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home : sports : college/pro January 17, 2018

Shanahan, Blues owner who brought in Brett Hull, dead at 78
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mike Shanahan, who owned the St. Louis Blues from 1986-91 and oversaw the acquisition of Hall of Famer Brett Hull, has died. He was 78.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018


Rory McIlroy making a comeback in Abu Dhabi
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — After a long layoff from golf, Rory McIlroy has some newfound sympathy for Tiger Woods.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

No love lost: Clippers beat Rockets 113-102 in heated game
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Paul came back to Staples Center to play against his old team and things got heated.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Huskers beat Illini 64-63 on Palmer's last-second 3-pointer
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — James Palmer Jr. played it cool after hitting the winning 3-pointer just before the buzzer to give Nebraska a 64-63 win over Illinois on Monday night.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Jags-Pats in AFC, Vikes-Eagles in NFC
NEW YORK (AP) — Watch out, New England. Here comes Sacksonville.

Get ready, Philly. The Vikings are sailing into town.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Donovan coming out of retirement vs. Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Captain American is heading south for his latest comeback.

Landon Donovan, widely considered the most accomplished player in American soccer history, is coming out of retirement for the second time in three years, this time to join Club Leon in Mexico.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Indiana Pacers rally from 22-point deficit to beat Cavaliers 97-95

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan went small Friday night, Lance Stephenson came up big.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

3rd basemen Donaldson, Bryant set records ahead of arbitration swap

NEW YORK (AP) — Third basemen Josh Donaldson and Kris Bryant set records Friday when they were among 145 players who agreed to one-year contracts rather than swap proposed salaries in arbitration with their teams.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

The case for Keenum: Vikings QB keeps on disproving doubters

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Minnesota's offense huddled for the first time that mid-September afternoon in Pittsburgh, Case Keenum's energy and confidence quickly filled the circle.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Blackhawks beat Jets, 2-1, behind Kampf's first goal

CHICAGO (AP) — The Blackhawks got a lift Friday night from a pair of first-year players — only one of whom is technically young enough to be considered a rookie.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio returning to Bears

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Vic Fangio is returning to the Chicago Bears as defensive coordinator after being passed up for their head coaching job.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Cardinals reach $9 million deal with Ozuna

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a one-year, $9 million contract with newly acquired outfielder Marcell Ozuna, avoiding arbitration.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Bears hire ex-Oregon coach Mark Helfrich as OC

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have hired former Oregon coach Mark Helfrich as their offensive coordinator.


Friday, January 12, 2018

The case for Keenum: Vikings QB disproving doubters

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Minnesota's offense huddled for the first time that mid-September afternoon in Pittsburgh, Case Keenum's energy and confidence quickly filled the circle.


Friday, January 12, 2018

Saudi women to enter stadiums for first time to watch soccer

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi women will for the first time be allowed to enter a sports stadium on Friday to watch a soccer match between two local teams — though they will be segregated from the male-only crowd with designated seating in the so-called "family section."


Friday, January 12, 2018

The future of esports arrives with Overwatch League launch

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — In the soundstage where Johnny Carson and Jay Leno spent four decades filming "The Tonight Show," a former Washington State computer science student named Seagull is pursuing a South Korean teenager with a very big gun.


Friday, January 12, 2018

Bohannon, Iowa rally from 20 down, beat Illinois in OT

TERRY TOWERY

Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Jordan Bohannon scored 29 points to help Iowa rally from a 20-point deficit for a 104-97 overtime win over Illinois on Thursday night.

It was Iowa's second-largest comeback in school history. The biggest comeback was 22 points, also against Illinois in 1987. Thursday's game marked the Hawkeyes' first Big Ten victory, and dropped the Illini to 0-5 in conference play.


Friday, January 12, 2018

Markkanen, Dunn help Bulls outlast Knicks 122-119

NEW YORK (AP) — Lauri Markkanen had knocked down eight 3-pointers and almost knocked out his coach with a soaring slam, but Kris Dunn couldn't get anything to fall.

He kept shooting, and eventually hit the shot that put the Bulls on top for good.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Markkanen, Dunn help Bulls outlast Knicks 122-119

NEW YORK (AP) — Lauri Markkanen had knocked down eight 3-pointers and almost knocked out his coach with a soaring slam, but Kris Dunn couldn't get anything to fall.

He kept shooting, and eventually hit the shot that put the Bulls on top for good.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Chicago Bears hire Chiefs assistant Matt Nagy as coach
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears were looking for a coach to get the most out of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and help a founding NFL franchise emerge from one of its worst runs.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Walk-off: Alabama beats Georgia in OT for national title
ATLANTA (AP) — To add another championship to the greatest dynasty college football has ever seen, Alabama turned to its quarterback of the future, and Tua Tagovailoa proved that his time is now.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Nagasu, Tennell, Chen earn US Olympic figure skating spots
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Bradie Tennell, Mirai Nagasu and Karen Chen, the top three finishers at the national championships, were selected Saturday to the U.S. team for the Pyeongchang Olympics.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

AP Source: Raiders to announce Gruden hiring next Tuesday
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders never really recovered from the decision to trade Jon Gruden to Tampa Bay 16 years ago.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Golden Knights beat Blackhawks 5-4 for 9th win in 10 games
CHICAGO (AP) — With their potent lines, team speed and cohesive play, the Vegas Golden Knights look the part.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Chicago Bears interview Shurmur, McDaniels for head coaching position
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Earlier this week, the Chicago Bears entertained an interfiew with current defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio. Days later, the team is still exploring all their options.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Bears interview Fangio for coaching job
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears say they have interviewed defensive coordinator Vic Fangio for their head coaching job.
Thursday, January 4, 2018

Murphy, Mason's 17 each lead Gophers past Illini
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jordan Murphy knows he's close to the mountaintop, but winning makes the rarified air that much sweeter.
Thursday, January 4, 2018

Bengals give coach Marvin Lewis a 2-year extension
CINCINNATI (AP) — Coach Marvin Lewis got a two-year contract extension Tuesday, providing more chances to try to get the Cincinnati Bengals that playoff victory that has eluded him for 15 seasons.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Ginobili's pass a 3-pointer; Popovich now the fifth-winningest coach in NBA
NEW YORK (AP) — He's now the fifth-winningest coach in NBA history, though there are some things Gregg Popovich still doesn't know.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Thomas shines in debut as Cavaliers down the Portland Trail Blazers 127-110
CLEVELAND (AP) — Isaiah Thomas had one last wait.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Lewis, Urlacher, Moss among 15 Hall of Fame finalists
(AP) — Star linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher are among four first-time eligible former players selected among the 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2018.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

New year on PGA Tour can't start soon enough for players
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — Dustin Johnson sat outside the Honolua Store on the first day of the new year, scarfing down the "Hobo Breakfast" of steamed rice and eggs as the sun was just starting to filter through the Cook pines that line the entrance to Kapalua.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Bentley leads Gamecocks past Michigan
CHICAGO (AP) — If C.J. McCollum finds a shot he likes, he won't hesitate to take it.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

McCollum scores 32, leads Blazers over Bulls 124-120 in OT
CHICAGO (AP) — If C.J. McCollum finds a shot he likes, he won't hesitate to take it.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Conference races heat up this week in the top 25
(AP) — The last Saturday in 2017 took out the final three unbeaten teams.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Bears fire coach John Fox after a 5-11 season
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — John Fox helped change the culture in the Chicago Bears' locker room.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

S-E-C! Bama, Georgia for national championship
(AP) — Alabama and Georgia won their College Football Playoff semifinals on Monday and will meet in the national championship next week in Atlanta, the home of the Southeastern Conference title game.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Markkanen scores 32, Bulls get 3rd straight, beat Pacers 119-107

CHICAGO (AP) — Nikola Mirotic came in and started firing away. Lauri Markkanen took over for Chicago in the second half.


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Strong 1st half pushes Ohio St. past USC, 24-7, in Cotton Bowl

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Playoff-snubbed Ohio State got to raise another trophy in the building where the Buckeyes won a national championship.


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Playoff-snubbed Ohio State 24-7 over USC in Cotton Bowl

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Playoff-snubbed Ohio State got to raise another trophy in the building where the Buckeyes won a national championship.


Saturday, December 30, 2017

No. 13 TCU and Hill rally to beat Number 15 Stanford 39-37

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — There is something about TCU and big comebacks in the Alamo Bowl. Never count out the Horned Frogs.


Friday, December 29, 2017

Thomas Vanek powers Canucks past Chicago Blackhawks 5-2

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Thomas Vanek thought it was going to be one of those nights after he was robbed by Anton Forsberg on two point-blank opportunities in the first period.


Friday, December 29, 2017

Lewerke, Spartans roll past Cougars 42-17 in Holiday Bowl

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Michigan State put a nice, big exclamation mark on its turnaround season.

Brian Lewerke threw for 213 yards and three touchdowns, and LJ Scott ran for 110 yards and two scores for No. 18 Michigan State, which took advantage of Luke Falk's absence to rout No. 21 Washington State 42-17 in the Holiday Bowl on Thursday night.


Friday, December 29, 2017

Pekka Rinne shines as Predators beat Blues 2-1
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne loves playing against the St. Louis Blues.
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Chicago Bulls rally for a 92-87 win over Knicks
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls struggled for long stretches. They looked fatigued at times on the second night of back-to-back games. And they found a way to win anyway.
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Kansas State Wildcats struggled, but beat UCLA 35-17 in the Cactus Bowl
PHOENIX (AP) — Bill Snyder stood on a makeshift stage in the middle of a baseball stadium with a roof, a sparkling trophy at his side depicting a football sailing through cactus uprights.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Golden State Warriors winning minus Curry; can they lose once he's back?
(AP) — Stephen Curry is sitting, the Warriors aren't really scoring, and yet Golden State is still winning.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Former Steelers star linebacker James Harrison signs with the Patriots
(AP) — James Harrison is no longer the odd man out or the oldest man in the locker room.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The Ice Bowl: It was so cold the metal whistle froze to the referee's lips
(AP) — The penultimate day of 1967 was as beautiful as it gets in Green Bay in late December. Chilly, yes, but the Dallas Cowboys enjoyed the sunshine as they practiced at Lambeau Field for their New Year's Eve game against the Green Bay Packers.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Durant delivers on both ends, Warriors beat Cavaliers 99-92
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — LeBron James drove to the basket in the waning seconds and Kevin Durant swatted away any chance Cleveland had at a Christmas Day comeback.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Eagles clinch top seed, but Foles has tough time vs Raiders
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nick Foles has three weeks to get in sync with his receivers.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Steelers clinch 1st-round bye, beat Texans 34-6
HOUSTON (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger told his teammates they didn't need to make up for Antonio Brown's absence. He just wanted everyone to do what they could to help out, figuring that would be enough.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Florida State says FCS win does count toward bowl eligibility
(AP) — Florida State has faced one problem after another since starting the season ranked No. 3.
Saturday, December 23, 2017

Wyoming routs sloppy Central Michigan in Idaho Potato Bowl
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — When Wyoming junior quarterback Josh Allen stepped onto the stage to accept his MVP trophy following the Cowboys' 37-14 victory over Central Michigan on Friday in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, it didn't take long for the chant to begin.
Saturday, December 23, 2017

Tiger Woods decides to be his own swing coach
(AP) — Tiger Woods is embarking on his latest comeback without a swing coach.
Saturday, December 23, 2017

Who's the greatest NFL team? New film offers up an option
(AP) — Argue all you want about which is the best team in NFL annals. A new documentary is offering up one option: the 1985 Chicago Bears.
Saturday, December 23, 2017

It's a catch. Wait, there's a catch to the catch
(AP) — While coaches, players, fans and broadcasters become puzzled or annoyed by the NFL's "catch rule," the people in charge of developing and refining it through the years also have struggled. They simply couldn't find language to simplify it, leading to the inconsistency and controversy seen for seasons.
Saturday, December 23, 2017

Young's 31 leads Oklahoma past Northwestern
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — After another dazzling performance, Oklahoma point guard Trae Young declared it the "best time to be a Sooner."
Saturday, December 23, 2017

Browns look to hit brakes on winless march against Bears
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Time is running out on the Cleveland Browns with two games left in the regular season.
Friday, December 22, 2017

Kell, McDaniels lead SDSU to upset over No. 12 Gonzaga
SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego State got the signature win so far in the Brian Dutcher era when senior Trey Kell and redshirt freshman Jalen McDaniels came up big in the second half of a 72-70 upset of No. 12 Gonzaga on Thursday night.
Friday, December 22, 2017

Steelers seek group effort to replace star receiver Brown
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Replacing Antonio Brown won't be a one-man job for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Friday, December 22, 2017

Seguin gets 2, Stars blank Blackhawks 4-0 behind Bishop
DALLAS (AP) — Ken Hitchcock's 800th career win came against one of only two NHL coaches with more.
Friday, December 22, 2017

Thomas dresses, Cavs down Bulls, end Chicago's streak
CLEVELAND (AP) — Once Isaiah Thomas slipped on his jersey and headband those familiar, warm feelings washed over him.
Friday, December 22, 2017

Wofford stuns No. 5 North Carolina 79-75 in Chapel Hill
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Wofford coach Mike Young walked into his postgame news conference wearing a soaked dress shirt and sheepishly drying himself with a towel.
Thursday, December 21, 2017

Hamilton breaks tie in 3rd, Flames beat Blues 2-1
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The Calgary Flames are becoming more confident as they keep getting rewarded for their improved play.
Thursday, December 21, 2017

Mirotic, Bulls top Magic for seventh straight win
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls' offense has exploded with Nikola Mirotic back in the lineup.
Thursday, December 21, 2017

Jeter defends strategy to emotional Marlins fans at town hall
MIAMI (AP) — Derek Jeter sat Tuesday night in the left field plaza at Marlins Park, facing the music with the downtown skyline behind him.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Eight Steelers, six Eagles and Saints highlight Pro Bowl squads
NEW YORK (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers lead the NFL in one category this season: most Pro Bowl players.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Veggie might: Titans' D gets boost after going vegetarian
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Wesley Woodyard misses putting milk in his cereal, and try as he might, the Tennessee Titans linebacker still reaches for a strip of bacon here and there.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Bulls beat 76ers 117-115 for 6th straight win
CHICAGO (AP) — Nikola Mirotic pounded his chest in celebration after a big play in the fourth quarter. Kris Dunn wagged his finger from side to side after one last stop closed it out.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Danica Patrick, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. end 5-year relationship
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. have ended their nearly five-year relationship.
Monday, December 18, 2017

Kane, Crawford lead Blackhawks past Wild for 5th straight
CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Kane is finally on a roll, and so are the Chicago Blackhawks.
Monday, December 18, 2017

Szabados backstops Canada's women to 2-1 OT win vs US
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Goaltender Shannon Szabados says the 2-1 overtime win Sunday against the United States ranks high on her list.
Monday, December 18, 2017

Lions force Bears out of comfort zone on ground in 20-10 win
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions came up with a scheme to shut down Chicago's running game and force Bears rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky to throw a lot.
Monday, December 18, 2017

New Mexico State rallies for 74-69 win over Illinois
CHICAGO (AP) — Chris Jans considered Saturday night's game at the United Center a test of whether New Mexico State was ready for a step up in class.
Monday, December 18, 2017

Lions, Bears meet with coaches hoping to return for 4th year

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions need a lot to go their way to get a postseason spot for the second straight year and third time in Jim Caldwell's four seasons.

"If we don't handle our business, it doesn't matter," Lions receiver Golden Tate said.


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Westbrook triple-double keys OKC in 3OT thriller vs 76ers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Russell Westbrook said goodbye to a three-overtime thriller and trolled Joel Embiid with a smile and a wave.


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Portis scores 27 as Bulls beat Bucks 115-109

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Bobby Portis says it's fun playing with Nikola Mirotic, his Chicago Bulls teammate who suffered facial fractures when the two fought in October.

Despite their troubles earlier this season, they made for an impressive duo Friday night against the Milwaukee Bucks.


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Roy scores two and Ducks down Blues three-one

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Kevin Roy made the most of his two-hour banishment to the minors.


Friday, December 15, 2017

Kane and Schmaltz lead Blackhawks past Jets 5-1 for fourth in a row

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Corey Crawford thought it was the best game the Chicago Blackhawks have played all season. Patrick Kane and Nick Schmaltz agreed.


Friday, December 15, 2017

Cardinals' Stephen Piscotty dealt to Oakland A's

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Stephen Piscotty has been traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Oakland Athletics for two infield prospects, allowing the outfielder to be near his family's home in Pleasanton, California, following his mother's diagnosis with Lou Gehrig's disease.


Friday, December 15, 2017

He's back: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers preps to play Panthers

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers stayed afloat in the postseason race while hoping for nearly two months that Aaron Rodgers would return.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

As Olympics near, South Korea agonizes over post-Games costs

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — South Korean officials have ruled out turning a state-of-the-art Olympic skating arena into a giant seafood freezer. Other than that, not much is certain about the country's post-Winter Games plans for a host of expensive venues.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Bulls beat Jazz 103-100 for 4th straight victory

CHICAGO (AP) — Nikola Mirotic is smiling again. The shots are falling. All the weightlifting work he did in the summer is paying off. The Chicago Bulls are winning.

That infamous practice fight is beginning to fade into the background.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Marlins agree to deal all-star Ozuna to Cardinals

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Miami has agreed to trade left fielder Marcell Ozuna to the St. Louis Cardinals, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press, the third All-Star jettisoned by the Marlins this month in an unrelenting payroll purge under new CEO Derek Jeter.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Illini rout Longwood 92-45 behind Jordan, Frazier

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — With leading Illinois scorer Leron Black out with an injury, coach Brad Underwood turned to Aaron Jordan on Wednesday night and the junior did not disappoint. In his first start of the year, Jordan poured in a career-high 22 points and snagged a team-high eight rebounds in Illinois' 92-45 victory over Longwood.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Kane scores in OT as Blackhawks beat Panthers 3-2
CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks found a way to eke out another victory despite another less-than-rousing performance.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Red Sox, Cubs on deck for baseball's next big deal?
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — No matter how much their fans imagined Giancarlo Stanton bashing balls over the Green Monster, the Boston Red Sox never came close to getting the NL MVP.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Brady intercepted twice, Dolphins beat Pats
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins wore their perfect season uniforms, and for at least one game in 2017, they looked the part.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Top 25 this week: Villanova ready for burden of being No. 1
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Villanova coach Jay Wright has seen his team deal with all the things that go along with being the nation's top-ranked school, from the extra attention to handling an upset loss.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Mirotic, Portis lead way, Chicago Bulls blow out Celtics 108-85
CHICAGO (AP) — Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis are starting to draw attention for their play together instead of their fight with each other.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Mayfield is unconventional NFL prospect
NEW YORK (AP) — Baker Mayfield is in many ways the perfect college football player: Good enough to play at an elite level, but because he is not an ideal NFL prospect, he stuck around long enough to lead Oklahoma to three Big 12 championships and two playoff appearances.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Forsling's OT goal lifts Blackhawks over Sabres, 3-2
CHICAGO (AP) — Gustav Forsling certainly had an eventful night, and the 21-year-old Blackhawks defenseman capped it by giving Chicago a much-needed win.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Stanton says no to Giants, Cards; Yanks a possibility
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton has ruled out the San Francisco Giants. St. Louis, too.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

76ers agree trade Jahil Okafor, 2nd-round pick to Brooklyn
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Buried on the bench in Philly, Jahlil Okafor has a chance to prove in Brooklyn he's not a bust.
Friday, December 8, 2017

Hope Solo announces candidacy for president of US Soccer
Hope Solo is running for president of the U.S. Soccer Federation.
Friday, December 8, 2017

Allen gets shutout, Schenn scores again as Blues beat Stars
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jake Allen finally closed out a shutout Thursday night.
Friday, December 8, 2017

Cubs agree to $38 M, 3-year deal with righty Chatwood
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs added to their rotation on Thursday, agreeing to a $38 million, three-year contract with right-hander Tyler Chatwood.
Friday, December 8, 2017

Goodell signs five-year contract extension
NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Goodell has signed a five-year contract extension to remain commissioner of the NFL through 2024.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Oladipo's 27 points, late three helps Pacers rally past Bulls 98-96
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The start was disappointing for the Indiana Pacers.

The finish was great.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Could regionality of CFP cause fans to tune out?
(AP) — Hardcore college football fans across the country undoubtedly will be tuned in for the College Football Playoff. But what about casual fans outside SEC, ACC and Big 12 country?
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Wilson, Ovechkin lead Capitals past Blackhawks
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nicklas Backstrom is usually the one setting up his Washington Capitals teammates.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Finke, Black edge Illinois past Austin Peay 64-57
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois dropped its home-opening conference game by a point to Maryland. It was a tough loss for a team still searching for its first Big Ten win.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Saulnier's late goal lifts Canada over Team USA
Winnipeg, Manitoba (AP) — Even after stopping 32 shots in a 2-0 shutout over the U.S. team on Tuesday night, Canadian goaltender Genevieve Lacasse wasn't about to take all the credit.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Kremlin to analyze IOC ban before taking any steps
MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin needs to analyze the International Olympic Committee's ruling to bar Russia and its sports officials from the upcoming Pyeongchang Games before making any decisions regarding the country's participation, a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Schenn scores three goals, leads Blues over Canadiens 4-3
MONTREAL (AP) — Brayden Schenn knew that if the St. Louis Blues kept dominating games, their winless run would end sooner or later.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Best of the best: Mayfield, Jackson, Love are Heisman Trophy finalists
(AP) — Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield made Heisman Trophy history just by being selected as a finalist.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Steelers lose Shazier on their way to another win over Cincinnatti
CINCINNATI (AP) — Linebacker Ryan Shazier stayed overnight in a hospital with a back injury while the rest of the Steelers headed home with yet another improbable comeback in hand, one that was so much like all the rest at Paul Brown Stadium.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Wade, Love, James lead surging Cavaliers over Bulls
CHICAGO (AP) — LeBron James could sense the Cleveland Cavaliers were starting to click the last time they lost. But a streak like this? He wasn't about to say he saw that coming.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Army uniforms to honor 10th Mountain division Sat.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Army will be wearing a new uniform honoring one of its famed divisions when it plays Navy this weekend in its big rivalry game.
Monday, December 4, 2017

Gould kicks FG lifts Garoppolo, 49ers over Bears 15-14
CHICAGO (AP) — Robbie Gould pumped his right arm. He screamed at the Chicago sideline. Kicking the winning field goal sure made it a sweet return to Soldier Field.
Monday, December 4, 2017

Fowler beats Tiger at home and at the World Challenge
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Rickie Fowler isn't winning as much as he would like. He's still undefeated against Tiger Woods over the last month.
Monday, December 4, 2017

USC beats Stanford 31-28 for Pac-12 title

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — With the Pac-12 championship hanging in the balance, Southern California delivered a goal-line stand followed by a 99-yard drive that gave the Trojans their first conference title in nine years.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Northwestern Wildcats outlast Fighting Illini in overtime, 72-68

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Scottie Lindsey took a seat on the bench after going scoreless in Northwestern's previous game.

The Wildcats' second-leading scorer still managed to play 39 minutes and come through in the clutch.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Frantic coaching carousel continues in college FB

(AP) — College football news moved faster this week than Oregon's offense in Chip Kelly's hey-day with the Ducks, and the blur started with Kelly himself deciding to return to the Pac-12.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Taylorville native answers call of the octagon

DETROIT — Taylorville native Bobby Wombacher has the opportunity to call one of the biggest cards of the year for the UFC this Saturday, reffing one of the matches on the UFC 218 card. Wombacher isn’t sure of what match he will be doing but he said, “I’m grateful to be wherever (the fight) is. The fight really doesn’t matter to me. I treat all of the athletes the same.”


Friday, December 1, 2017

Janmark gets two, Stars beat Blackhawks in OT

CHICAGO (AP) — Mattias Janmark has good days and bad days in his return from an unusual knee injury.

This one was pretty nice.


Friday, December 1, 2017

Giants co-owner John Mara talks about benching Eli Manning
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants have been making mistakes all season. They might have made their biggest one in how they handled the benching of two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning after 13 seasons.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Gibson rebounds from rough outing, leads Ducks past Blues
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Anaheim goalie John Gibson has been pulled from a hockey game before. So he knew exactly how to react after a rough outing: No panic, no worries.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Area athletes at the collegiate level: where are they now?
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Once an athlete leaves the area, there isn’t much available on what they are doing in college or how they are doing in their collegiate pursuits. Several athletes have moved on from the area to compete in college.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Booker scores 33 as Suns top Bulls 104-99
CHICAGO (AP) — For all the big shots he hit, Devin Booker was most proud of the one he blocked.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Rinne's 37 saves help Preds beat 'Hawks 3-2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Filip Forsberg has scored on many different goalies, but Tuesday night was the first time he collected a goal against one with the same name on the back of his jersey.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Crawford gets 20, Wake Forest hands Illinois first loss, 80-73
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Bryant Crawford led four players in double figures with 20 points as Wake Forest knocked Illinois from the ranks of the undefeated in an 80-73 win in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge Tuesday night.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Griffin hurt; Clippers hang on, beat Lakers
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Clippers' third win in a row for the first time since opening the season 4-0 came at a price.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Flacco protects ball, Ravens use takeaways to beat Texans
BALTIMORE (AP) — Joe Flacco doesn't mind putting up mediocre numbers and looking rather ordinary, as long as he can keep doing it right into the NFL playoffs.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

James has 30 points to lead Cavs in 113-91 rout of 76ers
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — LeBron James showed the up-and-coming Philadelphia 76ers just how high the bar is to compete with the Eastern Conference's best.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

DeBrincat helps Blackhawks pound Ducks 7-3
CHICAGO (AP) — Alex DeBrincat has terrific hands, good speed and the instincts of an elite scorer.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Carson Wentz tosses 3 touchdowns, Eagles beat Bears 31-3 for ninth straight
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Another strong performance by Carson Wentz. Another dominant effort by the defense. Another lopsided win for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Monday, November 27, 2017

Jackson, defense lead No. 23 Northwestern past Illinois
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — When Northwestern defensive end Samdup Miller stretched out his hands to push the football into Illinois' end zone in the third quarter Saturday night, fellow defensive end Joe Gaziano danced wildly across the field, fists pumping.
Monday, November 27, 2017

Winless to unbeaten: No. 12 UCF beats USF to cap turnaround
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Central Florida has gone from winless to unbeaten in 729 days.

Less than two years after finishing 0-12, the 12th-ranked Knights completed the first unbeaten regular season in program history on Friday with a wild 49-42 victory over No. 19 South Florida.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

No. 7 Florida beats No. 17 Gonzaga 111-105 in double OT
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP)  — Jalen Hudson couldn't wait to get back to Florida's locker room to celebrate with his teammates following a thrilling double-overtime victory over Gonzaga.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

No. 1 Duke rallies to beat Texas 85-78 in overtime
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski calls Marvin Bagley III a treasure.

The freshman big man had a career-high 34 points and added 15 rebounds, and No. 1 Duke rallied to defeat Texas 85-78 in overtime on Friday in the semifinals of the PK80 Invitational.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Pickett leads Pitt to 24-14 upset over No. 2 Miami
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Miami spent the better part of 13 months putting together the nation's longest winning streak behind a series of comebacks that returned the swagger to "The U" in all of its "Turnover Chain" glory.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

Finke, Jordan spark Illinois past NC Central 86-73
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — First year Illinois coach Brad Underwood spent the past week pushing junior forward Michael Finke to shoot the ball more often.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

No. 2 Arizona upset again at Battle 4 Atlantis, 66-60 by SMU
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — SMU attacked the glass and kept scoring off turnovers to offset a bad shooting performance. It was enough to hand No. 2 Arizona a second stunning loss to an unranked opponent in two nights.
Friday, November 24, 2017

Keenum-led Vikings beat Lions 30-23
DETROIT (AP) — Case Keenum stood in the pocket to take a hit, dipped his right shoulder to slip out of a sack and shuffled his feet in the pocket to give his receivers more time to get open.
Friday, November 24, 2017

Philip Rivers, Chargers thump fading Cowboys 28-6
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Philip Rivers was more than comfortable on the Thanksgiving stage for the first time in his 14 NFL seasons.
Friday, November 24, 2017

Lakers rally from 19 to beat Bulls 103-94
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers' first half resembled many miserable stretches of the past four seasons. Although the Chicago Bulls have plenty of their own problems, they outworked, outshot and outsmarted the Lakers while taking a 14-point lead.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Tarasenko nets 2, gets in rare fight as Blues top Oilers 8-3
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Vladimir Tarasenko dropped his gloves and inspired his teammates.

On a night when he had two goals and two assists , Tarasenko got in a rare fight Tuesday during the St. Louis Blues' 8-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Irving's 47 lead Celtics past Mavericks to maintain streak
DALLAS (AP) — Double-digit deficits are becoming just a minor annoyance to the Boston Celtics as they continue their winning ways.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Ryan's two TDs help Falcons hold off Seahawks 34-31
SEATTLE (AP) — Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons did enough through three-and-a-half quarters that even the best comeback attempt by Russell Wilson fell short this time.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Hall of Fame ballot newcomers: Jones, Thome, Vizquel
NEW YORK (AP) — Chipper Jones, Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel are among 19 first-time candidates on the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot for baseball's Hall of Fame.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Party time! Earnhart Jr. throws epic retirement party after finale
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. threw his own retirement party on pit road. Earnhardt popped out of his car, flashed a thumbs-up sign and chugged a Budweiser. Drenched in sweat and suds, he grabbed another cold one. It was easy enough to keep happy hour rolling since the beer cooler was stashed on the trunk of his Chevrolet.
Monday, November 20, 2017

Trubisky shows promise in another Bears loss; Lions win 27-24
CHICAGO (AP) — Mitchell Trubisky made a couple of big plays with his arm and his feet. He got a chance to show off his progress and passed a couple of challenging tests.
Monday, November 20, 2017

Black, Nichols lead Illinois past Marshall 91-74
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Nursing a late-game lead over Marshall that topped 20 points more than once, Illinois coach Brad Underwood took a timeout and unloaded on his team.
Monday, November 20, 2017

Danica Patrick to end racing career at next Indy

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — She started in go-karts when she was 10, and was a national champion two years later. By the time Danica Patrick turned 16, she was on her own in Europe, pursuing a racing career.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

NFL reviewing allegation against Jameis Winston

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The NFL is investigating an allegation that Jameis Winston groped a female Uber driver in 2016, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback has denied the allegation on his social media accounts.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Lions look to stay on a roll against Bears on Sunday

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Matthew Stafford is rolling along, and the Detroit Lions are starting to pick up wins.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Two career highs push Illinois past DePaul

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Mark Smith shot 40 percent from the field and made just one of his five 3-point attempts.

But he still found a way to be effective - scoring a career-high 21 points - in Illinois' 82-73 victory over DePaul on Friday night in their first meeting in 60 years.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

College Football: Week twelve preview

RALPH D. RUSSO

AP College Football Writer

(AP) — Maybe a few upsets will liven up a weekend college football schedule that looks as if it will be full of blowouts.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Schenn scores twice, has assist to help Blues beat Oilers

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Being traded to the St. Louis Blues has worked out very well for Brayden Schenn thus far.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Big Ben throws 4 TDs, Steelers drill Titans

WILL GRAVES

AP Sports Writer

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Another uninspiring half in the books in a season littered with them for a team that expects to play deep into January and beyond, Ben Roethlisberger decided he had seen enough.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Scherzer, Kluber win Cy Young award by wide margins
(AP) — Max Scherzer heard his name and thrust his arms in the air, shouting and smiling big before turning to kiss his wife.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Westbrook, Thunder top Bulls 92-79 for 3rd straight win
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Things are starting to click for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Russell Westbrook had 21 points and seven assists and the Thunder beat the Chicago Bulls 92-79 on Wednesday night for their third straight victory.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

WADA decision damages Russia's hopes for Winter Olympics
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The World Anti-Doping Agency dealt a blow Thursday to Russia's hopes of competing at next year's Winter Olympics by refusing to reinstate the country's suspended anti-doping operation.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Anisimov, 'Hawks beat Rangers 6-3
CHICAGO (AP) — Artem Anisimov did his usual dirty work. He went to the front of the net and waited for an opportunity.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Alabama to #1 in playoff rankings, then Clemson
(AP) — Alabama and Clemson are back on top of the College Football Playoff rankings, the ninth time over the last three seasons that the Crimson Tide and Tigers have held the first two spots in some order.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

UCLA players return home facing discipline
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three UCLA basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting returned home, where they may be disciplined by the school as a result of the international scandal.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Papa John's apologizes for criticizing NFL anthem protests
(AP) — Papa John's apologized Tuesday night for comments made by CEO John Schnatter blaming sluggish pizza sales on NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Allen leads #1 Duke past #2 Michigan State
CHICAGO (AP) — Forget about Marvin Bagley III and the rest of Duke's talented freshmen for a moment.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

James, Korver lead Cavs' charge in 4th to top Knicks 104-101
NEW YORK (AP) — LeBron James got shoved by the Knicks and then benched by his coach.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Dolphins need to find answers on defense to challenge in AFC
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Despite an embarrassing performance on Monday night, the Miami Dolphins remain in playoff contention in the mediocre AFC.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Flames win wild contest, 7-4, over Blues
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Patience is starting to pay off for Mark Jankowski.

The rookie had two goals and an assist, Kris Versteeg scored the winner with 5:31 left and the Calgary Flames scored five times in the third period to beat the St. Louis Blues 7-4 on Monday night.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Lagow leads Indiana to first Big Ten win of season, 24-14
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Heading into Saturday's game, Indiana was 0-6 in the Big Ten. Losing that many conference games makes it hard to find something to play for late in the season, but the Hoosiers didn't have to look far.
Monday, November 13, 2017

Wood's hat trick helps Devils' rally to beat Blackhawks, 7-5
CHICAGO (AP) — After a slow start, the New Jersey Devils and Miles Wood blitzed their way back against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Monday, November 13, 2017

Black's career high powers Illinois past UT Martin 77-74
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — After a 47-point victory in his Illinois debut, coach Brad Underwood said that it was easy.
Monday, November 13, 2017

Packers can breathe a bit easier after defeating Bears 23-16
CHICAGO (AP) — The Green Bay Packers would love nothing more than to have Aaron Rodgers return this season and lead a deep playoff run.
Monday, November 13, 2017

Jones: Goodell objection not about Elliott
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says his objection to a contract extension for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is not because of star running back Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension over alleged domestic violence.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Lindsey scores 26 points as Northwestern beats Loyola (Md.)
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Being ranked in the preseason poll for the first time in school history may have had Bryant McIntosh and his Northwestern teammates uptight.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Solo says former FIFA pres. grabbed her
(AP) — Hope Solo told a Portuguese newspaper that former FIFA President Sepp Blatter sexually assaulted her at the Ballon d'Or awards ceremony in 2013.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Love's 3 TDs lead Stanford past No. 9 Washington 30-22
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — When Bryce Love aggravated his injured ankle in the first half and had to go to the sideline to get checked out, Stanford coach David Shaw wasn't sure how much he'd be able to get out of his star running back.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman: I was abused by doctor
(AP) — Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman says she is among the young women sexually abused by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Yankees interview former Indians, Mariners manager
NEW YORK (AP) — Eric Wedge promises a touchy-feely approach if hired as New York Yankees manager, rejecting the old-school method of publicly challenging players to motivate them.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Alstork, Jordan lead Illini past Jaguars 102-55
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Graduate transfer Mark Alstork struggled early for Illinois. He missed his first three shot attempts and didn't score from the field until there was 3:15 left in the first half.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Giroux, Voracek lead Flyers to 3-1 win over Blackhawks
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Looking for a scoring boost, the Blackhawks reunited the top line that helped them win three of the last seven Stanley Cups. But it was the Flyers' No. 1 unit that ruled on this night.
Friday, November 10, 2017

Blues beat struggling Coyotes 3-2 in shootout
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Under pressure in a shootout, Carter Hutton looked like a poised veteran.
Friday, November 10, 2017

College football: Week 11 preview
(AP) — Time to start filling those slots for championship weekend.

Depending on how this weekend goes the matchup for Southeastern Conference championship could be set, along with half the Big Ten, Atlantic Coast Conference and Pac-12 title game pairings.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Final Four teams adding transfer depth
(AP) — A few of last year's Final Four teams have added transfers to help restock.

That's particularly apparent at Oregon.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Lonzo Ball says ongoing shooting issues 'just in my head'
BOSTON (AP) — Lonzo Ball is in a shooting slump, and he thinks he knows where the problem is.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

A concise guide to the 2017-18 college basketball season
(AP) — North Carolina closed out the 2016-17 season by holding off upstart Gonzaga for its sixth national championship.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Foster to re-emerge as Illinois' top running back
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois broke a school record this season by starting 16 true freshmen. Kendrick Foster isn't one of them.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

No change atop CFP rankings; Miami poised to make move
(AP) — With three games matching teams in the selection committee's top 10, the College Football Playoff race could become a lot clearer on Saturday.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Tarasenko, Schwartz score in 1:35 span, Blues beat Devils
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The St. Louis Blues got back in the game against the New Jersey Devils with a lucky bounce, and then their talent took over.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

DeRozan scores 24 points as Raptors beat Bulls 119-114
TORONTO (AP) — Bobby Portis gave the Chicago Bulls a boost in his first game back from suspension. Just not enough to top DeMar DeRozan and the Toronto Raptors.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

On point: Thomas making progress, could join Cavs earlier
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Day by day, dribble by dribble , Isaiah Thomas looks a little more like an All-Star point guard — like himself.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

O'Brien says Texans have discussed signing Kaepernick
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien says he and general manager Rick Smith have discussed signing Colin Kaepernick in the wake of last week's season-ending injury to Deshaun Watson.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Oklahoma, TX: Set up for tourney?
(AP) — Oklahoma went from the joy of a 2016 Final Four appearance to the misery of a 20-loss campaign last season.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Lions snap 3-game skid, beat Packers
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Eager to end a three-game losing streak, the Detroit Lions picked a tough place to make a stand — Lambeau Field in a Monday night game against the Green Bay Packers.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Lindgren leads Canadiens to 2-0 victory over Blackhawks
CHICAGO (AP) — Charlie Lindgren kept the Montreal Canadiens in the game until they finally solved Corey Crawford.
Monday, November 6, 2017

Harvick passes Truex for Texas win both clinch title shots
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The timing was perfect for Kevin Harvick's first NASCAR Cup Series victory at Texas. So was his winning pass.
Monday, November 6, 2017

Purdue aggressive defense stifles Illinois
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue's aggressive defense registered nine tackles for loss, including five sacks, and the Boilermakers snapped a three-game losing streak on Saturday with a 29-10 victory against Illinois.
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Neuvirth makes 33 saves, Flyers blank Blues 2-0

STEVE OVERBEY

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Michal Neuvirth looked perfectly comfortable in the black cape with white fur along the collar.


Friday, November 3, 2017

College football week 10 preview: Bedlam at its best

RALPH D. RUSSO

AP College Football Writer

(AP) — The first College Football Playoff rankings are out and seven games matching ranked teams this weekend have the potential to make the second rankings look much different.


Friday, November 3, 2017

Texans' Watson out for season with ACL tear

KRISTIE RIEKEN

AP Sports Writer

HOUSTON (AP) — Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson sustained a season-ending knee injury in practice on Thursday, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.


Friday, November 3, 2017

Jets save season with stifling defense, strong running game

DENNIS WASZAK Jr.

AP Sports Writer

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Muhammad Wilkerson challenged the New York Jets' defense to hold the Buffalo Bills to 60 yards rushing. Steve McLendon thought 80 would be more realistic.


Friday, November 3, 2017

Crawford, Blackhawks blank Flyers 3-0
CHICAGO (AP) — While the Chicago Blackhawks work on their power play and coach Joel Quenneville searches for the right combinations for his lineup, at least they have Corey Crawford in goal.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Happy birthday: Heat top Bulls to end 3-game slide
MIAMI (AP) — Erik Spoelstra seems to get the same birthday present from his team every year.

He is not complaining.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

UConn women a unanimous No. 1 in AP preseason hoops poll
NEW YORK (AP) — UConn is in a familiar spot to start the season — No. 1 in the poll.

The Huskies were a unanimous choice in the top spot of The Associated Press women's basketball preseason poll on Thursday. It's the 12th time in school history that UConn has been No. 1 in the preseason poll, matching Tennessee for the most all-time.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Astros win 1st World Series crown in Game 7
LOS ANGELES (AP) — From laughingstock to lift off.

George Springer and the Houston Astros rocketed to the top of the baseball galaxy Wednesday night, winning the first World Series championship in franchise history by romping past the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Georgia, 'Bama, Notre Dame, Clemson 1st in CFP rankings
NEW YORK (AP) — A couple of games played during week two of the season had a major effect on the first College Football Playoff rankings.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Dave Ryan finishes with most points in CDGA tourney
LEMONT, Ill. - Patrick Flavin is the 2017 Chicago District Golf Association (CDGA) Player of the Year, while John Finnin earned the 2017 CDGA Senior Player of the Year distinction. Both players are first-time winners of the awards.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Dodgers force World Series to Game 7
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joc Pederson sliced a drive over the left-field wall, pounded his chest and danced around the bases , taking as many twists and turns as this World Series itself.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Tarasenko, Schwartz send Blues past Kings
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Five days after his first child was born, St. Louis Blues defenseman Carl Gunnarsson left the rink with a special present for his daughter.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Chiefs force 5 TOs, beat Broncos 29-19
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs proved Monday night they can play a little defense, too.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Saints beat Bears for 5th straight win
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees delivered accurate, aggressive throws downfield in tense moments, when conventional wisdom might have called for a more conservative play.
Monday, October 30, 2017

Bears-Saints clash showcases high picks Trubisky, Lattimore
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Bears rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and Saints rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore have been on a midseason collision course for months now.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Darrell Wallace Jr. to drive for Richard Petty in 2018
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Darrell Wallace Jr. will become the first black full-time driver at NASCAR's top level since 1971 when he takes over Richard Petty's iconic ride next season.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Manfred: ball not to blame for all the HRs
HOUSTON (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred doesn't blame the baseball for all the long balls.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Canada beats USA 5-1 on pre-Olympic women's hockey tour
BOSTON (AP) — In a women's hockey rivalry that has seen medals turn from gold to silver in a matter of seconds, or a few inches, the United States and Canada just aren't sure what to make of the recent spate of blowouts.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Female student golf player denied trophy in boys' tournament
UXBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A female high school student who had the best score at a boys' golf tournament in Massachusetts has been denied the trophy because she's a girl.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

NFL expects Kaepernick invite to next players' meeting
NEW YORK (AP) — NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart says the league expects Colin Kaepernick to be invited to the next meeting between owners and players to discuss social justice initiatives.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Nets overcome James' triple-double, beat Cavs 112-107
NEW YORK (AP) — With injuries on both sides, the point guard matchup came down to LeBron James against Spencer Dinwiddie.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Blues' power play wakes up in 5-2 win over Flames
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Alexander Steen did not panic.

The St. Louis winger knew that his return to form was right around the corner.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

David Stern calls for NBA changes of marijuana rules
NEW YORK (AP) — Former NBA Commissioner David Stern believes medicinal marijuana use by players should be allowed, but the league says it won't allow it for recreational use.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Springer's HR in 11th gives Astros 7-6 win, ties 1-1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — George Springer screamed with joy as he circled the bases after hitting a two-run homer in the 11th inning.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Declaration of independents: Hill rises making Series start
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Out of the majors, Rich Hill never believed he was out of chances.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

LeBron plays point, scores 34 as Cavaliers beat Chicago Bulls 119-112
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers' lineups are changing daily. Their defense is a mess, their slow starts are puzzling and the starting point guard is hurt.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Kershaw, Dodgers beat Astros 3-1 in hot opener
LOS ANGELES (AP) — No sweat, Clayton Kershaw.

Changing jerseys to beat the 103-degree heat, the Dodgers ace with a checkered playoff history delivered a signature performance, pitching Los Angeles past the Houston Astros 3-1 Tuesday night in the World Series opener.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Astros, Dodgers developed quite a rivalry as division foes
(AP) — Long before they made it to this year's World Series, the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers were plenty familiar with each other.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins 34-24
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles keep losing key players and are still winning games thanks to No. 11.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Saints recover late defeat Rodger-less Packers 26-17
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The way that the New Orleans Saints won on the road on Sunday might serve as a valuable lesson in their quest to return to the playoffs.
Monday, October 23, 2017

McCrary, Smith lead Minnesota over Illinois 24-17
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Using just two different plays, Minnesota marched down the field midway through the fourth quarter against Illinois on Saturday. Kobe McCrary carried the ball six times. Rodney Smith ran five times during a grinding, 12-play drive.
Monday, October 23, 2017

AP Top 25: Notre Dame cracks top 10; Michigan drops out
AP — Notre Dame cracked the top 10 of The Associated Press college football poll for the first time this season, coming in at No. 9, and Michigan fell out of the rankings for the first time in two years.
Monday, October 23, 2017

These aren't your 1988 Dodgers, not even close
(AP) — These aren't your 1988 Dodgers, not even close.

Justin Turner was a 3-year-old then, wondering what all the fuss was about when watching Kirk Gibson's home run on TV at his grandmother's home in Southern California. Clayton Kershaw wasn't even walking yet, much less tinkering with the curve ball Vin Scully called Public Enemy No. 1 the first time he saw it.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Matthews up for challenge as Packers rally without Rodgers
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — In the visiting locker room after Green Bay lost to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, the Packers spoke of how they'd rally behind backup Brett Hundley in the absence of injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Detroit coach supports anthem protest against Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy used his team's trip to Washington to again voice his support for athletes who kneel during the national anthem and his opposition to President Donald Trump.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Bears rely on run game while bringing Trubisky along slowly
(AP) — The Chicago Bears are leaning heavily on their running game while bringing along rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky slowly.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Cubs bounced in Game five against Dodgers

ANDREW SELIGMAN

AP Sports Writer

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs went 108 years between championships. Going home without a trophy isn't really new.


Friday, October 20, 2017

Raiders eke out 31-30 win over Chiefs on Carr's late TD pass

JOSH DUBOW

AP Pro Football Writer

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders scored two apparent game-winning touchdowns that didn't count. The Kansas City Chiefs forced incompletions on back-to-back plays that ended with 0:00 on the clock only to have the game extended by penalties.


Friday, October 20, 2017

Cs drop first 2 games after Hayward's injury
BOSTON (AP) — Celtics fans lined up to sign a banner urging Gordon Hayward to "come back stronger than ever." One player wrote his injured teammate's initials on his shoe. The crowd that bought tickets to see him make his Boston debut chanted his name.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Tanaka, Yankees top Keuchel, Astros 5-0 for 3-2 lead in ALCS
NEW YORK (AP) — This time, it was Masahiro Tanaka who was untouchable on the mound.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Schwartz has hat trick, Blues beat Blackhawks
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jaden Schwartz missed the final seven minutes of the first period after taking a big hit and going head-first into the boards. He shook it off in a big way for the St. Louis Blues.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Cubs top Dodgers 3-2 to cut NLCS deficit to 3-1
CHICAGO (AP) — Javier Baez sensed he was ready to bust out of his slump and give the Chicago Cubs the lift they needed.
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