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The NFL announced Tuesday that the salary cap will rise to about $190 million in 2019, a jump from $177.2 million this season. The league informed teams that the projected range is from $187.0 to $191.1 million. That marks a 40-percent increase since the 2014 season ($133.0 million) and the sixth consecutive year the cap has climbed by at least $10 million. "Total projected player costs, including benefits, will be more than $7.3 billion in 2019," the league said in a statement. The exact salary cap figure will be determined before free agency opens on March 13.
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Draymond Green returned from an 11-game absence with a solid all-around performance, and Stephen Curry led a barrage from 3-point range with a game-high 38 points Monday, lifting the Golden State Warriors to a 116-108 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves in Oakland on Monday, Dec. 10. Green, who had seen the Warriors go just 6-5 while he recovered from a bruised toe, contributed seven points, 10 rebounds and seven assists to Golden State's fourth straight win. Karl-Anthony Towns paced Minnesota with 31 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
SEATTLE — Adam Thielen is now in company with Randy Moss and Cris Carter. With a 10-yard reception in the fourth quarter Monday night at Seattle, the Vikings wide receiver joined Moss and Carter as the only players in team history to have 100 catches in a season. Moss and Carter each did it twice. Carter became the first Minnesota receiver to have 100 in a season since Moss had 111 grabs in 2003. Moss had 106 catches in 2002.
PORTLAND -- Damian Lillard scored 28 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out six assists as the Portland Trail Blazers downed the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves 113-105 Saturday night, Dec. 8. Jusuf Nurkic contributed 22 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks, four assists and three steals as the Trail Blazers, who scored the final 10 points after trailing 105-103, won their second straight game.
ATLANTA -- Josef Martinez scored and had an assist to cap an incredible season and help Atlanta United win the 2018 MLS Cup with a 2-0 victory over the visiting Portland Timbers on Saturday night, Dec. 8. Martinez, who set an MLS record with 31 regular season goals while earning the league's Landon Donovan MVP award, added four more in the postseason to go with his one assist in the cup final. He was also selected as MVP of Saturday's match.
NEW YORK -- For the second consecutive season, an Oklahoma quarterback won the Heisman Trophy when Kyler Murray was announced as the winner Saturday night, Dec. 8, at the PlayStation Theater in New York City. Murray beat out two other quarterbacks -- Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins -- for the award. Murray finished with 2,167 voting points, ahead of Tagovailoa (1,871) and third-place Haskins (783 points). He received 517 first-place votes compared to 299 for Tagovailoa and 46 for Haskins.
EDMONTON, Alberta -- Leon Draisaitl had two goals and an assist and Connor McDavid added a goal and three assists as the Edmonton Oilers continued their resurgence under coach Ken Hitchcock with a 7-2 victory Friday night, Dec. 7, against the visiting Minnesota Wild. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Zack Kassian, Alex Chiasson and Darnell Nurse also scored for the Oilers, who have won five of their past six games and are 6-2-1 since Hitchcock was hired Nov. 20 to replace Todd McLellan. Goaltender Cam Talbot made 31 saves.
CALGARY, Alberta -- Elias Lindholm scored both goals, and goalie Mike Smith made 31 saves for his second shutout of the season as the host Calgary Flames claimed a 2-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night, Dec. 6. The Flames have won four straight and are riding an 8-1-1 run that's put them atop the Pacific Division.
NASHVILLE -- Derrick Henry tied an NFL record with a 99-yard touchdown run and rushed for a franchise-record 238 yards on 17 carries Thursday night, Dec. 6, as the Tennessee Titans kept their playoff hopes alive by pasting the Jacksonville Jaguars 30-9. Henry also matched a franchise record with four rushing touchdowns. Tennessee (7-6) won its second game in a row and moved within a half-game of the Baltimore Ravens for the second AFC wild-card spot. Jacksonville (4-9) lost for the eighth time in nine games and clinched its seventh losing season in eight years.
MINNEAPOLIS --Amir Coffey scored a career-high 32 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished six assists, and host Minnesota rallied for an 85-78 win over No. 24 Nebraska on Wednesday night, Dec. 5. Jordan Murphy had 18 points and 13 rebounds for his 52nd career double-double, surpassing Jim Brewer (51) for the Golden Gophers' all-time record. Daniel Oturu added 10 points and nine rebounds for Minnesota (7-2, 1-1 Big Ten).