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No. 1 Duke, Zion figuring out what’s next after knee injury

By JOEDY McCREARY, AP Sports Writer DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke might have to figure out what the Zion Show will look like without its namesake. And Zion Williamson could have some things of his own to consider, too. All because of a freak injury to arguably the most exciting player in ...

USA Football unveils council to oversee developmental model

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer USA Football has introduced the council that will oversee the implementation of its Football Development Model for the sport. The FDM, part of the overall American Development Model for athletes backed by the U.S. Olympic Committee, is a first of its ...

Kansas plays at Texas Tech in key Big 12 matchup

By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer A look at the upcoming week around the Big 12 Conference. GAME OF THE WEEKEND: Kansas at Texas Tech. The Jayhawks and Red Raiders enter Saturday's game tied for second place in the league at 9-4, a game behind surging Kansas State. Tech has won four straight ...

Michigan State, Michigan finally set to meet this weekend

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer A look at the upcoming week around the Big Ten: GAME OF THE WEEKEND: Michigan State at Michigan. It's finally here — the first of two meetings between the in-state rivals that have looked like the class of the Big Ten for much of this season. While Purdue ...

2021 Tour de France race to start in Denmark

By JAN M. OLSEN, Associated Press COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Tour de France will start in Denmark in 2021, beginning with a ride in Copenhagen followed by two more stages around the country. The opening stage on July 2 will be a 13-kilometer flat run around the capital. "It is an honor ...

NCAAW roundup: Brown helps No. 1 Baylor clinch share of Big 12 title

WACO, Texas (AP) — Kalani Brown reached career milestones of 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds, and No. 1 Baylor clinched at least a share of its ninth consecutive Big 12 regular-season championship with an 80-40 win over Kansas on Wednesday night. The Lady Bears (24-1, 14-0 Big 12) won their ...

Georgetown ends 9-game skid against No. 17 Villanova, 85-73

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jessie Govan had 21 points and 11 rebounds, Mac McClung scored 21 points and Georgetown beat No. 17 Villanova 85-73 on Wednesday night, snapping a nine-game losing streak against the Wildcats. Georgetown (16-10, 6-7 Big East) beat a ranked opponent for the first time since ...

Padres buzzing over impending arrival of Manny Machado

By John Marshall AP Sports Writer PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — As workouts began to wind down, word began spreading across the San Diego Padres’ practice fields at Peoria Sports Complex. The Padres, a team stuck in a 12-year playoff-less rut, were on the verge of making their biggest free ...

Love healthy, optimistic as Cavs fight to season’s finish

By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Kevin Love relaxed on the beach under the warm Caribbean sun during the All-Star break. He hopes it finally shines on him and the Cavaliers in the second half of a depressing, gloomy season. Offering optimism about his future and ...

Team LeBron rallies to beat Team Giannis, 178-164

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — LeBron James was trading lob passes with Dwyane Wade again, one last time. Catching lobs from former teammate Kyrie Irving once again, too. And after making a stepback 3-pointer late, he stared down Joel Embiid to send a message ...

Denny Hamlin cruises to 2nd Daytona 500 victory in 4 years

By JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Writer DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Denny Hamlin came to the Daytona 500 determined to honor his late car owner with a victory. He delivered with a storybook tribute for Joe Gibbs Racing. Hamlin won NASCAR's biggest race for the second time in four years ...

Pitch clock coming for spring training games

By MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Major League Baseball is unilaterally starting the use of pitch clocks for spring training games, while brushing off complaints from players about the slow free agent market. With the sport looking for ways to speed the ...

No. 11 Michigan State beats Ohio State 62-44, but Ward hurt

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State shut down Ohio State in the second half despite an injury to Nick Ward. Now the Spartans may be without their standout big man for a while. Ward left in the second half with a broken left hand, but No. 11 Michigan ...

Figueroa lifts St. John’s to 71-65 win over No. 13 Villanova

By DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A 70-foot shot just before halftime gave St. John's momentum, and LJ Figueroa and the Red Storm used a strong defensive effort in the second half to surprise No. 13 Villanova. Figueroa scored 22 points and St. John's rallied to beat the ...

At All-Star Game, Anthony Davis finds himself in spotlight

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Anthony Davis isn't completely sure if he's going to play in Sunday's All-Star game. He doesn't know how much the New Orleans Pelicans will have him play the rest of this season. Or where he'll play next season. Or where he'll play ...

New-look Daytona 500 has a certain throwback feel

By JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Writer DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Among those trying to win the Daytona 500 this year are a Florida watermelon farmer, a short-track champion from New England, a television analyst and a 22-year-old whose career nearly was derailed by a brain tumor. The front ...

No. 7 Nevada wins 10th straight behind Porter’s 14 points

By BOB MOEN, Associated Press LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Nevada relived last season's double-overtime loss at Wyoming by watching video of fans storming the floor every day for the past week, and even just before taking the court Saturday night. There were no fans storming the floor this time, as ...

Hachimura, Gonzaga use strong 2nd half to beat USD 79-67

By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — For the first 20 minutes Saturday night, Rui Hachimura and the Gonzaga Bulldogs looked pretty average. Once they got warmed up, there was no doubt they're one of the nation's best teams. Hachimura scored 16 of his 22 points in the second ...

Panarin powers Blue Jackets past Blackhawks 5-2

By MATT CARLSON, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Artemi Panarin had a big night against his former team, making the most of a little luck. Panarin had two goals and an assist, and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 on Saturday night for their fifth win in six ...

No. 5 Kentucky upsets No. 1 Tennessee 86-69 in top-5 matchup

By GARY B. GRAVES, AP Sports Writer LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — No. 5 Kentucky got the strong start it sought against No. 1 Tennessee and for a moment was blowing out the Volunteers. Most important was that the Wildcats finished off the Vols on a national stage, just what they needed days after ...