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George powers Thunder past Bucks for 5th straight win

By The Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Paul George had 36 points and 13 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Milwaukee Bucks 118-112 on Sunday for their fifth straight victory. Russell Westbrook had 13 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for his 16th triple-double of the ...

US beats Panama 3-0 in Berhalter’s debut as coach

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Gregg Berhalter ushered in a new era for the U.S. men's national team with an attacking style and a new captain. A lopsided win was a great way to get started, even in a match involving mostly second- and third-stringers. Berhalter became the third U.S. coach in the ...

AFC wins 3rd straight Pro Bowl, 26-7 over NFC in Orlando

By MARK LONG, AP Sports Writer ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Pro Bowl has long been considered a laughable representation of the NFL game. It reached a new level of comedy Sunday as several players swapped positions during the annual all-star game. Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey ...

American snaps Germany’s 24-race bobsled winning streak

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) — Elana Meyers Taylor of the United States won a World Cup women's bobsled race Saturday, ending Germany's 24-race winning streak in World Cup and Olympic bobsled races dating back to last season. Meyers Taylor and push athlete Lauren Gibbs finished their two ...

Curry accent: Brothers Steph, Seth Curry in 3-point contest

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Golden State star Stephen Curry has told ESPN that he and brother Seth Curry of the Portland Trail Blazers will be taking part in the 3-point contest during the NBA's All-Star weekend. They'll be squaring off Feb. 16 in Charlotte, their hometown. Stephen Curry told ...

Naomi Osaka wins Australian Open for 2nd major, top ranking

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — So close to victory, Naomi Osaka suddenly was letting the Australian Open final slip away. Three championship points? Gone. A sizable lead? Soon all gone, too. She was playing poorly. She yelled at herself. Slammed a ball. ...

Jazz mascot nets bat on court before game vs. Timberwolves

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — It took a bear — Jazz Bear — to catch a bat and leave the high-flying hijinks to the NBA players. A wayward bat flew around the court inside the Vivint Smart Home Arena about an hour before Utah's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday, interrupting the ...

NBA-leading Bucks rally to beat Hornets 108-99

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Seldom-used Pat Connaughton and a defensive switch sparked the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks. And Connaughton didn't even score. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 34 points and 14 rebounds and Milwaukee rallied to beat Charlotte 108-99 on Friday night, outscoring the Hornets 32-12 in ...

Harden scores 35 in Rockets’ 121-119 win over Raptors

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — In a season filled with lots of injuries that have resulted in just as many ups and downs, the Houston Rockets have found help in unlikely places. When Chris Paul was injured, they got a boost by signing Austin Rivers following his release ...

Puck and player tracking coming to NHL next season

By Stephen Whyno AP Hockey Writer Puck and player tracking is coming to the NHL next season. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the long-expected news Friday during All-Star Weekend in San Jose, California. The league is partnering with German company Jogmo World Corp. to put microchips ...

Harbaugh ready to launch ‘new era of football’ for Ravens

By David Ginsburg AP Sports Writer OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — After signing a four-year contract, Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh is excited about a “new era” for a team already well on its way to sporting a different look in 2019. The metamorphosis of the Ravens began with the ...

Pagano sees opportunity of lifetime leading Bears’ defense

By Andrew Seligman AP Sports Writer LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chuck Pagano is ready to embrace the “opportunity of a lifetime” as the Chicago Bears’ defensive coordinator. He inherits a group that ranked among the best in the NFL and helped Chicago win the NFC North after four ...

On Basketball: Harden’s run should end when he gets help

By Tim Reynolds AP Basketball Writer This play midway through the fourth quarter of James Harden's historic effort at Madison Square Garden was largely reminiscent of what the Houston Rockets' offense has looked like lately: He got the ball. He kept it for 16 seconds. He dribbled it 21 ...

Pacers lose All-Star Victor Oladipo to season-ending injury

By Michael Marot AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Victor Oladipo’s season is over. The Indiana Pacers intend to make sure his injury doesn’t derail theirs, too. After learning the All-Star guard faces season-ending surgery for a ruptured quad tendon in his right knee, Oladipo’s ...

Nadal breaks, beats Tsitsipas for 5th Australian Open final

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal is certainly not treating tennis' next generation well at the Australian Open. Add 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas to the list of youngsters Nadal has bullied on his way to his fifth final at Melbourne Park and ...

AP source: MLB seeks to increase DL, option time

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has proposed going back to a 15-day disabled list and increasing the time optioned players usually must spend in the minor leagues, a person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press, moves aimed at ...

Jazz dominate from perimeter, top Nuggets 114-108

By JOHN COON, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Once Utah got warmed up on the perimeter, Denver couldn't do anything to cool the Jazz. The long-distance barrage kept the Nuggets on their heels for the better part of four quarters and allowed Utah to scratch out a 114-108 win Wednesday ...

No. 7 Nevada romps to 100-60 win over Colorado State

By EMERSON MARCUS, Associated Press RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada coach Eric Musselman threatened to turn off the 3-point green light after a lackluster shooting performance Saturday by the seventh-ranked Wolf Pack against Air Force. Musselman sang a different tune following his team's 100-60 ...

Kansas, Kentucky square off in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge

By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer A look at the upcoming week around the Big 12 Conference. GAME OF THE WEEKEND: Kansas at Kentucky: The ninth-ranked Jayhawks travel to face the eighth-ranked Wildcats in the highlight of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. Kentucky has hit its stride after some early ...

Harden’s career-high 61 points leads Rockets by Knicks

NEW YORK (AP) — James Harden scored a career-high 61 points, tying Kobe Bryant’s record for a visiting opponent at the current Madison Square Garden, and the Houston Rockets edged the New York Knicks 114-110 on Wednesday night. Harden made the clinching layup with 3.8 seconds remaining ...