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US dominates Denmark to open world junior championship

By JONAH BRONSTEIN, Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Casey Mittelstadt got the United States off to a quick start in its title defense at the world junior hockey championship. Mittelstadt scored twice in the first period, Kieffer Bellows also had two goals and Joseph Woll made 17 saves ...

Warriors winning minus Curry; can they lose once he’s back?

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer Stephen Curry is sitting, the Warriors aren't really scoring, and yet Golden State is still winning. What happens when Curry and the offense come back? The defending champions went into the season as favorites to repeat, though Boston and Houston looked ...

Kansas State beats UCLA 35-17 in Cactus Bowl

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — Bill Snyder stood on a makeshift stage in the middle of a baseball stadium with a roof, a sparkling trophy at his side depicting a football sailing through cactus uprights. If this was the end of his storied coaching career at Kansas State, ...

Ex-Steelers star linebacker Harrison signs with Patriots

By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer James Harrison is no longer the odd man out or the oldest man in the locker room. The ex-Steelers star signed a one-year deal with the New England Patriots on Tuesday, three days after his unceremonious departure from Pittsburgh. The 39-year-old ...

Mirotic scores 24 points off bench, Bulls beat Bucks 115-106

By JOE DiGIOVANNI, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Chicago Bulls have been a much better team since Nikola Mirotic got healthy. And not just on offense. The big forward came off the bench to score 24 points in 28 minutes as the resurgent Bulls won for the eighth time in 10 games, ...

American sorry for accusing pro basketball players of theft

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines has apologized to two black professional basketball players who were kicked off a plane in Dallas after a flight attendant accused them of stealing blankets. Airline spokesman Joshua Freed said Tuesday that Memphis Hustle guard Marquis Teague and forward ...

Kris Dunn’s double-double leads Bulls past Bucks 115-106

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Chicago Bulls won for the eighth time in 10 games, beating the Milwaukee Bucks 115-106 on Tuesday night. Chicago’s surge coincides with the return of Mirotic, who missed the beginning of the season after suffering facial fractures in an October fight with teammate ...

Ex-Steelers star Harrison signs with Patriots

By Arnie Stapleton AP Pro Football Writer Former Pittsburgh Steelers star James Harrison has signed with the New England Patriots. The Patriots announced the move Tuesday, three days after Harrison’s unceremonious departure from Pittsburgh. The 39-year-old linebacker posted a photo of ...

Bills owner Pegula questions NFL replay review inconsistency

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills owner Terry Pegula questioned the lack of consistency in NFL replay rulings and said the issue needs to be addressed after Buffalo receiver Kelvin Benjamin’s touchdown was overruled in a loss to New England last weekend. “I don’t know what’s going on, ...

Katie Ledecky swims to AP Female Athlete of the Year honors

By Beth Harris AP Sports Writer Katie Ledecky got her start in swimming because she just wanted to make friends. Her brother was eager to join a team at a pool near their house and as a 6-year-old, she tagged along. By summer’s end, the Ledecky siblings had made 100 friends ranging in ...

Rest vs. reps is bigger issue for Eagles than rest vs. rust

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Before they tackle rest vs. rust, the Philadelphia Eagles have to approach rest vs. reps. With the NFC’s No. 1 seed secured, the Eagles (13-2) have nothing to gain against the Dallas Cowboys (8-7) on Sunday other than playing for a franchise-record 14th win. But coach ...

Sabathia’s $10M deal finalized by Yanks; payroll up to $178M

NEW YORK (AP) — CC Sabathia’s $10 million, one-year contract has been finalized by the Yankees, a deal that raises New York’s projected luxury tax payroll for next year to about $178 million. The deal was announced Tuesday, about 10 days after the sides reached an agreement pending a ...

Longtime sportscaster Dick Enberg found dead at home at 82

By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — Dick Enberg, a Hall of Fame broadcaster known as much for his excited calls of "Oh my!" as the big events he covered during a 60-year career, has died. He was 82. Enberg's daughter, Nicole Enberg Vaz, confirmed the death to The Associated ...

Column: Recognizing the best _ and worst _ of sports in 2017

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Columnist No fake news here. It's time for the fifth annual Newby awards! We'll doling out the highly coveted trophies (disclaimer: we don't have actual trophies) for the best, worst and downright ludicrous in the world of sports over the past year. Surely we ...

With PSG on top, tight battle for runner-up in France

By SAMUEL PETREQUIN, AP Sports Writer PARIS (AP) — With its formidable attacking might, Paris Saint-Germain has killed any sense of suspense in the French league halfway through the season. Apart from a freak loss to promoted Strasbourg this month, the super-rich star-studded team has been ...

Wilson helps No. 4 South Carolina rout Temple 87-60

By The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A'ja Wilson had 28 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocks to help No. 4 South Carolina rout Temple 87-60 on Thursday night in a homecoming for Gamecocks coach Dawn Staley. Staley grew up in Philadelphia, a mile from Temple where she coached from ...

Florida, Texas may attract athletes after tax law change

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Teams in Texas, Florida, Nevada and Washington state may have become more attractive destinations for free agents following the enactment of tax law changes. Deductions for state and local taxes are capped at $10,000 in the year starting ...

Dodgers’ $2M Koehler deal raises projected payroll to $183M

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pitcher Tom Koehler and the Los Angeles Dodgers finalized a $2 million, one-year contract, a deal that raises next year’s projected luxury tax payroll of the NL champions to $183 million. Koehler split last season between Miami and Toronto. The 31-year-old right-hander ...

Oladipo, balanced Pacers pull away from Atlanta 105-95

ATLANTA (AP) — Victor Oladipo scored 23 points, Myles Turner had 20 and the Indiana Pacers beat the Atlanta Hawks 105-95 on Wednesday night. Bojan Bogdanovic had 19 points as Indiana won for the second time in five games. The Pacers rallied from a sluggish start to shoot 48.8 ...

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