No. 1 Georgia tops Kentucky, goes unbeaten in 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 withstood Kentucky’s fourth-quarter rally Saturday for a 16-6 win and its second consecutive unbeaten season in the Southeastern Conference. The Bulldogs clinched the Eastern Division title last week and sought another perfect finish in league play. They succeeded, but not without difficulty as they had to settle for three Jack Podlesny field goals before McIntosh’s TD provided a needed cushion. McIntosh rushed 19 times with a 26-yarder for the Bulldogs, who outgained Kentucky 365-297.
No. 4 TCU still undefeated after game-ending FG at Baylor
WACO, Texas (AP) — Griffin Kell kicked a 40-yard field goal on the final play of the game, and fourth-ranked TCU remained undefeated with a 29-28 win at Baylor. The Horned Frogs scored nine points in the final 2:07 to avoid another potential playoff-busting loss on the banks of the Brazos River. Emari Demercardo scored on a 3-yard TD run to get the 11-0 Frogs within 28-26, but he was unable to pull in a pass on the 2-point conversion attempt. After kicking deep, TCU used all three of its timeouts while forcing a three-and-out, and it got the ball back with 1:34 left at its 31. Nine plays later, Kell made the game-ending kick.
No. 3 Michigan beats Illinois 19-17 after Corum hurts knee
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jake Moody made a go-ahead, 35-yard field goal with nine seconds left to give No. 3 Michigan a 19-17 win over Illinois. The undefeated Wolverines played much of the second half without star running back Blake Corum, who grabbed his left knee after being tackled just before halftime. Michigan will now turn all its attention to playing rival and second-ranked Ohio State on the road, where they have not won since 2000 with a spot in the Big Ten champinship game and likely in the College Football Playoff at stake.
Irving could return Sunday, Nets list him as questionable
NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving could return from his suspension and play for the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday after apologizing for hurting the Jewish community when he posted a link to a film with antisemitic material. The Nets listed Irving as questionable for the game against the Memphis Grizzlies on their injury report Saturday. He has missed the last eight games. The team suspended the point guard for a minimum of five games without pay on Nov. 3 after he refused to say he had no antisemitic beliefs. He apologized in an interview with SNY on Saturday.
Bills dig themselves out of snow to make trip to Detroit
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills employed a massive operation to get all of their players and staff dug out of the snow to depart to Detroit for their relocated home game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Bills executive vice president Ron Raccuia tells The Associated Press that the team had local snowmobile clubs on alert, and used snowplow drivers and car pools to make sure everyone was able to gather at their facility. The team then boarded buses and followed a police escort to the airport for their flight, which left at about 4:45 p.m. EST. The game was moved after a lake-effect storm dumped as much as 7 feet of snow across Western New York.
Virginia honors slain players in memorial service on campus
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Thousands of people have joined Virginia’s football team, coaches and staff in honoring three players who were shot dead as they returned from a field trip last weekend. Lavel Davis Jr., D’Sean Perry and Devin Chandler were remembered during a Saturday memorial service in Charlottesville as great teammates who wore constant smiles and sought to brighten the lives of those around them, from fellow players to other students and fans. First-year head coach Tony Elliott said “only time will reveal God’s purpose in the adversity.” Athletic director Carla Williams shared stories she heard from family members of the players and vowed that “we will make sure their legacies never fade at the University of Virginia.”
76ers star G Maxey out weeks with broken left foot
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers guard Tyrese Maxey will miss at least two weeks after breaking his left foot Friday night. Maxey had 24 points, five assists and four rebounds before he was injured just before halftime of the 76ers’ win over Milwaukee. Maxey stepped on the foot of Bucks guard Jevon Carter late in the second quarter and he left the building in a walking boot. Maxey walked into the locker room Saturday before Philadelphia’s game against Minnesota wearing a walking boot on his left foot.
Star striker Karim Benzema out of World Cup with thigh tear
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Defending champion France’s World Cup hopes have taken a huge blow with the news that star striker Karim Benzema is out of the tournament in Qatar after tearing a muscle in his left thigh during training. The French soccer federation says “after hurting the quadriceps on his left thigh the Real Madrid striker is forced to give up on taking part in the World Cup.” Benzema was participating in his first full training session Saturday with Les Bleus when he had to come off after feeling some pain in his left thigh. The federation says an MRI scan “unfortunately confirmed a tear.” France faces Australia on Tuesday in Group D.
Infantino scolds World Cup critics in extraordinary diatribe
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — FIFA president Gianni Infantino has delivered a one-hour tirade on the eve of the World Cup’s opening match and then spent about 45 minutes answering questions from media about the Qatari government’s actions and a wide range of other topics. Infantino says he feels gay, feels like a woman and feels like a migrant worker. Infantino later defended the country’s immigration policy and praised the government for bringing in migrants to work. He called Europe’s criticism of Qatar’s policy on migrant workers “hypocrisy.” He says “give them some future. Give them some hope.”
Leona Maguire makes up 7 shots to tie Lydia Ko for LPGA lead
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Lydia Ko’s road to a $2 million payoff is a little rougher. Leona Maguire of Ireland shot a 63 and made up seven shots on Ko to tie her for the lead at the LPGA Tour’s season finale. Ko had to settle for a 70. They are tied for the lead with round one to go in the CME Group Tour Championship. At stake is $2 million for the winner. That’s the richest payoff in the history of women’s golf. Ko is still in control to win player of the year. No one was closer than five shots to Ko and Maguire going into Sunday.