 3 yard run by Leonard Fournette TD. That made it 28-16, which was enough to withstand Heinicke’s attempt to be the unlikely hero.

After Smith dropped out because of a strained right calf, Heinicke made a name for himself in prime-time hitting the single-game Set franchise rushing record for quarterbacks and raised the question of whether it should be considered Washington’s future QB.

He had only appeared in eight games and had started one in the NFL before Saturday. He was taking online math classes at the Old Dominion when trainer Ron Rivera called him Washington’s « quarantine quarterback. » Brown has a TD catch in four consecutive regular season games, making it the second longest streak in the franchise story. Mike Evans has the record of six games.

Maybe playing at FedEx Field has something that gets the most out of Brown. In his only other game in Washington in 2016 with Pittsburgh, he had eight catches for 126 yards and two touchdowns.

Privateer: RG Alex Cappa left the team with an ankle injury at the end of the second quarter and never returned. … Evans sustained a knee injury in the regular season finale.

Washington: RB Antonio Gibson hobbled after a game in the first quarter, but stayed in. He had a persistent toe injury that resulted in him missing two games recently.

Buccaneers: in the divisional round next weekend and will visit Drew Brees and the Saints when New Orleans beats Chicago or hosts the Los Angeles Rams when the bears pull up angry Sunday.

CHARLOTTE, NC – LaMelo Ball wastes no time making an impact on the NBA. The rookie point guard became the youngest player in league history to record a triple-double with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists on Saturday night, helping The Charlotte Hornets defeat the Atlanta Hawks 113-105 for the third straight time. « A 19-year-old rookie doesn’t look like that, » said Hornets coach James Borrego. « That is seldom what you see. » Ball’s historic performance came just two nights after missing his first triple-double when he beat his brother Lonzo’s New Orleans Pelicans on 12 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. He said he has not yet started to process the performance. « I live my life and I know what I’m capable of, so something like that doesn’t move me like that, » said Ball. « I know that should happen. » Ball replaced Markelle Fultz as the youngest NBA player to triple-double for 177 days. « He’s a great PG who can pass, ricochet and is a smart player, » said Trae Young of Atlanta. « In this league it will be even easier for him as he plays more and more games. » Terry Rozier had 23 points to lead the Hornets. Cam Reddish scored 21 points and De’Andre Hunter had 20 for the Hawks. Young struggled all night, shooting 5 of 19 off the ground to finish with 15 points and 10 assists. Ball linked his night with the highest scoring 9-of-13 shooting off the field when the Hornets gave the fighting Hawks their fourth straight defeat. He was only the fifth rookie in NBA history to record a triple-double and the first Hornets player to make it off the bench. Borrego said he loved Ball’s mind and energy, but what struck him most is his demeanor and confidence. “He’s not unsettled at the moment. It’s like he’s been doing this for a few years, « Borrego said of Ball, who was playing overseas before becoming the third pick in the NBA draft. Ball had several sharp passes, including a perfect hit behind the back to one Scoring Hit 3-Pointers by PJ Washington: « It’s difficult because you don’t know when it’s coming. He could throw it behind his head, behind his back, or straight at you, « joked Washington, who had 22 points and received several passes from Ball: » You have to be active and aware when he has the ball. It It’s always fun to play with a guy like that. « TIP-INSHawks: Bogdan Bogdanovic got started on Reddish but went back in the second quarter with a knee injury and didn’t come back. There was no immediate update to his injury. Hornets: Charlotte ran that League in assists and had 27 against the Hawks … Gordon Hayward finished on 13 points after averaging 35 points in the last two BOY INJURY Boy had his wrist iced up after the game and said he’ll be able to access it while trying to take a charge. He had x-rays after the game but said it was « nothing serious, » though he added, « it definitely hurts. » Young doesn’t seem too b Worrying that he hasn’t made a 3-pointer in his last two games is going to be too high or too low, ”said Young. “When the shots aren’t fired, I understand the work I’ve done and I know it’s going to pay off.” WASHINGTON BLOCKING SHOTThe 6-foot-7 Washington asked the game for the 5 position for the Hornets when they go to a small ball lineup and he responded well. He had six blocks against the Hawks when the Hornets came back to 500 that season. « I love blocking shots because it gets us out of the transition, » said Washington. UP NEXTHawks: Return home Monday night to host the 76s, the teams’ first get-together of the season. Hornets: Back home Monday night against the Hawks, while they continue a grueling six-game stretch over nine nights. Steve Reed , The Associated Press

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American golfer Justin Thomas apologized after using a homophobic bow in the third round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions on Saturday. The incident occurred on the fourth hole after Thomas, the defending champion, missed a six foot par putt. When the number 3 in the world knocked on the bogie, microphones picked up the bow, the use of which the 26-year-old later apologized. CLOCK | Justin Thomas apologizes for the homophobic bow: « There is just no excuse, » said Thomas after the word. « I’m an adult. I am a grown man. There is absolutely no reason for me to say such a thing. It’s terrible. I’m extremely embarrassed. It’s not who I am. It’s not the kind of person who i am but unfortunately i did it and i have to afford it and i apologize very much. « like i said, it is inexcusable. I’m speechless. It’s bad. There is no other way to express it. I have to do better. I have to be better. It’s definitely a learning experience. I deeply apologize to everyone I have offended, and I get better because of it. « There is still more to come.

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DALLAS – Tim Hardaway Jr. achieved a season high out of 36 points, Trey Burke did the same at 29 and Luka Doncic had another triple-double when the understaffed Dallas Mavericks defeated the Orlando Magic 112-98 on Saturday night. Hardaway and Burke took on expanded roles to help Dallas for the first time to top 500 this season, starters Josh Richardson and Dorian Finney-Smith and backup point guard Jalen Brunson dropped out due to COVID-19 logs, and the three Mavericks failed to return with the Denver team after a 124: 117 – Thursday overtime win, and coach Rick Carlisle wouldn’t argue how long they’d be out. One of the three that wasn’t identified tested positive for the virus. Hardaway and Burke did it turned into a rather quiet second triple-double of the season for Doncic, combining 15 of 21 from 3-point range, while the Star Point Guard had 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. « We got here on the 5am Denver trip, » said Carlisle that the team skipped a morning shootaround because of the COVID-19 issues. “I was very impressed with our concentration and concentration. And it all started with Luka. He understood exactly what the situation was like. “Burke, who missed the Denver trip with an illness that Carlisle said had no coronavirus exposure, was 7 out of 8 from a long distance to help the Mavericks win 20 out of 40 against an Orlando team quit for the fewest allowed 3s per game. « He’s a dangerous goalscorer, » said Carlisle. “I think he’s playing well for us because he knows we have great faith in him. He’s the guy who can only get hot out there. “Nikola Vucevic had 30 points and 15 rebounds, and Aaron Gordon scored 16 points a night after missing a 42-point loss in Houston with a sore left Achilles tendon when the Magic lost their ninth. It was Orlando’s second game excluding guard Markelle Fultz, who missed the season with a knee injury, and Gordon said it was the first time he’d played point guard since high school. « The team needs me to take some of the burden of initiating the crime, » said Gordon. “I have to take it on my shoulders to get better organized. There were times when it was just messy. “TIP-INSMagic: F Evan Fournier missed his fifth game in a row with back pain. Coach Steve Clifford said he could return against Milwaukee on Monday. … Vucevic missed his first five 3s and finished 2 of 7 while Gordon was 1 of 7. Orlando was 6 out of 31 from across the arch. Mavericks: A change in rating gave Doncic a career-best fifth heist against the Nuggets. With 38 points, nine rebounds and 13 assists, he became the first player in NBA history with at least these sums in these four categories. … First-round rookie selection Josh Green started his first career due to the absence of COVID-19. He missed his only shot when he played 15 minutes. ROLLER COASTER QUARTERDoncic completed a roller coaster ride in the third quarter by hitting the buzzer with a long 3-pointer for a lead of 85-75. The Mavericks led by six points at halftime and six points behind in the third after a 15-1 run in Orlando with Gordon’s only three started. Dallas responded with an 18-2 run, with Hardaway scoring 12 points. UP NEXTMagic: Orlando has its only home game in nine games against Milwaukee in its first meeting on Monday since the Bucks won a first-round playoff series in five games in the Florida NBA bubble in August. Six consecutive street games follow. Mavericks: Dallas finished a homestand with two games against New Orleans on Monday. The Mavericks won the season series with four games in 2019-20, the first time in six years .___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsSchuyler Dixon, Die Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, NC – LaMelo Ball became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists. The Charlotte Hornets defeated the Atlanta Hawks 113-105 for a third straight Saturday night.The 19-year-old Ball replaced Markelle Fultz as the youngest NBA player to triple-double for 177 days. Ball, the third choice in the NBA draft, was 9 of 13 off the field when the Hornets surrendered their fourth straight loss to the fighting Hawks. He was only the fifth rookie in NBA history to record a triple-double and the first Hornets player to ever hit that plateau off the bench. Terry Rozier scored 23 points for the Hornets. NUGGETS 115, 76ERS 103PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Nikola Jokic had 15 points and 12 assists to take Denver past Philadelphia, beating a 76ers team that only had seven players available due to injuries and COVID-19 logs. The Sixers overturned without four regular starters – All-Stars Ben Simmons (aching left knee) and Joel Embiid (back) with an injury and Seth Curry and Tobias Harris with virus problems. Coach Doc Rivers said he didn’t think the game should be played. Curry learned of his positive coronavirus test while the team was playing in Brooklyn on Thursday, and the additional health and safety testing, contact tracing, and COVID-19 logs resulted in a number of unavailable players. The team hit the at least eight active players by including injured striker Mike Scott who was actually unable to play. Tyrese Maxey led the Sixers with 39 points in 44 minutes in the 18-of-33 shooting in his first career start. and Isaiah Joe had 13 points. BUCKS 100, CAVALIERS 90MILWAUKEE (AP) – Khris Middleton scored 27 points and Milwaukee resisted twice-reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo’s absence to beat Cleveland. Antetokounmpo sat down in a loss to Utah Jazz after a bad fall with back pain from the night before. Bobby Portis replaced Antetokounmpo on Milwaukee’s starting grid, scoring 17 points when the Bucks (6-4) closed a home stretch of five games where they went 4-1. After Jrue Holiday made the first basket of the game, Portis scored the bucks’ next 10 points. The bucks overcame a tremendous effort from Cleveland’s Andre Drummond, who had 26 points and 24 rebounds. Drummond became the first Cavalier to have at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in the same game since Anderson Varejao made it against Boston on January 31, 2012. HEAT 128, WIZARDS 124WASHINGTON (AP) – Tyler Herro reached a career height of 31 points and Jimmy Butler nearly had a triple-double with 26 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists when Miami beat shorthanded Washington. Washington played without the NBA’s top scorer Bradley Beal, who had a late scratch when he was promoted to health in the NBA. Miami has alternated wins and losses in its first eight games. The Wizards have lost their third straight and are winless in five home games. They had also retired without their other start guard, Russell Westbrook, with a left quad injury. Westbrook, who had triple doubles in his first four games with the Wizards, wanted to play the second half of a back-to-back for the first time after sitting out the first two. SPURS 125, TIMBERWOLVES 122, OTMINNEAPOLIS (AP) – DeMar DeRozan scored 38 points and helped San Antonio beat Minnesota on Karl-Anthony Towns’ return to the Timberwolves. DeRozan, who went 13 for 23 off the floor and 12 of 13 off the line, had 13 points after the third quarter and San Antonio’s third straight win came from his relentless rides to the basket. Dejounte Murray (22 points) and Patty Mills (21 points) scored many timely 3-point hits. Towns, who missed the last six games with a partial dislocation of his left wrist, had 25 points and 13 rebounds in 37 minutes as Minnesota lost seven games. Malik Beasley scored 29 points in 3-point 7v11, his last attempt to pull the Timberwolves within three points by 37 seconds. MAVERICKS 112, MAGIC 98DALLAS (AP) – Tim Hardaway Jr. Trey Burke hit a season high of 29 points, Luka Doncic did the same with 29 points, and Luka Doncic had another triple-double when the short-handed Dallas defeated Orlando. Hardaway and Burke took on expanded roles to help Dallas over 500 for the first time this season with starters Josh Richardson and Dorian Finney-Smith, plus backup point guard Jalen Brunson, who was banned from COVID-19 protocols. The three Mavericks did not return with the Denver team after a 124-117 win in overtime on Thursday. Hardaway and Burke made it a rather quiet second triple-double of the season for Doncic, combining 15 out of 21 from 3-point range. The Star Point Guard had 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Suns 125, PACERS 117INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Mikal Bridges hit a career high of 34 points and Devin Booker added 25, leading Phoenix over Indiana defending champions Los Angles Lakers, setting the best record in the Western Conference 7-3 after taking his first road win against the Pacers since 2016. All-star striker Domantas Sabonis had 28 points and reached a career high with 22 rebounds for the Pacers. Phoix took advantage of a late run in the first half to create a 56:53 lead at halftime and opened the second half with the first five points .___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com / NBA and https: //twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS – DeMar DeRozan scored 38 points to help the San Antonio Spurs beat Minnesota 125-122 in overtime on Saturday night’s return from Karl-Anthony Towns to the Timberwolves. DeRozan, who went 13 for 23 off the floor and 12 of 13 off the floor line, had 13 points after the third quarter and key San Antonio’s third straight win with his relentless rides to the basket. Dejounte Murray (22 points) and Patty Mills (21 points) scored many timely 3-point hits. Towns, who missed the last six games with a partial dislocation of his left wrist, had 25 points and 13 rebounds in 37 minutes as Minnesota lost seven games. Malik Beasley scored 29 points in 7v11 shooting from 3-point range, his last attempt to pull the Timberwolves within three points with a 37-second lead. The towns had a miss from DeRozan on the other end, but rookie Anthony Edwards drove to the basket and, to desperation, had his pass intercepted by LaMarcus Aldridge. Minnesota made three starting 3-pointers over the final 2:14 of regulation, from Edwards, Towns and D’Angelo Russell, but DeRozan relentlessly responded with nine points in the final 1:29. The climax was a three-point game 55 seconds ahead, that gave San Antonio a lead of 109-107 as he passed Edwards’ hand-check foul on the # 1 in the draft turned an up-and-under playground-style layup to avoid the long arms of the cities. After DeRozan made two free throws 12 seconds to go, the Timberwolves made the final shot, but Russell’s forced top-of-the-key attempt in a crowd ricocheted off the edge. The Timberwolves lost their six games without Towns by an average of 20 points, as his production in the post painfully lacked his rim protection. They played a sixth game in a row without Josh Okogie (strained left achilles tendon) guarding the perimeter, another factor in their worst defensive score in the league of 118 points per 100 possessions. Cities with a dark blue sheen on his forearm and pink Nikes on his feet in ultimate clash with the team’s alternate neon green uniforms also grimaced as he worked his way through the ongoing discomfort. After Towns slacked off early and made a 3-pointer on his only shot attempt in the first quarter, he found his groove. He had 12 points in a nine-minute run in the third quarter. TIP-INSSpurs: The rookie point guard Tre Jones, who turned 21 on Friday, did not play in his first homecoming game. Duke’s second round of voting won the Minnesota State Championship games at the Target Center with Apple Valley High School in 2015 and 2017. … The great backup man Drew Eubanks was not on the team due to the health and safety protocols of COVID-19. Assistant coach Becky Hammon and another staff member were also absent for quarantine requests, coach Gregg Popovich said. Timberwolves: Naz Reid, who was back in a bench role after Towns’ return, had 16 points in 16 minutes. … Edwards had 13 points, half the career high he posted in Portland on Thursday. UP NEXTSpurs: After back-to-back games against the Wolves, San Antonio wraps up a five game road trip in Oklahoma City on Tuesday. Timberwolves: After the rematch with the Spurs, Minnesota continued this homestand in four games against Memphis on Wednesday .___ Further coverage on AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBADave Campbell, The Associated Press

KAPALUA, Hawaii – Ryan Palmer experienced a series of emotions in the final 15 minutes of Saturday that ended with a 9-under-64 win for the best round of the week and a share of the lead with Harris English at the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, BC, is in 21st place after a 4 under 69 year old. Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ontario finished 40th in his third round after a 1-under-72.
Palmer believed he had problems with thin fairway metal approaching the green on par 5-18. It barely cleared native grass to the left of the green and rolled out to 12 feet, and he putted twice for birdie.
His score was fixed when rules officials determined there was no intent or penalty as he depressed a divot a few paces from where his golf ball was rolling after a muffled chip on the ninth hole.
English wasn’t so lucky with his second shot on the 18th. He was abandoned and arrived about 15 feet before the danger was removed. His only good break was that a marshal somehow spotted her. Instead of a third shot more than 200 yards away, he chopped 80 feet away and took two hard putts for par and a 66.
They were tied at 21 under 198, a shot ahead of Collin Morikawa, who was also flirting with difficulty on the plantation’s closing hole, ending in a birdie and shooting 65.
Up to the last hole, the third round in Kapalua was about making birdies so as not to lose ground. The score was exceptionally low, not just from one player, but from several, due to a soft course and little wind.
The first three withdrew.
Daniel Berger, who played with English in the last group, had a long eagle putt hanging from his lip on the 18th and had to be content with birdie and a 67 that left him three strokes, still in the mix.
Defending champion Justin Thomas eventually hit a shot he couldn’t find. Three times that week he hit it in knee-high native grass and managed to locate the ball and save par twice. He wasn’t so lucky on the sixth hole and sent it well to the right and into a deep ravine for a double bogey. Thomas bounced back for a 68 and was back four along with Sungjae Im (67).
Masters Champion Dustin Johnson did his best to keep up until his ride on the 15th par-5 sailed too far to the right and into danger, resulting in a bogey that felt even worse when you consider that it is a par 5 that he can achieve with one iron in two parts. He missed birdie opportunities and shot 69.7 shots off the lead.
Xander Schauffele shot a 62 on the last day two years ago to collect himself from five backwards, and such a result is possible under these ideal conditions. But there are plenty of players to climb, and English has shown no signs of retreating as he seeks his first win in just over seven years.
Palmer has gone even longer – 11 years since his last individual title on the PGA Tour – and did his best on Saturday. His only major mistake was the ninth par-5 hit when he shot his second shot to the left of the green, using the wrong club on a field that fell short and rolled down the slope into the fairway.
He knew where it was going and began to walk, taking a divot a few steps before the point where the ball was rolling. This was the injury that 10 years ago led to the disqualification of Camilo Villegas from this tournament on the 15th hole. Palmer met with the regular staff and was cleared because there was no intention of correcting his lie.
Palmer said when he saw the video he wasn’t sure what the officers were about. He later added that the ball was 5 feet away and « not even close to where I was ».
So his score was upheld and he’s now part of a two-way tie for the lead, a final group between two players trying to end a drought, a tournament they fortunately can play.
The field for the Tournament of Champions has expanded this year for 2020 winners and anyone who reached the Tour championship due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has closed the Tour for three months. Both Palmer and English made it to East Lake. They both want their next win to be one that will secure them a return to Maui.
Right behind is PGA champion Morikawa, who has won his third win in his last 14 tournaments worldwide.

Doug Ferguson, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON – The Miami Heat allowed the understaffed Washington Wizards 71 ​​points in the first half and that was too much for coach Erik Spoelstra. With Washington playing without its top three goalscorers, the Heat picked up its intensity, holding the Wizards firm 15 points in the third quarter, winning 128-124 on Saturday night. Tyler Herro hit a career high of 31 points and Jimmy Butler nearly had a triple-double with 26 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. « Everyone could see it. » Said Spoelstra. “We didn’t defend with enough energy and connection. It was pretty obvious. It just went back and forth. It almost felt like a pickup game in the first half. It was much more defensive in the third quarter. « Miami (4-4) have alternated wins and losses in their first eight games. » This team has a very deep squad, « said Herro. “Everyone can score points every night. I’m not too worried about the numbers. “The Wizards (2-8) lost their third game in a row and have no win in five home games. Washington played without the NBA’s top scorer, Bradley Beal, who was late « In the NBA’s health and safety protocol »: « Found out about an hour before the game, » said coach Scott Brooks. “On the one hand, it surprised me. On the other hand, we have to expect it. You hate it when it happens. You hope for the best but don’t know the next step. « They were also out without their other start guard, Russell Westbrook, with a left quad injury. Westbrook, who had triple doubles in his first four games with the Wizards, wanted to play the second half of a tackle for the first time after playing the Washington starting center Thomas Bryant suffered a left knee injury less than two minutes into the game and never returned. Brooks said Bryant would do an MRI on Sunday. Garrison Mathews led the wizards 22 points on. Deni Avdija scored 20. The Heat that went almost all the way prevailed against Wizards 28-15 in the third quarter, taking a 103-86 lead TIP-INSHeat: G Goran Dragic had 21 points on seven 3-pointers.… C Bam Adebayo had 16 rebounds, although he had only played 21 minutes due to bad problems.… C Meyers Leonard suffered from shoulder strain. Assistant: Broo ks was classified as technical in the fourth quarter. … The Capital City Go-Go, Washington’s G League partner, will be assigning players to the Erie Bayhawks, New Orleans G League partner, for the season starting next month in Orlando, Florida. EXPANDABLE ROSTER: The NBA allows teams to have 15 active players for each game this season, up from 13 in previous seasons. Brooks said this allows him to give opportunities to players like Mathews and C Moritz Wagner: « We have open seats and open minutes and we’re just trying to figure them out and find out, » said Brooks. PATCHWORK LINEUP – During the Heat lineup, fans were aware of seeing Miami’s surprise run to the NBA Finals in October. The Washington lineup was not so recognizable for Beal, Westbrook, and Bryant. Jerome Robinson, who started instead of Beal, had scored 15 points in five games. He had 12 points on Saturday night. Beal leads the NBA with an average of 35 points. UP NEXTHeat: Visit the Celtics on Sunday. Assistants: Host the Suns on Monday .___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https: // twitter. com / AP_Sportsttps: //apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsRich Dubroff, The Associated Press

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INDIANAPOLIS – Mikal Bridges found his shot quickly and then ended with a success. The third-year striker scored 34 career points and made the 3-pointer to cap the crucial mid-fourth quarter goal stroke and help the Phoenix Suns pull back for a 125-117 win from Indiana on Saturday back. « Whenever you hit the first few shots, everything feels good, making you feel more aggressive, » said Bridges. “It felt great. I know when I get comfortable I keep telling myself to keep being aggressive. Don’t relax and just keep going. « Bridges was 12 of 18 off the field, 6 of 8 to 3 and 4 of 4 from the free throw line. Devin Booker added 25 points when the Suns tied with the defending champions Los Angeles Lakers for the best record in the West at 7: 3, while taking their first Indy win since 2016. Hoenix hit 16 more 3-point points after scoring 38 points in the last two games. The Suns also became the ninth team in the league It was just too much for the Pacers, although all-star striker Domantas Sabonis finished with 28 points, a career with 22 rebounds and his first 20-20 game. « He was good, really good, » said two-time all-star Victor Oladipo did a really good job tracking bugs and playing his iso games to get rebounds. It was big. Unfortunately we fell short. « Phoenix took advantage of a late run in the first half to take a 56 lead : 53 to score at halftime, and opened the second Half time with the first five points. While Sabonis almost single-handedly held the Pacers with 16 points, Indiana never took the lead in the last six minutes of the third quarter. Instead, Bridges reheated late and knocked a 3 to end an 11-0 run that gave Phoenix a 5:49 advantage of 109:96. TIP-INSSuns: Teammates doused Bridges with an ice-cold party after the game. … Phoenix had just one night after only three turnovers. … The suns are in the second game of a back-to-3 game 3-0 back this season. … Perennial all-star Chris Paul had 15 points and 10 templates. … DeAndre Ayton didn’t score until 8:43 in the third quarter and ended with eight points and 14 rebounds. … Phoenix has their best 10-game record since starting 8-2 in 2009-10. Pacemaker: Malcolm Brogdon had 22 points, nine assists and six rebounds. … Oladipo scored 16 points while Myles Turner had 15 points and 10 rebounds and four more blocks. … Justin Holiday last continued his strong game with 17 points, 14 of them in 14 minutes in the first half. … Sabonis has a double-double in all nine games this season. … Indiana is at home 4-3 this season. … The eight point difference was Indiana’s most one-sided defeat of the season. ON THE BUBBLET The recent spike in positive COVID-19 tests around the NBA has led some to speculate as to whether the league may need to reconsider playing within a « bubble ». Oladipo made it clear that he’s not a fan of getting back into the bubble, especially with up to 1,000 fans soon to enter the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. « I hope not, » he said of the bubble talk. “But I think the NBA is doing all they can, and so is the NBPA, working together to make sure we are as safe as possible. But it is difficult. You can do your best and unfortunately some people can still catch it. We have to do the best job limiting the virus as much as possible. Hopefully there won’t be another bubble, but at the end of the day we have to do what is safest for us. « UP NEXTSuns: Take a road trip through Washington at three o’clock on Monday. Pacers: Start a five-game road trip when visiting Sacramento on Monday .___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and. » https://twitter.com/AP_SportsMichael Marot, The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. – Joel Ayayi scored the first triple-double in Gonzaga’s history and the high-ranking Bulldogs beat Portland 116-88 for the 16th time on Saturday Times in a row.
Ayayi had 12 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds, and Drew Timme had 26 points for the Bulldogs (12-0, 3-0 West Coast Conference), who had the nation’s longest active winning streak.
Ahmed Ali had 19 points for the pilots (6-5, 0-2) who lost 13 straight to Gonzaga.
Andrew Nembhard of Aurora, Ontario added 10 points and five assists to the win for Gonzaga.
It was Gonzaga’s first « real » road trip of the season – the team played a number of neutral site games early in the season.
The Zags had won an 89:62 win against BYU in Spokane on Thursday. Corey Kispert had 23 points in the game, which was hastily planned after both teams lost opponents to COVID-19 protocols.
Kispert, who leads the WCC in the ranking, finished with 14 points against Portland.
Ayayi, a junior guard from France, was the current WCC player of the week after collecting three doubles doubles last week. He had the best four conference doubles doubles in the game against the pilots.
Gonzaga leads the nation on offense and has 85 or more points in every game this season.
Portland started with the Zags, but striker Eddie Davis picked up two early fouls and went on the bench. The 6-foot-6 junior averaged 11.2 points and 5.2 rebounds.
Gonzaga retired midway through the first half when Ayayis Springer made it 23-16. The Zags extended the lead in Anton Watson’s race to catch up to 39-25 and led halfway with 56-35.
The Zags were 0 for 6 from the 3-point range in the first half. Kispert hit the top 3 of the team at 3:37 am in the second. Instead, Gonzaga had 80 points in the suit compared to Portland’s 26.
Seven Gonzaga players were double digits and the Bulldogs led by up to 36 points.
The pilots had an 88-64 defeat in San Francisco on Thursday.
BIG PICTURE
Gonzaga: The Bulldogs were one of nine undefeated teams in the nation. … Mark Few is 40-2 against Portland as coach of the Zags. … Guard Aaron Cook was on the ground after missing two games with a leg injury.
Portland: The pilots’ last win in the series came in January 2014 at the Chiles Center. … It’s the second time Portland has hosted a high-profile team: the last time was last January when Gonzaga won 85-72 at the Chiles Center. … The pilots fell against teams in 1st place in the AP Top 25 to 0-9.
NEXT
Gonzaga receives Pepperdine on Thursday.
Portland welcomes San Francisco on Thursday.
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Anne M. Peterson, The Associated Press

SEATTLE – Whether it was John Wolford’s inexperience or Jared Goff’s broken thumb in the middle, the Seattle Seahawks should have had the advantage. There was no way the champions of NFC West would lose at home to a quarterback making his second career start or the guy less than two weeks away from thumb surgery. Correct? « I think I was sitting here in this chair about two weeks ago and I knew I had a broken thumb and was lying to you guys, » Goff said. « And to come back here and win this game in a big way is meaningful. » While it was a combination of running and defense that made the difference, Goff played a major role in the Rams’ 30:20 win over the Seahawks on Saturday. Goff’s numbers weren’t special, but they probably weren’t. It was two weeks ago when he suffered a thumb injury in their week 16 loss to the Seahawks that required surgery. It shouldn’t even be Goff’s day to shine. That opportunity was reserved for Wolford, who led the Rams to a week 17 win to secure a spot in the playoffs, and seemed okay against Seattle in the first quarter. The plan changed, however, when Wolford was injured on a 2-yard run at 5:19 in the first quarter. Wolford went headfirst into Jamal Adams’ right shoulder. Wolford left the field alone but ended up going to a local hospital as a precaution. Suddenly Goff was pushed into a much bigger role. He finished 9 of 19 for 155 yards and a late 15-yard TD pass for Robert Woods. Most importantly, Goff didn’t flip the ball after throwing a costly interception in week 16. “My thumb is fine. It comes with. It’s not 100% because it was operated on 12 days ago, but it’s in a good place, ”said Goff. « I’m very capable of what I’m doing right now. I’m very proud of our team. It’s an exciting game. It’s an exciting day. » What made the day so successful for Goff was that Seattle’s defense was on It was exposed in ways that were seldom the case. Seattle was the best in the league for the second half of the season with boundary points, but the only constant, even early in the season when the Seahawks fought defensively, was the ability to stop the run That was missing against the Rams. Cam Akers hurried 150 yards and had plenty of room to walk through. He would often break tackles to get to the second level. And because Seattle Akers or Malcolm Brown couldn’t brake, Goff never had to make extraordinary throws run although it was limited. The Rams rushed 164 yards, the third most Seattle allowed this season. « They played us enough and they found where they were going and we just didn’t stop it » said Seattle trainer Pete Carroll. « There were a lot of similar pieces they were doing and we did our stuff to stop them and they could just keep pecking. » Goff had some big chunks that will likely both be gnawing at the Seahawks all off-season. Goff hit Cooper Kupp on a 44-yard pass in the second quarter that Jamal Adams appeared to be able to hit or possibly intercept. The reception resulted in a 39-yard field goal from Matt Gay. On the Rams’ next run, Goff washed out of pocket in third and ninth, but found Akers open to a 44-yard catch-and-run on the sidelines. Akers was eventually able to finish the ride with a 5 yard run and a 20-10 lead at halftime. “You did a phenomenal job. They checked the clock and often turned us around in the field, « said Jamal Adams. » They made more games than we did. I mean, it’s hard to win ball games if we don’t hit all the cylinders, all three phases. ”___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLTim Booth, The Associated Press

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Canada’s Bridget Carleton signed again on Saturday with the Minnesota Lynx. The 23-year-old Carleton has a career-best season after 22 games, including 15 starts, to lead the Lynx into the playoffs before bowing to eventual champions Seattle Storm in the semifinals. The 6-foot-1 American, who is from Chatham, Ontario, started the season on the bench until she fell into the spotlight on Aug. 5 due to injuries. The Team Canada striker rose for the occasion, scoring the best 25 points of his career and securing seven rebounds. It was a historic night. CLOCK | Carleton scores 25 points in victory: Only three other players have managed to get these numbers up on their first WNBA start in the last 20 years. In only her second season, Carleton started 14 more times for the Lynx and averaged the best 6.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 25.8 minutes per competition. She shot 52 percent from the ground and 45.7 percent from beyond the arch. CLOCK | Carleton says she had fun starting her career: Originally selected as 21st by the Connecticut Sun in the second round of the 2019 WNBA draft, Carleton arrived in Minnesota on a seven-day contract in August of that year. According to the team guidelines, the terms of the contract were not published.

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