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Oladipo, balanced Pacers pull away from Atlanta 105-95

ATLANTA (AP) — Victor Oladipo scored 23 points, Myles Turner had 20 and the Indiana Pacers beat the Atlanta Hawks 105-95 on Wednesday night. Bojan Bogdanovic had 19 points as Indiana won for the second time in five games. The Pacers rallied from a sluggish start to shoot 48.8 ...

Dolphins’ Jay Cutler: ‘We made our bed’

By Steven Wine AP Sports Writer DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has never won a playoff game. Ditto five-time Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Wake. And 39-year-old long snapper John Denney, who has been with the Miami Dolphins since 2005. They’re ...

Giants acquire Evan Longoria from Rays for 4 players

By Janie McCauley AP Baseball Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Evan Longoria expects to win immediately with the San Francisco Giants, whose run of success in even years is well documented — and the club’s new third baseman knows all about that. The Giants’ brass realizes adding ...

Steelers star Brown out vs. Texans, Conner done for season

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says star receiver Antonio Brown will miss Pittsburgh's Christmas Day visit to Houston with a contusion on his left calf. The NFL's leading receiver left in the second quarter against the Patriots after getting ...

NFL Overreactions: Refs to use stationery to make calls

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer Bust out the protractors and rulers, refs. All your old-school stationery supplies are fair game for measurements in the NFL. Referee Gene Steratore's decision to use a folded index card for a first-down measurement that went in favor of Dallas against ...

Column: Best shots, and personal favorite, of major champs

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer Jordan Spieth won the British Open with a flourish at the end. Justin Thomas hit 7-iron that had to be perfect for him to seal his first major at the PGA Championship. Both wonder if they would have been in position to win on Sunday if not for key shots ...

Targeting calls set record, AP finds Pac-12, SEC had most

By ERIC OLSON, AP College Football Writer Targeting penalties in the top tier of college football reached an all-time high this season and the Pac-12 and Southeastern conferences had the most players flagged, according to an analysis of NCAA data and research by The Associated Press. It has ...

A breakdown of 2017 targeting penalties

By The Associated Press FOOTBALL BOWL SUBDIVISION TARGETING CALLS - 2017 __ By Conference (total number of players) Pac-12: 30 SEC: 27 American: 21 Big Ten: 20 Sun Belt: 20 Mid-American: 19 Mountain West: 13 Big 12: 12 Conference USA: 12 Atlantic Coast: 6 Independent: 1 __ By ...

Problems with goal-line technology system in French league

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has been informed of goal-line technology glitches during French league games, by the same system used at the 2014 World Cup. Soccer's governing body said on Tuesday it has yet to confirm whether GoalControl will be used in Russia at a second straight World Cup. FIFA's ...

ICYMI in NFL Week 15: 2 rules league could stand to change

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Pro Football Writer Well, no one STILL seems to agree on what, exactly, should constitute a catch in the NFL — and that contributed to the Pittsburgh Steelers' loss to the New England Patriots in a key game for home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs. It's also hard ...

It’s time for a whole bunch of things to happen in NFL

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer It's time. After 15 weeks of the NFL season, it's time to acknowledge a whole bunch of items that have become apparent. Some did so over the course of the schedule, and some became crystallized Sunday. Such as: — Teams get antsy and/or dumb when ...

Risky decision backfires as Steelers lose to Patriots 27-24

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin didn't want to risk overtime. Neither did Ben Roethlisberger. So with the clock ticking down and a chance to end years of torment by the New England Patriots just 7 yards away, Tomlin gave Roethlisberger permission to ad ...

AP Exclusive: Climate change hits Winter Olympic preparation

By EDDIE PELLS and JOHN LEICESTER, AP Sports Writers SAAS-FEE, Switzerland (AP) — The athletes' half-hour commute in the Swiss Alps — up two gondolas, then through a tunnel in the world's highest underground train to a glacier at 11,000 feet — served up daily grim reminders that global ...

Golden Knights beat Panthers, move atop Pacific Division

By The Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Erik Haula scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Florida Panthers 5-2 Sunday. Nate Schmidt, Colin Miller, Jonathan Marchessault and James Neal also scored for Vegas, while goalie Malcolm Subban ...

Cowboys get narrow win before Elliott’s return

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Pro Football Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott will return from suspension to a Dallas Cowboys team still in the playoff hunt thanks to a first down gained by the width of an index card and a fumble just shy of the end zone. Dan Bailey kicked the go-ahead, ...

Celtics’ Hayward says he’s open to returning this season

BOSTON (AP) — Celtics guard Gordon Hayward is open to playing this season, but said Friday it will depend on how fast he is able to heal and show progress as he works his way back from a broken left ankle. Hayward was at TD Garden for Boston’s matchup with the Utah Jazz, the team he left ...

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

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Russell Westbrook had 27 points, 17 rebounds and 15 assists, and Oklahoma City and the Philadelphia 76ers went basket-for-basket in a three-overtime thriller before the Thunder pulled out a 119-117 victory on Friday night. Andre Roberson scored the winner with 10 seconds ...

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. News that the two-time NFL MVP was cleared medically to come back from a collarbone injury finally arrived Tuesday night, coming a bit later ...

Agent Boras: Marlins turning into ‘pawn shop’ under Jeter

By STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer Derek Jeter owns five World Series rings, which may be the reason agent Scott Boras had jewelry on his mind when discussing the Miami Marlins' new ownership. Boras said Jeter and his group are turning the Marlins into a pawn shop. It was yet another jab at ...

NFL spokesman: Roger Goodell views new contract as his last

By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Pro Football Writer IRVING, Texas (AP) — Commissioner Roger Goodell views the agreement reached on an extension last week as his final contract overseeing the NFL, a league spokesman said Wednesday. Goodell's extension through 2024 will allow him to help negotiate a ...