Paul scores 40, Clippers top Nuggets 118-111 in OT
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Chris Paul scored career preseason high of 40 points and added 11 assists to lead to the Los Angeles Clippers to a 118-111 overtime win over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night.
Paul's layup with 22 seconds left in regulation sent the game into overtime. He played 42 minutes, adding seven rebounds and going 12 of 13 at the free-throw line.
Darren Collison had 27 points on 10-of-13 shooting for the Clippers (4-2), who outscored the Nuggets 14-7 in overtime.
Blake Griffin added 17 points and eight rebounds in 39 minutes for Los Angeles, which trailed 104-100 with 47 seconds left in regulation.
Evan Fournier and Anthony Randolph had 16 points apiece for the Nuggets (2-3), who had seven players in double digits.
Denver had a chance to win in regulation, but JaVale McGee's 6-foot jumper from the right side was short at the buzzer.
Doughty, Williams push LA Kings past Dallas, 5-2
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Drew Doughty scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period, and Justin Williams had two goals and an assist in the Los Angeles Kings' 5-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night.
Kyle Clifford added a third-period goal, and Matt Greene scored a deflected empty-net goal from deep in the Kings' end with 29 seconds to play. Anze Kopitar had three assists in the Kings' return to Staples Center after going 3-1-0 on a four-game trip.
Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley scored for the Stars, who have lost three of four.
Captain Jamie Benn had two assists and Dan Ellis stopped 29 shots in his fourth straight start in place of injured starter Kari Lehtonen.
Pavelski scores twice in Sharks' 6-3 win
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Joe Pavelski scored two power-play goals, helping to keep the San Jose Sharks unbeaten at home with a 6-3 victory over the Calgary Flames on Saturday night.
Brent Burns, Scott Hannan, Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture also scored for the Sharks, who have won their first five at home.
Sean Monahan, Mikael Backlund and Jiri Hudler scored for the Flames, who lost their second straight after opening the season 4-0-1.
Antti Niemi stopped 16 of 19 shots to record his 11th career won over the Flames, his most against any team.
Karri Ramo, making his first start since the season opener, made 30 saves.
Oregon St. dominates California for a 49-17 win
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Sean Mannion threw for 481 yards and four touchdowns as Oregon State rolled to its sixth straight victory, beating California 49-17 Saturday night.
Brandin Cooks caught 13 passes for a career-high 232 yards with one touchdown and also scored on a 14-yard run as the Beavers (6-1, 4-0 Pac-12) racked up plenty of gaudy stats against a Cal.
Cooks had 197 receiving yards before halftime, including catches of 50, 38 and 34 yards - the last providing Oregon State's fourth touchdown of the first half and a 28-3 lead.
Mannion, already the nation's leading passer, increased his per-game average to 427.4 yards after going 35 for 45 on the night. He found different receivers for each of his touchdown passes, pushing his nation-leading total to 29.
Cal (1-6, 0-4) lost its 11th consecutive game to an FBS opponent, the longest such streak of any team in a BCS conference.
No. 17 Fresno State beats UNLV 38-14
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Derek Carr threw for 412 yards and connected with Davante Adams on four touchdown passes on a record-setting homecoming night as No. 17 Fresno State beat UNLV 38-14 on Saturday for its best start in 12 seasons.
Carr and Adams set the tone against the Rebels (4-3, 2-1 Mountain West) with a 75-yard touchdown on the opening play of the game. The Bulldogs (6-0, 3-0) equaled their start in 2001 when Carr's older brother, David, led the team to six straight victories to open the season.
That streak ended 12 years to the day before this game in an upset loss to Boise State. Carr and Adams made sure there would be no similar disappointment this year and have the Bulldogs in their best position since then to get that long-awaited BCS berth. The first BCS standings will be released Sunday.
Carr completed 33 of 46 passes, breaking Paul Pinegar's career school records for completions and touchdowns with 849 and 85, respectively.
Rees throws for 2 TDs, Notre Dame beats USC 14-10
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Tommy Rees threw two touchdowns before leaving the game with an injury and Notre Dame snapped a five-game home losing streak to USC with a 14-10 victory on Saturday night.
Rees was 14 of 21 passing for 166 yards with TD throws to Troy Niklas and TJ Jones in the first half. Rees left the game when he was sacked by USC linebacker Lamar Dawson in the third quarter and didn't return.
USC managed just 121 total yards of offense in the second half. After converting both third-down conversions on their opening scoring drive, the Trojans went 0-of-11 the rest of the game.
The Irish (5-2) beat the Trojans (4-3) for the third time in the past four games, after losing the previous eight straight, and won the rivalry game at home for the first time since 2001.
No. 13 Stanford smothers Hundley, No. 9 UCLA 24-10
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Tyler Gaffney ran for 171 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 13 Stanford smothered Brett Hundley and ninth-ranked UCLA 24-10 on Saturday.
Kevin Hogan threw for 227 yards and a spectacular touchdown to Kodi Whitfield as the Cardinal (6-1, 4-1) regrouped again after losing at Utah last week. Stanford has not lost consecutive games since October 2009.
Stanford hurried Hundley all afternoon to slow down UCLA's up-tempo offense.
Hundley completed 24 of 39 passes for 192 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions to Jordan Richards — the second with a little more than 2 minutes remaining to seal Stanford's victory. UCLA (5-1, 2-1) has not started 6-0 since 2005.
Bardo, Dayton end San Diego streak 45-38 in 2OT
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Mitch Yinger knocked down a fourth-down pass by record-setting quarterback Mason Mills to end the second overtime and Dayton ended San Diego's nine-game Pioneer League winning streak 45-38 Saturday night.
Will Bardo, who threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Gabe Macis with 27 seconds left in regulation, scored on a 1-yard plunge for the Flyers (5-2, 3-1 Pioneer) in the second OT. Macis had 112 yards and two TDs.
Mills, who had five touchdown passes and became the all-time passing yardage leader (9,977) for the Toreros (4-3, 3-1), had three straight incompletions from the 6-yard line. He had a 25-yard TD to Reggie Ball on the first play of overtime.
Bardo threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 136 yards and two more. Connor Kacsor ran for 125 yards and two scores, including a 5-yarder in the first OT.
Joe Ferguson rushed for 167 yards for USD.
Scott Dixon wins IndyCar title over Castroneves
FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Scott Dixon has won the IndyCar championship, using a fifth-place finish at Auto Club Speedway to deny Helio Castroneves his first title.
Will Power won Saturday night's season finale — a year after he crashed in this race to blow his own title chances and salvage the night for Penske Racing.
The big prize went to Dixon, who won his third series title and gave Target Chip Ganassi its 10th championship since 1990.
Penske came up short for the sixth time since Sam Hornish Jr. gave Roger Penske his last IndyCar championship in 2006. But the team owner made a major error, calling Castroneves to pit lane before the pits were open.
Castroneves had to serve a drive-thru penalty, and later had contact with Dixon teammate Charlie Kimball that broke his front wing. The stop to change his wing dropped him a lap down. He finished sixth.
A Toast to You wins California Flag at Santa Anita
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — A Toast to You beat 5-2 favorite Ain't No Other by a half-length to win the $100,000 California Flag Handicap at Santa Anita on Saturday.
Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, A Toast to You ran 6½ furlongs on the downhill turf course in 1:11.88 and paid $39.80, $15.80 and $8.80 at 18-1 odds. Trainer Peter Miller earned his third win on the card.
The 4-year-old gelding was winless in eight starts this year, and was ridden for the first time by Gutierrez.
Ain't No Other returned $4.80 and $3, while Tiz a Minister was another 1¾ lengths back in third and paid $6.80 to show.
The victory, worth $60,000, increased A Toast to You's career earnings to $352,872, with six wins in 20 starts.
Sage Karam wins Indy Lights championship
FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Sage Karam won the Indy Lights championship by finishing third at Auto Club Speedway, where Carlos Munoz won the race for the second consecutive year.
Gabby Chaves finished second in Saturday's race, falling short in his bid to snatch the championship from Sam Schmidt Motorsports teammate Karam.
Karam entered the race with a 16-point lead over Chaves. His championship season was built on three wins, nine podiums, two poles and 163 laps led.
It gave Schmidt his fourth consecutive Indy Lights title and seventh overall. The 18-year-old Karam now has an opportunity to move to IndyCar next season as the reigning champion.
Said Karam: "I was crying on that last lap, just to know the dream is almost in reach and to be in the IndyCar Series racing with my heroes."