Top National Sports Stories: Top-10 upsets...Lions introduce Patricia...Clippers' Williams gets extended...Knicks deal Hernangomez

Published on February 08, 2018 at 06:47AM

UNDATED (AP) — No. 1 Villanova was among three top-10 men’s basketball teams to fall last night. Shamorie Ponds scored 26 points and St. John’s followed Saturday’s upset of Duke by surprising the Wildcats, 79-75. Keita Bates-Diop scored 18 points as Ohio State knocked off third-ranked Purdue, 64-63, and Duane Wilson made one of two free throws with four seconds left to lift Texas A&M to an 81-80 upset of No. 8 Auburn.

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Matt Patricia has been formally introduced as head coach of the Detroit Lions after six seasons as the New England Patriots’ defensive coordinator. The 43-year-old Patricia helped New England win three Super Bowls over his 14 years on coach Bill Belichick’s staff. He takes over a team that has had one of the NFL’s worst rushing offenses over the last four seasons and has earned just one playoff win since capturing the 1957 league title.

UNDATED (AP) — Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams has agreed to a contract extension on the eve of the NBA trade deadline. Williams is the NBA’s top scorer among backup players, averaging 23.3 points in the best season of his career. He had been mentioned as a trade possibility in the final year of a contract that is paying him $7 million this season.

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks have traded center Willy Hernangomez to the Charlotte Hornets for second-round picks in the 2020 and 2021 drafts, plus forward Johnny O’Bryant. Hernangomez was an all-rookie selection last season and had been identified by team management during the summer as an important piece of the Knicks’ future until the Knicks acquired Enes Kanter in the Carmelo Anthony trade. Hernangomez fell to third in the center rotation behind Kanter and Kyle O’Quinn, averaging 4.3 points and 2.6 rebounds after scoring 8.2 points and seven boards a game last season.

UNDATED (AP) — Infielder Yolmer Sanchez has beaten the White Sox in salary arbitration and will get a raise from $546,000 to $2.35 million rather than the team’s $2.1 million offer. Sanchez set career bests last year with a .267 average, 12 homers and 59 RBIs and .319 on-base percentage. Major league players are 6-3 against owners in arbitration so far this winter.