Butler scores 20, Heat hang on to beat Pistons 117-108
UNDATED (AP) — Jimmy Butler scored 11 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, added 13 assists and the Miami Heat wasted most of what was a 29-point lead before hanging on to beat the shorthanded Detroit Pistons 117-108 on Tuesday night.
Kendrick Nunn also had 20 for Miami, while Bam Adebayo scored 18 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Heat. Goran Dragic also had 18 points. Miami is 7-3, matching the third-best 10-game start in Heat history.
Detroit held Blake Griffin (hamstring, knee) and Derrick Rose (hamstring) out, not wanting to play either on a back-to-back after both played Monday. That wasn't the Pistons' only issue. There was a record snow, Detroit's biggest November storm ever.
In other Tuesday night action:
—Anthony Davis had 24 points and 12 rebounds, Kyle Kuzma added 23 points and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Phoenix Suns 123-115. The Lakers at 8-2 are off to their best 10-game start since 2010.
— Coby White made a franchise-record seven 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, and the Chicago Bulls pulled away from the slumping New York Knicks for a 120-102 victory. White missed his first five shots from the field and began the final period with just four points.
—Trae Young scored 15 of his season-high 42 points in the fourth quarter and added 11 assists to lead the Atlanta Hawks over the Denver Nuggets 125-121. Young finished seven points shy of his career high set March 1 against Chicago last season.
— Donovan Mitchell scored 30 points, Rudy Gobert had 18 points and 15 rebounds, and the Utah Jazz beat the Brooklyn Nets 119-114. Utah won its fourth straight game and moved to 6-0 at home. Kyrie Irving scored 27 points and Spencer Dinwiddie had 21 to lead the Nets.
— Joel Embiid scored 27 points, including the go-ahead dunk with 13.2 seconds remaining, to lift the Philadelphia 76ers to a 98-97 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Josh Richardson added 17 points and Ben Simmons had 15 for Philadelphia.
— T.J. Warren scored 11 of his 23 points in the third quarter to lead the Indiana Pacers over the Oklahoma City Thunder 111-85. The surging Pacers have won seven of eight, including four straight.
— Bogdan Bogdanovic had 25 points and 10 assists, Nemanja Bjelica added 19 points and 12 rebounds and the Sacramento Kings won in their first game since losing leading scorer De'Aaron Fox to an ankle injury, beating the slumping Portland Trail Blazers 107-99. The Kings overcame a sloppy first half, made a big run in the third quarter, then pulled away in the fourth to end a two-game losing streak to the Blazers.
In NBA news:
— Damion Lee is out for the depleted Golden State Warriors. The two-way guard broke his right hand during Golden State's 122-108 home loss to the Jazz. The team says he will be reevaluated in two weeks.
Hoffman scores in SO, Panthers rally to beat Bruins 5-4
UNDATED (AP) — Mike Hoffman scored one of four Florida goals in the third period and added the winner in a shootout as the Panthers rallied from a four-goal deficit and beat the Boston Bruins 5-4. Keith Yandle had a goal and two assists for Florida and Sam Montembeault didn't allow a goal after replacing Sergei Bobrovsky at the start of the third period. Aaron Ekblad and Frank Vatrano also scored for Florida, which delivered coach Joel Quenneville career victory No. 899.
In other Tuesday rink action:
— Nick Schmaltz and Conor Garland scored in the shootout, and the Arizona Coyotes snapped the St. Louis Blues' seven-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory.
— Adam Werner made 40 saves in his NHL debut and Nathan MacKinnon finished with two goals and two assists as the Colorado Avalanche extended their winning streak to three games with a 4-0 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.
Kaapo Kakko (KA’-poh KA’-koh) scored his second goal of the game 2:36 into overtime to lift New York Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Adam Fox had a goal in regulation and set up Kakko’s winner as New York recovered after giving up a two-goal lead and improved to 5-1-1 in its last seven games. Alexandar Georgiev, getting the start after Henrik Lundqvist went the previous three games, finished with 30 saves.
— Jonathan Drouin scored the shootout winner and the Montreal Canadiens rallied to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2. Brendan Gallagher and Tomas Tatar scored third-period goals for the Canadiens. Carey Price made 33 saves.
MLB-MANAGERS OF THE YEAR
NEW YORK (AP) — Less than a week after his mother's passing, Mike Shildt was honored for piloting the St. Louis Cardinals back into the playoffs, narrowly beating Craig Counsell of the Milwaukee Brewers to win NL Manager of the Year.
Shildt earned the award in his first full season on the job, even though Counsell received more first-place votes in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli won the AL prize in a tight ballot over Aaron Boone of the New York Yankees. Both received 13 first-place votes, but Baldelli got more second-place nods. The 38-year-old is the youngest to win the award.
In other MLB news:
— Tampa Bay Rays general manager Erik Neander has been voted Major League Baseball's Executive of the Year. Tampa Bay was 96-66, the second-most wins in team history, despite a big league-low payroll of $66 million..
— Major League Baseball has expanded its investigation into the Houston Astros after The Athletic website reported the team stole signs during home games in 2017 by using a camera positioned in center field. The report Tuesday quoted pitcher Mike Fiers, who played for the Astros that season, and three other unidentified people with the club. The Athletic said team employees or players would communicate expected pitches by banging a trash can to signal off-speed pitches.
— Gabe Kapler has been hired as manager of the San Francisco Giants, a month after being fired from the same job by the Philadelphia Phillies. Kapler replaces Bruce Bochy, who retired at the end of the season following 13 years and three championships with San Francisco.
— The Chicago White Sox have hired Scott Coolbaugh as their assistant hitting coach. The 53-year-old Coolbaugh spent last season as the hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers' Triple-A Oklahoma City affiliate after serving as the Baltimore Orioles' hitting coach from 2015 to 2018.
— The Detroit Tigers have hired former Los Angeles Angels bench coach Josh Paul as a quality control coach. The Tigers announced over 20 hires, promotions and staff changes..
— The St. Louis Cardinals and Adam Wainwright have agreed to a contract for next season, raising the likelihood that the veteran pitcher finishes his career with his lone big league club. Terms were not disclosed. Wainwright made his major league debut with St. Louis in 2005 and has been a stalwart for the Cardinals over the past 14 seasons. He is 38.
Colin Kaepernick plans to audition for NFL teams on Saturday
UNDATED (AP) — Colin Kaepernick plans to audition for NFL teams on Saturday in a private workout arranged by the league to be held in Atlanta.
The exiled former Pro Bowl quarterback posted on Twitter: "I'm just getting word from my representatives that the NFL league office reached out to them about a workout in Atlanta on Saturday. I've been in shape and ready for this for 3 years, can't wait to see the head coaches and GMs on Saturday."The NFL hasn't confirmed Kaepernick's workout details.
Kaepernick hasn't played since 2016 with the San Francisco 49ers. He helped start a wave of protests about social and racial injustice that season by kneeling during the national anthem at games. The NFL in February settled a collusion grievance Kaepernick and former teammate Eric Reid filed against the league. Reid now plays for the Carolina Panthers.
In other NFL news:
— The Green Bay Packers say Zeke Bratkowski, the quarterback who backed up Bart Starr during the team's 1960s dynasty, has died at his Florida home. He was 88. The Packers Hall of Famer was a quarterback in Green Bay from 1963-1968 and again in 1971.
—The Detroit Lions have put defensive tackle Kevin Strong on injured reserve and acquired tackle Dan Skipper via waivers from the Houston Texans. Skipper spent time with the Texans and New England Patriots earlier this season.
— Rookie quarterback Drew Lock returned to practice with the Denver Broncos along with cornerback Bryce Callahan. Lock has been on injured reserve all season after spraining his right thumb in the preseason. Callahan has been out since July with a troublesome right foot.
— The New York Giants have re-signed tight end Scott Simonson. Simonson played 16 games with the Giants last season. He suffered an ankle injury in the preseason finale against New England this year and was placed on injured reserve in the final cut to the 53-man roster. He was released on Sept. 10.
— The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have waived cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, the 11th overall pick in the 2016 draft and the most experienced starter in the team's struggling secondary. The team announced the move two days after Hargreaves was benched during the second half of a 30-27 victory over Arizona because of what coach Bruce Arians described as a lack of hustle. The fourth-year pro has two career interceptions.
MIDDLE TENNESSEE-RAPE CASE
Middle Tennessee WR Cobb charged with rape, suspended
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee wide receiver Zeke Cobb has been suspended from the program as he faces rape charges.
Murfreesboro police spokesman Larry Flowers said Tuesday that Cobb has been served a sealed indictment on two counts of rape stemming from an incident in 2018. Flowers didn't have any additional details on the case.
Rutherford County sheriff's spokeswoman Lisa Marchesoni said the 21-year-old is being held at Rutherford County Adult Detention Center on $60,000 bond. A court hearing is set for Nov. 26.
Middle Tennessee coach Rick Stockstill said in a statement that Cobb would be suspended "as we allow the legal process to move forward." Cobb, a sophomore from Dalton, Georgia, has played six games in a reserve role this season but hasn't caught any passes.