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We’ll learn plenty about playoff contenders this week

By BARRY WILNER The Associated Press Call it “December Definition.” We’ll learn plenty about the various playoff contenders this week when the Eagles visit the Rams, the Vikings take on the Panthers, the Seahawks meet the Jaguars, the Raiders are at the Chiefs, and the Ravens head ...

Yankees set to reel in Stanton from Marlins

By RONALD BLUM and STEVEN WINE The Associated Press MIAMI — After helping the New York Yankees to five World Series titles, Derek Jeter might help them win another. The Yankees and Jeter’s Miami Marlins have agreed to a trade that would send NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton to New York, ...

Syracuse gets past Colgate

By MARK FRANK The Associated Press SYRACUSE — It was raining 3s inside the Carrier Dome on Saturday but Syracuse managed to hold off its Upstate New York neighbor, Colgate, for the 52nd consecutive time, tying the all-time record for most consecutive wins against one opponent. The ...

Walk-on to Heisman: Oklahoma’s Mayfield wins in landslide

By RALPH D. RUSSO The Associated Press NEW YORK — Baker Mayfield took a unique road to the Heisman Trophy, a long and winding climb from walk-on to one of the most accomplished players to ever play college football. The brash, flag-planting Sooners star became the sixth Oklahoma player ...

Men’s College Basketball Roundup: Boston College upsets No. 1 Duke, 89-84

BOSTON (AP) — Ky Bowman finished with 30 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists to help Boston College beat top-ranked Duke 89-84 on Saturday and send the Blue Devils to their first loss of the season. Jordan Chatman scored 22 for BC (7-3, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), hitting four straight ...

Women’s College Basketball Roundup: Notre Dame defeats Penn

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Arike Ogunbowale scored 20 points and Marina Mabrey added 15 points and eight rebounds, leading No. 3 Notre Dame over Penn 66-54 on Saturday. Notre Dame (9-1) took the lead for good in the early minutes and dominated inside, outscoring Penn 40-18 in the paint ...

Toronto wins first MLS Cup title

By IAN HARRISON The Associated Press TORONTO — This wasn’t the kind of MLS Cup performance the Seattle Sounders were hoping for. Far from it. Jozy Altidore opened the scoring in the 67th minute and Toronto FC beat Seattle 2-0 on Saturday to become the first Canadian champion in ...

Field goal try wide on final play, Army holds off Navy, 14-13

By MIKE CRANSTON The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Bennett Moehring narrowly missed a 48-yard field goal in the swirling snow on the final play and Army held off Navy 14-13 Saturday to win its first Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy since 1996. Army (9-3) earned its second straight win ...

Albany beats Siena to earn 10th win

ALBANY (AP) — David Nichols scored 12 points and made two free throws in the final seconds to seal Albany’s 74-69 win over Siena in the Albany Cup on Saturday night. Siena’s Ahsante Shivers banged in two straight 3-pointers to send the Saints ahead 65-63 with 4:14 left. It was Siena’s ...

Snowfall exits south, heads to Northeast

ATLANTA (AP) — A pre-winter storm that roared through the Deep South and coated half of North Carolina and portions of Virginia in snow pushed northward on Saturday, leaving motorists to brave potentially icy roads and utility crews trying to restore heat and light to thousands. Forecasters ...

Alabama voters face off

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Renegade Republican Roy Moore may be plagued by scandal, but scandal alone will not convince the voters of 44th Place North to show up for Democrat Doug Jones. In a state where Democrats are used to losing, malaise hangs over this quiet African-American neighborhood ...

Escobar’s hit man, ‘Popeye’, accused of violating parole

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian authorities are seeking to re-arrest a former hit man for late drug lord Pablo Escobar for violating his parole after he was caught partying with a major trafficker wanted by the U.S., prosecutors said Saturday. Jhon Jairo Velasquez, known by his nickname ...

‘Last Jedi’ brings Ridley and droids to red carpet

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stormtroopers marched the red carpet as Star Wars music blared and fans cheered Saturday at the world premiere of latest installment in the beloved space opera franchise. The elaborate premiere for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” included a procession of Stormtroopers and ...

People in the news

NEW YORK (AP) — The Nobel Peace Prize winners will be serenaded by John Legend on Monday and for that they can thank Legend’s infant daughter — and a second baby on the way. The Grammy winner will take the stage at the Telenor Arena in Oslo, Norway, on Monday for Nobel Peace Prize ...

Investigation here to stay

It didn’t take long. Robert Mueller had only been on the job for five months when, on October 30, he handed down the first indictments in his investigation of the Trump campaign: against former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates. Plus, news that former campaign adviser ...

Time honoring brave women

Time magazine, a shell of its former self, has named the women who blew the whistle on a small army of prominent men in politics, entertainment and journalism as the collective Persons of the Year. They earned it for putting sexual assault and harassment in the workplace on the front page, the ...

Trump: U.S. ‘cannot afford’ Roy Moore loss

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday urged voters to elect a Republican Senate candidate in Alabama who has been dogged by allegations of sexual misconduct, warning that America “cannot afford” to have a Democrat win the hard-fought campaign instead. Trump gave a ...

Manafort drafted op-ed while under house arrest

WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Mueller to Paul Manafort: I’m watching you. Revealing that they know every word Manafort changed in a recently published op-ed, prosecutors for the special counsel argued Friday that the former Trump campaign chairman’s attempt to mount a public relations ...

Officer not charged in deaf man’s killing

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma prosecutor announced Friday that he won’t charge a police officer who fatally shot a deaf man, determining the killing was legally justified after the man aggressively approached the officer while armed with a 2-foot metal pipe. Oklahoma County District ...

Franks offered ex-aide $5m to carry his child

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former aide to Republican Rep. Trent Franks has told The Associated Press the congressman repeatedly pressed her to carry his child, at one point offering her $5 million to act as a surrogate mother. The eight-term lawmaker abruptly resigned Friday, bowing to an ...