(Undated)  —  Here is the latest sports news:  Falcons hold off Bucs on “MNF.”  Panthers’ Davis suspended two games for illegal hit.  Becker named Panthers’ COO amid Richardson scandal.  Lakers retire Kobe Bryant’s numbers.  Rangers’ Hamels donates Missouri mansion to children’s charity.

>>Falcons Hold Off Bucs On “MNF”

(Tampa, FL)  —  Patrick Murray missed a 54-yard field goal as time expired as the Falcons held on to beat the Buccaneers 24-21 on “Monday Night Football” in Tampa.  Devonta Freeman ran for 126 yards and a touchdown as Atlanta improved to 9-and-5.  Jameis [[ JAME-iss ]] Winston threw for 299 yards and three scores as the Bucs slipped to 4-and-10.

>>Panthers’ Davis Suspended Two Games For Illegal Hit

(New York, NY)  —  The NFL is suspending Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis two games for an illegal hit on Green Bay wide receiver Davante Adams on Sunday.  ESPN reports Davis plans to appeal.  He hit Adams while leading with his helmet after the Panthers’ Colin Jones intercepted Aaron Rodgers.  Davis was flagged for the hit, but was not ejected.

>>Becker Named Panthers’ COO Amid Richardson Scandal

(Charlotte, NC)  —  Longtime executive Tina Becker is now the chief operating officer of the Carolina Panthers.  She’ll have full control of day-to-day operations, making her one of the highest-ranking females in the NFL.  Team owner Jerry Richardson is under investigation for sexual harassment and use of a racial slur.  He announced Sunday he plans to sell the team.

>>Lakers Retire Kobe’s Numbers

(Los Angeles, CA)  —  Kobe Bryant’s legacy is now part of the rafters at STAPLES Center.  The Lakers retired his number-eight and number-24 jerseys during halftime of last night’s overtime loss to Golden State.  Bryant was an 18-time All-Star who helped the Lakers win five NBA championships during a 20-year playing career with Los Angeles from 1996 to 2016.

>>Rangers’ Hamels Donates Missouri Mansion To Children’s Charity

(Arlington, TX)  —  Texas Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels is donating his Southwest Missouri mansion and 100 acres of land to charity.  Listed for more than 9.4-million-dollars, Hamels gave the property to Camp Barnabas, which provides camps for special needs children.  Hamels never occupied the home after he was traded from the Phillies to the Rangers.

 

>>MONDAY’S SCOREBOARD

NFL
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Atlanta Falcons 24, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21

NBA
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Charlotte Hornets 109, New York Knicks 91
Boston Celtics 112, Indiana Pacers 111
Atlanta Hawks 110, Miami Heat 104
Oklahoma City Thunder 95, Denver Nuggets 94
Minnesota Timberwolves 108, Portland Trail Blazers 107
Houston Rockets 120, Utah Jazz 99
Chicago Bulls 117, Philadelphia 76ers 115
San Antonio Spurs 109, LA Clippers 91
Phoenix Suns 97, Dallas Mavericks 91
Golden State Warriors 116, Los Angeles Lakers 114  (OT)

NHL
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Los Angeles Kings 4, Philadelphia Flyers 1
New Jersey Devils 5, Anaheim Ducks 3
Boston Bruins 7, Columbus Blue Jackets 2
Edmonton Oilers 5, San Jose Sharks 3
Colorado Avalanche 4, Pittsburgh Penguins 2

Top-25 College Basketball  (“USA Today” Coaches’ Poll)
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#2 Michigan State Spartans 107, Houston Baptist Huskies 62
#12 TCU Horned Frogs 91, Texas Southern Tigers 72
#13 Kansas Jayhawks 109, Omaha Mavericks 64
#15 Gonzaga Bulldogs 101, IUPUI Jaguars 71
#19 Arizona Wildcats 83, North Dakota State Bison 53
#25 Florida State Seminoles 69, Charleston Southern Buccaneers 58

 

>>TUESDAY’S SCHEDULE  (All times are Eastern)

NBA
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7:00 p.m. – New Orleans Pelicans at Washington Wizards
7:00 p.m. – Sacramento Kings at Philadelphia 76ers
8:00 p.m. – Cleveland Cavaliers at Milwaukee Bucks

NHL
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2:00 p.m. – Carolina Hurricanes at Toronto Maple Leafs
7:00 p.m. – Minnesota Wild at Ottawa Senators
7:00 p.m. – Anaheim Ducks at New York Rangers
7:00 p.m. – Detroit Red Wings at New York Islanders
7:30 p.m. – Boston Bruins at Buffalo Sabres
8:00 p.m. – Winnipeg Jets at Nashville Predators
8:30 p.m. – Washington Capitals at Dallas Stars
9:00 p.m. – Florida Panthers at Arizona Coyotes
10:00 p.m. – Tampa Bay Lightning at Vegas Golden Knights
10:00 p.m. – Montreal Canadiens at Vancouver Canucks

College Football Bowl Games  (CFP Rankings)
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7:00 p.m. – Akron Zips at Florida Atlantic Owls  (Boca Raton Bowl at Boca Raton, FL)

Top-25 College Basketball  (“USA Today” Coaches’ Poll)
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9:00 p.m. – #4 (tie) Arizona State Sun Devils host Longwood Lancers
6:30 p.m. – #8 Xavier Musketeers host Marshall Thundering Herd
8:00 p.m. – #9 Texas A&M Aggies host Northern Kentucky Norse
8:00 p.m. – #11 Wichita State Shockers host Arkansas State Red Wolves
7:00 p.m. – #14 Virginia Cavaliers host Savannah State Tigers
8:00 p.m. – #21 Texas Tech Red Raiders host Florida Atlantic Owls
7:00 p.m. – #22 (tie) Cincinnati Bearcats host UAPB Golden Lions