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Sorry, Yogi. It is over before it’s over in NFL divisions

By Barry Wilner AP Pro Football Writer Sorry, Yogi. Maybe it is over before it’s over. Just take a look at most of the NFL division races. The NFC West will be over if Seattle loses at Carolina on Sunday. The AFC West looks done in favor of Kansas City. Both South divisions are ...

Patriots QB Brady missing from start of Friday practice

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was absent at the start of practice on Friday, the team's last before its game against the New York Jets. The 41-year-old three-time NFL MVP hurt his knee when he slipped after receiving a pass in last week's game against ...

Full speed ahead: Shiffrin envisions another busy schedule

By PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer By the end of last season, Mikaela Shiffrin was so drained she couldn't possibly imagine racing in that many events ever again. Right up until this season, that is. The two-time World Cup overall champion now envisions an even more frenzied pace. From downhill ...

Luck’s comeback could serve as encouragement for Tannehill

By MICHAEL MAROT, AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When Ryan Tannehill looks across the field Sunday, he'll see an encouraging sign in Andrew Luck's comeback. Six years after the Miami Dolphins drafted Tannehill seven picks behind Luck, Sunday's starting quarterbacks seem to be ...

Broncos face Steelers, out to snap another 6-game win streak

By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer DENVER (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers can unnerve plenty of defenses with the NFL's best pair of pass catchers and the league's top tight end tandem. Not Denver's. "We've had a tough game every week," Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said. "We ...

Last year’s Buckeyes hero goes at it again against Michigan

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Even if Dwayne Haskins Jr. never plays another down for Ohio State his name will live in Buckeyes lore. He entered the Michigan game in relief last year as a redshirt freshman when starting quarterback J.T. Barrett went down with a knee ...

Chiefs head into much-needed bye in search of a breather

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It has been a whirlwind first 11 weeks for the Kansas City Chiefs, filled with record-setting performances, high-scoring losses and the emergence of first-year starter Patrick Mahomes as one of the brightest young quarterbacks in the ...

With Florida in town, it’s ‘do or die’ for FSU’s bowl streak

By MARK LONG, AP Sports Writer Willie Taggart's first season at Florida State has been mostly a mess. Offensive dysfunction. Defensive lapses. Poor special teams. Third-down woes. Countless penalties. Slow starts. Too many turnovers. Not enough takeaways. Inability to run the ball or protect ...

No. 24 Pitt heads to Miami, tuning up for ACC title game

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — In the final Miami home game of the season, Hurricane fans will get to watch the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coastal Division champions. They just won't be cheering for them. Fortunes for Pitt and Miami have reversed in the last ...

No. 25 Iowa State hosts K-State in Big 12 finale

By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State knocked itself out of the Big 12 title game chase with a dispiriting loss last week at Texas. The No. 25 Cyclones now look to bounce back by ending a surprisingly long losing skid against Kansas State — and finish with its ...

Top-ranked Alabama, Auburn square off in Iron Bowl showdown

By JOHN ZENOR, AP Sports Writer TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's Deionte Thompson vividly remembers the feeling of walking off the field following an Iron Bowl loss while Auburn fans swarmed onto it. The Crimson Tide headed to the locker room fearing their national championship dreams had ...

Villanova, Oklahoma State reach Advocare semifinals

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Villanova took a step forward after dropping out of the Top 25 for the first time since December 2013. Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree had 15 points and 13 rebounds and the defending national champion Wildcats stopped a two-game skid by beating Canisius 83-56 on Thursday ...

No. 4 Virginia holds off Dayton in Battle 4 Atlantis semis

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — De’Andre Hunter matched his career high with 23 points to help fourth-ranked Virginia hold off Dayton 66-59 on Thursday in the Battle 4 Atlantis semifinals. Hunter made a 3-pointer with 53.1 seconds left and Virginia protecting a 60-56 lead. It turned out to ...

Harris waiting for Brown rematch since 2015 humiliation

By Arnie Stapleton AP Pro Football Writer ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — When they take the field Sunday, Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr . will have waited 1,072 days for his rematch with Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown. “It’s the best versus the best,” Harris ...

Chase Daniel fills in, leads Bears to 23-16 win over Lions

By Larry Lage AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — Chase Daniel outplayed Matthew Stafford, proving an NFL journeyman can beat one of the highest-paid players in the league. Daniel threw a career-high two touchdowns to keep the Chicago Bears rolling with a 23-16 win over the Detroit Lions on ...

Cooper, Cowboys join Redskins atop NFC East with 31-23 win

By Schuyler Dixon AP Pro Football Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott made the $21 donation after his touchdown. Amari Cooper took the freebie following the first of his two scores. The bonus for the Dallas Cowboys: They're all the way back in the NFC East race. Cooper had a ...

Rangers’ Adrian Beltre retires after 21 seasons, 3,166 hits

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers retired Tuesday after 21 seasons in a career in which he hit 477 home runs and became the first player from the Dominican Republic to have 3,000 hits. The 39-year-old third baseman announced his decision in a statement ...

Restart: US bobsled, skeleton, luge teams have new look

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer A season of change for the three U.S. international sliding programs has arrived. It's an every-four-year reset. The cycle never seems to differ much: In the season that follows an Olympics, the faces inside the helmets donned by the U.S. bobsled, skeleton ...

Rams outlast Chiefs 54-51 in record Monday night showdown

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even before the fourth lead change of the fourth quarter, well before the 1,001st yard of combined offense was tallied, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Rams already knew this was a classic. Two powerhouse NFL teams at the peak ...

AP All-America Watch: Tua’s stretch run; Tenacious D-ends

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer The Associated Press has been honoring college football's best with an All-America team since 1925. The full three-team AP All-America selections will be unveiled in December. The 10th All-America watch of the season features Tua Tagovailoa's ...