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No. 21 Purdue beats IUPUI for Painter’s 300th victory

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Carsen Edwards scored a career-high 27 points and No. 21 Purdue beat IUPUI 86-61 on Sunday night for coach Matt Painter’s 300th victory.

Isaac Haas added 14 points and six rebounds, and Vincent Edwards had 12 points and 12 rebounds to help the Boilermakers (10-2) win their sixth straight game.

Maurice Kirby had 16 points for IUPUI (2-6), and Jaylen Minnett added 12 points. The Jaguars who have lost four straight.

Purdue closed out the first half on a 6-0 spurt, capped by P.J. Thompson’s 3-pointer just before the buzzer that made it 40-31. The Boilermakers opened the second with a 14-0 run, including seven straight points by Carsen Edwards.

Haas’ layup with 16:31 to play put Purdue ahead 54-31 — before IUPUI finally scored again on a lay-up by Kirby.

BIG PICTURE

IUPUI: They’re 0-3 in the short series with Purdue. Against Big Ten opponents, the Jaguars’ last win came against Northwestern, 56-53 on Nov. 27, 2002.

Purdue: After Thursday’s win over Valparaiso, IUPUI was the second of a three-game stretch against in-state opponents. The Boilermakers have won five straight against teams from Indiana and hasn’t lost to an in-state team since Feb. 20, 2016.

UP NEXT

IUPUI is off this week before heading to Washington State on Saturday for the second game three straight games on the road.

Purdue is off this week until a matchup with Butler in the annual Crossroads Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

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Eagles QB Wentz knocked out of Rams game with knee injury

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz suffered a knee injury late in the third quarter Sunday and was knocked out of a showdown against Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams.

Wentz was hit hard as he scrambled into the end zone on a play that was called back because of holding on tackle Lane Johnson. He stayed in the game, and threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery four plays later to give the Eagles a short-lived 31-28 lead.

It was Wentz’s 33rd TD pass, setting the team’s single-season record. Wentz was the second pick overall in the 2016 draft. Goff was No. 1 overall.

Nick Foles replaced Wentz the next drive.

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Houston’s Savage returned to game after concussion

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston quarterback Tom Savage was cleared to re-enter Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers for one series after sustaining a concussion, raising questions about the NFL’s procedure for evaluating such injuries during games.

Savage was injured with about nine minutes remaining in the second quarter of Houston’s 26-16 loss when he was driven to the ground on a hit by Elvis Dumervil. Replays showed Savage looking dazed after his head hit the ground with both of his arms shaking and lifted upward .

He was taken to the medical tent where he stayed for less than three minutes before returning to the bench and going back in for the next series. He threw two incompletions on that drive, and Houston’s team doctor approached him after he returned to the sideline after that possession.

Savage tried repeatedly to enter the game on the next series. But a team official kept grabbing Savage’s jersey and finally his arm and pulled him away from the field. He could be seen arguing with that person and the team’s trainer before being escorted to the locker room.

Coach Bill O’Brien said he was evaluated for a concussion after the hit and cleared to return, but that he was evaluated again after he returned because “because of what they saw,” without providing details of what that was.

“They try to make the best decision for the player,” O’Brien said. “Whatever they see and the testing that they do they try to make the best decision with the player and they weren’t satisfied with the results of the second test so they decided to pull him, and that’s when he went into the locker room.”

O’Brien was then asked if it was worrisome that Savage was allowed to return to the game when he had a concussion.

“I don’t direct that. I don’t direct that at all,” he said. “They just come to me and that’s kind of where that’s at. I don’t have anything to do with that. All I do is coach.”

Several of Savage’s teammates said they didn’t notice anything different about him on the drive after he was injured, and T.J. Yates, who took over for him, said the same thing.

“When he got back to the sideline he seemed fine and coherent,” Yates said.

Savage and Yates are the only quarterbacks on Houston’s roster, so they’ll have to sign someone this week to back up Yates if Savage is unable to play on Sunday.

His injury is the latest setback for a team that has had more than its share of problems this year. Houston lost linebacker Brian Cushing for 10 games because of a suspension for performance enhancers. Defensive stars J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus both sustained season-ending injuries in Week 5.

Rookie Deshaun Watson took over at halftime of Houston’s season-opener after Savage struggled and made the offense one of the NFL’s most potent in six starts, but he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in practice on Nov. 2. The team suffered another blow on Nov. 19 when rookie running back D’Onta Foreman ruptured his left Achilles tendon.

The Texans (4-9) have gone 1-5 since Watson was injured to drop out of playoff contention after winning the AFC South title in each of the last two seasons.

“I’ve never been part of a team like this with this many injuries,” receiver DeAndre Hopkins said. “I mean, guys the go out back-to-back, so it’s not something I don’t think anyone in this locker room has dealt with before.”

Hopkins had 149 yards receiving and two touchdowns , but lost a fumble in the fourth quarter with the Texans down by 7. San Francisco added 41-yard field goal after that to secure the victory.

Yates, who was signed after Watson was injured, threw for 175 yards and two touchdowns in his first game since Nov. 16, 2015.

“He went into a tough spot and I thought he did some really good things,” O’Brien said. “The ball came out. Thought we really struggled to run the ball today. We could not run the ball and that really hurt us. I thought T.J. made some really nice plays.”

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Rivers leads Bolts to 4th straight win, 30-13 over Redskins

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Philip Rivers passed for 319 yards and two touchdowns, and the Los Angeles Chargers continued their ferocious playoff push with their fourth straight victory, 30-13 over the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

Tyrell Williams caught a 75-yard touchdown pass and Hunter Henry had another scoring grab for the Chargers (7-6), who have won seven of nine after an 0-4 start to their relocation season.

While outscoring their opponents 131-53 during their winning streak, the Chargers also moved above .500 for the first time since September 2015 with a dominant offensive performance against Washington.

The Chargers stayed atop the AFC West alongside the Chiefs (7-6), their opponents Saturday in Kansas City.

Kirk Cousins hit Vernon Davis with an early TD pass for the Redskins (5-8), who have lost two straight and six of eight.

Although Bashaud Breeland returned an interception of Kellen Clemens’ pass 96 yards for a touchdown with 2:36 to play, Washington’s defense had few answers while the Chargers racked up 429 yards by midway through the third quarter.

Rivers passed for 256 yards in the first half of another outstanding performance late in his 12th season as the Chargers’ starting quarterback. Rivers also moved ahead of Warren Moon for ninth place in NFL history in career yards passing while picking apart the Redskins’ secondary.

Melvin Gordon rushed for a third-quarter score before several Los Angeles regulars took most of the fourth quarter off, banking rest for Saturday’s showdown in Kansas City.

They earned the break on both sides of the ball by continuing their exceptional play since their slow start, winning their fourth straight home game. Rivers’ offense played with confidence and flair, executing flea-flickers and thoroughly entertaining a crowd with distinctly fewer fans of the opposition than in the Chargers’ first few games at StubHub Center.

Keenan Allen had six catches for 111 yards in his quietest performance during the Bolts’ four-game winning streak. He still set new single-season career highs for receptions and yards during the first half for Los Angeles.

Los Angeles jumped to a 13-0 lead while scoring on its first three drives and getting a first-quarter interception by Kyle Emanuel, but Washington kept it close by forcing two field goals and then getting a 23-yard TD pass to Davis from Cousins, who repeatedly avoided the Chargers’ vaunted pass rush.

But on the next snap, Rivers hit Williams deep downfield for an untouched, 75-yard score.

Los Angeles had a 23-6 lead when it drove 81 yards in the final 1:25 before halftime. The Chargers only missed out on even more points because Austin Ekeler was tackled on a 33-yard run at the Washington 4 as time ran out.

INJURIES

Redskins: Kick returner Byron Marshall’s leg buckled underneath him while he moved to field a kickoff in the first quarter. He injured his hamstring and didn’t return. … Key LB Zach Brown injured his foot in the second half. … LB Chris Carter injured his ankle in the second half and didn’t return.

Chargers: Left tackle Russell Okung went down heavily in the first quarter and limped off the field with a knee injury. He returned later in the first half, however.

UP NEXT

Redskins: Host the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

Chargers: Travel to Kansas City on short rest for a first-place showdown with the Chiefs on Saturday.

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Ice hockey brothers first bans after NZ drug probe

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Two brothers who played ice hockey for New Zealand have become the first athletes to be banned after an investigation into the sale of performance-enhancing drugs to amateur sportspeople in the country.

Mitchell and Lachlan Frear have been banned for two years by the Sports Tribunal of New Zealand (STNZ) after they purchased the banned substance clenbuterol from an illegal distributor in 2014.

The duo are among up to 100 athletes at the lower levels of several sports who have been implicated in the investigation after the imprisonment earlier this year of the owner of a website that sold banned substances.

The website owner Josh Townshend was jailed in May for two years for advertising, possession and supplying prescription medication.

Drug Free Sport New Zealand (DFSNZ) investigated Townshend’s database and found up to 100 sportspeople as potential clients. None were considered to be participating among the higher echelons of New Zealand sport.

DFSNZ, however, initiated disciplinary proceedings against the people identified, chief executive Nick Paterson said as all participants who were members of national sports organizations were subject to anti-doping policies.

Mitchell Frear said at the hearing he had gained weight while studying and purchased clenbuterol from the website as it had been advertised as a fat burning weight-loss product.

Lachlan, who was 18 at the time, had also been targeted by ads from the website that described the product as a “fat-burner”. Both said they never received the product and thought they had been caught in an online scam.

The STNZ said in their judgment that while there was little evidence they had used the product they were guilty of attempting to procure a substance on the prohibited list and banned for two years, backdated to Jan. 1 2017.

DFSNZ has said they expect more cases to be heard until well into 2018.

(Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Nick Mulvenney)

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