T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL
Tigers win as Wiseman plays
UNDATED (AP) — The 14th-ranked Memphis Tigers had an unexpected surprise for their fans as they took on Illinois-Chicago at home on Friday.
Blue chip freshman center James Wiseman was on the court after getting a temporary restraining order to play while he fights an NCAA ruling that he's ineligible to play for coach Penny Hardaway and the Tigers.
Memphis says Wiseman initially was declared eligible by the NCAA in May, but an investigation led to information that Hardaway gave Wiseman’s family $11,500. The money was for moving expenses to help Wiseman's family relocate from Nashville to Memphis in the summer of 2017, while Hardaway was coach of East High School.
Wiseman was the No. 1 recruit nationally and is projected as the top pick overall in the 2020 NBA draft.
The seven-foot Wiseman had 17 points and nine rebounds in the Tigers’ 92-46 thrashing of the Flames. Fellow freshman Boogie Ellis led Memphis with 22 points and was 6 of 9 from 3-point range to help the 2-0 Tigers shoot 59% for the game.
In other top-25 action:
— No. 2 Kentucky had no trouble with a state rival as Nick Richards had 21 points and 10 rebounds in a 91-49 romp over Eastern Kentucky. Immanuel Quickley added 16 points for the Wildcats, who opened the game on a 14-0 run after knocking off Michigan State in their season opener on Tuesday.
— Tre Jones contributed 15 points and eight assists in fourth-ranked Duke’s 89-55 pounding of Colorado State. Cassius Stanley was among three Blue Devils freshman to score in double-figures, finishing with 19 points.
— Ninth-ranked North Carolina beat UNC Wilmington, 78-62 behind 20 points and 10 boards from freshman star Cole Anthony. Graduate transfer Justin Pierce had 18 points and 12 rebounds to offset a bad shooting night for Anthony, who was 7-for-24 after scoring 34 points in his college debut.
— Tyrique Jones and Naji Marshall each scored 20 points as No. 19 Xavier toppled Siena, 81-63. The Musketeers took control with a 14-1 spurt in the first half and led by as many as 27.
— No. 22 LSU escaped with an 88-79 win against Bowling Green as Ja'vonte Smart and Emmitt Williams scored 21 points apiece.
— Isaac Okoro dropped in 17 points and Danjel Purifoy had 14 as No. 24 Auburn eased past Davidson, 76-66 in the opener of the Veterans Classic at Annapolis.
— Marcus Evans had a team-high 13 points and Mike'L Simms hit a pair of 3-pointers in the final 2:07 as No. 25 VCU pulled out a 59-56 triumph over North Texas.
Kings hold off Young, Hawks
UNDATED (AP) — The Sacramento Kings rode a wave of 3-point accuracy to victory in Atlanta.
Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 20 points and hit two of his 3-pointers in a key fourth-quarter flurry as the Kings dumped the Hawks, 121-109. Buddy Hield (heeld) had a team-high 22 points and De'Aaron Fox had 17 for the Kings, who were a deadly 18-for-31 from beyond the arc.
Trae Young helped the Hawks trim a 21-point, first-half deficit to 94-93 before Sacramento answered with a string of five 3-pointers, including two by Bogdanovic. Young scored 16 of his 30 points in the third quarter.
Checking out Friday’s other NBA action:
— T.J. McConnell, Domantas Sabonis (dah-MAHN’-tahs sah-BOH’-nihs) and T.J. Warren scored 17 points apiece in the Pacers’ fifth win in six games, 112-106 against the Pistons. Indiana stayed hot since an 0-3 start by turning a 15-point, first-quarter deficit into a 17-point lead by the third period.
— Cleveland’s three-game skid is over after seven Cavaliers scored at least 10 points in a 113-100 downing of the Wizards. Tristan Thompson had 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavs, while Kevin Love chipped in 16 points and 12 boards.
— Nikola Vucevic had 23 points and 16 rebounds as the Magic clobbered the Grizzlies, 118-86 to end a four-game skid. Jonathan Isaac added 22 points and eight rebounds for Orlando, which outscored Memphis 34-8 in the fourth quarter.
Chiefs' Mahomes to start against Titans, barring setbacks
UNDATED (AP) — The NFL’s reigning MVP will be back on the field this weekend.
Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ') will start for the Kansas City Chiefs against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, just over two weeks after the quarterback's season was jeopardized by a dislocated kneecap.
Mahomes never missed a practice after hurting his knee Oct. 17 against Denver. It turned out there was no structural damage, and it became a waiting game to see when Mahomes would take the field.
The Chiefs went 1-1 with Matt Moore under center.
In other NFL news:
— Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan appears set to play against the Saints on Sunday after being taken off Atlanta’s injury report. Ryan had only limited participation in Friday's practice, but that was enough for coach Dan Quinn to say the veteran quarterback was ready for return.
— The Vikings have ruled wide receiver Adam Thielen (THEE’-lihn) out for their game at Dallas. The two-time Pro Bowl pick was hurt during a touchdown reception on Oct. 20 at Detroit and held out the next week against Washington, the first absence of his six-year NFL career.
— Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch is set to return Sunday against Minnesota after the second-year player missed the first game of his career with a neck injury. Vander Esch sustained the injury against Philadelphia before the open week and missed the first game back against the Giants on Monday.
— Dolphins safety Reshad Jones will miss his fourth game in a row Sunday at Indianapolis because of a chest injury. Jones, the Dolphins' highest-paid player, has played in only three games this year. Also ruled out for the Colts game was cornerback Ken Webster because of an ankle injury.
— Running back Le'Veon (LAY'-vee-ohn) Bell and tight end Chris Herndon are among several Jets questionable to play Sunday against the Giants. Bell is dealing with knee and ankle ailments, and Herndon has missed the last four games due to a hamstring injury.
— The Ravens have signed inside linebacker L.J. Fort to a two-year extension through 2021. Fort was signed to Baltimore's 53-man roster in late September after being released by the Eagles. He has 14 tackles and a sack in his four games for Baltimore.
T25 FOOTBALL-OHIO STATE-YOUNG
Ohio State sits Young due to NCAA matter
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State has announced that star defensive end Chase Young won’t play for the third-ranked Buckeyes Saturday against Maryland
The decision comes amid concerns he violated NCAA rules by taking a loan last year from someone he describes as a "family friend." The school did not elaborate or give a timetable of how long he might be out, only to say Young is sidelined because of a "possible NCAA issue from last year" the athletic department is "looking into."
The junior leads the nation with 13 ½ sacks and has become a contender in the Heisman Trophy race.
Lightning top Sabres 3-2 in Sweden
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning have won the first of their back-to-back games against the Buffalo Sabres in Stockholm.
Nikita Kucherov (KOO’-cheh-rahv) scored early in the first period and Andrei Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHV’-skee) turned back 20 shots as the Bolts held off the Sabres, 3-2. Alex Killorn (kih-LOHRN’) and Yanni Gourde (YAH’-nee gohrd) also scored in front of a sellout crowd in the Swedish capital.
The Sabres dropped their fourth in a row despite Sam Reinhart’s two goals.
Meanwhile, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the league plans to return to Europe for games in the next two years, beginning with a 2020-21 season opener between the Bruins and Predators in Prague. The Avalanche and Blue Jackets will play two games in Helsinki later next season.
Pitino to coach Greek national basketball team
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Rick Pitino has agreed to coach the Greek national basketball team and lead its effort to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The 67-year-old American coached Greek club Panathinaikos last season and guided the team to victory in the country's cup competition before returning to the United States. He remains popular among Greek fans despite his outspoken criticism of smoking and rowdy behavior by spectators at games.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS-SCHWAB CUP
Maggert in control
PHOENIX (AP) — Jeff Maggert shot a 6-under 65 to increase his lead to four strokes through two rounds of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
Maggert birdied three of the first four holes in a front-nine 31. He added a birdie on 17 to complete his bogey-free round in perfect conditions at Phoenix Country Club.
Maggert is 14 under through 36 holes.
Bernhard Langer is second in a bid for his record sixth PGA Tour Champions season points title.
Green tied for lead with Suzuki at LGPA's Japan Classic
SHIGA, Japan (AP) — Australian Hannah Green and local favorite Ai Suzuki each shot 5-under 67 to take a share of the first-round lead at the LPGA Japan Classic.
Green carded five birdies at the par-72 Seta Golf Course to finish one stroke ahead of six golfers including Lydia Ko and Jennifer Kupcho.