Monday’s Sports Minute

Monday’s Sports Minute

DUKE DROPS ONE: Duke's Jahlil Okafor (15) and Justise Winslow drive the ball up court as North Carolina State's Anthony Barber chases at right during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Raleigh, N.C., Sunday, Jan. 11. North Carolina State won 87-75. /Gerry Broome

A look at some of the big sports headlines making news today, Monday, Jan. 12.


Rex Ryan is staying in the AFC East.

A person familiar with discussions tells The Associated Press that Ryan has agreed to coach the Bills after six years as head coach of the New York Jets. The agreement comes a day after Ryan had a second interview with the team in South Florida, where Bills new owners Terry and Kim Pegula live.

Ryan led the Jets to the AFC title game his first two seasons with the team. But New York has gone just 26-38 in four seasons since then, including a 4-12 campaign that cost Ryan his job.

Ryan will replace Doug Marrone, who abruptly opted out of the rest of his contract on Dec. 31.


Seahawks rookie wide receiver and kick returner Paul Richardson will miss the rest of the playoffs after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee during Saturday’s playoff win over Carolina.

Richardson had been returning kicks since the middle of the season after Percy Harvin was traded. He had 13 receptions in the final three games of the regular season, including his first NFL touchdown.

Richardson will likely be replaced by Ricardo Lockette and fellow rookie Kevin Norwood in Seattle’s multiple receiver sets.


A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that former Nebraska offensive coordinator Tim Beck will be hired by Ohio State to replace Tom Herman, who is becoming the head coach at Houston.

Herman has been Buckeyes co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under Urban Meyer since 2012. Beck had been at Nebraska since 2008, but he was not retained by new coach Mike Riley after Bo Pelini was fired.


There are just two unbeaten teams left in Division One men’s basketball after North Carolina State pinned a loss on Duke in Raleigh.

Trevor Lacey dropped in 21 points and the Wolfpack shot 55 percent in an 87-75 triumph over the second-ranked Blue Devils. The Wolfpack scored on seven straight possessions to build a 19-point lead, Duke’s biggest deficit all season by far. They also hit 10 of their 16 3-pointers in dropping the Blue Devils to 14-1.

Jahlil Okaforfinished with 23 points and 12 rebounds, but the Blue Devils shot 37 percent in their first regular-season loss since last February, also against N.C. State.

The outcome leaves Kentucky and Virginia as the only perfect teams this season.

Duke wasn’t the only top-10 team to be knocked off on Sunday. Rutgers pulled off its biggest upset in school history as Myles Mack scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half to lead a 67-62 triumph over fourth-ranked Wisconsin. The Scarlet Knights shot almost 67 percent from the field in the second half after trailing by 12 at the break. Rutgers’ previous biggest upset was a win over No. 6 West Virginia in 1982.

Seventh-ranked Arizona was a 58-56 loser to Oregon State on Langston Morris-Walker’s layup with 26 seconds left. Morris-Walker had 12 points and eight rebounds in the Beavers’ first win over a top-10 team since 2000.

Also in top-25 action, Tekele Cotton hit four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points as 15th-ranked Wichita State downed Loyola of Chicago 67-53. Fred VanVleet added 14 points and 10 assists to help the 14-2 Shockers improve to 4-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference.


The Atlanta Hawks are 22-2 in their last 24 games after running their latest winning streak to a season-high eight in a row.

Kyle Korver scored 19 points and DeMarre Carroll added 16 as the Eastern Conference leaders hammered Washington 120-89. Korver was 5 for 7 from 3-point range, improving his NBA-leading percentage to 50.2.

Al Horford chipped in 15 points for the Hawks, who’ve also posted winning streaks of seven and five games during their hot stretch.

Atlanta hasn’t owned the conference lead this late in a season since 1994. The Hawks also top the Southeast Division by four games over the Wizards, who have dropped 12 of their last 13 games in Atlanta.

Also in the NBA:

  • Damian Lillard scored 17 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter of Portland’s 27th victory in 32 games, 106-94 over the Lakers in Los Angeles. LaMarcus Aldridge had 15 points and nine rebounds to help the Trail Blazers move a season-best 22 games over .500.

  • The Clippers had won six of eight until Chris Bosh scored 34 points in Miami’s 104-90 victory in Los Angeles. Hassan Whiteside had career highs of 23 points and 16 rebounds off the bench to help the Heat win for just the second time in seven games.

  • Marc Gasol scored the first seven points in the second overtime and Memphis ended a two-game skid by topping Phoenix 122-110. Zach Randolph had 27 points and 17 rebounds, while Mike Conley added 25 points and eight assists.

  • Sacramento clobbered Cleveland 103-84 as DeMarcus Cousins furnished 26 points and 13 rebounds. The Cavaliers have lost seven of eight with LeBron James out with a strained back and sore left knee.


    The Chicago Blackhawks are back within two points of the NHL’s Central Division-leading Nashville Predators following a solid performance against the Minnesota Wild.

    Marian Hossa, Brad Richards and Bryan Bickell each had a goal and an assist as the Hawks blanked the Wild 4-0. Johnny Oduya also scored to support Corey Crawford, who stopped 36 shots and blanked the Wild until late in the game.

    Also on ice:

  • Anaheim erased a 4-2 deficit in the third period before Ryan Kesler, Rickard Rakell and Sami Vatanen scored shootout goals to complete the Ducks’ 5-4 comeback win against Winnipeg. Rakell scored twice and had two assists in regulation, including the game-tying goal with 2:03 remaining.

  • Roberto Luongo stopped 31 shots and Tomas Kopecky scored the game-winner in the third period of Florida’s 4-2 win against Edmonton. The Panthers are 20-11-9 following their third straight win.

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