WIDE RECEIVER FLOYD IS LIKELY TO FACE SUSPENSION IN 2017
Michael Floyd’s DUI arrest brought about the end of his Arizona Cardinals tenure, and it could end up costing the wide receiver a few game checks next season.
Floyd “is expected to face a multigame suspension from the NFL” in 2017, league sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
“The discipline likely will center on the blood test Floyd took the morning he was arrested for the DUI (last Monday), after he refused to take a breathalyzer,” Schefter said Sunday. “Results of that blood test are expected back within the next month, and they will determine the receiver’s level of intoxication and quite possibly the punishment he will face.”
The Cardinals released Floyd on Wednesday, and the New England Patriots claimed him off waivers the following day. The 27-year-old wideout traveled with the Patriots to Denver but did not play Sunday against the Broncos.
No. 8 Gonzaga improves to 11-0
B nashville, tenn.» Nigel Williams-Goss scored 20 points and No. 8 Gonzaga remained undefeated by holding off Tennessee 86-76.
Gonzaga (11-0) hadn’t played since Dec. 10 and looked strong as the Bulldogs scored the first eight points and never trailed. They led at 27-6 on a jumper by Zach Collins with 12:06 left, 43-29 at halftime and 64-48 midway through the second half.
Tennessee (6-5) went on a 10-3 run and got within 75-71 on a jumper by Robert Hubbs III with 2:26 left.
Josh Perkins then hit a jumper and Gonzaga held on for its fourth straight win in the five games between these teams.
• T.J. Dunans hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to lift Auburn to a 76-74 victory over Mercer.
• Brandon Clarke scored 24 points, including a put-back bucket just ahead of the buzzer, to lift San Jose State over Bowling Green 77-76.
Rams set record for home wins
B fort collins» Ellen Nystrom scored 33 points as Colorado State beat Seattle 66-62 for its program-record 22nd consecutive home victory.
• Diamond DeShields scored 15 points and Tennessee beat No. 10 Stanford 59-51 to snap the Cardinal’s six-game winning streak.
Tennessee (6-4) erased an early 11-point deficit and earned its first victory over a major-conference opponent this season.
• Wyoming earned its first road victory of the season with a 67-42 win over the Montana Grizzlies.
Natalie Baker and Liv Roberts led Wyoming with 14 points each.
• Alaina Coates had 20 points and 14 rebounds and No. 6 South Carolina took control in the second half to power past No. 9 UCLA 66-57.
• Victoria Vivians scored 19 points and Morgan William had 18 to lead No. 5 Mississippi State to a 76-72 victory over Southern California in the championship game of the Women of Troy Classic.
Hopkins, 51, KO’d in eighth round
B inglewood, calif.» Joe Smith Jr. stopped Bernard Hopkins 53 seconds into the eighth round of their WBC international light heavyweight title fight late Saturday night.
Smith used a six-punch combination to send Hopkins through the ropes and on to the floor, effectively ending the 51-year-old’s 28-year boxing career.
Smith successfully defended his title when Hopkins was unable to return to the ring after 20 seconds. Hopkins hit his head on the way down and twisted his right ankle — he cited the ankle as the reason he couldn’t finish. A WBC official said the injuries incurred forced a TKO.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick as European champions Real Madrid beat Japanese side Kashima Antlers 4-2 to win the Club World Cup and extend their unbeaten run to 37 games.