(Undated) — Here is the latest sports news: NFL HoF finalists announced. Cards’ Palmer calling it a career. Bengals decide to keep Lewis. Arizona gets rid of Rich Rodriguez. Cavs get Isaiah Thomas back.

>>Moss, Owens Highlight Pro Football Hall Of Fame Finalists

(Canton, OH) — Wide receiver Randy Moss and Terrell Owens highlight 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018. Other finalists include linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher, wide receiver Isaac Bruce, safeties John Lynch and Brian Dawkins and cornerbacks Ty Law and Everson Walls. The Class of 2018 will be revealed during Super Bowl weekend.

>>Cardinals QB Carson Palmer Retiring

(Phoenix, AZ) — Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer is retiring from the NFL. In an open letter posted online, Palmer explains that he just knows that it’s time to walk away from the game. He said it’s time for something else, and he’s excited to find out what that’s going to be. Palmer played 15 seasons in the NFL with the Bengals, Raiders and Cardinals. He was selected to three Pro Bowls.

>>Bengals Sign Head Coach Marvin Lewis Through 2019

(Cincinnati, OH) — In a surprising move, the Cincinnati Bengals are signing head coach Marvin Lewis to a new two-year contract. The deal extends him through the 2019 season. The Bengals wrapped up a 7-and-9 campaign on Sunday with a 31-27 victory over Baltimore. Lewis is the second-longest tenured coach in the league behind New England’s Bill Belichick.

>>Arizona Fires Rodriguez After Sexual Assault Investigation

(Tucson, AZ) — The Arizona Wildcats are parting ways with head football coach Rich Rodriguez after investigating a claim of sexual harassment against him. The 54-year-old has been fired after six seasons. Rodriguez issued a statement admitting to an extramarital affair with someone not affiliated with the university, but denied any sexual harassment. “Rich Rod” was 43-and-35 with the Wildcats.

>>Cavs Rush Blazers In Thomas Season Debut

(Cleveland, OH) — It was a strong Cavaliers debut for Isaiah Thomas as Cleveland dominated the Trail Blazers 127-110 in Cleveland. Thomas put up 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting in 19 minutes off the bench. He had been out recovering from surgery on his hip. Thomas will not play tonight when the Cavs face his former Celtics team in Boston.



Cleveland Cavaliers 127, Portland Trail Blazers 110
San Antonio Spurs 100, New York Knicks 91
Phoenix Suns 104, Atlanta Hawks 103
Charlotte Hornets 131, Sacramento Kings 111
LA Clippers 113, Memphis Grizzlies 105

Boston Bruins 5, New York Islanders 1
Washington Capitals 5, Carolina Hurricanes 4 (OT)
Pittsburgh Penguins 5, Philadelphia Flyers 1
Tampa Bay Lightning 2, Toronto Maple Leafs 0
San Jose Sharks 4, Montreal Canadiens 1
Minnesota Wild 5, Florida Panthers 1
St. Louis Blues 3, New Jersey Devils 2 (SO)
Columbus Blue Jackets 2, Dallas Stars 1
Colorado Avalanche 3, Winnipeg Jets 2 (OT)
Los Angeles Kings 5, Edmonton Oilers 0
Vegas Golden Knights 3, Nashville Predators 0
Anaheim Ducks 5, Vancouver Canucks 0

Top-25 College Basketball (“USA Today” Coaches’ Poll)
#4 Xavier Musketeers 86, Butler Bulldogs 79
Florida Gators 83, #13 Texas A&M Aggies 66
#15 TCU Horned Frogs 81, Baylor Bears 78 (OT)
#18 Texas Tech Red Raiders 85, #10 Kansas Jayhawks 73
Auburn Tigers 94, #22 Tennessee Volunteers 84
Mississippi State Bulldogs 78, #23 Arkansas Razorbacks 75

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

7:00 p.m. – San Antonio Spurs at Philadelphia 76ers
7:00 p.m. – New York Knicks at Washington Wizards
7:00 p.m. – Houston Rockets at Orlando Magic
7:30 p.m. – Minnesota Timberwolves at Brooklyn Nets
7:30 p.m. – Detroit Pistons at Miami Heat
8:00 p.m. – Toronto Raptors at Chicago Bulls
8:00 p.m. – Indiana Pacers at Milwaukee Bucks
8:00 p.m. – Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics
8:30 p.m. – Golden State Warriors at Dallas Mavericks
9:00 p.m. – New Orleans Pelicans at Utah Jazz
9:00 p.m. – Phoenix Suns at Denver Nuggets
10:30 p.m. – Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Lakers

7:30 p.m. – Ottawa Senators at Detroit Red Wings
8:00 p.m. – Chicago Blackhawks at New York Rangers

Top-25 College Basketball (“USA Today” Coaches’ Poll)
9:00 p.m. – #7 Oklahoma Sooners host Oklahoma State Cowboys
9:00 p.m. – #8 Virginia Cavaliers at Virginia Tech Hokies
7:00 p.m. – #11 North Carolina Tar Heels at Florida State Seminoles
7:00 p.m. – #12 Purdue Boilermakers host Rutgers Scarlet Knights
8:30 p.m. – #14 Kentucky Wildcats at LSU Tigers
9:00 p.m. – #17 Miami Hurricanes at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
8:00 p.m. – #24 Creighton Bluejays host St. John’s Red Storm
7:00 p.m. – #25 Clemson Tigers at Boston College Eagles

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