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Raiders rally to beat Chargers 26-24

By Josh Dubow AP Pro Football Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Josh Jacobs scored on an 18-yard run with 1:02 remaining and the Oakland Raiders had a late winning touchdown drive for the second time in five weeks, beating the Los Angeles Chargers 26-24 on Thursday night. Derek Carr led the ...

Celtics beat Hornets 108-87 in Walker’s return to Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jayson Tatum scored 23 points, and Kemba Walker got a win in an emotional return to Charlotte as the Boston Celtics defeated the Hornets 108-87 on Thursday night. Walker had an off night shooting the ball and finished with 14 points and six assists, but the Celtics won ...

Pelicans’ Williamson projects return before mid-season

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Zion Williamson says he expects his absence from New Orleans Pelicans because of his knee injury to be less than half of the regular season but is offering no specific timetable for a return. "It's going very well, day by day, getting better," the No. 1 overall pick said ...

LSU tries to end its recent frustrating history with Alabama

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer Here are some things to watch during the 11th week of the Southeastern Conference football season. GAME OF THE WEEK No. 1 LSU (No. 2 College Football Playoff ) at No. 2 Alabama (No. 3 CFP): LSU (8-0, 4-0 SEC) is trying to end an eight-game skid in this ...

No. 11 Virginia’s stellar defense beats Syracuse 48-34

By JOHN KEKIS AP Sports Writer SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Virginia picked up right where it left off in April — showcasing its Pack-Line defense in impressive fashion. Mamadi Diakite scored 12 points, Jay Huff added 11 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 11 Virginia shut down Syracuse 48-34 on ...

Alonso, Álvarez honored as top rookies by Baseball Digest

NEW YORK (AP) — Mets first baseman Pete Alonso and Houston Astros slugger Yordan Álvarez have been picked as this year's top rookies by Baseball Digest. Alonso was a unanimous choice in the National League, and Álvarez received six of seven first-place votes to take the AL honor. The other ...

No. 5 Penn St., No. 13 Minnesota set for clash of unbeatens

By ERIC OLSON AP College Football Writer What to watch in the Big Ten this week: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 5 Penn State at No. 13 Minnesota The Nittany Lions (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten, No. 4 CFP) and Gophers (8-0, 5-0, No. 17) play in what Minnesota coach PJ Fleck is calling one of the biggest games in ...

Hunt eligible to play for Browns after 8-game NFL suspension

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Kareem Hunt can play again after serving his eight-game NFL suspension. The Cleveland Browns running back, who fell from one of the NFL's rising young stars to a violent offender, will play this week against the Buffalo Bills. Hunt has ...

College Football Picks: Monster matchups to shake CFP race

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer The starting positions have been set for the College Football Playoff race. They will get an immediate makeover this weekend. For the first time in college football history, there will be two games matching teams that are at least 8-0 on the same ...

UConn to play exhibition against US national team on Jan. 27

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The UConn women's basketball team has announced it will play an exhibition in January against the U.S. women's national team. Coach Geno Auriemma says it's a great opportunity to play against some of the best in the world. The U.S. team is playing various exhibitions ...

Longtime backup Hoyer prepares for 1st start with Colts

By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Brian Hoyer bounced around the NFL for more than a decade. He's suited up for seven different franchises, made starts with five different teams and mastered the art of excelling as a longtime backup quarterback. The job requires picking ...

Strasburg, Soto share postseason MVP from New York writers

NEW YORK (AP) — Washington pitcher Stephen Strasburg and Nationals outfielder Juan Soto have been selected as joint winners of the Babe Ruth award as postseason MVP in voting by the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. They will be honored at the chapter's 97th ...

Chiefs enter another wait-and-see week with Mahomes

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs will continue to split first-team reps in practice between Patrick Mahomes and backup Matt Moore this week, leaving open the possibility the league's MVP could be back for Sunday's game at Tennessee. Mahomes has ...

Georgia vs Florida an elimination game for SEC East, playoff

By Mark Long AP Sports Writer JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The "Cocktail Party" has become an elimination game — and not just in the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division. No. 9 Georgia and No. 6 Florida will play for the second straight year with higher stakes than usual. The loser ...

Nets slow down Harden, Rockets in 123-116 victory

NEW YORK (AP) — Taurean Prince had 27 points and 12 rebounds and the Brooklyn Nets slowed down James Harden and the Houston Rockets in a 123-116 victory Friday night. Two nights after scoring a franchise-record 159 points in a victory at Washington, the Rockets couldn’t get nearly enough ...

Nationals top Astros in Game 7 to win 1st World Series title

By BEN WALKER AP Baseball Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Stephen Strasburg paraded the MVP trophy for delirious fans packed behind the dugout. Max Scherzer tearfully hugged his teammates. Gerardo Parra did the Baby Shark chop, Sean Doolittle flapped snow angels next to the mound. Almost out of ...

No. 14 Michigan on road to face struggling Terrapins

By ERIC OLSON AP College Football Writer Here's what to watch in the Big Ten this week: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 14 Michigan at Maryland It's probably a stretch to call this a trap game for the Wolverines (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten), but it does come on the heels of an impressive win over Notre Dame and ...

Top-ranked Barty advances to semifinals at WTA Finals

By SANDRA HARWITT Associated Press SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Top-ranked Ash Barty reached the semifinals in her debut appearance at the WTA Finals, beating Petra Kvitova 6-4, 6-2 Thursday to finish with a 2-1 record in the Red Group. Barty, the first Australian woman to earn year-end No. 1 ...

Kansas City Royals hire Mike Matheny as manager

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals hired Mike Matheny on Thursday, bringing in a manager who took the cross-state Cardinals to the World Series six years ago before a three-season swoon cost him his job. The 49-year-old Matheny went 591-474 with the Cardinals from 2012-18 and was ...

Steelers LB Chickillo taken off exempt list

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Anthony Chickillo is back at practice after being taken off the commissioner's exempt list. The league made the move on Thursday, one day after misdemeanor chargers were withdrawn against Chickillo stemming from an incident with his girlfriend ...