Ravens Hold Off Colts
(Baltimore, MD) — Joe Flacco tossed two touchdowns as the Ravens held off the Colts, 23-16, in Baltimore on Saturday. The Ravens dodged a bullet late after the Colts blocked a punt with less than three minutes left. Baltimore was able to keep Indy out of the end zone to secure the win. Michael Campanaro and Maxx Williams caught touchdowns as the Ravens moved to 9-and-6. Jacoby Brissett threw for 215 yards and linked up with Frank Gore on a touchdown pass for the Colts. Indy’s losing streak is up to six games.
Vikings Shut Out Packers
(Green Bay, WI) — The Vikings defense scored a shutout as they blanked the Packers, 16-0, in Saturday NFL action at Lambeau Field. Harrison Smith tallied two interceptions for Minnesota, which shutout Green Bay for just the second time in the rivalry. Case Keenum hit Stefon Diggs for a touchdown pass in the first quarter, and Kai Forbath nailed all three of his field goal attempts. If Carolina loses to Tampa Bay on Sunday, the Vikings will clinch a first-round bye. Brett Hundley went 17-of-40 for 130 yards and two picks for Green Bay, which fell to 7-and-8. He failed to throw a touchdown in any of his five home starts this season.
Celtics Pull Away From Bulls
(Boston, MA) — The Celtics outscored the Bulls by 20 points in the third quarter to pull away with a 117-92 win in Boston. Kyrie Irving and Jaylen Brown combined to shoot 9-of-13 from beyond the arc. Irving scored 25 and Brown added 20. Daniel Theis put up 10 points and 15 boards off the bench as the Celtics snapped a two-game slide. Bobby Portis led Chicago with 17 points off the bench. The Bulls are just 3-and-14 away from home.
Devils Cruise Past Blackhawks
(Newark, NJ) — The Devils opened up a 3-0 lead in the first period and never looked back as they downed the Blackhawks 4-1 in Newark. Brian Boyle, Kyle Palmieri, and Pavel Zacha tallied the first period goals. Taylor Hall added an insurance goal in the third as New Jersey won its fourth straight. Cory Schneider stopped 39-of-40 shots in the winning effort. Patrick Kane scored the lone Chicago goal in the second period. Corey Crawford was pulled from the game after giving up three goals on just seven shots. The Blackhawks are on a two-game slide.
Blues Edge Canucks
(Vancouver, British Columbia) — Kyle Brodziak had the game-winning goal as the Blues clipped the Canucks 3-1 in Vancouver. Brodziak put St. Louis ahead for good with 90-seconds left in the second period. He also assisted on Patrik Berglund’s first period goal and Alexander Steen added a late empty-netter for insurance. Jake Allen made 30 saves for the Blues as they snapped a three-game slide. Brock Boeser tallied the lone Canucks goal as they lost for the eighth time in nine games. Jacob Markstrom had 31 saves in defeat.
UCLA Upsets Kentucky
(New Orleans, LA) — Aaron Holiday dropped 20 points to help lead UCLA to a 83-75 upset win over 6th-ranked Kentucky in the CBS Sports Classic at in New Orleans. The Bruins took the lead at the 19:49 mark of the second half and never trailed the rest of the way. Kris Wilkes chipped in with 20 points for UCLA, which improved to 9-and-3. Hamidou Diallo was the high-scorer for Kentucky with 18 points. The Wildcats had its seven-game winning streak snapped as they fell to 9-and-2.
New Mexico State Stuns Miami
(Honolulu, HI) — Zach Lofton scored 15 points to help New Mexico State seal a 63-54 upset win over seventh-ranked Miami at the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu. The Aggies grabbed a 23-21 lead with 3:45 remaining in the first half and never trailed again. New Mexico State is riding a five-game win streak and improved to 11-and-2. Dejan Vasiljevic was the high-man for Miami with 15 points. The Hurricanes suffered their first loss of the season to fall to 10-and-1. New Mexico State will play USC in the championship round of the Diamond Head Classic on Christmas Day.