South Carolina runs through No. 5 Tennessee 63-38; hooker injured
COLUMBIA, SC (AP) — Spencer Rattler was having the best day of his unpredictable career. He threw for 438 yards and six touchdowns as South Carolina defeated No. 5 Tennessee 63-38 on Saturday night, all but eliminating the Volunteers from the playoffs. Tennessee may also have lost Heisman Trophy nominee Hendon Hooker, who left the game in the fourth quarter with a leg injury, falling and fumbling without being hit. Even before the injury, Rattler was the night’s quarterback. The junior was patient in the pocket, dropping passes into the narrowest of windows. Hooker injured his leg while running without a hit in the fourth quarter and did not return to the game.
Top 25 Takeaways: Competitors live on the edge where TCU thrives
The College Football Playoffs contenders lived at the limit in Week 12, with the top four teams all teetering to varying degrees and at different points. That was before No. 5 Tennessee went down with a thud. It was just another Saturday for No. 4 TCU. TCU and No. 3 Michigan both needed field goals in the last second to remain undefeated. No. 1 Georgia was struggling through an away game against Kentucky. No. 2 Ohio State was trailing against Maryland at halftime before finishing. Among the Blue Bloods vying for a spot in the CFP, the Horned Frogs may be the outliers, but they are unquestionably worthy.
No. 1 Georgia surpasses Kentucky to go undefeated in the SEC again
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kenny McIntosh rushed for a career-best 143 yards, including a crucial 9-yard score late in the third quarter, and top-ranked Georgia resisted Saturday’s Kentucky fourth-quarter rally with a 16: 6 win and his second straight unbeaten season in the Southeastern Conference. The Bulldogs clinched the Eastern Division title last week and were aiming for another perfect finish to league play. They succeeded, but not without difficulty, having to settle for three field goals from Jack Podlesny before McIntosh’s TD provided the cushion they needed. McIntosh rushed 19 times with a 26-yarder for the Bulldogs, who defeated Kentucky 365-297.
No. 4 TCU still unbeaten after game FG at Baylor
WACO, Texas (AP) — Griffin Kell blasted a 40-yard field goal on the final play of the game and fourth-seeded TCU went undefeated with a 29-28 win at Baylor. The Horned Frogs scored nine points in the 2:07 Finals to avoid another potential playoff loss on the banks of the Brazos River. Emari Demercardo hit on a 3-yard TD run to take the Frogs 11-0 to 28-26, but he failed to collect a pass on the 2-point conversion attempt. After kicking deep, TCU used all three of her timeouts while forcing a three-and-off, and she got the ball back at 1:34 on 31. Nine games later, Kell hit the game-ending kick.
Jim Boeheim scores the 1,000. Victory as Syracuse leads the Northeast
SYRACUSE, NY (AP) — Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim hit his 1,000 with a 76-48 win over Northeastern. Earned a career win. Joe Girard had 21 points and five 3-pointers for the orange, and Jesse Edwards added 19 points and seven rebounds. The Orange jumped out with a 9-0 lead in the first two minutes and led the rest of the way. Syracuse assembled a 21-6 run in the second half to extend their lead to 68-39. Jared Turner had a team-high seven points for Northeastern. Boeheim has been at the helm of Syracuse since 1976 and had 101 wins in five seasons, vacated by the NCAA in 2015.
Irving could return on Sunday, Nets list him as a questionable
NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving was able to return from his suspension and play for the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday after apologizing for offending the Jewish community by posting a link to a film containing anti-Semitic material. The Nets listed Irving as questionable for the game against the Memphis Grizzlies in their injury report on Saturday. He has missed the last eight games. The team suspended the point guard for at least five games without pay on November 3 after he refused to say he had no anti-Semitic beliefs. He apologized in an interview with SNY on Saturday.
Timberwolves hold on, top undermanned 76ers 112-109
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Anthony Edwards had 25 points, D’Angelo Russell had 19 and the Minnesota Timberwolves survived a late scare to win their third straight game 112-109 over the undermanned Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night. The 76ers have already played two weeks without James Harden due to a tendon strain in his right foot and have put starting man Tyrese Maxey on the injury list with a left foot sustained on Friday. PJ Tucker suffered an unspecified injury against the Timberwolves and Joel Embiid injured his left ankle/foot after colliding with a teammate late in the game. Embiid, the reigning NBA scoring champion, said long after last buzzer he was still in pain and hobbled off the podium after his press conference.
Virginia honors slain players at memorial service on campus
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Thousands of people have joined Virginia’s soccer team, coaches and staff to honor three players who were shot while returning from a field trip last weekend. Lavel Davis Jr., D’Sean Perry and Devin Chandler were remembered during a memorial service Saturday in Charlottesville as great teammates who always wore smiles and tried to brighten the lives of those around them, from teammates to to other students and fans. Tony Elliott, first-year head coach, said: “Only time will reveal God’s purpose in times of need.” Sharing stories she had heard from the players’ family members, sporting director Carla Williams vowed that “we will make sure that you legacy at the University of Virginia never faded.”
Bills dig out of the snow to drive to Detroit
BUFFALO, NY (AP) — The Buffalo Bills deployed massive surgery to get all of their players and staff out of the snow to depart for Detroit on Sunday for their rescheduled home game against the Cleveland Browns. Bills executive vice president Ron Raccuia told The Associated Press that the team put local snowmobile clubs on high alert and used snowplow drivers and carpoolers to ensure everyone could gather at their facility. The team then boarded buses and followed a police escort to the airport for their flight, which departed at approximately 4:45 p.m. EST. The game was postponed after a lake-effect storm dumped up to 7 feet of snow across western New York.
France’s Karim Benzema will miss the World Cup with a leg injury
DOHA, Qatar (AP) – Karim Benzema’s hopes of winning the world title with France have been dashed before he has even played a game in Qatar. France’s defending champions suffered a major blow with the news that their star striker is out of the tournament after tearing a muscle in his left thigh during training. The French Football Federation says “Real Madrid’s striker is being forced to forego participation in the World Cup.” The Ballon d’Or winner attended his first full training session with Les Bleus on Saturday when he was injured due to pain in his left hand had to dismount thighs. France play their first game against Australia in Group D on Tuesday.