is the latest sports news:  Falcons rally past Saints on “TNF.”  Steelers’ Shazier has spinal stabilization surgery.  Sixers send Okafor to Nets for Booker.  Mariners acquire Gordon from Marlins.  Heisman Trophy presentation tomorrow.

>>Falcons Rally Past Saints On “TNF”

(Atlanta, GA)  —  The Falcons scored 10 unanswered points to rally past the Saints 20-17 on “Thursday Night Football” in Atlanta.  Matt Bryant’s 52-yard field goal with less than four minutes left lifted the Falcons to victory.  Atlanta has won four of its last five to improve to 8-and-5.  New Orleans still leads the NFC South at 9-and-4.

>>Steelers’ Shazier Has Spinal Stabilization Surgery

(Pittsburgh, PA)  —  Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier is recovering from spinal stabilization surgery.  He had the procedure Wednesday night at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.  Shazier was hurt during Monday’s 23-20 win at Cincinnati while making a tackle on Bengals wide receiver Josh Malone early in the first quarter.

>>Sixers Send Okafor To Nets For Booker

(Philadelphia, PA)  —  Jahlil Okafor is finally out of Philadelphia.  The 76ers have traded the disgruntled center to the Nets for guard Trevor Booker.  The Nets also get guard Nik Stauskas and a 2019 second-round pick.  Okafor had been seeking a trade or buyout since the Sixers declined his contract option for next year in October.

>>Mariners Acquire Gordon From Marlins

(Seattle, WA)  —  The Mariners have a new speedster for the top of their lineup.  They have acquired second baseman Dee Gordon from the Marlins, but plan to move him to center field.  Miami gets three minor leaguers in return.  Gordon hit .308 with 60 stolen bases last season.  Seattle also gets international slot money in the deal.

>>Heisman Trophy Presentation Tomorrow

(New York, NY)  —  The top college football player in the country will be honored tomorrow.  The Heisman Trophy presentation takes place at the PlayStation Theater in New York.  The three finalists are Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, Stanford running back Bryce Love and Louisville and 2016 Heisman winner Lamar Jackson.

 

>>THURSDAY’S SCOREBOARD

NFL
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Atlanta Falcons 20, New Orleans Saints 17

NBA
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Los Angeles Lakers 107, Philadelphia 76ers 104
Washington Wizards 109, Phoenix Suns 99
Brooklyn Nets 100, Oklahoma City Thunder 95  (at Mexico City, Mexico)
Houston Rockets 112, Utah Jazz 101

NHL
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Pittsburgh Penguins 4, New York Islanders 3 (OT)
Boston Bruins 6, Arizona Coyotes 1
Florida Panthers 6, Winnipeg Jets 4
Tampa Bay Lightning 5, Colorado Avalanche 2
Calgary Flames 3, Montreal Canadiens 2  (OT)
St. Louis Blues 3, Dallas Stars 0
Philadelphia Flyers 4, Vancouver Canucks 1
San Jose Sharks 5, Carolina Hurricanes 4  (OT)
Los Angeles Kings 4, Ottawa Senators 3  (OT)

Top-25 College Basketball  (“USA Today” Coaches’ Poll)
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#21 Purdue Boilermakers 80, Valparaiso Crusaders 50

 

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

NBA
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7:00 p.m. – Chicago Bulls at Charlotte Hornets
7:00 p.m. – Denver Nuggets at Orlando Magic
7:00 p.m. – Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers
7:00 p.m. – Golden State Warriors at Detroit Pistons
8:00 p.m. – Toronto Raptors at Memphis Grizzlies
8:00 p.m. – Dallas Mavericks at Milwaukee Bucks
8:00 p.m. – Sacramento Kings at New Orleans Pelicans
9:30 p.m. – Boston Celtics at San Antonio Spurs

NHL
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7:00 p.m. – New York Rangers at Washington Capitals
7:00 p.m. – Columbus Blue Jackets at New Jersey Devils
8:00 p.m. – Vegas Golden Knights at Nashville Predators
8:30 p.m. – Buffalo Sabres at Chicago Blackhawks
10:00 p.m. – Minnesota Wild at Anaheim Ducks

Top-25 College Basketball  (“USA Today” Coaches’ Poll)
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8:00 p.m. – #17 Arizona State Sun Devils vs. St. John’s Red Storm  (Basketball Hall of Fame Classic at Los Angeles, CA)
10:30 p.m. – #25 USC Trojans vs. Oklahoma Sooners  (Basketball Hall of Fame Classic at Los Angeles, CA)
1:00 a.m. – #20 TCU Horned Frogs vs. #24 Nevada Wolf Pack  (Basketball Hall of Fame Classic at Los Angeles, CA)

PGA
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QBE Shootout  (at Naples, FL)