Dec. 5 Sports Briefs


Gronkowski suspended one game for late hit on sideline

(AP) — The NFL suspended New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski one game on Monday for a late, gratuitous hit to the head of Bills defensive back Tre’Davious White.

White was lying face down on the sideline after intercepting a pass in Buffalo on Sunday when Gronkowski body-slammed him, driving his forearm into White’s back and head. Gronkowski was called for unnecessary roughness, but not kicked out of the game.

Gronkowski will appeal the punishment, his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told The Associated Press. White entered the concussion protocol, Bills coach Sean McDermott said.

After the game, Patriots coach Bill Belichick appeared to apologize to his Buffalo counterpart. Gronkowski also apologized, saying he let his frustration get the better of him.

Barring a successful appeal, Gronkowski will miss New England’s game against Miami next Monday night.

New York Giants fire head coach, general manager

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese were fired Monday by the New York Giants less than one year after taking the team to the playoffs for the first time since 2011, a person familiar with the situation said.

McAdoo and Reese were fired a day after the Giants were beaten in Oakland and dropped to 2-10, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not made an official announcement.

The firings cap an injury-marred season highlighted by the loss of catalyst wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. on Oct. 8.

MCC men, women host
Dawson on Wednesday

The Miles Community College basketball teams host Dawson Community College of Glendive on Wednesday. A story in Monday’s paper said the games would be played tonight.

The Lady Pioneers (8-2) face the Buccaneers at 5:30 p.m. and the men’s game follows at 7:30 p.m.

The women’s team has won six straight and seven of its past eight games. The men’s team, 4-7, will try to snap a four-game losing streak.

— Star Staff

NC State defensive end wins Bronco Nagurski Award

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb has won the Bronko Nagurski Award as the nation’s top defensive player.

The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Chubb leads the FBS in tackles for loss with 23 1/2 this season. He has 25 sacks during his career, including 10 in 2017.

Chubb has 72 total tackles, nine quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles, two passes broken up and a blocked kick. He becomes the first NC State player to win the award.

The other finalists were Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell, Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver and Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith.

Aaron Boone signs 3-year deal to manage Yankees

NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Boone’s hiring has been finalized by the New York Yankees, who gave the ESPN broadcaster a three-year contract to succeed Joe Girardi as manager.

New York announced the deal Monday and said he will be introduced Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said in a statement “I firmly believe that Aaron possesses the attributes needed to follow in the tradition of great Yankees managers.

Steinbrenner adds “from all accounts, he is a polished communicator who possesses the ability to cultivate and grow relationships.”

Boone, 44, has never been a manager or even a coach. He was a big league third baseman from 1997-2009 and an All-Star in 2003, when New York acquired him from the Reds.

Gasol sparks Grizzlies to 95-91 win over T’wolves

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Marc Gasol scored 21 points, Tyreke Evans added 16 — including two key free throws with 12.7 seconds left — and Memphis snapped an 11-game skid with a 95-92 victory over Minnesota.

Memphis, which hadn’t won since Nov. 7, had to wait a bit longer after Evans’ free throws. On the ensuing possession, Jimmy Butler’s off-balance, 26-footer over Andrew Harrison bounced off the backboard and grazed the rim, snapping the Grizzlies skid.

Butler led Minnesota with 30 points, his second-straight game with at least 30. Taj Gibson finished with 14 points, while Andrew Wiggins and Jeff Teague added 12 points each.

Short-handed Nuggets no match for Mavericks

DALLAS (AP) — Harrison Barnes scored 22 points, Dennis Smith Jr. added 20 and Dallas beat short-handed Denver 122-105.

Six Dallas players scored in double figures as the Mavericks earned their second straight wire-to-wire win after beating the Clippers by 26 on Saturday. Dallas had its highest scoring game of the season and has won five of eight since starting 2-14.

Will Barton led Denver with 23 points, Jamal Murray added 22 and Gary Harris had 21. Denver played without two-thirds of its starting frontcourt as Paul Millsap (left wrist injury) and Nikola Jokic (sprained left ankle) remained out.