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NFL looks into whether Bills violated injury reporting rules

By JOHN WAWROW AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The NFL is looking into whether the Buffalo Bills violated league rules on reporting injuries in connection to defensive end Jerry Hughes revealing he played with torn wrist ligaments. The league on Thursday notified the Buffalo ...

Half-empty stadiums won’t stop number of bowls from going up

By ERIC OLSON AP College Football Writer Six bowls this season had their smallest crowds on record, with section after section of unoccupied seats a yawning indication of just how little buzz there can be for the long, long list of postseason games on the schedule. Half-empty stadiums? Teams ...

Agnes Keleti, the oldest living Olympic champion, turns 99

By PABLO GORONDI Associated Press BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Although she turned 99 on Thursday, even a 9-year-old would have a hard time keeping up with Agnes Keleti's irrepressible energy and enthusiasm. Keleti is the oldest living Olympic champion and a Holocaust survivor. She won 10 ...

Titans defensive coordinator facing off vs. old team, Ravens

By TERESA M. WALKER AP Pro Football Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee defensive coordinator Dean Pees still talks with his old boss, Baltimore coach John Harbaugh. Just not this week. Pees spent eight years working for Harbaugh first coaching linebackers and then defensive ...

Dotson scores 20 points, No. 3 Kansas routs Iowa State 79-53

By ROB GRAY AMES, Iowa (AP) — Kansas coach Bill Self grinned instead of perspiring following the No. 3 Jayhawks' 79-53 rout over Iowa State on Wednesday night. It proved to be a welcome change for the Jayhawks at Hilton Coliseum — where they had lost three of the past five meetings with ...

Eagles wonder ‘what if?’ after Wentz knocked out with injury

By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carson Wentz waited four years to make his first playoff start. The Eagles' franchise QB took only eight snaps before he ended another postseason on the sidelines. Wentz was speared in the back of the head on a helmet-to-helmet hit from ...

Next up for Tom Brady after early playoff exit? Who knows?

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer Teammates and opponents, coaches and NFL executives, even most fans recognize that Tom Brady has nothing left to prove. There might be one dissenting voice: Brady himself. Maybe that's why in the midst of the disappointment — and some discontent — ...

Swat team: Lakers block 20 shots, hold off Pistons 106-99

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — After Dwight Howard blocked Andre Drummond's shot with a perfect combination of timing and athleticism, he wagged a Mutombo finger at the uproarious Staples Center crowd. The rest of the Lakers took off on a fast break that left them with ...

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer Working overtime paid off for Minnesota and Houston this weekend. Seattle avoided the extra session and made it a wild-card bonanza, with three of the four road teams winning. One day after the Texans rallied from a 16-0 deficit to beat Buffalo 22-19 in ...

AP source: Cowboys pick McCarthy to replace Garrett as coach

By SCHUYLER DIXON AP Pro Football Writer A person with direct knowledge of the decision says the Dallas Cowboys and Mike McCarthy have agreed on a deal for the former Green Bay coach to replace Jason Garrett. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because ...

Stern was a big-city guy and a friend to the small markets

By Brian Mahoney AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — David Stern had been NBA commissioner for barely a year when the Knicks won the 1985 draft lottery, sending Patrick Ewing on the way to New York. Skeptics cried conspiracy, that the league rigged the result to bail out the faltering ...

Villanova’s Jay Wright named AP coach of the decade

By John Marshall AP Basketball Writer The final seconds of the 2016 national title game were some of the most dramatic in college basketball history. North Carolina’s Marcus Paige hit an off-balance 3-pointer to tie the game with 4.7 seconds left, only to be upstaged by Villanova’s ...

No. 1 Gonzaga rallies in 2nd half to beat Portland 85-72

By The Associated Press undefined PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Killian Tillie had 22 points, Corey Kispert added 18 and top-ranked Gonzaga rallied in the second half to beat Portland 85-72 on Thursday night for its 12th straight victory over the Pilots. Ryan Woolridge scored 15 points for Gonzaga ...

Carroll savors another playoff trip after decade in Seattle

By TIM BOOTH AP Sports Writer RENTON, Wash. (AP) — When Pete Carroll was informed that nearly 10 years to the day had past since he was announced as the Seattle Seahawks head coach, the normally effusive coach was momentarily stunned. Partly because it hasn't felt like a decade. Partly ...

Baylor, West Virginia surprise teams as Big 12 play begins

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Basketball Writer LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A look at the upcoming week around the Big 12 Conference. GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 16 West Virginia heads to Allen Fieldhouse to take on third-ranked Kansas on Saturday in what few had circled on the calendar just a few months ago. ...

No nostalgia for Brady as he enters latest postseason run

By KYLE HIGHTOWER AP Sports Writer FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady made one thing clear on Thursday: He isn't thinking about the past or the future this week as he prepares for the 17th postseason of his 20-year NFL career. "I'm not much for nostalgia," Brady said. "I'm just pretty ...

Yankees’ Germán suspended 81 games for domestic violence

By JAKE SEINER AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees pitcher Domingo Germán will miss the first 63 games of the 2020 season as part of an 81-game ban for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. The league announced the suspension Thursday. Germán has agreed not to ...

Top-seeded Ravens exhibited greatness after mediocre start

By DAVID GINSBURG AP Sports Writer OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens had just given up 30 points in the second half of a 40-25 loss at home to Cleveland that dropped their record to 2-2. As he gathered his players in the locker room, coach John Harbaugh was more disappointed than ...

Delpit caps unusual season for LSU with trip to title game

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Grant Delpit has had an unusual season. LSU's star safety switched positions early in the year to compensate for an injured teammate. Later in the season, he was the injured player and the Tigers' defense suffered from Delpit being limited by a ...