Trail Blazers Beat Jazz 88-81 In Preseason Action

bball jazz101315SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Meyers Leonard scored 19 points to help the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Utah Jazz 88-81 in preseason action Monday night. The Blazers improved to 2-2 despite Damian Lillard sitting with a left ankle injury.

Both teams struggled offensively as the Trail Blazers shot 39 percent from the field. The Jazz (2-2) made only 31 percent of their shots.

Al-Farouz Aminu finished with 15 points for the Blazers. CJ McCollum scored 16, but was 6 for 21 from the field and was ejected for a flagrant 2 foul.

Alec Burks scored 19 and Rodney Hood added 13 for the Jazz.

Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert combined to score just 22 points on 6 for 28 shooting for Utah.

Canucks Spoil Ducks' Home Opener With 2-1 Shootout Win

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Radim Vrbata and Alex Burrows scored in the shootout, and the Vancouver Canucks spoiled the Anaheim Ducks' home opener with a 2-1 victory Monday night.

Ryan Miller made 28 saves and Adam Cracknell scored in regulation for Vancouver, which beat the Ducks for just the third time in their last 12 meetings.

Sami Vatanen scored and Frederik Andersen stopped 24 shots for the Ducks, who are winless in the first two games of a season that includes Stanley Cup aspirations.

After the Ducks failed to score on a power play during their first taste of 3-on-3 overtime hockey, Vrbata and Burrows got stuttering, halting shots past Andersen, who stopped Burrows' shot before watching it trickle under him.

The Ducks lost their home opener for just the second time in six seasons.

Dalton Rallies Bengals Over Seahawks 27-24 In Overtime

hawsktextgradCINCINNATI (AP) - Andy Dalton led the Bengals from a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to a 27-24 overtime victory on Sunday over the Seattle Seahawks, keeping Cincinnati undefeated with the second-biggest comeback in its history.

Trailing 24-7 as the fourth quarter started, Dalton threw for a touchdown, ran for another and led the Bengals (5-0) on a 69-yard drive without a timeout. Mike Nugent tied it with a 31-yard field goal on the final play of regulation.

Nugent was good again from 42 yards with 3:36 left in overtime, the ball deflecting off the left upright before going through. It matched the second-biggest comeback in Cincinnati's history when trailing in the fourth quarter.

The Bengals are 5-0 for the first time since 1988, the last time they went to the Super Bowl.

Seattle (2-3) punted twice in overtime, giving the Bengals a chance to pull it out.

October 12, 2015

Washington State Upsets Oregon 45-38 In 2 OTs

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Luke Falk threw for season-high 505 yards and five touchdowns, including an unusual scoring pass in the second overtime, and Washington State snapped an eight-game losing streak to Oregon with a 45-38 victory in overtime over the Ducks.

Knotted at 38 in Saturday's match-up, an unnecessary roughness foul on the Ducks helped the Cougars in the second OT, and then Falk appeared to hit River Cracraft with a pass that landed in the hands of Robert Lewis for a 4-yard touchdown.

The play withstood review, and Oregon's subsequent drive ended in an interception - sending the Cougars rushing onto the field in celebration.

Falk had marched Washington State (3-2, 1-1 Pac-12) downfield in the final two minutes of regulation, capping the drive with an 8-yard pass to tie the game at 31 and send it to overtime.

Jeff Lockie hit Bralon Addison with a 9-yard touchdown pass for the Ducks (3-3, 1-2) on the opening possession of the extra period. The Cougars answered with Falk's close 1-yard keeper that withstood a review that again tied the score.

October 12, 2015

Eastern Washington Shocks Cal Poly 42-41 In Overtime

CHENEY, Wash. (AP) - Kendrick Bourne scored on Eastern Washington's first play of overtime before Cal Poly lost the ball on a two-point conversion attempt and the Eagles shocked the Mustangs 42-41.

Bourne caught a short pass from Jordan West, broke a tackle at the 20, fended off two other tacklers inside the 10 and dove over the pylon to give the Eagles (3-2, 2-0 Big Sky) their first lead on Saturday.

Cal Poly (2-4, 1-2) countered with Chris Brown's third touchdown, a 1-yard run, but his option pitch went off the facemask of Kori Garcia and bounced way.

West, who completed 27 of 35 passes for 224 yards and four touchdowns, forced overtime with a 16-yard TD pass to Nic Sblendorio with 57 seconds in regulation and two-point conversion to Terry Jackson after the Mustangs were called for holding when intercepting the first PAT attempt.

Brown rushed for 173 yards and Joe Protheroe had 121 yards and two TDs as Cal Poly piled up 503 on the ground - and just 16 passing.

October 12, 2015