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home : sports : college/pro February 24, 2020

Nebraska looks to end streak vs Illinois
Nebraska (7-19, 2-13) vs. Illinois (17-9, 9-6)

State Farm Center, Champaign, Illinois; Monday, 8 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Illinois looks to extend Nebraska's conference losing streak to 12 games. Nebraska's last Big Ten win came against the Iowa Hawkeyes 76-70 on Jan. 7. Illinois is coming off a big 62-56 win over then-No. 9 Penn State on Tuesday.

Monday, February 24, 2020


Big changes coming to the NFL combine this year
Big changes are coming to the NFL scouting combine this year.

There will be more eyeballs on the league's annual gathering of top college talent but fewer assistant coaches watching those prospects run through drills that have been tailored by position and more accurately mimic what they'll be doing in the NFL.

Monday, February 24, 2020

White has 33 again, Bulls beat Wizards despite Beal's 53
Coby White is taking his game to new levels — and reaching some rarified Air.
Monday, February 24, 2020

LeBron's clutch jumper sends Lakers past Celtics 114-112
Although LeBron James is still relatively new to the Los Angeles Lakers' rivalry with the Boston Celtics, he relishes the chance to participate in the history and passion behind this series.
Monday, February 24, 2020

Blues chase Bishop early, rout Stars 5-1 in West showdown 
DALLAS (AP) — David Perron scored his team-leading 24th goal and the St. Louis Blues chased Dallas goalie Ben Bishop early while extending their Western Conference lead with a dominant 5-1 victory over the Stars on Friday night.
Saturday, February 22, 2020

DeBrincat scores twice, rallies Blackhawks past Preds in OT
CHICAGO (AP) — Alex DeBrincat scored in the third period and overtime to rally the Chicago Blackhawks past the Nashville Predators 2-1 on Friday night.
Saturday, February 22, 2020

Miracle on Ice shows how much Olympics on TV have changed
(AP) — When the Summer Olympics begin in Tokyo in July, viewers will be able to watch every event either live or on demand. That wasn't the case in 1980 when the United States stunned the Soviet Union during the Lake Placid Games.
Saturday, February 22, 2020

Jordan Binnington blanks Coyotes as Blues post 1-0 win 

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jordan Binnington had a light night in net for the St. Louis Blues, yet he couldn't relax, even as his teammates peppered Antti Raanta with shots.

Friday, February 21, 2020

NC State routs Number 6 Duke 88-66
North Carolina State overwhelmed sixth-ranked Duke so thoroughly that the Blue Devils' Hall of Fame coach could only describe his team as "never there" after a historically lopsided loss.
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Barbashev scores twice, Blues beat Devils 3-0
Ivan Barbashev said he had a good feeling when he arrived at the Enterprise Center on Tuesday.

It showed in his play.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Illinois beats No. 9 Penn State 62-56
Ayo Dosunmu felt well enough during warm-ups to return to lineup. That was enough for Illinois against No. 9 Penn State.

Dosunmu, the Fighting Illini's leading scorer who missed the previous game with a knee injury, scored 24 points, and Illinois snapped a four-game losing streak with a 62-56 victory over Penn State on Tuesday night.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

New 3-point line leading to lower shooting percentages
The NCAA moved back the 3-point line this season to create more room in the lane and cut down on the barrage of 3s in college basketball.

Shooting percentages are down, historically low. Attempts also have dropped, slightly.

Clogged lanes? Depends on who you ask.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Penn State looks to extend streak vs Illinois
Illinois (16-9, 8-6) vs. No. 9 Penn State (20-5, 10-4)

Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, Pennsylvania; Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: No. 9 Penn State looks for its seventh straight win in the head-to-head series over Illinois. In its last six wins against the Fighting Illini, Penn State has won by an average of 12 points. Illinois' last win in the series came on Jan. 31, 2015, a 60-58 victory.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Top of AP poll steady as Baylor, Kansas set for collision course
Baylor and Kansas just keep winning, setting up a monumental showdown Saturday between the top-ranked Bears and No. 3 Jayhawks that could help decide not only the Big 12 title but the No. 1 overall seed for the NCAA Tournament.

The two teams were separated once again by Gonzaga in the latest college basketball poll from The Associated Press on Monday. The Bears (23-1) had 48 first-place votes from the 63-member media panel, while the Bulldogs (26-1) had 14 first-place nods and the Jayhawks (22-3) had the only remaining first-place vote.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Hamlin and Newman contrast risk and reward at Daytona 500
In a single thrilling lap around NASCAR's most storied track, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman displayed the risks and rewards of the dangerous sport they both love.

Hamlin won his second consecutive Daytona 500 and third in five years on Monday night as he surged past Newman on the final lap of a second overtime shootout. The win came as Newman's car was turned hard into the wall, then flipped onto its roof, where he was helpless as he was hit in the driver's side by another car.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Last shot wins: Team LeBron wins All-Star Game 157-155
Players were taking charges, bodies were hitting the floor, calls and non-calls were being screamed about on both ends. The fourth quarter of the NBA All-Star Game was as intense as the final moments of a playoff game, the biggest stars in the league holding absolutely nothing back.
Monday, February 17, 2020

Cubs 3B Bryant: No hard feelings on losing grievance
Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant realized all along his service-time grievance against the team would be tough to win, and he still believes how he handled himself might help players in the future.
Monday, February 17, 2020

No 'Plan B' for Olympics; questions over Chinese presence
Tokyo Olympic organizers and the International Olympic Committee said Friday there is no "Plan B" for the 2020 Games, which open in just over five months and have been jolted by the outbreak of a virus in neighboring China.
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Daytona 500 up for grabs as no clear theme has emerged 
The first four events leading into the Daytona 500 have produced four different winners. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. put his new team on the pole, while Erik Jones outlasted a crash-fest to win a qualifying race. Joey Logano and William Byron won the qualifying races.
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Kobe Bryant among 8 finalists for Basketball Hall of Fame
The list of finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame is considerably shorter than usual.

The voters really didn't need more this year.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Logano, Byron win NASCAR's Daytona 500 qualifying races
Joey Logano and William Byron won the qualifying races that set the field for the Daytona 500.

The victory in the first 150-mile race Thursday night earned Logano a spot in the second row for the season-opening Daytona 500. Byron will join Logano in the second row, behind pole-sitter Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and teammate Alex Bowman, who earned the front row in time trials at Daytona International Speedway.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Marchessault's OT goal lifts Golden Knights past Blues 6-5
Zach Sanford had the best game of his young NHL career — even if his thoughts were understandably far from the ice.

Sanford scored four goals in St. Louis' 6-5 overtime loss to Las Vegas on Thursday night, the Blues' first game since teammate Jay Bouwmeester collapsed from a cardiac episode on the bench during a game earlier in the week.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Canucks blank spiraling Blackhawks
Jacob Markstrom had a career-high 49 saves as Vancouver Canucks beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0 Wednesday night after retiring the numbers of retired stars Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

Brandon Sutter had a goal and two assists, and Bo Horvat and Adam Gaudette also scored to help the Canucks win their second straight after a four-game skid (0-3-1).

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Cards rotation questions center on Carlos Martinez
As far as the St. Louis Cardinals are concerned, how Carlos Martinez feels on days he's not throwing may be as important has how well he performs on the mound.

A healthy Martinez is likely the final piece in the Cardinals' starting rotation. A Martinez whose shoulder, like last year, doesn't recover quickly from starts could reprise his role as the Cardinals' closer.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Dosunmu hurt after Spartans' late dunk; No. 22 Illini fall
Illinois suffered two brutal losses by the final horn Tuesday night.

Star guard Ayo Dosunmu crumbled to the floor clutching his left knee moments after Michigan State's Xavier Tillman threw down a huge dunk that lifted the Spartans over the 22nd-ranked Illini 70-69.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Oilers overpower slumping Blackhawks 5-3
Leon Draisaitl had a goal and three assists, Kailer Yamamoto scored twice and the Edmonton Oilers won without captain Connor McDavid in the lineup, defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 5-3 on Tuesday night.

Riley Sheahan and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also scored for the Oilers (30-20-6), who will be without McDavid for two to three weeks because of a left quadriceps injury.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Blues' D Bouwmeester undergoing tests after cardiac episode
St. Louis defenseman Jay Bouwmeester was hospitalized and undergoing tests early Wednesday after suffering a cardiac episode and collapsing on the bench during the first period of the Blues' game against the Ducks.
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

LeBron James among 44 Olympic basketball team finalists
LeBron James is considering a return to the Olympics.

James — a two-time gold medalist and three-time Olympian — was among 44 players announced by USA Basketball on Monday as finalists for the team that will play in the Tokyo Games this summer. James played in 2004, 2008 and 2012, helping the U.S. win gold in his most recent two appearances.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Michigan State to face tough test against Number 22 Illinois
Michigan State (16-8, 8-5) vs. No. 22 Illinois (16-7, 8-4)

State Farm Center, Champaign, Illinois; Tuesday, 9 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: No. 22 Illinois presents a tough challenge for Michigan State. Michigan State has won two of its four games against ranked teams this season. Illinois has dropped to No. 22 in the latest AP rankings following a loss to Maryland last week.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Philip Rivers will enter free agency after 16 seasons
Philip Rivers' 16-year career with the Chargers has come to an end.

The franchise announced Monday that Rivers will enter free agency and won't return to Los Angeles for the upcoming season. General manager Tom Telesco said in a statement that as they talked through various scenarios with Rivers, it became apparent it would be best for both "to turn the page on what has truly been a remarkable run."

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Busch has done it all in NASCAR, except win the Daytona 500
Kyle Busch has partied in victory lane at every NASCAR track from Darlington to Dover, from Bristol to the Brickyard. Busch has even celebrated at Daytona, with a 2008 summer Cup Series victory on his resume, and trophies from races in other series or exhibitions in his collection.

He has yet to take his traditional bow as the confetti flies at the Daytona 500. He is 0 for 14.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Johnson drops "Chasing 8" motto in last season

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson has been chasing NASCAR history for so long that his relentless pursuit of rewriting the record books has become part of his legacy.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Maryland rallies to beat Illini 75-66
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — With Illinois shredding Maryland's man-to-man defense, Terrapins coach Mark Turgeon switched to a zone — something the team rarely uses outside of practice.
Saturday, February 8, 2020

High stakes for No. 9 Maryland vs No. 20 Illini
No. 9 Maryland at No. 20 Illinois. First place will be at stake along with perhaps a Big Ten Tournament tiebreaker when the Fighting Illini (16-6, 8-3 Big Ten) host the Terrapins (18-4, 8-3) on Friday in the only conference game that night.
Friday, February 7, 2020

Connor Hellebuyck makes 35 saves to lead Jets over Blues 4-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Connor Hellebuyck wasn't in the mood to celebrate just yet.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Purdue routs No. 17 Iowa 104-68 in offensive outburst
Purdue got off to a fast start against a ranked opponent and never slowed down.

Evan Boudreaux scored a season-high 18 points to lead five Purdue players in double figures in a 104-68 rout of No. 17 Iowa on Wednesday night.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

AP source: Andre Iguodala getting traded to Miami Heat
A person familiar with the negotiations says Andre Iguodala is headed to Miami after the Heat and Memphis Grizzlies agreed Wednesday night on his long-awaited trade.
Thursday, February 6, 2020

McAvoy, Bruins beat Blackhawks 2-1 for 5th straight victory
Charlie McAvoy pointed to Jake DeBrusk in appreciation. DeBrusk then tackled McAvoy, sending the duo to the ice before they were mobbed by the rest of the Boston Bruins.
Thursday, February 6, 2020

AP Source: Red Sox agree to trade Betts, Price to Dodgers
Banking on Mookie Betts to be the missing piece in their World Series pursuit, the Los Angeles Dodgers finally pulled off a blockbluster deal with the cost-cutting Red Sox.

Boston agreed to trade the 2018 AL MVP to the Dodgers on Tuesday night, according to two people with knowledge of the deal, packaging Betts with left-hander David Price in a salary dump designed to save the Red Sox tens of millions of dollars and help them dip below baseball's luxury tax threshold.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Arbitrator: union didn't prove Bryant case
Arbitrator Mark Irvings issued his decision Tuesday to deny the grievance filed by Cubs star Kris Bryant, ruling the players' association did not prove Chicago's reasons for holding the third baseman in the minors at the start of the 2015 season were a pretext to push back his eligibility for free agency.
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Dumba scores overtime winner as Wild beat Blackhawks 3-2
Matt Dumba went to one knee and slid across the ice to celebrate before being mobbed by his teammates.

An overtime goal provided much-needed relief to Dumba and the Minnesota Wild.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Change looming as NASCAR season arrives with Daytona 500
The sky isn't falling — or at least it doesn't feel that way — as NASCAR heads into the first of two seasons full of change.

In the three months since Kyle Busch won his second championship, NASCAR took its awards ceremony to Nashville, Tennessee, and was eagerly embraced. The Hall of Fame ceremony last month focused on Joe Gibbs and his elite organization, which won a record 19 of 36 races last season as Busch earned Joe Gibbs Racing its fifth Cup Series title.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Baylor strengthens hold on Number 1 spot
Baylor has strengthened its hold on No. 1 in The Associated Press men's college basketball poll.

The Bears received 49 first-place votes from the 65-member media panel in Monday's poll to stay comfortably ahead of Gonzaga and Kansas. That was up from 44 first-place votes from the previous week, with the Bears securing a third straight week atop the rankings.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Mahomes comes through with MVP performance
Patrick Mahomes was struggling, and the Kansas City Chiefs were in huge trouble.

Until the young quarterback coolly brushed aside three-plus quarters of frustration and came through in the clutch, that is.

Monday, February 3, 2020

All-Stars to honor Kobe, Gianna
The NBA's All-Stars will be playing this year with Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant in their minds and on their jerseys.

So, coming soon: No. 24 Giannis Antetokounmpo, and No. 2, LeBron James.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Irving scores season-high 54 as Nets beat Bulls 133-118
Kyrie Irving is attempting to process the death of Kobe Bryant by reflecting on the lessons his friend taught him.

He put them to good use Friday and scored a season-high 54 points, making all 10 shots in the first half and 19 of 23 for the game, to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 133-118 victory over the Chicago Bulls.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Dusty Baker takes over scam-marred Astros, set for 'last hurrah'
Before he begins his "last hurrah," Dusty Baker intends to talk to his new team. He hasn't decided exactly what he'll say to the scandal-riddled Houston Astros when spring training starts, but he's certain of the message.
Friday, January 31, 2020

Kris Bryant loses service-time grievance
Kris Bryant has lost his service-time grievance against the Chicago Cubs, providing some clarity for the team and the All-Star third baseman with spring training on the horizon.
Friday, January 31, 2020

Number 19 Illinois holds on to beat Golden Gophers 59-51
No. 19 Illinois did what it took to move back into a first-place tie in the Big Ten.

The Fighting Illini's seventh straight win, though, was not pretty.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Illini a factor as Big Ten race reaches midway point
After a dramatic victory at Michigan last weekend, Illinois coach Brad Underwood was asked about the fact that his team had taken sole possession of first place in the Big Ten.

"I don't even think like that," he said. "I'm thinking about enjoying this one for a minute and figuring out who's next on our schedule. We've got 11 more to go. We're not even halfway through yet."

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Oladipo spurs late rally as Pacers run past Bulls in OT
Victor Oladipo opened the night by smiling and waving to Pacers fans in his return from a lengthy absence due to injury. He finished it by walking off the court in tears.

The two-time All-Star capped his first contest in more than a year by making a game-tying 3-pointer with 10 seconds left, and the Indiana Pacers went on to beat Chicago Bulls 115-106 in overtime.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Sowers 1st woman to coach at Super Bowl
For the full 60 minutes of the San Francisco 49ers' portion of media night on Monday,  Katie Sowers talked with reporters from around the world on making history as the first woman and first openly gay coach to work the Super Bowl.

"I'm waiting for someone to tell me that this is all a joke, and they're going to be like 'Psych! You're not really there. You're not really a football coach,'" Sowers said.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Baseball coach killed with Bryant honored at team's opener
John Altobelli's team knew there was only one way to honor its late coach — by playing on his favorite day.

Altobelli's Orange Coast College baseball team opened its season as scheduled on Tuesday against Chula Vista Southwestern. The game occurred two days after Altobelli, his wife and their 13-year-old daughter were killed in the helicopter crash that also took the life of Kobe Bryant and five others.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Middleton has 51, Bucks win minus Antetokounmpo
Khris Middleton dedicated the best game of his career to Kobe Bryant.

Middleton scored a career-high 51 points, leading the Milwaukee Bucks to a 151-131 victory over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

No. 1 Nadal upset by Thiem in Australian Open quarters
Outplayed at his own brand of physical tennis for much of the match, Rafael Nadal finally claimed a set to try to start a comeback against Dominic Thiem.

Nadal marked the moment by hopping in a crouch at the baseline and vigorously pumping his right arm four times.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

LaVine scores 23, delivers late as Bulls edge Spurs 110-109
Zach LaVine felt he was one shot away. Once they started going in, he took over.

LaVine scored 14 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, including two clutch foul shots with 2.1 seconds left, and the Chicago Bulls beat the San Antonio Spurs 110-109 on Monday night.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Baylor remains No. 1 in AP Top 25 with few changes at top
Baylor is No. 1 for a second straight week in an AP Top 25 poll that had no major changes at the top, a rare bit of stability in a wildly unpredictable season.

The Bears stayed well ahead of No. 2 Gonzaga in Monday's poll, part of an unchanged top seven for the first time this season. The only change in the top 10 came with Villanova moving up a spot to No. 8 to swap positions with No. 9 Duke. That comes in a season that has seen seven different teams reach No. 1 this season, matching a record set during the 1982-83 season.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Miller leads Canucks past Blues 3-1 for 9th straight at home
J.T. Miller scored twice in the second period to help the Vancouver Canucks rally from an early deficit to beat the St. Louis Blues 3-1 Monday night.

Bo Horvat also scored as the Canucks won their ninth straight at home, and 12 in the last 15 overall. Jake Virtanen and Chris Tanev each had two assists.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Afterthought as it is, NFL Pro Bowl still has a rich history
(AP) — With James Lofton's rookie season off to a strong start in 1978, another member of the Green Bay Packers casually tossed some praise his way in the locker room one day in early December.
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Hield scores 21, Kings beat Bulls 98-81 to snap 6-game skid

CHICAGO (AP) — After being pulled from the starting lineup, Buddy Hield proved his value to the Sacramento Kings.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Previewing the 49ers vs the Chiefs
(AP) — It has been a while since a Super Bowl has appeared to be such a toss-up. This one between the NFC champion San Francisco 49ers and the AFC champ Kansas City Chiefs is a difficult game to judge.
Saturday, January 25, 2020

No. 21 Illini in 1st-place tie; Michigan up next

(AP) — What to watch in Big Ten basketball this weekend:

Friday, January 24, 2020

Duarte leads No. 12 Oregon past USC in double OT
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Paying close attention paid off for Oregon's Chris Duarte.
Friday, January 24, 2020

Bittersweet: Caroline Wozniacki's career ends in Australia
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — It was bittersweet, Caroline.
Friday, January 24, 2020

Rematch! James, Antetokounmpo are All-Star captains again
MIAMI (AP) — It'll be an All-Star rematch: Team LeBron vs. Team Giannis.
Friday, January 24, 2020

Indiana uses late charge to beat No. 11 Michigan State 67-63
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Joey Brunk made an immediate impact from the moment he arrived on Indiana's campus.
Friday, January 24, 2020

LaVine scores 25 points, Bulls beat Timberwolves 117-110
The Chicago Bulls envisioned Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen providing a powerful one-two punch and leading them to the playoffs coming off one of the worst seasons in franchise history.

This was more like it.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Zion's exceptional debut provides Pelicans hope
Zion Williamson's sublime 17-point surge in a span of barely more than three minutes could very well become part of New Orleans' pro sports lore — even if the final score won't.

For the Pelicans, a narrow loss to a well-coached, savvy San Antonio Spurs team carried far less weight than the burgeoning form of a young superstar in the making.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Jeter 1 vote shy of unanimous, Walker also elected to Hall
Known for two decades as No. 2, Derek Jeter is now linked to the number 1 — as in, who was the lone Hall of Fame voter who didn't put a check mark next to his name?

Jeter came within one vote of being a unanimous pick, falling just shy of the standard set when longtime New York Yankees teammate Mariano Rivera became the first unanimous selection last year. Larry Walker also earned baseball's highest honor Tuesday in his last chance on the ballot.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Quenneville coaches Panthers to 4-3 win over Blackhawks
Joel Quenneville barking out instructions from behind the bench. A young team with a couple budding stars showing signs of improvement.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Antetokounmpo has triple-double, Bucks down Bulls 111-98
The Milwaukee Bucks committed 23 turnovers — and won anyway.

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Co. finished strong on Monday.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Baylor now 7th No. 1 this season
Baylor and Gonzaga were the only two teams in the top five that took care of business last week.

That doesn't mean they didn't move around, too.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Nicklaus turns 80 and still remains a part of golf's conversations
Jack Nicklaus turns 80 on Tuesday, no closer to retirement than when he was at the peak of his golf career.

Never mind that he rarely competes, and when he does play the occasional round of golf, he doesn't always finish the hole. His shoulder is sore, but that's more from tennis.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

When it comes to unanimous Hall picks, Jeter could be No. 2.
When it comes to unanimous picks for baseball's Hall of Fame, Derek Jeter quite appropriately has the chance to be No. 2.

Yankees closer Mariano Rivera became the first player to appear on every ballot when he swept 425 votes in last year's election. Ken Griffey Jr. was three votes short perfection in 2016, breaking the mark of five shy that had been held since 1992 by Tom Seaver.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Garza scores 33, Iowa beats No. 19 Michigan 90-83
Michigan coach Juwan Howard has seen enough of Iowa's Luka Garza this season.

Garza scored 33 points in Iowa's 90-83 win over No. 19 Michigan on Friday night.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

US Olympic qualifying roster minus 5 from World Cup team
The United States' roster for the upcoming CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament will look very similar to the one that won the Women's World Cup in France, with notable exceptions.
Saturday, January 18, 2020

Buddy Boeheim playing sweet for Syracuse this season
With the shot clock about to expire in an overtime game on the road against the reigning national champions, Syracuse guard Buddy Boeheim curls far behind the arc on the right wing. He barely glances at his target, then launches a shot over the outstretched arms of a Virginia defender.
Saturday, January 18, 2020

Bettors leaning heavily toward home teams making Super Bowl
Pro Picks is surprised.

Consider that the NFC title game is a matchup of the conferences's top two seeds. The spread favors host San Francisco (14-3) over Green Bay (also 14-3) by 7 1-2 points.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

NBA pushes back plans for April vote on possible schedule changes
The NBA no longer expects the league's board of governors to vote in April on whether to make significant changes to the league's schedule in time for the 75th anniversary season in 2021-22.
Saturday, January 18, 2020

Brandon Ingram scores 49, Pelicans snap Jazz's 10-game win streak
The New Orleans Pelicans wildly celebrated Brandon Ingram's off-balance jumper in the final seconds of regulation, believing it had won the game.

Turns out it didn't.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Conor McGregor finds structure in life as he rolls into UFC 246
Conor McGregor used to train whenever he felt like it, and he stayed up late every night. He would sleep deep into the daylight hours, and he perpetually showed up late for almost any commitment required of a rising mixed martial arts star.

McGregor had reason to believe chaos was his natural environment: He was climbing to the pinnacle of the so-called combat sports, winning two UFC title belts and earning an absurd payday against Floyd Mayweather while becoming the most famous fighter in the world.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Elleby scores 25, Washington State surprises Number eight Oregon
After scoring a season-low in points in his last game, CJ Elleby was the go-to guy for Washington State against No. 8 Oregon.

Elleby scored 25 points and Washington State beat a Top-10 team for just the third time, surprising Oregon 72-61 on Thursday night.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Bears to stay home for training camp
The Chicago Bears will hold their entire training camp at their headquarters rather than spend the first few weeks in Bourbonnais, Illinois.

The Bears announced Tuesday they will remain at Halas Hall rather than practice the first few weeks 90 miles south at Olivet Nazarene University, as they have for 18 years. They held camp at Wisconsin-Platteville from 1984-2001.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Flyers beat Blues 4-3
Jakub Voracek scored in overtime and the Flyers beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 on Wednesday night.
Thursday, January 16, 2020

MLB could fight sign stealing with tech
If Major League Baseball really wants to stop its teams from electronically stealing signs, it might consider fighting technology with more technology.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Consolation prize: Clemson knocks off No. 3 Duke in hoops
What a wild ride the past four days have been for Clemson fans.

The Tigers beat No. 3 Duke 79-72 on Tuesday night to sandwich wins over the Atlantic Coast Conference's basketball blue bloods around Monday's loss in the College Football Playoff title game.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

LSU wears Clemson out in title tilt
Clyde Edwards-Helaire took turns dancing around defenders or churning his legs as he pushed his compact frame through tacklers for extra yards and pivotal first downs.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Illini crack AP Top 25; Baylor now 2, Gonzaga stays No. 1
Good luck finding any team in the country that notches a better pair of road wins in the same week than Baylor, which followed up a victory at Texas Tech by invading Allen Fieldhouse and thumping Kansas on its home floor.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Hinch, GM fired for Astros sign stealing after MLB bans pair
The Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal cost manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow their jobs, and Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora could be next.

Hinch and Luhnow were fired Monday after being suspended by Major League Baseball for the team's illicit use of electronics to steal signs during Houston's run to the 2017 World Series title and again in the 2018 season.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Encarnación, White Sox complete $12 million, 1-year contract

CHICAGO (AP) — Edwin Encarnación saw the young players the Chicago White Sox have and a bright future for a team eyeing a run at the AL Central championship after seven straight losing seasons. That's why he chose to be a part of it.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

LSU coach Orgeron's success fueling Cajun pride on the bayou
LAROSE, La. (AP) — A cardboard likeness of Ed Orgeron, wearing a purple polo with gold LSU lettering, stands in an entertainment parlor at the home of one of his childhood friends.
Saturday, January 11, 2020

Wieskamp leads Iowa to 67-49 win over No. 12 Maryland
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Hawkeyes were down to eight scholarship players and still outplayed No. 12 Maryland.
Saturday, January 11, 2020

Cubs, star Kris Bryant agree to $18.6 million, 1-year deal
CHICAGO (AP) — Third baseman Kris Bryant avoided arbitration with the Chicago Cubs, agreeing Friday to an $18.6 million, one-year contract.
Saturday, January 11, 2020

Rays get Martinez from Cards for pitching prospect
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired first baseman-designated hitter Jose Martinez from St. Louis in a trade that sends left-hander Matthew Liberatore, one of the club's top minor league pitching prospects, to the Cardinals.
Friday, January 10, 2020

Rinne registers historic score as Predators beat Blackhawks 5-2
CHICAGO (AP) — Pekka Rinne grinned and grinned and grinned.

John Hynes got his first win with Nashville and Colin Blackwell scored his first NHL goal, but the game belonged to Rinne after one historic shot.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Baylor ends Number one UConn's 98-game home win streak
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Kim Mulkey and Baylor are making a habit of ending UConn's streaks.
Friday, January 10, 2020

Ingram scores 29 points as Pelicans top Bulls 123-108
Brandon Ingram had 29 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans defeated Chicago 123-108 on Wednesday night to drop the Bulls to a fifth straight loss.
Thursday, January 9, 2020

Illini snap 15-game losing streak to Badgers
Illinois coach Brad Underwood said he likes the no-fear attitude that sophomore guard Ayo Dosunmu has cultivated this season.

Dosunmu's effort was critical on Wednesday when the Illini needed a clutch basket most.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Maryland grinds past Ohio State
One of these days, Maryland will run the fast break to perfection, show a precise shooting eye from the outside and score a whole bunch of points.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Perron, Binnington lift Blues over Sharks
David Perron is making a late push for an All-Star selection.

Perron scored his 18th goal of the season and Jordan Binnington stopped 28 shots, leading the St. Louis Blues to a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Doncic leads Mavericks over Bulls 118-110
Luka Doncic scored 21 of his 38 points in the third quarter and had his NBA-leading 11th triple-double of the season to lead the Dallas Mavericks past the Chicago Bulls 118-110 Monday night.

Doncic scored 17 of the Mavs' 19 points in the final 5:35 of the third to break open what had been a tie game. His 3 gave Dallas a 72-69 lead it would not relinquish.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Dallas picks McCarthy to replace Garrett
Mike McCarthy won a Super Bowl and went to the playoffs eight straight years while coaching two-time MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

The Dallas Cowboys are hoping for similar results from McCarthy with Dak Prescott.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

XFL to unveil bold, new rule innovations when it kicks off next month
When the XFL debuts in February, it will take a “Star Trek” approach of going where no football league has gone before.

The eight-team league will have options for extra points worth one, two or three points. It will allow double forward passes behind the line of scrimmage.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa says he is entering 2020 NFL draft
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa put an end to the initial question about his future, announcing Monday that he is entering the NFL draft and closing the book on a college career that began with a splash and ended with a devastating injury.
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Undersized and getting it done: Clemson, LSU backs proving they belong
LSU's Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Clemson's Travis Etienne have much more in common than their Louisiana backgrounds heading into the national title game.
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Griffin's double-double helps Illinois beat Purdue 63-37
Sophomore Alan Griffin has been a crowd favorite in Champaign since last season, and he continues to make a case for breaking into the Illinois starting lineup.
Monday, January 6, 2020

Giants interview former Packers coach Mike McCarthy
Mike McCarthy, who won a Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers and led them to nine playoff appearances in 13 seasons, has interviewed for the head coaching job with the New York Giants.
Saturday, January 4, 2020

Wisconsin rallies late to upset No. 5 Ohio State 61-57
Nate Reuver's jumper finally wrested the lead away from Ohio State with 1:54 left in the game, and the Wisconsin forward hit four free throws in the last 14 seconds to seal a road upset of the No. 5 Buckeyes.
Saturday, January 4, 2020

Busch brings the Rowdy show to the Rolex 24 at Daytona 
Fresh from a holiday trip to the Bahamas, NASCAR's newest two-time champion raced back to the track to open the new year.

Kyle Busch stepped out of his comfort zone at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, pulling on a white helmet adorned with his nickname "Rowdy" and climbing into a Lexus RC-F to test for the upcoming Rolex 24 at Daytona. The prestigious sports car race always features some of the top talent in the world, and Busch just might be this year's main attraction.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Davis scores 46 against former team as Lakers beat Pelicans
Anthony Davis isn't having any sympathy when it comes to facing his former team.

The Lakers forward had 46 points and 13 rebounds as Los Angeles rolled to a 123-113 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Harden nets 44 in triple-double, Rockets beat 76ers 118-108
Houston Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni is convinced James Harden operates on a different level than most players, especially after his latest dazzling performance.

Harden had 44 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the Rockets to a 118-108 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Michigan St. tops Illinois 76-56, stays atop Big Ten
Michigan State played perhaps its best game of the season at least in part because Cassius Winston and Xavier Tillman were clicking together on the court.

Winston had 21 points and Tillman scored 19, leading the 14th-ranked Spartans to a 76-56 win over Illinois on Thursday night.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Wright takes over late, Colorado beats No. 4 Oregon 74-65
McKinley Wright IV received a little pep talk from none other than himself.

"I told myself I had to get going," he said of his second-half inner monologue.

Wright listened to Wright.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Canucks erase two-goal deficit, rally past Blackhawks 7-5
This Vancouver Canucks' matchup with the Chicago Blackhawks never had the look of a defensive struggle.

Adam Gaudette scored a third-period goal and the Canucks rallied from a two-goal deficit, extending their winning streak to six games with a 7-5 win over the Blackhawks on Thursday night.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Kadri's two goals lead Avalanche to 7-3 win over Blues
With a big offensive push, the Colorado Avalanche turned the page on a tough stretch at home and against the St. Louis Blues in particular.

Nazem Kadri scored twice, Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and three assists, and the Avalanche beat the Blues 7-3 Thursday night to snap a four-game skid at home.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Bama beats Michigan in Citrus Bowl
Jerry Jeudy could have sat out Alabama's bowl game and still almost certainly would have been a first-round draft pick.

Mac Jones threw three touchdown passes, Jeudy became the first Alabama player to top 200 receiving yards in a bowl game and the ninth-ranked Crimson Tide topped No. 17 Michigan 35-16 on Wednesday in the Citrus Bowl.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Oregon beats Wisconsin 28-27 in Rose Bowl
Justin Herbert scored his third rushing touchdown of the 106th Rose Bowl on a thrilling 30-yard run with 7:41 to play Wednesday night, and No. 7 Oregon held off No. 11 Wisconsin 28-27 to win its third straight trip to the Granddaddy of Them All.
Thursday, January 2, 2020

Pickens leads No. 5 Georgia past No. 8 Baylor in Sugar Bowl
Georgia freshman receiver George Pickens left behind his regrettable ending to the regular season and put the rest of college football on notice that he will be an exceedingly tough cover in 2020.
Thursday, January 2, 2020

Garbers' big day leads Cal past Illinois
As a freshman a year ago, Chase Garbers was benched at halftime for ineffectiveness during his first trip to a bowl game. The California quarterback made his second appearance in the postseason much more memorable for both himself and the Golden Bears.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Antetokounmpo scores 23, Bucks beat Bulls 123-102
With an NBA-best 30-5 record, the Milwaukee Bucks are off to a great start.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, though, is more concerned with the team's finish this season.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Giants fire coach Pat Shurmur, GM Dave Gettleman stays
The New York Giants have fired coach Pat Shurmur after the once-proud franchise took a step back by winning four games in a season marked by a franchise record-tying nine-game losing streak.

The Giants also announced Monday general manager Dave Gettleman will return despite seeing the team win only nine games in his two seasons.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Bears edge Vikings 21-19 on Piñeiro FG with 10 seconds left
Already sunk by midseason, the Chicago Bears were happy to wrap up a frustrating year with a late-game push for the win.

As far as feeling good for the Minnesota Vikings, body was the easy pick over mind.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Payton: Saints doing due diligence on receiver Antonio Brown
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Prolific but embattled free-agent receiver Antonio Brown got his chance to show the New Orleans Saints how he could help them in the playoffs.
Saturday, December 28, 2019

NFL names top all-time quarterbacks
(AP) — You have first pick for the NFL's All-Time Team's quarterback. The 10 possibilities are Joe Montana, Tom Brady, Johnny Unitas, Otto Graham, Sammy Baugh, John Elway, Peyton Manning, Roger Staubach, Brett Favre and Dan Marino.
Saturday, December 28, 2019

No. 19 Iowa beats No. 22 USC 49-24 in Holiday Bowl
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Ihmir Smith-Marsette scored on a 6-yard run, a 98-yard kickoff return and a 12-yard reception — all in the second quarter — in No. 19 Iowa’s 49-24 victory over No. 22 Southern California in the Holiday Bowl on Friday night.
Saturday, December 28, 2019

Sooners counting on experience, speed versus LSU's offense
ATLANTA (AP) — Oklahoma linebacker Kenneth Murray knows the Sooners' defense is preparing for its toughest challenge of the season and believes experience on the national stage will be a big factor.
Thursday, December 26, 2019

Brown scores 30, Celtics beat Raptors 118-102
TORONTO (AP) — Boston's Jaylen Brown celebrated Christmas with something he had never enjoyed before: a road win at Toronto.
Thursday, December 26, 2019

Clippers rally to beat Lakers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers were resilient and dominant in the second half to put away the Los Angeles Lakers, using the NBA's marquee Christmas game to show why the city and the Western Conference might belong to them this season.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Schenn, Blues cruise into Christmas break by thumping Kings
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Christmas marked a turning point for the St. Louis Blues last season as they went from last place at the holiday to winning the Stanley Cup.
Tuesday, December 24, 2019

No. 1 LSU could be missing top rusher
ATLANTA (AP) — Top-ranked LSU's leading rusher Clyde Edwards-Helaire is off crutches but still may miss Saturday's Peach Bowl playoff semifinal against No. 4 Oklahoma.
Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Packers clinch NFC North title with 23-10 win over Vikings
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Sporting fresh division title shirts that few expected them to wear this year, the Green Bay Packers had the message printed across their chests in the jubilant visitors' locker room: "The North is not enough."
Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Cousins, Vikings seek redemption from rough game vs. Packers
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings had moved into position for the go-ahead touchdown at Green Bay in the fourth quarter of their Week 2 meeting, with first-and-goal inside the 10-yard line.
Monday, December 23, 2019

Mahomes throws 2 TDs, runs for 1 as Chiefs beat Bears 26-3
CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Mahomes kept the Kansas City Chiefs in the running for a first-round bye in the playoffs.
Monday, December 23, 2019

Kent State beats Utah State 51-41 for 1st bowl victory
Kent State football players, as coach Sean Lewis said Thursday, haven't been able to call themselves winners for seven years. On Friday night, the Golden Flashes not only became winners but also achieved something that no other team in school history could claim — a bowl victory.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

North Central wins 1st NCAA Division III football title
North Central of Illinois made the most of its first trip to the NCAA Division III championship game, starting fast and never looking back.

Ethan Greenfield ran for 138 yards and three touchdowns, Broc Rutter threw for 263 yards and two scores and North Central routed Wisconsin-Whitewater 41-14 on Friday night for its first Division III championship.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Memphis' Wiseman says he has withdrawn from school
James Wiseman's college career has come to an end after just three games with the Memphis center and likely NBA lottery pick saying on social media he has withdrawn from school to begin focusing on his pro career rather than sitting out the rest of a 12-game NCAA suspension.
Friday, December 20, 2019

Kane has goal, 3 assists in Blackhawks' 4-1 win over Jets
Patrick Kane was glad the Chicago Blackhawks kept their cool.

Kane scored his 19th goal of the season and had three assists in the Blackhawks' 4-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.

Friday, December 20, 2019

With top 2 seed in sight, Chiefs keep guard up vs. Bears
Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs have the AFC West championship locked in and more big goals in sight.

They hope to make for a somewhat less stressful run in the playoffs by getting a top-two seed and a first-round bye, still possibilities. And they can't afford to stumble against the Chicago Bears on Sunday night.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Putin calls Olympic ban "unfair;" Russia plans to file appeal against four-year Olympic ban
Russia has signaled it will file an appeal against its four-year Olympic ban due to World Anti-Doping Agency sanctions which President Vladimir Putin on Thursday branded “unfair.”

The Russian anti-doping agency's supervisory board voted Thursday to file an arbitration case with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland. WADA last week ruled Russia had manipulated doping laboratory data to cover up past offenses.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Big Air: Winter daredevils take over the home of the Braves
The crack of the bat has been replaced by the swoosh of skis and snowboards at SunTrust Park.

Gnarly, indeed.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Utah holds off No. 6 Kentucky
Timmy Allen has dedicated every game he's played to his mother since losing her to cancer in 2016.

He gave her something special Wednesday night — at a contest benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer, no less.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Schenn scores, Allen makes 35 saves, Blues beat Oilers 2-1
Blues coach Craig Berube took a chance and challenged a late goal. Even though it didn't work out, his players soon rewarded his faith in them.

Brayden Schenn scored, Jake Allen made 35 saves and St. Louis beat the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 on Wednesday night.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Avalanche get back on track with 4-1 win over Blackhawks
The speedy, high-scoring Colorado Avalanche got right back on track following a rare regulation loss.

Ian Cole and Mikko Rantanen each had a goal and an assist, and Colorado beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 Wednesday night.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Cards sign top S. Korean pitcher Kwang Hyun Kim
The St. Louis Cardinals searched all over the world, looking for the right kind of left-handed pitcher. They think they've found him in Kwang Hyun Kim.

The NL Central champions announced Tuesday they had signed the 31-year-old South Korean to a two-year contract, and formally introduced their newest teammate at Busch Stadium.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Baltimore Ravens tie Pro Bowl record with 12 selections
Twelve Baltimore Ravens, including second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson, and seven New Orleans Saints, highlighted by league-leading receiver Michael Thomas, have made the Pro Bowl.

Baltimore tied the record for Pro Bowl players set by Miami in 1973. The NFL released the rosters Tuesday night for the game in Orlando, Florida, on Jan. 26.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Charlotte, N.C. lands Major League Soccer expansion team
David Tepper's vision of bringing a Major League Soccer team to Charlotte has been realized.

Charlotte was awarded an MLS expansion team on Tuesday by MLS commissioner Don Garber at a news conference in downtown Charlotte. The team will begin play in 2021 and can sign players immediately.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Bears find meaning in final two games without playoffs
The playoffs are out of the picture for the Chicago Bears after Sunday's 21-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Matt Nagy's second season as coach had resulted in a 7-7 record but nothing will change for the team going into its final two games.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Blackhawks say Crawford will return as assistant in January
Chicago Blackhawks assistant Marc Crawford will remain suspended until Jan. 2 and then resume his coaching duties after an investigation into his behavior in previous jobs.
Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Brees sets NFL all-time TD mark, Saints crush Colts 34-7
Drew Brees trotted along the sideline holding his helmet and a Hall of Fame-bound ball in his left hand while using his right hand to wave and blow kisses to an adoring Superdome crowd.
Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Paul hits 5 3s in fourth, Thunder rally past Bulls 109-106
Chris Paul had a simple message for the Oklahoma City Thunder amid a 19-point halftime deficit.

"We always got a chance," he said.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Kansas faces test of holding onto No. 1 spot in AP Top 25
Michigan State, Kentucky, Duke and Louisville have each spent time at No. 1 in the AP Top 25 men's college basketball poll only to lose quickly. The challenge now falls on Kansas to avoid the same fate.

The Jayhawks reached No. 1 in Monday's poll, marking the first time the AP poll has had five different No. 1s before New Year's Day. They play once this week with their new ranking, visiting No. 18 Villanova on Saturday.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Perron scores two goals in Blues' 5-2 win over Avalanche
David Perron is picking his spots better than ever.

Perron completed his fifth career hat trick to lead the St. Louis Blues over the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 Monday night.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Players hope US-Canada rivalry spawns women's league
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) —  Canada and the United States renewed their rivalry on the ice Saturday night, with players hoping the first in a series of five games between the national teams will help kindle the public's interest in women’s hockey and their fight off the ice for better professional opportunities.
Saturday, December 14, 2019

Antetokounmpo has 37 in Memphis, Bucks run win streak to 17

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — After sitting out Milwaukee's previous game with right quad tendon soreness, Giannis Antetokounmpo had plenty of energy to lead a fourth-quarter burst that kept the Bucks' winning streak alive.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Rodgers set for 24th clash against rival Bears
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers will face off for the 200th time on Sunday. It will be Aaron Rodgers' 24th matchup against his NFC North rival.
Saturday, December 14, 2019

Presidents Cup: Americans rally
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Justin Thomas delivered the biggest moment for an American team desperate for one Friday in the Presidents Cup.
Friday, December 13, 2019

A&M girls edge Clinton in fourth quarter
CLINTON — The Central A&M Raiders traveled to Clinton on Thursday night to face off against the Maroons. The Raiders trailed after halftime and the third quarter, but made a comeback in the fourth quarter to defeat Clinton 46-43.
Friday, December 13, 2019

Jackson, Ravens beat Jets 42-21 to clinch AFC North title
BALTIMORE (AP) — Only minutes removed from watching his team roll to its 10th consecutive victory, coach John Harbaugh showed up to the post-game news conference wearing a white hat proclaiming Baltimore to be AFC North champions.
Friday, December 13, 2019

Cockburn, Illini upset No. 5 Michigan 71-62
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Kofi Cockburn got Michigan coach Juwan Howard's attention.
Thursday, December 12, 2019

Bears take streak into Pack rematch
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Confidence has placed Mitchell Trubisky and the Chicago Bears offense in a far better situation than at midseason. Or even the beginning of the season.
Thursday, December 12, 2019

Bucks win 16th straight despite missing Antetokounmpo
MILWAUKEE (AP) — No Giannis was no problem for the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.
Thursday, December 12, 2019

LaVine scores 35 in three quarters, Bulls rout Hawks 136-102
CHICAGO (AP) — Zach LaVine believes he needs to be a dependable fourth-quarter scorer for the Chicago Bulls to have success.
Thursday, December 12, 2019

Louisville becomes latest No. 1 to lose, falls to Texas Tech
Texas Tech's scruffy walk-on Avery Benson tried to crowd surf at Madison Square Garden and coach Chris Beard thrust his fist in the air at many of the same rabid fans who had told security they were going to rush the court.

The fans were held at bay after No. 1 Louisville went down -- but the dancing and water-spraying was on full blast in the Red Raiders' locker room.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Jack Eichel scores two goals, Sabres top Blues
The Buffalo Sabres are following Jack Eichel’s lead and starting to find some consistency in their play.

Eichel scored two goals to extend his NHL-leading point streak to 14 games, and the Sabres beat the St. Louis Blues 5-2 on Tuesday night for their second straight win.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

New Missouri coach Drinkwitz predicts success
Eli Drinkwitz was saying all the right things after being introduced as the new football coach at Missouri, laying out his vision for the once-proud program with unwavering confidence and bold proclamations.

Then the former Appalachian State coach made a minor slip-up.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Wentz, Eagles rally past Manning, Giants 23-17 in overtime
Carson Wentz relied on a bunch of guys off the practice squad and his go-to guy Zach Ertz to rally the Philadelphia Eagles.

After Eli Manning led the New York Giants to a 14-point lead, Wentz brought the injury-depleted Eagles back and tossed a 2-yard touchdown pass to Ertz in overtime to give Philadelphia a 23-17 win on Monday night.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Siakam scores 22, Raptors beat Bulls 93-92
The Raptors held off the Chicago Bulls and then turned their attention toward the superstar who led them to their first championship in his lone season with Toronto.

It figures to be quite a night on Wednesday when Kawhi Leonard visits Toronto for the first time since signing with the Los Angeles Clippers. The NBA Finals MVP will pick up his ring and probably get a warm welcome.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Herro the hero for Heat, who beat Bulls 110-105 in overtime
Game on the line, perfect home record on the line, and the Miami Heat turned to their teenager.

Tyler Herro came through.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Playoff showdowns: LSU vs. Oklahoma; Ohio State vs. Clemson
Defending national champions. Undefeated and owners of a 28-game winning streak, longest in the nation.

The Clemson Tigers are one heck of a No. 3 seed.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Oregon ends No. 5 Utah's playoff hopes
The one constant all season for Utah was the ability to control the trenches against any opponent.

With a possible playoff berth and first Pac-12 title in school history on the line, the Utes more than met their match against Oregon.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Blackhawks recover, beat Bruins 4-3 in OT
The Bruins haven't lost in regulation at home yet, and there they were trailing the Blackhawks 3-0 in the third period — Boston's first three-goal deficit of the season.

“Digging the hole 2-0, letting them score (17) seconds into the third," Bruins forward David Backes said. “It's not a recipe for success.”

Friday, December 6, 2019

Trubisky's four touchdowns helps Bears beat Cowboys 31-24
Mitchell Trubisky and the Chicago Bears appear to be hitting their stride, even if it might be too late to salvage their season.

Trubisky threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score in Chicago's 31-24 victory over Dak Prescott and the slumping Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Bulls hang on vs. Grizz
Although closing out games remains a struggle, the Chicago Bulls have hung on to win two straight after several losses in similar situations earlier in the season.

Zach LaVine scored 25 points, Wendell Carter Jr. had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Chicago beat the short-handed Memphis Grizzlies 106-99 on Wednesday night after nearly losing a 22-point lead.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Prescott: No time for talk, Cowboys need to beat Bears
Dak Prescott saw no need for strong words or fiery speeches.

The Dallas Cowboys have lost six of nine since a 3-0 start, and all their star quarterback cares about is finding a way to win consistently again.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Number 10 Duke dominates No. 11 Michigan State, 87-75
Vernon Carey Jr. showed Michigan State exactly what it’s missing.

Carey had 26 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks to help No. 10 Duke dominate the 11th-ranked Spartans in an 87-75 victory Tuesday night.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Carolina Panthers fire head coach Ron Rivera
Panthers owner David Tepper said he would have preferred to wait until after the season to make a coaching change.

Tepper ultimately decided he wanted to get a jumpstart on his search for a new coach, so he fired Ron Rivera, the franchise's winningest coach, on Tuesday with the Panthers (5-7) all but out of playoff contention following a four-game skid.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Bears defensive end Akiem Hicks working toward return
The Chicago Bears defense held it together through seven games without team leader Akiem Hicks because of a dislocated elbow.

Now their Pro Bowl defensive end is back practicing but his possible return to the lineup could come too late to help the Bears.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Miami holds off furious comeback to beat Illinois 81-79
Chris Lykes scored 28 points and Miami held off a furious second-half comeback to beat Illinois 81-79 on Monday.

Illinois (6-2) trailed 50-31 at the half — at one point down by 27 points — and was outplayed at every level by Miami (5-3) before making adjustments and outscoring the Hurricanes 48-31 in the second half.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Seahawks beat Vikings 37-30, take 1st in west
By the time the playoffs arrive, the Seattle Seahawks are going to feel just fine in a close, tight game.

Even when they're comfortably ahead, the Seahawks have a way of making the final minutes more than a little unnerving.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Allen grabs 38 saves, Blues beat short-handed Blackhawks 4-0
No Stanley Cup slump for St. Louis so far.

The Blues just keep rolling along.

Jake Allen made 38 saves, Brayden Schenn scored his team-leading 14th goal and St. Louis beat the short-handed Chicago Blackhawks 4-0 on Monday night for its fourth consecutive victory.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Net gains: NHL's load management, top goalies playing less
Marc-Andre Fleury plays when he's told.

How much he plays has changed.

A decade ago, Fleury started 61 out of 82 games before backstopping Pittsburgh to the Stanley Cup. He started 58 and 34 times on the Penguins' 2016 and 2017 Cup runs splitting time with Matt Murray, then made 46 starts for Vegas and led the expansion Golden Knights to the final.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Rodgers throws 4 TDs, Packers beat skidding Giants 31-13
The Green Bay Packers had everything they needed to bounce back from a dismal West Coach performance: Lambeau Field weather on the road, a struggling young opponent and, of course, Aaron Rodgers.

Rodgers threw four touchdown passes in the snow and the Packers (9-3) rebounded from an embarrassing 29-point loss to San Francisco and beat the New York Giants 31-13 Sunday.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Trubisky, pass game hit high point for Bears

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — It's been rare in this Chicago Bears season when the play of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has drawn universal praise.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois has already clinched eligibility for a bowl and a win over Northwestern on Saturday could help land a more prestigious postseason destination.
Friday, November 29, 2019


DETROIT (AP) — Mitchell Trubisky started and closed strong to overcome some shaky decisions and plays in between to keep the Chicago Bears in the NFC playoff picture.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Trick TD sparks Bills in 26-15 Thanksgiving win over Cowboys
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Cole Beasley savored a little extra time on the field with his former teammates after what had to be one of the most satisfying days of the Buffalo receiver's career.
Friday, November 29, 2019

Stephen F. Austin stuns Duke in OT
With a breakaway layup at the overtime buzzer, Stephen F. Austin pulled off a shocker for the ages and did what no team outside the ACC had done in almost 20 years — topple mighty Duke at home.

The underdog Lumberjacks and their high-pressure defense took over at Cameron Indoor Stadium as No. 1 Duke lost its grip on everything: The ball, the game, its prized home-court winning streak and, ultimately, the nation's top ranking.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

NCAA rejects Missouri appeal, postseason ban looms
The NCAA rejected an appeal by the University of Missouri to limit or overturn sanctions for infractions tied to the case of a former tutor Tuesday, angering school officials and leaving in place postseason bans in three high-profile sports along with other restrictions.

The school had filed a 64-page brief to the NCAA's appeals committee in March, arguing that the penalties handed down Jan. 31 were contrary to precedent, not supported or appropriate given the nature of the allegations and could have a chilling effect on future NCAA enforcement.

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