The Sports Xchange
FORT WORTH, Texas—Kevin Harvick claimed his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win of 2017 and clinched his spot in the Championship Four with his victory on Sunday in the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway Harvick passed Martin Truex Jr. to take the lead with nine laps remaining. Truex finished second and also clinched the opportunity to race for the championship in the season finale by virtue of points. Denny Hamlin finished third, Matt Kenseth was fourth and Brad Keselowski got by teammate Joey Logano on the final lap to round out the top five.
IBARAKI, Japan — Defending champion Shanshan Feng carded a 4-under-68 on Sunday to post a two-shot victory over Ai Suzuki in the TOTO Japan Classic. Feng finished with a 19-under 197 around the Minori Course at the Taiheiyo Club. The 28-year-old from China became the first LPGA golfer to defend a title in 2017.
ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Karan Higdon rushed for 200 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries to lift Michigan to a 33-10 win over Minnesota on Saturday night, Nov. 4, in Ann Arbor, Mich. Michigan (7-2, 4-2 Big Ten) dominated Minnesota (4-5, 1-5) on the ground, rushing for 371 yards on 37 carries. In addition to Higdon's performance, sophomore Chris Evans rushed for 191 yards on 13 carries to help Michigan keep its slim hopes for an appearance in the Big Ten championship game alive.
ST. PAUL—Corey Crawford made 24 saves for his second consecutive shutout as the Chicago Blackhawks skated to a 2-0 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday, Nov. 4. Artem Anisimov's power-play goal off a deflection of Duncan Keith's shot with 5:42 remaining in the third period held as the game-winning goal. Chicago had a four-minute power play after a high-sticking call on Wild forward Luke Kunin. It was the fifth goal of the year for Anisimov, who now has a goal in four straight games. Alex DeBrincat added an empty-net goal with 1:37 remaining.
MINNEAPOLIS — Karl-Anthony Towns recovered from the worst offensive performance of his career by scoring 31 points, and Andrew Wiggins added 23 points as the Minnesota Timberwolves cruised to an easy 112-99 victory against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday. Towns was held to just two points on 1-of-7 shooting in a win against New Orleans on Wednesday, but the third-year center had his way with Dallas. He added 12 rebounds and three blocks, notching his seventh double-double in nine games this season.
A federal appeals court granted an administrative stay for Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, reinstating his eligibility for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday granted the request for an administrative stay to the NFL Players Association on behalf of Elliott. With his six-game suspension on hold once again, the 22-year-old Elliott arrived at the Cowboys' practice facility Friday morning. He was not with the team on Wednesday and Thursday, per league rules.
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson tore an ACL during Thursday's practice and is done for the season, the NFL Network reported. The Texans confirmed the severity of the injury through an MRI exam. The injury reportedly happened on a non-contact play during the team's workout. Watson was tied for the NFL lead with 19 touchdown passes, the most any NFL player has recorded through his first seven games. Tom Savage will be under center when Houston (3-4-0) faces the Indianapolis Colts (2-6-0) on Sunday.
Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano will undergo surgery for a left shin injury that sidelined him for six weeks during the regular season, the team announced Thursday, Nov. 2. The surgery, which will include Sano having a permanent titanium rod inserted into his left shin, is scheduled for Nov. 13 in New York. It will be performed by Drs. William Ricci and Martin O'Malley at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Sano is expected to have a six-to-eight week recovery period before returning to baseball activities.
The Philadelphia Eagles acquired Pro Bowl running back Jay Ajayi from the Miami Dolphins on Tuesday for a fourth-round pick in the 2018 draft. The swap came just hours before Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET trade deadline. Ajayi joins a backfield in Philadelphia that also includes offseason acquisition LeGarrette Blount. The Eagles own the NFL's fifth-ranked run offense, earning 129.2 yards per game on 30.8 rush attempts.
Tiger Woods announed on Monday that he will make his return at the Nov. 30–Dec. 3 Hero World Challenge at Albany in the Bahamas after nine months away from competitive golf. “I am excited to return to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge,” tournament host and 14-time major champion Woods said in a statement. "Albany is the perfect setting and it will be great to join this outstanding field...” The 41-year-old American has only played six competitive rounds in the past two years while trying to recover from multiple back surgeries.