The Sports Xchange
MINNEAPOLIS—The Detroit Pistons rallied in the fourth quarter and then held on to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 100-97 on Sunday night at Target Center. Andre Drummond had 20 points and 16 rebounds to lead Detroit. Avery Bradley and Tobias Harris each added 18 points as all five Pistons starters scored in double figures. The Pistons (11-5) bounced back after dropping back-to-back games for the first time this season. The Timberwolves (10-6) saw their three-game winning streak end.
HOMESTEAD, Fla.—Martin Truex Jr. claimed his eighth win of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Series season Sunday in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. With that win, Truex also won his first Cup Series championship. Truex had to battle another championship candidate, Kyle Busch, in the closing laps. Busch took runner-up honors. Kyle Larson finished third. The other two Championship Four drivers, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski, finished fourth and seventh, respectively. Chase Elliott rounded out the top five.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — Austin Cook captured his first PGA Tour title by coasting to a four-stroke victory at the RSM Classic on Sunday, Nov. 19. The PGA Tour rookie closed his 3-under-par 67 on Sunday with a pair of birdies and finished 21-under 261 for the tournament at the Sea Island Club's Seaside Course. The victory in the final event of the calendar year gives the 26-year-old Cook exemptions into The Masters, The PGA Championship and The Players Championship next year.
NAPLES, Fla. — Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn sank a 25-foot birdie putt on the last hole to capture the CME Group Tour Championship by one shot on Sunday, Nov. 19. Ariya started her day with a bogey, but she made birdies on four of her last six holes to finish the fourth round with a 5-under 67 and a four-day total of 15-under-par 273 on the Tiburon Golf Club. "This week, to be honest, I had no expectations at all," said Ariya. "I really wasn't thinking about the outcome any more at all. I really thought only about the things I could control. And I have so much fun this week.".
WASHINGTON—T.J. Oshie had a goal and an assist, Braden Holtby stopped 30 shots and the Washington Capitals defeated the Minnesota Wild 3-1 on Saturday night, Nov. 18. Dmitry Orlov and Evgeny Kuznetsov also had goals for Washington (11-9-1). Nino Niederreiter scored for the Wild (9-8-2), who had a four-game winning streak stopped. Alex Stalock, making his first start since Halloween and his first career appearance against the Capitals, had 40 saves. Stalock stopped Chandler Stephensen's penalty shot with 4:49 left to keep the Wild within 2-1.
MINNEAPOLIS—In recent seasons, the Minnesota Timberwolves would not have won games like they did on Friday, Nov. 17, against Dallas. The Wolves fell behind big to the Mavericks before mounting a comeback to run away with a 111-87 win. Minnesota scored 68 points in the second half and erased a 13-point third-quarter deficit. The 3-pointer was big for the Timberwolves as they hit a season-high 13 shots from downtown.
DALLAS—Jimmy Butler scored 21 and Andrew Wiggins added 19 points to lead a balanced attack and the Minnesota Timberwolves stormed back from a 14-point deficit to rout the Dallas Mavericks 111-87 Friday night, Nov. 17, at American Airlines Center. The Timberwolves (10-5) had six players score in double figures, including all five starters. Karl-Anthony Towns (15 points and 11 rebounds), Jeff Teague (15 points and 10 assists) and Taj Gibson (10 points and 11 rebounds) each notched double-doubles. Jamal Crawford scored 12 off the bench.
Verizon Communications Inc, no. 1 U.S. wireless carrier, is close to a new deal with the National Football League for digital streaming rights, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter. With the new agreement, Verizon will be able to give subscribers access to games on all devices, including big-screen TVs, and not just phones, according to the people, Bloomberg said. ( https://bloom.bg/2zNqtua )
Two weeks after helping the Houston Astros to their first World Series title, second baseman Jose Altuve was named American League MVP, the Baseball Writers Association of America announced Thursday. The 5-foot-6 Altuve claimed 27 of 30 first-place votes for 405 points to beat AL Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees. He matched Yankees shortstop Phil Rizzuto (1950) and Philadelphia Athletics pitcher Bobby Shantz (1952) as the shortest players to win the award. "I don't know what to say," Altuve said. "I wasn't expecting this. This is great."
Giancarlo Stanton edged out Joey Votto in the fourth-closest balloting of all-time to become the first Miami Marlins' player to be named National League MVP, the Baseball Writers' Association of American announced on Thursday. Stanton received 302 votes, two more than Cincinnati Reds star Joey Votto. Both players received 10 first-place votes. Arizona Diamondbacks slugger Paul Goldschmidt was third (229) and received four first-place votes.