Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Soccer

Game canceled because of security threat

BRUSSELS — Belgium called off today's scheduled exhibition against Spain after the government raised the security threat level amid an investigation related to last week's Paris attacks.

"Right at the end of the evening, the (federation) was contacted by the government which recommended that the Belgium-Spain match should not go ahead," the federation said in a statement.

France identified a Belgian man as the mastermind of Friday's attacks that killed 129 people in the French capital. His whereabouts were unknown as of Monday night.

U.S. game: The United States continues its CONCACAF 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign tonight at Trinidad and Tobago in Port-of-Spain (6:25, beIN Sports in English and NBC Universo in Spanish). It's the U.S. team's final match of the year; qualifying picks up again in March.

Europe: Ireland qualified for next year's European Championship 3-1 on aggregate as Jonathan Walters scored twice in a 2-0 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina in Dublin.

Golf

McDowell takes title in playoff

Graeme McDowell made an 8-foot par on No. 18 to force a playoff, then hit a 5-iron that grazed the edge of the cup and set up a 3-foot birdie to win a three-man PGA Tour playoff at the rain-delayed OHL Classic in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. McDowell shot 5-under 66 for 266 total, then beat Russell Knox (66) and Jason Bohn (68) in the first extra hole for his first win in more than two years.

Autos

France, Kenseth meet after ban

NASCAR chairman Brian France met with Matt Kenseth three days after the suspended driver promised to remain aggressive when he returns for Sunday's Sprint Cup season finale at Homestead. France met with Kenseth in Charlotte and "was pleased with the dialogue," NASCAR spokesman Brett Jewkes said. Kenseth, gaining revenge for a wreck three weeks earlier, intentionally crashed Joey Logano as Logano was leading Nov. 1 at Martinsville. Logano was eliminated from the Chase for the Championship late Sunday; Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex and defending series champion Kevin Harvick advanced after the rain-shortened race at Phoenix, which Dale Earnhardt Jr. won.

Et cetera

Tennis: Rafael Nadal defeated Stan Wawrinka 6-3, 6-2 and Andy Murray beat David Ferrer 6-4, 6-4 at the season-ending ATP finals in London.

Obituary: China's Guo Jie, a former discus thrower who was the world's oldest surviving Olympian, died Sunday, the official Xinhua News Agency said. He was 103.

Times wires

Comments

Boys basketball: Lakewood 45, Gibbs 44

ST. PETERSBURG — Once the lights dimmed in the gymnasium and the capacity crowd dispersed, Lakewood coach Anthony Lawrence spotted Gibbs coach Larry Murphy strolling past the the bleachers."Hey, Murph. Do we have to do this every time?" Lawrenc...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Boys basketball: Nature Coast 78, Central 29

Boys basketball: Nature Coast 78, Central 29

BROOKSVILLE – Once again supporting its place as the top program in Hernando County, Nature Coast maintained its undefeated record in a dominant win over rival Central.While the Bears were able to upset the Sharks to win the Class 6A, District ...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Girls basketball: Plant 66, Steinbrenner 31

LUTZ — Here's some discouraging news for any team that has to play Plant this season or in the next few seasons: The Panthers beat Steinbrenner 66-31 Friday night. Of those 66 points, 48 were scored by a sophomore and two freshmen.Freshman powe...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Boys basketball: Plant City 79, Tampa Bay Tech 74

Boys basketball: Plant City 79, Tampa Bay Tech 74

TAMPA — Traveling to play at Tampa Bay Tech is a test for any area basketball team these days because the Titans are tough and the crowd is loud.Plant City prepared for all of the above, answered most of the questions and passed the exam Friday...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Nobody has Jameis Winston’s back more than Dirk Koetter, offensive coordinator Todd Monken insists

Nobody has Jameis Winston’s back more than Dirk Koetter, offensive coordinator Todd Monken insists

Nobody is a bigger supporter of Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston than head coach Dirk Koetter.That was the passionate message that offensive coordinator/receivers coach Todd Monken unloaded at his news conference Friday, saying that reports that Winst...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Westbrook, Embiid put on show in triple OT thriller

Westbrook, Embiid put on show in triple OT thriller

PHILADELPHIA — Russell Westbrook had 27 points, 17 rebounds and 15 assists, and the Thunder and the 76ers went basket-for-basket in a three-overtime thriller before Oklahoma City pulled out a 119-117 victory Friday night. Andre Roberson scored the wi...
Updated: 7 hours ago

High school scoreboard for Dec. 15

Friday’s scoreboardGirls soccerCountryside 7, Clearwater 0Osceola 9, Bradenton Bayshore 0Palm Harbor U. 2, Plant 1Boys soccerPalm Harbor U. 0, Plant 0Lennard 4, Armwood 1
Updated: 7 hours ago

Saturday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYBoxingMiddleweights: Lemieux vs. Saunders9:30 p.m.HBOCollege basketballButler vs. PurduenoonFoxMiami at George WashingtonnoonCBSSNLouisville vs. MemphisnoonESPN2Detroit vs. MichigannoonESPNUNC-Greensboro at N.C. StatenoonFSFSeton Hall at Rutgers...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Ryan Callahan out at least 3-4 weeks for Lightning

Ryan Callahan out at least 3-4 weeks for Lightning

When Lightning wing Ryan Callahan took a nasty spill into the boards Thursday night, it didn't look good.Turns out, it wasn't. Callahan will be sidelined indefinitely with an upper body injury, evaluated after three to four weeks, per GM Steve Yzerma...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Rangers hold off Pacific-leading Kings

Rangers hold off Pacific-leading Kings

NEW YORK — Rick Nash scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:27 left to lead the Rangers to a 4-2 victory over the Pacific Division-leading Kings on Friday night. Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes and J.T. Miller scored to help New York win for the second time i...
Updated: 8 hours ago