Update on the latest sportsAP
Celtics beat Lakers in James’ return
UNDATED (AP) — Jayson Tatum scored 37 points and the Boston Celtics beat Los Angeles 130-108 in Lakers star LeBron James’ return.
Marcus Smart had 22 points and Dennis Schroder 21 for Boston, which climbed back to .500. Tatum had 11 rebounds and Al Horford added 18 points.
James finished with 23 points after missing eight games with an abdominal strain. The Lakers went 3-5 while he was sidelined.
Elsewhere in the NBA:
— The Phoenix Suns ran their winning streak to 11, rallying to beat the Dallas Mavericks 112-104. Phoenix was just so-so for the first three quarters before playing its best basketball in the final 12 minutes. Mikal Bridges and Devin Booker each scored 19 points, while Chris Paul added 18 points and 14 assists.
— The Nuggets were missing reigning league MVP Nikola Jokic (nih-KOH’-lah YOH’-kihch), and the Chicago Bulls took advantage, winning in Denver for the first time since 2006. Zach LaVine scored 12 of his 36 points in a pivotal stretch of the fourth quarter, and DeMar DeRozan hit eight straight late free throws for a 114-108 victory.
— James Harden had 36 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, and the Brooklyn Nets overcame a 19-point deficit and the absence of Kevin Durant to beat the Orlando Magic 115-113. Durant did not play due to a right shoulder sprain.
— Jordan Poole stepped up in Stephen Curry’s absence as Golden State beat the Detroit Pistons 105-102. Poole scored 22 of his season-high 32 points in the first half. Curry sat out with a bruised hip.
— The Milwaukee Bucks withstood Oklahoma City’s comeback attempt and to beat the Thunder 96-89. Milwaukee never trailed but nearly allowed Oklahoma City to come all the way back from a 20-point deficit. Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) led the Bucks with 21 points, 19 rebounds and seven assists.
— Charlotte has run its win streak to five games, beating the Indiana Pacers 121-118. LaMelo Ball had a season-high 32 points along with 11 rebounds and eight assists.
— The New Orleans Pelicans overcame a 20-point first-half deficit to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 94-81. After challenging the Pelicans to “grow up” after they’d blown double-digit leads at Washington and Miami earlier this week, Josh Hart had 19 points, 10 rebounds and two steals.
— The Toronto Raptors continued their recent dominance in Sacramento, thumping the Kings 108-89. Pascal Siakam scored 18 of his season-high 32 points in the first half and Gary Trent Jr. had 23 points as the Raptors ended a three-game skid.
Season over for Cavs’ Sexton
UNDATED (AP) — Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton’s season is over.
Cleveland’s leading scorer tore cartilage in his left knee earlier this month and the team says he underwent surgery on Wednesday.
In other NBA news:
— The Dallas Mavericks will retire Dirk Nowitzki’s (noh-VIHT’-skeez) No. 41 when Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors visit in January. Nowitzki is the franchise leader in points, games, starts, minutes, rebounds, 3-pointers, free throws and blocks.
— Pelicans reserve small forward Didi Louzada has been suspended 25 games for violating the the NBA’s performance enhancing drug rules.
Avs beat Kraken 7-3
SEATTLE (AP) — Cale Makar had two goals and an assist, Andre Burakovsky scored two power-play goals and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Seattle Kraken 7-3.
Darcy Kuemper had 25 saves and the Avalanche’s Nazem Kadri extended his points streak to eight games with two assists.
Colorado has won fourth straight, outscoring their opponents 24-7 during that streak.
In the NHL’s only other game, the Canucks snapped a five-game winless streak with a 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets in Vancouver. Canucks defenseman Kyle Burroughs scored his first NHL goal.
TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL
No. 17 Houston beats Memphis
HOUSTON (AP) — Clayton Tune threw for 264 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score as No. 17 Houston extended its winning streak to 10 games with a 31-13 victory over Memphis.
Tune was picked off twice, the first snapping a streak of 192 attempts without an interception.
In the other top 25 college football game, No. 23. San Diego St. beat UNLV 28-20. Lucas Johnson completed 18 of 24 pass attempts for 192 yards and threw three touchdowns.
TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
No. 1 Gonzaga tops Bellarmine; No. 7 Duke beats Lafayette
UNDATED (AP) — Drew Timme scored 25 points as top-ranked Gonzaga dominated Bellarmine 92-50. Julian Strawther added 19 points and freshman center Chet Holmgren had 18. Gonzaga has not lost at home since 2018, a winning streak of 55 games.
In other top 25 men’s college basketball:
— No. 4 Michigan beat UNLV 74-61. Eli Brooks scored 22 points, including four 3-pointers for the Wolverines.
— No. 7 Duke used a few smooth stretches in the second half to pull away for an 88-55 victory over Lafayette. Wendell Moore Jr. scored 23 points and AJ Griffin came off the bench to score 18 points for Duke.
— Jalen Duren had 22 points, 19 rebounds and five blocks as No. 11 Memphis beat Western Kentucky 74-62. Memphis shot poorly from 3-point range and committed 26 turnovers, keeping Western Kentucky in the game even when the Tigers stretched their second-half lead to double digits.
— Keion Brooks scored 22 points to lead No. 13 Kentucky to a 77-59 win over Ohio. Freshman guard TyTy Washington followed Brooks with a career-high 20 points and 11 rebounds. The Wildcats (3-1) used a big second half to fend off the Bobcats, who led for most of the first half.
— Jaden Shackelford scored 20 points, including the 1,000th of his career in No. 14 Alabama’s 86-59 victory over Oakland. Jahvon Quinerly led Alabama with 19 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals.
— K.D. Johnson scored 15 points, Zep Jasper added 13 and No. 21 Auburn rallied to beat South Florida 58-52. Jabari Smith hit a 3-pointer 10 minutes into the second half during a 15-0 stretch that gave Auburn its first lead.
— Ian Martinez made two free throws with 4.2 seconds remaining, and No. 20 Maryland avoided another loss this week by edging Hofstra 69-67. Hofstra had the ball with the score tied, but Omar Silverio’s deep 3-pointer was blocked by Eric Ayala. Silverio fouled Martinez as he went for the loose ball.
— No. 22 St. Bonaventure rallied from a 16-point deficit to beat Clemson 68-65 in the semifinals of the Charleston Classic. Kyle Lofton and Jaren Holmes combined for 32 points in the second half, after they went 3 of 15 in the first half and had only one 3-pointer between them.
Bears put Mack on season-ending IR
UNDATED (AP) — Chicago Bears have placed linebacker Khalil Mack on season-ending injured reserve. He has a foot injury that will require surgery.
Elsewhere in the NFL:
— Saints running back Alvin Kamara will miss his second straight game Sunday when the New Orleans visits Philadelphia. The Saints also will be without starting offensive tackles Terron Armstead and Ryan Ramczyk.
— Dallas Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper has been placed on the COVID-19 reserve list and will miss Sunday’s game at Kansas City.
—The Seattle Seahawks will be without starting running back Chris Carson for the rest of the season after he chose to undergo surgery on his neck.
—The Pittsburgh Steelers will head to Los Angeles to face the Chargers without star outside linebacker T.J. Watt. Also ruled out are cornerback Joe Haden and starting left guard Kevin Dotson.
— Linebacker Bud Dupree is among seven Titans ruled out for Sunday’s game with the Houston Texans. Coach Mike Vrabel says right guard Nate Davis, linebacker David Long, running back Jeremy McNichols, linebacker Rashaan Evans, cornerback Greg Mabin and tight end Geoff Swaim also will be held out against the Texans.
— Browns running back Nick Chubb has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list. He is cleared to play Sunday when Cleveland hosts the winless Detroit Lions. Coach Kevin Stefanski also says quarterback Baker Mayfield will start.
— Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff missed a third straight practice with an oblique injury and is listed as doubtful to play against the Browns. Tim Boyle is expected to make his first career start Sunday in Cleveland.
— Panthers coach Matt Rhule says Cam Newton will start Sunday at quarterback against the Washington Football Team.
— A person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that wide receiver Tim Patrick and the Denver Broncos have agreed to a three-year extension worth $30 million with $18.5 million in guarantees. Over the last two seasons, Patrick has caught 88 passes for 1,265 yards and 10 touchdowns in 25 games with no drops and no fumbles.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS
Corral signals plans ahead of “my final game at The Vaught”
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi quarterback Matt Corral appears set to wrap up his college career this season.
The 10th-ranked Rebels’ Heisman Trophy contender posted on social media Friday that Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt will be his “final game” at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Corral, a junior, is projected as a potential early first-round NFL draft pick.
Syndergaard looking to return to elite with Angels
UNDATED (AP) — Noah Syndergaard got a qualifying offer and not much else from the New York Mets over the past two months. That’s one big reason he’s switching coasts to join Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani and the Los Angeles Angels.
The imposing right-hander known as Thor says he’s thrilled to land with the Halos on a $21 million, one-year deal. He sees the move as an opportunity to reestablish himself as an elite starter after being limited by injuries and surgery to two brief appearances over the past two seasons.
In other MLB news:
— Billy Eppler embraced the bright lights of the big city, promising on his first day as Mets general manager to pursue pricey free agents and create a perennial World Series contender. Eppler and owner Steve Cohen promise money will flow.
— The Texas Rangers have given manager Chris Woodward a contract extension through the 2023 season, with a club option for 2024. The team has been in rebuilding mode and lost 102 games last season.
— The Detroit Tigers added infielder Kody Clemens to their 40-man roster. He is the youngest son of seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens.
— The Tampa Bay Rays have sent right-hander Brent Honeywell Jr. to the Oakland Athletics for cash. Honeywell was once considered a top pitching prospect but had his career slowed by elbow injuries and Tommy John surgery.
— Clint Frazier’s tenure with the Yankees may have ended after five unfulfilling seasons. New York has designated him for assignment to open a roster spot for a prospect ahead of the winter meeting draft.
— A special opening day for the newly named Cleveland Guardians began with a bang. As fans were buying the first available Guardians merchandise as the team officially transitioned from Indians after 106 years, a sign installed outside the team store at Progressive Field broke free from its mount and crashed to the sidewalk. No one was injured.
Avalanche, coach Jared Bednar agree on extension
UNDATED (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche have signed coach Jared Bednar to a two-year extension that runs through the 2023-24 season.
Bednar is coming off a 2020-21 season in which he guided the Avalanche to the Presidents’ Trophy for the league’s top mark and their fourth straight postseason appearance. His team is off to a solid start this season despite key injuries for players like Nathan MacKinnon.
In other NHL news:
— The league has rescheduled one of the Ottawa Senators’ three games that were postponed this week because of a COVID-19 outbreak on the team. Ottawa’s game at New Jersey originally scheduled for Tuesday night will take place Dec. 6. The Senators have had 10 players and an assistant coach in the COVID-19 protocol.
— Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin has tested positive for COVID-19.
— The league has suspended San Jose Sharks forward Kevin Labanc without pay for one game for slew-footing St. Louis Blues forward Tyler Bozak.
— Anaheim Ducks forward Max Comtois will be out for about six weeks after surgery on his right hand. He was the Ducks’ leading scorer during the 2020-21 season but has just one assist in 13 games this year.