National Sports

Kevin Durant leads undermanned Warriors past Hawks 110-103

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant never found his typical offensive flow and found it a little strange playing without fiery Draymond Green, even if they have yet to make up from all that went down a night earlier in Los Angeles. Durant isn't sharing ...

Defense carries No. 5 Tennessee past Georgia Tech 66-53

By STEVE MEGARGEE, AP Sports Writer KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — No. 5 Tennessee celebrated its first top-five ranking in more than a decade by showcasing the stingy defense that helped these Volunteers earn their rare status. Grant Williams scored 22 points as Tennessee beat cold-shooting ...

Taylor Hall has 2 goals, 2 assists as Devils beat Penguins

By TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Taylor Hall gave the New Jersey Devils just what they needed after a dismal seven-game trip — an MVP-type performance. Hall scored the game-winning goal on a breakaway at 8:07 of the third period added an empty-net tally to cap a ...

Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan hold steady in CFP

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer The College Football Playoff rankings held steady at the top, with Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan an unchanged first four from last week. The third rankings of the season were drama-free Tuesday night after every top-10 team won last ...

Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell refuses to sign tag, out for 2018

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Le'Veon Bell's patience on the football field sets him apart. In a game built on chaos, the star running back rarely hurries or makes hasty decisions. His ability to put his hand on the back of an offensive lineman while waiting for the ...

MLB All-Stars visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

By JIM ARMSTRONG, AP Sports Writer HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda were among the members of Major League Baseball's All-Star tour of Japan who visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on Monday. Mattingly laid a ...

AP Top 25 Heat Check: After top-tier, parity reigns in poll

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer As No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson pummel almost everything sight, parity has swept through most of college football. This week's AP Top 25 included 10 teams with at least three losses, including two — No. 24 Northwestern and No. 25 Mississippi ...

College basketball: No. 4 Duke pulls away from Army

By The Associated Press DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Zion Williamson had 27 points and 16 rebounds, and No. 4 Duke pulled away to beat Army 94-72 on Sunday. Cameron Reddish finished with 25 points and a third freshman — RJ Barrett — had 23 while Williamson added six blocked shots and four ...

ICYMI in NFL Week 10: Bowles’ Jets bad; Norman knocks fans

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Pro Football Writer Time to start the "Which coaches are on the way out?" watch in the NFL, and all eyes are on Todd Bowles of the New York Jets at the moment. How quickly it all fell apart for them. After going 10-6 in his first season there, the Jets are 13-29, a ...

Issues galore, resources limited for typical US Olympic org

By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer Soon after he accepted the thankless task of trying to rebuild the sprawling, fractured operation at USA Track and Field, Doug Logan received a one-line text from the NBA commissioner at the time, David Stern: "You only take the easy ones." Logan laughed. ...

Elliott takes giant leap needed to lift Cowboys past Eagles

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott took one giant leap that may have saved Dallas' season. But it was Elliott's go-ahead 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that helped the Cowboys finally hurdle the Super Bowl champs. The Cowboys showed a ...

James’ dunk lifts Lakers to 107-106 win over Hawks

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tyson Chandler had quite a week with the Lakers. Plucked from last-place Phoenix, Chandler played a key defensive role in his first three games with his new team, helping them win three straight for the first time this season. LeBron ...

Mahomes throws 2 TD passes as Chiefs beat Cardinals 26-14

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes will always have some special TV footage of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrating his record-setting touchdown pass in a win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. That's because Tyreek Hill was the one recording ...

Titans sack Brady, upset Patriots 34-10

By The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tom Brady added another big chunk of NFL history to his resume. The Tennessee Titans made sure the Patriots quarterback didn't finish his 300th game. The Titans sacked Brady three times and hit him repeatedly as they beat New England 34-10 ...

No. 3 Irish plan to start QB Book against No. 12 Syracuse

By JOHN FINERAN, Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Ian Book should be back as the No. 1 quarterback for No. 3 Notre Dame this week. Coach Brian Kelly said Sunday that Book, who missed Notre Dame's victory against Florida State on Saturday night with an upper body injury, is expected ...

Oklahoma stops late 2-point try, tops Oklahoma State 48-47

By Cliff Brunt AP Sports Writer NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma escaped again. And in what the Sooners call “Championship November,” nothing is more important. Kyler Murray passed for 349 yards and ran for 66 and No. 6 Oklahoma survived a late two-point conversion attempt to beat ...

Vikings’ Harrison Smith voted top NFL safety by AP panel

By Dennis Waszak Jr. AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Harrison Smith has been making his mark for years with big hits and clutch interceptions for the Minnesota Vikings. As a key piece of one of the NFL’s top defenses, the playmaking safety was voted the top player in the league ...

Founding Wild owner Naegele dies of cancer at 78

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Bob Naegele Jr., the founding owner of the Minnesota Wild, has died of complications from cancer. He was 78. The Wild said Naegele died on Wednesday night with his family by his side. Players will wear a jersey patch with his initials for the remainder of the season, ...

No MLB rule changes likely until eve of spring training

By Ronald Blum AP Baseball Writer CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Major League Baseball and its players’ union likely will not decide until the eve of spring training whether to change rules in an effort to increase action on the field next year. Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem said Thursday as ...

Larry Fitzgerald closing in on yards receiving milestone

By Bob Baum AP Sports Writer TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Larry Fitzgerald is closing in on another milestone, and it’s an impressive one. The 35-year-old receiver needs to catch just 33 yards worth of passes Sunday at Kansas City to move past Hall of Famer Terrell Owens into second place on ...