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3 American Hockey League teams opt out, 28 will play

The American Hockey League will go ahead with 28 teams this season after announcing Monday that three have opted out of playing because of the COVID-19 pandemic. "Based on the information I was getting, I wasn't sure we were going to reach 28 teams even two weeks ago, but I think some of the ...

‘Bama, Buckeyes in title game

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A truly untraditional Rose Bowl setting, a very common result for Alabama in the College Football Playoff. With Heisman Trophy finalists DeVonta Smith and Mac Jones, the top-ranked Crimson Tide rolled into its fifth CFP championship game in six seasons. Smith ...

Baylor routs Alcorn State

WACO, Texas (AP) — Macio Teague had 18 points to lead six players scoring in double figures for men’s basketball No. 2 Baylor, which beat Alcorn State 105-76 on Wednesday for its second lopsided victory in a 23-hour span. Top 25 Fared Wednesday No. 1 Gonzaga (9-0) did not play. Next: vs. ...

Spurs’ Hammon makes history

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Becky Hammon became the first woman to direct an NBA team, taking over the San Antonio Spurs after coach Gregg Popovich was ejected in a 121-107 loss to LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night. James celebrated his 36th birthday with 26 points, eight ...

Bucks set NBA record for 3’s

MIAMI (AP) — On Sunday, the Milwaukee Bucks endured their worst 3-point effort in just over a year. On Tuesday, they set the NBA record for 3’s in a game. Go figure. The Bucks made a record 29 3-pointers in their 144-97 romp past the reigning Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat on ...

Sanders, Oklahoma State beat Miami 37-34 in Cheez-It Bowl

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Spencer Sanders threw for 305 yards and four touchdowns, and Oklahoma State held off No. 18 Miami for a 37-34 victory in the Cheez-It Bowl on Tuesday. Brennan Presley caught three of Sanders’ TD passes, finishing with six receptions for 118 yards. Sanders also led the ...

Cubs sending Darvish to Padres for prospects

The San Diego Padres continue to load up. One day after reaching agreement on a trade to bring former AL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell to San Diego, the Padres reached an agreement to acquire All-Star right-hander Yu Darvish from the Chicago Cubs in a seven-player deal, two people with ...

Bears eye playoffs heading into finale with Rodgers, Packers

The Chicago Bears head into the final week with their eyes on Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers and their chances to grab a playoff spot still alive. The Arizona Cardinals put the opportunity in Chicago’s hands by losing to San Francisco on Saturday. The Bears followed up with a ...

Bears win, close in on postseason

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jimmy Graham disappeared into a tunnel following his second touchdown catch of the day. He re-emerged after what seemed like forever and found a group of Chicago teammates waiting to celebrate. It was symbolic of the Bears' season. The team that lost its sixth ...

Chiefs clinch AFC’s top seed; Steelers secure AFC North

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City clinched the top seed in the AFC and the only playoff bye when Patrick Mahomes threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Demarcus Robinson with just under two minutes for a 17-14 win over Atlanta on Sunday. The Chiefs had to watch as Pro Bowl kicker Younghoe Koo ...

No. 9 Wisconsin beats No. 12 Michigan State 85-76

EAST LANSING — D’Mitrk Trice had to play on the road Christmas Day and still got to celebrate one of his best games with his family in the house. Trice scored a season-high 29 points, lifting No. 9 Wisconsin to an 85-76 win over No. 12 Michigan State on Friday. Trice's parents, older ...

Bucks trounce Warriors, 138-99, in home opener

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Khris Middleton scored 31 points and the Milwaukee Bucks routed the Golden State Warriors 138-99 on Friday to win their first Christmas Day home game in over half a century. Middleton went 6 for 8 from 3-point range, leading a strong performance from deep for his team. ...

Michigan men’s basketball improves to 7-0

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Franz Wagner had 20 points and No. 19 Michigan scored 10 straight points early in the second half to pull away from Nebraska in an 80-69 victory Friday. Michigan (7-0, 2-0 Big Ten) started slow in its first game since Dec. 13 but stunned Nebraska (4-5, 0-2) with the ...

No. 9 Wisconsin opens Big Ten play by beating Nebraska 67-53

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Struggling mightily to sink a jump shot, Wisconsin never stopped playing well on the other end of the floor. That approach helped the ninth-ranked Badgers overcome an ice-cold start to beat Nebraska 67-53 on Tuesday in the Big Ten opener for both teams. “They want ...

Packers have 7 Pro Bowlers

Led by their star quarterbacks, the Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers each had seven players selected to the Pro Bowl. The Baltimore Ravens also had seven players chosen. Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes joins Buffalo’s Josh Allen and Houston’s Deshaun Watson as ...

Spartans plummet 8 spots, Michigan rises in AP Top 25

A two-week layoff did nothing to slow down Gonzaga. The Zags strengthened their grip on the No. 1 spot in The Associated Press college basketball poll released on Monday, earning 61 of 64 first-place votes from a media panel after knocking off then-No. 3 Iowa. No. 2 Baylor received the ...

Another surge for Jones gives Packers confidence

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP)  Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones says he focuses his training all year to make sure he’s in peak form as the season gets older and the weather gets colder. “I think It’s all about investing into your body,” Jones said after rushing for 145 yards and a ...

Hall of Fame linebacker, pass rush great Kevin Greene dies at 58

Kevin Greene will be remembered for his long blond hair, his charisma, and the havoc he created for opposing quarterbacks. The Hall of Fame linebacker, considered one of the fiercest pass rushers in NFL history, died Monday, it was confirmed by the family and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He ...

Northwestern tops No. 4 Michigan State, 79-65

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Boo Buie scored a career-high 30 points and Northwestern beat Michigan State for the first time in almost a decade, topping the No. 4 Spartans 79-65 on Sunday night. Pete Nance added 15 points, 12 rebounds and four assists in Northwestern’s biggest win since its ...

Big 10 quarterbacks Lombardi, Coan look to transfer

EAST LANSING (AP) — Rocky Lombardi, the quarterback who led Michigan State to its two victories, is looking to transfer to another school. Lombardi told the Detroit Free Press that he’s placed his name in the transfer portal. He started nine games in four seasons, including victories ...