Sports News Roundup: Hue Jackson rejoins Bengals; LeVert hurt as Nets lose
Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Hue Jackson rejoins Bengals
Former Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson is back with the Cincinnati Bengals. "I have a great comfort level with Hue and his ability to assist me with the day-to-day responsibilities on defense, including analyzing our opponents and helping me on game days with the players and defensive coaches," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said in a statement.
NBA roundup: LeVert hurt as Nets lose
Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 25 points and 21 rebounds Monday night as the Minnesota Timberwolves halted a five-game losing streak with a 120-113 victory in Minneapolis over the Brooklyn Nets, who lost Caris LeVert to an apparently serious right leg injury. Towns posted his seventh double-double by shooting 9-of-11 from the floor. He had the double-double by halftime, then posted his sixth career game with 20 points and 20 rebounds and the 55th in team history.
NHL roundup: Aho caps Canes' comeback in OT
Carolina centre Sebastian Aho scored the game-winning goal just 76 seconds into overtime, spoiling the return of former teammate Cam Ward as the Hurricanes defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Monday night in Raleigh, N.C. Aho was patient on the game-winning sequence as he waited out Ward, who played the previous 13 seasons for Carolina, to deliver the winning shot and help the Hurricanes complete a rally from a two-goal deficit.
Cowboys' Jones calls Riley interest 'speculation'
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Tuesday denied reports that he is interested in Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley. "That would be total drawing it out of the air," Jones said during his weekly radio show on 105.3 The Fan. "Totally speculation."
MLB notebook: Ohtani, Acuna named ROY winners
Los Angeles Angels two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani and Atlanta Braves phenom outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. were named the runaway winners of the Rookie of the Year in the American and National League, respectively, on Monday. Ohtani received 25 of 30 first-place votes in besting Miguel Andujar (five first-place votes) and Gleyber Torres of the New York Yankees for the AL honor. Acuna received 27 first-place votes in beating out the Washington Nationals' Juan Soto (two) and Los Angeles Dodgers' Walker Buehler (one).
NBA notebook: Butler to make Sixers debut Wednesday
With his trade to Philadelphia officially finalized on Monday, four-time All-Star Jimmy Butler is expected to make his 76ers debut Wednesday night at Orlando. The Minnesota Timberwolves sent Butler and center Justin Patton to Philadelphia for forwards Robert Covington and Dario Saric, guard Jared Bayless and a 2022 second-round draft pick. The NBA approved the deal on Monday.
Sublime Anderson thrashes Nishikori 6-0 6-1 at ATP Finals
An inspired Kevin Anderson came within a whisker of a rare "double bagel" at the ATP Finals when he trounced Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-0 6-1 at the 02 Arena on Tuesday. The 32-year-old debutant at the ATP's blue riband event on the first 11 games of the round-robin clash before a relieved Nishikori finally got on the scoreboard with an angled winner.
NBA Reports: Reps working on landing place for Carmelo Anthony
With Carmelo Anthony's departure from the Houston Rockets seemingly imminent, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports his representatives spent Monday contacting NBA front offices regarding a potential new home for the 10-time All-Star forward. Anthony will not travel with the team for Tuesday's game against the Denver Nuggets, marking his third straight missed game with the Rockets. The organization says he out with an illness.
Top 25 roundup: Vick's 3-point barrage leads No. 2 Kansas in win
Lagerald Vick made all eight of his 3-point attempts and scored a career-high 32 points, and Udoka Azubuike added a double-double Monday as No. 2 Kansas toppled Vermont 84-68 at Lawrence, Kan. Vick, the Jayhawks' lone senior, wanted to turn pro after last season but changed his mind and was allowed to return. He made his first five shots Monday and finished 12-of-14. His 3-point shooting was the most makes from behind the arc without a miss for a player at Kansas (2-0).
NHL's first black player O'Ree still breaking barriers
As the first black player in the NHL, Willie O'Ree's impact on the sport cannot be measured in goals and assists, his contributions by many yardsticks eclipsing those of the hockey legends he will join in the shrine on Monday. Wayne Gretzky, the NHL's record scorer, and Bobby Orr, who twice led the league in scoring as he revolutionized the role of the defenseman, may have changed the way the game was played, but on Jan. 18, 1958 O'Ree changed the face of hockey when he suited up for the Boston Bruins to face the Montreal Canadiens.
(With inputs from agencies.)