Kings Clip Bulls
(Chicago, IL) — Zach Randolph led the way with 25 points and 13 rebounds as the Kings held off the Bulls 107-106 in Chicago. Bogdan Bogdanovic pitched in with 19 points off the bench in the winning effort. Sacramento has alternated wins and losses over its last six games. The Kings improved to 7-and-15. Jerian Grant paced the Bulls with 17 points. Chicago is on an eight-game slide and is an NBA worst 3-and-18 overall.
Kings Cruise Past Blues
(St. Louis, MO) — Darcy Kuemper stopped 39 of the 40 shots sent his way as the Kings topped the Blues 4-1 in Saint Louis. Tyler Toffoli led the offensive charge with a pair of goals for L.A. Anze Kopitar and Adrian Kempe also lit the lamp in the winning effort. The Kings have won four straight and improved to 16-8-and-3. Patrik Berglund scored the lone Blues’ goal. St. Louis goalie Carter Hutton was pulled after giving up three goals on 21 shots through two periods. The Blues have dropped three-of-four.
USC Outlasts Stanford To Win Pac-12 Title
(Santa Clara, CA) — USC held off a late rally attempt from pesky Stanford to win the Pac-12 Championship Game, 31-28, at Levi’s Stadium. Ronald Jones the Second rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns, and Sam Darnold added 325 passing yards and two scores through the air. Michael Pittman Junior caught seven passes for 146 yards and a touchdown for the 11-and-2 Trojans, who will take home their first Pac-12 title since 2008 when the conference was still the Pac-10. Heisman candidate Bryce Love rushed for 125 yards and a score for Stanford, but a nagging ankle injury forced him to leave the game more than once. K.J. Costello tossed two scores in defeat as the Cardinal dipped to 9-and-4. Stanford missed out on its fourth Pac-12 title in six seasons.
Tiger Woods Among Leaders At Hero World Challenge
(New Providence, Bahamas) — Tiger Woods fired a four-under 68 to stay within striking distance at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. Tiger carded a 69 in Thursday’s first round and sits at seven-under for the tournament, five strokes behind leader Charley Hoffman. Jordan Spieth and Tommy Fleetwood are three strokes off the lead at nine-under and Justin Rose is four back at minus-eight. Hideki Matsuyama, Francesco Molinari, Matt Kuchar and Rickie Fowler are in a tie for fifth with Woods. Saturday’s third round tees off at 11:47 a.m. Eastern.