Friday’s Sports Minute

Friday’s Sports Minute

K-STATE: Kansas State's Tyler Lockett (16) carries the ball after a reception past West Virginia's Ishmael Banks (34) during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game in Morgantown, W.Va., on Thursday, Nov. 20. Kansas State won 26-20. Photo: Associated Press/Chris Jackson

Here is a look at some of the sports headlines making news today, Friday, Nov. 21.


The NFL has decided to move the Bills’ home game against the New York Jets to Monday night in Detroit after a severe winter storm pounded western New York.

More than 5 feet of snow have fallen in the Buffalo area since Monday, and another 1 to 3 feet were projected to fall by Friday. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said it would be impractical for the game to be played on schedule.

The storm forced the Bills to cancel their past two days of practice. The team intends to travel to Detroit on Friday and practice at the Detroit Lions’ facility.

The Lions are at New England on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Mid-American Conference has announced the cancellation of Friday’s game between Buffalo and visiting Kent State.

And the NHL has postponed the Sabres’ home game against the New York Rangers on Friday night. No makeup date has been announced.


The NFL Players Association told the federal judge hearing a lawsuit against the league that the collective bargaining agreement did not provide a way for the union to press claims by former players that NFL teams routinely mishandled painkillers. The filing by the NFLPA came in response to questions raised by U.S. District Judge William Alsup, who said he wanted to determine the union’s position in the case before considering the NFL’s motion to dismiss.

The lawsuit was filed in May in the northern district of California and now includes more than 1,300 former players. Nine players have been named as plaintiffs, including Hall of Fame defensive end Richard Dent.


The New England Patriots have re-signed running back LeGarrette Blount, two days after he was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Blount spent last season with the Patriots before signing a two-year contract with the Steelers. Pittsburgh cut him on Tuesday the day after he jogged toward the tunnel with time on the clock as Ben Roethlisberger lined up for the final snap in a 27-24 win over the Tennessee Titans.


Kansas State rebounded nicely from its lopsided loss at TCU last weekend.

Jake Waters threw for a career-high 400 yards and a touchdown as the 12th-ranked Wildcats held off West Virginia 26-20 in Morgantown. Tyler Lockett returned a punt for a score and caught 10 passes for 196 yards.

Kansas State improved to 6-1 in the Big 12 and moved into a first-place tie with the Horned Frogs with two weeks left in the regular season.

Also on Thursday, Marquise Williams threw for two touchdowns and rushed for two more as North Carolina clobbered No. 25 Duke 45-20. Williams was 18 of 27 for 276 yards.


The Los Angeles Clippers have their first winning streak since their 2-0 start.

Chris Paul and Blake Griffin had 26 points ahead as the Clippers ripped the Heat 110-93 in Miami. Paul also finished with 12 assists, and DeAndre Jordon added 12 points and 11 rebounds to help the Clippers send the Heat to their third straight home loss.

The Clippers had 31 assists to Miami’s 11. The Heat never recovered after carrying a 24-point deficit into the second quarter.

Last night’s other NBA game had DeMarcus Cousins scoring 22 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in Sacramento’s 103-88 win over Chicago. Rudy Gay shot 7 of 11 from the field and chipped in 20 points and seven boards.


Rob Manfred has been given a five-year term as baseball commissioner when he succeeds Bud Selig in two months. Baseball owners voted the term at their first meeting since electing Manfred over Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner on Aug. 14. Manfred, who has worked for Major League Baseball since 1998, will take over from the 80-year-old Selig on Jan. 25.


The Montreal Canadiens have padded their lead in the NHL’s Eastern Conference by bouncing back from their only loss since Nov. 4.

Max Pacioretty scored twice and Carey Price stopped 31 shots in the Canadiens’ seventh victory in eight games a 4-1 verdict over St. Louis. The Blues led 1-0 until Dale Weise and Pacioretty scored in the first 7 ½ minutes of the second period.

The Canadiens lead the entire league with 31 points after topping one of the top teams in the West.

Vladimir Tarasenko scored his team-high 11th goal for the Blues.

Elsewhere in the NHL:

  • Corey Perry and Jakob Silfverberg had shootout goals as Anaheim topped Vancouver 4-3 to move two points ahead of Vancouver for the Western Conference lead. The Ducks blew a 2-0 lead and drailed 3-2 until Matt Beleskey scored midway through the third period.
  • Jarrett Stoll, Trevor Lewis and Tanner Pearson provided the Kings’ goals in a 3-2 win over Carolina in Los Angeles. Jonathan Quick handled 25 shots in the Kings’ third straight win.
  • Nick Bjugstad scored twice in regulation and provided the deciding shootout goal to lift Florida past San Jose 3-2. The Sharks forced overtime on Patrick Marleau’s goal with 34 seconds left in regulation.
  • Patrick Kane scored the game-winner in the third period and had an assist as Chicago beat Calgary 4-3. The Blackhawks have won four of five to climb four games over .500 for the first time since they were 4-0-1.
  • Washington pulled out a 3-2 win at Colorado on Alex Ovechkin’s goal with 5:56 remaining. Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom each had a goal and an assist for the Caps.

    Connecticut was a winner in the first round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in Orlando.

    Ryan Boatright had 19 points and Daniel Hamilton added 15 as the 17th-ranked Huskies beat College of Charleston 65-57. Boatright and Hamilton carried the scoring load for the Huskies in the first half, combining for 18 of their 30 points.

    In other top-25 finals:

  • Jonathan Holmes contributed 17 of his 19 points while 10th-ranked Texas was outscoring Iowa by 20 in the second half of a 71-57 win over the Hawkeyes.
  • No. 12 Villanova squeaked past Bucknell 72-65 as Dylan Ennis delivered a team-high 16 points to help the Wildcats overcome a 32-point night by Chris Hass.
  • Terry Larrier scored 21 points and 15th-ranked VCU jumped out to a 61-30 halftime lead before beating Maryland-Eastern Shore 106-66.
  • No. 16 San Diego State shot just 24.6 percent but allowed an NCAA season low for points in a 51-27 win against Cal State Bakersfield.
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