Deandre Ayton scored a season-high 29 points and grabbed 21 rebounds, Devin Booker added 27 points and the Phoenix Suns held on for a hard-fought 113-112 win over the Utah Jazz on Saturday night. The Jazz led 81-78 after three quarters, but the Suns pushed ahead 99-93 by midway through the fourth. The game remained tight through the final minutes, but Phoenix never lost the lead. On top of Ayton’s scoring and rebounding, he also had a crucial steal in the final minutes that helped thwart a final Jazz rally. Utah was led by Jordan Clarkson’s 22 points. Collin Sexton added 20 points while Lauri Markkanen had 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Alec Holler made a leaping, one-handed catch for a touchdown on a 14-yard pass from Mikey Keene with 20 seconds remaining to lead No. 25 UCF to a 46-39 win over South Florida on Saturday night and earn a spot in the American Athletic Conference championship game. Keene completed a 41-yard pass to Javon Baker for a first down at the South Florida 29. Keene added a 10-yard run on a keeper to get the ball to the Bulls’ 15 and set up the game-winning play for 9-3 UCF. The Knights finished 6-2 in the conference. South Florida briefly had the lead after rallying from 28-0 deficit. The Bulls ended the season with just one win.
No. 5 Southern California capped its outstanding regular season under new coach Lincoln Riley by staying firmly in the College Football Playoff race with a 38-27 victory over No. 13 Notre Dame. Caleb Willams polished his Heisman Trophy credentials with 232 yards passing and four total touchdowns while the Trojans completed their first 11-win regular season since 2008 by ending their four-game losing streak to their rival. Notre Dame's Drew Pyne passed for 318 yards and completed his first 15 throws into the fourth quarter. Michael Mayer, Deion Colzie and Logan Diggs all scored TDs for the Fighting Irish.
TAMPA, Fla. — It’s unclear what the future holds for the “War on I-4″ rivalry series but one thing is certain: There will be no love lost the next time UCF and USF meet on the football field.
Jaylen Wright ran for 160 yards and two touchdowns on five carries, with Jabari Small running for two more scores as ninth-ranked Tennessee never trailed in routing in-state rival Vanderbilt 56-0 on a rainy Saturday night. The Volunteers rebounded from losing two of their last three games to clinch their first 10-win regular season since 2003, and first overall since 2007. The losses had dropped the Vols from first in the inaugural College Football Playoff ranking to 10th. Tennessee won its fourth straight in this series. Vanderbilt had its two-game SEC winning streak snapped. Second-year coach Clark Lea more than doubled his win total, just missing bowl eligibility.
Devon Achane had a career-best 215 yards rushing with two touchdowns, and Texas A&M stunned No. 6 LSU 38-23, all but certainly knocking the Tigers out of contention for the College Football Playoff. Conner Weigman threw two TD passes for the Aggies and Demani Richardson returned a fumble for a score. The game was tied at 17-all in the third quarter before A&M scored 21 straight points. LSU had already secured a spot in next week’s SEC title game against unbeaten No. 1 Georgia, and a win there could have put the Tigers in the playoff. But now they have three losses and even beating Georgia likely won't be enough.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LeBron James scored a season-high 39 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers escaped with a 143-138 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night.
DOHA, Qatar — Lionel Messi has spent his career trying to dribble out from under Diego Maradona’s sizable shadow.
ELMONT, N.Y. — Going into the third period tied, 2-2, with the New York Islanders on Saturday night at UBS Arena, the Flyers were in win-a-period, win-a-game, stave-off-a-10-game-losing-streak mode.
LeBron James had a season-high 39 points along with 11 rebounds and the Los Angeles Lakers escaped with a 143-138 victory over the San Antonio Spurs. San Antonio has lost eight straight, tied for the fourth-longest skid in franchise history. While James was playing in his second game following a five-game absence, Los Angeles center Anthony Davis sat out with a bruised left calf he sustained in Friday’s victory over San Antonio. Keldon Johnson had 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead San Antonio. Tre Jones added 23 points and 13 assists and Devin Vassell had 19 points.
Jalen Green had 28 points and a career-high nine assists, Alperen Sengun added 21 points, a career-best 18 rebounds and seven assists, and the Houston Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 118-105. Rookie Jabari Smith Jr. had his third double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Rockets, who have won back-to-back games for the first time since beating Portland last March 25-26. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 32 points for the Thunder. Gilgeous-Alexander scored 13 of the Thunder’s first 22 points of the game and has scored 30 or more in four straight games.