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AP Top 25: Miami jumps to No. 2 behind Alabama; Oklahoma 3rd

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Miami is back at No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll , the Hurricanes' best ranking since 2003. The undefeated Hurricanes leaped five spots from No. 7 after routing Notre Dame on Saturday night. Alabama remained No. 1, where it has ...

Tomlin looking to clean up things after Steelers beat Colts

By MICHAEL MAROT, AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Mike Tomlin liked what he saw. The Pittsburgh Steelers were gritty and gruff  Sunday. They dug down, fought back and rallied for a 20-17 victory at Indianapolis. And Tomlin thought they showed what they're capable of doing over the ...

With Elliott out, Cowboys falter in 27-7 loss to Falcons

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys knew it would be tough to get by without Ezekiel Elliott. Turns out, they missed Tyron Smith even more. With their starting left tackle sidelined by back and groin injuries, the Cowboys surrendered six sacks to Adrian ...

AP Top 25 Takeaways: 3 top-10 blowouts reshape playoff race

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer On a Saturday that reshaped the College football Playoff race, three top-10 matchups produced three lopsided games that left Auburn, Miami and Oklahoma with well-defined paths to the final four. Out: Speculation about two SEC teams making the ...

Mayfield, Anderson lead No. 5 Oklahoma past No. 8 TCU

By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Baker Mayfield used his tried-and-true November formula of making spectacular plays and taking advantage of his running game to claim yet another big win. Mayfield threw three touchdown passes, Rodney Anderson had 290 yards from ...

Ball youngest to have triple-double but Lakers fall to Bucks

By RICH ROVITO, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Fatigued after a hard-fought road win the previous night, Giannis Antetokounmpo recognized the importance of following up with a win at home. "It was tough. A lot of us were tired," Antetokounmpo said after the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the ...

Jacobs easily outpoints Arias in return to ring

By BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — It wasn't the impressive showing he sought. Still, Danny Jacobs was happy to be back in the ring, and to be an easy winner over an outmatched Luis Arias. Jacobs dominated on Saturday night in a middleweight bout as lopsided as a fight ...

Tate runs for 206 yards, 2 TDs; Arizona beats Oregon State

By JOSE ROMERO, Associated Press TUSCON, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Wildcats ran, ran and ran some more in averaging 9.7 yards per rush Saturday night. And there was little Oregon State could do to stop it. Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate ran his streak of 100-yard rushing games to six, ...

British skier Ryding leads season-opening World Cup slalom

LEVI, Finland (AP) — British skier Dave Ryding posted the fastest time in the first run of the season-opening World Cup slalom on Sunday. Ryding clocked 50.29 seconds to lead Felix Neureuther of Germany by 0.14 and Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway by 0.18. Marcel Hirscher was 0.46 behind in ...

Mark Stone lifts Senators past Avalanche in Sweden; Holtby gets 200th win

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Mark Stone scored in regulation and again in overtime to give the Ottawa Senators a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night in the first of two regular-season games in the Swedish capital. Swedish defenseman Fredrik Claesson and Christopher DiDomenico also ...

NFL sacks leaders see teammates as keys to bringing QBs down

DALLAS (AP) — DeMarcus Lawrence lost his NFL lead in sacks when he didn't have one for the first time in eight games this season with the Cowboys. The Dallas defensive end still said it was his best game of the year. Such is the art of the sack, a stat so focused on the individual — down ...

For NBA, Chicago is slam dunk for 2020 All-Star festivities

CHICAGO (AP) — For the NBA, Chicago was a slam dunk to host the 2020 All-Star Game. The city will host the showcase event for the first time since 1988, when Michael Jordan took off from the foul line in an epic dunk contest and delivered an MVP performance in the game. Commissioner Adam ...

Ex-Missouri basketball coach Norm Stewart statue unveiled

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Former longtime Missouri basketball coach Norm Stewart has been immortalized outside the arena where the Tigers play. Stewart unveiled a statue of himself on Friday, hours before Missouri was scheduled to open its basketball season against Iowa State. The man who ...

Penn State payouts on Sandusky abuse claims now top $100M

By MARK SCOLFORO, Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Penn State disclosed Friday it recently paid out an additional $16 million to people with claims they were sexually abused by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, raising the total over several years to more than $100 ...

Bengals’ Green fined $42,541 for fight with Jaguars’ Ramsey

By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green has been fined $42,541 by the NFL for fighting with Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey last Sunday. Green grabbed Ramsey around the neck from behind and took him to the turf while throwing punches ...

Lecomte 22 points, No. 24 Baylor wins opener 107-66 over UCA

WACO, Texas (AP) — The Big 12's top newcomer last season is off to a fast start for No. 24 Baylor. And the Bears are already going deep. Manu Lecomte, the Belgium-born senior point guard and former Miami transfer, had six of Baylor's 12 3-pointers while scoring 22 points to lead the Bears to ...

After massacre, Las Vegas police beef up marathon security

By REGINA GARCIA CANO, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas is posting snipers and surrounding tens of thousands of runners with other safety measures at a weekend marathon, the first large-scale outdoor event since a gunman killed 58 people at a country music festival. Police have ...

With Olympics in 3 months, WADA gets Russian doping files

By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer The World Anti-Doping Agency has obtained files from a Moscow lab that contain data from a period when investigators say Russia ran a state-sponsored system designed to help Olympic athletes evade positive tests. The data is considered a key piece of ...

Wall’s 23, Beal’s 22 help Wiz beat Lonzo Ball, Lakers 111-95

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Wall’s Wizards managed to make a double-digit edge hold up against the Lakers this time, with the All-Star point guard scoring 23 points and Bradley Beal 22 as Washington beat Los Angeles and cold-shooting Lonzo Ball 111-95 on Thursday night. Ball had 10 points, ...

Patriots claim tight end Martellus Bennett off waivers

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots claimed tight end Martellus Bennett off waivers on Thursday, a day after he was cut by the Green Bay Packers for “failing to disclose a physical condition.” He didn’t play in the Packers’ 30-17 loss on Monday to the Detroit Lions ...