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Allen leads No. 1 Duke past No. 2 Michigan State 88-81

By JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Forget about Marvin Bagley III and the rest of Duke's talented freshmen for a moment. Grayson Allen can play a little, too. Allen scored a career-high 37 points, Trevon Duval had 17 points and 10 assists, and the top-ranked Blue Devils beat No. ...

Papa John’s apologizes for criticizing NFL anthem protests

By The Associated Press Papa John's apologized Tuesday night for comments made by CEO John Schnatter blaming sluggish pizza sales on NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. The company is a major NFL sponsor and advertiser, and Schnatter said on an earnings call Nov. 1 that "NFL ...

The Pistons are 10-3, and might be the surprise of the NBA

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer The Detroit Pistons are heading on the road for a few days, so maybe someone will see them play. They've certainly been worth watching. Detroit's 10-3 start, good for No. 2 in the Eastern Conference standings, is one of the biggest good surprises in the ...

Crosby, Sheary lead Penguins past Sabres 5-4 in OT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby ended a long goal drought and assisted on Conor Sheary's winner 16 seconds into overtime as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-4 on Tuesday night. Crosby scored his sixth of the season, Sheary had a pair of goals and Patric Hornqvist added one ...

Get a place: NHL tradition holds value for young players

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — It may be the best phrase a young NHL player can hear, even better than being told he has made the team. Get a place. Making the opening night roster is certainly an accomplishment, though it can be fleeting. The time-honored ...

No charges in UK cycling doping case over lack of records

By ROB HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LONDON (AP) — No charges will be brought over the doping investigation that cast a cloud over the reputation of British cycling and Bradley Wiggins, the former Tour de France champion and the country's most decorated Olympian. But Britain's anti-doping agency ...

AP Top 25 Heat Check: Highs and lows of ranking 2-loss teams

BY RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer At its best, Ohio State has looked about as good as any team in the country.  The Buckeyes' bad days, though, have been very bad. The peculiar case of Ohio State's season has been an oddly shaped piece of the puzzle for AP Top 25 voters to manage ...

Beltran retires at 40 after winning 1st World Series title

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Carlos Beltran is retiring at age 40 after winning his first World Series title in his 20th major league season. The outfielder made the announcement Monday, 12 days after the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the World Series. Beltran is a ...

Ramped up security at Las Vegas marathon after mass shooting

By REGINA GARCIA CANO, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas ramped up security for the annual Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, which was the first major outdoor event on the Strip since the mass shooting. The city posted snipers and used a helicopter to watch for danger as tens of thousands ...

AP Top 25: Miami jumps to No. 2 behind Alabama; Oklahoma 3rd

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Miami is back at No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll , the Hurricanes' best ranking since 2003. The undefeated Hurricanes leaped five spots from No. 7 after routing Notre Dame on Saturday night. Alabama remained No. 1, where it has ...

Tomlin looking to clean up things after Steelers beat Colts

By MICHAEL MAROT, AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Mike Tomlin liked what he saw. The Pittsburgh Steelers were gritty and gruff  Sunday. They dug down, fought back and rallied for a 20-17 victory at Indianapolis. And Tomlin thought they showed what they're capable of doing over the ...

With Elliott out, Cowboys falter in 27-7 loss to Falcons

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys knew it would be tough to get by without Ezekiel Elliott. Turns out, they missed Tyron Smith even more. With their starting left tackle sidelined by back and groin injuries, the Cowboys surrendered six sacks to Adrian ...

AP Top 25 Takeaways: 3 top-10 blowouts reshape playoff race

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer On a Saturday that reshaped the College football Playoff race, three top-10 matchups produced three lopsided games that left Auburn, Miami and Oklahoma with well-defined paths to the final four. Out: Speculation about two SEC teams making the ...

Mayfield, Anderson lead No. 5 Oklahoma past No. 8 TCU

By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Baker Mayfield used his tried-and-true November formula of making spectacular plays and taking advantage of his running game to claim yet another big win. Mayfield threw three touchdown passes, Rodney Anderson had 290 yards from ...

Ball youngest to have triple-double but Lakers fall to Bucks

By RICH ROVITO, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Fatigued after a hard-fought road win the previous night, Giannis Antetokounmpo recognized the importance of following up with a win at home. "It was tough. A lot of us were tired," Antetokounmpo said after the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the ...

Jacobs easily outpoints Arias in return to ring

By BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — It wasn't the impressive showing he sought. Still, Danny Jacobs was happy to be back in the ring, and to be an easy winner over an outmatched Luis Arias. Jacobs dominated on Saturday night in a middleweight bout as lopsided as a fight ...

Tate runs for 206 yards, 2 TDs; Arizona beats Oregon State

By JOSE ROMERO, Associated Press TUSCON, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Wildcats ran, ran and ran some more in averaging 9.7 yards per rush Saturday night. And there was little Oregon State could do to stop it. Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate ran his streak of 100-yard rushing games to six, ...

British skier Ryding leads season-opening World Cup slalom

LEVI, Finland (AP) — British skier Dave Ryding posted the fastest time in the first run of the season-opening World Cup slalom on Sunday. Ryding clocked 50.29 seconds to lead Felix Neureuther of Germany by 0.14 and Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway by 0.18. Marcel Hirscher was 0.46 behind in ...

Mark Stone lifts Senators past Avalanche in Sweden; Holtby gets 200th win

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Mark Stone scored in regulation and again in overtime to give the Ottawa Senators a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night in the first of two regular-season games in the Swedish capital. Swedish defenseman Fredrik Claesson and Christopher DiDomenico also ...

NFL sacks leaders see teammates as keys to bringing QBs down

DALLAS (AP) — DeMarcus Lawrence lost his NFL lead in sacks when he didn't have one for the first time in eight games this season with the Cowboys. The Dallas defensive end still said it was his best game of the year. Such is the art of the sack, a stat so focused on the individual — down ...