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Bearcats still perfect

UNDATED (AP) — Cincinnati remains in line for a berth in the CFP semifinals after completing a perfect regular season.

The CFP No. 4 Bearcats are 12-0 following their 35-13 win at East Carolina. Desmond Ridder threw for two touchdowns and was 17-for-28 for 301 yards and two interceptions. Alec Pierce caught eight passes for 136 yards, while Jerome Ford rushed for 85 yards and a score.

Cincinnati gave up only one touchdown and held East Carolina to 54 rushing yards, almost 120 below the Pirates’ season average.

The Bearcats are trying to become the first team outside of a Power Five conference to compete in the four-team CFP. They’ll face Houston at home next week in the AAC title game.

In other top-25 action:

— Cameron Rising threw three touchdown passes and 16th-ranked Utah rushed for 265 yards in its fifth straight win, 28-13 over Colorado. Tavion Thomas ran for 142 yards and a score, while the Utes limited the Buffaloes to 148 yards of total offense ahead of next week’s Pac-12 Championship game.

— No. 17 Iowa scored 19 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to pull out a 28-21 win at Nebraska. The Hawkeyes trailed by 15 in the third quarter and never led until Spencer Petras ran for a two-yard score with 2:58 remaining.

— Jordon Brookshire replaced Lucas Johnson late in the first half and helped No. 22 San Diego State score 24 straight points in a 27-16 win over Boise State. Brookshire passed for 192 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 46 yards and another score, helping the Aztecs claim a Mountain West division title and post the first 11-win regular season in the team’s 99-year history.

— NC State trailed by nine until Devin Leary threw two touchdown passes in a 26-second span during the last two minutes of a 34-30 thriller against North Carolina. Leary finished with 247 passing yards and four touchdowns for the 24th-ranked Wolfpack.

— KJ Jefferson threw for 262 yards and a touchdown and ran for another 58 yards to help No. 25 Arkansas beat Missouri, 34-17. Jefferson engineered four consecutive scoring drives to stretch a four-point halftime lead to 18 with 12 minutes remaining.


Gonzaga, Kansas fall

UNDATED (AP) — The nation’s No. 1 and No. 4 basketball teams were vanquished on Saturday.

Paolo Banchero scored 21 points to lead No. 5 Duke over top-ranked Gonzaga, 84-81. The Bulldogs clawed back from a nine-point, second-half deficit to take the lead, but the Blue Devils closed on a 13-9 run.

Wendell Moore Jr. scored 20 points and Mark Williams added 17 points and 9 rebounds for the Blue Devils.

Julian Strawther led Gonzaga with a career-high 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Unranked Dayton had dropped three of its first five games this season before stunning No. 4 Kansas at the ESPN Events Invitational.

Mustapha Amzil (MOOS’-tah-fah AHM’-zeel) picked up a loose ball with three seconds left and nailed a running jumper in the lane at the buzzer to give the Flyers a 74-73 triumph over the Jayhawks.

Dayton had five players score in double figures. DaRon Holmes II had 16 points, and Toumani Camara (too-MAH’-nee kah-MAH’-rah) and Elijah Weaver both added 14. Weaver hit a pair of 3-pointers and Holmes ended a 16-1 surge with consecutive dunks to put Dayton up 53-50 five minutes into the second half.

Ochai Agbaji (OH’-chy ah-BAH’-zhee) scored four of his 21 points during a late 6-0 run, helping Kansas take a 73-70 advantage with just over a minute remaining.

Also on the top-25 schedule:

— Zach Edey scored 20 points in 16 minutes as third-ranked Purdue pounded Omaha, 97-40. Preseason All-American Trevion Williams had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Boilermakers, who went on a 29-0 run early in the game and improved to 6-0 for the first time since the 2015-16 season.

— James Akinjo scored 15 points and No. 6 Baylor took control early in the second half to beat Michigan State 75-58 for the Battle 4 Atlantis championship. The Bears led by just two before putting together a 17-6 run to start the second half.

— Gabe Kalscheur poured in 30 points and led Iowa State to a 78-59 win over No. 9 Memphis in the NIT Season Tip-Off championship game. Tristan and Aljaz Kunc each scored 11 points for the 6-0 Cyclones, who led by five points at halftime and increased their advantage to as much as 25 in the second half.

— TyTy Washington scored 14 points to lead No. 10 Kentucky to an 86-52 thumping of North Florida. Oscar Tshiebwe (SHEEB’-way) had 12 points and 16 rebounds for the Wildcats.

— Jahvon Quinerly (jah-VAHN QUIHN’-ur-lee) scored 18 points and 10th-ranked Alabama bounced back from Thursday’s shocking loss to Iona by getting past Drake, 80-71 in the consolation round of ESPN Events Invitational. Juwan Gary added 14 points and 10 boards to the win.

— Kofi (KOH’-fee) Cockburn scored a career-high 38 points to lead No. 14 Illinois to a hard-fought 94-85 win over Texas Rio Grande Valley. Alfonso Plummer scored 30 points on 8 of 14 shooting for the Illini, connecting on 6 of 11 3-point attempts.

— Brandon Huntley-Hatfield furnished eight of his 12 points during a 12-2 spurt in the second half that pushed No. 15 Tennessee past Tennessee Tech, 80-69. Olivia Nkamhoua led the Vols with 18 points.

— Jabari Smith provided 22 points and No. 19 Auburn beat Syracuse 89-68 on Friday in the fifth-place game at the Battle 4 Atlantis.

— R.J. Cole scored 26 points 22nd-rated Connecticut won the third-place game at the Battle 4 Atlantis by knocking off VCU, 70-63.

— Isaiah Mobley scored 18 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and contributed to a stifling defense that carried No. 24 USC to a 58-43 victory over San Diego State in the title game of the Paycom Wooden Legacy.

— Nate Johnson scored 30 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 25 seconds left in No. 25 Xavier’s 59-58 triumph over Virginia Tech in the consolation game of the NIT Season Tip-Off.


Suns extend win streak

UNDATED (AP) — The New York Knicks weren’t able to end the Phoenix Suns’ winning streak.

Devin Booker scored 32 points and the Suns ran their streak to 15 games by blasting the Knicks, 118-97. Booker was 14 for 27 from the field, making four 3-pointers to help Phoenix beat New York for the seventh straight time.

Chris Paul had 14 points and 10 assists for the Suns, who tied the second-longest winning streak in team history.

Checking out Friday’s other NBA action:

— The Warriors are a league-best 17-2 after Stephen Curry had 32 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in a 118-103 verdict over the Trail Blazers. Andrew Wiggins scored 25 points and Golden State ended Damian Lillard’s string of nine straight game with at least 20 points.

— The Hawks picked up their seventh straight win as Trae Young had 31 points and 10 assists in their 132-100 blowout over the Grizzlies. Memphis finished the game without Ja (jah) Morant, who left the game in the first quarter with what the team announced as a left knee injury.

— The Bucks own a six-game winning streak after Giannis Antetokounmpo YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) contributed 24 points and 13 rebounds in a 120-109 decision over the Nuggets. Pat Connaughton added 20 points off the bench against Denver, which spent its fourth straight game without reigning MVP Nikola Jokic (nih-KOH’-lah YOH’-kihch).

— Devonte’ Graham made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds to carry the Pelicans to a 98-97 victory over the Jazz. Brandon Ingram had 21 points and six rebounds for New Orleans.

— Reggie Jackson scored 21 points and the Clippers never trailed in a 107-96 win over the Pistons. Terance Mann added 16 points and tied a career high with 10 rebounds.

— DeMar DeRozan dropped in 23 points and Zach LaVine (lah-VEEN’) as the Bulls hammered the Magic, 123-88. Nikola Vucevic (nih-KOH’-lah VOO’-seh-vihch) added 16 points and eight rebounds in his return to Orlando after nine seasons with the Magic.

— Buddy Hield (heeld) provided 13 of his 25 after regulation to prod the Kings past the Lakers, 141-137 in triple overtime. De’Aaron Fox scored 34 points for Sacramento in a game that featured 19 ties and 23 lead changes.

— Kelly Oubre (OO’-bray) Jr. matched a career high with seven 3-pointers and had 27 points off the bench, helping the surging Hornets post a 133-115 decision over the Timberwolves. Miles Bridges and Gordon Hayward each had 18 points in Charlotte’s eighth win in nine games.

— Kantavious Caldwell-Pope scored a season-high 20 points as the Wizards topped the Thunder, 101-99 to end a two-game skid. Bradley Beal also had 20 points on 8 of 18 shooting for Washington.

— Domantas Sabonis (sah-BOH’-nihs) had 23 points and 18 rebounds as the Pacers dumped the Raptors, 114-97. Caris LeVert scored 19 for Indiana, while Myles Turner had 17 points and 10 rebounds.

— The Spurs rallied in the final minute after blowing a 24-point lead in a 96-88 downing of the Celtics. Dejounte Murray had 29 points and 11 rebounds as San Antonio ended a six-game losing streak.


Pelicans’ Williamson cleared for full practice

UNDATED (AP) — Pelicans forward Zion Williamson has been cleared to participate in full team activities, but there remains no specific timetable on when the 2019 top overall draft choice out of Duke will play.

The upgrade in Williamson’s status came after he underwent imaging Wednesday on his right foot, which he fractured during an offseason workout. He participated in four-on-four, full-court work Friday.

Also in the NBA:

— Lakers forward LeBron James was fined $15,000 for an obscene gesture used late in Wednesday’s 124-116 overtime win at Indiana. The league also warned James about using profane language.


Caps top Cats

UNDATED (AP) — Alex Ovechkin allowed Washington Capitals to win a battle of two of the NHL’s best teams.

Ovechkin registered his 28th career hat trick and the Caps won for the eighth time in 10 games, 4-3 over the Florida Panthers. The left winger scored twice in a 56-second span of the second period and pulled within 19 goals of former Cap Jaromir Jagr (YAH’-roh-meer YAH’-gur) for third on the league’s all-time list.

Tom Wilson also scored and Evgeny Kuzentsov (kooz-NEHT’-sahv) had three assists as Washington ended Florida’s four-game winning streak.

Elsewhere on NHL ice:

— The Lightning picked up a 3-0 win over the Kraken as Andrei Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHV’-skee) made 17 saves in his 200th victory. Steven Stamkos, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Ross Colton in Tamp Bay’s sixth win in seven games.

— Sebastian Aho (AH’-hoh) scored twice and the Hurricanes completed a 4-1-1 road trip by whipping the Flyers, 6-3. Jesperi Kotkaniemi (yehs-PEHR’-ee kaht-kan-YEH’-mee) had a goal and an assist as Carolina dealt Philadelphia its fifth loss in a row.

— Artemi Panarin (ahr-TEH’-mee pah-NAH’-rihn) broke a 2-2 tie with 8:25 remaining in the Rangers’ 5-2 victory at Boston. Panarin, Ryan Strome (strohm) and Dryden Hunt each had a goal and an assist in New York’s seventh win in eight games.

— The Wild hammered the Jets, 7-1 as Kirill Kaprizov (kah-REEL’ kah-PREE’-zahf) scored once and tied a career high with three assists. Mats Zuccarello (zoo-kah-REH’-loh) scored twice before leaving with an apparent injury.

— Tage (tayj) Thompson scored twice and the Sabres stopped a four-game skid by topping the Canadiens, 4-1. Cody Eakin had a goal and an assist as Buffalo sent Montreal to its sixth loss in seven games.

— Tristan Jarry stopped 25 shots as the Penguins handed the Islanders their eighth consecutive regulation loss, 1-0. Kasperi (kas-PEHR’-ee) Kapanen scored in the second period to back Jarry’s third shutout of the season and 10th of his career.

— The Maple Leafs knocked off the Sharks, 4-1, as John Tavares and William Nylander (NEE’-lan-dur) each had a goal and assist. Auston Matthews and Wayne Simmonds added goals, and backup goalie Joseph Woll stopped 34 shots as Toronto won for the eighth time in nine games.

— The Blue Jackets doubled up the Canucks, 4-2 as Elvis Merzlikins (murz-LEE’-kihnz) stopped 39 shots. Gustav Nyquist scored short-handed and had an assist, and Jack Roslovic scored the tiebreaking goal 6:06 into the third period.

— Joe Pavelski reached the 400-goal plateau by scoring twice in the first 91 seconds of the Stars’ 3-1 victory against the Avalanche. Denis Gurianov (gur-ee-AH’-nahv) added a power-play goal as Dallas earned its fifth straight home win.

— Roman Josi (YOH’-see) and Alexandre Carrier each scored and had an assist to lead the Predators over the Devils, 4-2. Philip Tomasino and Mikael Granlund also scored and Juuse Saros (YOO’-see SAH’-rohs) made 23 saves for Nashville.

— The Blackhawks erased a 2-0 deficit and beat the Blues, 3-2 on Alex DeBrincat’s (deh-BRIHN’-kats) goal 1:27 into overtime. Brandon Hagel scored for the third straight game to tie it with five minutes left in regulation.

— Rickard Rakell (rah-KEHL’) had a goal and an assist and the Ducks halted a three-game skid by blanking the Senators, 4-0. Anthony Stolarz handled 34 shots in his fourth career shutout.


Rodgers should play vs. Rams

UNDATED (AP) — Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers hasn’t practiced all week due to a toe injury but is expected to play Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams.

The toe injury limited Rodgers to one day of practice last week, though the reigning MVP still threw for 385 yards and four touchdowns in a 34-31 loss at Minnesota. Rodgers says the toe is fractured.

In other NFL news:

— The Steelers hope to have T.J. Watt and Minkah Fitzpatrick back Sunday against Cincinnati. Fitzpatrick came off the COVID-19 list this week and Watt is questionable after missing last week’s loss to Los Angeles with hip and knee injuries.

— Browns Pro Bowl tackle Jack Conklin will play Sunday against the Ravens. Conklin missed three games on injured reserve with a dislocated left elbow that he feared would end his season.


Mets get FA Escobar

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets and All-Star infielder Eduardo Escobar have agreed to a free agent contract, according to a person familiar with the deal.

MLB Network reported the contract will pay Escobar $20 million over two years.

The 32-year-old Escobar was a first-time All-Star this year and batted .253 with 28 homers, 90 RBIs and a .786 OPS for Arizona and Milwaukee.

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