Chicago Blackhawks 0 – Detroit Red Wings 4
Highlights: Tyler Bertuzzi made a big play in front of the net and Dominic Turgeon contributed on the penalty kill. Bertuzzi and Anthony Mantha each had a goal and an assist, and Detroit beat the sloppy Chicago Blackhawks 4-0 on Sunday. Dylan Larkin and Mike Green also scored for Detroit, which had dropped two in a row after a four-game winning streak. Petr Mrazek made 27 saves in his second shutout of the season and 12th of his career. Chicago (22-17-6) had won three of four, including a 2-1 victory against Central Division-leading Winnipeg on Friday night. But the Blackhawks looked sluggish for most of their final game before their bye week. Bertuzzi, the nephew of former NHL forward Todd Bertuzzi, made it 4-0 when he punched in his first career goal on a rebound 13:37 into the third period. He also has five assists in 10 games this season.
Patricia Expected To Be Lions Coach – New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, though linked to the New York Giants‘ job, is likely to become the next head coach of the Detroit Lions, league sources told ESPN. Patricia, 43, and the Lions still need to agree to the contract details after the Patriots’ season ends. Assuming the two sides can do that, Patricia would be reunited with former Patriots personnel man and current Lions general manager Bob Quinn. There was no one the Lions interviewed who had more of a pre-established connection with Quinn than Patricia. Detroit publicly announced interviews with six candidates for the job: Patricia, Houston defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel, Green Bay associate head coach Winston Moss, Minnesota offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, now-former Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin and Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter.
A. Gonzalez Has Agreement With Mets – Adrian Gonzalez has agreed to a deal with the New York Mets pending a physical, according to ESPN and multiple reports. It’s the second significant move this past week for the Mets, who brought back free-agent outfielder Jay Bruce on a three-year, $39 million contract Wednesday. Gonzalez gives the Mets a veteran presence at first base, where Lucas Duda and Dominic Smith mainly played for them last season. Duda was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays during the season, and Smith, 22, struggled offensively, batting just .198. Gonzalez spent the past six seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers but was limited to 71 games in 2017 because of a herniated disk in his back that put him on the disabled list for a long stretch. Los Angeles traded Gonzalez to the Atlanta Braves last month as part of the Matt Kemp deal. Atlanta, in turn, quickly released him, making him a free agent. Gonzalez, 35, is owed $21.5 million in the final year of his contract. The Mets would owe him just $545,000, with Atlanta paying the rest.
Chicago Bulls 107 – Detroit Pistons 105
Highlights: Zach LaVine scored 14 points in his first game in 11 months, rookie Lauri Marrkanen added 19 points and the Bulls beat the Detroit Pistons 107-105 on Saturday night. Chicago made 17 3-pointers and held off several late charges by the Pistons to win for the 13th time in its last 20 games. LaVine was making his Bulls debut after being acquired from Minnesota in the Jimmy Butler trade. LaVine, who last season averaged 18.9 points in 47 contests, hadn’t played since he suffered a torn ACL against Detroit on Feb. 3. Avery Bradley scored 26 points and Andre Drummond had 21 and 15 rebounds for Detroit, which lost its sixth road game in seven tries. Kris Dunn had 18 points, eight assists and eight rebounds for Chicago. Dunn also was credited with a blocked shot on Reggie Bullock‘s attempted layup at the buzzer. Nikola Mirotic had 16 points and six rebounds off the bench and Bobby Portis scored 15 in the win. Eight of Drummond’s 15 rebounds were on the offensive end, which helped Detroit to a 30-6 advantage in second-chance points.
NFC Divisional Playoffs:
- Atlanta Falcons 10 – Philadelphia Eagles 15
Highlights: Philadelphia’s defense staged a last-minute goal-line stand and Jake Elliott atoned for a missed extra point with three field goals as the Eagles beat the Atlanta Falcons 15-10 Saturday to move into the NFC championship game. They stopped sixth-seeded Atlanta (11-7) after it got to the 9 with a first down, and then on fourth down from the 2 when Matt Ryan‘s pass sailed over Julio Jones‘ head in the end zone. It was the first playoff win for Philadelphia since the 2008 season, and they will host either Minnesota or New Orleans for the conference title next Sunday.
AFC Divisional Playoffs:
- Tennessee Titans 14 – New England Patriots 35
Highlights: Tom Brady passed for three touchdowns and 337 yards, and the New England Patriots cruised past the Tennessee Titans 35-14 on Saturday night to advance to their seventh consecutive AFC championship game. New England (14-3) will host the winner of Sunday’s divisional matchup between Jacksonville and Pittsburgh. It was Brady’s 10th career postseason game with at least three TD tosses, moving him past Joe Montana for the most in NFL history. James White caught a touchdown pass and ran for another, and Danny Amendola had 11 catches for 112 yards. The Titans (10-8) took an early 7-0 lead, but New England scored 35 straight points to take control. Marcus Mariota completed 22 of 37 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns, but was under duress for most of the second half. He was sacked eight times, a Patriots playoff record.