Monday's Sports In Brief


PHILADELPHIA (AP) Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdown passes to Davante Adams and the Green Bay Packers beat the Philadelphia Eagles 27-13 to snap a four-game losing streak.

Rodgers had 313 yards passing and Adams had 113 yards receiving to help send Philadelphia to its first home loss this season.

The Packers kept their sinking playoff hopes alive but they're still two games behind the Lions in the NFC North.

Carson Wentz had 254 yards passing, ran for a score and threw an interception. The last-place Eagles are 2-6 since a 3-0 start.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs returned to practice on a limited basis, after being held out of the previous game because of a knee injury.

The Vikings missed Diggs during their 16-13 loss at Detroit last Thursday. The team's leader with 67 receptions and 747 yards has missed two of 11 games this year.

Cornerback Terence Newman (neck) and punt returner Marcus Sherels (ribs) didn't suit up for the last game, either, but Newman also returned to practice Monday on a limited basis. Nickel cornerback Captain Munnerlyn and free safety Harrison Smith have not practiced yet this week. Neither has Sherels, who is one of only two players in the league with two punt returns for touchdowns.

Minnesota faces NFL-leading Dallas this Thursday.


NEW YORK (AP) – Kentucky and Villanova remain the top two teams in The Associated Press college basketball poll while Baylor made the week's biggest jump, from No. 20 to ninth.

Kentucky (6-0) received 40 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel while Villanova was No. 1 on 20 ballots.

North Carolina (7-0), which moved up one place to third after winning the Maui Invitational, got four No. 1 votes. Kansas, Duke and Virginia all moved up one place to fourth through sixth. Xavier moved up two places to seventh and Gonzaga went up three spots to eighth.

Baylor (6-0), which beat Michigan State and Louisville in winning the Battle 4 Atlantis, got the other first-place vote and was followed in the Top 10 by Creighton.

NEW YORK (AP) – Notre Dame and UConn still sit atop The Associated Press women's basketball poll while Colorado, Auburn and Texas A&M all entered the Top 25 for the first time this season.

The Irish remain No. 1 with the Huskies right behind them. Notre Dame received 16 first place ballots with UConn getting 14. Third-ranked South Carolina garnered the other three from a 33-member national media panel.

Baylor and Maryland each moved up one spot to round out the first five teams. Mississippi State, Louisville, Florida State, Ohio State and UCLA are the next five.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Kevin Durant had 25 points and 14 rebounds, Draymond Green blocked two shots in the final 43.4 seconds and the Golden State Warriors held off the Atlanta Hawks and their strong bench 105-100 for a 12th straight victory.

Stephen Curry scored 25 points with four 3-pointers, and Klay Thompson added 20 points as Golden State's Big Three each reached 20 points for the second consecutive game.

The Warriors won their seventh straight home game and fifth in a row against Atlanta at Oracle Arena while welcoming back Green from a one-game absence while injured.

NEW YORK (AP) – Russell Westbrook got his third straight triple-double and nearly did it by halftime, finishing with 27 points, 18 rebounds and 14 assists for his NBA-leading eighth of the season as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the New York Knicks 112-103.

Westbrook had 14 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists at the break and is now averaging a triple-double for the season, raising his averages to 30.9 points, 11.3 assists and 10.3 rebounds through more than a month of the season.

Enes Kanter added a season-high 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Steven Adams had 14 points and 10 boards in the Thunder's third straight victory.


MIAMI (AP) – The Marlins have begun the painful task of revamping their rotation following the death of ace Jose Fernandez, reaching a deal with free agent Edinson Volquez.

The veteran right-hander agreed to a $22 million, two-year contract, a person familiar with the situation said. The person confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it won't be final until Volquez successfully completes a physical.

An All-Star in 2008 when he won 17 games with Cincinnati, Volquez helped pitch Kansas City to the World Series title in 2015 as he went 13-9 with a 3.55 ERA. He slipped to 10-11 with 5.37 ERA with the Royals this year.

Fernandez died in a boating accident a week before the end of the regular season in September. He went 16-8 with a 2.86 ERA this year.

NEW YORK (AP) – Injured pitcher Nathan Eovaldi has been released by the New York Yankees along with right-hander Nick Rumbelow and lefty Joe Mantiply.

The trio had been designated for assignment on Nov. 18, and the Yankees announced their release Monday.

Eovaldi will be sidelined next season as he recovers from Aug. 19 surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon and partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Acquired from the Miami Marlins in a December 2014 trade, Eovaldi was 9-8 with a 4.76 ERA this year.

He made $5.6 million, would have been eligible for salary arbitration and would have become eligible for free agency, anyway, after the 2017 season.


SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) – Gerard Gallant wanted the Florida Panthers to play one way, and his bosses wanted another.

As such, they're not his bosses anymore.

The Panthers fired Gallant and assistant coach Mike Kelly on Sunday night, and announced the moves publicly on Monday morning. Florida cited philosophical differences as the primary reason for firing Gallant, a coach of the year finalist last season who made it through only 22 games this season.

Tom Rowe will essentially take a hiatus from being general manager to fill the coaching spot for the rest of the year, starting with Tuesday's game in Chicago.

Florida began Monday only two points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference even after dealing with some serious injuries so far this season.