LANDOVER, Md. | As his mind wandered to whether it was his final home game as the Washington’s starting quarterback, Kirk Cousins had a bigger concern early against the Denver Broncos and their top-ranked defense. “After the first couple of possessions, I didn’t know if we were going to get 100 yards on them,” Cousins said.
GLENDALE, Ariz. | Their top scorer out after a brawl and game misconduct, the Colorado Avalanche responded with a flurry of second-period goals Saturday night. Carl Soderberg scored twice, the first to start a four-goal burst in the second, and the Avalanche routed the Coyotes 6-2.
OAKLAND, Calif. | Warriors coach Steve Kerr didn’t see much passion from his team Saturday. Golden State better find some fast for Christmas Day, when LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers come to town for a prime-time holiday rematch of the past three NBA Finals.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The team was dragging and maybe Dustin Brown was, too. The Los Angeles Kings, fresh off an eight-game winning streak, had suddenly lost three of four. And midway through the third period Thursday night, they were in danger of being shut out for the first time this season.
LANDOVER, Md. | For all the injury problems and inconsistency the Washington Redskins have endured this season, they’re glad they’ve avoided quarterback roulette. Kirk Cousins has started every game for the Redskins for the past three years, the polar opposite of their Week 16 opponent, the Denver Broncos, since Peyton Manning retired.
DENVER | Karl-Anthony Towns dominated the start of the fourth quarter and Jimmy Butler took over at the end to stop Denver’s eight-game home winning streak. Towns had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Butler also scored 25 and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Nuggets 112-104 on Wednesday night.
COURCHEVEL, France | Mikaela Shiffrin beat Petra Vlhova of Slovakia in the final to win a World Cup parallel slalom race on Wednesday for the 35th win of her career. The defending World Cup champion followed up her victory in Tuesday’s giant slalom on the same course to extend her sizeable overall lead this season.
ASHBURN, Va. | Kapri Bibbs was out of work, not out of hope. Traded from the Denver Broncos to the San Francisco 49ers after 29 carries in 12 games and then cut after training camp, Bibbs trained at Tom Shaw’s facility in Orlando and bided his time for three months.
ENGLEWOOD | Shane Ray arrived at training camp eager for a big year that would take some focus off superstar Von Miller following the retirement of DeMarcus Ware. On the first day of training camp, Ray broke his left wrist, which would require three surgeries, including one last Friday to remove the screws.
COURCHEVEL, France | Mikaela Shiffrin is getting more aggressive in defense of her World Cup and Olympic titles. The American won a World Cup giant slalom on Tuesday, her third victory of the season and 34th of her career — one more than U.S. men’s great Bode Miller. This season, Shiffrin has also won a slalom, her best discipline, plus a first ever downhill to underline her expanding repertoire. The Colorado native is the defending World Cup champion and has already opened up a big overall lead.