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Less suspended coach Pearl, No.18 Auburn routs Nebraska

WITHOUT DATE (AP) – No.18 Auburn made 16 interceptions and routed Nebraska 99-68 as he played without suspended coach Bruce Pearl.

Center Walker Kessler and goaltender Zep Jasper each had five interceptions and Auburn scored 30 points on 20 turnovers. Jabari Smith had 21 points to lead the Tigers, who are 8-1. CJ Wilcher led Nebraska with 17 points. The Cornhuskers are 5-6.

Pearl began a two-game suspension imposed by the NCAA on Friday. Auburn was placed on probation for four years for unethical conduct involving former associate head coach Chuck Person. Pearl was penalized for failing to monitor her assistant and adequately promote compliance. Assistant coach Wes Flanigan served as interim coach.

In the other 25 best men on Saturday:

–EJ Liddell scored 28 points and the No. 21 Ohio State shot 50% to defeat the No. 22 Wisconsin 73-55. The Buckeyes outscored the Badgers by 13 points in the second half, slipping away with the game after leading by five points at halftime. Zed Key finished with 11 points and Meechie Johnson Jr. scored eight, including a pair of 3s in the second half. Kyle Young had 14 rebounds, a career high. Johnny Davis led Wisconsin with 24 points. The two teams are 8-2.

–Ryan Hawkins scored 19 of his season-high 25 points in the first half and Creighton beat No. 24 BYU 83-71. Hawkins finished 10 for 18 on the field, including 4 for 8 of 3, and posted eight rebounds. The Bluejays improved to 9-2. Alex Barcello scored 28 points for BYU, which fell to 8-2. Down 21 points in the second half, the Cougars finished in less than 10 points with just under nine minutes to go when Seneca Knight hit one of his three 3-pointers.


NHL admits it made a bad decision to deny the Sabers’ goal

BUFFALO, NY (AP) – The NHL said it made the wrong decision when it turned down what would have been the Buffalo Sabers’ tying goal in the last minute of a 2-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Friday night.

Senior Executive Vice President Colin Campbell said Victor Olofsson’s goal scored with 57 seconds left should have stood as video reruns could not “definitively determine” whether the Sabers were offside coming in. in the zone.

The goal was disallowed after a replay showed Buffalo defenseman Rasmus Dahlin crossed the blue line before the puck entered the zone. What the review officials didn’t take into account was whether Olofsson touched the puck before Dahlin touched it with his skate on the blue line.


Father: Padres star Fernando Tatís Jr. is doing well after fall

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) – San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatís (tah-TEES ‘) Jr. scraped his knee and hands in a fall in the Dominican Republic, but he goes Good. That’s according to his father, former Major League infielder Fernando Tatís.

Elder Tatís said on Saturday that his son had been treated in the Dominican Republic and it was “not serious”. The incident happened last Sunday in the province of San Pedro de Macorís, in the eastern Dominican Republic.

Earlier this year, Tatís signed a 14-year, $ 330 million contract with the Padres.


Heisman Trophy to be awarded

NEW YORK (AP) – The Heisman Trophy will be awarded on Saturday night in New York. The ceremony is returning to its usual routine and date after being forced to delay and go virtual last year due to the pandemic.

The four finalists for college football’s most prestigious award include rare defensive player Michigan running back Aidan Hutchinson. The other three are quarterbacks: Bryce Young of Alabama, CJ Stroud of Ohio State and Kenny Pickett of Pitt.

Hutchinson is one of the best passer in the country with 14 sacks. The senior led Michigan’s No.2 to his first playoff appearance as the Big Ten champions and helped end an eight-game losing streak against rival Ohio State. He would be the first fielder to win the Heisman since Charles Woodson of Michigan in 1997. Woodson was also the last winner of the Heisman of Michigan.

Young threw for 4,322 yards, 43 touchdowns and just four interceptions while guiding the Crimson Tide into the college football playoffs. He could become Alabama’s fourth Heisman winner and second in a row. Tidal receiver DeVonta Smith won it last year, breaking a four-quarter streak to win the Heisman.

Stroud completed 71% of his passes for 3,862 yards, 38 touchdowns and five interceptions as the Buckeyes finished 10-2 in his first season as a starter. He is the third starting Ohio State quarterback to be a finalist for Heisman, joining Justin Fields in 2019 and Dwayne Haskins in 2018.

Pickett returned to Pitt for a fifth season in 2021, capitalizing on the NCAA’s return to eligibility for weathering the pandemic in 2020, and had a record year. He had 4,319 yards with 42 touchdowns to eclipse school scores and led the Panthers to their first Atlantic Coast Conference title. The last Pitt player to be a finalist for Heisman was wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald in 2003.


Michael Strahan flies in space with the astronaut’s daughter

NO DATE (AP) – NFL great Michael Strahan (STRAY’-han) has soared into space – with a soccer ball.

Jeff Bezos’ rocket company Blue Origin launched the former NFL player and ABC’s “Good Morning America” ​​co-host from West Texas on Saturday morning. Five other people joined him on the 10-minute flight, including the eldest daughter of the first American in space, Alan Shepard. Blue Origin’s rocket is named New Shepard after its father.

Their capsule climbed to an altitude of about 66 miles, providing a few minutes of weightlessness before parachuting into the desert. The booster also returned to land successfully.

This is the third time that Blue Origin has transported passengers in the automated capsule. The soccer ball on board will go to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


Gut-Behrami borders Goggia; Shiffrin third

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) – It was Lara Gut-Behrami’s turn to beat Sofia Goggia for victory in a World Cup Super-G race in Switzerland on Saturday, reversing the result of their duel in Canada on the weekend -end last.

Gut-Behrami hurtled down the typically difficult St. Moritz terrain 0.18 seconds faster than Goggia through lightly falling snow.

Mikaela Shiffrin was exactly one second behind Goggia in third and maintained his lead in the overall World Cup standings. It was just Shiffrin’s second World Cup super-G in almost two years after taking a break from the sprint disciplines on the season-long circuit. The American placed sixth last Sunday in Lake Louise, Alta.


Virus cases in Japan force WCup ski jump to be canceled

OBERHOFEN, Switzerland (AP) – All Ski Jumping World Cup events in Japan have been canceled for this season due to a growing number of cases of the omicron variant (AHM’-ih-krahn) of the coronavirus .

The International Ski Federation said the decision to cancel three ski jumping events – all scheduled less than a month before the opening of the Beijing Olympics on Feb. 4 – was “due to current regulations on the COVID-19 ”. He said he was looking for replacement sites.

Japan said on Friday it had found a total of 12 omicron cases, including new arrivals from the United States, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and reimposed a ban on foreign visitors.


Verstappen beats Hamilton for pole ahead of F1 season finale

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – Max Verstappen overcame a mistake in qualifying to clinch pole for the title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. He will try to dethrone the seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton, who will start second.

Verstappen and Hamilton head to Sunday’s final tied in the Championship standings, the first time the title contenders have even entered the decisive race since 1974. Hamilton is looking for a record-breaking eighth title to overtake Michael Schumacher, while Verstappen will look to become the first champion of the Netherlands.


Manuel Santana, Spanish tennis pioneer, dies at 83

MADRID (AP) – Spanish tennis pioneer Manuel “Manolo” Santana has died aged 83. The Madrid Open announced the death of its honorary president on Saturday. No cause of death was given.

Santana was the first man from Spain to win a Grand Slam singles title. He won four major singles championships: at Roland Garros in 1961 and 1964, at the US Open in 1965 and at Wimbledon in 1966, the same year he reached No.1.

Rafael Nadal thanked Santana on social media for “paving the way for others”. The King of Spain and his Prime Minister echoed Nadal’s sentiments, calling Santana a “legend”.


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