Salem Radio Network News Friday, February 3, 2023



Doncic has 60-21-10, rallies Mavs to wild OT win over Knicks

DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic had a franchise-record 60 points, 21 rebounds and 10 assists in a historic triple-double, including the tying basket off his intentionally missed free throw to force overtime as the Dallas Mavericks rallied for a wild 126-121 victory over the New York Knicks. Dallas was down nine with 33 seconds left in regulation before getting even in a back-and-forth sequence capped by Doncic missing a free throw on purpose, ending up with the loose ball on the rebound and hitting a jumper for a 115-115 tie with a second remaining. The first 60-point game in Dallas history also was the first 60-20-10 game in NBA history.

Cardinals’ J.J. Watt indicates he’ll retire at end of season

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Even though he’s still playing great football, it looks as if J.J. Watt is ready to call it a career. The three-time AP Defensive Player of the Year indicated Tuesday that he will retire at the end of the season, posting pictures of his wife and family on social media while writing: “Koa’s first ever NFL game. My last ever NFL home game. My heart is filled with nothing but love and gratitude. It’s been an absolute honor and a pleasure.” Watt and his wife, Kealia, became parents in October. Koa is the name of their son. The 33-year-old Watt was among the premier defensive players in the NFL during the early 2010s with the Houston Texans.

Katie Ledecky earns AP female athlete of year for 2nd time

A change of scenery worked out just fine for Katie Ledecky. The American swimming star shifted coasts and coaches after last summer’s Tokyo Olympics. The cross-country move led to another stellar performance at the world championships and a pair of short-course world records. Now, Ledecky has been selected as The Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year for the second time. She first won the award in 2017. This time, Ledecky edged out American track star Sydney McLaughlin by getting the nod based on a first-place votes tiebreaker. Basketball standout A’ja Wilson finished third in the balloting.

Georgia built RB depth as plan for run at repeat CFP title

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia coach Kirby Smart’s plan for a deep running back corps was based on more than making it through a 12-game regular season. Smart wanted his backs to be fresh for the College Football Playoff. The No. 1 Bulldogs will take a group of four running backs, led by Kenny McIntosh, into Saturday’s Peach Bowl semifinal against No. 4 Ohio State. McIntosh leads the Bulldogs with 709 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. Daijun Edwards, Kendall Milton and Branson Robinson have made significant contributions. The depth gives the defending national champion Bulldogs a strong running complement to quarterback Stetson Bennett’s passing game.

Power vs. speed: Michigan, TCU present unfamiliar challenges

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — No. 2 Michigan brings its smash-mouth ways into the College Football Playoff semifinal to face No. 3 TCU on Saturday. It’s tempting to boil down the Fiesta Bowl matchup to Big Ten power vs. Big 12 speed on each side of the ball, especially when the Wolverines’ offense is on the field. Both sides think that’s an oversimplification. While Michigan’s heavy personnel packages and towering offensive line isn’t what TCU is used to facing, the same can be said for the Wolverines going up against a Horned Frogs’ defense that regularly lines up with five defensive backs.

Impatient Penner leads Broncos’ wide-open search for coach

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — New Broncos CEO and co-owner Greg Penner put his stamp on the Denver Broncos on Tuesday, several months after his family spent $4.65 billion for the NFL franchise. Penner made it clear that he is leading the search for Nathaniel Hackett’s replacement and the new head coach will report directly to him and not to GM George Paton. Penner said he’s confident in Paton despite a series of moves that have backfired. The Broncos aren’t limiting their head coaching search to experienced head coaches even though their past three hires were first-time head coaches who didn’t pan out.

Wisconsin beats Oklahoma State 24-17 in Guaranteed Rate Bowl

PHOENIX (AP) — Braelon Allen ran for 116 yards and a touchdown and Wisconsin withstood Oklahoma State’s second-half push in the Guaranteed Rate Bowl for a 24-17 victory Tuesday night. The Badgers (7-6) dominated the first half with stifling defense, building a 17-point lead as new coach Luke Fickell stalked the sideline and interim coach Jim Leonhard called the shots. Wisconsin got stuck in the slippery turf at Chase Field in the second half, unable to generate much of anything on offense while the Cowboys (7-6) found a rhythm when they had the ball. Cedrick Dort ended Oklahoma State’s momentum by intercepting Garret Rangel’s pass with three minutes left, preserving the Badgers’ eighth win in their past nine bowl games.

Braves sign new C Sean Murphy to a $73 million, 6-year deal

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have signed newly acquired catcher Sean Murphy to a $73 million, six-year contract, locking up another key player with a long-term deal. The contract includes a $15 million club option for 2029 with no buyout that could raise the total value of the agreement to $88 million. Murphy will make $4 million in 2023, $9 million in 2024 and $15 million each season from 2025 through 2028. The deal follows a familiar pattern of the Braves agreeing to new contracts with players who are still under club control for an extended period.

Eovaldi agrees to 2-year deal to join Rangers and deGrom

The Texas Rangers have added another proven veteran to their revamped starting rotation. Texas native Nathan Eovaldi has agreed to a two-year contract that includes a vesting option player option for the 2025 season. The team announced the deal after the right-hander completed a physical exam in Texas. Eovaldi’s addition comes only 3 1/2 weeks after Texas signed two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom in free agency. Eovaldi has pitched for five teams over 11 big league seasons, the past 4 1/2 seasons with the Boston Red Sox. He was 6-3 in 20 starts in 2022.

Column: Tales from the PGA Tour after fractured year in golf

The year in golf isn’t entirely filled with acrimony caused by the arrival of Saudi-funded LIV Golf. There were plenty of moments beyond the scorecard. AP Golf Writer Doug Ferguson writes his annual “Tales from the Tour.” There’s a curious trend in Japan on a first name of several golfers that sounds a lot like “Tiger.” Cameron Young thought he had winning figured out until another Cameron came along. And if anyone wants to know what the wife and caddie of Steve Stricker is thinking as she’s on the bag, their teenage daughter might have found the answer.


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