National Sports

TOP 25 THIS WEEK: Big matchups abound in SEC, Big Ten

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — It's going to be a big week for the top teams in both the Southeastern and Big Ten conferences. Eight of the nine ranked teams in the SEC and Big Ten have at least one matchup against a ranked league mate in the week ahead. The ...

All-Star game marks latest milestone for Michael Jordan

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Buzz Peterson knew Michael Jordan as well as anyone when they were in college. Roommates and teammates at North Carolina, they spent countless days competing on the basketball court in practice and endless hours talking hoops. Their ...

Harden runs 30-point streak to 30, Rockets beat Mavs 120-104

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — There was only a little over a minute left in Houston's game and it looked as if James Harden's streak of 30-point games would be ending. Harden brought the ball down the court and was enveloped by two defenders near the 3-point line, so he ...

Murray makes 50 saves, Penguins beat Flyers 4-1

By The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Matt Murray made 50 saves and Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night. Jake Guentzel and Nick Bjugstad also scored and Kris Letang had an empty-netter for ...

Guy’s big shots finish No. 4 Virginia’s rally over No. 8 UNC

By The Associated Press CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Guy scored 20 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers in the final two minutes, to help No. 4 Virginia beat No. 8 North Carolina 69-61 on Monday night. De'Andre Hunter also had 20 points for the Cavaliers (21-2, 9-2 Atlantic Coast ...

Vonn wins bronze medal in the final race of her career

By ANDREW DAMPF, AP Sports Writer ARE, Sweden (AP) — One last comeback complete. One last medal. Five days after crashing in super-G, Lindsey Vonn bounced back to win the bronze medal in the world championship downhill Sunday in the final race of her career. "I laid it all on the line. ...

Whittaker pulls out with injury, Adesanya wins at UFC 234

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Robert Whittaker provided most of the early drama at UFC 234 in Australia and Israel Adesanya quite a lot at the end. About eight hours before their scheduled fight, Australia's UFC middleweight champion Whittaker withdrew from his championship defense against ...

Clarke leads No. 4 Gonzaga over Saint Mary’s 94-46

By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Saint Mary's has been No. 4 Gonzaga's toughest nemesis in the West Coast Conference in the past decade. The Gaels didn't pose much of a challenge Saturday night. Brandon Clarke scored 24 points and blocked three shots as ...

No. 2 Duke stuns No. 3 Virginia with early 3s, holds on

By The Associated Press CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — RJ Barrett scored 26 points, Zion Williamson had 18 and No. 2 Duke used an early barrage of 3-pointers to stun No. 3 Virginia and then held off the Cavaliers, 81-71, on Saturday night. Barrett hit his first five tries from 3-point range ...

Atkinson scores twice, Blue Jackets beat Golden Knights 4-3

By W.G. RAMIREZ, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets opened a three-game Western Conference trip with victories in Colorado and Arizona, yet didn't feel as though they put forth their best effort. Columbus closed out the trip with one of their most complete games of ...

Gasol pitches in, Raptors send Knicks to 16th loss in row

NEW YORK (AP) — Marc Gasol had seven points and six rebounds in his Toronto debut and the Raptors sent New York to its 16th straight loss. Acquired from Memphis before Thursday’s trade deadline, Gasol played 19 minutes. The three-time All-Star entered late in the first quarter and made a ...

Parker returns to Chicago with Wizards

By Jay Cohen AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Jabari Parker is focused on helping the Washington Wizards. His rocky stint with his hometown Chicago Bulls is over. Parker returned to Chicago on Saturday night just three days after he was traded to Washington in a multiplayer deal. The ...

New-look Philadelphia 76ers beat Denver Nuggets 117-110

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — JJ Redick scored a season-high 34 points, Jimmy Butler had 22 and the new-look Philadelphia 76ers beat the Denver Nuggets 117-110 on Friday night. Tobias Harris had 14 points and eight rebounds in his first game for Philadelphia and Joel Embiid added 15 points and 12 ...

Pelicans to permit Davis to play rest of season

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — After Anthony Davis found out he wouldn’t be traded Thursday, the six-time All-Star learned the New Orleans Pelicans will let him suit up for the remainder of the season. While Davis had stated publicly that he’s ready to move on from New Orleans, he also had said he ...

Realmuto traded from Marlins to Phillies for 3 players

By Steven Wine AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — In October, J.T. Realmuto’s agent predicted the Miami Marlins’ All-Star catcher would be with another team by spring training. He was right. Realmuto was traded Thursday to the Philadelphia Phillies for catcher Jorge Alfaro, two pitching ...

Frank Robinson, baseball’s fearsome trailblazer, dies at 83

By David Ginsburg and Ben Walker AP Sports Writers Crowding the plate, fearsome and fearless, Frank Robinson hammered his way into the Hall of Fame. His legacy, however, was cemented that day in 1975 when he simply stood in the dugout at old Cleveland Stadium — the first black manager in ...

Red Sox looking to close the deal on a World Series repeat

By Jimmy Golen AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — The goal is the same for the Boston Red Sox in 2019: finish the season flopping around on the pitcher’s mound, celebrating another World Series title. All that’s left is for them to figure out who’s at the bottom of the pile. The ...

No. 7 Michigan gets rematch with No. 19 Wisconsin

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer A look at the upcoming week around the Big Ten: GAME OF THE WEEKEND: Wisconsin at Michigan. The Wolverines were unbeaten until they lost at Wisconsin on Jan. 19, and now No. 7 Michigan (21-2, 10-2) gets a rematch on its home court Saturday. The 19th-ranked ...

Davis remains in trade limbo; Barnes to Sacramento

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — Anthony Davis is still a member of the New Orleans Pelicans. By 3 p.m. Thursday, that may change. Davis remained in place Wednesday, though the run-up to the NBA's annual trade deadline picked up steam in plenty of other locales around the ...

Durant lets loose after Warriors beat Spurs 141-102

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant wants everyone to forget the free agency chatter and speculation about where he might play next season, calling it "unnecessary." That's still months away and he is trying to win another championship with the Golden ...