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Stakes high as Steelers host Brady

PITTSBURGH — The soul searching began the moment the Pittsburgh Steelers walked off the field last January at snowy Foxborough following painful three hours watching Tom Brady and the New England Patriots toy with them in a one-sided 36-17 victory in the AFC title game that didn’t even ...

Osweiler’s strong relief appearance leads Broncos

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler played like a relaxed reliever on Thursday. He couldn’t have picked a better time. With Paxton Lynch inactive and Trevor Siemian out after two series, Osweiler trotted onto the field, ran for one touchdown and threw for ...

Michigan team rebounds after 84-game winning streak ends

POWERS, Mich. (AP) — An Upper Peninsula school that holds the Michigan record for most basketball victories in a row is starting over. After 84 consecutive wins, the boys at North Central in Powers, Michigan, lost last week for the first time since 2014. But the Jets returned to their ...

Froome maintains innocence, rival doubts process

LONDON (AP) — Chris Froome’s renewed protestations of innocence on Thursday were accompanied by doubts about why the four-time Tour de France champion was not immediately suspended for failing a doping test. Froome has been ordered to explain to the International Cycling Union why a ...

Tyrod eager for opportunity

ORCHARD PARK — With his bruised left knee feeling considerably better, Tyrod Taylor stood comfortably at the podium requiring no reminder of the doubts and adversity he’s overcome in preparing to once again reclaim the Buffalo Bills’ starting job. Whether the Bills latest ...

Tour champ fails doping test

PARIS (AP) — Chris Froome failed a doping test during the Spanish Vuelta in September and is facing a suspension from cycling ahead of his attempt to win a record-equaling fifth Tour de France title next year. Froome won his fourth Tour title this year and followed it with a victory at ...

Rodgers says he’s been medically cleared to return

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers has been “medically cleared to return” to action after missing seven games with a broken right collarbone, the Green Bay Packers quarterback announced on Instagram Tuesday night. Rodgers was hurt during a loss to Minnesota on Oct. 15 and had ...

Orioles star Machado could move

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Baltimore Orioles star Manny Machado could be on the move. To a new position — or a new team. Big names emerged in trade talk Tuesday, with Machado, New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey and Detroit pitcher Michael Fulmer heating up the winter meetings. And ...

Penguins lead goaltender youth movement

PITTSBURGH — Jim Rutherford knows what it’s like to be a young goaltender trying to find his way in the NHL. Rutherford went through it with the Detroit Red Wings in the early 1970s, thrust into action at 21 years old with a franchise in the middle of a bumpy transition. Yet that’s ...

George, Anthony visit old homes that look fine without them

Paul George and Carmelo Anthony are going back to old homes that are doing just fine without them. Indiana and New York are winning, bolstered by players they acquired for their superstars. While Oklahoma City remains underwhelming, Pacers and Knicks fans are even thinking they also won ...

Patriots winning streak ends at 8 after loss to Dolphins

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — New England coach Bill Belichick was asked if the Patriots’ eight-game winning streak ended because they looked past the Miami Dolphins to Sunday’s showdown between division leaders at Pittsburgh. Belichick dismissed the idea. “Give me a break,” he said ...

Halak, Islanders end three-game skid

NEW YORK — Jaroslav Halak made 31 saves after getting a vote of confidence from his coach, and the New York Islanders beat the Washington Capitals 3-1 on Monday night to snap a three-game winless streak. Brock Nelson, Andrew Ladd and John Tavares scored goals for the Islanders, who built ...

Who’s on deck for baseball’s next big deal?

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — No matter how much their fans imagined Giancarlo Stanton bashing balls over the Green Monster, the Boston Red Sox never came close to getting the NL MVP. But does anyone really expect the Red Sox or the Cubs and other top contenders to stand still after seeing ...

Villanova hops over Michigan State for No. 1 in AP Top 25

Villanova’s unbeaten start now includes a No. 1 ranking in the AP Top 25 , while Arizona State is making a rapid rise into the top 10 under third-year coach Bobby Hurley. After a tumultuous week in which unanimous No. 1 Duke and No. 2 Kansas lost, the Wildcats (10-0) earned 41 of 65 ...

Bills keep playoff hopes alive

ORCHARD PARK — LeSean McCoy scored on a 21-yard run with 1:33 left in overtime to secure the Buffalo Bills’ 13-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday in a wintry, white-out setting best suited for snow shoes and sled dogs. McCoy finished with 156 yards rushing and topped the ...

Morris, Trammell elected to baseball Hall of Fame

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Fittingly, Jack Morris reached the Hall of Fame in extra innings. Morris was elected to the Hall by its Modern Era committee on Sunday along with former Detroit Tigers teammate Alan Trammell, completing a joint journey from Motown to Cooperstown. The ...

Brawls, dirty hits, malicious moves

Maybe the public address announcer at NFL stadiums is a job for Michael Buffer these days. You know: “Let’s get ready to rumble!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Unfortunately, what goes on inside the boxing ring might be safer than what we saw the last few weeks on the football ...

Antoine tops American team in shortened skeleton race

WINTERBERG, Germany — Matt Antoine was the top American in Friday’s men’s skeleton World Cup in Winterberg, which was shortened to one heat due to heavy snow. Antoine finished seventh, just 0.06 seconds from the top six. “The weather today was less than ideal, but this place is ...

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Fast-moving flames make people flee on a moment’s notice

FALLBROOK, Calif. — Flames were practically on top of Dick and Joan Marsala’s home when they got an urgent knock on the door and were told to leave. The couple, in their mid-80s, grabbed only a change of clothes and medications before fleeing Thursday through wind gusts and smoke as ...

Southern snowfall isn’t deep, but many fear overnight freeze

ATLANTA — Snowfall blanketed parts of the Deep South on Friday, delighting schoolchildren with an unexpected holiday but also reviving panicky memories for many adults of past storms that trapped commuters on interstates for hours. Businesses closed and commuters left work early as ...