National Sports

Column: Wilder and Fury step up in heavyweight title fight

By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Columnist Just how well Deontay Wilder's heavyweight title defense Saturday night against Tyson Fury in Los Angeles will do at the box office is a question mark. For all the power in his right hand, Wilder is still trying to build his brand and Fury is largely an ...

Aston-Reese breaks tie in 3rd as Penguins down Jets 4-3

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — It took offense from players up and down the lineup to push the Pittsburgh Penguins past Winnipeg. Zach Aston-Reese scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:12 remaining off a perfect pass from Phil Kessel, and the Penguins rallied past the Jets 4-3 on Tuesday ...

Nuggets roll to biggest win over Lakers with 117-85 romp

By DENNIS GEORGATOS, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets have never been better against the Lakers. Paul Millsap, Jamal Murray and Malik Beasley scored 20 points apiece, and the Nuggets rolled to their most lopsided victory ever over Los Angeles, a 117-85 rout on Tuesday ...

Happ helps No. 22 Badgers withstand NC State in 79-75 win

By GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer MADISON, Wis. (AP) — With every win in what has been a rugged early-season schedule, No. 22 Wisconsin is proving that last year may have been just a fluke. The Badgers are back to their old, reliable ways - getting clutch stops and key contributions from ...

Wieskamp helps No. 14 Iowa hold off Pittsburgh 69-68

By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The first five games were a relative breeze for the 14th-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes, who unexpectedly jumped into the Top 25 after an impressive trip to New York. The rebuilding Pitt Panthers reminded Iowa that things typically aren't so ...

Williamson, Barrett lead No. 3 Duke past Indiana 90-69

By JOEDY McCREARY, AP Sports Writer DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Zion Williamson jumped a lazy pass by Indiana near midcourt. All of a sudden, nothing stood between him and yet another must-see dunk. No. 3 Duke put its lone loss firmly in the past just as easily as Williamson left those Hoosiers in ...

Martin twins lead No. 5 Nevada over Loyola-Chicago 79-65

By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — The maroon and gold Final Four banner hanging from the rafters gave Nevada just a little extra motivation. Not that the Wolf Pack really needed it. Caleb Martin had 21 points, twin brother Cody Martin scored 20 and No. 5 Nevada beat ...

Louisville upsets No. 9 Michigan State 82-78 in overtime

By GARY B. GRAVES, AP Sports Writer LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — No matter what line he shot from behind against No. 9 Michigan State, Louisville junior guard Ryan McMahon was feeling it. The Cardinals fed off his energy to not only give first-year coach Chris Mack a significant win, but a gutsy ...

Sabres win 10th straight by beating Sharks 3-2 in OT

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Perfect it wasn't. The Buffalo Sabres still made it to 10. After squandering a 2-0 lead in the final 8½ minutes of the third period, Jeff Skinner scored 1:41 into overtime to seal a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday ...

Hurricane, bowl season has Gamecocks, Hokies still playing

By PETE IACOBELLI, AP Sports Writer COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Hurricane Florence and the looming bowl season have South Carolina and Virginia Tech closing their football seasons against teams that were never on their schedule. Both schools canceled games on Sept. 15 because of the Category 4 ...

AP sources: UNC in talks with Mack Brown to be next coach

By AARON BEARD, AP Sports Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Mack Brown turned around North Carolina's football program once before, and the Tar Heels believe he could do it again. The school is negotiating with Brown on a deal to return to Chapel Hill as its next football coach, two people with ...

Struggling Flyers fire general manager Ron Hextall

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Caught at a crossroads between a full-blown rebuild and a legitimate playoff push, the Philadelphia Flyers fired general manager Ron Hextall on Monday, the latest front-office leader to fail to win the franchise's first Stanley Cup in 44 ...

Notre Dame-UConn still 1-2 in women’s AP Top 25

By DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Notre Dame and UConn remain the top two teams in The Associated Press women's basketball poll, setting up a 1-vs.-2 matchup on Sunday. Both teams faced deficits this past week in holiday tournament games before prevailing. The Irish ...

Gonzaga passes Kansas for No. 1 in AP poll, Duke is No.3

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Basketball Writer Gonzaga pulled off what some considered impossible, stopping the Duke juggernaut in the Maui Invitational title game without one of its best players. Now the Zags are No. 1 again. Third in last week's poll , Gonzaga leapfrogged No. 2 Kansas to the top ...

Column: Patriots not quite at Super Bowl level

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — When Patriots players looked around the locker room Sunday, they saw a generally healthy squad. That's scary for the rest of the NFL. Or maybe not. Unless New England makes some key improvements over the next month — ...

AP Top 25 Heat Check: Voters pick Oklahoma over Ohio State; WVU at 15

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer In college football's current great debate — Ohio State or Oklahoma? — AP Top 25 voters went with the Sooners. The Buckeyes surged to No. 6 in The Associated Press college football poll on Sunday on the strength of a record-breaking blowout of ...

Broncos cool off Steelers; Colts slip past Dolphins

By The Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Nose tackle Shelby Harris picked off Ben Roethlisberger's 2-yard pass to Antonio Brown in the end zone with 1:03 remaining to seal Denver's 24-17 win over Pittsburgh that snapped the Steelers' six-game winning streak Sunday. The Broncos (5-6) used four ...

AP Top 25 Takeaways: Ohio State twists CFP race; ND is in

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer The twist the playoff race has been waiting for came Saturday. The debate, for now, is between Ohio State and Oklahoma. History suggests it was inevitable. The top four had never stayed the same for three straight weeks until this past one, and to ...

Mond helps Aggies over No. 8 LSU 74-72 in 7 OTs

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — With Texas A&M's game with No. 8 LSU tied at 72-72 in the seventh overtime on Saturday night and the Aggies set to attempt a 2-point conversion, receiver Kendrick Rogers was frantically being tended to on the sideline for ...

Tagovailoa, No. 1 Alabama race away from Auburn, 52-21

By JOHN ZENOR, AP Sports Writer TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Tua Tagovailoa came out of halftime firing touchdown strikes down the field, and the result was another runaway Alabama victory. Tagovailoa threw five touchdown passes, ran for a score and could scarcely miss in the second half to lead ...