OSU hands Badgers first loss in Big Ten Title Game


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INDIANAPOLIS—J.T. Barrett felt and played like his old self Saturday.The only thing that would make the Ohio State quarterback feel better would be making the playoffs.Six days after undergoing surgery on his right knee, Barrett started the game, threw two touchdown passes, ran for another and led No. 8 Ohio State to a 27-21 victory over previously unbeaten No. 3 Wisconsin for the Buckeyes’ first Big Ten title since their 2014 national championship run.
”We have two wins over two top-four team and another one over a team ranked 12th or 13th,” said coach Urban Meyer, who included a win over Penn State in his rundown. ”We’re a conference champion and we deserve a shot.”
All the Buckeyes (11-2, No. 8 CFP) can do now is wait to see if college football’s selection committee agrees.With one final chance to make an impression, Ohio State ended the Badgers’ perfect season and the nation’s longest active winning streak at 13 by winning their fourth in a row.And they did it behind a quarterback many expected to be watching.But unlike most athletes, who need at least two or three weeks to recover from minor knee surgery, Barrett told doctors and coaches he would be OK.After watching Barrett in pregame warmups with a protective brace around the injured knee, Meyer gave his three-time captain the starting nod. Barrett didn’t disappoint.He wound up 12 of 26 for 211 yards and two interceptions and ran 19 times for 60 yards including a crucial fourth-down conversion that set up the last field goal of the game.
”We expected to see the best and he was,” Badgers coach Paul Chryst said of Barrett. ”He’s a heck of a quarterback.”

Slumping Hawks lose to Stars again–this time in shootout.

DALLAS—Alexander Radulov cleared his head and took what Anton Forsberg gave him. Tyler Seguin just did like Radulov. That was enough for the Dallas Stars.Radulov and Seguin scored in the shootout to lift Dallas over the Blackhawks 3-2 on Saturday. It was Dallas’ second win in three nights against the Blackhawks,with both games stretching beyond regulation.Radulov skated in front of Forsberg on his shootout try and went to his forehand for a short shot along the ice.Seguin used a similar move, except his puck ended up on the backhand at nearly the same spot.Stars goalie Ben Bishop stopped shots by Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane with his pads. Bishop made 33 saves.Radulov also scored the game’s first goal with an assist from Seguin.Radek Faksa scored his fifth goal in the last three games for Dallas, which has won four in a row.Cody Franson and Brandon Saad each had a goal for the Hawks, who are 0-1-2 in the last three games. Forsberg had 32 saves in place of injured goalie Corey Crawford.

”He was good,” Joel Quenneville said. ”Gave us a chance. You get a 2-2 game on the road with a chance to win it in OT, you don’t mind a few chances.”

The shootout was preceded by a back-and-forth overtime, during which Forsberg made four saves.Radulov’s goal came on the power play at 5:57 of the first period.The Blackhawks tied it 2 1/2 minutes later when Franson scored from the right point for his first goal in 16 games with the Hawks since signing as a free agent in October.Faksa restored a one-goal lead for the Stars at 12:15 of the second.The Blackhawks came back again to tie it at 2 when Saad redirected Connor Murphy’s drive from above the left circle at 19:19.The third period was scoreless. In overtime, the Hawks had an excellent chance when Nick Schmaltz had a breakaway, but Bishop skated out to smother the puck in the left circle.

NOTES—Crawford allowed four goals in an overtime loss to Dallas on Thursday, then went on injured reserve Friday with an undisclosed injury. The Hawks recalled G J.F. Berube from Rockford of the AHL. … Forsberg has a 1-2-3 record this season, and 2-10-3 in his career. . The Stars had been 1 for 23 on the power play during the last eight games before Radulov scored, and they failed on their last four man advantages after that. … Dallas is 10-2 at home, where they have won five in a row and outscored opponents by 19 goals in 12 games. … The Stars have won all four games while wearing yellow skate laces to honor Jere Lehtinen since his number 26 was retired on Nov. 24.

Redbirds outlast Tulsa 65-58

NORMAL—Milik Yarbrough had 22 points, six rebounds and four assists, Phil Fayne added 17 points and eight boards, and Illinois State beat Tulsa 65-58 on Saturday night.Lawson Korita gave Tulsa its first lead, 49-47, since it was 4-2.Yarbrough made two free throws with 1:43 left to extend Illinois State’s lead to 60-51. After Sterling Taplin hit a 3-pointer to cut it to six, Phil Fayne dunked and ISU held on.Keyshawn Evans scored 12 points with five assists for Illinois State (4-4), which had 11 steals and forced 21 turnovers.Yarbrough had 15 points in the first half as the Redbirds led by four points.Junior Etou had 10 points and eight rebounds for Tulsa (4-4), which was held to 36 percent shooting. Jaleel Wheeler grabbed a team-high nine rebounds as Tulsa outrebounded the Redbirds 49-29.

Ramblers rout Flames 85-61 at Gentile Arena

Aundre Jackson was close to perfect with 23 points as Loyola jumped out to an early lead and roared to an 85-61 win over UIC on Saturday.Jackson hit 10 of 11 field-goal attempts, including two from distance, as Loyola(8-1) bounced back after dropping an 87-53 decision to Boise State Tuesday night. The Ramblers never trailed against the Flames, and took a 52-24 advantage into the break.Lucas Williamson came off the bench to score 14 points, drilling 3 of 4 from distance and Clayton Custer added 10 as 11 Ramblers put points on the board.The Ramblers hit 55 percent (34-62) from the floor while limiting UIC to 23-of-49 (47 percent) shooting. Loyola also hit 8 of 14 from beyond the arc.Marcus Ottey led the Flames (2-5), who have lost four straight, with 16 points. Dikembe Dixson and Dominique Matthews added 14 apiece.

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ROSEMONT—Scottie Lindsey took a seat on the bench after going scoreless in Northwestern’s previous game.The Wildcats’ second-leading scorer still managed to play 39 minutes and come through in the clutch.Lindsey scored five of his game-high 22 points in overtime and Northwestern trailed for much of the evening before pulling out a 72-68 victory over Illinois on Friday in the Big Ten opener for both teams.The 6-foot-5 senior came in averaging 15.3 points but did not start after going 0 for 8 from the floor in Northwestern’s 52-51 loss to Georgia Tech on Tuesday night

”I knew the team needed me to bounce back from last game,” Lindsey said. ”I knew I played a really bad game. That was just motivation to come out and play. The guys that ended last game really showed great character and fight. That was rewarding them. I had to accept it and it worked out”

Vic Law added 16 points before fouling out in overtime and Bryant McIntosh had 14 points and six assists for Northwestern (5-3).Leron Black led Illinois (6-2) with 15 points, whle Te’Jon Lucas and Mark Alstork had 14 points apiece.

”We might have set a Guinness Book of World Records for the most travel calls tonight,” said Illinois coach Brad Underwood. ”And we’re traveling. We can’t have 11 of our turnovers from bigs.Those are self-inflicted. Those are mistakes you can’t make. Those are not Northwestern beating us … those are our mistakes that allowed them to have success.”

Illinois led twice in overtime before a pair of Lindsey free throws with 59 seconds left gave Northwestern the lead for good.Dererk Pardon blocked two shots in the final minute to preserve the victory.

”I was really proud of Scottie,” Northwestern coach Chris Collins said. ”Everyone knows he had a tough night the other night in Atlanta.”

The top four players from the first Northwestern team to reach the NCAA Tournament are back, but the Wildcats continued to look like a shell of last year’s team despite the victory. Northwestern committed turnovers on its final three possessions of regulation.The Illini went 19 for 37 on 2-point field goals and shot 81 percent from the foul line, but committed 19 turnovers and went just 3 for 18 from 3-point territory in producing their lowest scoring output of the season. Their previous low came in an 80-73 loss to Wake Forest on Tuesday night.It was the earliest Big Ten game in Illinois’ century-long history in the league.The Big Ten season was moved up because the league will hold its conference tournament a week early in order to stage it at Madison Square Garden in New York.

”I’m a fan of it right now because we’re 1-0,” Collins said. ”Overall, it is difficult. I just feel like you get into such a rhythm of using your nonconference to prepare for conference play. It is what it is.’

Orange-clad Illini fans outnumbered Wildcats fans in Northwestern’s temporary home 13 miles southwest of Welsh-Ryan Arena, which is undergoing major renovations and will not be used this season.Illinois will try to even its Big Ten record against Maryland on Sunday night. The Terrapins also dropped their Big Ten opener to Purdue.Northwestern will travel to play Purdue on Sunday afternoon in a battle of 1-0 Big Ten teams.

Hawks come out flat, lose to Stars in OT

Mattias Janmark has good days and bad days in his return from an unusual knee injury.This one was pretty nice.Janmark scored his second goal of the game 51 seconds into overtime and the Dallas Stars beat the Blackhawks 4-3 on Thursday night for their third consecutive victory.

”We played 55 good minutes today, which is a good sign, and we competed,” Dallas coach Ken Hitchcock said. ”Competed like heck. We deserved to win and you know for me we’re trying to build something, but you build it through the really tough times at the start of the year.”

Janmark made his NHL debut in 2015 and had 15 goals and 14 assists in 73 games during his rookie season. But the Swedish forward missed all of last year with a joint disorder in which the bone underneath the cartilage dies because of reduced blood flow, contributing to Dallas’ tumble down the standings.He looked just fine against the Hawks, stuffing home a wraparound in the first period and beating Corey Crawford with a little wrist shot over the goaltender’s right shoulder in overtime.Radek Faksa had a goal and an assist and Remi Elie also scored for Dallas, which has won five of six overall. Ben Bishop made 19 saves in the Stars’ first win against the Blackhawks since a 6-2 victory at the United Center on March 22, 2016.The Central Division rivals play again in Dallas on Saturday night.Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks, who dropped to 1-1-1 in a seven-day stretch with five games. Alex DeBrincat and Artem Anisimov also scored, and Nick Schmaltz had two assists.The Blackhawks trailed 3-2 before Kane redirected defenseman Gustav Forsling’s shot past Bishop at 4:34 of the third. Kane has at least one point in eight of his last nine games.

”Good first 10 minutes of the third,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. ”I thought we slowed down a bit again after we tied it up.”

Elie, who replaced an ailing Martin Hanzal in the lineup, had three good looks at a potential go-ahead score with about 5 1/2 minutes left, but Crawford turned him away each time. Crawford finished with 31 saves.The Blackhawks went 0 for 3 on the power play in the third and 1 for 7 with the man advantage overall.

”We lost momentum in the game with our power play tonight,” Quenneville said.

Dallas led 2-1 after a strange first period. The Stars jumped in front on Janmark’s fifth of the season at 14:46, but the Blackhawks responded nine seconds later on DeBrincat’s wrist shot by Bishop on the stick side.It was DeBrincat’s fourth goal in his last three games and 10th of November, making him the first rookie in franchise history with 10 goals in a calendar month.The Hawks had four power plays in the opening period and was still outscored by Dallas with the man advantage. Faksa buried his first career penalty shot after Kane was called for hooking on a short-handed breakaway, making it 2-1 at 17:20.Faksa has four goals in his last two games. He had a natural hat trick in Dallas’ 3-0 win at Vegas on Tuesday night.The Hawks fourth power-play opportunity carried over into the second, and it took advantage. With Elie in the box for slashing, Kane made a terrific pass to Anisimov in front for his ninth goal in November and team-leading 12th on the season.Elie made up for the costly penalty later in the second. He went in all alone on Crawford after a nice pass from Faksa and scored his third of the season with a nifty move, making it 3-2 at 14:04.


Bulls fail to get last second stop, fall to Nuggets 111-110

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DENVER—Will Barton provided the early spark, then delivered in the final moments to help the Denver Nuggets escape with a narrow victory.Barton capped a career-high 37 points with a driving layup with 3.2 seconds left and the Nuggets overcame the loss of Nikola Jokic to beat the Bulls 111-110 on Thursday night.Gary Harris added 21 points, and Kenneth Faried had 14 points and 13 rebounds for Denver, which lost another big man to injury when Jokic was hurt.He joins Paul Millsap (wrist surgery) and Wilson Chandler (back injury) on the sidelines.

”We were already without Paul and Wilson, Joke goes down, it was like, `Man, we just can’t lose this game,”’ Barton said. ”I just wanted to step it up. It was definitely one of my biggest games here.”

Jokic went down with 44 seconds left in the second quarter when he drove to the basket and stepped on Jerian Grant’s foot. Jokic hit two free throws before heading to the locker room with an obvious limp. He didn’t return in the second half.Lauri Markanen and Robin Lopez had 20 points each and Kris Dunn added 19. The Bulls have lost seven straight to finish 2-13 in November and drop to 3-17 overall.The Bulls, who led for most of the game, took advantage of Jokic’s absence and led 108-105 in the final minute. Barton was fouled on a 3-point attempt and hit all three free throws to tie it, then made 1 of 2 to give Denver a one-point lead with 20 seconds left.Dunn gave the Bulls the lead with a layup with 9.6 seconds left, and it came down to Barton with the ball.

”I dreamed of those moments when I was young, having the ball in my hands at crunch time and delivering,” Barton said. ”I’m just thankful I could do that tonight.”

He brought the ball up, put a move on Justin Holiday and drove to the basket and hit the reverse layup after the ball hung on the rim.The Bulls missed an opportunity to get a rare road win.

”I didn’t do my job and I let my teammates down,” Holiday said. ”I just didn’t do what I was supposed to do in that situation, that’s pretty much it. I am very disappointed. We have that game in the bag. It just hurts that I let my teammates down.”

The Bulls led 68-62 at halftime but Denver rallied to briefly take the lead in the third quarter. Grant hit a 3-pointer at the end of the third to put the Bulls ahead 92-91.

”We took a step in the right direction tonight and we went out there and competed for 48 minutes,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. ”I thought we really had a competitive edge to our team. It’s hard to get over big emotional wins and it’s tough to get over devastating losses.”

Nikola Mirotic has increased his practice load and is close to returning. ”He’s really in training camp mode,” Hoiberg said. ”He’s had a lot of individual work but nothing simulates that playing up and down, 5-on-5 type action. Mirotic has been out since a preseason altercation with teammate Bobby Portis left him with several broken bones in his face as well as a concussion. … Zach LaVine (left ACL tear) will have a full practice Friday after going through individual drills Thursday. Mattias Janmark has good days and bad days in his return from an unusual knee injury.This one was pretty nice.Janmark scored his second goal of the game 51 seconds into overtime and the Dallas Stars beat the Blackhawks 4-3 on Thursday night for their third consecutive victory.

Hawks problems with Preds continue.

NASHVILLE—Filip Forsberg has scored on many different goalies, but Tuesday night was the first time he collected a goal against one with the same name on the back of his jersey.Forsberg opened Nashville’s scoring against goaltender Anton Forsberg, Pekka Rinne made 37 saves, and the Predators beat the Blackhawks 3-2.”Yeah, it was,” Filip Forsberg said with a laugh when asked if that was his first goal against another Forsberg. The two Swedish players are not related.Auston Watson and Roman Josi also scored goals for the Predators, who have won 10 of 12.

”It’s a division game, and we’ve kind of created a little bit of a rivalry for sure over the years,” Rinne said. ”It means a lot not only in this locker room but in the standings too. It’s a huge win.”

Tommy Wingels and Lance Bouma had the goals for the Hawks, who had their two-game winning streak snapped.The Hawks made its first appearance in Nashville since the Predators swept them in last spring’s opening round of the playoffs.With Nashville clinging to a one-goal lead late in the third, Rinne made his best save of the night when he denied Nick Schmaltz’s backhand from just outside the crease on a shorthanded breakaway. He later denied WIngels with the left pad in the game’s final minute.Watson also blocked three shots off the stick of former Predator Cody Franson in the game’s final six seconds.

”That was awesome,” Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. ”He’s a guy that the puck always seems to find him. … There’s an art to that, and it was on full display at the end of the game.”

Filip Forsberg scored at 3:16 of the first when Anton Forsberg stopped his initial attempt from the high slot, and the rebound deflected off the right skate of Arvidsson, who was stationed just outside the Hawk crease. The puck drifted to the right, where Nashville’s top goal scorer tapped in his 12th of the season.

”I shot it and it hit him in the stomach, I think, and obviously he tried to spin and it hit his skate and went right to me,” Fillip Forsberg said. ”It was fortunate, but at the same time, we were both in the good area where pucks might find us.”

The Hawks tied it nearly two minutes later when Alex DeBrincat sent a pass to Wingels skating through the slot, where he redirected the puck over the glove of a diving Rinne.

”For the most part, we played a pretty good road game. That being said, the only thing that matters is the two points,” Wingels said. ”While we are happy with some aspects, the biggest thing is we didn’t come away with two points.”

Anton Forsberg made 28 saves.Watson made it 2-1 at 3:48 of the second when Matt Irwin’s shot from the left point was off the mark but deflected off Watson’s body and into the Hawk net. Officials upheld the goal after a challenge by the Blackhawks, who thought Watson had interfered with Anton Forsberg.

”It’s close. I looked at it,” Joel Quenneville said. ”It could have gone either way, but it was one of those decisions that it could have gone our way too.”

Josi scored a power-play goal at 2:32 of the third with a slap shot from above the left faceoff circle.Nashville entered Tuesday with the league’s best home power play conversion rate at 41.5%. The Predators were 1-4 in the game with the man advantage.Bouma cut the lead to 3-2 midway through the third from the lower part of the right faceoff circle.

NOTES—Nashville has scored at least one power-play goal in each of its 11 home games. … The Predators are 9-1-1 at home. … Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane failed to record a point in the game, ending his point-scoring streak at seven games. … The Bulls 2-5-0 against fellow Central Division teams. … Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker attended the game.

Bulls 3-16 after loss to Suns

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For all the big shots he hit, Devin Booker was most proud of the one he blocked.Booker scored 33 points, and the Phoenix Suns held off the Bulls for a 104-99 win on Tuesday night.Booker looked just fine after sitting out a game because of inflammation in his right big toe, nailing five 3-pointers and grabbing nine rebounds. But the play that most stood out to him came in the final minute.The Suns were leading by five with about 30 seconds left when Kris Dunn stole the ball from Tyler Ulis and went for a layup. Booker raced back to block him.

”That’s crunch time, so whatever I had to do to win,” he said.

T.J. Warren scored 25 for Phoenix. Alex Len had 13 points and tied a career high with 18 rebounds after not playing in two of the previous three games. The Suns dominated on the glass 57-41 while snapping a three-game losing streak.

”I’m proud of this team,” Booker said. ”We fought hard tonight. A lot of energy, talking on defense. Things that we needed to be working on, we did today.”

The rebuilding Bulls are a league-worst 3-16 after dropping their sixth straight.Justin Holiday made a career-high six 3-pointers on his way to 25 points. Dunn added a personal-best 24 points, hitting all four from long range, and eight assists.

Cats fall to Jackets at the buzzer

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ATLANTA—Tadric Jackson told Jose Alvarado coming out of a timeout to look for him if Ben Lammers wasn’t open.Alvarado did just that, and it all worked out for Georgia Tech.

”When I had the ball, I looked up and I saw 2 seconds,” Jackson said. ”I took a couple of dribbles and just focused on making the layup.”

Jackson hit a layup at the buzzer, Lammers scored 13 points and Georgia Tech rallied in the closing seconds to beat Northwestern 52-51 on Tuesday night.Jackson took a pass on the left side from Alvarado and drove through the lane past two defenders to score at the rim. His basket set off a wild celebration for Georgia Tech (4-1) and was a similar ending to last season’s win over Notre Dame when Jackson passed upcourt to Josh Okogie for a buzzer-beating layup.Jackson, in his second game back since serving a three-game suspension for receiving gifts in violation of NCAA rules, finished with 10 points on 4-for-13 shooting.

”I’m just trying to get going,” Jackson said. ”I feel like today I had a couple of mistakes, but I’m back in the groove.”

Bryant McIntosh scored 18 points, Vic Law added 12 and Dererk Pardon had 10 points and 12 rebounds for Northwestern (4-3). Scottie Lindsey began the game averaging a team-high 17.8 points, but he went scoreless, missing five 3-point attempts and three other shots.It didn’t help that Aaron Falzon went 1 for 8 from the field and missed seven 3s.

”When I look at the stat sheet and see my two best shooters 0 for 12 from 3 and I see us (outscored) 16-4 at the foul line, to lose a game by one at the buzzer, it shows a lot of grit in my guys,” Wildcats coach Chris Collins said. ”We hung in there and gave ourselves a chance.”