Ravens beat 49ers 20-17
UNDATED (AP) — Quarterback Lamar Jackson ran for 101 yards in miserable conditions and Justin Tucker kicked a tiebreaking 49-yard field goal as time expired to give the Baltimore Ravens a 20-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers.
The combination of driving rain, a stiff wind and San Francisco’s rugged defense made things difficult for Jackson, who completed only 14 of 23 passes for 105 yards and lost a fumble. But he directed a clutch drive that lasted nearly 6½ minutes before Tucker ended it.
It’s a franchise-record eighth straight twin for the 10-2 Ravens. Baltimore 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, who are now tied with New Orleans for the best record in the NFC at 10-2.
Elsewhere in the NFL:
— Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdown passes in the snow and the Green Bay Packers rebounded from a dismal West Coast performance to beat the New York Giants 31-13. The 9-3 Packers sent the 2-10 Giants to their eighth straight loss, their worst skid since 2004. Rodgers finished 21 of 33 for 243 yards with no interceptions on a slippery day at MetLife Stadium. Rodgers hit Davante Adams on touchdown passes of 8 and 17 yards, found a wide-open Allen Lazard for 37 yards and capped the performance with a 1-yarder to Marcedes Lewis. The Packers also intercepted Giants rookie Daniel Jones three times, setting up 10 points.
— DeVante Parker made two acrobatic touchdown receptions and kicker Jason Sanders also had a circus-like scoring catch to help the Miami Dolphins rally past the slumping Philadelphia Eagles 37-31. Miami overcame a 14-point deficit in the second half with three touchdowns in less than 13 minutes. The 3-9 Dolphins won for the third time in their past five games. The 5-7 Eagles lost their third game in a row and missed a chance to pull into a tie with Dallas atop the NFC East.
— "Duck" Hodges threw for 212 yards with a touchdown and an interception in his second career start, and the banged-up Steelers exacted revenge for their whipping at the hands of the Browns two weeks ago with a 20-13 victory. Pittsburgh boosted its postseason chances by rallying from 10 points down thanks in large part to Hodges, who was made the starter in place of struggling Mason Rudolph. Pittsburgh improved to 7-5 while the Browns fell to 5-7.
— Andy Dalton returned from his three-week exile and got a long-awaited win for the coach who benched him, throwing a touchdown pass during a 22-6 victory over the New York Jets that ended the longest losing streak in Cincinnati Bengals history. The Bengals had lost 13 in a row since the end of last season. Coach Zac Taylor benched Dalton after the eighth loss, deciding to see whether Ryan Finley fit into the team’s long-term plans. With the rookie struggling and the season careening toward 0-16, Taylor reversed course and went back to Dalton.
— Tye Smith returned a blocked field goal 63 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 5:02 left to play, helping Tennessee turn the tables at Indianapolis with a 31-17 victory. The 7-5 Titans snapped a three-game losing streak in the series, winning for only the third time in the past 17 meetings. Adam Vinatieri missed three field goals for 6-6 Indy, with two being blocked including the decisive kick that Dane Cruikshank got his hand on. Vinatieri has missed 14 kicks this season — eight field goals and six extra points.
— Tampa Bay turned Nick Foles’ three first-half turnovers into touchdowns and beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 28-11. It was the fourth consecutive loss for the 4-8 Jaguars and could cost coach Doug Marrone his job. Marrone benched Foles in favor of Gardner Minshew at halftime. The 5-7 Buccaneers have won two straight for the first time in coach Bruce Arians' first season.
— Derrius Guice (GYS) ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns and the Washington Redskins overcame an early 14-point deficit and held on to beat the Carolina Panthers 29-21 for their second straight victory. Adrian Peterson added 99 yards and a score as the 3-9 Redskins piled up 248 yards on the ground and set a new season high for points. The loss was the fourth straight for the 5-7 Panthers.
Heat score final 10 points, edge Nets 109-106
NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmy Butler scored 20 points, Bam Adebayo had 17 points and 16 rebounds and the Miami Heat scored the final 10 points to pull out a 109-106 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. Goran Dragic (GOHR'-uhn DRAH'-gich) led the Heat with 24 points, starting the closing 10-0 burst with a three-point play.
Miami trailed 106-99 after a 3-pointer by Joe Harris with 1:45 remaining, but pitched a shutout from there and got the victory thanks largely to the aggressiveness of Butler. He kept attacking the rim and had five free throws in the closing run, overcoming his 5-for-17 shooting from the field.
Spencer Dinwiddie scored 29 points and Harris had a season-high 25 for the Nets, who had won six of their previous eight games. But this was one in which they missed the playmaking of Kyrie Irving, who missed his ninth straight game because of a right shoulder injury.
Without their All-Star guard, they couldn’t get into anything against the tough Miami defense down the stretch and had just one basket in the final 4-plus minutes.
In other NBA action:
— Jayson Tatum scored 30 points and Jaylen Brown added 28 as the Bostin Celtics beat the New York Knicks 113-104. Kemba Walker had 15 points and 10 assists, Enes Kanter contributed 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Brad Wanamaker also scored 11 points for Boston. Julius Randle led the Knicks with 26 points. Dennis Smith Jr. scored 17 and R.J. Barrett had 16 for New York, which has lost six straight.
— Dillon Brooks scored 26 points and Grayson Allen added 13 to push the short-handed Memphis Grizzlies to a 115-107 road win against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Jae Crowder had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Bruno Caboclo finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds for Memphis, which was without star rookie Ja Morant because of back spasms and starting center Jonas Valančiūnas because of an illness.
T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL
AP Top 25: Alabama out of top 5 for first time in 4 years
UNDATED (AP) — Alabama has dropped to No. 9 in The Associated Press college football poll, snapping the Crimson Tide’s record streak of 68 appearances in the top five.
The Crimson Tide lost to Auburn in a wild Iron Bowl on Saturday to give it two regular-season losses for the first time since 2010. The four-spot drop by Alabama broke a string of top-five appearances that began Nov. 8, 2015.
The top four teams in the AP Top 25 are unchanged, with LSU at No. 1, followed by Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia. Utah moved up to No. 5, followed by Oklahoma, Florida and Baylor.
Wisconsin moved up three spots to No. 10 after routing Minnesota. The Gophers dropped six spots to No. 15.
Rutgers confirms Schiano return as coach
UNDATED (AP) — Greg Schiano (shee-AHN'-oh) is returning to Rutgers.
Athletic director Pat Hobbs announced Sunday that the university and Schiano reached a contract agreement a week after talks to bring back the 53-year-old former coach fell apart.
The contract still must be approved by the schools’ board of governors. It is scheduled to meet Tuesday to discuss the hiring.
Both sides walked away from negotiations and declared the possibility of a reunion dead a week ago. After that news broke, Rutgers officials faced a wave of criticism from boosters, fans and former players.
Schiano was coach at Rutgers from 2001-11. He built a program that was one of the worst in major college football into a consistent winner. The Scarlet Knights went to a bowl game in six of Schiano’s final seven seasons.
In other college football news:
— UTSA has fired football coach Frank Wilson after four seasons that produced a bowl appearance in year one and diminishing results afterward. Wilson went 19-29 at Texas-San Antonio, including 13-19 in Conference USA play. The Roadrunners completed a 4-8 season on Saturday with a loss to Louisiana Tech. Wilson was longtime assistant in the Southeastern Conference, having spent time with Ed Orgeron at both Mississippi and LSU, when he was hired by UTSA in 2016.
— Pat Sullivan, a former TCU and Samford head coach who won the 1971 Heisman Trophy as a quarterback at Auburn, has died. He was 69. Sullivan’s family released a statement saying he “died peacefully at home” Sunday morning, surrounded by relatives. Sullivan had been diagnosed with throat cancer in 2003. Sullivan was a College Football Hall of Famer who played four seasons with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons. He began coaching at Samford in 2007 and stepped down in December 2014.
Penguins’ Dumoulin out at least 8 weeks after ankle surgery
UNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins will be without defenseman Brian Dumoulin (DOO'-muh-lihn) for at least eight weeks after he underwent left ankle surgery on Sunday.
Dumoulin left Saturday night’s 5-2 loss to St. Louis in the first period with what the team termed a lower-body injury. General manager Jim Rutherford said on Sunday that surgeons repaired lacerated tendons in Dumoulin’s left ankle. Dumoulin has one goal and six assists in 23 games this season. He missed four games earlier in the season with an unspecified lower-body injury.
Dumoulin joins an injured list that already includes star center Sidney Crosby, defenseman Justin Schultz and forward Nick Bjugstad.
In other NHL news:
— Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski is expected to miss four weeks with a shoulder injury. The team said the 22-year-old Werenski was hurt in the first period of Saturday night’s 2-0 loss to the New York Islanders. Werenski leads all Columbus defensemen in scoring this season with six goals and 10 assists in 26 games. His goal, assist and point totals rank third overall on the club.
WORLD CUP-WOMEN’S SLALOM
Mikaela Shiffrin enjoys another big win in World Cup slalom
KILLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin’s winning margins just get more remarkable in World Cup slaloms. One weekend after finishing 1.78 seconds ahead of her opponents Shiffrin was a massive 2.29 clear of biggest rival Petra Vlhova on Sunday. Shiffrin’s success for a fourth straight year at Killington was the 62nd World Cup win of her career. It tied her for second on the all-time women’s World Cup list.
The 24-year-old American drew level with Annemarie Moser-Proell, the Austrian downhill great of the 1970s, and now trails only Lindsey Vonn’s 82 wins.
F1-ABU DHABI GP
Hamilton cruises to victory at season-ending Abu Dhabi GP
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 started from second place on the grid behind Hamilton but could never get close to the six-time Formula One champion in a race resembling a coronation procession.
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