National Sports

Championship Saturday: Oklahoma, Ohio State make CFP case

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Before the College Football Playoff field is set, there is one last chance to make a case to the selection committee. No. 5 Oklahoma and No. 6 Ohio State both need to win Saturday — and they should both be rooting for Alabama. The Sooners enter ...

LeBron, Lakers rally in 2nd half to beat Mavericks 114-103

By JOE REEDY, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers were stuck in neutral for most of the first half against Dallas. Then they ramped up their defense and rallied for a second win in as many nights, posting a 114-103 victory over the Mavericks on Friday night. "From the ...

Westbrook rebound short of triple-double, Thunder beat Hawks

By The Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook fell a rebound short of a triple-double, finishing with 23 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 124-109 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night. Alex Abrines scored 21 points on seven ...

Murphy’s 51st double-double leads Gophers over Cowboys 83-76

By BRIAN HALL, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Coach Richard Pitino set Minnesota's early-season schedule with a load of opponents from Power Five conferences, hoping to challenge his young Gophers and help their standing for the NCAA tournament. Winning those games adds to Minnesota's ...

Chiefs cut Hunt after running back lands on NFL exempt list

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs released running back Kareem Hunt on Friday night after video surfaced that showed the NFL's reigning rushing champion knocking over and kicking a woman in a Cleveland hotel hallway in February. The team issued ...

No. 10 Washington beats No. 17 Utah 10-3 for Pac-12 title

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — On a night when neither offense could do much of anything, it was only fitting that a pass that bounced off a receiver's hands and leg turned into the winning play. Byron Murphy returned a deflected interception 66 yards for the ...

Northern Illinois scores late to win MAC title game 30-29

DETROIT (AP) — Marcus Childers threw a touchdown pass — his fourth of the game — to D.J. Brown with 1:09 to go and Northern Illinois rallied from a 19-point, second-half deficit to take a 30-29 victory over Buffalo in the Mid-American Conference championship game on Friday night. The ...

Radford stuns No. 17 Texas on Jones layup 62-59

By JIM VERTUNO, AP Sports Writer AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Big school schedulers are probably second-guessing themselves for calling tiny Radford for a game. If the head coaches weren't such good friends, Texas would probably rather never see the Highlanders ever again. Carlik Jones made a ...

Hamilton, Garcia, Schoop cut loose; Cubs keep Russell

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Speedy outfielder Billy Hamilton and 2017 All-Stars Avisail Garcia and Jonathan Schoop became free agents Friday when they were among 43 players cut loose by teams that failed to offer 2019 contracts, but the Chicago Cubs hung onto shortstop ...

Pitt pulls away for 74-53 win over Duquesne in the City Game

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jeff Capel preached patience the day he took over the head coaching job at Pittsburgh in April, cautioning it would take time for the Panthers to find an identity and find their way back to respectability in the Atlantic Coast ...

Cavaliers trade Korver to Jazz for picks, Burks

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers finalized their trade with Utah and sent Kyle Korver to the Jazz. The teams agreed to the deal on Wednesday and completed the transaction Thursday following a conference call with NBA officials. Cleveland shipped Korver to the Jazz for guard Alec Burks and ...

Not enough bowls: Army, BYU unsure of postseason destination

By Ralph D. Russo AP College Football Writer Army is ranked for the first time in 22 years and the Cadets would win 11 games for the first time in school history if they beat Navy next week and follow that up with a win in a bowl game. The catch? Army, ranked No. 23 with a 9-2 record, is ...

Column: Wilder and Fury step up in heavyweight title fight

By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Columnist Just how well Deontay Wilder's heavyweight title defense Saturday night against Tyson Fury in Los Angeles will do at the box office is a question mark. For all the power in his right hand, Wilder is still trying to build his brand and Fury is largely an ...

Aston-Reese breaks tie in 3rd as Penguins down Jets 4-3

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — It took offense from players up and down the lineup to push the Pittsburgh Penguins past Winnipeg. Zach Aston-Reese scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:12 remaining off a perfect pass from Phil Kessel, and the Penguins rallied past the Jets 4-3 on Tuesday ...

Nuggets roll to biggest win over Lakers with 117-85 romp

By DENNIS GEORGATOS, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets have never been better against the Lakers. Paul Millsap, Jamal Murray and Malik Beasley scored 20 points apiece, and the Nuggets rolled to their most lopsided victory ever over Los Angeles, a 117-85 rout on Tuesday ...

Happ helps No. 22 Badgers withstand NC State in 79-75 win

By GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer MADISON, Wis. (AP) — With every win in what has been a rugged early-season schedule, No. 22 Wisconsin is proving that last year may have been just a fluke. The Badgers are back to their old, reliable ways - getting clutch stops and key contributions from ...

Wieskamp helps No. 14 Iowa hold off Pittsburgh 69-68

By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The first five games were a relative breeze for the 14th-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes, who unexpectedly jumped into the Top 25 after an impressive trip to New York. The rebuilding Pitt Panthers reminded Iowa that things typically aren't so ...

Williamson, Barrett lead No. 3 Duke past Indiana 90-69

By JOEDY McCREARY, AP Sports Writer DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Zion Williamson jumped a lazy pass by Indiana near midcourt. All of a sudden, nothing stood between him and yet another must-see dunk. No. 3 Duke put its lone loss firmly in the past just as easily as Williamson left those Hoosiers in ...

Martin twins lead No. 5 Nevada over Loyola-Chicago 79-65

By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — The maroon and gold Final Four banner hanging from the rafters gave Nevada just a little extra motivation. Not that the Wolf Pack really needed it. Caleb Martin had 21 points, twin brother Cody Martin scored 20 and No. 5 Nevada beat ...

Louisville upsets No. 9 Michigan State 82-78 in overtime

By GARY B. GRAVES, AP Sports Writer LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — No matter what line he shot from behind against No. 9 Michigan State, Louisville junior guard Ryan McMahon was feeling it. The Cardinals fed off his energy to not only give first-year coach Chris Mack a significant win, but a gutsy ...