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Davis scores 44, LeBron passes Magic as Lakers beat Bucks

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Anthony Davis and LeBron James tore apart the NBA's top-rated defense and gave Los Angeles Lakers coach Darvin Ham a triumphant return to Milwaukee. Davis scored a season-high 44 points and James passed Magic Johnson on the NBA's career assists list Friday night in the ...

Williamson powers Pelicans past Popovich-less Spurs, 117-99

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Zion Williamson scored 30 points and matched a career high with 15 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans rolled to a 117-99 victory Friday night over the San Antonio Spurs, who were without coach Gregg Popovich. The Spurs had a plan to defend Williamson, but stopping the ...

No. 4 USC falls to Utah in Pac-12, all but ending CFP hope

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Caleb Williams once again was starring in his own highlight video, breaking four tackles and finding himself in the open field for a 59-yard gain. No. 4 Southern California looked as if it would do whatever it wanted against No. 12 Utah and coast into the College Football ...

Bucks’ Khris Middleton shows no signs of rust in his return

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton initially said that making his 2022-23 debut in his return from offseason wrist surgery felt great. Then he quickly corrected himself. "I should actually say good," Middleton said Friday night after the Bucks' 133-129 loss to the Los ...

Morant, Jackson lead Grizzlies past 76ers, 117-109

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Ja Morant had 28 points and eight rebounds, Jaren Jackson Jr. added 22 points and four blocks — one in the closing minute — and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Philadelphia 76ers 117-109 on Friday night. Dillon Brooks finished with 17 points to help Memphis win for ...

No. 6 Baylor rallies past No. 14 Zags in 2021 title rematch

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — In a rematch of the 2021 national championship game, Adam Flagler hit a pair of 3s as No. 6 Baylor scored the final eight points to rally past No. 14 Gonzaga 64-63 Friday night. Gonzaga's Rasir Bolton missed a wild, driving layup try at the buzzer. Two seasons ago, ...

Patrick Laine scores twice, Blue Jackets beat Jets 4-1

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Former Winnipeg forward Patrik Laine scored twice, Johnny Gaudreau had three assists and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Jets 4-1 on Friday night. Laine was back in action after missing the past seven games with an ankle injury. He played his second game in ...

Rockets rally from 16 down to beat Booker, Suns 122-121

PHOENIX (AP) — Jalen Green sccored 30 points to jolt the Houston Rockets' offense and even managed to slow down the scorching Devin Booker — at least a little. The result was a stunning 122-121 victory over the Phoenix Suns that featured a 16-point comeback in the second half and a ...

Markkanen, Kessler help Jazz overwhelm Pacers 139-119

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Lauri Markkanen had 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Utah Jazz to a 139-119 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night. Rookie center Walker Kessler scored a career-high 20 points on 7-of-7 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds for Utah. Jordan Clarkson had 19 ...

No. 23 USTA tops North Texas 48-27 in C-USA title game

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Frank Harris threw for 341 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 49 yards and another score, lifting No. 23 UTSA to its second straight Conference USA championship with a 48-27 victory over North Texas on Friday night at the Alamodome. UTSA knocked off North Texas for the ...

Seiko, No. 24 San Diego St beat Division III Occidental

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Adam Seiko scored 20 points, including six 3s, to lead No. 24 San Diego State over Division III Occidental 95-57 on Friday night. The Aztecs (6-2) hit 19 of 37 shots from 3-point range. They won their second in a row after consecutive defeats to Arizona and Arkansas at the ...

No. 22 Maryland tops No. 16 Illinois 71-66 to stay unbeaten

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Kevin Willard has already brought the buzz back at Maryland. Jahmir Young scored 24 points, including a crucial 3-pointer with 14.3 seconds remaining that helped the No. 22 Terrapins stay undefeated with a 71-66 victory over No. 16 Illinois on Friday night. As ...

Poole scores 30 points with seven 3s off bench, Warriors win

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Draymond Green is healthy and back to his elite level of doing a bit of everything on both ends, even leading the offense with the second unit. He just missed his first triple-double of the season. Green is regularly knocking down 3-pointers, too. Jordan Poole also ...

Panthers owner David Tepper scrutinized in criminal probe

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper and his real estate company are the focus of a criminal investigation to see if they misused any public money in their failed effort to build a practice facility for the NFL team in South Carolina. The York County Sheriff's Office ...

MLB, union resume blood testing after pandemic, lockout

NEW YORK (AP) — In the first acknowledgment that MLB and the players' association resumed blood testing for human growth hormone, the organizations said none of the 1,027 samples taken during the 2022 season tested positive. HGH testing stopped in 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

Commanders go for 4th straight win against skidding Giants

The Washington Commanders and New York Giants are going to be doing something few expected in their first meeting of the season. They are going to be playing a meaningful game in December. The Giants enter the matchup with a 7-4 record under first-year coach Brian Daboll. They have stumbled ...

Vikings can clinch division with win vs. Jets and some help

The Minnesota Vikings host the New York Jets this weekend. The Vikings are 9-2. They can clinch the NFC North with a win over the Jets and a loss by Detroit. The Jets are 7-4. They're off to their best 11-game start since going 9-2 in 2010. That team reached the AFC championship game. Jets ...

Buffalo becomes bowl eligible for 4th time in 5 years

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Quian Williams scored a go-ahead touchdown with 1:15 left in the fourth quarter and Buffalo rallied past Akron 23-22 on Friday to become bowl eligible for the fourth time in five seasons. It was just the second catch of the game for Williams, who extended the ball over ...

Bills looking to extend success against AFC East opponents

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills finally have a win over a divisional opponent -- and it couldn't come at a better time. Buffalo's 24-10 victory over New England on Thursday kicked off a critical December stretch for the Bills. After going 0-2 in the division to start the season, ...

Humphries wins monobob gold in return to Park City track

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Olympic champion Kaillie Humphries of the U.S. had the fastest time in both runs on her way to winning a World Cup monobob race on Friday. It was Humphries' second medal in as many monobob races this season and put her atop the World Cup standings. Lisa Buckwitz of ...