SPORTS IN BRIEF
Jacobs tops so far at Canada Cup
ESTEVAN, Sask. (CP) — Defending men’s champion Reid Carruthers of Winnipeg has yet to earn his first win through six draws at the Canada Cup. Carruthers was toppled by Kevin Koe 4-2 in Thursday’s evening draw to fall to 0-4, while the Calgary skip improved his record to 3-1 with the victory. Edmonton’s Brendan Bottcher downed Matthew Dunstone 8-6 in the other men’s late draw to keep pace with Koe at 3-1. Regina’s Dunstone sits at the bottom of the standings with Carruthers at 0-4.
Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., leads the men’s side with a 4-0 record in round-robin play. There’s a three-way tie atop the women’s standings after Winnipeg’s Jennifer Jones, Casey Scheidegger of Lethbridge, Atla., and Winnipeg’s Kerri Einarson earned evening draw victories to move to 3-1.
Jones beat Ottawa’s Rachel
Henry runs into NFL record book NASHVILLE (AP) — Derrick Henry sped and stiff-armed his way to a record-tying 99-yard touchdown run and the Tennessee Titans routed the Jacksonville Jaguars 30-9 on Thursday night to stay in the playoff chase.
And that was just part of an amazing night for Henry. Henry tied Tony Dorsett’s 99-yarder on Jan. 3, 1983, for Dallas against Minnesota for the longest TD run in NFL history. Henry ran to his left and ran up the sideline, stiff-arming first Jaguars cornerback A.J. Bouye, then rookie linebacker Leon Jacobs twice and finally a shove to linebacker Myles Jack to finish off the TD.
The 2015 Heisman Trophy winner, celebrated by striking the Heisman pose not once, but twice.
Henry set a franchise record with 238 yards on just 16 carries,
topping the previous mark of 228 yards set by Chris Johnson in 2009 against yes, the Jaguars. Henry finished with a career-high four TDs, tying Lorenzo White and Hall of Fame running back Earl Campbell for most rushing TDs in a single game in franchise history. Henry also became the first player in the NFL with four rushing TDs in a game since Jonas Gray of the Patriots in Week 11 in 2014.
Titans coach Mike Vrabel called Henry’s night “very impressive.” With the rout and second win in a row, the Titans (7-6) stayed in AFC playoff contention with their fourth straight victory over their oldest division rival. They’ve won six of their last seven against Jacksonville.
The Jaguars (4-9) have lost eight of their last nine.
Irving leads Celtics past Knicks
BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving heard all of the doubts when the Celtics, who were among the favourites to win the Eastern Conference, still had a .500 record through Thanksgiving. The low point may have been a home loss to the Knicks that
snapped New York’s six-game losing streak.
“I was thinking about it since we lost to them,” the Celtics point guard said after scoring 22 points to coast past the Knicks 128-100 on Thursday night and exact a measure of revenge for the embarrassing earlier loss. “I remember players from other teams asking about what’s going on when we were 10-10.” Irving also had eight assists before leaving the game with about four minutes left, rubbing his right shoulder and swinging it around in pain. He raised his hand for coach Brad Stevens to take him out of the game but couldn’t get his attention and instead walked to the bench at the next whistle.
The shoulder was wrapped in ice when he walked off the court at the end of the game. Irving thought it was his AC joint and said he would be OK.
“I think he got hit,” Stevens said. “He didn’t seem too concerned about it, but he’s going to get looked over, as usual.”
Al Horford had 19 points and 12 rebounds for Boston. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 22 for New York, which has lost four of its last five games.