The Sports Xchange
LANDOVER, Md. — Kirk Cousins fired a 14-yard, go-ahead touchdown pass to Josh Doctson with 3:31 left in the game, and the Washington Redskins defeated the New York Giants 20-10 Thursday night at FedEx Field. After a defensive holding penalty wiped out a third-down sack, Washington was given new life on the decisive drive at the New York 48. Cousins soon hit Jamison Crowder for 17 yards to the 16-yard line, and two plays later he found Doctson in the corner of the end zone.
ARLINGTON, Texas—The Los Angeles defense gobbled up the Dallas Cowboys and Philip Rivers did the rest as the Chargers claimed a 28-6 victory on Thursday, Nov. 23, at AT&T Stadium. Rivers passed for 434 yards and three second-half touchdowns, including a 27-yarder to Tyrell Williams that gave Los Angeles a 16-0 lead late in the third quarter. Dallas broke a 10-quarter drought without a touchdown early in the fourth when running back Rod Smith powered two yards for a score. Smith's touchdown capped a nine-play, 81-yard march.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings had a bit of a coming-out party Thursday, Nov. 23. The Vikings won their seventh straight game, and did it in front of a national television audience on Thanksgiving, 30-23 over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. The win gives Minnesota (9-2) a three-game lead over the Lions (6-5). With five games remaining, the Vikings are closing in on their second division title in three years. The Vikings had to hold on for the win. They led 27-10 in the third quarter before the Lions closed the deficit to 27-23 early in the fourth.
ST. PAUL, Minn.—Two fortunate bounces and John Moore's goal in the first minute of overtime helped the New Jersey Devils snap a two-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night. Moore got his third goal of the season 52 seconds into OT off a pass from Adam Henrique as Minnesota's late rally went for naught. Henrique and Steven Santini both scored goals that went into the net off a Minnesota player, and Cory Schneider chipped in with 33 saves for the Devils, who had dropped games in Toronto and Winnipeg before bouncing back versus the Wild.
MINNEAPOLIS—The Detroit Pistons rallied in the fourth quarter and then held on to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 100-97 on Sunday night at Target Center. Andre Drummond had 20 points and 16 rebounds to lead Detroit. Avery Bradley and Tobias Harris each added 18 points as all five Pistons starters scored in double figures. The Pistons (11-5) bounced back after dropping back-to-back games for the first time this season. The Timberwolves (10-6) saw their three-game winning streak end.
HOMESTEAD, Fla.—Martin Truex Jr. claimed his eighth win of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Series season Sunday in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. With that win, Truex also won his first Cup Series championship. Truex had to battle another championship candidate, Kyle Busch, in the closing laps. Busch took runner-up honors. Kyle Larson finished third. The other two Championship Four drivers, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski, finished fourth and seventh, respectively. Chase Elliott rounded out the top five.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — Austin Cook captured his first PGA Tour title by coasting to a four-stroke victory at the RSM Classic on Sunday, Nov. 19. The PGA Tour rookie closed his 3-under-par 67 on Sunday with a pair of birdies and finished 21-under 261 for the tournament at the Sea Island Club's Seaside Course. The victory in the final event of the calendar year gives the 26-year-old Cook exemptions into The Masters, The PGA Championship and The Players Championship next year.
NAPLES, Fla. — Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn sank a 25-foot birdie putt on the last hole to capture the CME Group Tour Championship by one shot on Sunday, Nov. 19. Ariya started her day with a bogey, but she made birdies on four of her last six holes to finish the fourth round with a 5-under 67 and a four-day total of 15-under-par 273 on the Tiburon Golf Club. "This week, to be honest, I had no expectations at all," said Ariya. "I really wasn't thinking about the outcome any more at all. I really thought only about the things I could control. And I have so much fun this week.".
WASHINGTON—T.J. Oshie had a goal and an assist, Braden Holtby stopped 30 shots and the Washington Capitals defeated the Minnesota Wild 3-1 on Saturday night, Nov. 18. Dmitry Orlov and Evgeny Kuznetsov also had goals for Washington (11-9-1). Nino Niederreiter scored for the Wild (9-8-2), who had a four-game winning streak stopped. Alex Stalock, making his first start since Halloween and his first career appearance against the Capitals, had 40 saves. Stalock stopped Chandler Stephensen's penalty shot with 4:49 left to keep the Wild within 2-1.
MINNEAPOLIS—In recent seasons, the Minnesota Timberwolves would not have won games like they did on Friday, Nov. 17, against Dallas. The Wolves fell behind big to the Mavericks before mounting a comeback to run away with a 111-87 win. Minnesota scored 68 points in the second half and erased a 13-point third-quarter deficit. The 3-pointer was big for the Timberwolves as they hit a season-high 13 shots from downtown.