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Northeastern wins 3rd straight Beanpot, beats BU 5-4 in 2OT

By GETHIN COOLBAUGH Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Northeastern needed one of the longest games in Beanpot history to prove that it was still the top dog. Jordan Harris made sure the Huskies retained that title over the Boston University Terriers. Harris scored 14:33 into double overtime, ...

Baylor beats Texas for 21st straight Big 12 victory

By MARK ROSNER Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — With No. 1 Baylor's offense struggling, the team's defense locked in and helped the Bears win again. Baylor, producing its lowest point total of the season, beat Texas 52-45 Monday night for its 21st straight victory — one short of the ...

Jones, Goldwire help No. 7 Duke beat No. 8 FSU 70-65

By AARON BEARD AP Basketball Writer DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Seventh-ranked Duke had just followed a wild overtime win against its fiercest rival by battling through the final minutes of a close game to beat eighth-ranked Florida State when coach Mike Krzyzewski paused on his way off the ...

NBA changing 3-point contest format at All-Star Saturday

By Tim Reynolds AP Basketball Writer The NBA is changing the format to this season's 3-point contest at All-Star Saturday Night in Chicago by adding a pair of deep shots that will be worth three points apiece. That change means each round will now be a total of 27 shots instead of 25, and ...

Knicks fire Steve Mills, begin search for new president

By Brian Mahoney AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks made a big move before the trade deadline — by getting rid of the guy who would have been making their deals. They fired President Steve Mills on Tuesday, shaking up the front office at a most unusual ...

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio retiring after 13 seasons

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio announced his retirement Tuesday, ending a 13-year run in which he guided the Spartans to heights they hadn't reached in decades. Dantonio went 114-57 as Michigan State's coach and won Big Ten titles in 2010, 2013 and 2015. ...

Golf rulers says increased distance must be slowed

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Golfers at all levels keep hitting the ball farther, and the game's governing bodies plan to do something about it by going after the one area they can control — equipment. The USGA and the R&A on Tuesday released their ...

Phillies to retire Halladay’s 34 on perfect game anniversary

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies will retire the late Hall of Fame pitcher Roy Halladay's No. 34 this season. The Phillies will pay tribute to Halladay on May 29, 2020, the 10th anniversary of his perfect game against the Marlins. It was the 20th perfect game in MLB ...

No. 3 Oregon hands No. 4 UConn worst home loss since 2005

By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Coach Kelly Graves and Oregon made history, handing UConn one of its worst home losses under Geno Auriemma. Ruthy Hebard had 22 points and 12 rebounds as No. 3 Oregon rolled past the fourth-ranked Huskies 74-56 on Monday night, ...

$154.7 million bet on Super Bowl at Nevada sports books

By WAYNE PARRY Associated Press ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Gamblers in Nevada wagered $154.7 million on this year's Super Bowl, an increase from last year but still below the high set in 2018. The Nevada Gaming Control Board released its Super Bowl betting figures on Tuesday, a day later ...

Time passages: Mahomes leads comeback for the ages for KC

By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — They were celebrating the passage of time as much as football at this Super Bowl: 100-year-old war veterans at midfield for the pregame coin flip, a 50-years-young pop diva handling halftime, and, of course, a quarterback who turns ...

Super Rally: Mahomes, Chiefs win NFL title with late surge

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes needed just the waning minutes of Super Bowl 54 to end a whole lot of frustration. A championship 50 years in the making for the Kansas City Chiefs. A two-decade wait for an NFL title for coach Andy Reid. ...

Column: Reid wasn’t going to let this Super Bowl slip away

By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Andy Reid hugged Patrick Mahomes early, and everyone else moments later. Good practice, because all of Kansas City wants to hug him now. Reid wasn't about to let this Super Bowl slip away. Not with the brilliant Mahomes under ...

Simpson rallies to beat Finau in Phoenix Open playoff

By JOHN NICHOLSON AP Sports Writer SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Webb Simpson was in big trouble when he drove into the right-side water on the par-5 15th. "I didn't think it was over," Simpson said. "But I thought, 'I'm going to really have to do something special to get back in it.'" He did ...

Penguins beat Capitals in 50th game between Crosby, Ovechkin

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Sidney Crosby got the better of Alex Ovechkin in their 50th regular-season meeting and set the stage for more drama down the stretch. Crosby had an assist, Matt Murray made 29 saves and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Washington Capitals ...

Jackson wins MVP as Ravens take 3 awards; Harbaugh top coach

By Barry Wilner AP Pro Football Writer MIAMI (AP) — Lamar Jackson’s stunning season not only earned him The Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player Award, but he won it unanimously. That’s right: The second-year quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens joins Tom Brady as the only ...

Broncos’ Fant has keen eye on Kelce, Kittle in Super Bowl

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Noah Fant parlayed his outstanding performance at the NFL scouting combine last year into a first-round phone call from the Denver Broncos and the best season among the league's rookie tight ends in 2019. What he's aiming for this year is to join the league's elite at ...

Climate change poses threat to future Super Bowls in Miami

By Steven Wine AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — The forecast for the Super Bowl in Miami is grim. Clear skies and temperature in the 60s are expected when the game kicks off, so weather won’t be a problem. But climate change likely will be, sooner or later. The sea and temperature are ...

NBA All-Stars to wear Kobe’s No. 24 and Gianna’s No. 2

By Tim Reynolds AP Basketball Writer The NBA's All-Stars will be playing this year with Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant in their minds and on their jerseys. So, coming soon: No. 24 Giannis Antetokounmpo, and No. 2, LeBron James. As part of what will be a long series of tributes to Bryant ...

Almost half of US sports fans want Super Bowl Monday holiday

By Jimmy Golen AP Sports Writer NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Nearly half of American sports fans would give up one of their other work holidays in order to have a day off after Super Bowl Sunday, according to a survey commissioned by the daily fantasy sports company DraftKings. The survey, which ...