Here is a look at some of the sports headlines making news today, Friday, Nov. 21.
BILLS-JETS GAME POSTPONED, MOVED
The NFL has decided to move the Bills’ home game against the New York Jets to Monday night in Detroit after a severe winter storm pounded western New York.
More than 5 feet of snow have fallen in the Buffalo area since Monday, and another 1 to 3 feet were projected to fall by Friday. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said it would be impractical for the game to be played on schedule.
The storm forced the Bills to cancel their past two days of practice. The team intends to travel to Detroit on Friday and practice at the Detroit Lions’ facility.
The Lions are at New England on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Mid-American Conference has announced the cancellation of Friday’s game between Buffalo and visiting Kent State.
And the NHL has postponed the Sabres’ home game against the New York Rangers on Friday night. No makeup date has been announced.
UNION SAYS HANDS WERE TIED
The NFL Players Association told the federal judge hearing a lawsuit against the league that the collective bargaining agreement did not provide a way for the union to press claims by former players that NFL teams routinely mishandled painkillers. The filing by the NFLPA came in response to questions raised by U.S. District Judge William Alsup, who said he wanted to determine the union’s position in the case before considering the NFL’s motion to dismiss.
The lawsuit was filed in May in the northern district of California and now includes more than 1,300 former players. Nine players have been named as plaintiffs, including Hall of Fame defensive end Richard Dent.
PATS RE-SIGN RUBBING BACK
The New England Patriots have re-signed running back LeGarrette Blount, two days after he was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Blount spent last season with the Patriots before signing a two-year contract with the Steelers. Pittsburgh cut him on Tuesday the day after he jogged toward the tunnel with time on the clock as Ben Roethlisberger lined up for the final snap in a 27-24 win over the Tennessee Titans.
WILDCATS WIN AT WVU
Kansas State rebounded nicely from its lopsided loss at TCU last weekend.
Jake Waters threw for a career-high 400 yards and a touchdown as the 12th-ranked Wildcats held off West Virginia 26-20 in Morgantown. Tyler Lockett returned a punt for a score and caught 10 passes for 196 yards.
Kansas State improved to 6-1 in the Big 12 and moved into a first-place tie with the Horned Frogs with two weeks left in the regular season.
Also on Thursday, Marquise Williams threw for two touchdowns and rushed for two more as North Carolina clobbered No. 25 Duke 45-20. Williams was 18 of 27 for 276 yards.
CLIPPERS RIP HEAT
The Los Angeles Clippers have their first winning streak since their 2-0 start.
Chris Paul and Blake Griffin had 26 points ahead as the Clippers ripped the Heat 110-93 in Miami. Paul also finished with 12 assists, and DeAndre Jordon added 12 points and 11 rebounds to help the Clippers send the Heat to their third straight home loss.
The Clippers had 31 assists to Miami’s 11. The Heat never recovered after carrying a 24-point deficit into the second quarter.
Last night’s other NBA game had DeMarcus Cousins scoring 22 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in Sacramento’s 103-88 win over Chicago. Rudy Gay shot 7 of 11 from the field and chipped in 20 points and seven boards.
FIVE-YEAR PACT FOR NEW MLB COMMISSIONER
Rob Manfred has been given a five-year term as baseball commissioner when he succeeds Bud Selig in two months. Baseball owners voted the term at their first meeting since electing Manfred over Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner on Aug. 14. Manfred, who has worked for Major League Baseball since 1998, will take over from the 80-year-old Selig on Jan. 25.
HABS SHAKE OFF PENS LOSS
The Montreal Canadiens have padded their lead in the NHL’s Eastern Conference by bouncing back from their only loss since Nov. 4.
Max Pacioretty scored twice and Carey Price stopped 31 shots in the Canadiens’ seventh victory in eight games a 4-1 verdict over St. Louis. The Blues led 1-0 until Dale Weise and Pacioretty scored in the first 7 ½ minutes of the second period.
The Canadiens lead the entire league with 31 points after topping one of the top teams in the West.
Vladimir Tarasenko scored his team-high 11th goal for the Blues.
Elsewhere in the NHL:
Connecticut was a winner in the first round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in Orlando.
Ryan Boatright had 19 points and Daniel Hamilton added 15 as the 17th-ranked Huskies beat College of Charleston 65-57. Boatright and Hamilton carried the scoring load for the Huskies in the first half, combining for 18 of their 30 points.
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