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Bills prove Patriots were bogus, can they do same to Chiefs?

So Pro Picks was correct on one count in the Patriots-Bills wild-card game. One of those teams was a bogus playoff contender. We just had the wrong team. For an Upset Special, no less. The beating Buffalo put on New England came the night before Tom Brady and the Buccaneers crushed ...

Pandemic forcing teams to adjust their schedules once again

Last season in college basketball, teams and conferences knew pandemic-related postponements and cancellations were pretty much assured. They prepared accordingly. This season has been full of unpleasant surprises, in part because some of the scheduling precautions weren't taken. The virus ...

Ngannou, Gane collide in UFC 270 heavyweight title showdown

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Francis Ngannou's path to his UFC heavyweight title was not straight, and it was not short. The Cameroon-born Frenchman had detours and setbacks while traveling to a place where this vicious, versatile athlete finally developed the mental fortitude and physical ...

Henry’s back! Titans activate their top back for playoffs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans will have Derrick Henry on the field for their AFC divisional game with Cincinnati after moving the NFL's 2019 and 2020 rushing leader from injured reserve to the active roster. The Titans (12-5) made the roster move Friday after watching Henry ...

Shiffrin leads US Olympic ski team nominations; Nyman out

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Two-time Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin leads the 17-member list for the U.S. Alpine skiing team nominated Friday for the Beijing Winter Games. There are nine first-time Olympians on the roster, which still awaits confirmation from the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic ...

Cantlay fights through gusting wind, leads American Express

LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — Patrick Cantlay fought through gusting wind on his back nine Friday to take a one-stroke lead into the weekend at The American Express in a bid to win for the third time in four starts. Tied for the first-round lead with Lee Hodges after a 10-under 62 at La Quinta ...

N.Y. Giants name Joe Schoen of Buffalo Bills as their new GM

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Joe Schoen was at the top of the New York Giants' list of candidates when they started their search for a new general manager, and the Buffalo Bills assistant GM never left that spot. The Giants hired the 42-year-old Schoen as their general manager Friday. It ...

Morris, Weah, Dest, Zardes on US roster for WCup qualifiers

NEW YORK (AP) — Jordan Morris, Tim Weah, Sergiño Dest and Gyasi Zardes returned from injuries to make the U.S. roster ahead of the next three World Cup qualifiers. Gio Reyna and Aaron Long were left off along with defenders John Brooks and Tim Ream, and forwards Daryl Dike, Jordan Pefok and ...

Earnhardt brings Junior Nation into NASCAR Hall of Fame

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. was voted NASCAR's most popular driver a record 15 times. He didn't forget "Junior Nation" on his way into the Hall of Fame. "When I stumbled, you guys were right there ready to lift me back up," Earnhardt said to his fans. "There were times when I ...

With Cockburn out, No. 17 Illinois falls 81-65 to Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Kofi Cockburn's absence gives No. 17 Illinois another obstacle to overcome. The Illini found out how difficult that might be when Donta Scott and Maryland dominated the paint. Scott scored a career-high 25 points, and the Terrapins beat the Illini 81-65 on Friday ...

DeAngelo leads Hurricanes to 6-3 win over Rangers

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Tony DeAngelo didn't miss a chance to show his former team what he's been up to this season. DeAngelo had a goal and two assists as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Rangers 6-3 on Friday night. "It was obviously exciting to play them," DeAngelo said. "I have a ...

Bulls coach Donovan rips Bucks’ Allen after flagrant foul

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan says the flagrant foul that resulted in Milwaukee Bucks guard Grayson Allen's ejection Friday night could have caused a serious injury and merits a closer look from the NBA. Bulls guard Alex Caruso was driving to the basket midway through ...

Curry hits winning jumper, Warriors beat Rockets 105-103

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry hit a game-winning 20-foot jumper from the top of the key to beat the final buzzer, scoring 22 points and sending the Golden State Warriors past the Houston Rockets 105-103 on Friday night. The sellout crowd went into a frenzy, confetti fell and Curry ...

Islanders 1980s dynasty star Clark Gillies dies at 67

Hall of Famer Clark Gillies, a stalwart on the New York Islanders' dynasty that won four straight Stanley Cup championships in the early 1980s, has died. He was 67. The Islanders announced Gillies' death Friday night, with team president and general manager Lou Lamoriello saying "the entire ...

New York mobile sports bets top $600M in 2 weeks, rival NJ

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New York sportsbooks took more than $600 million worth of bets from phones or computers in the first two weeks of the activity being legal this month, according to figures posted Friday. The numbers posted by the New York State Gaming Commission show that the four ...

Red Sox slugger Ortiz on track for baseball hall election

BOSTON (AP) — Boston's Big Papi appears headed to the Baseball Hall of Fame -- no last-minute walk-off needed. The Red Sox slugger looks to be on track for induction in Cooperstown this summer, riding the strength of his on- and off-field achievements to overcome stigmas that have stalled or ...

Nurkic’s rebound, basket late rally Blazers over Celtics

BOSTON (AP) — Jusuf Nurkic grabbed an offensive rebound and hit a shot from the lane with 14 seconds left and the Portland Trail Blazers rallied past the Boston Celtics 109-105 Friday night. Nurkic had 29 points and 17 rebounds, none bigger than his board after Jayson Tatum gave Boston a ...

Bulls G Ball to have knee surgery, sidelined 6-8 weeks

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Bulls guard Lonzo Ball will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and is expected to be out six to eight weeks, the team announced Thursday. Ball has missed three games since a 42-point loss to Golden State last week. Coach Billy Donovan said Wednesday the team ...

Irving fined $25,000 by NBA for cursing at fan in Cleveland

NEW YORK (AP) — Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Thursday for cursing at a fan in Cleveland. Irving's comments to the fan during the second quarter of Brooklyn's 114-107 loss on Monday were captured on video. Irving used profanity in reminding the fan that he ...

Robot umpires at home plate moving up to Triple-A for 2022

NEW YORK (AP) — Robot umpires have been given a promotion and will be just one step from the major leagues this season. Major League Baseball is expanding its automated strike zone experiment to Triple-A, the highest level of the minor leagues. MLB's website posted a hiring notice seeking ...