Saints extend win streak to 8, roar back, 34-31 in OT

The New Orleans Saints extended their winning streak to eight games with an unlikely comeback, erasing a 15-point deficit inside the final six minutes or regulation and kicking a short field goal in overtime to defeat the Washington Redskins 34-31 on Sunday.

The line went quiet. Seconds passed. Goodell’s decision was an unconscionable violation of trust, Jones later told associates, because he believed that the commissioner had assured him this past spring that there would be no suspension. Jones saw in Elliott a genuine opportunity, a player so good that he had made Jones believe that this year he just might win a Super Bowl for the first time since 1996. His anger was palpable. Finally, according to sources with direct knowledge of the call, Jones broke the silence. He aimed his words not only at Goodell’s decision but also at his role as judge, jury and executioner in the case.

“I keep saying sooner rather than later,” Popovich said jokingly. “It’s kind of like being a politician. It’s all baloney, doesn’t mean anything.”

With Leonard out, fourth-year veteran Kyle Anderson has moved into the starting lineup and is taking advantage of the extra minutes, scoring in double figures on eight occasions in addition to notching three double-doubles.

“We’re not surprised at all,” Popovich said of Anderson’s performance in Leonard’s absence. “He’s just had a hard time getting minutes with Kawhi at that spot. He’s always been a good basketball player. I just haven’t given him the minutes that he’s gotten this year. When Kawhi does come back, I’ve got some figuring out to do, because he should still be on the court somehow or other. He’s really taken advantage of the time, for sure.”

“That’s one of my close friends and teammate, and I got him hit,” Njoku said. “I don’t feel good about it.”
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He underwent the procedure in Houston.

Q: You were able to pop one long one against the Panthers, what’d you see and what was different on that run compared to how stout the Panthers defense was otherwise?

Drake: “They’re a pretty good defense. You’ve got to give credit to them. That’s how the game’s supposed to go. You get stronger and score points in the second half to take a little bit of the pressure off the scoreboard. They did a great job up front of opening that hole. I didn’t get touched until I got to the end zone.

Celtics: Aron Baynes started for Morris, who wanted to test his problematic knee. Morris played 21 minutes off the bench. … Boston turned Miami’s first eight turnovers into exactly zero points. The Celtics wound up getting nine points off 16 Miami giveaways. … Shane Larkin was shaken up briefly after taking a hard foul near the rim by Miami’s Kelly Olynyk early in the fourth.

Kate, who no longer drives for Uber, said she doesn’t want money but wanted to tell the truth “about a powerful man who felt entitled to my body when all I wanted to do was my job.”

Winston is currently dealing with a shoulder injury that sidelined him in Week 10 and will likely force him to miss his second straight game Sunday against the Dolphins.

The recovery process is expected to take nine months, leaving Beverley with the expectation of a full recovery to return next season.

The loss of Beverley leaves the Clippers (6-11), who ended a nine-game losing streak Wednesday, without their opening-night starting backcourt for an extended period. Guard Milos Teodosic, a 30-year-old European rookie, has missed most of the regular season with left plantar fasciitis. He isn’t expected back soon.bears-036

Adrian Peterson, Larry Fitzgerald keep moving up NFL’s all-time lists

Adrian Peterson and Larry Fitzgerald keep adding to their respective Hall of Fame careers.

Peterson needed just 17 yards to become the 16th NFL player with 12,000 rushing yards. He got 159 on a career-high 37 carries in Sunday’s 20-10 win over the 49ers to pass Hall of Famers Thurman Thomas and Franco Harris to move into 14th place on the NFL’s all-time rushing list.

The Cardinals running back has 99 career rushing touchdowns and will move into seventh place all time with one more. Peterson, who has 29 receiving touchdowns, will break a tie with Hall of Famer Barry Sanders at 99 rushing TDs and pull even with Shaun Alexander and Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk, who both retired with 100 rushing scores.

He signed with the Saints in April, but was traded to the Cardinals on Oct. 10 and ran for 134 yards in his Cardinals debut five days later against the Buccaneers.

The Giants dropped to 1-8 Sunday afternoon after a 31-21 loss to the previously winless 49ers, and many fans are calling for a coaching change. Mara and Steve Tisch, the Giants’ chairman and executive vice president, issued a joint statement Monday afternoon saying the team will evaluate the team’s performance at the end of the year

“Ben McAdoo is our head coach and has our support,” the statement read (via ESPN). “We are in the midst of an extremely disappointing season. Our performance this year, particularly the past two weeks, is inexcusable and frustrating. While we appreciate that our fans are unhappy with what has occurred, nobody is more upset than we are.

“Our plan is to do what we have always done, which is to not offer a running commentary on the season. It is our responsibility to determine the reasons for our poor performance and at the end of the year, we will evaluate the 2017 season in its entirety and make a determination on how we move forward.”
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