National Sports

TOP 25 THIS WEEK: Furman plays for 1st time with ranking

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Furman coach Bob Richey wants his players to savor the program's first appearance in the AP Top 25 poll, yet also remember how much work it took to get there. He's hoping that approach will keep the 25th-ranked Paladins building ...

Redskins QB McCoy breaks fibula in right leg, out for season

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Washington Redskins are accustomed to the knot in the stomach and the bad news that inevitably hits when a quarterback goes down: Colt McCoy is done for the year with a broken right leg, the same fate as his predecessor, Alex ...

With Olympics looming, surf star captures a bigger prize

By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer If Australia's Stephanie Gilmore captures the gold medal when surfing makes its Olympic debut two years from now, it might not be her most meaningful win. Gilmore, who is talked about as possibly the greatest athlete of all time in her sport, takes pride in ...

Impressive wins push Michigan to No. 5 in new AP Top 25 poll

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Maybe AP Top 25 voters were a bit too low on Michigan to start the season. That isn't the case anymore. The Wolverines (8-0, 1-0 Big Ten) have made a rapid rise to reach No. 5 in Monday's latest poll behind Gonzaga, Kansas, Duke and ...

No. 1 Alabama has 5 players first-team AP All-SEC selections

By The Associated Press Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is the offensive player of the year and one of five members of the top-ranked Crimson Tide to earn first-team honors on The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference team. No. 16 Kentucky (No. 14 College Football Playoff ) has the ...

Chicago Bulls fire coach Fred Hoiberg; Boylen takes over

CHICAGO (AP) — The skidding Chicago Bulls fired coach Fred Hoiberg on Monday and promoted associate head coach Jim Boylen in hopes of lifting the team from the bottom of the standings. The Bulls have been hit hard by injuries this season, but at 5-19 only two teams have worse ...

Win does little to calm turmoil at troubled Bayern Munich

By CIARAN FAHEY, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich's first win in four Bundesliga matches has done little to ease the turmoil at the club. Bayern president Uli Hoeness, who is bearing the brunt of the fan anger, faced criticism, boos and whistles at a stormy AGM on Friday. ...

Vince Carter enjoying his decision to go to Atlanta

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer Vince Carter could have gone anywhere. To a contender, to chase a ring. To retirement, because he has nothing left to prove. To television, which seems like it will be his next vocation whenever his playing days end. Instead, he chose Atlanta — a young ...

Rivers rallies Chargers past Steelers 33-30

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Philip Rivers watched Ben Roethlisberger do what the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback so often does — lead a game-tying drive late in the fourth quarter — and decided it was time for the Los Angeles Chargers to do something they so rarely ...

Steelers lose biggest lead ever at home in loss to Chargers

By DAN SCIFO, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers let another one slip away. For the second straight week, the Steelers held a second-half lead and lost. This time, Pittsburgh blew its biggest lead ever at home, as Michael Badgley kicked a 29-yard field goal on the ...

UConn wins early season showdown with Notre Dame

By DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — It's only December, but UConn showed it's the best team in the country with an early-season win over Notre Dame. The Huskies topped the Irish 89-71 on Sunday in the women's Jimmy V Classic behind a stellar effort by freshman Christyn ...

NFL ICYMI: Packers, A-Rod say ‘bye’ to McCarthy; who next?

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Pro Football Writer There's little argument that Aaron Rodgers' talent is such that his Green Bay Packers probably should have won more than one Super Bowl by now. For quite some time, there have been those who blamed coach Mike McCarthy for the lack of titles more than ...

Column: Steady dose of same reason for playoff expansion

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Alabama? Always. Clemson? Four years running. Oklahoma? Make it three of the last four seasons for the Sooners. Thank goodness for Notre Dame or the College Football Playoff would have been nothing but more of the same. The Fighting Irish are the ...

Rams improve best record in NFL, beat Lions 30-16

DETROIT (AP) — Todd Gurley ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns to help the Los Angeles Rams overcome a sputtering start to beat the Detroit Lions 30-16 Sunday and clinch the NFC West title for a second straight season. The Rams (11-1) also moved a step closer to earning home-field advantage ...

No. 16 Ohio State routs Minnesota 79-59 in Big Ten opener

By NICOLE KRAFT, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State wasted no time staking its claim as the team to beat in the Big Ten. Andre Wesson scored 16 points, Kaleb Wesson had 15, and No. 16 Ohio State beat Minnesota 79-59 on Sunday night in the conference opener for both ...

Lakers rout Suns 120-96 for 3rd straight victory

By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kyle Kuzma scored 23 points and LeBron James had 22 before both sat out the fourth quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers' third home victory in four days, 120-96 over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday. Brandon Ingram scored 15 points and JaVale McGee had 14 ...

Mahomes throws 4 TDs to lead Chiefs past Raiders 40-33

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Pro Football Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs still had plenty of firepower on offense even without star running back Kareem Hunt. Mahomes threw four touchdown passes Sunday to join Peyton Manning and Tom Brady as the only QBs to ...

Promoter: Adonis Stevenson in stable condition after KO

QUEBEC CITY (AP) — Canadian boxer Adonis Stevenson has been upgraded from critical to stable condition and remains in an induced coma Sunday after being knocked out Saturday night in his light heavyweight title fight. Boxing promoter Yvon Michel tweeted about the 41-year-old Stevenson's ...

Wilder keeps heavyweight title, fights Fury to split draw

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tyson Fury dominated long stretches of his heavyweight title bout against Deontay Wilder with shifty technique and graceful defense. He still ended up flat on the canvas in the 12th round, his eyes rolling backward while Wilder celebrated ...

Irish and Huskies ready for latest chapter of rivalry

By DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer There's been no better and more entertaining rivalry in women's college basketball over the past decade than the one between Notre Dame and UConn. From Breanna Stewart's dominance of the Irish in the Final Four while UConn won four straight national ...