OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jamaal Charles caught four touchdown passes and ran for another TD as the Kansas City Chiefs blasted Oakland 56-31. Charles tied a team record by scoring five touchdowns, and Alex Smith padded the Chiefs’ lead by throwing for five TDs. The 11-3 Chiefs became the fourth NFL team ever to clinch a playoff berth one year after losing at least 14 games.
UNDATED (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers and Oklahoma City Thunder struggled before winning last night. Damian Lillard capped his 23-point night by canning a fadeaway with one-tenth of a second left in overtime to give the Blazers a 111-109 triumph at Detroit. The Thunder held off Orlando 101-98 as Kevin Durant finished with 28 points, nine rebounds and five assists.
UNDATED (AP) — Second-ranked Syracuse is 10-0 after C.J. Fair and Tyler Ennis each had 21 points in a 68-63 overtime win against St. John’s. Tenth-ranked Villanova beat La Salle 73-52 as Darrun Hilliard scored 21 points and Josh Hart added 13. And No. 24 Missouri is 10-0 after Jabari Brown scored 15 points in a 66-60 win against Western Michigan.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas coach Mack Brown says he’s resigning because his teams haven’t been living up to the winning standard he helped create. In a news conference he said he had been told by school officials that he could stay on but that after thinking things through, he decided the best thing to do was retire. Brown’s teams won 10 games every year from 2001-09 and won the national championship after the 2005 season.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Winnipeg Jets forward Anthony Peluso has been suspended for three games for boarding Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski. The incident took place last night as the Jets lost to the Stars 6-4. Peluso was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct on the play in the second period.