Monday’s Sports Minute

Monday’s Sports Minute

PACKERS: Green Bay Packers' Matt Flynn during the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Nov. 16, in Green Bay, Wis. Photo: Associated Press/Mike Roemer

Here’s a look at the big sports stories making news today, Monday, Nov. 17.

Week 11 of the NFL schedule also featured a pair of key NFC matchups, one of which was a blowout in Green Bay.

The Packers raced out to a 30-6 lead in a 53-20 laugher over the Philadelphia Eagles. Aaron Rodgers passed for 341 yards and three touchdowns, and Julius Peppers returned his second interception of the season for a score. Peppers finished off the Eagles by returning Mark Sanchez’s pass 52 yards for a 39-6 lead in the third quarter. Micah Hyde scored on a 75-yard punt return as the Packers improved to 7-3. The Eagles are also 7-3.

The other marquee game was in Arizona. The Cardinals are 9-1 for the first time since 1948 after Drew Stanton threw touchdown passes to Michael Floyd on Arizona’s first two possessions in a 14-6 win over Detroit. The Cardinals became the first team to hold the high-octane Lions without a touchdown this season. The defense also toughened up following Stanton’s two interceptions, allowing the Cards to pick up their sixth straight win and keep their three-game lead in the NFC West. Detroit fell to 7-3 and into a virtual first-place tie in the NFC North.

Also in the NFL:

  • Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was intercepted twice while completing 34 of 54 passes with just one touchdown in Denver’s 22-7 loss to St. Louis. The performance ended Manning’s streak of 15 straight games with a least two touchdown passes and factored into the Broncos’ fall to 7-3. Shaun Hill was effective in his first start since regaining the quarterback job for the Rams, and rookie Tre Mason had 29 carries for 113 yards, the most allowed by the Broncos’ top-ranked run defense.
  • J.S. Watt is the first defensive lineman since 1948 to score four touchdowns in a season. He caught a two-yard scoring pass from Ryan Mallett and also had an interception and a fumble recovery in Houston’s 23-7 win over Cleveland. Mallett threw a pair of TD passes and finished with 211 yards in his first career start to help the Texans improve to 5-5. The Browns fell to 6-4.
  • Matt Ryan threw for 268 yards and a touchdown, Matt Bryant added four field goals and the Atlanta Falcons moved into a tie for first place with New Orleans in the NFC South by downing Carolina 19-17. Bryant’s 44-yard field goal with 2:08 left put the 4-6 Falcons ahead for good before the Falcons survived a pair of late field goal tries by the Panthers. Carolina quarterback Cam Newton overcame two early interceptions to throw for 292 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough for the Panthers to fall to 3-6-1.
  • Andy Dalton rebounded from one of the worst outings of his career by passing for three touchdowns in Cincinnati’s 27-10 victory. The game represented a dramatic reversal from a week ago, when Dalton completed only 10 passes for 86 yards and had a passer rating of 2.0 in a 24-3 loss to Cleveland. Against the Saints Dalton was 16 of 22 for 220 yards and no interceptions. Drew Brees passed for 255 yards and one TD for the 4-6 Saints.
  • Chicago’s Bears are back in the win column as Jay Cutler threw for 330 yards and three touchdowns in a 21-13 win over Minnesota. The victory is just the second in seven games for the Bears, who are 4-6. Ryan Mundy intercepted Teddy Bridgewater’s 29-yard pass in the end zone in the closing minute, and the Bears hung on for the win after suffering two of the worst blowout losses in franchise history.
  • Things just keep going bad for the New York Giants, who earned their fifth straight loss by falling 16-10 to San Francisco. Colin Kaepernick threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree and Phil Dawson kicked three first-half field goals for the 6-4 Niners. The 49ers also picked off Eli Manning five times, including a fourth-down pass at the San Francisco 2 with 4:43 to play.

    Kevin Harvick is NASCAR’s reigning champion.

    The new Sprint Cup format has given Harvick his long sought-after first title, capping a magical first season at Stewart-Haas Racing with a victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

    Harvick had to win last week at Phoenix just to advance into the final four. He had a decent car early at Homestead but seemed to fade behind Denny Hamlin when the sun went down. A debris caution with 20 laps remaining forced the four championship contenders to make tough strategy decisions that ultimately decided their fate. Harvick restarted 12th with 15 laps to go but was helped out by a series of cautions that allowed him to nose out Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano for the championship.


    Florida has decided to dismiss head football coach Will Muschamp, who’s in his fourth season at the post. Muschamp will stick around for the final two regular-season games against Eastern Kentucky and Florida State. He is 27-20, including 17-15 in conference play.

    His departure was announced a day after the Gators lost in overtime to South Carolina.


    The Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder combined to take 148 shots on Sunday. They missed on 105 of those attempts.

    Both clubs shot 29 percent as the Rockets beat the Thunder 69-65. According to, it was the fewest points for a winning team in a regular-season NBA game since Detroit beat Utah 64-62 in March 2005.

    James Harden scored a team-high 19 points on just 5 of 17 shooting. Harden also was 2-for-9 from 3-point range, while the Rockets went 7-for-35 from beyond the arc.

    Reggie Jackson led the Thunder with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

    In other NBA finals:

  • Golden State improved to 8-2 as Stephen Curry hit five 3-pointers, poured in 30 points and had 15 assists in the Warriors’ 136-115 laugher against the Lakers in Los Angeles. Marreese Speights added 24 points to help the Warriors overcome Kobe Bryant’s 44 for the Lakers.
  • The New York Knicks’ seven-game losing streak is over after Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith each scored 28 points in a 109-93 rout of Denver.

    The Montreal Canadiens lead the entire NHL with 29 points after running their winning streak to six games.

    Brendan Gallagher, P.K. Subban and Tomas Plekanec each had a goal and an assist as the Canadiens topped the Red Wings 4-1 in Detroit. Neither team scored until Brandon Prust and Subban beat Jimmy Howard five minutes apart early in the second period.

    Dustin Tokarski turned back 28 shots and was perfect until Riley Sheahan scored a power-play goal in the third period.

    The Habs are 14-4-1 and three points ahead of Tampa Bay and Anaheim in the overall standings.

    Also in the NHL:

  • Patrick Kane and Kris Versteeg each had a goal and two assists, and the Chicago Blackhawks rallied with four goals in the third period to defeat the Dallas Stars 6-2.
  • Troy Grosenick was terrific in his NHL debut, turning back 45 shots in San Jose’s 2-0 shutout at Carolina.
  • Minnesota blew a 3-0 lead in the third period before Marco Scandella’s goal 61 seconds into overtime gave the Wild a 4-3 victory against Winnipeg.

    Top-ranked Kentucky was in action as part of Sunday’s busy men’s basketball schedule.

    The Wildcats trailed 38-33 at intermission before Trey Lyles opened the second half with five straight points in a 71-52 victory over Buffalo. The freshman forward finished with 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting as the Wildcats pulled away. Tyler Ulis scored 12 points on four 3-pointers for the 2-0 ‘Cats.

    Elsewhere in top-25 action:

  • Sam Dekker scored 18 points to lead four players in double figures Sunday as third-ranked Wisconsin cruised past Chattanooga 89-45.
  • No. 6 North Carolina beat Robert Morris 103-59 as Brice Johnson scored 23 points while Kennedy Meeks had 21.
  • Terran Petteway drained six 3-pointers and finished with 25 points as 21st-ranked Nebraska topped North Kentucky 80-61.
  • Rakeem Christmas had 15 points and 16 rebounds as No. 23 Syracuse beat Hampton 65-47 in the 2K Classic.
  • Justin Burrell scored 16 points, including a pair of free throws with two minutes left to lead Holy Cross past No. 25 Harvard 58-57.

    Christina Kim won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational for her first LPGA Tour title in nine years, beating China’s Shanshan Feng in a playoff after blowing a five-stroke lead. Kim won with a par on the par-4 18th on the second extra hole. The 30-year-old American won for the first time since the Tournament of Champions in November 2005. She also won the 2004 Longs Drug Challenge.

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