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Brady, SB champions shift attention to solving road woes

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Winning for the first time in nearly a month was a relief for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who now face the challenge of finding a way to regain their mojo on the road. The Super Bowl champions are 5-0 at home this season compared to 2-3 away from Raymond James Stadium, where ...

Offshore tourneys return in college basketball amid COVID-19

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Kimani Lawrence and his Arizona State teammates were eager to take everything in as they arrived for a men's college basketball tournament that was among the countless things disrupted amid the COVID-19 pandemic in the past 18 months. Just being here is a big ...

Cincinnati moves into College Football Playoff position

Cincinnati moved into position to make the College Football Playoff on Tuesday night, climbing a spot to fourth behind Georgia, Ohio State and Alabama. A team from outside the Power Five conferences has never been selected for the semifinals in the previous seven years of the College Football ...

Knicks recover to beat Lakers team missing suspended James

NEW YORK (AP) — LeBron James couldn't be in the building. Anthony Davis almost wasn't. With one superstar suspended and another sick, the Los Angeles Lakers already had big problems. Then they created one more for themselves by falling into a 25-point hole. "We weren't playing hard enough. ...

No. 1 Gonzaga turns showdown with No. 2 UCLA into 83-63 rout

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Chet Holmgren swatted the ball off the backboard, turned and coolly brought it up the floor like a spider-legged point guard. He lost a defender with a dribble behind his back at the top of the key, took two steps and stretched out his 7-foot-1 frame for a two-handed ...

Doncic returns, Mavericks beat Clippers in OT to snap skid

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It would have been understandable if the Dallas Mavericks folded in overtime against the Los Angeles Clippers after blowing a 10-point lead. Kristaps Porzingis and Luka Dončić weren't about to let that happen, though, and they dominated the final five minutes. Porzingis ...

NFL teams on Thanksgiving schedule all coming off loss

Maybe the NFL teams set to play on Thanksgiving got caught looking ahead to the holiday extravaganza. All six squads playing on Thursday lost in their lead-up to the Thanksgiving game, marking the first time since 2001 that every team playing on the holiday dropped its previous contest. Back ...

Benzema handed 1-year suspended sentence in sex-tape case

VERSAILLES, France (AP) — France and Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema was given a one-year suspended jail sentence and a fine of 75,000 euros ($84,000) Wednesday in a sex-tape case that rocked French soccer. Benzema was found guilty of being involved in an attempt in 2015 to blackmail ...

College football picks: Big stakes from ACC to Mountain West

So much to be decided heading into this week's Thanksgiving college football feast. Let's sort it out, conference by conference. Atlantic Coast Conference: No. 20 Pitt is locked into the conference championship game and will face No. 21 Wake Forest, No. 24 North Carolina State or Clemson. ...

Big injuries and absences disrupt NHL Thanksgiving benchmark

Bruce Boudreau does not believe in the NHL's Thanksgiving rule. Which teams occupied playoff spots on the annual U.S. holiday had long been a strong indicator of who makes and misses the postseason. Recent 82-game seasons have put cracks in that theory, and a number of high-profile injuries ...

AP Top 25 Reality Check: Places change but teams remain same

It took 12 weeks of regular-season play to have a turnover-free AP Top 25. For the first time in 2021 all the teams that were ranked in The Associated Press college football poll presented by Regions Bank last week stayed ranked this week. There were some significant changes near the top of ...

Correa, Freeman, Scherzer among baseball’s top free agents

With a possible lockout on the horizon, it's been mostly business as usual on the free agent market — so far. Detroit signed left-hander Eduardo Rodríguez. Houston retained star righty Justin Verlander. Noah Syndergaard went from the Mets to the Angels on an expensive one-year deal. The ...

Gonzaga, UCLA hold down top poll spots ahead of showdown

Gonzaga and UCLA continued their hold on the top two spots in The Associated Press Top 25 college basketball poll on Monday, setting the stage for their highly anticipated showdown this week, while Purdue and Duke barged their way into the top five. The Bulldogs (4-0) had an easy week with ...

Ortiz, Howard, Lincecum, A-Rod new to Hall of Fame ballot

NEW YORK (AP) — David Ortiz, Ryan Howard, Tim Lincecum and Alex Rodriguez are among 13 first-time candidates on the Hall of Fame ballot of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, joining 17 holdovers. Steroids-tainted stars Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens make their 10th and final ...

No. 1 SC women beat No. 2 UConn 73-57 to solidify top spot

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Dawn Staley's top-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks turned up their defense in the fourth quarter to turn away UConn. Aliyah Boston had 22 points and 15 rebounds and the Gamecocks held the No. 2 Huskies to three points in the final 10 minutes of a 73-57 victory ...

PGA Tour ups ante as prize money pushes toward $500 million

The PGA Tour is raising purses even higher in five of its biggest events, with two FedEx Cup playoff events now offering $15 million in a schedule that pushes prize money closer to the $500 million mark this year. The increases, which include $12 million purses in the three invitational ...

Former Indians All-Star reliever Doug Jones dead at 64

CLEVELAND (AP) — Doug Jones, a five-time All-Star reliever who had his best success closing for the Cleveland Indians, has died. He was 64. Jones spent seven seasons with the Indians and ranks third on the club's career saves list with 129. The club, which officially transitioned to ...

Harbaugh hopes changes help Michigan finally beat Ohio State

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jim Harbaugh shook up his coaching staff and whipped himself into shape as if he was still playing quarterback after his opportunity to coach at his alma mater was extended last winter by at least another season. Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel, a former ...

Suns win 13th straight, rolling past Spurs 115-111

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Devin Booker had 23 points, Deandre Ayton had 21 points and 14 rebounds and the Phoenix Suns won their 13th straight, rolling past the San Antonio Spurs 115-111 on Monday night. Cameron Payne added 20 points off the bench for Phoenix, which had six players finish in double ...

No. 5 Duke rolls after Citadel coach taken to hospital

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — No. 5 Duke beat The Citadel 107-81 Monday night after Bulldogs coach Duggar Baucom collapsed on the court early in the first half and was taken to a hospital. Baucom fell along the sideline barely a minute into the game and was taken to Duke University Hospital. The ...