Brady, Bucs Pull Away From Giants
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were locked in a tight one against the New York Giants on their home field Monday night, but then the defending Super Bowl Champions remembered who they are and pulled away. Tom Brady threw touchdown passes to Mike Evans and Chris Godwin in a 30-10 victory. Brady had 307 yards through the air, while Ronald Jones ran in for a score, helping the Bucs snap their two-game losing streak and avoid their first three-game skid since the 2002 season. The Giants dropped to 3-7 on the season, opposite of the Bucs' 7-3 record, as Daniel Jones had a touchdown pass to left tackle Andrew Thomas in this one. TB12 started hot by completing his first 10 passes of the night, improving to 6-1 in his career against the Giants in the regular season, despite the two Super Bowl losses to them.
Broncos' Sutton, Saints' Hill Reach Extensions
The Denver Broncos have locked in their second wide receiver of the season, giving Courtland Sutton a four-year contract extension on Monday that is worth just under $61 million. The deal includes $34.9 million in guaranteed money, as well as $18 million in just the first year alone, and prevents him from hitting free agency next spring. The 26-year-old has overcome missing all but two games last season due to a torn ACL to record 43 catches for 617 receiving yards this season, which both lead the team. He joins fellow wideout Tim Patrick to get locked in, as Patrick got a three-year, $30 million contract from the Broncos last weekend.
And the New Orleans Saints may not believe in Taysom Hill as their quarterback, but they have a ton of belief in him in general, and they proved that with a new four-year contract extension on Monday. The new contract will pay him $40 million over the next four seasons if he remains in his current role of backup quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and tight end. But the deal could get up to $95 million if he finds a way to become the team's starting quarterback. He does get $22.5 million in guaranteed money, as the 31-year-old also avoids free agency after this season. This is the second extension he has signed with the Saints, along with the two-year, $21 million deal he got from them in 2020. The 5-5 Saints could very well turn to Hill at some point this season after Jameis Winston went down with a torn ACL, as they have struggled with Trevor Siemian at quarterback since their thrilling win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Suns Win Again; Grizzlies Hold Off Jazz Late
The Phoenix Suns' win streak is now at 13 straight games since their 1-3 start after they toppled the San Antonio Spurs, 115-111, on Monday night. Devin Booker scored 23 points, while Deandre Ayton added a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds, helping them match the third-longest winning streak in franchise history. The run is their longest win streak since they won 17 straight games from December 2006 to January 2007. Cameron Payne helped give Phoenix depth in their 51% shooting with 20 points off the bench, as the team had 25 assists with six players finishing in double figures. Meanwhile, the Memphis Grizzlies were lifted by Jaren Jackson's late three-pointer to give them a thrilling 119-118 win over the Utah Jazz. Jackson finished with 26 points in the road win, while Ja Morant led the way with 32 points to go along with the assist on the game-winning basket. Desmond Bane went off for a career-high 28 points in the win, as the Grizzlies scored the game's final seven points to pull one out for their third win in their past four games. The Jazz were led by Bojan Bogdanovic's 24 points and seven three-pointers, but he missed back-to-back jumpers late to seal the loss.
Other key scores saw Kevin Durant score 27 points to lead the first-place Brooklyn Nets over the Cleveland Cavaliers, 117-112, on the road. Jayson Tatum's 30 points helped the Boston Celtics send the Houston Rockets to their 15th straight loss, 108-90, in Boston. And Terry Rozier connected on a late three-pointer to cap off his 32-point night and give the Charlotte Hornets a 109-103 win over the Washington Wizards.
Illinois, Seton Hall Fall in Upset Losses
The new AP rankings were released in college basketball, as they are every Monday, and things will probably be changing once again after Monday's results. It started with the unranked Cincinnati Bearcats rolling to a 71-51 upset of the 14th-ranked Illinois Fighting Illini in the Hall of Fame Classic. Mike Saunders Jr. had 20 points, while Jeremiah Davenport added 19 for the now 5-0 Bearcats. The unranked team not only outrebounded the Illini, but they made their free throws with ease, going 17-for-20 from the charity strike to stay on top. Illinois suffered their second loss of the young season despite getting Kofi Cockburn back from his three-game suspension to begin the year, as he had 18 points and seven rebounds in the loss. And the Ohio State Buckeyes are trying to fight their way back in to the rankings, pulling off a 79-76 upset of the 21st-ranked Seton Hall Pirates. Meechie Johnson Jr. connected on the game-winning three pointer with 2.3 seconds on the clock, which was the Buckeye's 11th three pointer of the night as a team. E.J. Liddell had 28 points and made all 10 of his free throws for the 4-1 Buckeyes, who also got 17 points from Justin Ahrens including 11 in the first half. Kyle Young contributed 12 points and eight rebounds for the Big Ten team that used a 19-4 run to build an early lead and then hung on for the Fort Myers Tip-Off victory.
Other key scores saw the top two teams, Gonzaga and UCLA, set up their showdown on Tuesday with 107-54 and 75-62 blowouts of Central Michigan and Bellarmine respectively. Meanwhile, fifth-ranked Duke moved to 6-0 by blowing past The Citadel, and Houston, Arkansas, and USC all moved to 4-0 with Monday night victories.
Blues Use Hot Start to Top Knights; Sharks Down 'Canes in OT
The St. Louis Blues rode a red hot first period to get their 10th win of the season on Monday, topping the Las Vegas Golden Knights at home, 5-2, on Monday. Justin Faulk got his 100th career goal in the win, capping a three-goal run in the opening 20 minutes for the home team. Ryan O'Reilly, Tyler Bozak, Brandon Saad, and Niko Mikkola all scored for the Blues, who have just two wins in their past 10 games. Jordan Binnington has struggled during that run, but had 32 saves in this one after losing six of his past seven starts. And Alexander Barabanov scored with 3:18 left in overtime, lifting the San Jose Sharks over the Carolina Hurricanes, 2-1, out west. The game-winning came after Kevin Labanc forced overtime late with a third-period tally, handing the Canes just their third loss of the season, and first in extra time. the Sharks have won won just twice in their past six games, and snapped the road team's four-game winning streak. Carolina had won 14 of 16 overall to begin the season, but 22 saves from James Reimer was just enough, and he also got help from 23 blocked shots in front of him.
Other key scores saw Tristan Jarry make 30 saves in the Pittsburgh Penguins' 3-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets. Jack Roslovic had two goals and an assist as the Columbus Blue Jackets skated past the Buffalo Sabres, 7-4. Alex Newhook's late tiebreaker sent the Colorado Avalanche past the Ottawa Senators, 7-5. And Yakov Trenin had the tiebreaking goal to give the Nashville Predators a 3-2 victory against the Anaheim Ducks.