A safety win for Dolphins
MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Dolphins have ended a four-game losing streak and evened their record at 4-4 by becoming only the third team in NFL history to win an overtime game on a safety.
Cameron Wake tackled Andy Dalton in the end zone with 6:38 remaining in OT to give the Dolphins a 22-20 triumph over the visiting Cincinnati Bengals. The safety capped a game in which Miami blew a 17-3 lead before dropping the Bengals to 6-3. Officials reviewed Wake's third sack of the game before confirming the safety.
Mike Nugent put Cincinnati ahead by hitting a season-high, 54-yard field goal with 1:24 remaining in regulation, but the Dolphins managed to force overtime on Caleb Sturgis' 44-yard boot 73 seconds later.
Ryan Tannehill completed 20 of his 28 passes for 208 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions. Tannehill ran one yard for the Dolphins' first TD before Brent Grimes returned an interception 94 yards to put Miami ahead 17-3 midway through the third quarter.
Giovani Bernard had a pair of scoring runs for the Bengals and finished with 79 yards on nine carries.
Dalton had 338 passing yards but was picked off three times.
It was a costly loss for the Bengals as All-Pro defensive tackle Geno Atkins suffered a right knee injury that could force him to miss the rest of the season.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — All-Pro 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been activated to the 53-man roster from the non-football injury list, two days after he turned himself in to Santa Clara County, Calif., authorities as he faces weapons charges. Smith had been undergoing rehab at an in-patient facility for substance abuse since late September and missed five games. Smith was charged Oct. 9 with three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon stemming from a party at his home in June 2012.
Also in the NFL:
— Outside linebacker Jarret Johnson is expected to play Sunday when the Chargers put their two-game winning streak on the line against the Washington Redskins. Johnson missed two games with an injured hamstring and remains tied for the club lead with three sacks.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-ARIZONA ST./WASHINGTON ST.
Sun Devils thump Cougars
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Taylor Kelly and No. 25 Arizona State put together an easy road win last night.
Kelly threw for five touchdowns and ran for two others as the Sun Devils blasted Washington State 55-21. ASU had 33 first downs and rolled up over 550 yards of total offense while improving to 6-2 overall, 4-1 in the Pac 12.
Rose lifts Bulls in first home game in 18 months
UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Bulls weren't sure Derrick Rose could play last night because of a because of a sore neck. Not only did he contribute a team-high 18 points, he drained the game-winning jumper with 5.7 seconds left as the Bulls beat the visiting New York Knicks 82-81.
Rose also had six rebounds for the Bulls, who blew a 10-point lead in the final eight minutes before evening their record at 1-1. He shot 7-for-23 and committed four turnovers in his first home game since suffering a severe knee injury during the 2012 playoffs.
Luol Deng (LOO'-ul dehng) had 17 points in Chicago's sixth straight win over the Knicks.
The NBA's only other game last night had Chris Paul putting up big numbers in the Los Angeles Clippers' 126-15 win over Golden State. Paul poured in 42 points on 12-of-20 from the field and 16-of-17 from the line. He also had 15 assists and six steals as the Clippers bounced back from their season-opening loss to the Lakers.
Blake Griffin added 23 points and 10 rebounds to the victory.
B's rally to beat Ducks...Rangers blank staggering Sabres
UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Bruins prevented the Anaheim Ducks from moving into a first-place tie with San Jose atop the NHL's Western Conference standings.
Jarome Iginla (ih-GIHN'-luh) scored the lone shootout goal and Tuukka (TOO'-kah) Rask stopped 21 shots as the B's rallied to beat the Ducks 3-2. Zdeno Chara (zuh-DAY'-noh CHAH'-rah) knotted the score with 3 ½ minutes left before the Bruins capped a festive night in Beantown.
Bruins players came out for warmups wearing World Series caps, and the crowd cheered midway through the second period when highlights of the Boston Red Sox clinching win over the St. Louis Cardinals were shown on the JumboTron.
Bruins team President Cam Neely and Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino (loo-KEE'-noh) then came onto the ice and held the World Series trophy high above their heads.
Mathieu Perreault had a goal and an assist for the Ducks, who are one point behind the West-leading San Jose Sharks.
Also on ice Thursday:
— Henrik Lundqvist picked up his 47th career shutout by turning back 29 shots in the New York Rangers' 2-0 win over Sabres, dropping Buffalo to a league-worst 2-12-1. Derick Brassard notched a power-play goal and Chris Kreider tallied for the second time in two games as the Rangers posted their second consecutive win.
— Phoenix erased deficits of 3-0 and 4-2 before Mikkel Boedker scored the lone shootout goal to push the Coyotes past Nashville 5-4. Shane Doan and Antoine Vermette scored 2:01 apart early in the third period to knot the score.
Avs get Talbot
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Already off to a 10-1 start, the Colorado Avalanche have swapped forwards by getting Max Talbot (TAL'-baht) from the Philadelphia Flyers for rugged winger Steve Downie.
Talbot has one goal and two points in 11 games this season, two years after netting a career-high 19 goals in his first year with the Flyers. He has 77 goals and 154 points in 515 NHL games with Philly and Pittsburgh.
Talbot is expected to be in Dallas when the Avs face the Stars on Friday night.
Varlamov allowed to travel with team after arrest
DENVER (AP) — Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov will be allowed to travel with the team while prosecutors consider charging him with assaulting his girlfriend. Bond was set at $5,000 and his attorney said Varlamov will be able to post it.
Varlamov was arrested on charges of kidnapping and third-degree assault. The 25-year-old turned himself in Wednesday after a team practice.
Scott receives 7-game ban
NEW YORK (AP) — Buffalo Sabres forward John Scott was suspended for seven games without pay by the NHL on Thursday for his illegal check to Boston forward Loui Eriksson's head. Scott received a match penalty for the hit in the Sabres' 5-2 home loss Oct. 23. He has served four games of the suspension.
MLB-HOT STOVE LEAGUE
Teams start to position for next season
UNDATED (AP) — Major league clubs were making roster moves just a day after the World Series.
The team the Red Sox beat, National League-champion St. Louis, has made its first move by declining their $9.5 million option for pitcher Jake Westbrook. The veteran fought through elbow and back problems this past season and was left off the Cards' post season roster.
Cleveland has bid farewell to closer Chris Perez. In five seasons with the Indians he was a two-time All-Star, but off-field problems and his failure to get the job done late in the season cost him his job. At the same time, the Indians have announced that veteran Jason Giambi (jee-AHM'-bee) has been signed and will be part of the franchise next season.
The Rockies have declined their half of a mutual option on Rafael Betancourt. The move makes the veteran pitcher a free agent. He was 2-5 with a 4.08 earned run average for the Rockies last season before tearing a ligament in his pitching elbow.
It's no surprise that the Royals have exercised their $13.5 million option on right-hander James Shields. Acquired last offseason in a trade from Tampa Bay, Shields went 13-9 with a 3.15 ERA and an AL-leading 228 2/3 innings. He was especially strong after the All-Star break, going 9-3 with a 3.06 ERA to help the Royals get into playoff contention.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have declined to exercise their 2014 options on infielder Mark Ellis and pitcher Chris Capuano (kap-yoo-AH'-noh), making both free agents.
Williams lands Nats' job
WASHINGTON (AP) — Matt Williams has been named the new manager of the Washington Nationals, replacing the retired Davey Johnson.
The five-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove winner played for the Giants, Indians and Diamondbacks during his 17-year playing career and has been Arizona's third-base coach the past three seasons.
Kentucky leads the way
UNDATED (AP) — Kentucky has been tabbed as the pre-season No. 1 team in The Associated Press men's basketball poll. The Wildcats received 27 first place votes and 1,546 points, while No. 2 Michigan State got 22 first place nods and 1,543 points.
Defending national champion Louisville is third in the poll with Duke fourth and Kansas fifth.
The Atlantic Coast Conference has the most teams in the pole with five while the Big Ten has four.
Johnson moves in front
SHANGHAI, China (AP) — Dustin Johnson is the man on top after two rounds of the PGA's HSBC tournament in China. He followed up his first round 69 with a 63 to stand 12-under par. Five shots back are Bubba Watson, Boo Weekley and Rory McIroy, the first round leader. He skied to a 72 in the second round after an opening 65.
Senior has lead during first day play
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Australia's Peter Senior shot an 8-under 63 to take a one-stroke lead in the Champions Tour's season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Senior had nine birdies, an eagle and three bogeys at TPC Harding Park. David Frost shot 64, missing a short putt on the 18th hole.
Charles Schwab Cup points leader Kenny Perry opened with a 68 as he tries to close out the season title and a $1 million annuity. He's 612 points ahead of second-place Langer, who fired a 67.
If Langer wins the tournament, Perry needs only to finish fifth or better take the season title.