>>Jackson Headlines Heisman Finalists
(New York, NY) — Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson headlines the finalists for this year’s Heisman Trophy. Jackson will be joined by Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and wide receiver Dede Westbrook, Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson in New York Saturday night.
>>Colts Clobber Jets On “MNF”
(East Rutherford, NJ) — There’s a three-way tie atop the AFC South after the Colts clobbered the Jets 41-10 on “Monday Night Football”. The Colts, Texans and Titans are all 6-and-6. The hapless Jets dropped to 3-and-9.
>>Blazers Outlast Bulls
(Chicago, IL) — Damian Lillard led the way with 30 points as the Trail Blazers outlasted the Bulls 112-110 in Chicago. Dwyane Wade netted 34 points for Chicago, which is 3-and-5 in its last eight games. Jimmy Butler had 26 points in defeat. The 11-and-9 Bulls are right back in action tonight at the Pistons.
>>Warriors’ Thompson Scores 60 In Rout Of Pacers
(Oakland, CA) — Klay Thompson scored a career-high 60 points in the Warriors’ 142-106 rout of the Pacers. Thompson accomplished the feat in only 29 minutes. He scored 40 points in the first half and sat out the entire fourth quarter.
>>Westbrook Leads Thunder Past Hawks
(Atlanta, GA) — Russell Westbrook’s sixth straight triple-double led the Thunder to a 102-99 win over the Hawks in Atlanta. Westbrook had 32 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists. The run is the longest in the NBA since Michael Jordan logged seven in a row in 1989.
>>Chapman Seeking Six-Year Deal In Free Agency
(Undated) — Free-agent closer Aroldis Chapman is looking for a big commitment from his next team. The flamethrowing left-hander tells ESPN he would like to sign a six-year contract on the open market. Chapman says the Cubs have not expressed any interest in re-signing him.
>>Illinois Entertains IUPUI Tonight
(Champaign, IL) — Illinois welcomes IUPUI to the State Farm Center tonight for a 7 o’clock tip. The Illini beat VCU on Saturday and have won back-to-back games on the heels of a three-game losing streak to improve to 6-and-3 on the season. Meanwhile, all the other locals had last night off.