National Sports

Big flex: Youngsters Tiafoe, Fritz stun seeds in Australia

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Frances Tiafoe rolled up his white shirt's right sleeve, flexed his biceps and slapped the muscle five times. Then he pounded his chest and yelled, "Yeah! Let's go! Let's go! Come on!" Forgive the young American's exuberance. ...

3 teams pour in 140 points on high-scoring night in NBA

By The Associated Press NBA teams piled up the points like they hadn't done in 35 years. Three teams scored 140 points Tuesday night, with the Golden State Warriors setting an NBA record by pouring in 51 during the first quarter of their victory over Denver. The Warriors went on to a 142-111 ...

Ball scores 19 as Lakers deal Bulls eighth straight loss

By JOE REEDY, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lonzo Ball and the Los Angeles Lakers were angry after the NBA's worst team broke a long losing streak on their home floor. They weren't about to let the league's second-worst team do the same thing on Tuesday night. Ball scored 13 of his 19 ...

Hertl’s hat trick leads Sharks past Penguins 5-2

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Tomas Hertl needed just three games to get his first NHL hat trick. It was more than a five-year wait for the second one, which came while he's playing perhaps the best hockey of his career. Hertl knocked down Evgeni Malkin with his ...

QB Tate Martell says he is leaving Ohio State for Miami

By The Associated Press Quarterback Tate Martell says he is transferring from Ohio State to Miami. Martell announced on Twitter early Wednesday: "I'm a Hurricane." Martell had entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal last week and was free to be approached by schools about a potential ...

‘Dinosaur’ defensemen like Orpik survive in NHL by adapting

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer When John Tortorella compares Brooks Orpik to a creature that went extinct 65 million years ago, he means it affectionately. "He's a little bit of a dinosaur because he hits, and there isn't a lot of hitting in this game," Tortorella said. Yet there's still ...

Patriots primed for rematch with Chiefs in AFC title game

By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England tight end Rob Gronkowski said the Patriots would take the night to enjoy it. Safety Devin McCourty said it would be closer to just a few hours of celebration. However long the Patriots players planned to relax after ...

Risk-taking Saints advance to host Rams for NFC title

By BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Coach Sean Payton the New Orleans Saints are anything but risk averse. After all, Payton's Saints won a Super Bowl with the help of a surprise onside kick nine years ago, and now New Orleans is one home victory away from its first Super ...

Nadal, Sharapova and Wozniacki advance at Australian Open

By JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal has missed a lot of tennis since last September. He hasn't missed a beat. The No. 2-seeded Nadal had a 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 win over Australian wild-card entry James Duckworth on Monday in the first round of the Australian ...

All-female team out to prove women racers aren’t a gimmick

By JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Writer DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Every racing series in the world is full of wealthy enthusiasts with ideas that sound too good to be true. Expensive promises to fund life-changing opportunities are usually broken before cars even make it to the track. Jackie ...

Cavs stun Lakers 101-95 to end 12-game losing streak

By DAN GREENSPAN, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wins have been hard to come by for the Cleveland Cavaliers this season, so coach Larry Drew has been focused on the incremental signs of progress. Against the Los Angeles Lakers, Drew saw those little things help put the Cavaliers into ...

Rams, Cowboys seek long-awaited postseason breakthroughs

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — As if the pressure of playing for the Los Angeles Rams' first playoff victory in 14 years wasn't enough, Todd Gurley carries an extra imperative into the Coliseum on Saturday night. "Basically, everybody I know hates the Cowboys," the ...

Chiefs aim to rewrite playoff history vs nemesis Colts

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Given the postseason history involving Indianapolis and Kansas City over the years, Andrew Luck and the Colts have every reason to feel confident heading to Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday. The Chiefs have every reason to believe ...

Mitchell dominates, Jazz beat Lakers 113-95

By JOHN COON, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz played without point guards Ricky Rubio, Dante Exum and Raul Neto because of injuries, and it was no big deal. Not with Donovan Mitchell showing off his ball-handling skills. Mitchell had 33 points and a career-high nine ...

No. 1 Halep has new-found confidence ahead of Aussie Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Simona Halep was trying on her new shoes when she got the news direct from the draw about her tough section containing both Serena and Venus Williams at the Australian Open. Even before she contemplates possible back-to-back matches in the third and fourth round ...

Column: Alabama hoops star goes to court to get on the court

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Columnist Maori Davenport had to go to court just to get back on the court. How ridiculous it's come to that for the Alabama prep basketball star. Thankfully, a cruel and unjust ruling by the state's governing body was put on hold Friday by a local judge, mere ...

Jake Guentzel’s hat trick sends Penguins past Ducks 7-4

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ever since the Ducks won 4-2 in Pittsburgh on Dec. 17, the Penguins have been almost unbeatable and Anaheim hasn't been able to win again anywhere. When the Penguins got a rematch in Orange County on Friday night, Jake Guentzel and ...

No. 1 Duke visits No. 13 FSU to headline ACC weekend slate

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer A look at the upcoming week around the Atlantic Coast Conference: GAME OF THE WEEKEND No. 1 Duke at No. 13 Florida State. The Blue Devils (13-1, 2-0 ACC) took their high-flying act on the road for the first time Tuesday and had little trouble at Wake ...

Snow cancels World Cup skeleton races in Germany

KOENIGSSEE, Germany (AP) — Heavy snow forced the cancellation of Friday's scheduled men's and women's World Cup skeleton races in Germany. There was no immediate decision on when or how to reschedule the races. Snow has been falling in Koenigssee for several days, and also had an adverse ...

AUSTRALIAN OPEN ’19: New rule nixes never-ending final sets

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer Andy Roddick knows a thing or two about playing a tennis match that just won't seem to end. The Hall of Famer once won an Australian Open quarterfinal that ended 21-19 in the fifth set. He also lost a Wimbledon final against Roger Federer that went to ...