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Verlander, deGrom Cy Young winners

NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Verlander has a second AL Cy Young Award — and a clear path paved toward Cooperstown. Verlander beat out Houston Astros teammate Gerrit Cole in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America revealed Wednesday night. Verlander got 17 first-place votes to ...

Blackhawks finally beat Vegas, 5-3

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Corey Crawford and Robin Lehner have played almost equal time in net for the Chicago Blackhawks, with neither emerging as the starting goaltender. It’s a ploy coach Jeremy Colliton has insisted upon and is starting to pay off. Wednesday night it was Crawford’s turn, ...

Izzo signs 2 top-100 recruits

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State coach Tom Izzo has signed center Mady Sissoko and point guard AJ Hoggard. Izzo said Wednesday he may add another player or two to the recruiting class to help the team next season. The 6-foot-10, 215-pound Sissoko is from Mali. Sissoko averaged ...

Louisiana Supreme Court won’t revive ‘NOLA no-call’ suit

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's Supreme Court has refused to revive a New Orleans Saints fan's lawsuit against the NFL over officials' failure to call a penalty at a crucial point in a January playoff game. Attorney Antonio LeMon filed the lawsuit after officials failed to flag a Los Angeles ...

Packers: Game flexed

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has flexed the Green Bay Packers’ trip to San Francisco to prime time on Nov. 24 along with announcing kickoff times for a handful of Week 16 games. With Tuesday’s announcement, the Packers (8-2) and 49ers (8-1) replace Seattle at Philadelphia, which now will ...

Pistons: Thomas out

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons guard Khyri Thomas had surgery on his right foot and will be out at least six weeks. The Pistons said Wednesday that Thomas had the procedure on the fifth metatarsal of his right foot. They say rehabilitation will begin immediately and that Thomas will be ...

College football: Young punished

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State star defensive end Chase Young will be held out of one more game as punishment for breaking NCAA rules by accepting a personal loan. The penalty was announced by Ohio State in a statement Wednesday. The school had sought immediate reinstatement from the ...

Baseball: Piazza, Italy

Hall of Fame catcher Mike Piazza says he has agreed to become manager of Italy’s national baseball team. The 51-year-old Piazza, who was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania, is of Italian ancestry. He tweeted Wednesday he will manage Italy at a European tournament in 2020 and at the 2021 World ...

No. 7 Minnesota making major strides in Ciarrocca’s offense

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With no game on the schedule the week before Minnesota played Penn State, most of the Gophers coaches hit the road for recruiting. Kirk Ciarrocca hung back and crafted the game plan to beat a Nittany Lions defense that entered with the second-fewest points allowed in the ...

Jones proving to be Packers’ MVP

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — It’s been a while since the Green Bay Packers had a dominant force at running back. Eddie Lacy was Green Bay’s previous 1,000-yard rusher. That was five years ago. Aaron Jones had another big game in a win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, and the third-year ...

Seahawks knock 49ers from unbeaten ranks in OT, 27-24

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Russell Wilson high-stepped his way down the sideline before hugging coach Pete Carroll after Jason Myers’ kick split the uprights. After a wild overtime that featured a rare Wilson interception, a missed field goal by San Francisco and a questionable decision ...

Timberwolves beat Pistons 120-114 to spoil Griffin’s return

DETROIT (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves shot an abysmal 6 of 45 from 3-point range in a loss to Denver over the weekend. That evened out in a hurry against Detroit. Andrew Wiggins scored 33 points, and Minnesota spoiled Blake Griffin’s return Monday night, beating the Pistons 120-114. ...

Bucks: Middleton hurt

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton is expected to be sidelined for up to a month after suffering a left thigh contusion. Middleton was hurt during Sunday night’s 121-119 win at Oklahoma City. He underwent an MRI and examination Monday by team physician Dr. William ...

NBA: Curry update

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry "definitely" plans to return this season from his broken left hand and is hoping to be back on the court at "some point in early spring." When exactly the two-time NBA MVP will be able to play again remains uncertain. Curry ...

Ex MSU star, Lions’ receiver Charles Rogers dies at age 38

DETROIT (AP) — Former Michigan State star and Detroit Lions receiver Charles Rogers has died at the age of 38. A woman who identified herself as Cathy Rogers, his mother, confirmed the death Monday in a phone call from The Associated Press. Other details were not immediately known. Marshall ...

Hockey commentator Don Cherry, 85, fired for rant

TORONTO (AP) — Don Cherry, Canada’s most polarizing, flamboyant and opinionated hockey commentator, was fired Monday for calling immigrants “you people” in a television rant in which he said new immigrants are not honoring the country’s fallen soldiers. Rogers Sportsnet President ...

Bears hang on, beat Lions

CHICAGO (AP) — Mitchell Trubisky and the Chicago Bears finally gave their frustrated fans something to celebrate. The defending NFC North champions got their offense in gear, snapped their four-game losing streak and let loose afterward. Trubisky tied a season high with three touchdown ...

Mantha scores late, Red Wings beat Golden Knights 3-2

DETROIT (AP) — Anthony Mantha did not play a great game. He did make the big play. Mantha scored with 30.9 seconds left to give the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 comeback victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday night. He had a few short shifts in the second half of the third ...

Jazz beat Bucks with buzzer shot

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Bojan Bogdanovic hit a 3-pointer as time expired for the last of his 33 points in the Utah Jazz's 103-100 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night. The shot from the corner capped a remarkable sequence of twists and turns in the final few seconds. Utah's ...

Raiders rally late to get past LA Chargers, 26-24

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Derek Carr engineered another late winning drive. Karl Joseph delivered the sealing defensive play. It may not have come easy, but the Oakland Raiders managed to pull out another dramatic victory that has put them squarely in the AFC playoff race. Josh Jacobs scored ...