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Virginia looks for better showing against triple-option

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Virginia's championship hopes could be dashed before the Cavaliers take the field Saturday. Yet, there isn't time to fret over what-ifs. The triple-option demands their full attention. Georgia Tech leads the nation in rushing yards with an ...

Syracuse-Notre Dame matchup headlines ACC’s 12th week

By The Associated Press Things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 12: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 12 Syracuse vs. No. 3 Notre Dame. Coach Dino Babers' Orange (8-2, 5-2, No. 12 CFP) have been the surprise story of the season in the ACC, making a case for a New Year's Six bowl berth ...

On Basketball: Butler, 76ers have time to figure things out

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Time, right now, is Jimmy Butler's best friend. That's all that the Philadelphia 76ers and their newest player need. They will figure things out, figure out who goes where and who does what in every situation. In time, they'll be ...

No. 1 Duke’s freshmen: College hoops’ must-see attraction

By JOEDY McCREARY, AP Sports Writer DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Drake has already been spotted wearing Zion Williamson's high school jersey. Let that be proof: Duke's season is just starting, and the Blue Devils' freshmen have already arrived. Just three games into their college careers, the ...

Michigan routs Villanova in championship rematch

By The Associated Press VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Charles Matthews scored 19 points, Ignas Brazdeikis had 18 and No. 18 Michigan beat No. 8 Villanova 73-46 in a national championship game rematch Wednesday night. Villanova captured its second title in three years with a 79-62 victory over ...

LeBron gets 44, passes Wilt in LA’s 126-117 win over Blazers

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — A floating jumper, a foul and a free throw in the fourth quarter of a tight game. With a gorgeous three-point play , the King jumped over the Big Dipper. LeBron James' inimitable presence has already been felt in his first few weeks in ...

No. 10 Kentucky coasts past North Dakota 96-58

By GARY B. GRAVES, AP Sports Writer LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — As No. 10 Kentucky works through initial growing pains, it can feel good about its first lopsided win this season. PJ Washington set a career high with 25 points and grabbed a season-best seven rebounds, Tyler Herro added 18 points ...

WVU Looks to Keep B12 Title Hopes Alive at Oklahoma State

No. 18 Iowa St-No. 13 Texas matches Big 12 title contenders By The Associated Press Some things to know about Week 12 in the Big 12 Conference: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 18 Iowa State (6-3, 5-2 Big 12) at No. 13 Texas (7-3, 5-2). The winner will still be in contention for a spot in the Big 12 ...

Short-handed Terps are Buckeyes’ last obstacle before ‘Game’

By ERIC OLSON, AP College Football Writer Here's what to watch in the Big Ten this week: BEST GAME No. 8 Ohio State at Maryland This season has been plain weird for the Buckeyes (9-1, 6-1, No. 10 CFP) with all the off-field distraction and uneven on-field performances. Yet they're still in ...

Later Le’Veon; Steelers move on with Bell out of the mix

By Will Graves AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers spent the better part of 10 months waiting on Le’Veon Bell to show up for work. They said all the right things, stressed they understood the star running back was making a business decision by opting to stay home ...

Mets’ deGrom gets Cy with record-low wins; Snell takes AL

By Jake Seiner AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — After a season marred by narrow defeats, Jacob deGrom became a runaway winner. The New York Mets ace easily won the National League Cy Young Award on Wednesday night, a reward for a historically fruitless season in Flushing. The ...

Child kickboxing debated in Thailand after 13-year-old dies

By KAWEEWIT KAEWJINDA and TASSANEE VEJPONGSA, Associated Press BANGKOK (AP) — The death of a 13-year-old boy who was knocked out during a kickboxing match in Thailand has sparked debate over whether to ban matches involving children. The death of Anucha Tasako came after a Muay Thai — ...

Thornton’s 400th goal lifts Sharks past Predators 5-4

By GIDEON RUBIN, Associated Press SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — On a night when he reached an impressive personal milestone, Joe Thornton wasn't taking stock of his career accomplishments. The veteran San Jose Sharks center even bristled when asked about it. "I'm just trying to improve my game, ...

Once Texas’ breakout QB, Heard quietly ending career as WR

By JIM VERTUNO, AP Sports Writer AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Once upon a time, Jerrod Heard had the "juice." He was the quarterback of the future for the Texas Longhorns and he'd just smashed Vince Young's single-game school record with 527 total yards against California. He could throw. He could ...

RB Dexter Williams finds footing with No. 3 Irish

By TODD BURLAGE, Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Senior Dexter Williams has been through countless ups and downs during his four years at Notre Dame. Injury, suspension, an arrest, the emotions of helping his ailing mother — all of it has weighed down Williams at times. He has ...

Kevin Durant leads undermanned Warriors past Hawks 110-103

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant never found his typical offensive flow and found it a little strange playing without fiery Draymond Green, even if they have yet to make up from all that went down a night earlier in Los Angeles. Durant isn't sharing ...

Defense carries No. 5 Tennessee past Georgia Tech 66-53

By STEVE MEGARGEE, AP Sports Writer KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — No. 5 Tennessee celebrated its first top-five ranking in more than a decade by showcasing the stingy defense that helped these Volunteers earn their rare status. Grant Williams scored 22 points as Tennessee beat cold-shooting ...

Taylor Hall has 2 goals, 2 assists as Devils beat Penguins

By TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Taylor Hall gave the New Jersey Devils just what they needed after a dismal seven-game trip — an MVP-type performance. Hall scored the game-winning goal on a breakaway at 8:07 of the third period added an empty-net tally to cap a ...

Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan hold steady in CFP

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer The College Football Playoff rankings held steady at the top, with Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan an unchanged first four from last week. The third rankings of the season were drama-free Tuesday night after every top-10 team won last ...

Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell refuses to sign tag, out for 2018

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Le'Veon Bell's patience on the football field sets him apart. In a game built on chaos, the star running back rarely hurries or makes hasty decisions. His ability to put his hand on the back of an offensive lineman while waiting for the ...