Stanford and Baylor stay in national title picture
UNDATED (AP) — Sixth-ranked Stanford and fifth-ranked Baylor scored impressive victories to remain in the Bowl Championship Series title picture.
__ Stanford opened a 26-0 lead and knocked off second-ranked and previously undefeated Oregon 26-20, holding off a furious fourth-quarter rally by the Ducks. Stanford controlled the ball for 42 and a-half minutes with running back Tyler Gaffney carrying the ball 45 times for 157 yards and one TD. It's the second straight year that Stanford has ruined Oregon's national championship hopes. Both teams are 8-1.
__ The fifth-ranked Baylor Bears erupted in the second half for a 41-12 victory over 12th-ranked Oklahoma. The 8-0 Bears beat a ranked team for the first time this season and improved to 5-0 in Big 12 play. Bryce Petty threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more. Shock Linwood ran for 182 yards for Baylor, which is 8-0 for the first time.
NFL-THURSDAY NIGHT GAME
Vikings rally for second win
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings rallied for a 34-27 victory over Washington, outscoring the Redskins 20-3 in the second half. The Vikes improved to 2-7 while the Redskins fell to 3-6.
Adrian Peterson ran for 75 yards and two TDs. Christian Ponder went 17 for 21 for 174 yards with two touchdowns and an interception before leaving late in the third quarter with an injured left shoulder. Matt Cassel came on in relief of Ponder and secured the victory, completing four of six passes.
John Carlson had seven catches for 98 yards and a touchdown for the Vikings, who stopped the Redskins on their final drive on the 4-yard line. Robert Griffin III threw three TD passes in the loss, but was sacked four times in the second half.
Native Americans protesting
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hundreds of American Indians and their supporters in Minneapolis are calling for the Washington Redskins to change the team's name.
A crowd of men, women and children rallied outside the Metrodome before the Minnesota Vikings played Washington Thursday night.
Opponents call the Redskins' nickname offensive to Native Americans.
More harassment allegations
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Jonathan Martin's new attorney says the Miami Dolphins tackle endured harassment from teammates that went far beyond the traditional locker room hazing, including a malicious physical attack and daily vulgar comments.
The allegations were made in a statement Thursday night by David Cornwell, hired this week as Martin's attorney. Cornwell said the facts aren't in dispute.
Martin, upset by treatment he considered abusive, left the team last week. His agent then complained to the Dolphins, who suspended guard Richie Incognito.
The NFL is investigating whether Incognito harassed or bullied Martin, and whether their teammates and the organization mishandled the matter.
Bears get their QB back...Kubiak visits team
UNDATED (AP) — Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will start against the Detroit Lions on Sunday after missing one game with a groin muscle tear. Coach Marc Trestman says Cutler will not be restricted in any way due to the injury.
Cutler suffered the injury against the Redskins on Oct. 20 when he was sacked during the 45-41 loss. The Bears had a bye the following week, then Josh McCown started and played all of Monday night's 27-20 win at Green Bay.
In other NFL news:
— Houston coach Gary Kubiak (KOO'-bee-ak) paid a visit to his team at the end of practice, four days after he collapsed at a game with a mini-stroke. It was the first time Kubiak had addressed the Texans since collapsing he was rushed to the hospital during Sunday's loss to the Colts. The Texans have not said when the 52-year-old Kubiak will resume his coaching duties. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is handling the head coaching duties in the interim.
— New York Jets running back Michael Goodson has been indicted on weapons charges stemming from a traffic stop in New Jersey. Goodson and Roselle resident Garant Evans were discovered by police in Denville early on the morning of May 17 in a car stopped in the middle of Interstate 80.
Heat over the century mark again...Nuggets earn first victory for Shaw
UNDATED (AP) -- Make it six straight games over the 100-point mark for the Miami Heat, who held off the L.A. Clippers 102-97. Dwyane (dwayn) Wade scored 29 points, 11 in the fourth quarter.
LeBron James added 18 points for the 4-2 Heat, who won their third straight and extended their club record by scoring at least 100 points in a sixth consecutive game to start the season. Chris Bosh, playing for the first time since his wife delivered a baby earlier this week, finished with 12 points for Miami.
Blake Griffin had 27 points and 14 rebounds for the Clippers, who are 3-3.
In other NBA action:
— Ty Lawson had 23 points and eight assists and the Denver Nuggets held off the Atlanta Hawks 109-107 to give new head coach Brian Shaw his first victory. Nate Robinson added 15 points and JaVale McGee had 14 for Denver. The 0-5 Jazz remain the last NBA team without a victory.
__ — Steve Blake hit a 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds remaining to lift the Los Angeles Lakers to a 99-98 victory over the Houston Rockets and Dwight Howard. The ex-Lakers center had 15 points and 14 rebounds in his first game against his former team.
Curry day to day...Hawk rookie suspended for altercation
UNDATED (AP) — The Golden State Warriors say an MRI on point guard Stephen (STEH'-fahn) Curry's left ankle shows a bone bruise and his status is officially day to day. Curry was injured in the third quarter of Golden State's 106-93 victory over Minnesota Wednesday night. Curry had repeated problems with his left ankle during the playoffs. He has had two surgeries on his right ankle.
In other NBA news:
— Rookie guard Dennis Schroder of the Atlanta Hawks has been suspended for one game without pay by the NBA for hitting DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings in the groin the other night. Schroder sat out Thursday night's game in Denver against the Nuggets.
Bruins hand Panthers seventh straight loss
UNDATED (AP)— On NHL ice, Tuukka Rask (TOO'-kah rask) made 29 saves and the Boston Bruins got goals from four different players to hand the Florida Panthers their seventh straight loss, 4-1. Rask improved to 9-1 against Florida in helping Boston win for the third time in its last seven home games.
Florida has lost 10 of its past 11 games.
In other hockey action:
__ Martin Brodeur (mar-TAN' broh-DYOOR') stopped 22 shots, and Adam Henrique and Cam Janssen each scored goals to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
— Carl Hagelin scored two goals and Cam Talbot made 32 saves to lead the New York Rangers past Columbus 4-2. The Blue Jackets have lost five in a row.
__ Justin Peters stopped 21 shots in his third career shutout and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Islanders 1-0. Radek Dvorak (duh-VOHR'-ak) scored a deflected goal in the first period, and Peters made it stand up.
__ Nicklas Backstrom scored the only goal in the shootout and Washington edged Minnesota 3-2. Alex Ovechkin (oh-VECH'-kin) scored his 13th goal for the Caps, who've won four straight.
__ Rich Peverley's goal at 4:41 of overtime completed a comeback and gave the Dallas Stars a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings.
— Steven Stamkos had two goals to help the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 for their sixth win in seven games.
__ Ottawa outscored Montreal 4-1, handing the Canadiens their fourth straight defeat. Robin Lehner stopped 33 shots between the pipes for the Senators.
__ St. Louis nipped Calgary 3-2. Alexander Steen scored his NHL-leading 14th goal in 14 games. Maxim Lapierre (mahx-EEM' lah-PEE'-ayr) and Vladimir Tarasenko also scored for St. Louis.
__ Vancouver beat San Jose 4-2. Chris Higgins scored his sixth goal for the Canucks.
__ The L.A. Kings blanked Buffalo 2-0. Anze Kopitar (AHN'-jay KOH'-pih-tar) notched his fourth goal.
Cubs get their man... M's introduce McClendon
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have hired Rick Renteria (REHN'-tur-ree-uh) as their new manager. The club says Renteria was given a three-year contract, with club options for 2017 and 2018. The 51-year-old replaces Dale Sveum (swaym), who was fired after two losing seasons. Renteria spent the last six seasons with the San Diego Padres, most recently as their bench coach.
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle introduced new manager Lloyd McClendon as a replacement for Eric Wedge who left the team near the end of last season. It will be the second managing job for the former Tigers coach. McClendon managed the Pirates from 2001-05 going 336-446 in that span.
Wolves' center to miss opener...2 Ducks suspended for 9 games
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan center Mitch McGary will miss tonight's season opener against UMass-Lowell because of a lingering back problem. The 6-foot-10 sophomore was named to the AP's preseason All-America team, but it's not clear when he'll be able to take the court this season.
McGary averaged 7.5 points per game last season as a freshman, but in the NCAA tournament he averaged 14.3 points and 10.7 rebounds, helping the Wolverines reach the national championship game, which they lost to Louisville.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Guard Dominic Artis and forward Ben Carter have each been suspended by No. 19 Oregon for the season's first nine games for selling team apparel. The Ducks open their season Friday night against Georgetown in South Korea.
PGA TOUR-MCGLADREY CLASSIC
Baird, Gay tie for lead
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Briny Baird and Brian Gay share the lead after the first round of the McGladry Classic after matching 7-under-63's. Former U.S. Open champ Webb Simpson heads up a group of four golfers that are two shots off the pace.
Oyama leads early
SHIMA, Japan (AP) — Japan's Shiho Oyama shot a 4-under 68 on Friday to take the first-round lead in the Mizuno Classic, the final tournament in the LPGA Tour's five-event Asian swing.
LONDON (AP) — Defending champion Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) has joined top-ranked Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-EHL' nah-DAHL') in the semifinals of the ATP World Tour Finals by defeating Juan Martin del Potro (mar-TEEN dehl POH'-troh) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
Djokovic improved to 2-0 in Group B with his victory over the hard-hitting Argentine. Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in his opening match.
Nadal qualified from Group A Wednesday after beating Stanislas Wawrinka (vah-VINK'-ah) to clinch the season-ending No. 1 ranking for the third time.