A “kick-six” lifts the Ravens to a dramatic win on “Monday Night Football”. Will Hill returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown as time expired to give the Ravens a 33-27 victory over the Browns. Travis Coons hadn’t missed a field goal all season before Baltimore blocked the 51-yard attempt.
The Patriots are avoiding a major blow on the injury front. ESPN reports an MRI shows tight end Rob Gronkowski has a bruised knee and he is considered week-to-week. The test showed no tears after “Gronk” was carted off the field in the Pats’ 30-24 overtime loss to the Broncos.
The St Louis Cardinals are adding depth at the catcher position. St. Louis signed Brayan Pena to be the backup to Yadier Molina. Pena got a two-year deal. Pena spent last season with Cincinnati and has a career .260 average with 23 total homers.
The Warriors survived a big scare to keep their perfect record intact. Steph Curry hit a go-ahead three-pointer in the final minute and the Warriors held on for a 106-103 win over the Jazz. Golden State is off to an NBA-record 19-and-0 start.
Pau Gasol poured in 18 points and pulled down 13 rebounds as the Bulls slipped past the Spurs, 92-89. Jimmy Butler netted 14 as Chicago ran its record to 10-and-5. Derrick Rose donated 11 points and six assists. The Bulls host the Nuggets tomorrow night.
Illinois center Mike Thorne Jr. is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Thorne Jr. suffered the injury in Saturday’s loss to Iowa State. He is averaging 13.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game this year.
Missouri has elected to pass on the opportunity to play in a bowl game. Athletic director Mack Rhoades says the school’s focus is on finding a replacement for head coach Gary Pinkel, who is stepping down. The Tigers went 5-and-7 this season.
USC is removing the “interim” tag from head football coach Clay Helton. The school is signing Helton to a multi-year contract after he helped lead the Trojans to the Pac-12 title game after Steve Sarkisian’s [[ sar-KEY-juhn ]] firing in October.
The penultimate College Football Playoff rankings will be released tonight. There likely won’t be a change in the top four teams after Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma and Iowa all won over the weekend. The final rankings to determine the playoffs will be released Sunday.
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