No. 3 PURDUE 75, MARYLAND 67
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Isaac Haas had 20 points and nine rebounds, Carsen Edwards scored 17 points and No. 3 Purdue pulled away from Maryland to extend the nation's longest active winning streak to 18 with a 75-67 win. The Boilermakers (22-2, 11-0 Big Ten) also continued their best conference start in school history, broke another school record with their 13th consecutive win over a league foe and still won their 21st straight home game. Only Cincinnati (38) has a longer home-court streak. Bruno Fernando finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead Maryland (15-9, 4-7). Kevin Huerter had 16 points and four 3s for the Terrapins, who have lost three straight with the last two coming to top-10 teams.
No. 5 MICHIGAN ST. 76, PENN ST. 68
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Miles Bridges had 23 points and nine rebounds, helping Michigan State come back from a double-digit deficit to beat Penn State 76-68. The Spartans (21-3, 9-2 Big Ten) rallied to win after trailing by 12 with 15:23 left after coming back from 13-point deficit to win their previous game at Maryland. Cassius Winston made a go-ahead layup midway through the second half and Michigan State led by as much as 15. The Nittany Lions (15-9, 5-6) had won two straight, including a buzzer-beater at Ohio State, and they didn't give up their winning streak easily. They went on an 11-2 run to pull within six points with 37 seconds left after Tony Carr made consecutive 3-pointers in 6 seconds. Carr just missed a 3-pointer with 19 seconds left.
TRAIL BLAZERS 124, BULLS 108
PORTLAND, Ore. -- CJ McCollum scored a franchise-record 28 points in the first quarter and finished with a career-high 50 through three as Portland took advantage of short-handed Chicago 124-108. McCollum's 28 points in the opening quarter were the most in the NBA this season. His final tally was nine points shy of the team record set by Damian Lillard last season. Lillard also sat out the final period after adding 13 points and seven assists for the Trail Blazers, who led by as many as 29. It was Portland's fourth straight win overall, a season high, and the club's eighth in a row at home. Zach LaVine had a season-best 23 points in Chicago's fifth consecutive loss.
PACERS 105, GRIZZLIES 101
INDIANAPOLIS -- Myles Turner had 15 points and 11 rebounds in his return to the starting lineup, and Indiana beat Memphis 105-101 for its third straight win. Turner gave the Pacers a 102-101 lead by hitting two free throws with 34 seconds left. With two seconds remaining, Wayne Selden missed a floater in the lane that would have given the Grizzlies the lead. Indiana came up with the rebound and sealed it at the foul line with less than a second left. All five Pacers starters scored in double digits. Bojan Bogdanovic and Darren Collison each had 21 points, Victor Oladipo added 13 and Thaddeus Young had 10. Marc Gasol had 23 points and nine rebounds for Memphis. Selden led the Grizzlies with 24 points but was ejected with 0.7 seconds remaining after arguing he was fouled on his missed shot.
MINNEAPOLIS —Roger Goodell wants to see the mystery of the NFL’s catch rule solved, and he’s ensured that the process has begun. The commissioner said at his annual Super Bowl news conference that he personally sees that rule as the most obvious to address. Asked about the scrutiny that NFL officiating came under this season, Goodell said “on the catch/no catch rule, we need to find a rule we think will address that. We certainly need to get this rule right so everyone can appreciate.” Goodell recently spent three hours with former players, including Pro Football Hall of Famers, going over 150 plays. He said there were many good ideas offered, but as for the specifics of what should be a catch, there was little consensus. “There were a lot of people with different perspectives and lot of disagreement in the room,” he said.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- Fox and the NFL have agreed to a five-year deal for Thursday night football games. Those games previously were televised by CBS and NBC, two of the league's other network partners. Fox announced Wednesday that it will televise 11 games between Weeks 4 and 15, with simulcasts on NFL Network and Fox Deportes. Fox, which has the Sunday afternoon NFC package, will produce all of the games under the deal, which is worth a little more than $3 billion.
EDEN PRARIE, Minn. -- As expected, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski remained in the concussion protocol Wednesday for New England's first Super Bowl practice in Minnesota. According to a pool report of the workout, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Gronkowski took part in non-contact drills and is "working his way back." The Patriots worked out for two hours in their only full-padded practice of the week leading up to Sunday's matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles.
NEW YORK — Oscar Gamble, an outfielder who hit 200 home runs over 17 major league seasons and was famous during his playing days for an Afro that spilled out of his helmet, died Wednesday of a rare tumor of the jaw. His second wife, Lovell Woods Gamble, said he was diagnosed with a benign tumor, ameloblastoma, about nine years ago. It became ameloblastic carcinoma in 2016 and he had the first of several operations that August. Gamble, who lived in Montgomery, Alabama, entered UAB Hospital in Birmingham on Jan. 22 and died there early Wednesday. His wife said he never chewed tobacco. Drafted by the cubs in 1968 oscar made his debut in 1969 but was traded to phileadelphia in the offseason with dick selma for johnny callison. A left-handed hitter known for the crouch in his batting stance, Gamble had a .265 batting average and 666 RBIs while playing for seven big league teams. Oscar Gamble was 68.