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MEXICO CITY (AP) - The New England Patriots had a business approach to their trip to Denver and Mexico City. They head home with two wins after beating the Oakland Raiders 33-8 at Azteca Stadium. The Patriots have won six games in a row and appear to be peaking at the right time of the season once again.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says he should have left three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting in China in jail. Trump's tweet comes after the father of player LiAngelo Ball minimized Trump's involvement in winning the players' release during an interview with ESPN. Trump has said he raised the players' detention with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the leaders' recent meeting in Beijing.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lonzo Ball had his second career triple-double and Julius Randle scored 24 points in the Los Angeles Lakers' 127-109 victory over the Denver Nuggets. Ball had 11 points, a career-high 16 rebounds and 11 assists in the 20-year-old rookie's first triple-double in front of his hometown fans at Staples Center. Denver coach Mike Malone and top scorer Nikola Jokic were ejected in the second quarter after Malone stepped onto the court during play to argue.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings have been eager to see Teddy Bridgewater take back the job he lost to the devastating injury to his left knee. With the way Case Keenum has been playing, well, this might be a long wait. The career backup quarterback beat his old team the Los Angeles Rams and guided the Vikings to their sixth straight victory. Keenum says he's not worried about Bridgewater hovering behind him.
CARSON, Calif. (AP) - Casey Hayward made two of the Chargers' five interceptions during a poor first half by Buffalo rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman. Los Angeles cruised to a 54-24 victory over the slumping Bills. Korey Toomer returned Peterman's first interception 59 yards for a touchdown on Buffalo's opening drive. Philip Rivers passed for 250 yards and Keenan Allen had 12 receptions for 159 yards and two touchdowns for the Chargers.
(AP) - Mad Mike Hughes is a 61-year-old limo driver who's spent the last few years building a steam-powered rocket out of salvaged parts in his garage. On Saturday, he plans to strap into his homemade contraption and fly a mile at a California ghost town.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - UCLA has fired football coach Jim Mora after he compiled a 46-30 record in six seasons with the Bruins. Athletic director Dan Guerrero announced the move a day after No. 12 Southern California beat crosstown rival UCLA, 28-23.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - John Gibson stopped 50 shots and the Anaheim Ducks held on to beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 for their first winning streak in three weeks. Josh Manson, Rickard Rakell and Brandon Montour scored for Anaheim. The Ducks hadn't won consecutive games since Oct. 28 and 29.
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