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UConn’s Auriemma Ties Summit in Wins

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STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Paige Bueckers scored 23 points and No. 3 UConn overcame a sluggish start to rout Providence 87-50 on Saturday and give coach Geno Auriemma his 1,098th win, tying the late Tennessee coach Pat Summitt for the second most wins in Division I women’s basketball ...

Top 25: No. 1 Gonzaga Routs Portland

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Joel Ayayi posted the first triple-double in Gonzaga history and the Bulldogs routed Portland for their 16th straight win. Ayayi had 12 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds, and Drew Timme had 26 points for the Bulldogs (12-0, 3-0 West Coast Conference), who were riding ...

Buffalo Bills Beat Colts, 27-24

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Quarterback Josh Allen and safety Micah Hyde teamed up to make the Buffalo Bills’ losing past history. In a season in which the Bills busted numerous slumps, Allen became Buffalo’s first starter in a quarter century to win a playoff game. And Hyde ensured ...

NHL Embarks on a 56-Game Season

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(AP) — The NHL has started seasons of fewer than 82 games in January and played into the summer to award the Stanley Cup. Just not like this. When the puck drops on the regular season in five rinks Jan. 13, it will be the start of a 56-game sprint to the playoffs with all divisional play ...

Rams Top Division Rivals Seahawks, 30-20

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SEATTLE (AP) — A lot of Cam Akers churning yards on the ground and mostly a great Rams defense has Los Angeles moving on in the NFC playoffs at the expense of division-foe Seattle. Akers rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown, Darious Williams returned Russell Wilson’s interception 42 ...

Palmer, English Hold Tournament of Champions Lead

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KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — Ryan Palmer went through a range of emotions over the final 15 minutes Saturday that ended with him posting a 9-under 64 for the best round of the week and a share of the lead with Harris English in the Sentry Tournament of Champions. Palmer thought he might have been ...

Brady Leads Tampa Past Washington, 31-23

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LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — New team, same swashbuckling playoff success for Tom Brady. Brady threw for 381 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers past Washington 31-23 in their NFC wild-card game Saturday night for their first playoff victory since the 2002 season. Brady was ...

Hornyak’s 86-Point Game Lives On

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Editor’s Note: Because of how well received the first 10 installments of the Ohio Valley’s Top 10 games of the last 50 years was received, we’ve decided to give you one more. Though it was played more than 50 years ago, Sunday is the 52nd anniversary of Allan Hornyak’s 86-point ...

Browns Face Tough Task

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PITTSBURGH — The Cleveland Browns waited nearly two decades to return to the playoffs. To extend their breakthrough season, they’ll have to do it without their unflappable first-year coach in a place where the franchise’s shortcomings are put into stark relief: Pittsburgh. Maybe ...

Ferry Rides By Bellaire

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BELLAIRE — Martins Ferry and Bellaire went toe-to-toe for a quarter-and-a-half Friday night in boys’ high school basketball action, but the visiting Purple Riders closed the first half on a 7-3 run and then outpointed the hosts 17-8 in the third panel for a 74-63 victory inside the ‘House ...

Lasorda Dies At Age 93

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LOS ANGELES — Tommy Lasorda looked on from a suite at Globe Life Field in Texas, watching as the Los Angeles Dodgers clinched the World Series in Game 6 against the Tampa Bay Rays. Surrounded by family and friends, Lasorda celebrated the team’s first championship in 32 years that October ...

Top Corners Will Play Crucial Role in Title Game

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By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio — Two of the best cornerbacks in the nation, Shaun Wade of Ohio State and Patrick Surtain II of Alabama, are going to have their hands full during Monday night’s national championship game. Both are highly decorated All-Americans and top ...

Stingrays Use Late Surge to Upend Nailers, 4-2

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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC — Brandon Halverson stood on his head with a 44-save performance for the Wheeling Nailers on Friday night, as they continued their road trip against the South Carolina Stingrays at North Charleston Coliseum. Unfortunately, that effort wasn’t enough to get the team ...

Watt, Minkah Are First Team All-Pro

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By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer Edge rushers T.J. Watt, the NFL’s sacks leader for Pittsburgh who is on his second All-Pro Team, and newcomer Myle Garrett of Cleveland have been selected as All-Pro members ahead of Sunday’s playoff game. Pittsburgh safety Minkah Fitzpatrick ...

Browns Reach New Territory

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By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer Let’s see: Tom Brady and his six Super Bowl rings versus a 7-9 division winner. Need we say more? Well, yes. Washington’s NFC East triumph is nothing to scoff at despite the losing record. A franchise in turmoil because of off-field issues that ...

Stills Becomes Consensus All-American

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia defensive lineman Darius Stills became just the 12th player in program history to get selected as a consensus All-American on Friday. Stills becomes the first Mountaineer to earn the honor in 14 years, when center Dan Mozes and running back Steve Slayton made the ...

Harbaugh Stays at Michigan

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By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan has decided to stick with coach Jim Harbaugh, finalizing a new, five-year deal that cuts his guaranteed compensation but gives him an opportunity to make up for the financial loss if he can start winning championships. The ...

No. 8 West Liberty Wins Season Opener

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WEST LIBERTY — With the West Liberty men’s basketball team not playing a game for almost 10 months, Coach Ben Howlett knew that his team was going to have to knock off some of the rust. After only leading by 10 in the first half, No. 8 West Liberty used a second half spurt to secure a 98-77 ...

Cardinals Turned Away By Battlers

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WHEELING — Wheeling University first-year head coach Chris Richardson and his Cardinals didn’t pocket a win on opening night but he is thrilled with the pieces he has going forward. Senior guard Jordan Reid tallied 21 points, junior guard Jordan Beale turned in 17, sophomore forward John ...

Smith Adds Maxwell Award to Collection

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Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith of Alabama added to his collection of postseason honors Thursday night, receiving the Maxwell Award as the college football player of the year. Smith also won the Walter Camp player of the year and the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top ...