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Polamalu, Wayne, Willis 1st year eligible for Hall of Fame

By Barry Wilner AP Pro Football Writer Safety Troy Polamalu, wide receiver Reggie Wayne and linebacker Patrick Willis are first-year eligible players among the 25 semifinalists of the modern era for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Also on the list, which will be cut to 15 on Jan. 2, are ...

MLB investigating alleged domestic violence by Sam Dyson

NEW YORK (AP) — Free agent pitcher Sam Dyson has been accused of domestic violence and is being investigated by Major League Baseball. The commissioner's office says in a statement it is "aware of it and looking into it." Dyson's agency, ISE, did not immediately respond to a text seeking ...

No. 5 Alabama needs Iron Bowl win, help for playoff berth

By JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writer TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — This is an awkward position for Alabama; the Crimson Tide are accustomed to leaning on anyone for a helping hand. Even if the fifth-ranked Crimson Tide ends the regular season with a win at No. 16 Auburn in Saturday's Iron Bowl, ...

AP Top 25 Reality Check: Rivalry week with ranked matchups

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Intense and tradition-rich rivalries are fun no matter the stakes. They get even juicer when both teams are ranked. This year rivalry week includes five matchups of teams ranked in the latest AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank, though one of them ...

Chiefs could place stranglehold on another AFC West title

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs had one of their best weeks of the season without even playing. After traveling to Mexico City to knock off the Los Angeles Chargers, the Chiefs were able to enjoy their long-awaited bye while watching the New ...

Duke solidifies No. 1 in AP Top 25; Maryland rises to No. 5

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Basketball Writer Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski set the record for wins coaching a No. 1 team when his top-ranked Blue Devils knocked off California and Georgetown on back-to-back nights to win the 2K Empire Classic. He will have a chance to add to his 218-34 mark this ...

Arizona women ranked for 1st time in 15 years; Oregon No. 1

By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Arizona's Adia Barnes has her team headed in the right direction in her fourth year coaching at her alma mater. The Wildcats earned their first ranking in 15 years on Monday, entering The Associated Press women's college basketball poll ...

No. 1 Duke beats Georgetown in 2K Empire Classic title game

By The Associated Press undefined NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Krzyzewski set the record for wins coaching a No. 1 team as top-ranked Duke got 20 points and 10 rebounds from Vernon Carey Jr. to beat Georgetown 81-73 on Friday night at Madison Square Garden. The Blue Devils (6-0) beat Cal and the ...

Anthony Davis has big 2nd half, Lakers beat Thunder

By The Associated Press undefined OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Anthony Davis scored 24 of his 33 points in the second half to help the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 130-127 on Friday night. Davis also had 11 rebounds and seven assists, and LeBron James added 23 points and 14 ...

No. 10 Ohio St keeps rolling, routs Purdue Fort Wayne 85-46

By STEVE HELWAGEN Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State broke into the top 10 partially because of its stellar defense so far this season. That defense was on display again Friday night as the Buckeyes hosted Purdue Fort Wayne, which became the fifth straight Ohio State opponent ...

Penguins beat Devils 4-1 with 3rd-period burst

By The Associated Press undefined PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jared McCann and John Marino scored 25 seconds apart in the third period to boost the Pittsburgh Penguins past the New Jersey Devils 4-1 on Friday night. Jake Guentzel had his team-leading 11th goal for Pittsburgh and Dominik Kahun added ...

Celtics’ Smart unhappy with response to Denver fan incident

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer The NBA is investigating an incident between Boston guard Marcus Smart and a fan in Denver, after the Celtics guard said he heard a derogatory comment and was unhappy with the way that he believed security in the arena responded to the matter. Smart said a ...

Texans beat Colts 20-17 to top AFC South

By Kristie Rieken AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Deshaun Watson threw two touchdown passes to DeAndre Hopkins and finished with 298 yards to help the Houston Texans beat the Indianapolis Colts 20-17 on Thursday night to take the AFC South lead. The Texans (7-4), who were embarrassed by ...

Catcher Yasmani Grandal, White Sox reach $73M, 4-year deal

By Andrew Seligman AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Yasmani Grandal saw a young team stocked with promising pitchers and hitters. He envisioned a bright future for the Chicago White Sox, and he chose to be part of it. No longer burdened by draft-pick compensation, Grandal found the ...

Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa injures hip, out for rest of season

By The Associated Press undefined STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Tua Tagovailoa sustained a season-ending right hip injury being dragged down late in the first half on what was likely his final series of the day in No. 4 Alabama’s 38-7 victory over Mississippi State on Saturday. Tagovailoa ...

AP Top 25 Takeaways: Don’t play blame game with Tua’s injury

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer The only foolproof way to avoid being injured playing football is to not play at all. Alabama star Tua Tagovailoa started Saturday at Mississippi State, a week after he looked gimpy on a surgically repaired ankle but played great against LSU. The ...

NFL looking for next generation of stars — ages 9-12

By ARNIE STAPLETON AP Pro Football Writer The NFL is looking for the next generation of youth football stars to help usher in its second century. The league launched a casting call Sunday asking parents and youth coaches of boys and girls ages 9-12 to submit videos of the kids’ best moves ...

George’s 37 in home debut lead Clippers past Hawks 150-101

By BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paul George made history in his Clippers home debut even though he considered it mere practice after missing the first 11 games of the season. George scored 37 points in 20 minutes, becoming the first NBA player to score that many in fewer ...

No. 6 Oregon downs Arizona 34-6 for 9th straight win

By ANNE M. PETERSON AP Sports Writer EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — In securing a spot in the Pac-12 title game, Justin Herbert marveled at how far Oregon had come since his freshman year. Herbert threw for 333 yards and four touchdowns and No. 6 Oregon won its ninth straight game and clinched the ...

Myles Garrett, helmet a ‘weapon,’ banned for rest of season

By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Myles Garrett is done playing for the Cleveland Browns this season. The NFL isn’t saying when the star defensive end will play again. He was suspended for at least the rest of the regular season and postseason — if the Browns qualify. ...