T25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Seton Hall stuns No. 9 Kentucky
UNDATED (AP) — Seton Hall has stunned No. 9 Kentucky with an 84-83 overtime win at Madison Square Garden.
Myles Cale hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 9.5 seconds left in overtime.
Seton Hall overcame Keldon Johnson’s half-court heave that tied the score at the regulation buzzer. Johnson had a chance to win it, but his 3-point try with a second remaining was blocked by Quincy McKnight. The ball went out of bounds as time expired, and excited Pirates players rushed off the bench to celebrate a huge win.
Myles Powell scored 22 of his 25 points after halftime for Seton Hall, including a tiebreaking 3 in the final seconds of the second half.
In other men’s Top 25 games:
— Jordan Poole scored 19 of his 26 points in the second half, and No. 5 Michigan remained unbeaten with an 89-78 victory over South Carolina. The Gamecocks scored more points than any team all season against Michigan. But the Wolverines were ahead by six at halftime, and they led comfortably for most of the second half. Iggy Brazdeikis scored 17 points and Jon Teske added 15 for Michigan. Chris Silva led South Carolina with 18. Michigan was coming off its first close game of the season — a two-point win at Northwestern on Tuesday night.
— No. 10 Michigan State held off Florida 63-59. Kyle Aherns scored the Spartans’ final seven points, including a two-handed jam with 8.7 seconds remaining. Florida cut Michigan State’s lead to 56-53 on KeVaughn Allen’s 3-pointer with 3:24 to play before Aherns answered and eventually delivered the knockout blow.
— Eric Paschall had 14 points and nine rebounds, and No. 21 Villanova beat Saint Joseph’s 70-58 for its 25th straight Big 5 victory. Joe Cremo and Phil Booth scored 12 points apiece as the Wildcats continued their dominance of the long-standing city series with Philadelphia rivals Saint Joseph’s, Penn, La Salle and Temple. Jermaine Samuels added 11 points.
Heisman Trophy: Stock soared for 1st-time starting QBs
NEW YORK (AP) — The Heisman Trophy will be awarded Saturday night in New York City. Three quarterbacks are the finalists: Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray, Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa (tag-oh-vay-LOH’-ah) and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins. All three are first-year starters who were second on their team’s depth chart a year ago.
Tagovailoa led the top-ranked Crimson Tide back to the playoff last season as a sophomore, when he replaced starter Jalen Hurts in the second half of the national championship game against Georgia.
Haskins, a third-year sophomore, stepped in after the departure of a four-year starter and smashed Ohio State and Big Ten passing records.
Murray, a fourth-year junior, replaced last season’s Heisman winner Baker Mayfield and had an even better season than his predecessor. Murray waited the longest to finally take over a team, transferring from Texas A&M after a rocky freshman season, taking a redshirt year to satisfy NCAA transfer rules and then backing up Mayfield in 2017.
Fifteen of the last 18 Heisman winners have been quarterbacks.
T25 FOOTBALL NEWS
West Virginia QB Grier to skip bowl, prepare for NFL draft
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia quarterback Will Grier won’t play for the 15th-ranked Mountaineers in the Camping World Bowl against No. 17 Syracuse, instead focusing on preparation for the NFL draft.
The senior joins about a dozen high-profile college players who already have announced they will skip their team’s bowl games. The list includes Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver, LSU cornerback Greedy Williams, Arizona State receiver N’Keal Harry and Michigan defensive tackle Rashan Gary. On Friday, West Virginia senior offensive tackle Yodny Cajuste announced he would not play in the bowl game.
Grier was a Heisman contender this season and a finalist for the Maxwell Award as player of the year. He averaged 351 yards passing and threw 37 touchdown passes.
Beckham ruled out vs. Redskins
UNDATED (AP) — New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Redskins with a quadriceps injury. He did not travel to Washington with the team.
Beckham appeared on the team’s injury report Friday with a bruised quadricep and practiced on a limited basis. He was downgraded to out on Saturday.
Beckham threw one touchdown pass and caught another last week in the Giants’ 30-27 overtime victory over the Chicago Bears.
The Giants have won three of their past four games to get to 4-8. The Redskins are 6-6.
In other NFL news:
— Browns cornerback Terrance Mitchell has been activated from injured reserve after missing eight games with a broken right wrist. Cleveland made the move Saturday, enabling Mitchell to be available for Sunday’s game against Carolina. The Browns need Mitchell because rookie cornerback Denzel Ward is out with a concussion suffered last week at Houston. The Browns placed tight end Pharaoh Brown on injured reserve to open a roster spot for Mitchell. Defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi is expected to play Sunday despite a biceps injury that initially appeared serious.
Giroux leads Flyers in 6-2 victory over Sabres
UNDATED (AP) — Claude Giroux had a goal and three assists to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 6-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. James van Riemsdyk added a goal and an assist as the Flyers opened a five-game road trip with their third win in 10 games.
Ivan Provorov, Wayne Simmonds, Dale Weise and Travis Konecny also scored, Michael Raffl had two assists and Anthony Stolarz made 28 saves.
Jack Eichel (EYE’-kul) scored twice for the Sabres, who have lost five straight following a 10-game winning streak. Linus Ullmark stopped 34 shots.
The Flyers scored six straight goals after the Sabres took a 2-0 lead.
Ducks sign GM Bob Murray to 2-year contract extension
UNDATED (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks have extended general manager Bob Murray’s contract for two seasons. The extension announced Saturday means that Murray is now under contract through the 2021-22 season.
Murray is in his 11th season as executive vice president and GM. He joined Anaheim in 2005 as senior vice president of hockey operations. He has been a three-time finalist for NHL general manager of the year and won the award in 2013-14.
The Ducks have advanced to the playoffs the last six years and posted five straight 100-plus point seasons, which is the league’s longest active streak.
Murray is approaching 1,000 games as an NHL general manager.
In other NHL news:
— Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan has a concussion and is joining Matt Duchene on injured reserve. Both were injured in Thursday’s 5-2 loss to Montreal. Ryan is out indefinitely and Duchene will miss a week or more with a lower-body injury.
Atlanta goes for a rare sports title in MLS Cup final
ATLANTA (AP) — A city that’s known plenty of sports heartbreak gets another shot at a championship when Atlanta United hosts the MLS Cup final against the Portland Timbers Saturday night.
There hasn’t been a big league champion in Atlanta since Oct. 28, 1995, when the Atlanta Braves defeated the Cleveland Indians 1-0 in Game 6 of the World Series.
WORLD CUP-WOMEN’S SUPER-G
Shiffrin wins World Cup super-G for back-to-back speed wins
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin won a World Cup super-G on Saturday, confirming the slalom great’s arrival as a pure speed racer.
Shiffrin, who got her first career super-G win last weekend, was 0.28 seconds faster than Lara Gut-Behrami and 0.42 clear of Tina Weirather.
Saturday’s race in St. Moritz, Switzerland, was just Shiffrin’s 10th super-G start in her nine seasons on the World Cup circuit. The win days ago at Lake Louise, Canada, had been her first podium finish in the discipline.
The victory was the 47th on the World Cup tour for the 23-year-old American, and already gives her a runaway lead in defense of her overall World Cup title.
Swimmers hit world body FINA with Californian antitrust case
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Three Olympic and world champion swimmers have filed an antitrust suit in California challenging governing body FINA’s (FEE’-nuhz) control of organizing competitions.
The suit was filed on behalf of Americans Tom Shields and Michael Andrew and Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, after FINA shut down an independent meet in Italy with threats to ban competitors. The planned event in Turin involved organizers of a proposed International Swimming League (ISL), which aims to operate outside FINA’s control and pay higher prize money
The legal challenge is the latest faced by Olympic bodies from athletes seeking greater prize money and more say in running their sport.
FORMER MLB PLAYERS KILLED
Venezuelan baseball fans mourn death of ex-major leaguers
BARQUISIMETO, Venezuela (AP) — Dozens of Venezuelans have been waiting in lines outside a chapel in the state of Lara to bid farewell to former major league baseball player Luis Valbuena, who was killed in a car accident along with teammate Jose Castillo.
Castillo’s body was moved earlier Saturday to a different central-west state.
The 33-year-old Valbuena and 37-year-old Castillo were both former players for the Houston Astros.
They died late Thursday when their SUV crashed as it tried to avoid an object put on the road. Officials said some bandits place or throw objects on highways to force vehicles to stop so they can rob the occupants.
Carlos Rivero, a third baseball player who survived the crash, visited the chapel wearing dark sunglasses and bore a small bruise on his forehead.
CONGRESS HONORS DOBY
Senate passes bill to honor baseball pioneer Larry Doby
CLEVELAND (AP) — The U.S. Senate has passed legislation to honor former Cleveland Indians center-fielder Larry Doby, the American League’s first black ballplayer, with the Congressional Gold Medal.
Doby became the American League’s first black player in July 1947, two months after Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color line with the National League’s Brooklyn Dodgers. Doby was a seven-time All-Star, leading the 1948 Indians to the world championship.
Born in Camden, South Carolina, Doby played high school sports in Paterson, New Jersey, and served in the Navy. He died in 2003.
The bill awaits President Donald Trump’s signature.