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Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to retire after Rose Bowl

By Mitch Stacy AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer abruptly announced his retirement Tuesday, citing health reasons and a difficult year that included a three-game suspension over his handling of domestic violence allegations against a now-fired assistant ...

Caleb Martin powers No. 6 Nevada to another 8-0 start

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nevada's bus pulled into Loyola of Chicago's arena and the Wolf Pack made their way to the locker room. Even behind closed doors, one of college basketball's most derisive chants rang in their ears: "Over-rated!" Of course the Ramblers' ...

When? Where? Name? A look at Seattle’s NHL expansion team

By TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer SEATTLE (AP) — The NHL will make the Emerald City the home for its 32nd franchise after Seattle's expansion bid was approved by the league's Board of Governors. The move gives Seattle the major winter sports franchise it currently lacks and puts hockey in a ...

Steelers RB James Conner out with sprained left ankle

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers will head to Oakland without running back James Conner. Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Conner is dealing with a sprained left ankle and will not play when the AFC North leaders take on the last-place Raiders. Conner, who is second in the NFL in ...

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to retire after Rose Bowl

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Urban Meyer, the highly successful coach who won three national championships and sparked controversy this season for his handling of domestic violence allegations against a now-fired assistant at Ohio State, he will retire after the ...

Berhalter says US Soccer needs direction and development

By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Gregg Berhalter says he inherits a U.S. soccer team "with potential," one that needs "direction" and "development" after missing the World Cup for the first time since the 1980s. Berhalter, who spent the past five seasons as coach of Major ...

No. 2 Clemson dominates AP All-ACC team again with 11 Tigers

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — No. 2 Clemson once again dominated the Associated Press All-Atlantic Coast Conference teams and individual awards released Tuesday. The four-time defending league champions placed 11 players on the two teams as selected by a panel of 14 sports writers who cover the ...

Hunt video just latest case of NFL’s inconsistent discipline

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer The NFL is still out of its league when it comes to disciplining players for troubles off the field. Kareem Hunt is the latest example of the NFL's delayed and inconsistent approach toward serious matters despite league efforts to improve following its ...

TOP 25 THIS WEEK: Furman plays for 1st time with ranking

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Furman coach Bob Richey wants his players to savor the program's first appearance in the AP Top 25 poll, yet also remember how much work it took to get there. He's hoping that approach will keep the 25th-ranked Paladins building ...

Redskins QB McCoy breaks fibula in right leg, out for season

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Washington Redskins are accustomed to the knot in the stomach and the bad news that inevitably hits when a quarterback goes down: Colt McCoy is done for the year with a broken right leg, the same fate as his predecessor, Alex ...

With Olympics looming, surf star captures a bigger prize

By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer If Australia's Stephanie Gilmore captures the gold medal when surfing makes its Olympic debut two years from now, it might not be her most meaningful win. Gilmore, who is talked about as possibly the greatest athlete of all time in her sport, takes pride in ...

Impressive wins push Michigan to No. 5 in new AP Top 25 poll

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Maybe AP Top 25 voters were a bit too low on Michigan to start the season. That isn't the case anymore. The Wolverines (8-0, 1-0 Big Ten) have made a rapid rise to reach No. 5 in Monday's latest poll behind Gonzaga, Kansas, Duke and ...

No. 1 Alabama has 5 players first-team AP All-SEC selections

By The Associated Press Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is the offensive player of the year and one of five members of the top-ranked Crimson Tide to earn first-team honors on The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference team. No. 16 Kentucky (No. 14 College Football Playoff ) has the ...

Chicago Bulls fire coach Fred Hoiberg; Boylen takes over

CHICAGO (AP) — The skidding Chicago Bulls fired coach Fred Hoiberg on Monday and promoted associate head coach Jim Boylen in hopes of lifting the team from the bottom of the standings. The Bulls have been hit hard by injuries this season, but at 5-19 only two teams have worse ...

Win does little to calm turmoil at troubled Bayern Munich

By CIARAN FAHEY, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich's first win in four Bundesliga matches has done little to ease the turmoil at the club. Bayern president Uli Hoeness, who is bearing the brunt of the fan anger, faced criticism, boos and whistles at a stormy AGM on Friday. ...

Vince Carter enjoying his decision to go to Atlanta

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer Vince Carter could have gone anywhere. To a contender, to chase a ring. To retirement, because he has nothing left to prove. To television, which seems like it will be his next vocation whenever his playing days end. Instead, he chose Atlanta — a young ...

Rivers rallies Chargers past Steelers 33-30

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Philip Rivers watched Ben Roethlisberger do what the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback so often does — lead a game-tying drive late in the fourth quarter — and decided it was time for the Los Angeles Chargers to do something they so rarely ...

Steelers lose biggest lead ever at home in loss to Chargers

By DAN SCIFO, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers let another one slip away. For the second straight week, the Steelers held a second-half lead and lost. This time, Pittsburgh blew its biggest lead ever at home, as Michael Badgley kicked a 29-yard field goal on the ...

UConn wins early season showdown with Notre Dame

By DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — It's only December, but UConn showed it's the best team in the country with an early-season win over Notre Dame. The Huskies topped the Irish 89-71 on Sunday in the women's Jimmy V Classic behind a stellar effort by freshman Christyn ...

NFL ICYMI: Packers, A-Rod say ‘bye’ to McCarthy; who next?

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Pro Football Writer There's little argument that Aaron Rodgers' talent is such that his Green Bay Packers probably should have won more than one Super Bowl by now. For quite some time, there have been those who blamed coach Mike McCarthy for the lack of titles more than ...