DALLAS (AP) — With the Dallas Mavericks leading comfortably in the fourth quarter, their fans wanted Dirk Nowitzki on the court one more time, chanting, "We want Dirk! We want...
Dallas and Sacramento square off in conference matchup
Sacramento Kings (36-37, ninth in the Western Conference) vs. Dallas Mavericks (29-44, 14th in the Western Conference)
Mavericks waive Zach Randolph, acquired in trade with Kings
DALLAS (AP) — The Mavericks have waived Zach Randolph two days after acquiring the forward while sending Harrison Barnes to Sacramento in a trade designed to give Dallas salary-cap relief.
Randolph and young forward Justin Jackson were sent to the Mavericks in a deal that came together while Barnes was playing for Dallas in a 99-93 win over Charlotte on Wednesday. Jackson was active for Friday night's game against Milwaukee.
Davis remains in trade limbo; Barnes to Sacramento
MIAMI (AP) — Anthony Davis is still a member of the New Orleans Pelicans.
By 3 p.m. Thursday, that may change.
Davis remained in place Wednesday, though the run-up to the NBA's annual trade deadline picked up steam in plenty of other locales around the league — including Dallas, where Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes didn't play in the fourth quarter of a win over Charlotte because of a trade with Sacramento.
"I got word of it during the game," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said.
Wednesday’s Sports in Brief
MIAMI (AP) — Anthony Davis is still a member of the New Orleans Pelicans.
By 3 p.m. Thursday, that may change.
Davis remained in place, though the run-up to the NBA's annual trade deadline picked up steam in plenty of other locales around the league — including Dallas, where the Mavericks took Harrison Barnes out of their win over Charlotte in the third quarter because he's about to get moved to Sacramento, according to two people familiar with the negotiations there.
Chargers promote Jackson from practice squad, waive Newsome
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers have promoted running back Justin Jackson from their practice squad and waived running back Detrez Newsome.
Jackson was a seventh-round pick in this year's draft. He is Northwestern's career rushing leader (5,440 yards) and just the second player in Big Ten history to rush for 1,000 yards or more in four straight seasons.
Larkin helps Northwestern extend streak with win at Purdue
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Jeremy Larkin proved he could be Northwestern's workhorse Thursday night.
He also showed he's more than capable of replacing career rushing leader Justin Jackson.
In his first game as the Wildcats' feature back, the sophomore carried 26 times for a career-high 143 yards, scored two touchdowns and helped close out a season-opening 31-27 victory at Purdue with a final drive that consumed more than 7½ minutes.
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers have exercised their fifth-year contract option for 2019 on running back Melvin Gordon.
The Bolts announced the long-expected move Wednesday.
Gordon is a workhorse ball-carrier for the Chargers, who had one of the NFL's most productive attacks last season.
Gordon finished fifth in the NFL with 1,581 yards from scrimmage during the Chargers' relocation season, while his 1,105 yards rushing were seventh in the league.
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers could have declared this NFL draft to be a victory after they got Derwin James in a widely perceived steal in the first round.
They still spent the next two days adding a diverse collection of talent on both sides of the ball to make a solid roster even better.
Bruno Fernando, Maryland freshman center, declares for NBA Draft without agent
Count another blow to the Maryland men's basketball roster although it might not be a permanent one.
Terrapin freshman center Bruno Fernando has declared for the 2018 NBA Draft, according to multiple reports, but he will not sign with an agent.
Add Marylands Bruno Fernando to the lengthy list. Declared. No agent. Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 6, 2018
PHOENIX (AP) — On track to finish with their worst record since their inaugural season 50 years ago, the Phoenix Suns finally closed out an opponent and won again.
Josh Jackson scored 18 of his 28 points in the first half and the Suns ended a franchise-record, 15-game losing streak with a 97-94 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.
"It was a win that we really, really wanted," Jackson said.
Justin Jackson, Maryland forward, declares for NBA Draft; Dion Wiley to transfer
Maryland basketball will lose a few key players this offseason, as sophomore Justin Jackson says he will declare for the NBA Draft and junior Dion Wiley has elected to transfer, according to reports.
Jackson, a forward from Canada, averaged 9.8 points and 8.1 rebounds in the first 11 games of the season but suffered a torn labrum in December and had season-ending surgery. Jackson originally declared for last year's draft and worked out at the NBA combine, but returned to Maryland.
Kings beat Hawks amid protests outside Golden1 Center
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — On the best night of his rookie season, Sacramento's Justin Jackson had a difficult time keeping his mind off the protests going on outside of Golden1 Center.
He was far from alone in his feelings.
Players from both the Kings and Atlanta Hawks were admittedly distracted by a large group of protesters who were locked arm-in-arm surrounding entrances to the arena before and during the game.
Maryland beats Penn State 75-69 for 7th straight win
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A big lineup and a huge advantage at the free throw line provided Maryland the leverage it needed to secure a gritty victory.
Freshman Bruno Fernando had 17 points and 11 rebounds, Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 18 and Maryland rallied past Penn State 75-69 on Tuesday night to extend its winning streak to seven.
No. 20 Northwestern edges Kentucky 24-23 in Music City Bowl
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Go ahead and question Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald's decisions to go for it over and over on fourth down, even late in a move that nearly cost the Wildcats dearly.
His defense had their coach's back.
The Wildcats broke up Kentucky's 2-point conversion, and No. 20 Northwestern held off Kentucky 24-23 on Friday in a Music City Bowl that might be remembered more for injuries, ejections and a wild finish.
Northwestern quarterback carted off with injured right knee
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson has been carted off the field with an injured right knee hurt after catching a 24-yard pass for the No. 20 Wildcats in the second quarter of the Music City Bowl.
Thorson handed off to running back Jeremy Larkin and then ran down the left sideline for a wide-open catch with 14:23 left in the second. Thorson was tackled by Kentucky linebacker Jordan Jones at the Kentucky 5, and the quarterback immediately grabbed his right knee.
Camp Randall Stadium
Record: 4-0, 1-0 Big Ten
The start of Big Ten play, and it comes against an opponent with a history of making life difficult on the Badgers. UW’s final look at Wildcats running back Justin Jackson, who has a pair of 100-yard games against the Badgers but was held to 42 during the teams’ 2016 meeting.
Morsell scores 18 to lead Maryland past Gardner-Webb 82-60
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Playing without two key players, Maryland used depth and teamwork to make up the difference against Gardner-Webb.
Freshman Darryl Morsell scored a career-high 18 points, Kevin Huerter added 15 and the Terrapins methodically rolled to an 82-60 victory Saturday.
Maryland (9-3) had 21 assists on its 30 baskets, committed only 11 turnovers and got 33 points from its bench.
Cowan leads Maryland past Illinois 92-91 in overtime
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Maryland stopped a furious Illinois second-half comeback to steal a 92-91 overtime win in Big Ten conference action Sunday night.
Either team could have won the game in the final minutes and seconds, trading shots and fouls like heavyweight boxers.
"That was a big-time college basketball game," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "We were terrific in the first half, and they were terrific in the second half. It's a game we probably shouldn't have won, but we'll take it."
Music City Bowl Matchup
Kentucky (7-5, Southeastern Conference) vs. No. 20 Northwestern (9-3, No. 21 College Football Playoff, Big Ten), Dec. 29, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)
LOCATION: Nashville, Tennessee
Kentucky: RB Benny Snell Jr., 1,318 yards rushing, 18 touchdowns, 5.1 yards per carry
Northwestern: RB Justin Jackson, 1,154 yards rushing, nine touchdowns, 4.5 yards per carry
Gabe Green finds role at a new position for Tommies
There are eight classes of football in Illinois. Quarterback Gabe Green led a Springfield high school, Sacred Heart-Griffin, to a second straight 5A title as a senior in 2014.
Green did that by completing 75 percent of his passes, 162 of 216, for 2,841 yards, 37 touchdowns and two interceptions. If this had been the NFL, Greens passer efficiency rating would have been 152.3, six points shy of perfect.
Jackson, defense lead No. 23 Northwestern past Illinois
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Justin Jackson ran for 144 yards and a touchdown and No. 23 Northwestern won its seventh straight, beating Illinois 42-7 on Saturday.
The bowl-bound Wildcats (9-3, 7-2 Big Ten) held Illinois scoreless after giving up a first-quarter touchdown, and put 42 straight points on the board.
"I thought we would have to weather a storm there early, and we did," Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. "After that, I thought our defense was absolutely dominant."
No. 23 Northwestern rolls downstate to face rival Illinois
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — No. 23 Northwestern is on a six-game winning streak for the first time since 1996 and running back Justin Jackson is in rare territory as only the second Big Ten to player to rush for 1,000 yards in four consecutive seasons.
No. 23 Northwestern faces Illini, looking for 7th straight W
No. 23 Northwestern (8-3, 6-2 Big Ten, CFP No. 22) at Illinois (2-9, 0-8), Saturday, 4 p.m. ET (FS1)
Thorson, Jackson lead Northwestern to 39-0 rout Minnesota
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — It was cold, rainy and windy at Ryan Field on Saturday. Just the way Northwestern wanted it.
Clayton Thorson had three touchdown passes, Justin Jackson added 166 yards rushing on 31 carries and Northwestern won its sixth straight with a 39-0 rout of Minnesota.
The Wildcats (8-3, 6-2 Big Ten) also forced five turnovers on defense. Cornerback Montre Hartage had an interception and a fumble recovery to set up two touchdowns.
Maryland rolls to 76-61 win over Stony Brook in opener
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Michal Cekovsky hit every shot he put up, scoring 10 points to help lead Maryland to a 76-61 win over Stony Brook in the season opener on Friday night.
Cekovsky made three field goals and four free throws.
Anthony Cowan led the way for the Terrapins, scoring 15 points with six rebounds and four assists. Kevin Huerter added 13 points, Justin Jackson chipped in 11 points while hauling down 14 rebounds, and Bruno Fernando came off the bench to score 10 points.
East Lansing — The last couple of weeks were hardly used as tuneups, but the fact Michigan State just played two straight games defending offenses that feature dynamic quarterbacks and effective running attacks sure helps heading into Saturday's matchup with Ohio State.
Jackson, Kiser among 13 finalists for scholar-athlete award
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Northwestern running back Justin Jackson, Virginia linebacker Micah Kiser and Miami receiver Braxton Berrios are among 13 finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognizes the top scholar-athlete in college football.
North Carolina preview capsule
Last season: 33-7, won program's sixth NCAA championship.
Nickname: Tar Heels.
Coach: Roy Williams.
Conference: Atlantic Coast.
Who's gone: SF Justin Jackson, F/C Kennedy Meeks, F Isaiah Hicks, F Tony Bradley Jr., G Nate Britt.
Evanston, Ill. — Michigan State entered Saturday's matchup with Northwestern as the No. 4 overall defense in the nation and ranked ninth against the pass.
Those numbers took a beating in Northwestern's 39-31, triple-overtime victory as the Wildcats threw for 368 yards, nearly 200 yards more than the Spartans were giving up this season.
Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson finished 33-for-48 for 356 yards and two touchdowns while running back Justin Jackson threw a 12-yard touchdown pass.
VIEW FROM THE OTHER SIDE
Teddy Greenstein, who covers Northwestern for the Chicago Tribune, breaks down the Hoosiers for The Detroit News, answering five questions heading into Saturday's Northwestern-Michigan State game. You can follow him on Twitter @TeddyGreenstein.
Question. Michigan State has been effective stopping the run this season. What is the key to Justin Jackson being a difference-maker in this game?
Thorson 1-yard run gives Northwestern 17-10 OT win over Iowa
EVENSTON, Ill. (AP) — After completing a short pass, quarterback Clayton Thorson saw two defenders approaching running back Justin Jackson and thought it was a mismatch — against the defense.
Jackson's 23-yard reception on third-and-9 set up Thorson's 1-yard touchdown run as Northwestern rallied from a sluggish first half for a 17-10 overtime victory over Iowa on Saturday.
Johnson’s arrival well-timed for reigning champion Tar Heels
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Cameron Johnson tried not to worry about whether he would get his once-blocked release from Pittsburgh to play for reigning national champion North Carolina as a graduate transfer.
Jackson, Thorson carry Northwestern past Maryland 37-21
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — With record-setting Justin Jackson leading the way, Northwestern got its groove back on offense and cruised to a much-needed victory.
Jackson scored two touchdowns and ran for 171 yards to become the Wildcats' career rushing leader , and Northwestern beat Maryland 37-21 Saturday for its first Big Ten win of the season.
No. 4 Penn State looks to avoid letdown against Northwestern
No. 4 Penn State (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) at Northwestern (2-2, 0-1), Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (ABC)
Line: Penn State by 15.
Series record: Penn State leads 13-5.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Penn State looks to remain unbeaten with its bye coming next week and a brutal one-two punch after that. The Nittany Lions host Michigan on Oct. 21 and visit Ohio State a week later. Northwestern is once again trying to steady itself in the early going after dropping three of its first four a year ago.
Tom Oates: Early stop sets the stage for strong day from Wisconsin defense
On the lengthy list of big plays made by the University of Wisconsin defense Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium, one got lost in the shuffle.
No. 10 Wisconsin hosts Northwestern in teams’ Big 10 opener
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin freshman Jonathan Taylor is just getting started in the Big Ten. Northwestern senior Justin Jackson is on the verge of setting a career school rushing record.
Two important tailbacks at different ends of their respective college careers. The running game will be front and center when the 10th-ranked Badgers host the Wildcats on Saturday in the conference opener for both teams.
Not that this really breaks any new ground in the Big Ten.
Thorson has career day, Northwestern tops Bowling Green 49-7
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — The blowout loss to Duke didn't leave Northwestern reeling.
Clayton Thorson threw for a career-high 370 yards and two touchdown passes, Justin Jackson rushed for three touchdowns and Northwestern beat Bowling Green 49-7 on Saturday night.
After a lackluster win against Nevada in its season opener and a lopsided defeat to Duke last week, Northwestern (2-1) played like the team that many predicted to be a factor in the Big Ten West division.
Northwestern hopes to start turnaround against Bowling Green
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Just like last year, Northwestern is struggling in the early going. Don't think coach Pat Fitzgerald is buying the comparisons, though.
The Wildcats come into Saturday's game against Bowling Green trying to shake off a blowout loss and find their footing.
"I get it," Fitzgerald said. "But there's way too much stock put in what happened last year. This is a totally different team."
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Ohio State, Penn State, Northwestern and Wisconsin each placed two players on the preseason Big Ten all-conference list released Monday.
Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett and defensive end Tyquan Lewis were joined on the East Division team by Penn State running back Saquon Barkley and quarterback Trace McSorley. Indiana linebacker Tegray Scales rounded out the lineup as chosen by a media panel.
A pair of Triangle talents went in the top 10 of the NBA Draft Thursday as the ACC set a conference record with 10 first round draft picks. In all, 14 players from nine different ACC schools were selected.
Duke forward Jayson Tatum was selected No. 3 overall by the Boston Celtics and NC State guard Dennis Smith Jr. was taken No. 9 overall by the Dallas Mavericks.