Dube helps Flames beat Kings 4-3 to stay perfect under Ward
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Dillon Dube has made a big impact on the Calgary Flames’ since being called up from the minors three weeks ago. He’s also helped Milan Lucic turn his season around.
Dube and Lucic each had a goal and an assist as the Calgary Flames beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 Saturday night for their fourth straight win.
With the Flames up 3-2, Dube scored his third goal in nine games this season, neatly burying a rebound of Derek Ryan’s shot at 1:29 of the third period. The sequence started with Lucic’s outlet pass.
“It’s great to see when a young guy comes in and provides what he’s been providing, it sometimes re-energizes us older guys to play the way that we can,” Lucic said. “I talk about my game moving in the right direction since the Las Vegas game when he got called up and he’s been a huge part of me turning it around.”
Dube made the Flames out of training camp last season, but eventually spent most of the year in the minors. In 25 games with Calgary, he only scored once.
“It’s a credit to (Lucic) and (Ryan),” Dube said, about how well he’s fit in on that line this season. “When I came up to play with them, we all complement each other really well and it’s easy playing with them.”
Interim coach Geoff Ward believes starting this season in the AHL was good for Dube, allowing him to learn and develop.
“He shows more confidence with the puck,” Ward said. “Last year he was trying to get rid of it right away which is a sign of a player that maybe isn’t ready to play at this level yet, but now he’s playing with the puck and allowing his skill to stand out.”
Zac Rinaldo and Sean Monahan also scored to help Calgary earn a point in six straight games (5-0-1) and remain perfect in four games under Ward.
Vrana’s goal gives Capitals 3-2 victory over Ducks
ANAHEIM (AP) — In a matchup filled with end-to-end intensity, the Washington Capitals and Anaheim Ducks claimed their own kind of victories.
The actual victory went to the Capitals when Jakub Vrana scored the go-ahead goal less than two minutes into the third period in a 3-2 win over the Ducks on Friday night in a game full of physical confrontations.
The Ducks say they discovered an energy and a unity they can build on.
Travis Boyd and Evgeny Kuznetsov also scored for Washington, which won its sixth consecutive game and went 4-0 on its just-completed road trip, including three consecutive victories in California. Braden Holtby had 24 saves.
“As soon as the puck dropped it was a physical battle out there and we knew it right away,” Boyd said. “We just talked about finishing off this road trip the right way and how in Caps history we haven’t gone through California with three straight wins, so we wanted to finish it off the right way.”
Anthony Davis has 39 and Lakers rout the Blazers 136-113.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — While Anthony Davis may have been feeling a bit under the weather recently, it certainly didn’t show against Portland.
Davis scored 39 points and the Los Angeles Lakers routed the Blazers 136-113 on Friday night.
“You see what he did on this road trip being sick? And he’s starting to feel a lot better and I don’t quite like it. I might sneeze on him a couple of times,” said teammate LeBron James, who added 31 points.
It was the 11th straight road win for the Lakers, who have lost just three games overall this season and sit atop the Western Conference standings.
The game was costly for Portland. Starting forward Rodney Hood was injured in the first quarter and the team later announced that he had torn his left Achilles tendon.
“You’ve just got to keep going forward. We’ve got a season to play, and as disappointing as it is to lose players to injuries, we have a team, and we’ve got to keep competing and playing. You don’t have any other choice,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said.
Stotts was ejected late in the third quarter after angrily protesting a foul call that earned him a double technical. It was the first time that Stotts has been tossed from a game as an NBA coach.
Damian Lillard, who helped pull Stotts back from the confrontation with referee Leon Wood, finished with 29 points. Portland trailed by as many as 27 in the fourth quarter.
It was the first meeting of the season between friends James and Carmelo Anthony. The two shared a quick hug on the court just before tipoff.
Anthony scored 15 points after the Trail Blazers guaranteed the 10-time All-Star’s contract for the the rest of the season earlier Friday.
Portland (9-14) got off to a slow start this season but had won four of its last five games, including Wednesday night’s 127-116 victory over the Sacramento Kings.
The Lakers (20-3) were coming off a 121-96 rout of the Jazz in Salt Lake City on Wednesday. Davis had 26 points in that one.
Massalski leads San Diego over Holy Cross 68-51
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Yauhen Massalski had 12 points and eight rebounds to lead San Diego to a 68-51 victory over Holy Cross on Saturday night.
Braun Hartfield added 11 points and Finn Sullivan had 10 for San Diego (4-7), which shot 48% (29 of 54) from the floor but missed half its free throws (11 of 22) and committed 17 turnovers.
Joe Pridgen scored 16 points for Holy Cross (1-8). Austin Butler added nine points and 13 rebounds. The Crusaders finished with 19 turnovers.
The Toreros took the lead for good with 7:15 to play in the first half and built a 37-26 halftime advantage. The Crusaders pulled to 40-30 but didn’t get closer. Hartfield’s dunk made it 57-38 with 9:38 remaining.
San Diego plays Cal State Fullerton on the road on Wednesday. Holy Cross takes on Massachusetts-Boston at home on Tuesday.
No. 11 UCLA women move to 8-0, beat CSU Northridge 58-44
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michaela Onyenwere scored 23 points to lead No. 11 UCLA to a 58-44 victory over Cal State Northridge on Saturday night.
Onyenwere made 8 of 10 field goals and had seven rebounds for the Bruins (8-0), who are off to their best start since the 1980-81 season when they won their first 12 games. But the Bruins shot just 33% overall from the floor (20 of 60) and missed 18 3-pointers against the Matadors (3-7).
Charisma Osborne and Japreece Dean each added eight points for UCLA. Osborne made two of the Bruins’ three shots from beyond the arc. It was Onyenwere’s fifth game this season scoring more than 20 points.
De’Jionae Calloway and Jordyn Jackson scored 12 points apiece to lead CSUN (3-7).
UCLA jumped out to a 22-9 lead, but the Matadors pulled to 29-17 at halftime. CSUN cut the deficit to 35-29 with two minutes left in the third quarter, yet the Bruins scored the next six points, capped by Osborne’s 3-pointer that beat the quarter buzzer.
Heisman coronation? Burrow leads LSU past Georgia 37-10
ATLANTA (AP) — Joe Burrow collected a shiny award as the game’s MVP.
LSU’s fans had another trophy on their minds.
“Heisman! Heisman! Heisman!” they chanted.
The coronation is likely complete.
Burrow turned in another dazzling performance on the big stage, leading No. 1 LSU to a spot in the College Football Playoff with a 37-10 rout of No. 4 Georgia in the Southeastern Conference championship game Saturday.
“Joe is the heartbeat of this team,” running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire said.
The Tigers, going for their first national title since 2007 season, will either return to Atlanta or head west to suburban Phoenix for a semifinal game on Dec. 28. They surely made a persuasive case to be the top overall seed when the four-team field. and pairings are announced Sunday.
Burrow was all over the stat sheet for LSU (13-0, No. 2 CFP). He threw for 349 yards and four touchdowns. He was the Tigers’ second-leading rusher with 41 yards on 11 carries, often leaving the Bulldogs grasping at air as he twirled this way and that. He even caught a pass on a ball that was batted down at the line and wound up his arms, taking off for a 16-yard gain.
‘”He’s a great athlete, man,” Georgia safety J.R. Reed said. “We had a lot of plays out there we were supposed to make, and he’d just squeeze out of it.”
The Heisman-worthy moment came late in the third quarter. With Georgia (11-2, No 4 CFP) bringing the heat, Burrow spun to his left to get away from lineman Travon Walker, whirled back to his right to send Walker sprawling to the turf, then delivered a pass on the run while sprinting toward the LSU sideline with another defender in hot pursuit.
Justin Jefferson hauled in the throw just beyond midfield and took off down to the Bulldogs 9 for a 71-yard play. Three plays later, Burrow delivered his third TD pass of the game, hooking up with Terrace Marshall Jr., on a 4-yard touchdown pass that essentially finished off the Bulldogs.
Padres get Pham, Cronenworth from Rays for Renfroe
SAN DIEGO (AP) — General manager A.J. Preller continued to remake the San Diego Padres’ outfield, and added an intriguing two-way player as well.
Preller acquired outfielder Tommy Pham and infielder-pitcher Jake Cronenworth from the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday for outfielder Hunter Renfroe, minor league infielder Xavier Edwards and a player to be named.
The moves came a week after the Padres obtained starter Zach Davies and outfielder Trent Grisham from Milwaukee, and signed free agent reliever Drew Pomeranz.
“We tried to address every area of our ballclub and we feel we’re improved at this point,” Preller said.
The Padres need to get better. Even with $300 million slugger Manny Machado and rookie phenom Fernando Tatis Jr., they had their ninth straight losing season and missed the playoffs for the 13th consecutive year. They finished last in the NL West at 70-92, their fourth season in a row with 90-plus losses.
Pham gives the rebuilding Padres some pop after they finished near the bottom in the majors in most offensive categories.
Pham hit .273 with a .369 on-base percentage, 21 home runs and 68 RBIs last year. He set the Rays’ franchise record with a 48-game on-base streak. He helped Tampa Bay beat Oakland in the AL wild-card game and then batted .333 with one homer in the Division Series loss to Houston.
He broke in with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2014 and was traded to the Rays on July 31, 2018.
Preller said the Padres have had their eyes on Pham and Cronenworth for a few seasons. He said he likes Pham’s “fire” and “pitch-to-pitch grind.”
Cronenworth led the International League with a .334 batting average for the Triple-A Durham Bulls and also made seven pitching appearances, including six as an opener.
Cronenworth will be looked at primarily as an infielder, but the Padres will keep their options open on using him as a pitcher. “He fits our group in a lot of different ways,” Preller said.
Renfroe hit 33 homers last year, his third full season in San Diego, but struggled in the second half. He hit 26 homers in each of the previous two seasons.
The 20-year-old Edwards has played two seasons in the minors, batting a combined .328 with 56 stolen bases.