Friday, November 24, 2017
Sports

Spartans blasted for first loss

RECOMMENDED READING


IOWA CITY, Iowa — Mike Gesell scored a career-high 25 and Iowa cruised past top-ranked Michigan State 83-70 on Tuesday night, handing the Spartans their first loss.

Peter Jok had 19 points for the Hawkeyes (10-3), who toppled a No. 1 team for the first time in 16 years.

Iowa never trailed in what turned out to be a surprisingly easy win over the Spartans (13-1). The Hawkeyes led by as many as 19 in snapping a nine-game skid against Michigan State.

Eron Harris scored 21 to lead the Spartans. They were playing their second game without injured star Denzel Valentine — their leader in scoring, rebounds and assists — and their first since coach Tom Izzo's father Carl died Monday.

NO. 2 KANSAS 78, UC IRVINE 53: Perry Ellis had 14 points, Frank Mason III added 13 and the host Jayhawks (11-1) pulled away in the second half in their final tuneup before pursuing a 12th straight Big 12 championship.

NO. 13 MIAMI 76, PRINCETON 64: Angel Rodriguez scored 14 and the host Hurricanes (11-1) withstood an upset bid. Rodriguez's two free throws and 3-pointer during a one-minute stretch late in the game put Miami ahead for good.

NO. 14 PURDUE 61, WIS. 55: A.J. Hammons scored 24, Dakota Mathias hit two 3s in the final 1:19 and the visiting Boilermakers (13-1, 1-0 Big Ten) held on to snap a four-game losing streak to the Badgers.

NO. 17 SMU 81, TULSA 69: Shake Milton, a freshman from the Tulsa, Okla., suburb of Owasso, had a spectacular homecoming, scoring a career-high 24 and making 7 of 8 3-pointers to lead the visiting Mustangs (12-0) in an American Athletic Conference opener.

NO. 20 TEXAS A&M 82, CAL POLY 63: Freshman Tyler Davis matched his season high with 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting to lift the host Aggies (10-2).

TEMPLE 77, NO. 22 CINCINNATI 70: Quenton DeCosey scored 19 and hit three free throws in the closing seconds, helping the visiting Owls pull away for their first win over a ranked team this season. The Bearcats (10-4, 0-1 AAC) have dropped four of seven.

NO. 23 BAYLOR 72, TEXAS SOUTHERN 59: Al Freeman scored 21 and ignited a key run that finally put the host Bears (10-2) in control. Baylor led only 44-40 in the second half before Freeman made a layup then hit a 3-pointer to start a 10-0 run.

MARQUETTE: The school signed coach Steve Wojciechowski to a two-year contract extension that would keep him with the Golden Eagles through the 2021-22 season.

Women

NO. 12 DUKE 84, W. CAROLINA 47: Azura Stevens had 21 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks for the host Blue Devils (10-3).

NO. 16 TEXAS A&M 88, PRAIRIE VIEW 30: Khaalia Hillsman hit 10 of 13 shots for a career-high 22 points for the host Aggies (10-3).

NO. 23 MISSOURI 88, CHARLOTTE 71: Jordan Frericks had 16 points and a career-high 15 rebounds for the host Tigers, who are 13-0 for the first time.

NO. 25 DEPAUL 91, MARQUETTE 86: Chanise Jenkins had a career-high 25 points and eight assists to lead the host Blue Demons (9-5) in their Big East opener.

Comments

Lightning recall Cory Conacher from Syracuse

The Lightning recalled forward Cory Conacher from AHL Syracuse Friday for tonight's game against the Capitals.GM Steve Yzerman said that with a couple players dealing with minor injuries, Conacher's callup provides some depth so that the team could a...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Report: Florida Gators moving on from Chip Kelly

Report: Florida Gators moving on from Chip Kelly

The Florida Gators are out of the Chip Kelly sweepstakes, according to a report Friday afternoon from Yahoo! Sports.Pat Forde is reporting that UF has moved on from Kelly. This matches what I was told earlier in the week – UF wouldn't wait on K...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Freshman quarterback leads Pitt to 24-14 upset over No. 2 Miami

Freshman quarterback leads Pitt to 24-14 upset over No. 2 Miami

PITTSBURGH — Miami’s perfect season is over. The Hurricanes can only hope their shot at a spot in the College Football Playoff isn’t gone too. Freshman quarterback Kenny Pickett ran for two touchdowns and threw for another as Pittsburgh stunned the s...
Updated: 17 minutes ago
Cannon Fodder podcast: Eye on Julio Jones, new stadium

Cannon Fodder podcast: Eye on Julio Jones, new stadium

Times Bucs writer Greg Auman is back for one more Bucs-Falcons preview podcast, looking at Julio Jones’ rank among the all-time Bucs’ opponents, the new stadium in Atlanta, our story on game balls and much more. Listen below: ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Stamkos: Teams adjusting to hot top line

Stamkos: Teams adjusting to hot top line

Nobody thought the Lightning's hot top line was going to keep up its historic pace all season.Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov and Vladislav Namestnikov have a combined 90 points through the first 21 games, which is just over four points per game."The...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Bucs-Falcons: Tampa Bay Times staff predictions for Sunday’s 1 p.m. game

Bucs-Falcons: Tampa Bay Times staff predictions for Sunday’s 1 p.m. game

The Bucs face the defending NFC champion in its new home Sunday in Atlanta.Here’s the Times’ Bucs coverage team’s predictions for Tampa Bay’s 1 p.m. game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium:MATTY ICE-FOLLIESRick Stroud, @NFLStroud: T...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Bucs’ Will Gholston glad to return from ‘knee-buckling’ neck injury

Bucs’ Will Gholston glad to return from ‘knee-buckling’ neck injury

Bucs defensive end Will Gholston will make a healthy return Sunday in Atlanta after missing two games with a neck injury, and he's thankful and relieved not to have to deal with anything more severe."It was knee-buckling," Gholston said. "I was stand...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Florida-Florida State: What’s really riding on Saturday’s game

Florida-Florida State: What’s really riding on Saturday’s game

GAINESVILLE — If misery loves company, at least the Gators and Seminoles have each other. That’s about the only positive in the least appealing Florida-Florida State showdown in decades. Both enter Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at 4-6 —...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Round 3 playoff predictions

Round 3 playoff predictions

Region finalsClass 7ANo. 3 Plant (11-1) at No. 1 Lakeland (10-0)Rodney Page: Lakeland 23-21. Probably the best playoff matchup of the six area games remaining. The Panthers narrowly escaped last week and playing at perennial power Lakeland might be t...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Bulls-Knights: 4 final thoughts

Bulls-Knights: 4 final thoughts

Here's hoping your Thanksgiving Day is peaceful, pleasant and calorific. Here's hoping you also leave a little room to digest these final four USF-UCF thoughts before the "War on I-4" kicks off.1. The strength-versus-strength subplots in this game ar...
Updated: 5 hours ago