Benn wrists in goal in OT, Stars beat Wild 3-2

Jamie Benn flicked in a goal 1:23 into overtime, lifting the Dallas Stars over the Minnesota Wild 3-2 on Monday night.

Jamie Benn flicked in a goal 1:23 into overtime, lifting the Dallas Stars over the Minnesota Wild 3-2 on Monday night.

Benn took a cross-ice pass from Tyler Seguin in the left faceoff circle and shot over goalie Darcy Kuemper’s right shoulder.

The Stars had lost five straight overtime games and nine in a row going back to last season. Their last overtime win at home was on Nov. 14, 2015 — also 3-2 against the Wild.

Dallas twice took one-goal leads, but the Wild answered each time.

The Stars’ Jamie Oleksiak scored his first in more than two years on a rebound at 7:19 of the second period. Nino Niederreiter tied the game on the power play at 17:22 of the second.

Brett Ritchie gave Dallas a 2-1 lead at 1:01 of the third, but 3 minutes later, Erik Haula scored for Minnesota.

Kuemper made 29 saves. Antti Niemi had 27 for the Stars.

After a scoreless first period, Dallas applied pressure early in the second, including when Kuemper stopped Radek Faksa on a breakaway at 5:37.

The Stars then had a 3-on-1 break, with Patrick Sharp, Patrick Eaves and Jason Spezza ahead of the defense. Trailing the play, defenseman Oleksiak put his stick on the rebound of Spezza’s shot and backhanded the puck into the net at 7:19.

Oleksiak’s goal was his second in 84 career games. He had not scored in 55 games since his first on Oct. 28, 2014.

Minnesota finally scored at 17:22 of the second, on the Wild’s third power play. Mikael Granlund passed across to Niederreiter low on the right side, and he beat Niemi for his fifth goal.

Haula’s goal followed a flurry of activity in front of the net. Minnesota sent two shots off goalposts before Haula knocked in a rebound from short range.

NOTES: Dallas D Johnny Oduya (lower-body injury) went on injured reserve. D Julius Honka was recalled from Texas of the AHL to make his NHL debut. He assisted on Ritchie’s goal. D Esa Lindell also was recalled; Ds John Klingberg and Stephen Johns were healthy scratches. … Wild LW Zach Parise returned after missing Saturday’s game because of strep throat. … Oleksiak and Minnesota RW Chris Stewart received major penalties for fighting at 6:34 of the first period. … Ritchie has four points (two goals, two assists) in four career games against the Wild. In 12 games in November, Eaves has 12 points (eight goals, four assists). … Mikko Koivu’s assist on Niederreiter’s goal was the 400th of his career. He has a team-high 28 points against the Stars in 36 games. … Haula has five points (two goals, three assists) in his last five games vs. Dallas.

UP NEXT

Wild: Return home to play Winnipeg on Wednesday night.

Stars: Travel to Nashville to play on Wednesday night.

USC’s Adoree’ Jackson named Thorpe Award finalist for nation’s best DB

The Trojans standout is the first to be nominated since Taylor Mays in 2008.

Trojans defensive back and all-around stud Adoree’ Jackson has been named one of three finalists for the Thorpe Award, an honor given to the best college DB in the country.

Jackson, a junior, has four interceptions this season and recently led the Trojans defense in a big upset win over Washington before taking down crosstown rivals UCLA this past weekend. In addition to the interceptions, Jackson has returned two kicks for touchdowns: one punt and one kickoff.

Congratulations to @AdoreeKnows on being named a finalist for the Thorpe Award! He is USC’s first finalist since Taylor Mays in 2008. pic.twitter.com/9nS7R7unRZ

— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) November 21, 2016

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Opposing the USC standout are two seniors, LSU’s Tre’Davious White and Michigan’s Jourdan Lewis.

The winner of the Thorpe Award will be named on December 8th and honored at a college football awards banquet on February 7, 2017.

Sabres score 3 power-play goals in 4-2 win over Flames

The Buffalo Sabres knew they had a prime opportunity to bust out of their goal-scoring slump and did just that in a 4-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Monday night.

The Buffalo Sabres knew they had a prime opportunity to bust out of their goal-scoring slump and did just that in a 4-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Monday night.

With the Flames playing their second game in two days, the Sabres reached three goals in a game for the first time in 11 chances, since a 3-1 win at Winnipeg on Oct. 30. Kyle Okposo, Johan Larsson, Matt Moulson and Marcus Foligno scored for Buffalo, which has won consecutive games for just the second time this season.

“I just think it’s huge getting four goals,” Okposo said. “That’s a team that’s coming off a back-to-back and if we played well we thought that we could get those two points and we did that. We executed our gameplan and were able to get two big points. So hopefully we can take that confidence into Wednesday and roll with it.”

The Flames took a 1-0 lead into the second period, but the Sabres answered with three goals in a span of 101 seconds in the second.

Penalties to Dougie Hamilton and Troy Brouwer at 10:02 gave the Sabres a 5-on-3 advantage, which they converted into a pair of goals. First, Okposo took a pass from Sam Reinhart and fired a wrist shot into the back of the net. On the Sabres’ next shot, Larsson redirected Evander Kane’s wrist shot between the legs of Flames goalie Brian Elliott.

Buffalo wasn’t finished. Brouwer took another penalty with 7:04 remaining in the second, and Moulson cashed in with his sixth power-play goal of the season, giving him a share of the league lead in power-play goals.

“It’s a lot of goals in a short amount of time for our team,” Bylsma said.

Flames rookie Matthew Tkachuk scored 22 seconds into the third to cut the Sabres’ lead, but Buffalo answered two minutes later when Foligno slid an odd-angle backhand shot behind a sprawling Elliott.

Tkachuk had a goal and an assist and Mikael Backlund also scored for Calgary, which was coming off a 3-2 win at Detroit on Sunday night. Buffalo got two assists each from Reinhart and Taylor Fedun, who now has four assists in three games since being called up from the AHL.

Robin Lehner had 29 saves for the Sabres, and Elliott turned away 28 shots. Elliott has now allowed 22 goals and is 0-6 in his last six starts for the Flames.

Calgary’s six penalties were its most in a game since it had eight penalties in a 4-2 loss to Carolina on Oct. 20.

“It was everything,” Tkachuk said. “We did everything wrong tonight. We put ourselves in a bad position to kill too much tonight. There’s probably some wear and tear on some players that penalty kill a lot, so overall, just not a good game.”

Buffalo had scored one goal or fewer in regulation seven times in its previous nine games, so the scoring output was overdue.

Meanwhile, the Sabres are in line to finally get some reinforcements.

Top-line center Ryan O’Reilly is scheduled to return by the end of the week. He missed his fifth straight game with an oblique injury.

And Jack Eichel might not be far behind. Out since spraining his left ankle a day before the season opener, Eichel skated individually for a seventh consecutive day. The next step is for him to begin practicing with the team which, barring a setback, could happen by the end of the week.

NOTES: The Sabres are now 17-3-2 in their last 22 home games against the Flames, with the last regulation home loss coming on March 15, 1996. … The Sabres’ three goals in a span of 1:41 in the second period were the team’s quickest three goals since Buffalo scored three in 1:08 against Boston in 1998, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. … Flames F Kris Versteeg (groin) missed his ninth straight game, but coach Greg Gulutzan said there’s a good chance he’ll be ready to return on Wednesday, when Calgary plays at Columbus.

NEXT UP

Flames: Play at Columbus on Wednesday night.

Sabres: Close a four-game homestand hosting Detroit on Wednesday night.

Duchene’s OT goal leads Avalanche over Blue Jackets 3-2

Matt Duchene came back just in time for the Colorado Avalanche.

Matt Duchene came back just in time for the Colorado Avalanche.

Sidelined since Nov. 11 with a concussion, Duchene scored his first goal of the season 1:49 into overtime in his first game back, helping Colorado beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 on Monday night.

The victory improved Colorado’s record to 9-9-0, while Columbus, which had won four straight, fell to 10-5-2.

“That’s what elite players do,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. “They make plays and seize the moment when the time is right. That’s what (Duchene) did for us tonight.”

Colorado, playing the final game of a three-game trip, led 2-1 before Columbus’ Cam Atkinson tied it with 6.5 seconds left in regulation, assisted by Sam Gagne and Zach Werenski.

It was Atkinson’s second goal of the night and seventh of the season. His first came at 9:00 of the first period.

“I thought (Cam) gave us some good minutes, and scored some big goals,” Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. “I’m always looking down the bench in all situations for him. I think he can play in them all. He’s going to get those opportunities, because he usually comes through.”

Tyson Barrie got Colorado on the board at 3:05 of the second period with his first goal of the season. The Avalanche then went up 2-1 with Erik Johnson’s sniped shot from the left side at 9:00 of the second period.

Johnson also assisted on Duchene’s winner, which resulted from a 2-on-1 rush.

“In 3-on-3 there are lots of chances for odd-man (rushes),” Johnson said. “I tried to put it on (Duchene’s) blade. When you have good players like that, and they are open, you just have to put it near their stick and they will find a way to put it in.”

Semyon Varlamov stopped 40 of 42 shots, while Curtis McElhinney, starting in relief of Sergei Bobrovsky, stopped 24 attempts.

Although the loss snapped the Blue Jacket’s seven-game home winning streak, Tortorella said he was encouraged how his team kept fighting.

“I’m pleased the way we kept coming and grabbed a point,” he said. “It was a game that you need to try to find a way to win if you want to get somewhere in April. That’s a huge point for us. Wish we got the second, (but) I don’t have a lot of complaints.”

NOTES: The game proved a homecoming for former Blue Jacket Fedor Tyutin, who played 553 games for Columbus over eight seasons before signing with Colorado last summer. He was honored before the game with a video tribute. … Columbus defenseman Seth Jones returned after missing six games to a foot injury. … Bobrovsky got the night off for Columbus after starting 13 of teams first 16 games. … Bednar, hired this year as the seventh coach in Colorado history, last year guided the Blue Jackets’ AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters, to the 2016 Calder Cup.

UP NEXT

Avalanche: Return home to host Edmonton on Wednesday night.

Blue Jackets: Host Calgary on Wednesday night.

Miller helps Rangers rally past Penguins, 5-2

The New York Rangers aren’t about to let the loss of two top forwards derail their hot start.

The New York Rangers aren’t about to let the loss of two top forwards derail their hot start.

The Rangers were hit with adversity the previous two days, first on Sunday after learning Mika Zibanejad and Pavel Buchnevich would miss extended time because of injury, and the following day when they fell behind early against their division rival Pittsburgh Penguins.

Rick Nash sparked a comeback, though, and J.T. Miller scored short-handed to cap a second-period rally, helping the Rangers overcome an early two-goal deficit to beat the Penguins 5-2 on Monday night.

“We know a lot about this team because we played them so much over the last handful of years,” Miller said. “I think we were on our heels a little too much to start, a little too passive. I thought we were a lot more aggressive after that, and when we did that, we forced them into more turnovers and got a couple lucky bounces.”

The teams play again Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden to complete a pivotal, early season home-and-home between Metropolitan Division contenders. The Penguins have lost four of six and trail the first-place Rangers by four points.

Pittsburgh’s Jake Guentzel scored twice in the first period of his first NHL game, but Rick Nash and Michael Grabner made it 2-2 before Miller, a Pittsburgh native, got his eighth of the season.

Kevin Hayes added his ninth goal midway through the third, and Derek Stepan also scored into an empty net.

Antti Raanta, starting the second game of a back-to-back for New York, rebounded after the first period and made 29 saves for his fifth win in six games.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 31 shots for Pittsburgh. It was the first time he started two straight games since Matt Murray returned earlier in the month from a broken hand.

“It’s a long season and things aren’t always going to go your way,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “What’s most important, from our standpoint, is how we react to it. That’s the lesson we need to learn from this game.”

Zibanejad, injured a day earlier against Florida, is expected to miss six to eight weeks for the Rangers with a broken leg, while Buchnevich is out two to three weeks with a back injury. Zibanejad had five goals and 15 points in 19 games, while Buchnevich scored four goals and eight points in 10 games.

That didn’t deter the Rangers on Monday, as New York, with an NHL-best 81 goals through 20 games, was able to rally.

Miller scored in the final minute of the second period to put the Rangers ahead. A centering pass deflected off Penguins defenseman Kris Letang and forward Evgeni Malkin before hitting Miller and going past Fleury.

The Rangers next goal was also a lucky one, as Ryan McDonagh’s centering pass hit off Hayes’ skate and went behind Fleury.

“The game didn’t start the way we wanted, but I thought after the first period we settled down,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “That’s a really strong team, but we were able to do what we had to do to get the job done.”

Guentzel made his debut against the same team that drafted his father Mike in the seventh round in 1981. The younger Guentzel scored on the first shot of his first shift, a similar feat accomplished by Penguins co-owner Mario Lemieux 32 years earlier. Guentzel’s wrist shot from below the left faceoff dot sneaked between Raanta’s pads 1:02 into the game. It was the fastest goal by a Penguins player making his NHL debut.

His second goal came exactly 12 minutes later. Malkin tipped Phil Kessel’s initial shot, and Guentzel put the rebound behind Raanta from the slot.

Guentzel, the Penguins’ 2013 third-round pick, was recalled from the team’s AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton earlier in the day. He had seven goals and 17 points in 16 AHL games, leading the team and ranking among the league leaders.

“It’s a dream come true to play here,” Guentzel said. “Whenever you get the chance, you want to make the most of it.”

This was the first meeting between the division rivals since the Penguins eliminated the Rangers in the opening round of the playoffs last spring. It marked the third straight year the teams met in the postseason — the Rangers won the first two meetings before losing to the Stanley Cup champions last season.

NOTES: Guentzel is the fifth player in team history to score his first NHL goal on his first shift. He is the third Nebraska-born player in NHL history to score a goal. … Malkin has points in seven straight home games…. Penguins F Chris Kunitz, who has 11 points in 18 games, is considered week-to-week with a lower-body injury. … Patric Hornqvist, who missed the last three games with a concussion, skated on his own before the Penguins’ morning skate.

UP NEXT

The teams complete their home-and-home at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.

Players looking forward to an intriguing Civil War

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) When the Oregon State Beavers say they’re looking forward to the Civil War, they really mean it.

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) When the Oregon State Beavers say they’re looking forward to the Civil War, they really mean it.

In recent seasons the team hasn’t always seemed quite as sincere about the prospects in facing Oregon, which has an eight-game winning streak in the rivalry.

But it has been a disappointing season for the Ducks, who are 4-7 overall and 2-6 in the Pac-12, and likely won’t play in the postseason for the first time since 2004.

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Oregon State, which is 3-8 overall but has an identical conference record as the Ducks, likes its chances at home, especially after a 42-17 victory over Arizona at Reser Stadium this past Saturday night.

The Beavers are definitely fired up.

”Everyone in Oregon is probably going to be there, so we’re looking to win that one, too,” said cornerback Dwayne Williams.

Marcus McMaryion, pressed into duty as a starter for the Beavers earlier this season after both Darell Garretson and backup Conor Blount were injured, threw for 265 yards and a career-best five touchdowns against the Wildcats.

Oregon State announced on Monday that the Civil War game was already a sellout.

”Big games are created sometimes by win-loss records or where you sit in the season. This game is a big game every year regardless of the situation or the scenario,” Beavers coach Gary Andersen said. ”Our kids understand that, they know that and it’s a privlege and honor for them to play in it. It’s a game they’ll remember for the rest of their lives. ”

The Ducks will be motivated, too.

Oregon is coming off a 30-28 upset of then-No. 11 Utah, a victory that was sealed by Justin Herbert’s touchdown pass to Darren Carrington with two seconds left.

Oregon State running back Ryan Nall predicted a fun game. Nall has rushed for 796 yards and nine touchdowns, but his season has been marred by a foot injury.

”We’re going to take off with momentum. Oregon also came off a big win, so they are going to come after us,” Nall said. ”They’re not going to just going to think, `Oh, it’s Oregon State. We beat them every year.’ It’s going to be a fun game. We’re coming off a big win; they’re coming off a big win. We’ll see who can execute the best.”

Nall’s Oregon counterpart, Royce Freeman, has had two straight games with 100 or more yards, and seems to have bounced back after a midseason lull. Freeman has 839 yards rushing and nine touchdowns.

”The last two weeks have been better, there’s still time,” coach Mark Helfrich said. ”He did some great stuff absolutely like you’re saying, that’s the quote-unquote `old Royce.’ That was good to see.”

In the end, however, the game may come down to defense, where both teams are struggling.

Oregon is ranked 126th in the nation for total defense, allowing an average of 528.2 yards a game, and 126th in scoring defense, allowing 42.1 points per game.

The Beavers are allowing averages of 433.3 yards and 31.1 points per game. They’re ranked 88th in both categories.

Andersen cautioned not to be fooled by Oregon’s slump this season.

”Do I worry about our kids getting over hyped? No, we talked about it today,” Andersen said. ”You walk into these games and you respect your opponent. You expect to go out and play well, you expect to win, and that’s what you do against every opponent that you play. Does this game have a little extra energy, a little extra juice? It should because it’s your last regular season game of the season. You’re playing against your rival.”

Rangers, RHP Cashner finalize $10 million, 1-year deal

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Free-agent pitcher Andrew Cashner and the Texas Rangers have finalized a $10 million, one-year contract after the right-hander completed a physical Monday.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Free-agent pitcher Andrew Cashner and the Texas Rangers have finalized a $10 million, one-year contract after the right-hander completed a physical Monday.

Cashner finished last season with the Miami Marlins after the San Diego Padres traded him July 29. He was 5-11 with a 5.25 ERA in 28 games last season.

The 30-year-old Cashner will join a Rangers rotation that’s led by aces Cole Hamels and Yu Darvish and includes Martin Perez.

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Cashner is a Texas native and played collegiately at TCU, which is only about 20 miles from the Rangers’ ballpark.

The last Texas-born pitcher to start a game for the Rangers was Jason Jennings in 2008.

Cashner has a 31-53 record with a 3.89 ERA in 202 career games for the Chicago Cubs, Padres and Marlins.

Tommie Smith returns to Mexico City to light Raiders torch

MEXICO CITY (AP) Olympic gold medalist Tommie Smith returned to Mexico City to light the torch honoring late Raiders owner Al Davis before Oakland’s game against Houston.

MEXICO CITY (AP) Olympic gold medalist Tommie Smith returned to Mexico City to light the torch honoring late Raiders owner Al Davis before Oakland’s game against Houston.

Raiders owner Mark Davis invited Smith to make the trip with the team. It is Smith’s second time back in Mexico City since he famously raised his black-gloved fist with bronze medalist John Carlos as a sign of black power following his win in the 200-meter finals at the 1968 Olympics.

After lighting the torch in a pregame ceremony, Smith waved to the crowd at Azteca Stadium and raised his right fist to a loud ovation.

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Model Gigi Hadid mocks Melania Trump in AMAs monologue

Model Gigi Hadid laid into soon-to-be First Lady Melania Trump during the opening monologue at the American Music Awards Sunday night with a comic impression.

Model Gigi Hadid laid into soon-to-be First Lady Melania Trump during the opening monologue at the American Music Awards Sunday night with a comic impression.

“I love my husband, President Barack Obama and our children Sasha and Malia,” Hadid said with pouted lips, squinted eyes and a fake accent as she mocked Melania’s Republican National Convention speech that lifted material from a speech given by First Lady Michelle Obama.

Hadid, who co-hosted the show with former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Jay Pharoah, said that she has been working on her debut Melania impersonation “all week.”

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“I gotta’ get her face right,” Hadid said before doing the impression.

Pharoah called Hadid’s impression “spot on,” and followed hers up with his own of President-elect Donald Trump.

“I love Bruno Mars. I don’t know what color he is, so I can’t deport him,” Pharoah said while impersonating Trump.

People quickly took to social media to bash the hosts for mocking the Trumps.

“Started 2 watch the American Music Awards, as soon as they showed how Un-American they R & bashed President Trump, Boycott #NoRespectNoSupport,” Twitter user @Yolanda111 tweeted.

“Done with the #Amas how dare @GiGiHadid make fun our First Lady Melania Trump.

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Drake, Bieber win big, Selena Gomez gets emotional at AMAs

The 2016 American Music Awards featured a number of pop stars strumming their guitars, Drake making a rare awards show appearance, an emotional speech from Selena Gomez and political moments about President-elect Donald Trump.

The 2016 American Music Awards featured a number of pop stars strumming their guitars, Drake making a rare awards show appearance, an emotional speech from Selena Gomez and political moments about President-elect Donald Trump.

Drake, who has skipped his fair share of awards shows in recent years, was the big winner with four awards and debuted a new commercial for Apple Music.

“For our genre, I just like to keep things excited and keep making music. Shout out to everybody that’s trying to do the same thing,” said Drake, who broke Michael Jackson’s record for most AMA nominations after scoring 13 nominations.

Bieber, who performed from his tour in Zurich, Switzerland, also won four awards.

Gomez, who lost artist of the year to Ariana Grande but won favorite female artist — pop/rock, gave a heartfelt speech onstage that earned a loud applause from the audience at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

“I think it’s safe to say that most of you know a lot of my life whether I liked it or not, and I had to stop, ’cause I had everything, and I was absolutely broken inside. And I kept it all together to where I never let you down. But I kept it too much together where I let myself down,” said 24-year-old Gomez, who recently took time off to treat depression and anxiety.

“I don’t want to see your bodies on Instagram. I want to see what’s in here,” she added, pointing to her heart. “And I have to say thank you so much to my fans because you guys are so damn loyal, and I don’t know what I did to deserve you. If you are broken, you don’t have to stay broken.”

Grande was shaking onstage as she collected artist of the year at the fan-voted show that aired live on ABC, beating Adele, Rihanna, Carrie Underwood and Bieber. “With or without this, I love you from the bottom of my heart,” she said to her fans.

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Green Day was one of many big-named acts promoting new albums at the AMAs, including Bruno Mars, the Weeknd, Lady Gaga, Sting, John Legend and The Chainsmokers. But Green Day got political during their performance of “Bang Bang” as band leader Billie Joe Armstrong sang “No KKK, no fascist USA, no Trump” during the show.

The show’s hosts — former “Saturday Night Live” comic Jay Pharaoh and model Gigi Hadid — also mentioned the Trump family when telling jokes: After Pharaoh impersonated Jay Z, Hadid acted like Melania Trump.

“I love my husband, President Barack Obama, and our children, Sasha and Malia,” she said, scrunching up her face.

Strumming guitars while singing was one of the night’s themes: One Direction’s Niall Horan slowed things down for his acoustic-folk solo single, “This Town”: James Bay sang his smoky single, “Let It Go”; and Shawn Mendes performed his hit “Treat You Better” and switched to piano for the aching “Mercy.”

But the best singer-guitarist was Gaga, who beautifully belted the lyrics to her latest single, “Million Reasons.” She earned a rousing applause from the audience.

Sting also impressed, who performed “Message In a Bottle,” ”Every Breathe You Take” and his new single, “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You.” He received the American Music Award of Merit, which was presented to him by Robert Downey Jr.

“American music lit the musical spark in my young mind,” the English singer said after his performance. “My musical soul is all American!”

Other highlights included double winners twenty one pilots and Mars, who kicked off the AMAs with his groovy hit, “24K Magic,” backed by his band who matched his slick, upbeat dance moves.

Grande and Nicki Minaj got steamy during their performance of the reggae-tinged “Side to Side”: Grande’s background dancers danced closely on her, and one male dancer even pulled up her skirt, while Minaj, who rapped from a chair, spread her legs widely.

Other performers included Maroon 5 with Kendrick Lamar; DJ Khaled with Minaj, Future, Rick Ross and August Alsina; and Fifth Harmony, who won collaboration of the year for “Work from Home” with Ty Dolla $ign.

Prince’s 1984 “Purple Rain” album, which gained new attention after his death in April, won top soundtrack. His sister, Tyka Nelson, collected his trophy onstage and cried as she spoke to the audience.

“We’ll keep this for you at Paisley Park until we see you again,” she said weeping and naming her siblings. “This is for you.”

Other winners included Tim McGraw, the Chainsmokers and Florida Georgia Line. Rihanna, who didn’t attend, won three awards. Adele and Beyonce were also absent but both won an award.

Zayn, who has won a handful of AMAs with his One Direction bandmates, took home new artist of the year.

“Wow. This one just has my name on it, right?” he said. “This has been a crazy year … I didn’t expect anyone to vote for me, so thank you for voting for me.”