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Gilgeous-Alexander leads Thunder past Donovan, Bulls in OT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had a career-high 33 points and 10 assists to help Oklahoma City beat the Chicago Bulls and former...

Stith scores 13 to lift CS Bakersfield over Hawaii 60-55

HONOLULU (AP) — Shawn Stith had 13 points as Cal State Bakersfield narrowly beat Hawaii 60-55 on Friday night. ...

Australian Open arrivals hit by 2 COVID positive tests

Health authorities confirmed Saturday that two positive COVID-19 cases emerged from a charter flight from Los Angeles carrying tennis players, coaches and officials to...

Lindor, Bryant, Bellinger, Seager get big-money deals

NEW YORK (AP) — Francisco Lindor, Kris Bryant, Cody Bellinger and Corey Seager were among 112 players who agreed to one-year contracts Friday, leaving...

Short-handed Clippers manhandle Kings 138-100

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Kawhi Leonard had 27 points and six assists in three quarters, Paul George scored 26 and the short-handed Los Angeles...

Padres avoid arbitration with Pham, 4 others

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres agreed to an $8.9 million, one-year contract with Tommy Pham, avoiding arbitration with the outfielder who...

Reliable third baseman Matt Chapman earns big raise from A’s

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Slick-fielding third baseman Matt Chapman reached agreement Friday on a guaranteed $6.49 million, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics to...

LeBron, Davis lead Lakers’ 112-95 dismantling of Pelicans

LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James had 21 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, and Anthony Davis added 17 points against his former team...

Bucks survive shaky free-throw shooting to edge Mavs 112-109

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Khris Middleton made a couple of huge 3-pointers and the Milwaukee Bucks overcame poor free-throw shooting to snap the Dallas Mavericks'...

Nick Taylor gets a break and a birdie and leads Sony Open

HONOLULU (AP) — Nick Taylor pitched in for eagle to get his round headed in the right direction, and he kept going until he...

California Baptist beats Tarleton State 83-74

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Tre Armstrong and Gorjok Gak scored 18 points apiece as California Baptist topped Tarleton State 83-74 on Friday night. Ty...

Ralph Lauren drops Justin Thomas after gay slur heard on TV

HONOLULU (AP) — Ralph Lauren Corp. said Friday it is ending its sponsorship with Justin Thomas after he was heard muttering a homophobic slur...

Bradie Tennell captures second US Figure Skating title

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Bradie Tennell is back on top of American figure skating. ...

Sow carries UC Santa Barbara past UC San Diego 69-52

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Amadou Sow tallied 14 points and 14 rebounds to carry UC Santa Barbara to a 69-52 win over UC...

Angels avoid arbitration with 5 players, add Suzuki

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels avoided arbitration with right-hander Dylan Bundy and four other players Friday. ...

Right-hander Reyes Moronta reaches one-year deal with Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Right-hander Reyes Moronta agreed to a $695,000, one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants on Friday to avoid salary arbitration. ...

Falcons pick Titans offensive coordinator Smith as new coach

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have chosen offense and youth as the calling cards of their new coach. ...

AP source: Yankees reach deals with Kluber, LeMahieu

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees made a pair of big moves on the free agent market, reaching a deal with right-hander...

More NBA games off, as league continues struggles with virus

Another three NBA games were postponed Friday, including one in Minnesota only a couple hours before game time, as the league's struggle with increasing...

The Latest: Iowa St-Kansas men’s basketball game postponed

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ...

Papal jersey: Francis blesses Hawks jersey on MLK birthday

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks sent a special gift to Pope Francis: an MLK jersey that was blessed by the pontiff on Martin...

White Sox finalize deal with Athletics closer Hendriks

CHICAGO (AP) — Liam Hendriks saw the talent the Chicago White Sox had and knew he wanted to join the team. The move became...

NBA fines Irving $50,000 for health, safety violations

NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving's absence from the Brooklyn Nets has become a costly one. ...

FCS schedules nearly set with season starting in February

One college football season just ended, and another one starts in just over a month. ...

Mr. WorldWide to NASCAR: Pitbull joins Trackhouse ownership

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — “Mr. Worldwide” is coming to NASCAR. ...

Appeals court OKs convictions in college basketball scandal

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court in New York on Friday upheld convictions against a sports marketer, an aspiring agent and a...

Harden sees title chance, says he’ll sacrifice shots for it

NEW YORK (AP) — James Harden used his final interview in Houston to say that his team wasn't good enough. ...

World Golf Championship moving from Mexico to Florida

The World Golf Championship is moving from Mexico City to the Gulf Coast of Florida, a change driven by the COVID-19 pandemic that has...

White Army vet charged in shooting Black girl at Trump rally

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A white military veteran shot and wounded a 15-year-old girl when he fired his gun into a car carrying...

Meyer believes Jacksonville ‘is the place’ he can win in NFL

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Urban Meyer first started thinking about the NFL about a decade ago. ...

Bellinger agrees to $16.1M, 1-year contract with Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dodgers star Cody Bellinger agreed to a $16.1 million, one-year contract Friday with the World Series champions that avoided salary...

Brain power: DeChambeau dissects what went wrong at Masters

Bryson DeChambeau thinks he knows what caused dizzy spells at the Masters. His brain was working too hard. ...

Browns guard Bitiono back for playoffs after COVID-19

CLEVELAND (AP) — Joel Bitonio's long playoff wait with the Browns is over. ...

Jets hire 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh as coach

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets were searching for a leader, someone who could bring a frustrated, playoff-starved franchise back to respectability. ...

NJ to fine sports books asking players to cancel withdrawals

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's top gambling regulator is threatening to fine sports books operating in his state that ask customers to...

Germans win skeleton golds; Uhlaender leads US sliders

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) — Tina Hermann of Germany won a World Cup skeleton race on the historic St. Moritz track Friday, and Katie...

Swiss supreme court details anti-China bias of Sun judge

GENEVA (AP) — The Swiss supreme court explained Friday why it has ordered a retrial for Olympic swimming champion Sun Yang in a doping...

Japan minister says ‘anything can happen’ with Tokyo Games

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese cabinet minister Taro Kono has said “anything can happen” in regard to the postponed Tokyo Olympics, raising more doubts about...

Players arrive for Australian Open; straight into quarantine

Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka was among the earliest arrivals into Melbourne on one of the 15 charter flights bringing players and officials...

Kaprizov scores in OT in NHL debut, lifts Wild over Kings

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kirill Kaprizov scored his first NHL goal with 1:13 remaining in overtime and finished with three points as the Minnesota...

Stone breaks tie in 3rd, Golden Knights beat Ducks 5-2

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Mark Stone scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period, Robin Lehner made 20 saves and the Vegas Golden...

BYU rallies to defeat Saint Mary’s 62-52

MORAGA, Calif. (AP) — Alex Barcello scored 14 points and BYU held Saint Mary's scoreless for almost 10 minutes down the stretch in the...

Sharks open the season with 4-3 shootout win over Coyotes

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Martin Jones stopped Clayton Keller in a shootout and the San Jose Sharks bounced back after Arizona's Phil Kessel scored...

Mobley brothers lead USC to 95-68 rout of Washington

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Isaiah Mobley scored a career-high 18 points, Evan Mobley added 17 points and Southern California routed Washington 95-68 on Thursday...

Tennell’s rollicking short program leads at US nationals

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Staunchly determined to get back her national title, Bradie Tennell took some huge steps Thursday night at the U.S. Figure...

Queta lifts Utah St. over San Diego St. 57-45

LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Neemias Queta tallied 14 points and 16 rebounds to lead Utah State to a 57-45 win over San Diego State...

Niemann finishes with eagle and shares the lead at Sony Open

HONOLULU (AP) — Joaquin Niemann had no regrets about the 18th hole at the Sony Open. ...

Celtics plan to play Friday, another Suns game called by NBA

The Boston Celtics expect their unplanned weeklong hiatus because of coronavirus-related issues to end Friday, when they’re scheduled to play host to the Orlando...

No. 1 Gonzaga beats Pepperdine 95-70, runs win streak to 17

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Corey Kispert had 23 points and eight rebounds as top-ranked and undefeated Gonzaga beat Pepperdine 95-70 on Thursday for its...

Townsend, No. 20 Gonzaga women defeat Santa Clara 71-52

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Jill Townsend scored 20 points and No. 20 Gonzaga used a strong start to roll to a 71-52 win...

Knebel ($5.25M), Floro ($975,000) agree with Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — New Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Corey Knebel agreed to a $5.25 million, one-year contract on Thursday that avoided salary arbitration,...

Lefty Wood joins Giants on $3 million, one-year contract

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Left-hander Alex Wood agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants on Thursday. ...

The Latest: South Carolina coach Martin to miss game at LSU

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ...

Urban Hire: Meyer returns to sidelines with NFL’s Jaguars

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Urban Meyer has won everywhere he’s coached. Small colleges. Big-time programs. He’s been a difference maker at each stop during...

Jared Goff to start for Rams in Green Bay; Wolford inactive

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Jared Goff and Sean McVay say they had a healthy, productive disagreement last week about Goff's readiness to return...

UCLA rolls to 91-61 win over WSU, goes to 6-0 in Pac-12

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Johnny Juzang scored a career-high 17 points and UCLA rolled to a 91-61 victory over Washington State on Thursday, extending...

Saints’ Brees sees playoff clash with Brady’s Bucs as fate

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees periodically discusses his long, extraordinary NFL journey in terms of fate and destiny. ...

Virginia, San Jose State latest women’s teams to end seasons

The injury-depleted Virginia women's basketball team has opted out of the remainder of the season, becoming the second Atlantic Coast Conference team to make...

Olympic swimmer released but ordered to stay away from DC

DENVER (AP) — A five-time Olympic swimming medalist charged with participating in a deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol was released from federal custody...

Packers’ potent offense faces big test from Rams’ defense

No NFL team scored more points during the regular season than the Green Bay Packers. Nobody has played better defense than the Los Angeles...

Stefanski out of basement, back with Browns after COVID-19

CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns coach Kevin Stefanski doesn't plan a trip downstairs to his basement any time soon. ...

UFC won’t punish fighters for marijuana use in policy change

The UFC will no longer punish fighters for using marijuana in most cases, making a major change to its anti-doping policy. ...

Nets GM: Superstars will sacrifice to make Harden trade work

NEW YORK (AP) — As the Nets were closing in on the deal for James Harden, general manager Sean Marks wanted to know if...

NFL wild-card games show potential for alternate broadcasts

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brian Robbins directed “Varsity Blues” and was the producer of “Coach Carter,” but both of those might have been eclipsed...

Epstein hired as MLB consultant to evaluate rules changes

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox executive Theo Epstein has been hired by Major League Baseball as a consultant...

Correction: US Championships story

In a story January 13, 2021, about the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Todd Eldredge had won five nationals...

Athletics acquire reliever Nik Turley from Pirates for cash

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Left-hander Nik Turley was traded to the Athletics on Thursday from the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash, giving Oakland a reliable...

Raiders owner Mark Davis buying WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces

Mark Davis is expanding his sports empire in Las Vegas, buying the Aces from MGM Resorts International. ...

Lions agree to deal with Rams executive Brad Holmes as GM

The Detroit Lions agreed to terms with Brad Holmes on Thursday to be their general manager. ...

Unexpected win has UConn fans downing hot sauce for charity

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn fan Bryan Jackson says he thought his taste buds were safe when he joked last week on Twitter that...

Pebble Beach for pros only this year because of COVID spike

The only stars at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am this year will be the players and the golf course. ...

Allen, Jackson set for playoff showdown as Bills host Ravens

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Ravens coach John Harbaugh was immediately impressed by Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen’s competitive fire following their first face-to-face encounter...

Packers host Rams with NFC championship game berth at stake

LOS ANGELES RAMS (11-6) at GREEN BAY (13-3) ...

NFL amends draft eligibility due to pandemic impact

The NFL has clarified its eligibility requirements for the draft to allow college players who would’ve played a fourth season during the pandemic-altered 2020...

James Harden headed to Nets in blockbuster multiteam deal

James Harden is heading to Brooklyn, joining old teammate Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to give the Nets a potent trio featuring some of...

Murray status for Australia in doubt after contracting virus

Andy Murray's status for the Australian Open was put in doubt Thursday after he tested positive for the coronavirus only days before his planned...

‘Cover up of cover-up’ still led to downsized Russian ban

The highest court in sports blasted Russia for engaging in “a cover up of the cover-up” in another desperate attempt to deny culpability for...

Sandgren gets OK to fly to Australia despite COVID-19 result

Tennys Sandgren forced an early clarification of the COVID-19 rules as the first of 15 charter flights began flying Down Under to deliver players...

Lillard has 40, Blazers tie team record for 3s to beat Kings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Damian Lillard scored eight of his season-high 40 points in the final four minutes, and the Portland Trail Blazers tied...

Leonard leads Clippers past short-handed Pelicans 111-106

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 28 points, Paul George added 27 and the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the short-handed New Orleans Pelicans...

McClung lifts No. 15 Texas Tech past No. 4 Texas, 79-77

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Mac McClung made a long jumper with 3 seconds left and No. 15 Texas Tech rallied to beat No. 4...

LeBron James scores 26 points, Lakers roll past Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — LeBron James scored 26 points and the Los Angeles Lakers routed the Oklahoma City Thunder 128-99 on Wednesday night for...

Farabee has 4-point game, Flyers beat Penguins 6-3

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nolan Patrick missed last season with debilitating migraines and Oskar Lindblom had his shortened in his fight with a rare bone...

Katie Couric, Mayim Bialik to be ‘Jeopardy!’ guest hosts

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Katie Couric, Mayim Bialik, Aaron Rodgers and journalist Bill Whitaker are among the future guest hosts who will fill in...

Brockers, Donald back together on Rams’ D-line for playoffs

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Michael Brockers' time away from the Los Angeles Rams was tough on both the defensive tackle and his teammates...

Olympian Keller charged with taking part in US Capitol riot

Five-time Olympic swimming medalist Klete Keller was charged Wednesday with participating in a deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol after video emerged that appeared...

Another 3 NBA games called off amid virus, 16 test positive

Contact tracing issues involving the Phoenix Suns and Washington Wizards forced the NBA to postpone three more games Wednesday, raising the leaguewide total from...

The Latest: Pelosi wants fines for bypassing House security

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the fallout from the attack of the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump loyalists (all times local): ...

The Latest: MLS’s Canadian teams to face challenges again

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ...

Friends as playoff foes: Packers’ LaFleur faces Rams’ McVay

Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur and Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay say their friendship and shared history shouldn't have much of an...

AP Exclusive: MLB suspends political donations after DC riot

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is suspending all political contributions in the wake of last week's invasion of the U.S. Capitol by...

Another tournament in Hawaii, a fresh start for most players

HONOLULU (AP) — For the 31 players at the Sony Open who took the 30-minute flight over from Maui, the decision to play was...

FIFA grants approval for Macario to play for US

Brazilian-born midfielder Catarina Macario received permission from FIFA on Wednesday to play for the U.S. national team. ...

NYC to terminate Trump contracts after Capitol insurrection

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City will terminate business contracts with President Donald Trump after last week's insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, Mayor...

A record year for NJ sports betting; casinos, not so much

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey took nearly $1 billion worth of sports bets in December, an encouraging finish to a year in...

Trump business backlash part of ‘cancel culture,’ son says

NEW YORK (AP) — The PGA canceled its tournament at his golf course. Banks say they won’t lend to him anymore. New York City...

Unexpected win has UConn fans downing hot sauce for charity

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn fan Bryan Jackson says he thought his taste buds were safe when he joked last week on Twitter that...

Broncos hire ex-Vikings exec Paton as Elway’s GM successor

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — John Elway's replacement as Broncos general manager will be Vikings executive George Paton. ...

Pandemic’s toll shows up on students’ college applications

In a college application season like no other, students who have seen every aspect of their lives disrupted by the coronavirus are grappling with...

Harbaugh, Ravens happily travel road to success in playoffs

Home-field advantage in the playoffs is overrated for Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who has found that the road to success in the postseason usually...

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