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Big injuries and absences disrupt NHL Thanksgiving benchmark

Bruce Boudreau does not believe in the NHL's Thanksgiving rule. Which teams occupied playoff spots on the annual U.S. holiday had long been a strong indicator of who makes and misses the postseason. Recent 82-game seasons have put cracks in that theory, and a number of high-profile injuries ...

AP Top 25 Reality Check: Places change but teams remain same

It took 12 weeks of regular-season play to have a turnover-free AP Top 25. For the first time in 2021 all the teams that were ranked in The Associated Press college football poll presented by Regions Bank last week stayed ranked this week. There were some significant changes near the top of ...

Correa, Freeman, Scherzer among baseball’s top free agents

With a possible lockout on the horizon, it's been mostly business as usual on the free agent market — so far. Detroit signed left-hander Eduardo Rodríguez. Houston retained star righty Justin Verlander. Noah Syndergaard went from the Mets to the Angels on an expensive one-year deal. The ...

Gonzaga, UCLA hold down top poll spots ahead of showdown

Gonzaga and UCLA continued their hold on the top two spots in The Associated Press Top 25 college basketball poll on Monday, setting the stage for their highly anticipated showdown this week, while Purdue and Duke barged their way into the top five. The Bulldogs (4-0) had an easy week with ...

Ortiz, Howard, Lincecum, A-Rod new to Hall of Fame ballot

NEW YORK (AP) — David Ortiz, Ryan Howard, Tim Lincecum and Alex Rodriguez are among 13 first-time candidates on the Hall of Fame ballot of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, joining 17 holdovers. Steroids-tainted stars Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens make their 10th and final ...

No. 1 SC women beat No. 2 UConn 73-57 to solidify top spot

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Dawn Staley's top-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks turned up their defense in the fourth quarter to turn away UConn. Aliyah Boston had 22 points and 15 rebounds and the Gamecocks held the No. 2 Huskies to three points in the final 10 minutes of a 73-57 victory ...

PGA Tour ups ante as prize money pushes toward $500 million

The PGA Tour is raising purses even higher in five of its biggest events, with two FedEx Cup playoff events now offering $15 million in a schedule that pushes prize money closer to the $500 million mark this year. The increases, which include $12 million purses in the three invitational ...

Former Indians All-Star reliever Doug Jones dead at 64

CLEVELAND (AP) — Doug Jones, a five-time All-Star reliever who had his best success closing for the Cleveland Indians, has died. He was 64. Jones spent seven seasons with the Indians and ranks third on the club's career saves list with 129. The club, which officially transitioned to ...

Harbaugh hopes changes help Michigan finally beat Ohio State

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jim Harbaugh shook up his coaching staff and whipped himself into shape as if he was still playing quarterback after his opportunity to coach at his alma mater was extended last winter by at least another season. Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel, a former ...

Suns win 13th straight, rolling past Spurs 115-111

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Devin Booker had 23 points, Deandre Ayton had 21 points and 14 rebounds and the Phoenix Suns won their 13th straight, rolling past the San Antonio Spurs 115-111 on Monday night. Cameron Payne added 20 points off the bench for Phoenix, which had six players finish in double ...

No. 5 Duke rolls after Citadel coach taken to hospital

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — No. 5 Duke beat The Citadel 107-81 Monday night after Bulldogs coach Duggar Baucom collapsed on the court early in the first half and was taken to a hospital. Baucom fell along the sideline barely a minute into the game and was taken to Duke University Hospital. The ...

Week 12 preview: Power 5 league title matchups taking shape

With two weeks left in the regular season, top-ranked Georgia is the only Power Five team to have clinched a spot in its conference championship game. More tickets to title games should be punched this weekend. Second-ranked Alabama (9-1, 5-1, No. 2 CFP), with a victory over No. 21 Arkansas ...

Knaus thriving in management role at Hendrick Motorsports

BRASELTON, Ga. (AP) — Back on top of the pit stand in his natural habitat, Chad Knaus rattled off a list of instructions to his crew ahead of qualifying for the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. "Make sure we don't have upside down windshield wipers," he radioed. "One thing I don't like is to ...

NASCAR to resume practice and qualifying in 2022

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR will return both practice and qualifying to its weekend schedule for all three national series in 2022. The on-track activity had been mostly scrapped the last two seasons during the pandemic. NASCAR traditionally hosted three-day weekends for its races but ...

No Bahamas cupcakes: Top women’s teams meet in hoops tourney

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — There will be a wealth of women's basketball talent in the Bahamas over the next 10 days with seven of the top nine teams in The Associated Press poll playing in a pair of new tournaments on the island. Top-ranked South Carolina and No. 2 UConn could meet for ...

Newton to start at QB for Panthers, Walker could still play

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers coach Matt Rhule said Cam Newton will start Sunday at quarterback against the Washington Football Team. Rhule said P.J. Walker, who started in Carolina's 34-10 win against the Arizona Cardinals last week, could still see action as well since there are portions ...

Jim Calhoun: Not planning leisurely retirement

Hall of Fame basketball coach Jim Calhoun's first attempt at retirement lasted less than six years and the 79-year-old said Friday he's not expecting to spend his second one on a golf course. Calhoun, who led UConn to three NCAA titles before hanging up his whistle the first time in 2012, ...

Patriots back in playoff hunt, primed for another run

Here come the Patriots. After one season of irrelevance after Tom Brady decamped for Tampa Bay, the six-time Super Bowl champions are back in the conversation for an AFC East title — or perhaps more, in a conference with no dominant team. New England has won five in a row behind rookie ...

Name drop: Guardians’ launch starts with store sign smashing

CLEVELAND (AP) — A special opening day for the newly named Cleveland Guardians began with a bang. Not the one they hoped for, either. As fans were buying the first available Guardians merchandise on Friday as the team officially transitioned from Indians after 106 years, a sign installed ...

Boutier makes big run for 65 to open 4-shot lead at Tiburon

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — What looked to be a wide-open race for the richest prize in women's golf is now in the hands of Celine Boutier, who made seven birdies over the last 10 holes for a 7-under 65 and a four-shot lead Friday in the CME Group Tour Championship. For so much of the wind-blown ...