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Bears keep Lions winless with game-ending field goal

UNDATED (AP) — Cairo Santos made a 28-yard game-ending field goal to give the Chicago Bears a 16-14 win over the still winless Detroit Lions in the first of three Thanksgiving Day NFL games.

Andy Dalton, starting in place of injured rookie Justin Fields, led the Bears on an 18-play, 69-yard drive that took the final 8:30 off the clock.

The 4-7 Bears ended a five-game losing streak under embattled coach Matt Nagy, who was answering questions about his job status less than 48 hours before kickoff. The 0-10-1 Lions made many mistakes, early and late, to extend their skid to 15 games going back to their most recent win nearly a year ago in Chicago.

Dallas is hosting the Las Vegas Raiders in the second Thanksgiving game. The Raiders were leading 17-13 at the top of the third quarter. Cowboys receiver CeeDee Lamb is out with a concussion. Left tackle Tyron Smith is returning after missing three games with an ankle injury. Receiver Amari Cooper is missing his second consecutive game after testing positive for COVID-19. Dallas is also without offensive line coach Joe Philbin and assistant strength and conditioning coach Kendall Smith, who are in COVID-19 protocols.

The night game features the Buffalo Bills at New Orleans. Both teams have seen recent stumbles overshadow promising starts to the season. The Saints have lost three straight and the Bills have lost three of five.


No. 8 Mississippi, Mississippi St battle in Egg Bowl rivalry

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Eighth-ranked Mississippi and in-state rival Mississippi State both aim to maintain winning streaks as well as claim Magnolia State bragging rights in the 94th Egg Bowl in Starkville on Thanksgiving night.

Ole Miss has won three in a row overall and seeks its first 10-win regular season in program history. Mississippi State has won four of five including a historic comeback over then-No. 17 Auburn to flip last season’s 4-7 finish.

The host Bulldogs aim to avenge a 31-24 loss and earn their third series win in four meetings.


Spartans pull away late to beat No. 22 UConn 64-60

UNDATED (AP) — A.J. Hoggard hit the go-ahead free throws with 30.3 seconds left and Michigan State scored the game’s final nine points to push past No. 22 Connecticut 64-60 in the Battle 4 Atlantis semifinals.

Gabe Brown scored 16 points to lead the Spartans. Michigan State blew a 14-point first-half lead. But it held UConn to 1-for-9 shooting in the final 3 minutes to take control late.

Adama Sonogo and Tyrese Martin each had double-doubles to lead the Huskies. UConn was coming off a double-overtime win against No. 19 Auburn in Wednesday’s first round.

In other court action:

— Ochai Agbaji (oh-CHAY’ ahg-BAH’-hee) had 18 points and Christian Braun added 16 as No. 4 Kansas beat North Texas 71-59 in the first round of the ESPN Events Invitational on Thursday. Agbaji became the 63rd player to reach 1,000 points in Kansas history when he hit a 3 to open the scoring 2 ½ minutes into the game. North Texas got 23 points from Tylor Perry.

— Freshman Jabari Smith had 14 points to help No. 19 Auburn regroup from a double-overtime loss against UConn and beat Loyola Chicago 62-53 in the consolation round at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. The Tigers held the Ramblers to just two field goals over an 11-minute span in the second half to take control. Walker Kessler added 13 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks for the Tigers. Marquise Kennedy scored 13 points to lead the Ramblers, who shot 62% in the opening half. But Loyola Chicago shot 31% after halftime and made 1 of 10 3-pointers after the break.


New transfer rule leads to fast turnarounds for hoops teams

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The relaxed transfer rules approved by the NCAA in the spring has led to some quick fixes and fast turnarounds for numerous men’s basketball programs. Several schools added a handful of transfers from power conferences to jump-start their rebuilding.

Among them are the New Mexico Lobos, who are 4-1 thanks to a foursome of transfers, and Iowa State. The Cyclones are 5-0 this year after going 2-22 last season.

Others that have capitalized on the new transfer rule are the Texas Longhorns, the Grand Canyon Antelopes, the TCU Horned Frogs and the Texas A&M Aggies.


Ymer brothers help Sweden stun Canada in Davis Cup Finals

MADRID (AP) — Elias Ymer didn’t hesitate to say Sweden could succeed at the Davis Cup Finals despite being one of the lowest-ranked nations in the competition. He backed up his words with a great opening win and then cheered on his brother Mikael in the other singles match that clinched Sweden the victory over 2019 runner-up Canada in the first tie of Group B.

Croatia also won on a day that defending champion Spain was left without one of its biggest attractions after 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz tested positive for the coronavirus and had to be dropped from the squad.

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