Jan. 10 Sports Briefs

Thursday, January 10, 2019

NHL: Calgary Flames stay hot, beat Colorado 5-4

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Mark Giordano had three assists and Calgary kept on rolling with a 5-4 victory over Colorado on Wednesday. Mikael Backlund, Mark Jankowski, Elias Lindholm, Michael Frolik and Matthew Tkachuk scored for Calgary (28-13-4), which is 6-1-1 in its last eight games. Nathan MacKinnon ran his point streak to eight games with a goal for Colorado. Erik Johnson and Mikko Rantanen also scored as the slumping Avalanche dropped to 1-6-2 in their last nine games. Calgary snapped a 2-all tie at 12:57 of the second period on Lindholm’s power-play goal.

NBA: Portland Trail Blazers beat Chicago Bulls 124-112

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — CJ McCollum had 24 points and the Trail Blazers pulled away in the final quarter to send the Bulls to their fifth straight loss 124-112 on Wednesday. Jusuf Nurkic had 18 points and eight rebounds but got into foul trouble and came up just short of his fifth straight game with 20 or more points. Portland has won three straight and five of its last six games. Wendell Carter Jr. had 22 points to lead the Bulls.

NFL drops challenge in landmark concussion case

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The NFL abruptly dropped its plan Wednesday to challenge approved dementia diagnoses in a landmark concussion case as players’ lawyers accuse it of trying to delay payments and rewrite the $1 billion settlement. A federal court hearing set for Thursday on the NFL’s appeal was canceled Wednesday afternoon as the league dropped its appeal. Instead, U.S. District Judge Anita Brody issued an order requiring doctors to explain their findings in certain cases. The NFL had asked to challenge some diagnoses made by settlement-approved doctors and upheld by a courtappointed administrator whose decisions are supposed to be final. The league nonetheless filed an appeal on the grounds that the standards used to diagnose the ex-players with dementia were not being applied consistently. The NFL argued that it had agreed to remove a $765 million cap on payouts only in exchange for “a clear demarcation of the boundary between compensable and non-compensable levels of impairment.” Some players’ lawyers said the NFL is having buyer’s remorse as the early payouts surge past early projections in the 65-year settlement.

Clemson’s Swinney wins NCAA Coach of the Year award

HOUSTON (AP) — Dabo Swinney won the Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year award for the third time in four years Wednesday night, two days after leading Clemson to its second national championship in three years. Swinney is the only three-time winner of the 33rd annual award, with Chris Petersen — the trophy holder in 2006 and 2009 at Boise State — the only other multiple winner. Swinney was among seven finalists named for the annual award given to the nation’s top college football coach — along with Bill Clark (UAB), Brian Kelly (Notre Dame), Josh Heupel (UCF), Jeff Monken (Army), Nick Saban (Alabama), and Jeff Tedford (Fresno State). Frank Beamer, whose tenure as Virginia Tech’s coach spanned 29 years, received the Paul “Bear” Bryant Lifetime Achievement award. It honors a coach for outstanding career accomplishments on and off the field. He won the coach of the year award in 1999.

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