No. 11 U.C.L.A. Upsets No. 1 Kentucky

Isaac Hamilton scored 19 points, T. J. Leaf had 17 with 13 rebounds, and No. 11 U.C.L.A. shot 53 percent to beat No. 1 Kentucky (7-1) by 97-92 on Saturday. The Bruins (9-0) won in their first visit to Rupp Arena and ended the Wildcats’ 42-game home winning streak.

AROUND THE N.C.A.A. Esa Ahmad hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1 minute 28 seconds remaining, and No. 25 West Virginia (6-1) ended No. 6 Virginia’s 24-game home winning streak with a 66-57 victory over the Cavaliers (7-1). Manu Lecomte scored 24 points, and No. 9 Baylor (8-0) took over in the second half in a 76-61 home victory over No. 7 Xavier (7-1). Przemek Karnowski scored 18 points, and No. 8 Gonzaga defeated No. 16 Arizona, 69-62, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

HOCKEY

Devils Erase a Three-Goal Deficit

Michael Cammalleri’s second goal of the game, with 18 seconds remaining in overtime, capped the Devils’ comeback from three goals down in the third period and gave the Devils a 5-4 win at Nashville.

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PRO FOOTBALL

Gronkowski’s Season Is Over

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was placed on injured reserve after having season-ending back surgery on Friday. Gronkowski left last week’s game with what was described as a herniated disk.

PRO BASKETBALL

Dellavedova Leads Bucks Past Nets

Matthew Dellavedova scored 12 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Milwaukee Bucks hold off the visiting Nets, 112-103. Bojan Bogdanovic led the Nets with 24 points, while Sean Kilpatrick added 19.

TRACK AND FIELD

New Panel Will Hear Doping Cases

The International Association of Athletics Federations, track’s governing body, voted to establish a single panel to handle doping cases, removing the responsibility of dealing with the cases from individual member countries.

SOCCER

Chelsea’s Win Is Marred by Scuffle

Chelsea scored three goals in the final half-hour before a hard foul and a scuffle led to two injury-time red cards in a 3-1 Premier League victory at Manchester City. Elsewhere, Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen each scored twice as Tottenham Hotspur thrashed visiting Swansea, 5-0, and Alexis Sánchez scored three goals in 15 minutes as Arsenal cruised to a 5-1 victory at struggling West Ham.

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To the Big Ten Champion, Penn State, Goes but a Sliver of Playoff Hope

INDIANAPOLIS — The Big Ten championship game featured, according to most rankings, neither of the two best teams in the Big Ten, and the result was flashes of brilliance amid sloppy play as Penn State defeated Wisconsin, 38-31, on Saturday night. It was an impressive achievement that will, nonetheless, most likely leave the Nittany Lions short of the College Football Playoff.

No. 8 Penn State (11-2) overwhelmed Wisconsin’s defense, which entered the game holding opponents to 13.7 points per game, with a pass attack spearheaded by quarterback Trace McSorley and receiver Saeed Blacknall, both juniors. McSorley finished 22 of 31 for 384 passing yards and four touchdowns, while Blacknall caught six of those passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns.

No. 6 Wisconsin (10-3) ran the ball well, as is its tradition, with the hydra-headed rushing attack of Corey Clement, Bradrick Shaw and Dare Ogunbowale. But as the game wore on and Wisconsin’s stellar front seven found it more difficult to pressure McSorley, Wisconsin’s weaker defensive secondary was exposed.

For Penn State and its fans, it was a triumphant Saturday night — and a hope against hope for a berth in the playoff.

Because of conference standings, the Badgers, sixth in the playoff rankings, and the Nittany Lions, seventh in the playoff rankings, played for the conference title even though two conference rivals — Ohio State and Michigan — were ranked above them.

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With No. 4 Washington manhandling No. 9 Colorado in the Pacific-12 title game Friday night, 41-10; No. 1 Alabama rolling over No. 15 Florida, 54-16, for the Southeastern Conference title Saturday afternoon; and No. 3 Clemson handling No. 19 Virginia Tech in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game, 42-35, on Saturday night, there was expected to be room for only one Big Ten team in the final four-team playoff bracket.

That team will very likely be Ohio State (11-1), which has just one loss — at Penn State, 24-21, in October — and wins over No. 7 Oklahoma, No. 5 Michigan and Wisconsin.

Wisconsin seemed in control early, steadily moving the ball in a first drive that consumed eight minutes and resulted in a touchdown. Wisconsin’s second drive was shorter, the score coming on the second play as Clement ran by Penn State’s secondary for a 67-yard touchdown. In the second quarter, Wisconsin linebacker Ryan Connelly recovered a bad snap and ran it in 12 yards to give the Badgers a 21-7 lead.

Penn State, rushing to the line and conveying offensive plays via hand signals, wanted the game to be fast and did well when it turned the tempo its way. With 58 seconds left in the first half, the Lions scored on a 40-yard pass to Blacknall after a defensive misplay.

The third quarter brought an even worse error from Wisconsin’s secondary. With Penn State at its 30, McSorley backed up and heaved the ball nearly 60 yards to Blacknall, who broke free of cornerback Natrell Jamerson while safety D’Cota Dixon, coming from the opposite direction, overran Blacknall, allowing him to run 20 yards into the end zone.

Penn State was amid a streak of four consecutive drives culminating in touchdowns. They made it 28-28 before Wisconsin — which earlier had missed a 48-yard field goal attempt — drove into the red zone and settled for a 21-yard field goal. That was followed by the fourth drive in Penn State’s streak, which ended with a touchdown pass to the star running back Saquon Barkley that gave Penn State the lead, 35-31. Tyler Davis added a 24-yard field goal to wrap up the scoring.

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Sammy Lee, First Asian-American to Earn Olympic Gold, Dies at 96

In the golden California summers before World War II, Sammy Lee, a Korean-American, was just one of the “colored” boys in the Pasadena pool on Wednesdays. That was “International Day,” when Asian, black and Latino children were allowed to swim. After they were gone, the pool was drained and refilled with clean water for the white children who came every other day of the week.

Years later, fulfilling a vow to his father, he stood on the high diving platform at the Olympic Games in London and looked down at cheering crowds. It was like standing atop a three-story building. But he had long ago conquered his fear of heights, and of bigotry. He was a doctor and a compact athlete representing the United States.

He ran forward and rose majestically into the air.

Dr. Sammy Lee, who died of pneumonia on Friday in Newport Beach, Calif., at the age of 96, faced prejudice growing up, and discrimination when he tried to buy a home in a white community in Southern California. But he also became the first Asian-American to earn Olympic gold and the first American to win consecutive gold medals in Olympic platform diving.

The University of Southern California announced the death on its website.

Dr. Lee won a gold medal in 10-meter platform diving and a bronze in 3-meter springboard diving at the 1948 Olympics in London, and a gold in platform diving at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, Finland. He also won three national diving championships as a collegian in the 1940s and was named America’s outstanding amateur athlete of 1953 by the Amateur Athletic Union.

He became an ambassador to the Olympics for Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard M. Nixon and Ronald Reagan; coached Greg Louganis, Bob Webster and other American diving champions, and the American diving team at the 1960 Olympics in Rome; and was elected to the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1968 and the United States Olympic Hall of Fame in 1990.

An eye, ear and throat specialist, Dr. Lee was an Army major and medical officer in the Korean War. But in 1955, as he ended eight years of military service, all his achievements did not spare him from racial discrimination when he tried to buy a home in Garden Grove, a booming postwar community in Orange County where he wanted to open a medical practice. When turning him away, real estate agents were candid.

“I’m sorry, doctor,” one told him, “but I have to eat, and I’d lose my job for selling to a nonwhite.”

Dr. Lee’s wife, Rosalind, then tried to buy a building lot in a development in Anaheim. He recalled, “The agent said the value of the property would drop so badly if he sold to me that he wouldn’t be able to sell the rest of the homes.”

That day Dr. Lee was at the White House, dining with President Eisenhower. When word got out that he had been a victim of housing discrimination, the news media picked up the story and it became a national scandal. Protests, apologies and offers of assistance ensued.

Housing discrimination has always been common in America, despite laws against it. But Dr. Lee’s status as an Olympian made a difference. Vice President Nixon said he was “shocked” and pledged help. Anaheim’s mayor spoke out. A newspaper offered to pay the Lees’ house-hunting expenses, and real estate agents jumped to show them homes.

The Lees bought one in Garden Grove, and the county held a welcome party when they moved in. Neighbors came and politicians gave speeches. “My belief in the American people is substantiated,” Dr. Lee said.

He later toured Asia for the State Department. “Whenever I was asked by those people in the Far East how America treated Oriental people, I told them the truth,” he recalled. “I said Americans had their shortcomings, but they had guts enough to advertise them, whereas others try to cover them up.”

Dr. Lee practiced medicine in Orange County for 35 years until he retired in 1990. He later moved to Huntington Beach, Calif. His condominium community had a pool, and even in his 90s he swam a few laps every day.

Samuel Lee was born on Aug. 1, 1920, in Fresno, Calif., one of five children of Soonkee Rhee and Eunkee Chun, who married in Korea as children, fulfilling a traditional contract by families. They moved to California in 1905 and settled in Fresno, where they changed their surname and opened a restaurant.

Sammy learned to swim in Fresno. After the family moved to Highland Park, in northeast Los Angeles, in the late 1920s, he swam at Brookside Park in nearby Pasadena — but only on Wednesdays because the pool was reserved for whites on other days.

The Lees encountered racial abuse from neighbors who used slurs and urged them to move. Sammy also heard it in school, where distinctions among Japanese, Chinese and other Asians were lost in a blur of angry abuse. Dr. Lee said his father called the bigots misguided, and urged him to be proud of his heritage.

Inspired by Americans who took all the diving medals at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, Dr. Lee promised his father he would someday be an Olympian. He graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School in 1939, Occidental College in 1943 and the University of Southern California medical school in 1947.

In 1950, he married Rosalind M. K. Wong, who survives him along with their two children, Pamela and Sammy II, and three grandchildren, according to The Associated Press.

Trained privately, Dr. Lee won the national A.A.U. springboard and platform championships in 1942, and was the national A.A.U. platform champion in 1946.

The 1940 and 1944 Olympics were canceled because of World War II, but on Aug. 5, 1948, as the Olympic diving competitions drew to a close in London, he stood on the high platform, as he had vowed. He was lithe and muscled, just over 5 feet tall, and in recent days had dazzled crowds and judges with dives of balletic precision, with front and back somersaults and elegant pikes and twists. He had already won a bronze for springboard dives, and he led the pack in platform scores.

The cheers stopped.

He ran forward and rose majestically into the air.

He hovered at the peak, his arms reaching for heaven, and curled into a tuck — a man wrapped into a tight ball, chin brushing kneecaps, hands grasping shins — before rolling forward into the power dive. A blur of speed, he somersaulted three and a half times in a 33-foot pinwheeling plunge, coming out of it just in time and opening into a perfect illusion of the vertical body — a knife entering the water.

He had the gold. And he would do it again four years later.

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Jensen and Danneel Harris Ackles Welcome Twins

It’s double the love for Jensen Ackles and Danneel Harris Ackles!

The Supernatrual star announced the news on Instagram on Saturday after the twins were born on Friday, Dec. 2.

“Danneel, JJ and I are excited to announce the birth of our twins Zeppelin Bram and Arrow Rhodes,” Ackles wrote alongside a photo of Dr. Seuss’ Thing 1 and Thing 2. “They were born early yesterday morning.Everyone is doing great! #twinning.”

Zeppelin and Arrow join the couple’s 3-year-old daughter, new big sister Justice Jay, aka, “JJ.”

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A rep for the actors, who tied the knot in Dallas in May 2010, confirmed they were expecting a son and daughter exclusively to PEOPLE in August.

“Doublemint here we come!” Harris Ackles, 37, captioned an Instagram shot of five pairs of boots, each corresponding to a member of their family.

Ackles, 38, and his now-wife began dating in 2006 shortly before the release of their film Ten Inch Hero, becoming engaged three years later.

The twosome each starred on their own CW television series: One Tree Hill for Harris Ackles, and Supernatural for Ackles, on which he still stars as one half of the Winchester brothers alongside costar Jared Padalecki.

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The newest additions to the Ackles family are in for one fun dad. In 2015, the actor took to Twitter to share his reasoning behind joining Instagram shortly after posting a sweet photo of himself and then-2-year-old JJ.

“In an effort 2 squash some posers, my daughter is helping me start an Instagram profile,” he wrote. “Chk it out. Hint: it’s just my name.”

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Alabama Displays Its Dominance, Crushing Florida for the SEC Title

Alabama showed off all its weapons in the Southeastern Conference championship game on Saturday.

Now the Crimson Tide can expect a return trip to Atlanta for the College Football Playoff.

Alabama, the nation’s No. 1 team, scored off a blocked punt and an interception return before wearing down No. 15 Florida in the second half with a dominant running game. The outcome was a 54-16 rout that positioned the Crimson Tide to go for their second straight national championship and their fifth title in eight seasons under Coach Nick Saban.

Up next is a likely semifinal game at the Georgia Dome on Dec. 31.

The Crimson Tide (13-0, 8-0 SEC) raced to a 16-9 lead in the first quarter, despite being held to minus-7 yards and no first downs. They scored one touchdown off a blocked punt and another off an interception return. A field goal was set up by another interception, one of three thrown by Florida quarterback Austin Appleby in the first half.

The Tide led, 33-16, at the break — the most points ever scored in the first half of an SEC title game — and claimed the victory with scoring drives of 98 and 91 yards, sparked by a goal-line stand that finished off the last gasp by the Gators (8-4, 6-2).

A 24-point underdog, Florida had a few shining moments against the nation’s only unbeaten Power 5 team. The Gators marched the length of the field on the opening possession, the first touchdown given up by Alabama in more than 17 quarters. Florida had another long scoring drive near the end of the first half.

After Alabama went three-and-out to start the second half, Florida drove to the Crimson Tide 1-yard line. Jordan Scarlett tried to leap over the goal line on a third-and-goal, but he never got off the ground — Rashaan Evans beat his blocker and dropped Scarlett for a 1-yard loss. Appleby threw incomplete in the back of the end zone on fourth down, giving the ball back to Alabama.

Damien Harris broke off a 23-yard run, Jalen Hurts completed a 31-yard pass to ArDarius Stewart on third-and-19, and Bo Scarbrough had a 34-yard run and finished off the drive with a 2-yard touchdown.

Alabama went nearly as far on its next possession, driving from its own 9 for another touchdown that sent most of the Florida fans heading for the exits early in the fourth quarter. Scarbrough carried it six times, including a 1-yard scoring plunge.

After pulling their starters, the Tide scored a final touchdown to notch the second-highest point total against the Gators, topped only by Nebraska’s 62-24 victory for the national title in the January 1996 Fiesta Bowl.

OKLAHOMA 38, OKLAHOMA ST. 20 Baker Mayfield passed for 288 yards and three touchdowns at home, and No. 7 Oklahoma (10-2, 9-0) defeated No. 11 Oklahoma State (9-3, 7-2) in a matchup that decided the Big 12 champion and most likely guaranteed the Sooners a trip to the Sugar Bowl.

Mayfield, a Heisman Trophy candidate, performed well, despite finishing the game without his top receiver, Dede Westbrook, who is a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award. Westbrook caught four passes for 111 yards before being knocked out of the game with concussion-like symptoms after a hard hit by Cowboys safety Jordan Sterns.

Oklahoma’s response to Westbrook’s injury was similar to way the Sooners have bounced back throughout a season plagued by injuries.

“I’m just incredibly pleased with our team, their resilience through the season and in this game,” said Oklahoma Coach Bob Stoops, who won his 10th conference title in 17 years.

Samaje Perine ran for 239 yards on a career-high 37 carries, and Joe Mixon caught a touchdown pass and had a 79-yard touchdown run for the Sooners.

Mason Rudolph completed 11 of 25 passes for 186 yards for Oklahoma State.

TEMPLE 34, NAVY 10 Phillip Walker threw two touchdown passes, Temple’s defense stuffed Navy’s running game, and the Owls (10-3, 7-1) claimed their first American Athletic Conference title by crushing the No. 20 Midshipmen (9-3, 7-1) in Annapolis, Md.

After Temple scored touchdowns on its first three possessions, protecting its 21-0 lead became easier when Navy lost quarterback Will Worth to a second-quarter ankle injury.

The Midshipmen’s coach, Ken Niumatalolo, said Worth is done for the season, along with running backs Toneo Gulley and Darryl Bonner, both of whom left with first-half injuries.

Although the defeat took Navy out of the running for the Cotton Bowl, the Midshipmen are expected to play in the Armed Forces Bowl after their game against Army next Saturday.

The Owls extended their winning streak to seven games and earned their first league title since finishing atop the Middle American Conference in 1967.

“It showed we have a really good team that is capable of doing a lot of good things,” said Walker, who finished 16 of 25 for 199 yards.

Temple lost to Houston in last year’s A.A.C. championship game. This time, the Owls dominated from the outset.

Not only did Temple open with touchdown drives of 75, 59 and 70 yards, but its defense derailed a Navy attack that was averaging 61 points in its previous three games.

“They just played better,” Niumatalolo said. “It wasn’t a magic wand. They just hit us in the mouth, and we hadn’t been hit in the mouth for a long time. Normally, we hit other people in the mouth.”

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The Midshipmen had scored on 34 of 38 drives — including 33 touchdowns — before being denied on their first three possessions by the Owls. Worth was injured at the end of the third drive and did not return.

That spelled doom for an offense that produced more than 500 yards in each of its past three games. Navy finished with 306 yards, 168 on the ground.

The backup quarterback Zach Abey went 7 for 13 for 104 yards, with two interceptions.

The loss ended the Midshipmen’s 15-game home winning streak.

Middle linebacker Jarred Alwan led the Owls’ defense with 13 tackles, and defensive back Sean Chandler contributed eight tackles and forced a fumble.

Temple took the suspense out of the game with an early show of offensive firepower. After Walker completed a 13-yard pass to Keith Kirkwood on a fourth-and-7 from Navy’s 28-yard line, Jahad Thomas ran for a 15-yard score.

A 22-yard touchdown pass to Ventell Bryant made it 14-0, and Walker followed a Navy turnover with a perfectly thrown pass that Kirkwood caught in stride for a 56-yard touchdown.

W. KENTUCKY 58, LA. TECH 44 Anthony Wales rushed for 209 yards and four touchdowns, Mike White threw for 421 yards and three more scores, and Western Kentucky (10-3, 7-1) defeated Louisiana Tech (8-5, 6-2) in the Conference U.S.A. championship game in Bowling Green, Ky. Louisiana Tech won the regular-season matchup, 55-52, on Oct. 6.

WEST VIRGINIA 24, BAYLOR 21 Skyler Howard threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score, and No. 14 West Virginia (10-2, 7-2) outlasted visiting Baylor (6-6, 3-6) in their Big 12 regular-season finale.

Justin Crawford rushed for 209 yards to help the Mountaineers to their first 10-win regular season since 2007.

HERMAN’S CONTRACT APPROVED University of Texas regents approved a five-year contract worth at least $25 million for the Longhorns’ new football coach, Tom Herman.

The contract calls for an annual salary of $5.25 million during the first year and up to $6.25 million in the final year.

Herman was hired away from Houston to replace Charlie Strong, who was fired after three straight losing seasons.

Herman spent the past two seasons with the Cougars, with whom he went 22-4.

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It’s a Glee-union! Lea Michele Shares Photo with Glee Cast at Becca Tobin and Zach Martin’s Wedding

The most Glee-ful reunion!

Lea Michele took to Instagram on Saturday afternoon to share a photo alongside former Glee castmates Kevin McHale, Jane Lynch, Meg Doyle, Michael Hitchcock, Jenna Ushkowitz, Matt Hodgson, Dante Russo at Becca Tobin and Zach Martin’s snowy winter wedding.

“Glee wedding,” she captioned the sweet reunion photo, with a previous post alongside the bride with the hashtag #MrsMartin.

Tobin first announced her engagement in May during an episode of her LadyGang podcast with co-hosts Keltie Knight and Jac Vanek, adding she thought the whole proposal was just a stunt at first.

“I thought he was kidding when he had the ring in front of my face! I thought it was fake,” she said.

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New ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Trailer Is All About a Giant Space Monster and Adorable Baby Groot

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 may be the world's most anticipated entry in a franchise that most people didn't even know was a thing just two years ago. Before hitting the big screen, the Guardians of the Galaxy were a pretty niche team confined to comic books and animated kids shows. But then writer-director James Gunn came along and made a movie about them; a movie that very, very quickly became one of the most beloved Marvel movies and a box office phenomenon to boot, raking in even more money than even Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon and Groot have become a very big deal to Marvel and Disney, not to mention millions of fans all over the planet. So to say that there's probably a bit of pressure on Gunn's…
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Tiger Woods Wows the Crowd With a Fast Start Before a Quiet Finish

NASSAU, the Bahamas — On his fifth hole Saturday at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods holed a bunker shot for his fourth birdie of the day. It had taken him only 41 holes in his first competitive start in 15 months to reach double figures under par. When Woods’s ball tracked toward the hole and trickled in, the roar from his gallery was so loud, it might have scared off the fish on Lyford Cay, four miles away on the western tip of New Providence Island.

After 466 days away from golf, Woods was 10 under par and in contention at the tournament he hosts. With a birdie at the par-5 11th, Woods moved to 11 under, to the delirium of the crowd following him. But over the last seven holes, the tide of sound would recede as Woods wobbled home for a two-under 70 and a 54-hole total of eight under.

He was 11 strokes behind the leader, Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, who posted a 65 and was at 19 under.

“Probably couldn’t get off to a better start than I did,” said Woods, who carded a bogey-free 65 in the second round after opening with a 73.

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He made his first bogey in 24 holes when he three-putted from 40 feet on the par-5 sixth. If he had a qualm about his game, it was with his play on the greens.

“I just hit some bad putts,” Woods said.

But his overall performance was solid given how rusty he was after the longest layoff of his 21-year pro career. Of all the signs of progress, perhaps the most promising is that Woods was upset despite shooting under par.

“If you think about it, I’ve gotten off to some really good starts the first three days,” said Woods, who has played the front nine in a cumulative 10 under. “Generally, when I come back from layoffs, that’s the most concerning part of the game is getting off to a halfway decent start. I’ve been into the round early, built a significant amount of positive shots and gone under par early.

“Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to keep it going except for yesterday.”

In a 17-man field that includes 12 of the top 25 players in the world, Woods was in 10th place. Did that exceed his expectations coming into the event?

“I didn’t really have much, because I didn’t know,” Woods said. “I didn’t know what I was going to feel like after each round.” He added, “A lot of things, I didn’t know coming in.”

After three rounds, his takeaway was this: “I’m just not quite there. But it’s coming.”

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Two Late Goals by Chris Kreider Lift the Rangers

Chris Kreider scored two goals, 4 minutes 46 seconds apart late in the third period, to lift the Rangers to a 4-2 victory on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

“We found a way in the third period,” Rangers Coach Alain Vigneault said. “When the game was on the line, to play our best hockey to get 2 points, we’ll take it and get ready for the next game.”

On Tuesday night, the Rangers trailed, 2-0, before pulling within one in the second and scoring twice in the third to beat Carolina 3-2.

Derek Stepan had a goal and two assists and Michael Grabner also scored, and Mats Zuccarello had two assists for the Rangers. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 21 shots to bounce back from a shaky outing at Buffalo two nights earlier and pick up his 11th win of the season.

New York is also now 8-0-1 after a loss this season, and has not lost consecutive games in regulation. The Rangers also improved to 21-3-0 in the last 24 meetings with Carolina at Madison Square Garden.

“We’re like all the teams, we need our goaltender to be one of our best players and we need our other best players, whether they’re Ds or forwards, to play at the level they’re supposed to,” Vigneault said. “There’s no doubt that Kreids (Kreider) did that tonight.”

Kreider scored the tiebreaking goal with 7:35 left as he knocked in a rebound past Hurricanes goalie Michael Leighton. Kreider then made it a two-goal game with 2:49 remaining as his shot from the left side rang off the post and deflected back in off Leighton,

“There was a big difference in our game, more energy, more speed to our game,” Lundqvist said of the Rangers’ play in the final period compared to the first two. “It felt like they wanted it a little bit more for two periods, but I think in this league a lot of times games are decided in the third. Teams try to stay close and then in the third you try to make that final push to make the difference”

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Viktor Stalberg and Victor Rask scored for Carolina and Leighton finished with 24 saves in his second start of the season. The Hurricanes concluded a three-game road trip and fell to 1-4-1 in their last six games.

“You got to be able to spend more time in the offensive zone,” Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said. “When you are not in the offensive zone that means you are going to spend too much time defending. And we did that in the final 20 minutes.”

Carolina (9-10-5) had a strong first period, outshooting the Rangers 15-3, but Stepan’s goal 4:05 in gave New York a 1-0 lead. Kevin Klein joined the rush and crashed the net which allowed Stepan to control his own rebound and open up the scoring. The referee initially waived off the goal, but it counted after a review.

Stalberg, who scored twice in the Hurricanes’ loss here Tuesday night, tied it as he beat Lundqvist with a wrist shot on the glove side. Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh tried to skate the puck out of trouble but turned it over in the neutral zone leading to Carolina’s odd man rush.

“He fits the modern game, a big guy, that can skate well,” Peters said of Stalberg. “That’s what he does. He’s a guy that makes it hard (on the opponent).

Defenseman Brett Pesce, a native of suburban Tarrytown, picked up the primary assist on Stalberg’s goal.

Grabner picked up his 13th of the season to put the Rangers up 2-1 at 5:54 of the third.

Peters challenged the goal, claiming the play was offside before New York entered the zone, but the referee announced the video review was inconclusive.

Rask tied it just 32 seconds later with his ninth goal of the season and 99th career NHL point as his slap shot from the point beat Lundqvist.

NOTES: The Rangers’ 13-game home winning streak against Carolina is the longest home winning streak the Rangers have posted against one opponent in franchise history.

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Kim Richards on Life After Rehab and Arrest: ‘I’m Just So Grateful to Be Where I Am Today’

Kim Richards is opening up about overcoming her struggles and welcoming new challenges in the upcoming season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

“Before I started the show, life was really good and then, you know, things happened and it wasn’t,” she told reporters at The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season 7 premiere party at the Sofitel Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, California, on Friday. “And it wasn’t just my relapse that was hard, but I went through a depression as well after that.”

Looking back, Richards said she feels “so happy” now.

“I’m just so grateful to be where I am today, and to be this happy and have life this good and have the relationships that I have … I feel so blessed,” she said. “I feel powerful. I feel so grateful. Honestly. Life is so amazing today. I wake up happy. I go to sleep happy…”

But her happiness has been a long time coming. Richards, 50, who originally entered rehab following her April arrest for public intoxication, decided to leave her Malibu treatment facility for her daughter’s nuptials in May 2015. She checked herself back in two weeks later. The reality star and former child actress also entered rehab back in 2011.

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Now, Richards said she prioritizes her family over everything.

“I was really busy this season with my home, my daughters, my son and my grandchild,” she said, when asked about her presence in the new season. “My focus was really on my family.”

As for drama in the upcoming season, Richards said it’s difficult to avoid.

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