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No. 21 Ohio State Tops Illinois, 87-81

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — E.J. Liddell scored 26 points and No. 21 Ohio State beat No. 14 Illinois 87-81 in a brutal Big Ten matchup on Saturday. The game was especially physical in the second half. One technical was called, on Ohio State’s Duane Washington Jr., and the officials had to step ...

Green Bay Tops LA Rams, 32-18

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdown passes and also ran for a score as the top-seeded Green Bay Packers beat the Los Angeles Rams 32-18 in an NFC divisional playoff game Saturday. He will play a conference championship game at home for the first time in his Hall of ...

Bills Headed to Title Game, Beat Ravens 17-3

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Taron Johnson could’ve kept running into next week on a 101-yard interception that carried the Buffalo Bills to their first AFC championship game appearance in 26 years. Johnson’s pick-6 of Lamar Jackson’s pass with 41 seconds remaining in the third quarter ...

UN Could Make Olympics Decision

SYDNEY (AP) — Kevan Gosper, a former International Olympic Committee vice president, is suggesting the United Nations might be the place to decide the fate of the postponed Tokyo Olympic. The Olympics are to open on July 23 but face mounting opposition at home as COVID-19 cases surge in ...

COVID-19 Hits Arrivals at Australian Open

SYDNEY (AP) — Three coronavirus cases have been detected from charter flights carrying tennis players, coaches and officials to Melbourne for the Australian Open, forcing 47 players into strict hotel quarantine. The players from the two affected flights — arriving from Los Angeles and Abu ...

Kessel Scores Twice, Coyotes Beat Sharks

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Phil Kessel scored two goals, Antti Raanta stopped 31 shots and the Arizona Coyotes bounced back from an opening loss to beat the San Jose Sharks 5-3 on Saturday. Arizona got off to a slow start before coming to life late in a shootout loss to San Jose on Thursday ...

Harden Has Triple-Double in Nets Debut

NEW YORK (AP) — James Harden delivered 32 points and a triple-double in his Brooklyn debut, Kevin Durant scored a season-high 42 points, and the Nets showed off their potential in a 122-115 victory over the Orlando Magic Saturday. Harden had 14 assists and 12 rebounds after being cleared to ...

Top 25: No. 2 Baylor Rolls Texas Tech

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Davion Mitchell had 17 points and Jared Butler finally scored late as No. 2 Baylor overcame No. 15 Texas Tech 68-60 on Saturday to stay undefeated after their closest game this season. Butler, the preseason AP All-American coming off a season-high 28 points in the last ...

Smith Signs Deal to Be Falcons Coach

By The Associated Press FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Arthur Smith has signed a contract with the Atlanta Falcons to be their next coach, the team announced Saturday. Smith, a former Tennessee Titans assistant, agreed to terms Friday. Neither Smith nor any other team official will be made ...

Wolfe Rekindles Love For Football

By DAVID GINSBURG AP Sports Writer Beaver Local product Derek Wolfe signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Ravens last March because he missed the joy of competing in the NFL playoffs. Wolfe, an energetic and talented defensive end, lost his passion for the game during a miserable ...

YMCA, Highlands Sports Complex Halt Activities

WHEELING — When West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced Monday that high school winter sports competitions can begin March 3 and practices can begin Feb. 14, those who oversee youth sports programs didn’t know those guidelines would end up affecting them. They found out the next day, ...

Flyers Get Second Win Over Penguins

By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA — Gritty’s hat trick was that the mascot had one at all, a comically oversized Flyers cap he flung, frisbee-style, onto the ice. Gritty went big — and so did Travis Konecny in his first career hat trick. Konecny scored three goals and had ...

Similarities Are Abound For Browns, Chiefs

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Despite their long and storied histories, with the Cleveland Browns having joined the NFL in 1950 and the Kansas City Chiefs with the AFL-NFL merger some 16 years later, the two franchises have rarely met — and never in the ...

River Quiets Barnesville

BARNESVILLE — Suffice to say, River was well aware of the shooting exploits that Barnesville demonstrated during its Wednesday evening victory against Steubenville Catholic. Just 48 hours removed from a game when they knocked down 16, 3-pointers and scored 84 points, the Shamrocks found the ...

Buckeye Local Hires Hoover as New Football Coach

CONNORVILLE — Jim Hoover spent the 2020 football season working as the defensive coordinator for Buckeye Local. He saw, first hand, the progress that the Panthers made when they won three of their final four games. When the head coaching job came open in December after Roger Herbert ...

Nailers Announce Third Portion of 2020-21 Schedule

WHEELING — The Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, have announced part three of their 2020-21 season. This portion of the schedule contains games 19 through 42, which will be played between Feb. 12th and April 3rd. Part three of the schedule begins with a ...

Tight Games and One Upset Projected This Weekend

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer Aaron, meet Aaron. And Aaron. Aaron Donald, the unanimous All-Pro defensive tackle who owns a couple of Defensive Player of the Year awards, certainly hopes to meet fellow All-Pro Aaron Rodgers on Saturday — in the Packers’ backfield. Donald ...

Smith to Coach Falcons

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have chosen offense and youth as the calling cards of their new coach. Atlanta agreed to terms with Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith on Friday to become the team’s head coach. Smith, only 38, has no experience as a head coach. The ...

Miller Being Investigated

DENVER (AP) — Broncos linebacker Von Miller is under investigation by police in a Denver suburb. Parker Police Department spokesman Josh Hans confirmed the investigation Friday, but couldn’t provide additional details. Hans wrote in an email that, “if the investigation determines a ...

Cavs Edge Knicks

CLEVELAND (AP) — Andre Drummond tied his career high with 33 points and grabbed 23 rebounds, and Cedi Osman scored 25 points in Cleveland’s 106-103 victory over New York on Friday night. Drummond had the Cavaliers’ first 30-20 game since Carlos Boozer had 32 points and 20 rebounds ...