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Lawrence, Fields land on title stage after lobbying to play

By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer There has never been any doubt about the football abilities of Clemson's Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields of Ohio State. Their youth quarterback coach could see the power arms, nimble feet and accurate decision-making when they were budding Georgia prep ...

Washington cuts Haskins; Smith or Heinicke to play at Eagles

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Sports Writer Washington released quarterback Dwayne Haskins on Monday, hours after coach Ron Rivera said either Alex Smith or Taylor Heinicke will start the regular-season finale with the NFC East at stake. Rivera is "optimistic" Smith will be ready to play at the ...

Odd became normal: sports’ masked road trip to the unknown

FRED LIEF AP Sports Writer Take your pick. Maybe it was a Big East Tournament basketball game that broke for halftime and never returned. Or the cardboard cutouts of spectators that replaced flesh-and blood fans in stadiums across the country. Or the Maui Invitational relocated from the ...

No. 18 Miami, Oklahoma State meet in Cheez-It Bowl

The Associated Press undefined Cheez-It Bowl: Oklahoma State (7-3, 6-3 Big 12) against Miami (8-2, 7-2 ACC), Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. EST (ESPN). Line: Miami by 2. Series record: Miami leads 1-0. WHAT'S AT STAKE No. 18 Miami is looking to rebound after getting routed 62-26 by North Carolina in ...

Boston Celtics Hall of Famer K.C. Jones dies at 88

By Jimmy Golen AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Basketball Hall of Famer K.C. Jones, a 12-time NBA champion who was one of only seven players in history to win championships in college and the pros along with an Olympic gold medal, has died. He was 88. The Celtics said Jones' family ...

Mayor: Jets’ win could be defining moment for woeful Jaguars

By Mark Long AP Pro Football Writer JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The sun seemed to shine brighter in Jacksonville on Monday. The air felt crisper. The St. Johns River looked cleaner. Even the Jaguars' aging stadium appeared to glisten for the first time in decades. Jacksonville's losing ...

Gonzaga strengthens grip on No. 1 spot in AP poll

By John Marshall AP Basketball Writer A two-week layoff did nothing to slow down Gonzaga. The Zags strengthened their grip on the No. 1 spot in The Associated Press college basketball poll released on Monday, earning 61 of 64 first-place votes from a media panel after knocking off then-No. ...

HOF linebacker, pass rush great Kevin Greene dies at 58

  By Steve Reed AP Sports Writer Hall of Fame linebacker Kevin Greene, considered one of the fiercest pass rushers in NFL history, has died. He was 58. Greene died Monday, the family confirmed, as did the Pro Football Hall of Fame. No cause of death was given. "The entire Pro ...

Suggs, No. 1 Gonzaga return with 99-88 win over No. 3 Iowa

By The Associated Press undefined SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Jalen Suggs scored 18 of his career-high 27 points in the first half and No. 1 Gonzaga held off a late rally to beat No. 3 Iowa 99-88 on Saturday. This was the Bulldogs first game since pausing activities in early December because ...

No. 12 Sooners win 6th B12 title in row, 27-21 over Iowa St

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley remembered two specific moments right after the No. 12 Sooners won their sixth consecutive Big 12 championship. There was the uncertainty of what was next when players were sent home after one spring ...

Messi equals Pelé’s 643 club goals, Barça held by Valencia

By JOSEPH WILSON Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi has another individual scoring milestone, but he sure doesn't have a team that looks like a champion. Messi equaled Pelé's all-time club scoring tally on Saturday in a 2-2 draw with Valencia. His 643rd career goal for ...

Ronaldo nets 2 as Juventus wins at Parma 4-0 in Serie A

By DANIELLA MATAR Associated Press MILAN (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo responded to recent criticism with two goals to help Juventus win at Parma 4-0 in Serie A on Saturday. Dejan Kulusevski scored Juve's opener against his old club as the nine-time defending champion moved level with Inter ...

No. 5 Texas A&M makes last CFP case in 34-13 win over Vols

AL LESAR Associated Press KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — No. 5 Texas A&M closed its case for inclusion in the College Football Playoff by mauling Tennessee by three touchdowns. Then the Aggies started campaigning. "I haven't lobbied or said a word up until now," Aggies coach Jimbo Fisher ...

NFL owners delay decision on 17-game regular season

By Barry Wilner AP Pro Football Writer NFL owners have delayed a decision on implementing a 17-game regular season for 2021. During a teleconference call Wednesday that replaced the usual December gathering of owners in Dallas, they opted to push back any move on the expanded season ...

Bills, Steelers, Saints closing in on division titles

By The Associated Press Despite an impressive prime-time win over the Steelers, Bills Mafia can't celebrate a playoff berth just yet. But it's getting closer. The Bills can wrap up the AFC East for the first time since 1995 win a victory at Denver on Saturday or a Dolphins loss on Sunday ...

MLB reclassifies Negro Leagues as major league

  NEW YORK (AP) — Willie Mays will add some hits to his record, Monte Irvin's big league batting average should climb over .300 and Satchel Paige may add nearly 150 victories to his total. Josh Gibson, the greatest of all Negro League sluggers, might just wind up with a major league ...

AP Source: NHL now focusing on mid-January season start date

AP Source: NHL now focusing on mid-January season start date By John Wawrow AP Hockey Writer Time has all but run out on the NHL's hope to start the season Jan. 1, with the league and NHL Players' Association now focusing their discussions on opening play in mid-January, a person ...

Bauer, LeMahieu, Springer top list of available free agents

By Noah Trister AP Baseball Writer The free agent market received a small boost this week, although it remains to be seen whether teams will be eager to take advantage. A record 59 players became free agents when their teams declined to offer them contracts by Wednesday night's tender ...

Week 12: Big Ten unbeatens, Bedlam and Lawrence returns

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer The Big Ten's four unbeaten teams square off Saturday in two games that could go a long way toward settling the division races. No. 9 Indiana faces No. 3 Ohio State in a top-10 matchup featuring the conference's overwhelming favorite against its ...

Murray, Cardinals get shut down in loss to Seahawks

By TIM BOOTH AP Sports Writer SEATTLE (AP) — Kyler Murray was crunched on Arizona's second drive of the game. A rude hello from Seattle's L.J. Collier and Carlos Dunlap that left Murray with a sore right shoulder. After not being touched by the Seahawks in their first meeting, Murray ...