Jan 12, 2020 12:47 PM

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Posted Jan 12, 2020 12:47 PM

Here is the latest Mid-America sports news from The Associated Press

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Jared Butler scored 22 points, and fourth-ranked Baylor beat No. 3 Kansas 67-55 for the Bears' first win in 18 tries on the hallowed hardwood of Allen Fieldhouse. MaCio Teague added 16 points for the Bears, who snapped a whole slew of ignominious streaks with their victory in Lawrence. They beat a top-five team on the road for the first time in 22 attempts. Isaiah Moss scored 15 points and Marcus Garrett had 11 for the Jayhawks, who lost leading scorer Devon Dotson to an injury for a long stretch midway through the game.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — David Perron celebrated his selection to the NHL All-Star Game by scoring in his fourth straight contest, helping the St. Louis Blues to a 5-2 win over the New York Rangers. Robert Bortuzzo, Vince Dunn, Zach Sanford and Jaden Schwartz also scored for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who are 11-2-1 in their last 14. Filip Chytil and Brett Howden scored for the Rangers, who fell to 1-5-1 in their last seven on the road. The Rangers had a two-game winning streak snapped.

WASHINGTON (AP) — St. Louis Blues winger David Perron and former teammate T.J. Oshie were voted by fans as two of the final representatives Saturday for NHL All-Star Weekend in St. Louis. The 31-year-old Perron is having one of the best seasons with 19 goals and 26 assists and is a first-time All-Star. Oshie has 18 goals and 15 assists for the Washington Capitals. The 33-year-old spent his first seven NHL seasons with the Blues and won the Stanley Cup with Washington in 2018. Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner and Vancouver Canucks defenseman Quinn Hughes were also voted in by fans.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Matt Coleman III scored 14 points and Texas used suffocating second-half defense to beat Kansas State 64-50 and earn the Longhorns their first Big 12 win of the season. Texas held the Wildcats scoreless for the first eight minutes of the second half. The Longhorns forced four shot-clock violation turnovers before Kansas State scored its first basket of the half. Texas extended its lead when Courtney Ramey made consecutive 3-pointers and fed Andrew Jones a nifty lob pass for a layup as the Longhorns pulled away. Cartier Diarra led Kansas State with 14 points.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Dru Smith scored 22 points and dished six assists to lead Missouri to a 91-75 victory over Florida. The Tigers (9-6, 1-2 Southeastern Conference), who entered the game ranked next-to-last in the league in scoring offense, tied their season-high point total. They shot a blistering 61.5% from the field and 63.2% from 3-point range. Kerry Blackshear led Florida (10-5, 2-1) with 22 points.

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Miller Kopp scored 15 points, and Northwestern snapped a five-game losing streak, hanging on to beat Nebraska 62-57 Saturday. Nebraska's Cam Mack nailed a 3-pointer from the right to cut it to 60-57 with 51 seconds left. After the Wildcats' Pete Nance missed from beyond the arc, Pat Spencer blocked a potential tying 3 from the wing by Dachon Burke. Kopp then made two free throws with nine seconds left to seal Northwestern's first win since Dec. 15 against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. Mack scored 11 for the Cornhuskers, who shot just 31.3% and made 9 of 30 3-pointers.

CINCINNATI (AP) — Mitch Ballock scored 19 points and went 5 of 9 from 3-point range, and Ty-Shon Alexander added 18 points lifting Creighton to a 77-65 victory over Xavier at Cintas Center, giving Bluejays head coach Greg McDermott his 500th career victory as a head coach.  Creighton (13-4, 2-2 Big East) which made only three 3-point shots in Tuesday's loss to Villanova, its fewest since 2017, hit 9 of 23 attempts on Saturday. Naji Marshall led Xavier with 21 points and Paul Scruggs had 19 as the Musketeers suffered their second straight Big East loss at home.  

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Jordan Goodwin scored 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Saint Louis pulled away from Richmond in the second half for a 74-58 win. Goodwin had seven points in a 21-2 run that put the Billikens 58-45. The Spiders had taken a 43-37 lead to break away from a 31-31 tie at the half. Javonte Perkins added 14 points for Saint Louis, which went 14 of 21 from the field and 14 of 18 from the foul line in the second half. Nick Sherod led the Spiders with 17 points.

AP-Scorecard

Here are the scores from yesterday's sports events:

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Houston 139 Minnesota 109

Final Chicago 108 Detroit 99

Final Boston 140 New Orleans 105

Final L.A. Lakers 125 Oklahoma City 110

Final Dallas 109 Philadelphia 91

Final Cleveland 111 Denver 103

Final Milwaukee 122 Portland 101

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final Vancouver 6 Buffalo 3

Final Carolina 2 Los Angeles 0

Final OT Boston 3 N-Y Islanders 2

Final OT Montreal 2 Ottawa 1

Final Tampa Bay 1 Philadelphia 0

Final New Jersey 5 Washington 1

Final St. Louis 5 N-Y Rangers 2

Final Chicago 4 Anaheim 2

Final Calgary 4 Edmonton 3

Final Columbus 3 Vegas 0

Final San Jose 2 Dallas 1

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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Final San Francisco 27 Minnesota 10

Final Tennessee 28 Baltimore 12

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (1)Gonzaga 87 Loyola Marymount 62

Final (2)Duke 90 Wake Forest 59

Final (4)Baylor 67 (3)Kansas 55

Final (5)Auburn 82 Georgia 60

Final (7)San Diego St. 83 Boise St. 65

Final (9)Oregon 78 Arizona St. 69

Final Indiana 66 (11)Ohio St. 54

Final (13)Louisville 67 Notre Dame 64

Final (14)Kentucky 76 Alabama 67

Final (15)Dayton 88 UMass 60

Final (16)Villanova 80 Georgetown 66

Final (17)West Virginia 66 (22)Texas Tech 54

Final OT Syracuse 63 (18)Virginia 55

Final Wisconsin 58 (20)Penn St. 49

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TODAY'S SPORTS SCHEDULE

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Miami at New York 3:30 p.m.

Utah at Washington 3:30 p.m.

Atlanta at Brooklyn 6 p.m.

Golden State at Memphis 6 p.m.

San Antonio at Toronto 6 p.m.

Charlotte at Phoenix 8 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at Denver 8 p.m.

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Nashville at Winnipeg 2 p.m.

Vancouver at Minnesota 4 p.m.

Buffalo at Detroit 5 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Arizona 6 p.m.

Toronto at Florida 7 p.m.

Tampa Bay at New Jersey 7 p.m.

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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Houston at Kansas City 3:05 p.m.

Seattle at Green Bay 6:40 p.m.

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(8)Michigan St. at Purdue 12 p.m.

(19)Michigan at Minnesota 1 p.m.

(21)Memphis at South Florida 4 p.m.

(23)Wichita St. at UConn 12 p.m.

(24)Arizona at Oregon St. 10 p.m.

Utah at (25)Colorado 6 p.m.

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Jan 12, 2020 12:47 PM
Titans stun Ravens, head to AFC title game with 28-12 win

BALTIMORE (AP) — With his bright red shoes and relentless running, Derrick Henry grabbed the spotlight and wouldn’t let go.

When he was done leading Tennessee into the AFC championship game Saturday night, he did a lengthy victory lap around the Baltimore Ravens’ home, slapping hands and taking selfies with Titans fans.

It has been quite a two-week ride.

“It’s not just me,” Henry said after rushing for 195 yards and throwing a 3-yard touchdown pass in a 28-12 upset of the NFL’s top team Saturday night. ”It’s a team effort. We’re all playing collectively as an offense, as a whole. We’re just locked in. We believe in each other. We communicate. It’s working out there.”

The Titans fear no one, and why should they with Henry rushing — and even throwing — the ball, and a big-play defense making clutch stops and turnovers?

One week after dominating defending Super Bowl champion New England, the Titans (11-7) eliminated Baltimore (14-3). The Ravens had won their last 12 games, with quarterback Lamar Jackson setting records and looking unstoppable.

On Saturday night, it was Henry who was unstoppable, despite Baltimore stacking eight men up front on almost two-thirds of his runs. At times, Henry used power to create space, at others the holes the line provided were huge.

“Watch us work,” said Henry, the NFL’s leading rusher this season. “We don’t do too much talking. We just go work and believe in each other. That’s our mentality. We’re going to come in here and work. ... Focus on finishing.”

Tennessee’s defense had two interceptions of All-Pro QB Jackson, who also lost a fumble, and the Titans twice stopped Baltimore on fourth-and-1.

Henry’s jump-pass to Corey Davis displayed yet another of his skills. He has completed three throws in four attempts in his career.

“I put it perfect, man,” he said with a smile. “I haven’t done that pass since high school. I feel l like I still got it.”

But it’s the way he plows over and through opponents that makes Henry — and the Titans — dangerous. Next week, they will go after their second Super Bowl trip and first since the 1999 season, either at Kansas City or Houston. The last sixth seed to get to the big game was Green Bay in the 2010 season; the Packers won it all.

Tennessee scored all of its points off takeaways or fourth-down stops.

Ryan Tannehill’s throws to Jonnu Smith and Kalif Raymond, who missed the last two games in concussion protocol, gave Tennessee a 14-point edge.

Tennessee’s first score came after tight end Mark Andrews, the Ravens’ top receiver this season, mistimed his leap and had Jackson’s pass deflect into the air. Safety Kevin Byard was there to pick it off.

Byard scooted 31 yards down the left side, and with a 15-yard personal foul penalty on Jackson added, the Titans were at the Baltimore 35. The hushed crowd then saw five straight Titans runs to the 4 before Earl Thomas came free untouched for an 8-yard sack.

Tennessee simply shrugged and Smith made a juggling catch in the left corner of the end zone. Replay determined he landed barely in bounds for a 7-0 lead.

A fourth-down stop with less than a yard to go — the first time in nine tries all season the Ravens failed on fourth-and-1 — set up Tennessee’s next touchdown. Tannehill made it 14-0 with his gorgeous long pass that floated over Raymond’s shoulder into his arms behind All-Pro defensive back Marcus Peters for a 45-yard touchdown. That throw accounted for just over half of Tannehill’s yards passing for the entire game: 88.

The folks in the stands dressed in purple, who hadn’t seen their team in such a deep hole since the end of September, had gone silent.

They did wake up for Baltimore’s 12-play second-quarter drive that included a 30-yard completion to rookie Marquise Brown on third down. But the drive netted only Jason Tucker’s 49-yard field goal.

Brown again was instrumental on a late 91-yard drive to Tucker’s 22-yarder as he made a spectacular one-handed grab of a 38-yard pass, also on third down. Getting within one score in a half they were generally outplayed gave the Ravens little boost, though.

“We just beat ourselves,” Jackson said. “I had a lot of mistakes on my behalf. Three turnovers. That shouldn’t happen.”

Henry’s 66-yard romp on third-and-1 led to his passing TD on a direct snap in the third quarter, followed one play later by Jurrell Casey forcing Jackson’s fumble, recovered by rookie Jeffery Simmons. Tannehill’s 1-yard run made it 28-6.

“They were beating people with shock and awe in the first quarter,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said of the Ravens’ winning streak. “We knew we had to do it with some turnovers and fourth-down stops. That’s the only way you can do it. Make Tucker kick some field goals.”

MORE HENRY

Henry’s TD pass was the first by a running back in the playoffs since 1987, when Allen Rice of Minnesota managed it.

Henry is the first player with two games of 175 rushing yards or more in the same postseason. He has set the postseason single-game rushing record for the Titans in consecutive weeks.

He also has the most yards rushing through his first four postseason games, coming in with 366 and now is at 561, beating Hall of Famer Terrell Davis and Arian Foster, who were tied with 515 through their first four.

“It’s going to be grind, grind, grind and then he’s going to bust one,” Vrabel said.

LAMAR’S LAMENT

Jackson’s superb season ended with a major thud. He finished with gaudy numbers — 31 of 59 for 365 yards, 20 carries for 143 yards — and a 15-yard TD pass to Hayden Hurst. But the Ravens flopped ignominiously.

Jackson was better than in his previous playoff game, a wild-card loss to the Chargers last year. At halftime in that one, Jackson was 2 of 8 for 17 yards and an interception for a 0.0 quarterback rating. He came on in helping Baltimore make that one close in the second half.

“I don’t care about what they say,” Jackson said about the likely criticism of his postseason showings. “This is my second year in the league. I’ve got a great team with me. We’re going to keep going and get ready for next year.”

UP NEXT

Titans: On to either Kansas City or division rival Houston in the AFC title game.

Ravens: Their superb season and 3 1/2 months of winning are over and they head into the offseason way early than expected.