ATLANTA (AP) — The New Orleans Saints continued the Atlanta’s miserably season by handing the Falcons their fifth straight loss, 17-13 behind a pair of TD passes by Drew Brees. The NFC South-leading Saints improved to 9-2 while the Falcons fell to 2-9, officially eliminated from the division race with five weeks left in the NFL season.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Blake Bortles passed for one touchdown and ran for another in leading No. 17 Central Florida past Rutgers 41-17 to remain unbeaten in the American Athletic Conference. The Knights are 9-1 overall and have won six straight following their only loss, a three-point defeat at South Carolina.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Nik Stauskas finished with 23 points, Caris LeVert had 20 and No. 14 Michigan made a tournament-record 14 3-pointers in beating Long Beach State 85-61 in the first round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. That sets up a semifinal meeting between the Wolverines and 18th-ranked and undefeated Florida State, which advanced with an 85-67 win over 10th-ranked VCU.
BOSTON (AP) — The St. Louis Blues won an early season showdown between NHL conference leaders by beating the Bruins 3-2 in a shootout in Beantown last night. Derek Roy scored once in regulation and again in the fourth round of the shootout as the Blues continued the hottest start in its history at 15-3-3.
NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Weiner (WEE’-nur), the plain-speaking labor attorney who led the baseball players union the last four years, has died at age 51, just 15 months after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Former big league All-Star Tony Clark will be taking over Weiner’s role as executive director.