Fiedorowicz’s Career May be Cut Short – After suffering at least his fourth concussion in the past two seasons last weekend, Houston Texans tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz could be forced to retire at age 26, sources told ESPN. Fiedorowicz, a 2014 third-round pick out of Iowa, was placed on injured reserve in early September because of a concussion. He returned to Houston’s active roster in Week 10 but was placed on IR again last week after suffering at least his third concussion this season. Now, either by his choice or that of the Texans’ doctors, Fiedorowicz might not be able to play again, sources said. He will have to pass a team physical, and there are no assurances at this point that he can do that. If he can’t, his career could be over.
UPDATE: Shazier Shows Gradual Improvement – While he remains hospitalized in Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier continues to show gradual improvement from his back injury, people familiar with his condition told ESPN. Doctors are controlling and limiting his movement as they wait for the swelling and bruising in his back to subside, sources said. It is premature to say whether Shazier will play football again, but the focus right now is not on his playing career but on trying to facilitate his recovery. Shazier underwent spinal stabilization surgery Wednesday after suffering a severe back injury against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night.
For years, there was only one place where Saturday night’s triumphant story had been written: inside Baker Mayfield‘s head. He knew no one else was entertaining that fantasy. What once seemed improbable for Mayfield has now become reality. He’s the latest winner of college football’s highest honor, the Heisman Trophy. As much as he might have wanted this, even he couldn’t have predicted what winning the award would actually be like. “It’s a dream right now,” Mayfield said. With 2,398 total points and 732 first-place votes, the quarterback who walked on at Oklahoma, after spending a year as a walk-on at Texas Tech, won the trophy Saturday night, a year after attending the trophy presentation as a finalist. This time, Mayfield finished ahead of Stanford running back Bryce Love (1,300 total points) and 2016 Heisman winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville (793).
Chicago Bulls 104 – New York Knicks 102
Highlights: Kris Dunn made two free throws with 2.9 seconds left to give the Chicago Bulls a 104-102 victory over the New York Knicks on Saturday night. Coach Fred Hoiberg put the ball in Dunn’s hands during the final possession and the second-year point guard was fouled by Courtney Lee while driving to the basket. Following a timeout, the Knicks, who scored 10 straight points to tie it at 102, had a chance to tie or take the lead, but Kristaps Porzingis missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer. Nikola Mirotic, in just his second game of the season, had 19 points to help Chicago win its second straight. Dunn finished with 17 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, and Luari Markkanen and David Nwaba had 15 points apiece. Nwaba had 11 points in the fourth quarter. Porzingis had 23 points for New York. The Knicks are 1-8 on the road.
Yanks, Marlins Reach Terms on Stanton – The New York Yankees and Miami Marlins have agreed to a trade that would send reigning National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton to the Bronx, a source told The Associated Press on Saturday. The trade has yet to become official, as Stanton must still agree to the terms as stipulated by his no-trade clause and pass a physical. Infielder Starlin Castro would go to Miami as part of the deal, a second source familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. Stanton is owed $295 million over the next 10 years.
Chicago Bulls 119 – Charlotte Hornets 111
Highlights: Lauri Markkanen had 24 points, including a key 3-pointer in overtime, and 12 rebounds to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 119-111 win over the Charlotte Hornets. Robin Lopez had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Chicago. Kris Dunn scored 20 points, Justin Holiday had 17 and David Nwaba chipped in with 11 for the Bulls, who are 2-0 against Charlotte and 2-20 against the rest of the league. Dwight Howard had 25 points and 20 rebounds to lead the Hornets, his second 20-20 game of the season. Kemba Walker added 20 points, and Marvin Williams had a season-high 17.
Chicago Blackhawks 3 – Buffalo Sabres 2
Highlights: Gustav Forsling scored on a screened shot from the blue line with 4.9 seconds left in overtime, and the Chicago Blackhawks rallied past the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 on Friday to snap a five-game losing streak. Forsling, who had two assists in regulation, fired a low drive between Robin Lehner‘s pads with Buffalo defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen blocking the goalie’s view. Lehner made 48 saves and kept Buffalo in the game as Chicago eventually took charge. But he missed the Blackhawks’ last attempt. Chicago’s Tommy Wingels scored a short-handed goal with 3:22 left in the third period to tie the game at 2. Blackhawks rookie Alex DeBrincat scored his 12th goal in the second period.