Gelinas' OT goal lifts Devils over Rangers, 4-3
NEW YORK (AP) - Eric Gelinas scored a power-play goal 1:15 into overtime, and the New Jersey Devils shook off the tying goal in the closing seconds of regulation to beat the New York Rangers 4-3 on Saturday night.
Gelinas one-timed a shot, off a pass from Patrik Elias, from above the right circle past Henrik Lundqvist. The goal came 13 seconds after Rangers captain Ryan Callahan high-sticked Andy Greene in the mouth.
Michael Ryder put the Devils ahead 3-2 with 4:04 left in regulation, but Chris Kreider tied it on a power-play goal with 21.3 seconds left.
Martin Brodeur made 21 saves for the Devils, who have won all three meetings with the Rangers this season. New Jersey earned just its third win in nine games (3-5-1).
Jones gets shutout, leads LA Kings past Isles 3-0
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Martin Jones made 16 saves to earn his first NHL shutout in his second career start, and Anze Kopitar scored in the Los Angeles Kings' 3-0 victory over the skidding New York Islanders on Saturday night.
Dustin Brown also scored and Tyler Toffoli added an empty-net goal for the Kings, who won their third straight and have earned a point in 14 of 15 games since Nov. 2.
Jones followed up his victory over Anaheim in his NHL debut with a perfect effort against the Islanders, who have lost nine in a row.
Kevin Poulin stopped 21 shots for the Islanders, on their longest losing streak since dropping a franchise-record 14 straight in late 2010.
Lopez leads Nets to 90-82 win at Bucks
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Brook Lopez scored 32 points, Joe Johnson had 15 and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Milwaukee Bucks 90-82 on Saturday night.
Lopez dominated inside, making 11 of 13 shots from the field. He also had seven rebounds and four assists as the Nets bounced back from Thursday night's embarrassing 113-83 loss to New York.
Alan Anderson added 13 points for Brooklyn.
O.J. Mayo led the Bucks with 22 points and John Henson added 18 points and seven rebounds. Milwaukee has the worst record in the Eastern Conference at 4-16.
Canadiens top Sabres for 5th straight win
MONTREAL (AP) - Brandon Prust and Tomas Plekanec each had a goal and an assist to lead the Canadiens over the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 on Saturday and extend Montreal's win streak to five games.
Alex Galchenyuk also scored for the Canadiens. Carey Price made 23 saves for the win.
Tyler Ennis and Zemgus Girgensons scored for the Sabres. Jhonas Enroth stopped 16 shots.
With the win, Montreal also extended its point streak to 10 games.
Prust gave the Canadiens the lead in the second, scoring his third of the season 19 seconds into the period.
Dodd throws 2 TDs, Rutgers becomes bowl eligible
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) - Chas Dodd threw two touchdowns and Paul James ran for two as Rutgers finally nailed down its eighth bowl bid in nine years with a 31-6 victory over South Florida Saturday night.
The win snapped a three-game losing slide for the Scarlet Knights (6-6, 3-5 American Athletic Conference), and it is expected to set up a game with Notre Dame (8-4) in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Dec. 28. Bowl bids will be announced Sunday.
James ran for 113 yards, scoring on runs of 5 and 1 yards. Dodd threw for 179 yards, connecting on scoring passes of 12 yards to Andre Patton and 2 yards to Michael Burton.
Marvin Kloss kicked two field goals for South Florida (2-10, 2-6), which ended its first season under Willie Taggart with a six-game losing streak.
No. 4 Syracuse beats Binghamton 93-65
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - C.J. Fair scored 19 points, Trevor Cooney had 17 and No. 4 Syracuse hit Binghamton with a long-range barrage in a 93-65 victory on Saturday night.
Syracuse (9-0), which beat Indiana 69-52 on Tuesday night, upped its nonconference home winning streak to 48 games in the Carrier Dome and figures to move up to No. 2 next week after top-ranked Michigan State and No. 3 Kentucky lost this week.
With a starting lineup of one sophomore and four freshmen, Binghamton (2-7) figured to struggle against the bigger, more athletic Orange, and the Bearcats did after a solid start.
Jerami Grant had 14 points for Syracuse, Dajuan Coleman had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and freshman Ron Patterson added a season-high 10 points, hitting two of the Orange's 13 3-pointers, two off the school record.
Yankees officially sign RHP Hiroki Kuroda
NEW YORK (AP) - Pitcher Hiroki Kuroda is returning to the New York Yankees' rotation.
The right-hander agreed to a one-year deal for $16 million to come back and fill one of three holes in the rotation behind CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova. Kuroda, who turns 39 in February, got off to a strong start last season before fading down the stretch. He finished 11-13 with a 3.31 ERA in 32 starts covering 201 1-3 innings.
The deal, which was officially announced by the Yankees on Saturday, includes bonuses of $250,000 for pitching 190 and 210 innings.
The Yankees have been overhauling their roster after missing the playoffs for only the second time in 19 years.
John J. Idzik, father of Jets GM, dies at 85
CHADDS FORD, Pa. (AP) - John Joseph Idzik, a former NFL assistant coach and father of New York Jets general manager John Idzik, has died. He was 85.
The Jets, citing information provided by the family, announced Saturday that Idzik died of natural causes Tuesday at his home in Chadds Ford with family members by his side.
A former baseball and football star at Maryland, Idzik served as the offensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles from 1973-76 and the Jets from 1977-79. He was also an assistant with Miami and Baltimore, and later coached in the USFL. He was head coach of the Aberdeen (Scotland) Oilers in the British American Football League in 1990 - when he coached with his son.
Idzik is survived by wife Joyce, three children and five grandchildren.
St. John's beats Fordham 104-58
NEW YORK (AP) - Orlando Sanchez was 8 of 10 from the field and had a career-high 19 points along with eight rebounds and four assists and St. John's used an incredible shooting streak for a 104=-58 victory over Fordham on Saturday in the Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden.
The Red Storm (6-2) had one of the best shooting runs a team could have. They didn't miss a shot for 12½ minutes, making 17 consecutive shots in that span and taking a 50-32 lead with 1:30 to play in the first half. D'Angelo Harrison, whose 3-point miss with 13:30 to play was the last unsuccessful shot, missed a 3 with 51 seconds to play to end the run.
St. John's shooting effort against Fordham's 2-3 zone was well above its norm and it wasn't just Sanchez. The Red Storm came into the game shooting 43.3 percent from the field and hitting 29.1 percent of their 3-point attempts.
LA SALLE-STONY BROOK
La Salle beats Stony Brook 65-57
NEW YORK (AP) - Jerrell Wright was 8 of 11 from the field and matched his career high with 21 points, helping La Salle beat Stony Brook 65-57 on Saturday in the Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden.
Wright, who came in averaging 11.4 points, had six points in La Salle's 13-4 run to open the second half that tied the score at 35. The Explorers (5-4), who had lost two of three, broke the game open late with an 8-0 run that gave them a 60-50 lead with 59 seconds to go.
Steve Zack had 11 points and 10 rebounds for La Salle. Jameel Warney had 15 points for the Seawolves (6-4), who had won three of four.
La Salle missed 11 of its first 12 from behind the arc and Stony Brook took a 28-16 lead with 4:21 left in the first half. Stony Brook shot 52 percent (14 of 27) from the field in taking a 31-22 halftime lead.
The Explorers went inside to Wright in the second half. He was 8 of 11 from the field and the Explorers were just 2 of 4 from 3-point range in the final 20 minutes.
ST FRANCIS (PA)-CORNELL
St. Francis (Pa) pulls away from Cornell 72-62
ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) - Malik Harmon scored 19 points as St. Francis outlasted Cornell for a 72-62 win Saturday.
St. Francis (2-7) closed the first half on an 11-4 run to take a 30-22 halftime lead. Cornell (0-10) responded, tying the game at 37 with 14:21 left after a Robert Hatter 3-pointer.
The Red Flash ripped off a 15-5 run to push the lead to 52-42 with 10:48 remaining. The Big Red never got closer than six points for the rest of the game.
Harmon got most of his points from the free-throw line, finishing 13 of 19 from the stripe while shooting 3 of 10 from the field. Dominique Major added 16 points, and Earl Brown scored 14 while pulling down 19 rebounds.
Hatter led Cornell with 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting. Cornell finished 4 of 21 from 3-point range and 6 of 15 from the line.
ST FRANCIS (NY)-ARMY
Army wins with defense 67-54 over St. Francis
WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) - Kyle Wilson scored 23 points on Saturday and Army snapped a five-game losing streak with a strong defensive effort to defeat St. Francis Brooklyn 67-54.
Army (2-6) played a platoon substitution pattern in the first half to lead 41-24 at the break.
The Black Knights were scoreless for almost 5 minutes after going ahead 56-35 on Wilson's fourth 3-pointer. But St. Francis scored only four points during that span.
Wilson was 4 of 5 from 3-point range. Tanner Plomb had 11 and points and Dylan Cox added 10.
St. Francis (5-4) made a 7-1 run to close the gap to 61-48 with 5:58 left in the game, but never got closer and finished the game 16 of 61 from the field with only one assist and 12 turnovers.
Sheldon Hagigal had a career high 13 points and Ben Mockford added 12 for the Terriers.
Buffalo overcomes St. Bonaventure 78-73
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Jarryn Skeete and Shannon Evans each scored 17 points to lead Buffalo to a 78-73 victory over St. Bonaventure on Saturday.
St. Bonaventure (6-3) held a 39-38 advantage at the half and pushed its lead to 66-60 with 5:31 remaining in the game. A Joshua Freelove 3-pointer, followed by a Will Regan triple tied the game at 66. Evans and Skeete then made back to back 3-pointers to give the Bulls (4-2) their second lead in the final period 72-69 with 2:09 remaining. Jarod Oldham made four consecutive free throws, and Freelove added two more to ice the game.
The Bulls were 8 of 23 from outside the 3-point arc, while St. Bonaventure only made 1 of 10 attempts. That proved to be the difference in the game.
Charlon Kloof led the Bonnies with 17 points. Andell Cumberbatch had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Lehigh defeats UMBC 70-68
BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) - Tim Kempton scored 13 points as Lehigh narrowly defeated UMBC 70-68 in a back-and-forth battle Saturday.
Kempton had eight rebounds and two steals for the Mountain Hawks (5-5). Mackey McNight, Shane Whitfield and Austin Price finished the game with 11 points each and Corey Schaefer had 10.
The lead changed 10 times during the game.
Both teams were cold in the first period, with UMBC hitting 30 percent from the field and Lehigh hitting 37 percent.
In the second, the Mountain Hawks upped their team percentages to 52 from the field, 69 from the line, and 60 from 3-point territory.
With UMBC down by six with 40 seconds to play, Chase Plummer and Quentin Jones hit 3-pointers each to close the gap. But Kempton and Schaefer combined for five free throws to help keep Lehigh on top.
Plummer led the Retrievers (3-7) with a game-high 21 points, seven rebounds.
Georgetown holds off Colgate 61-55
WASHINGTON (AP) - Georgetown held Colgate scoreless for the first nine minutes and got 12 points each from juniors Josh Smith and Markel Starks in a 61-55 victory on Saturday.
Smith and Starks hit a pair of free throws each in the final 16 seconds and junior Mikael Hopkins contributed nine points and eight rebounds off the bench as Georgetown (6-2) used its interior strength to win its fifth straight. Senior Nate Lubick added 10 points.
Colgate (4-3) entered with the best 3-point marksmanship in the nation (51 percent), but missed its first eight perimeter attempts and fell behind 10-0 before sophomore Austin Tillotson made a 3-pointer with 10:58 left in the first half on his way to a game-high 21 points.
The man-to-man defense of the Hoyas compensated for their own shooting woes. Georgetown hit only 37.5 percent from the floor, missing their first nine 3-point attempts.
Towson knocks off Fordham 48-28
TOWSON, Md. (AP) - Terrance West added to his nation-leading touchdown totals by three to lead Towson past Fordham 48-28 in the second round of the FBC playoffs on Saturday.
West gained 76 yards on 24 carries and upped his season touchdown total to 33. Peter Athens passed for 301 yards and three touchdowns as Towson (11-2) moves on to play Eastern Illinois next week.
Towson took its first possession 63 yards on 11 plays, capped by West's 1-yard touchdown plunge. Fordham responded with a 71-yard drive of its own, culminated by Jorge Solano's 9-yard TD reception from Michael Nebrich (394 yards, 4 TDs).
The teams were tied at halftime at 21, but Towson took over in the second half. Athens hit Andre Dessenberg for a 46-yard scoring strike, and then West added TD runs of five and 14 yards. Darius Victor scored from 22 yards out to seal the victory.
Ullapool wins Big A's Garland of Roses Stakes
NEW YORK (AP) - Ullapool led all the way Saturday to extend her winning streak to three in the $100,000 Garland of Roses Stakes for fillies and mares at Aqueduct.
The gray 4-year-old trained by Eddie Kenneally and ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr. beat Delightful Quality by two lengths for her first stakes victory. The time was 1:11.03 for six furlongs on the fast track.
Ullapool, the 3-2 favorite, paid $5, $3.30 and $2.60. Delightful Quality returned $4 and $3.20 while Baby J paid $3.70 to show.
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