Minnesota 20, Lions 7
Danielle Hunter had three of Minnesota’s five sacks as the Vikings sailed past Detroit 20-7, handing the Lions their sixth straight loss. Kirk Cousins passed for 242 yards and a touchdown, and Dalvin Cook had 75 yards from scrimmage and a rushing score on 20 touches over three quarters. But Minnesota’s defense delivered the biggest impact to help keep the Vikings on track for the playoffs with a 9-4 record. Rookie quarterback David Blough threw two interceptions, and the Lions fell to 3-9-1.
Green Bay 20, Washington 15
Tampa Bay 38, Indianapolis 35
Atlanta 40, Carolina 20
San Francisco 48, New Orleans 46
Cleveland 27, Cincinnati 19
Denver 38, Houston 24
N-Y Jets 22, Miami 21
Baltimore 24, Buffalo 17
L.A. Chargers 45, Jacksonville 10
Tennessee 42, Oakland 21
Kansas City 23, New England 16
Pittsburgh 23, Arizona 17
L.A. Rams 28, Seattle 12
N-Y Giants at Philadelphia, 8:15 (live on 106.1 & 1400 WSJM Sports)
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL…
#11 Michigan St. 77, Rutgers 65
Cassius Winston had 23 points and seven assists, helping No. 11 Michigan State pull away to beat Rutgers 77-65. The Spartans led by just two points midway through the second half before outscoring the Scarlet Knights 16-7 to take control in the Big Ten opener for both teams. Michigan State’s Gabe Brown scored a season-high 14 points. He started in place of Rocket Watts, who is expected to be out for about a week with a leg injury. Xavier Tillman had 14 points and 10 rebounds while Aaron Henry added 12 points for the Spartans.
Valparaiso 77, Central Michigan 55
Javon Freeman-Liberty had 19 points, six rebounds and six assists as Valparaiso topped Central Michigan 77-55. Eron Gordon had 14 points for Valparaiso, which earned its fourth consecutive home victory. Nick Robinson added 13 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Kevin McKay led Central Michigan with 16 points. CMU scored 22 points in the first half, a season low for the team.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL…
#4 UConn 81, Notre Dame 57
Megan Walker scored 26 points and pulled down 13 rebounds Sunday to lead No. 4 UConn to an 81-57 rout of rival Notre Dame. Walker hit 10 of her 18 shots and also dished out four assists for the Huskies (8-0) .Olivia Nelson-Ododa added 16 points and 10 rebounds. Christyn Williams had 12 points and Crystal Dangerfield, who returned to the Huskies starting lineup after missing two games with back spasms, chipped in with 10. Anaya Peoples had 17 points and 11 boards to lead Notre Dame (5-6), which has a losing record for the first time in 16 years.
#24 Michigan 79, Oakland 64
Naz Hillmon scored 21 points and No. 24 Michigan defeated Oakland 79-64. Hillmon was 9-of-12 shooting with nine rebounds for the Wolverines (8-1), who won their fourth straight game. Amy Dilk, Kayla Robbins and Priscilla Smeenge had 10 points each. Oakland got within nine to start the fourth quarter but Smeenge had five points in a 10-0 run that left Michigan up by 19 with seven minutes left.
Western Michigan 80, Illinois-Chicago 52
Miami 110, Chicago 105 OT
Tyler Herro scored 27 points and hit three 3-pointers in overtime as the Miami Heat held off the Bulls 110-105. Herro made a 3 with 38.2 seconds left that put Miami ahead to stay. The Heat improved to 10-0 at home this season and 3-0 in overtime. Lauri Markkanen had 13 of his team-high 22 points in the third quarter for the Bulls.
Brooklyn 105, Denver 102
Atlanta 122, Charlotte 107
Philadelphia 110, Toronto 104
L.A. Clippers 135, Washington 119
Sacramento 110, Dallas 106
Oklahoma City 108, Portland 96
L.A. Lakers 142, Minnesota 125
Toronto at Bulls, 8:00
Pistons at New Orleans, 8:00
L.A. Clippers at Pacers, 7:00
Arizona 4, Blackhawks 3 SO
Conor Garland and Nick Schmaltz scored in the shootout against Robin Lehner, and the Arizona Coyotes rallied from two goals down to beat the Blackhawks 4-3. Patrick Kane connected against Darcy Kuemper in the tiebreaker as the Coyotes improved to 5-2 in shootouts this season and finished a 3-1 road trip. Garland got his team-leading 12th goal in regulation, and Carl Soderberg and Christian Fischer also scored. Kuemper finished with 26 saves through overtime.
Winnipeg 3, Anaheim 2
Florida 5, San Jose 1
N-Y Rangers 5, Vegas 0
Buffalo 3, Edmonton 2 OT
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS & BOWLS…
#1 LSU vs. #4 Oklahoma – Peach Bowl (Dec. 28)
#2 Ohio State vs. #3 Clemson – Fiesta Bowl (Dec. 28)
National Championship – Jan. 13 in New Orleans
Michigan vs. Alabama – Citrus Bowl (Jan. 1)
Michigan State vs. Wake Forest – Pinstripe Bowl (Dec. 27)
Notre Dame vs. Iowa St. – Camping World Bowl (Dec. 28)
Western Michigan vs. Western Kentucky – First Responder Bowl (Dec. 30)
Central Michigan vs. San Diego St. – New Mexico Bowl (Dec. 21)
Eastern Michigan vs. Pittsburgh – Quick Lane Bowl (Dec. 26)
The University of Iowa says its former athletic director Bump Elliott has died. He was 94. Elliott was a star halfback at Michigan who won the Big Ten’s MVP award in 1947. Elliott became Michigan’s coach in 1959 and led the Wolverines for 10 seasons, a tenure that included a Rose Bowl win in 1964. Elliott, who was the Hawkeyes’ athletic director from 1970-1991, was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1989.
GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL TONIGHT…
Centreville at Eau Claire, 6:00
White Pigeon at River Valley, 7:30
Bangor at Marcellus, 7:30
Battle Creek Central at Harper Creek, 7:00
Vicksburg at Wayland, 7:00
BOYS’ HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL TONIGHT…
River Valley at Decatur, 7:30
Bronson at St. Philip, 7:00