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Steelers face long-overdue reboot as Roethlisberger exits

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger came back for one more run, wanting a chance for his final performance to not be a lopsided first-round playoff loss. Even with his closest friends gone. Even with a first-year offensive coordinator. Even knowing he'd have an almost completely rebuilt ...

Stefanovic, No. 4 Purdue top No. 17 Illinois in double OT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Sasha Stefanovic scored 22 points, including a go-ahead 3 at the start of double overtime that sent No. 4 Purdue over No. 17 Illinois 96-88 on Monday. Illinois guards Andre Curbelo and Alfonso Plummer made baskets in the final seconds of regulation and the first ...

Onetime Clemson QB Johnson transferring back to Tigers

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Onetime Clemson quarterback Hunter Johnson is returning to the Tigers, becoming coach Dabo Swinney's first player taken from the NCAA transfer portal. Johnson had been with Northwestern the past four seasons. He announced his decision to return to Clemson on ...

Las Vegas Raiders oust GM Mike Mayock after 3 seasons

The Las Vegas Raiders have fired general manager Mike Mayock after three seasons and will begin a search for a coach and GM following their second playoff berth in the past 19 seasons. The Raiders announced the move to get rid of Mayock on Monday, two days after losing their wild-card playoff ...

Nets drop first game without Durant, fall to Cavs 114-107

CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Durant wasn't there to make the big shot, snatch the key rebound or take over like he's done countless times. The Brooklyn Nets knew life would be challenging without their superstar. On Monday, that became reality — and their foreseeable future. Darius Garland ...

Meier scores franchise-record 5 goals as Sharks rout Kings

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Timo Meier added a historic chapter to what's already been a special season for him, setting San Jose's franchise record with five goals in a game. The Sharks used a huge first period — including Meier's hat trick — to beat the Los Angeles Kings 6-2 on ...

Nets’ star Irving steadfast on vaccine despite Durant injury

CLEVELAND (AP) — Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving insists an injury to teammate Kevin Durant won't change his stance on not getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Irving, who only recently returned to action after a drawn-out stalemate over getting vaccinated, said Monday following a loss to the ...

Hawks rally to beat Bucks 121-114, snap 10-game home skid

ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young scored 30 points for the struggling Atlanta Hawks, who trailed for much of the game before rallying for a 121-114 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night to snap a 10-game home losing streak. Winning at State Farm Arena for the first time since Nov. 22, the ...

LeBron scores 25 as Lakers end three-game skid, beat Jazz

LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James scored 25 points and Stanley Johnson had 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 101-95 win over the Utah Jazz on Monday night. Russell Westbrook added 15 points and the Lakers snapped a three-game losing streak, ...

Analysis: Dak Prescott hands it to all the wrong people

Dak Prescott kept handing it to all the wrong people. He should have delivered the football to umpire Ramon George instead of to his center Tyler Biadasz before time ran out on Dallas' season, leaving Cowboys fans ruminating the quarterback draw that was called with no timeouts and just 14 ...

Durant has sprained knee ligament, no timetable for return

NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant has a sprained medial collateral ligament of his left knee, sidelining the NBA's leading scorer just as the Brooklyn Nets were poised to finally have a lengthy run with their Big Three. Durant was injured Saturday in a victory over New Orleans when teammate Bruce ...

No. 14 Villanova hits 12 3s in 82-42 romp over Butler

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jay Wright heard hollering from the Villanova fans who lingered at a bar near his postgame news conference and the Hall of Fame coach needed a score update. "Who's up?" It was bad news for Wright — the Philadelphia Eagles were losing a playoff game. His only worry of ...

Booker, McGee help Suns rout Pistons in Michigan homecoming

DETROIT (AP) — Devin Booker scored 30 points and JaVale McGee added 20 in their Michigan homecomings to help the NBA-leading Phoenix Suns rout the Detroit Pistons 135-108 on Sunday. "I was just hitting shots and the guys were getting me the ball in good places," said Booker, from Grand ...

As NBA prepares to celebrate King, Robertson also remembers

Officially, NBA players began participating in games that were scheduled to celebrate and honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1986 when the federal holiday commemorating the civil-rights leader was observed for the first time. Oscar Robertson knows the tradition dates long before ...

Cowboys no advantage being home with another playoff loss

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys thought they were going to get one more snap, one more chance to avoid another playoff setback. Prescott's spike at the end of a wild final sequence came too late. Time had run out on this season, the 26th in a row for Jerry Jones' ...

Matsuyama caps big rally with eagle to win Sony in playoff

HONOLULU (AP) — Five shots behind at the turn, Hideki Matsuyama figured all he could do was keep his head down and try to stay in the game Sunday in the Sony Open. And when he finally looked up, he couldn't see one of the best shots of his career. In a sudden-death playoff with Russell ...

Retirement awaits Roethlisberger after 42-21 loss in KC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger raised some eyebrows ahead of their wild-card game against the defending AFC champion Chiefs on Sunday night when he admitted that "we probably aren't supposed to be here." Well, he wasn't wrong. After taking an early lead on ...

US women’s hockey coach Joel Johnson deftly juggles 2 jobs

It's not often someone gets to experience two chances of a lifetime. For Joel Johnson, opportunity came knocking a mere two months apart. In April, he was promoted to become the U.S. women's national hockey team coach following Bob Corkum's abrupt resignation over COVID-19 protocols at the ...

Stern, talent influx led to NBA transformation during 1980’s

The NBA had enormous problems. Drug abuse among players was believed to be rampant. Many arenas were half-empty or worse on game nights. Most franchises were losing money. Some were on the cusp of folding. And when games were on television, nobody was watching. That was how the 1980s ...

Celtics rally late, edge Bulls 114-112 on Williams’ FTs

BOSTON (AP) — Robert Williams hit a pair of free throws with 9.7 seconds left and the Boston Celtics scored the final eight points to edge the Chicago Bulls 114-112 on Saturday night. Williams, who tied it at 112 with two foul shots with 31 seconds to go, finished with 14 points and 13 ...