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Lou Williams scores career-high 50, Clippers beat Warriors

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Lou Williams sent the same roaring, adoring crowd that cheered Kevin Durant's milestone to the exits several minutes before the final buzzer. Durant was brilliant, and Williams even better. Williams scored 27 of his career-high 50 ...

Federer, Djokovic drawn in same half for Australian Open

By JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer found himself in a slightly awkward position before the Australian Open draw. Just being there. A few minutes later when the formalities were completed, Federer found out how difficult defending his title could be ...

Walk-off: Alabama beats Georgia in OT for national title

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer ATLANTA (AP) — To add another championship to the greatest dynasty college football has ever seen, Alabama turned to its quarterback of the future, and Tua Tagovailoa proved that his time is now. The freshman quarterback, who had played mostly ...

On to 2018: College football story lines for next season

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Congratulations to 2017 national champion Alabama. While the Crimson Tide celebrates, it's on to 2018 for the rest of college football. Here are some of the numerous story lines to follow next season: QUARTERBACK COMPETITIONS This is as much a ...

Alabama is No. 1 in final AP poll for 11th time; UCF 6th

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Alabama was voted No. 1 in the final Associated Press college football poll after the Crimson Tide beat Georgia in the national championship game. Unbeaten Central Florida finished sixth. The Crimson Tide received 57 of 61 ...

TOP 25 THIS WEEK: No. 8 Texas Tech gets 2 top-10 opponents

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Texas Tech coach Chris Beard figures his Red Raiders haven't accomplished all that much yet, even with the eighth-ranked Red Raiders holding the program's highest ranking in two decades. His team will get two chances to accomplish a ...

Another sports disappointment for Atlanta, state of Georgia

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — For the state of Georgia, it was yet another major sports disappointment. Less than a year after the Atlanta Falcons squandered a commanding 25-point edge in the Super Bowl, the Georgia Bulldogs blew a pair of 13-point leads Monday night in ...

Baltimore could host matches during 2026 FIFA World Cup

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore could play host to 2026 FIFA World Cup soccer matches if the sport's international governing body selects a joint North American bid. The Baltimore Sun reports that the city's Board of Estimates is expected to approve an agreement among FIFA, the United State ...

Nagasu, Tennell, Chen earn US Olympic figure skating spots

By BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Bradie Tennell, Mirai Nagasu and Karen Chen, the top three finishers at the national championships, were selected Saturday to the U.S. team for the Pyeongchang Olympics. Three-time U.S. champ Ashley Wagner, who complained vigorously ...

Falcons show playoff poise in 26-13 win over upstart LA Rams

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons jumped to an early 13-point lead before the Rams mounted two swift scoring drives. Los Angeles went to the Coliseum locker room at halftime with just a three-point deficit amid raucous cheers from a home crowd thirsty ...

Titans rally from 21-3 hole, beat Chiefs 22-21 in playoffs

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Marcus Mariota did everything he could to help the Titans advance in the playoffs, throwing a crazy touchdown pass to himself , running for crucial first downs and providing the kind of spark that Tennessee needed to rally from a 21-3 ...

Titans rally from 21-3 hole, beat Chiefs 22-21 in playoffs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Marcus Mariota did everything to help the Titans advance in the playoffs, throwing two touchdown passes, running for crucial first downs and providing the spark needed to rally from a 21-3 halftime hole. Heck, he even caught one of his own TD passes. It all added up ...

Raiders to announce Gruden hiring next Tuesday

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders are set to bring Jon Gruden back for a second stint as coach. A person with knowledge of the team’s plans said the Raiders are planning a news conference Tuesday to announce that Gruden is leaving the broadcast booth to come back to coaching. The ...

Ferguson, Westbrook lead Thunder over skidding Lakers 133-96

By STEVE DILBECK, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Russell Westbrook, doing his MVP thing back home. Paul George and Carmelo Anthony lighting it up. All expected. But where did Terrance Ferguson come from? Oklahoma City might have found another potential star Wednesday night in ...

Rising star Tennell leads after women’s short program

By BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Rising star Bradie Tennell continued her breakout season by winning the women's short program Wednesday night at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Tennell saved the best short program of her career for the most important event. ...

Hip problem forces 5-time finalist Murray out of Aussie Open

By JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer Andy Murray needed only a couple of days in Australia to realize the hip problem that has kept him out of competitive tennis since Wimbledon was not going to improve in time for the season's first major. The five-time finalist withdrew from the Australian Open on ...

Curry’s 3 lifts Warriors over Mavericks 125-122

By DAVE JACKSON, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks were left shaking their heads at Stephen Curry's shot-making ability — and how they let him get one last great look at the basket. Curry's long 3-pointer with three seconds to play allowed the Golden State Warriors to ...

Washington lifts No. 17 Kentucky past LSU, 74-71

By BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports Writer BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Kentucky coach John Calipari was grateful for P.J. Washington's forceful presence in the locker room and under the basket in the second half. Washington scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half, and No. 17 Kentucky held off ...

Brey sets victory mark as Notre Dame routs NC State, 88-58

By JOHN FINERAN, Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame coach Mike Brey figured it would be tough to beat North Carolina State without All-American Bonzie Colson. Then when his team lost point guard Matt Farrell with an ankle sprain before halftime Wednesday he got a little more ...

DeRozan scores franchise-high 52, Raptors beat Bucks 131-127

TORONTO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored a franchise-record 52 points, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 131-127 in overtime on Monday night, matching the team record with their 12th consecutive home victory. DeRozan is the third player in Raptors history to score 50 or more in a ...

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