Here is a look at some of the big sports stories making headlines today, Tuesday, Nov. 25.
RAVENS TOP SAINTS
Drew Brees threw for 420 yards and three touchdowns on Monday night, but his one interception proved costly.
Will Hill brought back an interception 44 yards for a touchdown that put the Baltimore Ravens ahead to stay in a 34-27 win over the Saints in New Orleans.
Justin Forsett rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns as the Ravens completed a four-game sweep of NFC South opponents. Steve Smith caught four passes for 89 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown catch that helped the 7-4 Ravens stay a half-game behind first-place Cincinnati in the AFC North.
The Saints are 4-7 following their third straight loss.
BROWNS SAFETY DOUBTFUL FOR REST OF SEASON
Cleveland Browns starting safety Tashaun Gipson’s season could be over after he sustained a severely sprained right knee while colliding with teammate Joe Haden in Sunday’s win over Atlanta.
Gipson leads the NFL with six interceptions.
Browns coach Mike Pettine said Monday that the team has not yet decided whether to place Gipson on injured reserve.
In other NFL injuries:
BROWNS LOOKING INTO ALLEGED FIGHT INVOLVING MANZIEL’S ENTOURAGE
Cleveland police say a Browns fan who says he wanted to give Johnny Manziel “a hug” was struck by the rookie quarterback’s entourage at a downtown hotel and was left with a swollen eye and lip. The fan said he took one step toward Manziel and was punched by a man before he was struck several times in the face and “pushed and attacked” by a group of unidentified men who were with Manziel. The man who threw the first punch said the fan tried to assault Manziel.
SANDOVAL, RAMIREZ TO RED SOX
The Boston Red Sox have reconstructed the left side of their infield by opening their checkbook.
Free-agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval is leaving the World Series-champion San Francisco Giants for the Red Sox. And a baseball official with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press the Bosox also have worked out a free-agent contract with shortstop Hanley Ramirez. The official confirmed both deals on the condition of anonymity because the players hadn’t passed a physical.
Sandoval’s agent confirmed the popular player known in the Bay Area as “Kung Fu Panda” had a contract in place with the Red Sox.
Sandoval hit .279 with 16 homers and 73 RBIs in 157 regular-season games for the Giants and .366 in the postseason with seven doubles and five RBIs, four during the World Series against Kansas City. A person with knowledge of that proposal told The Associated Press that Sandoval had pondered an offer from the Giants worth close to $100 million over five years before accepting Boston’s proposal.
Ramirez hit .283 with 13 homers and 71 RBIs in 128 games for the Dodgers last season. The 10-year major league veteran has played fewer than 94 games four times over the last six seasons due to various injuries.
SIXERS, BLAZERS KEEP STREAKS INTACT
The Philadelphia 76ers are just one game away from tying the club record for longest season-opening losing streak.
The 76ers are 0-14 after LaMarcus Aldridge had 15 of his 33 points during the pivotal third quarter that pushed Portland past Philadelphia 114-104. Wesley Matthews added 17 points, Damian Lillard had 17 and Robin Lopez chipped in 12 as the Trail Blazers won their eighth in a row.
The Sixers will look to avoid an 0-15 opening when they host Brooklyn on Wednesday. They also are just four losses from tying the 2009-10 Nets, who set an NBA record by beginning the season 0-18.
Elsewhere in the NBA:
SECOND-RANKED ARIZONA IS 4-0
Second-ranked Arizona is 4-0 after winning its opening game at the Maui Invitational.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Brandon Ashley each scored 15 points to lead the Wildcats to a 72-53 win over Missouri. Freshman Stanley Johnson added 14 points for the Wildcats, who held the Tigers to 36 percent shooting while scoring 24 points off 17 turnovers.
Checking out the rest of the top-25 finals:
KENTUCKY ENTRENCHED AT NO. 1
Kentucky has strengthened its hold on the top spot in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll this week. The 5-0 Wildcats got 62 of the 65 first-place votes after three wins, including a rout of then No. 5 Kansas.
The other three first-place votes went to Wisconsin, which checks in at No. 2 this week. Arizona, Duke and North Carolina round out the top five. Louisville, Texas, Virginia, Wichita State and Gonzaga are the rest of the top 10.
PENS, ISLES WIN IN EXTRA TIME
The Pittsburgh Penguins were winners in their first game since suffering back-to-back losses to the surging New York Islanders over the weekend.
Evgeni Malkin scored the tying and winning goals as the Pens pulled out a 3-2 overtime victory in Boston. Malkin tied the game with a power-play goal midway through the third period and won it 32 seconds into the extra session.
Sidney Crosby added a goal and two assists to help the Penguins keep their share of the Metropolitan Division lead.
The New York Islanders stayed tied with Pittsburgh as Frans Nielsen and John Tavares scored shootout goals in a 1-0 triumph over Philadelphia. Jaroslav Halak turned back 21 shots in the Islanders’ ninth victory in 10 games.
Also on ice: