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Unsuspended coach Pearl, No. 18 Auburn defeats Nebraska

NO DATE (AP) – No. 18 Auburn made 16 steals and beat Nebraska 99-68 while playing without coach Bruce Pearl suspended.

Center Walker Kessler and guard Zep Jasper each scored five steals 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 put 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 another top 25 men’s action on Saturday:

– EJ Liddell scored 28 points and No. 21 Ohio State shot 50% to defeat No. 22 Wisconsin 73-55. The Buckeyes outscored the Badgers by 13 points in the second half, rushing through 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 3-pointers in the second half. Kyle Young had 14 rebounds, the most of his career. Johnny Davis led Wisconsin with 24 points. Both teams are 8-2.

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


NHL admits wrong decision rejecting Sabers goal

BUFFALO, NY (AP) – The NHL says it made the wrong decision by rejecting 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 says Victor Olofsson’s goal scored with 57 seconds remaining should have stood because video replays couldn’t “definitively determine” whether the Sabers were offside entering the zone.

The goal was disallowed after a replay showed Buffalo defender Rasmus Dahlin had crossed the blue line before the puck entered the zone. What review officials did not take into account was whether Olofsson touched the puck before Dahlin marked it by putting his skate on the blue line.


Father: Padres star Fernando Tatís Jr. is fine after a fall

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

Tatís elder said Saturday that her son was treated in the Dominican Republic and that “it’s not a big deal.” The incident occurred last Sunday in the province of San Pedro de Macorís, in the eastern part of the Dominican Republic.

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


Heisman Trophy to be awarded

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

The four finalists for the most prestigious award in college football include a rare defensive player, Michigan pass 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 pass rushers in the country with 14 sacks. The senior led No. 2 Michigan to their first playoff appearance as Big Ten champions and helped end an eight-game losing streak to rival Ohio State. He would be the first defensive player to win the Heisman since Charles Woodson of Michigan in 1997. Woodson was also the last winner of the Heisman of Michigan.

Young has thrown for 4,322 yards, 43 touchdowns and just four interceptions while guiding Crimson Tide into the college football playoff. It could become the fourth Alabama Heisman winner and the second in a row. Tide catcher DeVonta Smith won it last year, snapping a streak of four consecutive quarterbacks to win the Heisman.

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

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


Michael Strahan flies into space with the astronaut’s daughter

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

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

His capsule rose to an altitude of approximately 66 miles, providing a few minutes of weightlessness before parachuting into the desert. The thruster also successfully landed again.

It is the third time that Blue Origin has carried passengers in the automated capsule. The ball on board will go to the Professional Football Hall of Fame.


Gut-Behrami skirts Goggia; Shiffrin third

S T. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) – It was Lara Gut-Behrami’s turn to beat Sofia Goggia for victory in a super-G World Cup race in Switzerland on Saturday, reversing the result of their duel in Canada. the last weekend.

Gut-Behrami raced through the typically tricky terrain of St. Moritz 0.18 seconds faster than Goggia through the lightly falling snow.

Mikaela Shiffrin was exactly one second behind Goggia in third and maintained her lead in the overall World Cup standings. It was only Shiffrin’s second World Cup super-G in nearly two years after taking a break from speed disciplines on the circuit all season. The American was sixth last Sunday in Lake Louise, Alberta.


Virus cases in Japan force cancellation of WCup ski jump

OBERHOFEN, Switzerland (AP) – All ski jumping World Cup events in Japan have been canceled for this season amid a growing number of cases of the omicron (AHM’-ih-krahn) variant 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 February 4, was due “to current COVID-19 regulations. “. He said he’s looking for replacement locations.

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


Verstappen beats Hamilton for pole position before end of F1 season

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – Max Verstappen overcame a qualifying error to clinch pole position at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that has decided the Formula One title. He will try to dethrone seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton, who will start second.

Verstappen and Hamilton head to Sunday’s final tied for the championship standings, the first time the title contenders have entered the decisive race since 1974. Hamilton is seeking a record eighth title to overtake Michael Schumacher, while Verstappen will attempt become the first Dutch champion.


Manuel Santana, pioneer of Spanish tennis, dies at 83

MADRID (AP) – Spanish tennis pioneer Manuel “Manolo” Santana has died at the age of 83. The Madrid Open announced on Saturday the death of its honorary president. 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 the French Open in 1961 and 1964, at the US Open in 1965, and at Wimbledon in 1966, the same year he reached number one.

Rafael Nadal thanked Santana on social media for “opening the way for others.” The king of Spain and his prime minister echoed Nadal’s sentiments and called Santana a “legend.”


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