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Michigan beats Ohio State 42-27, ends 8-game losing streak
UNDATED (AP) — Hassan Haskins scored five touchdowns and Aidan Hutchinson had three sacks, helping No. 6 Michigan finally beat No. 2 Ohio State 42-27 Saturday to give Jim Harbaugh his first win as a coach against the Buckeyes.
The Wolverines clinched the Big Ten East and will play in the conference title game next week with playoff hopes in hand.
Michigan advanced to the conference championship for the first time. The Wolverines now have a chance to win a Big Ten title for the first time since 2004 and a national championship for the first time since 1997. Minutes after the game, long-suffering fans filled the Big House turf to celebrate a rare win in the storied series. Ohio State had won a school-record eight straight in the rivalry and 15 of 16 to turn The Game into its game.
The Buckeyes blew their chances with 10 penalties, many before the snap, and simply could not stop Michigan’s running game.
In other Top 25 action:
— Stetson Bennett passed for 255 yards and four touchdowns and No. 1 Georgia finished its undefeated regular season with a 45-0 victory over Georgia Tech. Georgia gained momentum for next week’s Southeastern Conference championship game against No. 3 Alabama in Atlanta. It is the first undefeated regular season for the Bulldogs since 1982, when they capped a streak of three consecutive SEC championships with tailback Herschel Walker. Georgia Tech finished with three wins for the third consecutive season under coach Geoff Collins.
— Blake Shapen threw for 254 yards and two touchdowns in his first start for ninth-ranked Baylor, and the Bears still have a shot at making the Big 12 championship game. Abram Smith added 117 yards rushing and a touchdown for the 10-2 Bears in 27-24 win over Texas Tech, which missed a field goal on the game’s final play. Baylor then had to wait for the outcome of Saturday night’s game between No. 7 Oklahoma State and No. 10 Oklahoma. A win by the Cowboys would put Bears in next week’s title game.
— Clayton Tune threw for 301 yards and four touchdowns as No. 19 Houston tuned up for next week’s American Athletic Conference championship game with a 45-17 win over UConn. Alton McCaskill had a 31-yard touchdown run, his 16th of the year for the Cougars, but left the game in the second quarter holding his right shoulder. He finished with 54 yards on the ground for Houston, which plays at No. 4 Cincinnati for the AAC title next Saturday.
— No. 21 Wake Forest has earned a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game by beating Boston College 41-10. Sam Hartman threw for 236 yards and three touchdowns, and also ran in one score. The Demon Deacons will attempt to claim their first league title since 2006 when they face No. 20 Pittsburgh on Dec. 4. The Demon Deacons have only appeared in the ACC championship game once, beating Georgia Tech in 2006.
— No. 15 UTSA’s undefeated season has ended in a blowout as North Texas running backs DeAndre Torrey and Ikaika Ragsdale combined for five touchdowns in a 45-23 rout of the Roadrunners. Quarterback Frank Harris had two of UTSA’s three lost fumbles before sitting the second half at UNT’s rain-soaked Apogee Stadium. A Top 25 team had never played in the 10-year-old facility. UTSA is still playing in the Conference USA championship game Friday. North Texas improves to 2-47 against ranked opponents.
Green scores 35, Northern Iowa tops No. 16 St. Bonaventure
OLEAN, N.Y. (AP) — AJ Green scored 35 points with four assists to lead Northern Iowa to a 90-80 win over No. 16 St. Bonaventure. Austin Phyfe and Nate Heise each had 15 points as the Panthers beat a ranked opponent for the first time since winning at then-No. 23 Colorado on Dec. 10, 2019.
Green did most of his damage from 3-point territory, making a career-best 9 of 15. He matched his career high for scoring.
Kyle Lofton had 21 points, seven assists and four steals for St. Bonaventure, which lost for the first time this season.
76ers’ Joel Embiid returns after 9-game COVID-19 absence
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid returned Saturday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves after missing nine games because of COVID-19 protocols. The four-time All-Star hadn’t played since Nov. 6, with the 76ers going 2-7 without him.
Embiid is averaging 21.4 pints and 9.6 rebounds in 10 games this season. He also sat out on Nov. 1 against Portland to rest.
Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers said before the game that Embiid would be a game-time decision. The star center went through his normal pregame routine, then received a raucous standing ovation from the fans during introductions.
Embiid is one of four 76ers to be sidelined this season as part of the NBA’s health and safety protocols, along with Tobias Harris, Matisse Thybulle and Isaiah Joe.
Titans place wide receiver A.J. Brown on IR
UNDATED (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have placed wide receiver A.J. Brown on injured reserve.
Brown already had been declared out for Sunday’s game against New England after he sustained a chest injury during last weekend’s loss to Houston. Now he will be out at least until Dec. 23 and becomes the 17th player currently on IR for Tennessee.
Brown is the Titans’ leading receiver with 46 catches for 615 yards and three touchdowns. Fellow wide receiver Julio Jones went on injured reserve with a hamstring injury Nov. 13.
In other NFL news:
— The Buffalo Bills have lost their most important defensive player for the rest of the season. The team says Pro Bowl cornerback Tre’Davious White suffered a torn ACL during Thursday night’s 31-6 victory over the Saints in New Orleans. White has started 72 games in his Bills career and has become one of the highest-paid cornerbacks in the NFL, a two-time Pro Bowl selection and an All-Pro in 2019.
— The Cleveland Browns have activated running back Kareem Hunt and Pro Bowl right tackle Jack Conklin from injured reserve, and they will be in the lineup for Sunday night’s critical game against AFC North-leading Baltimore. Hunt missed the past five games with a calf injury. Conklin was out for the past three with a dislocated elbow. The Browns also elevated defensive end Porter Gustin and return specialist JoJo Natson from the practice squad.
— Hall of Fame defensive lineman Curley Culp, who helped the Kansas City Chiefs win their first Super Bowl during a 14-year NFL career, has died of complications from pancreatic cancer. He was 75. Culp announced this month that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.
NHL postpones 2 Islanders games amid COVID-19 outbreak
UNDATED (AP) — The NHL has postponed two more games for coronavirus-related reasons, making it five so far this season.
Upcoming New York Islanders games Sunday at the Rangers and Tuesday at the Philadelphia Flyers were postponed after an additional players went into the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol on Saturday. The team would have had as many as eight players unavailable.
The short-handed Islanders lost 1-0 to the Pittsburgh Penguins at home Friday night.
The NHL postponed three Ottawa Senators games in mid-November because of that team’s virus outbreak. One of those games, at the New Jersey Devils, has been rescheduled for Dec. 6.
In other NHL news:
— New York Rangers forward Artemi Panarin (ahr-TEH’-mee pah-NAH’-rihn) has been fined $5,000 for throwing one of his gloves at Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand. The fine is the maximum allowed under the league’s collective bargaining agreement with the players’ union. The episode occurred during the third period of New York’s 5-2 victory at Boston on Friday. Panarin was assessed a misconduct penalty.
Franco signs $182 million, 11-year contract with Tampa Bay
UNDATED (AP) — Shortstop Wander Franco and the Tampa Bay Rays have finalized an $182 million, 11-year contract that includes a club option for the 2033 season. The deal could be worth up to $223 million if the club option is exercised and incentives are reached.
The contract is the largest financial commitment to a player in the Rays’ 24-year history and the biggest in major league history for a player with less than a year of major league service time.
The 20-year-old Franco made his major league debut June 22 and hit a three-run homer. He batted .288 with 18 doubles, five triples, seven homers and 39 RBIs in 70 games. He finished third in the American League Rookie of the Year voting.
Franco put together a 43-game on-base streak to tie Cincinnati’s Frank Robinson for the longest in major league history among players under 21. He went 7 for 19 with two homers and four RBIs in four postseason games.
In other MLB news:
— The Boston Red Sox have signed Michael Wacha (WAH’-kuh) to a $7 million, one-year deal, adding the right-hander to an already thin rotation that lost Eduardo Rodriguez in free agency. Wacha was 3-5 with a 5.05 ERA last season for Tampa Bay. He was 1-1 with a 2.88 ERA in seven appearances from Aug. 28 on, ending the season with back-to-back, scoreless five-inning starts in which he allowed a total of one hit. Wacha is 63-48 with a 4.14 ERA in nine major league seasons, also playing for the Cardinals and Mets.
— The Seattle Mariners have acquired All-Star second baseman Adam Frazier from the San Diego Padres in exchange for two minor leaguers. The trade addresses one of Seattle’s biggest needs entering the offseason, finding a middle infielder to pair with shortstop J.P. Crawford. San Diego acquired left-handed reliever Ray Kerr and outfielder Corey Rosier in the deal.