National Sports

Pacers lose All-Star Victor Oladipo to season-ending injury

By Michael Marot AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Victor Oladipo’s season is over. The Indiana Pacers intend to make sure his injury doesn’t derail theirs, too. After learning the All-Star guard faces season-ending surgery for a ruptured quad tendon in his right knee, Oladipo’s ...

Nadal breaks, beats Tsitsipas for 5th Australian Open final

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal is certainly not treating tennis' next generation well at the Australian Open. Add 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas to the list of youngsters Nadal has bullied on his way to his fifth final at Melbourne Park and ...

AP source: MLB seeks to increase DL, option time

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has proposed going back to a 15-day disabled list and increasing the time optioned players usually must spend in the minor leagues, a person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press, moves aimed at ...

Jazz dominate from perimeter, top Nuggets 114-108

By JOHN COON, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Once Utah got warmed up on the perimeter, Denver couldn't do anything to cool the Jazz. The long-distance barrage kept the Nuggets on their heels for the better part of four quarters and allowed Utah to scratch out a 114-108 win Wednesday ...

No. 7 Nevada romps to 100-60 win over Colorado State

By EMERSON MARCUS, Associated Press RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada coach Eric Musselman threatened to turn off the 3-point green light after a lackluster shooting performance Saturday by the seventh-ranked Wolf Pack against Air Force. Musselman sang a different tune following his team's 100-60 ...

Kansas, Kentucky square off in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge

By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer A look at the upcoming week around the Big 12 Conference. GAME OF THE WEEKEND: Kansas at Kentucky: The ninth-ranked Jayhawks travel to face the eighth-ranked Wildcats in the highlight of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. Kentucky has hit its stride after some early ...

Harden’s career-high 61 points leads Rockets by Knicks

NEW YORK (AP) — James Harden scored a career-high 61 points, tying Kobe Bryant’s record for a visiting opponent at the current Madison Square Garden, and the Houston Rockets edged the New York Knicks 114-110 on Wednesday night. Harden made the clinching layup with 3.8 seconds remaining ...

Patriots’ defense back on track heading into Super Bowl

By Kyle Hightower AP Sports Writer FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — It took an entire regular season and some tough losses, but the Patriots defense finally likes where it is at heading into its Super Bowl matchup with the Los Angeles Rams. It hasn’t been perfect, but after a slow start to ...

Larry Fitzgerald returning to Cardinals for 16th season

By Bob Baum AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — That Hall of Fame slot will have to stay vacant for a while. Larry Fitzgerald isn't ready to hang up the cleats just yet. The receiver, whose career statistics rank among the best ever to play the game, has signed a one-year contract to return ...

1 point away, Serena stunned by Pliskova at Australian Open

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Four times, Serena Williams was only one point — a single point — from closing out a victory in the Australian Open quarterfinals. On the first such chance, at 5-1, 40-30 in the third set, she turned her left ankle ...

Vonn’s skis are waiting for her if she decides to race again

By ANDREW DAMPF, AP Sports Writer Lindsey Vonn's skis are waiting for her — whether she decides to continue racing or not. While Vonn ponders her future, her ski technician has set up shop in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, where World Cup downhill and super-G races are scheduled for this ...

Next year it’s Jeter’s chance to join Rivera in the Hall

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer Mariano Rivera sailed into the Hall of Fame without a single dissenting vote. Next year, it's Derek Jeter's turn — and don't expect much opposition then, either. Jeter headlines the group of candidates who will be newly eligible for the Hall next year , ...

Column: Hall of Fame is becoming a crowded place

By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Columnist Edgar Martinez got in just as his chances were running out, meaning baseball's Hall of Fame will have yet another designated hitter. Three pitchers are in the newly elected class, too, including one whose credentials weren't good enough in the decade his ...

Williamson scores 25, No. 2 Duke shuts down Pitt 79-64

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — There are plenty of words Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski can use to describe his star-laden roster. Nervous is not one of them. "My guys are not nervous," Krzyzewski said. "I'm nervous. But they are not. They love crowds. They love to ...

Thompson hits first 10 from 3 as Warriors rout Lakers

By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Klay Thompson tied an NBA record by making his first 10 attempts from 3-point range, scoring 44 points as the Golden State Warriors beat the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers 130-111 on Monday night to match a season high with their eighth consecutive ...

Tennessee faces similar test from last No. 1 ranking

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Basketball Writer The last time Tennessee reached No. 1 in the AP Top 25 it lost to Vanderbilt the next day. Back at No. 1 for the first time in 11 years, the Vols face a similar situation. On Wednesday, they again play Vanderbilt right after becoming the nation's ...

QBs Lock, Grier, Jones among NFL prospects at Senior Bowl

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — NFL scouts, coaches and prospects have gathered in Mobile, Alabama, for the Senior Bowl. The game for top senior NFL prospects and junior graduates will feature quarterbacks like Missouri's Drew Lock, West Virginia's Will Grier and Duke's Daniel Jones. The North and ...

Titles won by Pats, Rams not tarnished by bad officiating

By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer Yes, the Los Angeles Rams got away with a flagrant foul (or two) by cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman that allowed them to sneak out of New Orleans with the NFC championship, right past the highway sign on the causeway over Lake Pontchartrain reading, ...

‘NFL bleaux it’: Billboards protest missed call in NFC game

NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots will be welcomed to Atlanta for the Super Bowl by several billboards saying "Saints got robbed" and "NFL bleaux it." WDSU-TV reports Louisiana car dealership owner Matt Bowers paid for 10 billboards across Atlanta through ...

Saints-Rams NFC title game a clash of like-minded coaches

By Brett Martel AP Sports Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) — One way or another, the NFC Championship between the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints will be won by a coach named Sean — with an Irish surname — who designs and calls plays for one of the most innovative and productive ...