The Sports Xchange
ARLINGTON, Texas—The Los Angeles defense gobbled up the Dallas Cowboys and Philip Rivers did the rest as the Chargers claimed a 28-6 victory on Thursday, Nov. 23, at AT&T Stadium. Rivers passed for 434 yards and three second-half touchdowns, including a 27-yarder to Tyrell Williams that gave Los Angeles a 16-0 lead late in the third quarter. Dallas broke a 10-quarter drought without a touchdown early in the fourth when running back Rod Smith powered two yards for a score. Smith's touchdown capped a nine-play, 81-yard march.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings had a bit of a coming-out party Thursday, Nov. 23. The Vikings won their seventh straight game, and did it in front of a national television audience on Thanksgiving, 30-23 over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. The win gives Minnesota (9-2) a three-game lead over the Lions (6-5). With five games remaining, the Vikings are closing in on their second division title in three years. The Vikings had to hold on for the win. They led 27-10 in the third quarter before the Lions closed the deficit to 27-23 early in the fourth.
MINNEAPOLIS—Jimmy Butler tied a season high with 26 points, and Taj Gibson added a season-high 24 points as the Minnesota Timberwolves held on for a 124-118 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday, Nov. 22. Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns had 18 points and 13 rebounds for his 14th double-double of the season, which equals New Orleans' Demarcus Cousins for most in the NBA. Towns has notched a double-double in seven of his past eight games.
BUFFALO, N.Y.—Nino Niederreiter and Mikael Granlund scored two goals apiece to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 5-4 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night, Nov. 22. Tyler Ennis also scored for the Wild (10-8-3). Devan Dubnyk made 30 saves. Jordan Nolan had two goals for the Sabres (5-13-4), who have lost seven games in a row (0-5-2). Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart also scored. Buffalo goalie Chad Johnson allowed three goals on 13 shots and was replaced by Robin Lehner to open the second period. Lehner made 17 saves.
ST. PAUL, Minn.—Two fortunate bounces and John Moore's goal in the first minute of overtime helped the New Jersey Devils snap a two-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night. Moore got his third goal of the season 52 seconds into OT off a pass from Adam Henrique as Minnesota's late rally went for naught. Henrique and Steven Santini both scored goals that went into the net off a Minnesota player, and Cory Schneider chipped in with 33 saves for the Devils, who had dropped games in Toronto and Winnipeg before bouncing back versus the Wild.
ARLINGTON, Tex.—The offense clicked in the second half and the Philadelphia Eagles motored past the Dallas Cowboys for their eighth straight win on Sunday night. Carson Wentz threw a pair of touchdowns passes as Philadelphia scored on its first three possessions of the second half and surged to a 37-9 victory at AT&T Stadium. Not even an injury to kicker Jake Elliott could slow down the Eagles after halftime.
MINNEAPOLIS—The Detroit Pistons rallied in the fourth quarter and then held on to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 100-97 on Sunday night at Target Center. Andre Drummond had 20 points and 16 rebounds to lead Detroit. Avery Bradley and Tobias Harris each added 18 points as all five Pistons starters scored in double figures. The Pistons (11-5) bounced back after dropping back-to-back games for the first time this season. The Timberwolves (10-6) saw their three-game winning streak end.
HOMESTEAD, Fla.—Martin Truex Jr. claimed his eighth win of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Series season Sunday in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. With that win, Truex also won his first Cup Series championship. Truex had to battle another championship candidate, Kyle Busch, in the closing laps. Busch took runner-up honors. Kyle Larson finished third. The other two Championship Four drivers, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski, finished fourth and seventh, respectively. Chase Elliott rounded out the top five.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — Austin Cook captured his first PGA Tour title by coasting to a four-stroke victory at the RSM Classic on Sunday, Nov. 19. The PGA Tour rookie closed his 3-under-par 67 on Sunday with a pair of birdies and finished 21-under 261 for the tournament at the Sea Island Club's Seaside Course. The victory in the final event of the calendar year gives the 26-year-old Cook exemptions into The Masters, The PGA Championship and The Players Championship next year.
NAPLES, Fla. — Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn sank a 25-foot birdie putt on the last hole to capture the CME Group Tour Championship by one shot on Sunday, Nov. 19. Ariya started her day with a bogey, but she made birdies on four of her last six holes to finish the fourth round with a 5-under 67 and a four-day total of 15-under-par 273 on the Tiburon Golf Club. "This week, to be honest, I had no expectations at all," said Ariya. "I really wasn't thinking about the outcome any more at all. I really thought only about the things I could control. And I have so much fun this week.".