The Sports Xchange
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Jordan Murphy scored 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and Nate Mason scored 17 to lead No. 14 Minnesota to an 86-74 victory over Providence in the Dave Gavitt Tipoff on Monday night. Despite the rankings, Providence, receiving enough votes to be in the 30th spot, was a slight favorite on its home floor in the Big East-Big Ten matchup. Murphy, who had 35 points and 15 rebounds in the Gophers' opening win over South Carolina Upstate, was steady throughout but then took the game over with clutch baskets late.
The verdict was a unanimous one as New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge was named the 2017 American League Rookie of the Year on Monday. Judge received all 30 first-place votes in the voting conducted by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Boston Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi and Baltimore Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini finished second and third, respectively. The 25-year-old Judge took Major League Baseball by storm in 2017, launching a rookie-record 52 homers to bash Mark McGwire's previous mark set three decades ago.
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico — Patton Kizzire withstood frequent weather delays and a strong challenge from Rickie Fowler to win the OHL Classic at Mayakoba on Sunday, Nov. 12, capping a 36-hole marathon. Kizzire fired a 4-under 67 in the final round and edged Fowler by one stroke with a 19-under 265, capping a tournament that was delayed for nearly 7 1/2 hours because of inclement weather. The 31-year-old Kizzire won his first PGA event in 63 appearances by holding a share of the lead in after each round and shot a 66 in the third round Sunday morning.
PHOENIX—Devin Booker and TJ Warren combined for 70 points and keyed a 14-0 run down the stretch as the Phoenix Suns surprised the Minnesota Timberwolves with a 118-110 win on Saturday night, Nov. 11. Booker and Warren each scored 35 for Phoenix, which snapped a five-game losing streak and won for the first time in four tries on a season-long, six-game homestand. The duo combined for 22 of the team's 33 points in the fourth quarter and almost all of the big ones. They combined to make 28 of 44 shots as Phoenix shot 54.1 percent.
PHILADELPHIA—Jason Zucker's one-man show continued on Saturday night, Nov. 11, when he scored the game's only goal in the Minnesota Wild's 1-0 win over the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center. Zucker scored his ninth goal of the season, and team-high third game-winner, at 1:08 of the third period to break a scoreless tie. He has scored each of Minnesota's last six goals over the span of three games. Devan Dubnyk stopped all 32 shots he faced to earn his second straight shutout as the Wild (7-7-2) won back-to-back games for just the second time this season.
WASHINGTON — The Minnesota Vikings have won four in a row to claim a two-game cushion atop the NFC North, but that hardly means Case Keenum's job is secure behind center. With now-healthy quarterback Teddy Bridgewater looming on the horizon, the 29-year-old Keenum looks to strengthen his grip on the starting reins as the Vikings return from their bye to visit the Washington Redskins on Sunday, Nov. 12.
HAINAN, China—Shanshan Feng carded a 2-under 70 on Saturday, Nov. 11, for a one-shot win at the Blue Bay LPGA tournament in Hainan, China, moving her to the projected No. 1 player in the world. The 28-year-old Feng's victory in her home country was celebrated by the fans and her fellow Chinese golfers, who showered her with water on the 18th green. She finished the four days with a 9-under 279 total. Feng is projected to became the first golfer—male or female—from China to ascend to the top of the Rolex Rankings, which will be released Monday.
MINNEAPOLIS—Despite a 3-point barrage from USC Upstate on Friday night, Nov. 10, Minnesota got its highly-anticipated college basketball season off to a good start. Forward Jordan Murphy scored a game-high 35 points and center Reggie Lynch added 15 as the 15th-ranked Golden Gophers overpowered the smaller Spartans inside for a 92-77 non-conference win at Williams Arena.
MONTREAL -- Three was the number of the day Thursday. The Montreal Canadiens' winning streak was snapped at three games when they fell 3-0 to the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night at the Bell Centre. The Wild snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Canadiens for the seventh consecutive time. Left winger Jason Zucker scored a natural hat trick for Minnesota (6-7-2), all in the third period.
Two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay was killed Tuesday when his plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office in Florida. He was 40. The plane was registered to Halladay's father. Roy Halladay was the only person on board.