OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The 4-5 Chargers take on the 4-4 Raiders tonight in a game that’s crucial for both teams’ playoff hopes. It will also mark the last scheduled visit to the Oakland Coliseum for Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, who has played there 13 times and thrown 24 touchdown passes. The Raiders will abandon the NFL’s last dual-use stadium next year when they relocate to Las Vegas.
NEW YORK (AP) — Mets first baseman Pete Alonso and Houston Astros slugger Yordan Álvarez have been picked as this year’s top rookies by Baseball Digest. Alonso was a unanimous choice in the National League, and Álvarez received six of seven first-place votes to take the AL honor. The other one went to Eloy Jiménez (EE’-loy HIHM’-eh-nehz) of the Chicago White Sox.
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The St. Louis Blues have acquired forward Jacob de la Rose from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for forward Robby Fabbri. The 24-year-old de la Rose had a goal and three assists in 16 games for the Red Wings this season. The 23-yeae-old Fabbri had a goal in nine games for the Blue this season. He appeared in 10 playoff games last season to help St. Louis win the Stanley Cup.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — UConn and Louisville will host the U.S. Women’s national basketball team in winter exhibition games in preparation for next year’s Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The No. 5 Huskies will host the national team on Jan. 27 in Storrs, Connecticut, before the No. 9 Cardinals face the squad on Feb. 2. Louisville coach Jeff Walz called the contest “an unbelievable opportunity” and added that it’s an honor to host the game. Former Cardinal star Angel McCoughtry could play for Team USA against her alma mater.
BOSTON (AP) — There’s been another sneaker malfunction during a college basketball game. Boston College graduate transfer guard Derryck Thornton split the bottom of his left Under Armour sneaker during the first half of last night’s win over Wake Forest. But it didn’t seem to bother him. The transfer from USC scored a career-high 23 points, going 7 of 14 from the floor, hitting 2 of his 3 shots from beyond the 3-point line. Last season, then-Duke star Zion Williamson suffered a mild right knee sprain when his left Nike sneaker came apart.