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Snowfall, wind cancel season-opening men’s World Cup race

By ERIC WILLEMSEN, Associated Press SOELDEN, Austria (AP) — The season-opening men's World Cup giant slalom that was cancelled due to bad weather at the Rettenbach glacier on Sunday will be rescheduled for another resort in Europe. The men's race director of governing body FIS, Markus ...

Penguins finish perfect Canada trip

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Casey DeSmith wanted another crack at the Vancouver Canucks, and he didn't waste it. The backup goalie stopped 29 shots for his second career shutout, and the Pittsburgh Penguins got two goals apiece from Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in beating the ...

AP Top 25 Takeaways: Before 1st CFP rankings, field trimmed

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer The last weekend before the College Football Playoff rankings debut shook loose some hopefuls, clearing the clutter before the last month of the season. No. 9 Florida? Done. No. 18 Iowa? There will be no Hawkeyes run. No. 6 Texas? Now a fringe ...

No. 2 Clemson hands Florida State worst home loss, 59-10

By The Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Trevor Lawrence threw four touchdown passes, and No. 2 Clemson handed Florida State its worst home loss in program history with a 59-10 victory Saturday. Lawrence completed 20 of 37 passes for 314 yards before leaving late in the third ...

Landeskog powers Avs to big 3rd period, 6-3 win

By Pat Graham AP Sports Writer DENVER (AP) — Gabriel Landeskog broke a tie with 13:46 remaining as part of Colorado’s four-goal third period to help the Avalanche beat the Ottawa Senators 6-3 on Friday night and spoil a two-goal performance from Matt Duchene in his return to ...

Packers turn to rookie Looney to prepare for Rams, Donald

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers turned to rookie defensive lineman James Looney to get ready to face Los Angeles Rams star defensive tackle Aaron Donald. Other than sharing jersey No. 99, Donald and Looney have little in common. Looney was one of Green Bay’s seventh-round ...

Dodgers go cold in Boston, then fall behind 2-0 to Red Sox

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer BOSTON (AP) — The San Gabriel Mountains shimmering in the distance will be a welcome sight for the Los Angeles Dodgers after two chilly, failed nights at Fenway Park. No team has overcome a 2-0 World Series deficit in 22 years, but that is the tall task ...

Reed opens with 64 to take lead at HSBC Champions

SHANGHAI (AP) — Patrick Reed had a Ryder Cup he'd like to forget and spent three weeks at home in Texas preparing to finish the year strong. He was at his best Thursday in the HSBC Champions. Even in blustery conditions, Reed putted for birdie on every hole at Sheshan International and ...

Georgia, Florida meet in crucial SEC East Division showdown

By The Associated Press Here are some things to watch during Week 9 of the Southeastern Conference football season: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 7 Georgia vs. No. 9 Florida in Jacksonville, Florida: Georgia, Florida and No. 12 Kentucky are in a three-way tie for first place in the SEC East with 4-1 ...

Stephen Curry dazzles for 51 points in sensational start

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry appreciated the freedom from coach Steve Kerr to shoot from wherever he darn well pleased, no distance off limits. On this night, Curry could get away with anything. He was feeling it. "It is nice to turn around and ...

Leading the way: Wayne Rooney puts DC United in MLS playoffs

By IAN QUILLEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — All of the doubters were wrong. About what Wayne Rooney could still do. About, more specifically, what he could do for D.C. United. Now the English striker and his American club are headed to the Major League Soccer playoffs. When reports ...

Guilty verdicts set precedent in fighting shady recruiting

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP College Basketball Writer A federal jury found three men guilty of fraud charges for channeling secret payment to the families of top-tier recruits to influence their choices of schools, apparel companies and agents. Wednesday's verdicts place the blame firmly on the men ...

2 is the new 1 in the NFL; 2-point conversion tries are up

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer Two is the new one. NFL teams are going for 2-point conversions more than ever this season. Teams have tried it 59 times through the first seven weeks, converting 35. They're on pace to break the record of 115 attempted in 1994, the year the NFL adopted ...

Fresh QBs for Texas Tech, Iowa State with Big 12 win streaks

By The Associated Press Some things to know about Week 9 in the Big 12 Conference, the start of five consecutive weeks through the end of the regular season when every team plays every week: GAME OF THE WEEK Texas Tech (5-2, 3-1) at Iowa State (3-3, 2-2). The Red Raiders and Cyclones have ...

Price pitches Red Sox past Dodgers 4-2 for 2-0 Series lead

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — From playoff flop to October ace in two legacy-shifting starts, David Price earned his second postseason victory in a row and moved the Boston Red Sox halfway to yet another World Series title. The Red Sox left-hander pitched six innings of ...

LeBron James gets 1st win as a Laker in romp over Suns

By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — In his fourth game, LeBron James finally got his first victory as a Los Angeles Laker. James flirted with what would have been his 74th career triple-double, finishing with 19 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds before sitting out the fourth ...

Pedroia, Utley embrace elder role for Red Sox, Dodgers

By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Don't look for Dustin Pedroia and Chase Utley to be turning any double plays during this World Series between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. But the presence of both has already had an impact on the clubhouses of the two teams ...

Spurs rally to keep Lakers winless with LeBron, 143-142

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James hit the tying 3-pointer late in regulation. He led a Lakers lineup of three second-year pros and a rookie making his NBA debut to a 142-136 lead with 55 seconds left overtime. James was then reminded in spectacular fashion ...

LEADING OFF: Kershaw, Sale set for Game 1 of World Series

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the major leagues today: FENWAY FRESHMAN Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will pitch at Fenway Park for the first time when he starts Game 1 of the World Series against the Red Sox. The oldest park in the majors has a lot of quirks that ...

Odd call at odd time dooms Dallas in loss at Washington

By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer DENVER (AP) — The "snap infraction " that doomed Dallas to a 20-17 loss at Washington capped a wild Week 7 that began with Von Miller's kept promise to kick some Cardinals booty. It also included a flexed flop in Kansas City, a gamble that backfired ...

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