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Cavaliers’ Thompson fined $15,000 for gesture to Nets fan

NEW YORK (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson has been fined $15,000 for making an "inappropriate gesture" to a spectator. The NBA announced the punishment Thursday. Thompson's action came at the end of the Cavaliers' 99-97 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday at the Barclays ...

AP sources: Corbin, Nats agree on $140M, 6-year contract

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Add Patrick Corbin to the All-Star starting staff the Washington Nationals have assembled. A person familiar with the deal said the left-handed Corbin has agreed to a six-year contract with the Nationals, pending a physical exam. ...

LeBron scores 42 as Lakers surge past Spurs late, 121-113

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James had no idea why he was so tired. He slept 11 hours overnight, missing his company Christmas party in the process, and then had a 2½-hour nap before the Los Angeles Lakers' game against San Antonio. Perhaps his body just knew ...

Hachimura’s shot lifts No. 1 Gonzaga over Washington 81-79

By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — In the closing seconds of a tie game, Gonzaga guard Josh Perkins dribbled out high looking for somewhere to pass the ball. He spotted Rui Hachimura near the free throw line. "They left Rui open where he is automatic," Perkins ...

Stephen Curry scores 42 points, Warriors rout Cavaliers

By The Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Stephen Curry made nine 3-pointers and scored 42 points, Kevin Durant added 25 and the Golden State Warriors came back to face a very different looking Cleveland team for the first time since winning another NBA title, and beat the Cavaliers 129-105 ...

Leonard scores 36 points as Raptors beat 76ers 113-102

By IAN HARRISON, Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard insisted he doesn't try to do anything extra in big games. His numbers suggest otherwise. Leonard had 36 points, Jonas Valanciunas scored 18 of his season-high 26 in the fourth quarter and the Toronto Raptors beat Philadelphia ...

No. 14 North Carolina beats UNC Wilmington 97-69

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina gave its Hall of Fame coach what he wanted in a dominant second half against an in-state opponent. The 14th-ranked Tar Heels need it to be the first step during an important month that could give them the chance to ...

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to retire after Rose Bowl

By Mitch Stacy AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer abruptly announced his retirement Tuesday, citing health reasons and a difficult year that included a three-game suspension over his handling of domestic violence allegations against a now-fired assistant ...

Caleb Martin powers No. 6 Nevada to another 8-0 start

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nevada's bus pulled into Loyola of Chicago's arena and the Wolf Pack made their way to the locker room. Even behind closed doors, one of college basketball's most derisive chants rang in their ears: "Over-rated!" Of course the Ramblers' ...

When? Where? Name? A look at Seattle’s NHL expansion team

By TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer SEATTLE (AP) — The NHL will make the Emerald City the home for its 32nd franchise after Seattle's expansion bid was approved by the league's Board of Governors. The move gives Seattle the major winter sports franchise it currently lacks and puts hockey in a ...

Steelers RB James Conner out with sprained left ankle

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers will head to Oakland without running back James Conner. Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Conner is dealing with a sprained left ankle and will not play when the AFC North leaders take on the last-place Raiders. Conner, who is second in the NFL in ...

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to retire after Rose Bowl

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Urban Meyer, the highly successful coach who won three national championships and sparked controversy this season for his handling of domestic violence allegations against a now-fired assistant at Ohio State, he will retire after the ...

Berhalter says US Soccer needs direction and development

By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Gregg Berhalter says he inherits a U.S. soccer team "with potential," one that needs "direction" and "development" after missing the World Cup for the first time since the 1980s. Berhalter, who spent the past five seasons as coach of Major ...

No. 2 Clemson dominates AP All-ACC team again with 11 Tigers

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — No. 2 Clemson once again dominated the Associated Press All-Atlantic Coast Conference teams and individual awards released Tuesday. The four-time defending league champions placed 11 players on the two teams as selected by a panel of 14 sports writers who cover the ...

Hunt video just latest case of NFL’s inconsistent discipline

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer The NFL is still out of its league when it comes to disciplining players for troubles off the field. Kareem Hunt is the latest example of the NFL's delayed and inconsistent approach toward serious matters despite league efforts to improve following its ...

TOP 25 THIS WEEK: Furman plays for 1st time with ranking

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Furman coach Bob Richey wants his players to savor the program's first appearance in the AP Top 25 poll, yet also remember how much work it took to get there. He's hoping that approach will keep the 25th-ranked Paladins building ...

Redskins QB McCoy breaks fibula in right leg, out for season

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Washington Redskins are accustomed to the knot in the stomach and the bad news that inevitably hits when a quarterback goes down: Colt McCoy is done for the year with a broken right leg, the same fate as his predecessor, Alex ...

With Olympics looming, surf star captures a bigger prize

By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer If Australia's Stephanie Gilmore captures the gold medal when surfing makes its Olympic debut two years from now, it might not be her most meaningful win. Gilmore, who is talked about as possibly the greatest athlete of all time in her sport, takes pride in ...

Impressive wins push Michigan to No. 5 in new AP Top 25 poll

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Maybe AP Top 25 voters were a bit too low on Michigan to start the season. That isn't the case anymore. The Wolverines (8-0, 1-0 Big Ten) have made a rapid rise to reach No. 5 in Monday's latest poll behind Gonzaga, Kansas, Duke and ...

No. 1 Alabama has 5 players first-team AP All-SEC selections

By The Associated Press Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is the offensive player of the year and one of five members of the top-ranked Crimson Tide to earn first-team honors on The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference team. No. 16 Kentucky (No. 14 College Football Playoff ) has the ...