Bulldogs hold off Gators
UNDATED (AP) _ Eighth-ranked Georgia has kept its national championship hopes alive by getting a victory in the World’s Largest Cocktail Party.
Jake Fromm picked apart Florida’s defense for the second straight year as he threw for 279 yards and two touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 24-17 win over the sixth-ranked Gators. Fromm completed 20 of 30 passes, including a 52-yard scoring strike to a wide-open Lawrence Cager that gave Georgia a 24-10 lead.
Cager finished with career highs of seven receptions for 132 yards, while D’Andre Swift added 86 yards rushing to help the 7-1 Bulldogs move closer to a berth in the SEC title game.
Kyle Trask tossed a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns for the 7-2 Gators, but Fromm iced the victory by hitting Eli Wolf for a 22-yard completion on third down.
In other Top 25 results:
_ Clemson stretched the nation’s longest current winning streak to 24 games by getting production from Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne (EE’-tee-ehn) in a 59-14 dismantling of FBC opponent Wofford. Lawrence had three TD passes and a 2-yard scoring run before coming out of the game early in the third quarter. Etienne finished with 212 yards rushing, including scoring bursts of 47 and 86 yards in the game’s first 15:12.
_ Tyler Huntley threw for one touchdown and ran for another to help No. 9 Utah come back from an 11-point, first-half deficit to beat Washington, 33-28. Huntley hit Zack Moss on a 9-yard TD late in the first half and added a 1-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter to give Utah its first lead. Jaylon Johnson returned an interception 39 yards for a score as the Utes forced Jacob Eason into three turnovers.
_ Giles Jackson got 14th-ranked Michigan going by returning the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown in a 38-7 thumping of Maryland. Zach Charbonnet added a pair of first-half scoring runs to give the 7-2 Wolverines a 21-0 halftime lead.
_ Ian Book’s seven-yard scoring run with 29 seconds left capped an 18-play, 87-yard drove that allowed No. 16 Notre Dame to pull out a 21-20 victory against Virginia Tech. Book passed for 341 yards and two touchdowns for the Fighting Irish, who committed three turnovers deep in Hokies territory and had a fumble returned 98 yards for a game-tying TD by Divine Deablo with nine seconds left in the first half.
_ No. 22 Kansas State cruised to a 38-10 victory over Kansas as Skylar Thompson ran for 127 yards and three touchdowns.
_ Jamie Newman returned from injury to throw for three touchdowns and run for two more as No. 23 Wake Forest clobbered North Carolina State, 44-10.
Pistons top sputtering Nets
UNDATED (AP) _ The Brooklyn Nets are off to a 2-4 start despite a host of offseason roster moves that included the acquisition of All-Star Kyrie Irving.
Irving posted his first triple-double of the season, but Andre Drummond had 25 points and 20 rebounds in the Pistons’ 113-109 downing of the Nets. Luke Kennard finished with 24 points and helped seal the win with a driving basket and two free throws in the final 30 seconds. Bruce Brown added career highs of 22 points and seven assists for the 3-4 Pistons.
Irving finished with 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
Checking out Saturday’s other NBA action:
_ Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic (nee-KOH’-lah YOH’-kihch) provided big shots down the stretch while combining for 42 points in the Nuggets’ 91-87 victory over the Magic. Murray scored 22 points and Jokic added 20 with seven boards.
_ The Thunder were 115-104 winners over the Pelicans behind Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s 23 points and eight rebounds. Dennis Schroder (SHROO’-dur) and rookie Darius Bazley each added 17 points for Oklahoma City.
Warriors lose Green, play without Russell
UNDATED (AP) _ The Golden State Warriors’ injured list continues to grow.
Draymond Green will miss the next few games with a torn ligament in his left index finger. Green had been dealing with a bad back before injuring his finger.
The Warriors were also without DeAngelo Russell for Saturday’s game against Charlotte because of an ankle injury.
Golden State also is dealing with major injuries to two-time MVP Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Curry will miss at least three months with a broken left hand suffered in Wednesday’s loss to the Suns. Thompson is recovering from ACL surgery and may miss the entire season.
Also around the NBA:
_ The Pistons says guard Reggie Jackson is out at least four weeks with a stress reaction in his lower back. Jackson played the season’s first two games but has missed the last four.
Nine straight for Isles
UNDATED (AP) _ The New York Islanders have continued the NHL’s longest winning streak of the season, and their longest since January 1990.
Semyon Varlamov (SEHM’-yahn vahr-LAH’-mahv) turned back 27 shots in his first shutout of the season as the Isles won their ninth in a row, 1-0 at Buffalo. Varlamov has won his last five starts after opening the season 0-2.
Derrick Brassard provided the scoring in the first period to run his goal streak to five straight games.
Carter Hutton made 20 saves for the Sabres, who have dropped four of their last five since an 8-1-1 start.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
_ The Bruins are a league-best 10-1-2 after David Pastrnak (PAHS’-tur-nahk) had a goal and two assists in their 5-2 victory at Ottawa. Senators forward Scott Sabourin had to be taken from the ice on a stretcher with his head immobilized after a first-period collision with Boston forward David Backes (BAK’-ehs). Sabourin gave the crowd a “thumbs up” as he was taken from the arena.
_ Leon Draisaitl (DRY’-sy-tul) delivered an overtime goal to give the Edmonton Oilers a 2-1 win over the Penguins in Pittsburgh. Mike Smith made 51 saves in helping the Oilers improve to 10-4-1.
_ Andreas Johnsson scored in the 11th shootout round to help the Maple Leafs beat the Flyers, 4-3. Mitch Marner tied it for Toronto just over five minutes into the third period.
_ Alexandar Georgiev (GEER’-gee-ehv) made 32 saves and the Rangers won for the third time in four games by downing the Predators, 2-1. Filip Chytil (HEE’-tul) and Ryan Strome (strohm) did the scoring as New York handed Nashville its second straight loss since a four-game winning streak.
_ P.K. Subban (SOO’-ban) scored a tiebreaking goal early in the third period to help the Devils get their first road win of the season, 5-3 at Carolina. Miles Wood had a goal and an assist for New Jersey, which entered having been outscored 14-2 in three road games.
_ Denis Gurianov (goor-ee-AH’-nahv) scored one of his two goals on a penalty shot and Ben Bishop made 34 saves to send the Stars past the Canadiens, 4-1. Alexander Radulov (RAD’-yoo-lahv) scored in the first period and Miro Heiskanen (MEER’-oh HYS’-kah-nehn) added an empty-netter as Dallas won for the sixth time in seven games.
_ David Rittich (RIH’-tihk) stopped 43 shots for his seventh victory and second shutout of the season to backstop the Flames’ 3-0 shutout of the Blue Jackets. Sean Monahan, Sam Bennett and Matthew Tkachuk (kah-CHUHK’) did the scoring in Calgary’s second win in as many nights.
_ The Panthers also notched a shutout, with Sergei Bobrovsky (boh-BRAHV’-skee) turning back 22 shots in a 4-0 decision over the Red Wings. Jonathan Huberdeau (HOO’-bur-doh) had two goals and an assist as Florida dealt Detroit its 10th loss in 11 games.
Harvick takes pole
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) _ Kevin Harvick will start from the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway after a qualifying lap of 189.707 mph.
Harvick goes into the race fifth in points with two events remaining to qualify for one of the three remaining championship-contending spots in the finale.
Non-Cup contender Erik Jones will start on the front row alongside Harvick.
Denny Hamlin qualified third after entering the week second in points. Fellow Cup contenders make up the 11 through 15 spots, with Joey Logano followed by Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney.
Chiefs activate backup QB Chad Henne for Vikings game
UNDATED (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have activated backup quarterback Chad Henne (HEN’-ee) from injured reserve, giving them another option against the Minnesota Vikings if Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ’) is unable to play Sunday.
Mahomes dislocated his kneecap two weeks ago in Denver and is listed as questionable. He missed last week’s loss to Green Bay when veteran Matt Moore started in his place. If Mahomes misses another game, Moore would likely start with Henne the backup.
In other NFL news:
_ The Jaguars promoted rookie receiver Michael Walker to the active roster Saturday, an indication Dede Westbrook won’t play against Houston in London. Westbrook was a limited participant in practice all week and was listed as questionable after injuring a shoulder last week against the Jets.
_ Tennessee Titans kicker Ryan Succop (SUH’-kuhp) is available to make his season debut Sunday at Carolina after missing his team’s first eight games to recover from offseason surgery. The Titans have activated Succop and defensive back Joshua Kalu from injured reserve while waiving kicker Cody Parkey and cornerback Tye Smith.
Djokovic advances when Nadal withdraws
PARIS (AP) — Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL’) has pulled out of his Paris Masters semifinal, meaning top-ranked Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) will go for his fifth title at the indoor tournament against Denis Shapovalov.
An abdominal strain caused Nadal to withdraw moments before the match was to begin. The same injury forced Nadal out just before the start of last year’s tournament and ended his season.
Defending champ Korda leads at LPGA Swinging Skirts
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) _ Defending champion Nelly Korda shot a 7-under 65 to take a three-stroke lead through three rounds of the LPGA Swinging Skirts in Taiwan.
Korda who started the third round one stroke back of overnight leader Mi Jung Hur before carding seven birdies at the par-72 Miramar Golf Country Club to finish at 18-under 198. She’s three shots ahead of Minjee Lee, who shot a 67.
Title celebration in DC
WASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals have received a hero’s welcome from a city that had been thirsting for a World Series championship for nearly a century.
Cheering fans lined Washington’s version of the Canyon of Heroes to celebrate the capital’s first World Series victory since 1924. With a parade along the National Mall in Washington, Nat’s fans came out in droves to cheer on their World Champions.
In other major league news:
_ The Cubs have exercised their 2020 club contract option on left-hander José Quintana and declined their 2020 option on left-hander Derek Holland. The 30-year-old Quintana was 13-9 with a 4.68 ERA in 32 appearances last season.