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Rodgers says ‘window’s open’ on another title run

By Keith Jenkins AP Sports Writer GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The 2019 season for the Green Bay Packers marked the dawn of a new era. Matt LaFleur took over and won more games than any first-year coach in franchise history. The final result again fell short of the Packers’ goal of winning ...

‘My mission was to win’: Coco tops Venus at Australian Open

By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Everyone had the same question when the Australian Open draw was revealed: What were the odds that Coco Gauff and Venus Williams would face each other again in the first round at a Grand Slam tournament? "I was a bit shocked," ...

Mahomes gives Reid best hope to win that elusive Super Bowl

By ROB MAADDI AP Pro Football Writer Andy Reid revitalized the Kansas City Chiefs the same way he did with the Philadelphia Eagles. He's one win away from finishing the job. The only thing missing from Reid's impressive resume is a Super Bowl title. He is seventh on the career wins list and ...

Chiefs, 49ers roll to Super Bowl berths

By The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes tip-toed down the sideline for a game-turning touchdown, added three TD passes, and the Kansas City Chiefs made their first Super Bowl in a half-century by beating the Tennessee Titans 35-24 Sunday for the AFC championship. In ...

Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books

By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Even the bookies are having a problem figuring out a favorite in the Super Bowl. Odds opened at pick 'em Sunday at many Las Vegas sports books, though the Kansas City Chiefs quickly moved to 1-point favorites over the San Francisco 49ers. ...

Landry wins in the desert, Westwood picks up 25th Euro title

By The Associated Press undefined Andrew Landry regrouped to win The American Express after blowing a six-stroke lead on the back nine Sunday. Landry broke a tie with Abraham Ancer with a 7-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th hole and made a 6-footer on the par-4 18th for a 5-under 67 and a ...

Calmer McGregor: Irish star returns vs Cerrone at UFC 246

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Conor McGregor became a two-division UFC champion because he was a tremendous fighter. He became the biggest mixed martial artist in the world only because he talked an even bigger game. McGregor's loquacious, pugnacious personality was an ...

Garza scores 33, Iowa beats No. 19 Michigan 90-83

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Michigan coach Juwan Howard has seen enough of Iowa's Luka Garza this season. Garza scored 33 points in Iowa's 90-83 win over No. 19 Michigan on Friday night. Howard, the first-year coach of the Wolverines, knew nothing about Garza before the season. But after this ...

Raptors score season-high 140 points in rout of Wizards

By The Associated Press undefined TORONTO (AP) — Marc Gasol scored a season-high 20 points and matched his career high with six 3-pointers, Norman Powell scored 28 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 140-111 on Friday night. Terence Davis II matched his career best ...

Federer, Nadal seem sure all will be OK at Australian Open

By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — As messages on video boards cautioned Australian Open spectators to "be aware we are expecting a reduction in air quality" Saturday, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal seemed satisfied that all will be fine at the year's first Grand ...

Brignone leads 1st run of giant slalom; Shiffrin 4th

SESTRIERE, Italy (AP) — Racing on home snow, Federica Brignone led the opening run of a strenuous giant slalom race Saturday while overall World Cup leader Mikaela Shiffrin was nearly a half-second behind in fourth. Brignone finished 0.17 seconds ahead of Petra Vlhova of Slovakia, with ...

AP source: Giants hiring Garrett as offensive coordinator

By Dennis Waszak Jr. AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Jason Garrett is headed to the other side of the Giants-Cowboys rivalry. A person with direct knowledge of the decision says New York is hiring the former Dallas coach to be the Giants offensive coordinator. The person spoke to ...

MLB whistleblower deserves applause, not criticism

By Paul Newberry AP Sports Columnist When future generations are documenting baseball history, Mike Fiers will surely be remembered as one of the game’s most significant figures. Not necessarily for what he did on the field, though tossing a pair of no-hitters is certainly a worthy ...

Harbaugh expects Ravens to add talent, mature and improve

By David Ginsburg AP Sports Writer OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — John Harbaugh believes the Ravens have all the ingredients in place to make a Super Bowl run next season. That hasn’t made it any easier for Baltimore’s coach to cope with the abrupt fashion in which this season ended. The ...

Panthers’ Brady says offense must continue to evolve in NFL

By Steve Reed AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Joe Brady’s offensive system worked wonders at LSU this past season, helping the Tigers lead the nation in yards and points en route to a unbeaten season that culminated in a 42-25 win over Clemson in the national championship ...

James, Lakers lead NBA jersey, merchandise sales rankings

NEW YORK (AP) — Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, Boston’s Jayson Tatum and Dallas’ Luka Doncic are seeing their jerseys sell more briskly than ever, the NBA said Friday when announcing its latest list of most popular merchandise. LeBron James still has the most popular jersey, part ...

Chiefs’ Mahomes still starring with big money on horizon

By Dave Skretta AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs had just lost to the Tennessee Titans, their fourth defeat in the first 10 games of the season, and much of the optimism that surrounded the defending AFC champions had begun to evaporate amid the barbecue ...

WNBA expands to 36-game schedule adds Commissioner’s Cup

NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA season is expanding to a 36-game schedule and adding the Commissioner’s Cup tournament the league announced Thursday. The league had a 34-game schedule since 2003. The season begins on May 15 and ends on Sept. 20. Each team will play 10 Cup games during the season ...

49ers, Packers look to go from losing seasons to Super Bowl

By Josh Dubow AP Pro Football Writer SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers are one win away from accomplishing a turnaround that’s been done only once before in the Super Bowl era. With a victory in the NFC championship game at home on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, ...

Crosby, Penguins rip Wild 7-3

By Will Graves AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby watched the Pittsburgh Penguins thrive in his absence. The longtime captain pledged he would simply focus on doing his part to keep the Penguins rolling in his return from a two-month layoff. Crosby held up his end of the ...