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Walsh’s missed kick, failed fake FG cost Seahawks vs Falcons

By TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer SEATTLE (AP) — When it left his foot, Blair Walsh thought his potential tying kick was good and the Seattle Seahawks were headed to overtime with the chance to erase a questionable decision from earlier in the game. Walsh was wrong, putting an even greater ...

LaVar Ball questions Trump’s role in son’s release

WASHINGTON (AP) — Outspoken basketball dad LaVar Ball questioned the extent of President Donald Trump's involvement in securing his son's release from the custody of Chinese authorities during a combative 20-minute CNN interview on Monday night. The president, in tweets Sunday, said he ...

Knicks hand Clippers ninth straight loss, win 107-85

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Things are going so poorly for the Clippers that they can't even beat the Knicks anymore. Kristaps Porzingis scored 25 points and New York extended Los Angeles' losing streak to nine games with a 107-85 victory Monday night. Porzingis ...

FIFA bans 3 soccer officials for life for taking bribes

By GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer GENEVA (AP) — Three soccer officials who pleaded guilty in American courts to accepting bribes were banned for life by the FIFA ethics committee on Tuesday. They include former FIFA audit committee member Richard Lai of Guam, who testified in federal court ...

Former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna dies at 49

By KAREL JANICEK, Associated Press PRAGUE (AP) — Jana Novotna, who won the hearts of the tennis world by sobbing on the shoulder of a member of the British royal family after a tough loss in the Wimbledon final, has died at the age of 49. The WTA announced Novotna's death on Monday. The ...

Juniors unite: Close friends Earnhardt, Truex celebrate

By JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Writer HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. chugged another beer, left his crew guys on pit road after a nearly hour-long post-race party and bolted for the championship stage. He had another celebration ahead with one of his best buddies in ...

Trump: NFL should suspend Oakland Raiders’ Marshawn Lynch

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the NFL should suspend Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch. Lynch sat during most of the U.S. anthem and stood for the Mexican anthem before Sunday's game against the Patriots at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. Lynch hasn't stood for the ...

Jerry Jones dishes on Goodell as Cowboys lose sans Elliott

By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Pro Football Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have lost both games without Ezekiel Elliott, and owner Jerry Jones is still trying to explain what the six-game suspension for his star running back has to do with his objections over a contract extension ...

AP Top 25 Heat Check: Status quo before final playoff push

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Almost nothing changed in The Associated Press college football poll this weekend. A remarkably uneventful week produced little movement in Sunday's Top 25 . If you liked how the voters had the Top 25 last week, well, you'll probably be fine with ...

Colorado ski season: Mountain coasters, Olympic fun and more

By The Associated Press Colorado's ski resorts are getting ready for winter with mountain coasters, new lifts and amenities plus celebrations themed on the Winter Olympic Games. The mountain coasters are gravity-driven roller coasters with dips, waves and loops, designed for skiers and ...

LeBron James scores 39 points, Cavs beat Clippers in OT

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James scored 39 points, Kevin Love added 25 and the Cleveland Cavaliers won their fourth straight, 118-113 in overtime over the skidding Los Angeles Clippers Friday night. Love made a pair of 3-pointers in OT, when the Cavs outscored the Clippers 13-8. Dwyane Wade ...

Chargers QB Rivers practices again, questionable for Sunday

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is listed as questionable for Los Angeles’ game against Buffalo on Sunday due to a concussion. Rivers is still progressing through the NFL’s concussion protocol after he reported symptoms of a head injury on Monday. Rivers ...

Brady, Patriots heading for greater heights in Mexico

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — Tom Brady, fresh off his NFL-record 86th road win, is ready to take the New England Patriots to new heights, namely Mexico City’s Azteca Stadium, where they’ll face the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. “I’m excited for it. It’s going to be a lot of fun,” ...

After friend’s death, Brown fuels Celtics win over Warriors

By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Hours before the Celtics took the court Thursday night to protect their winning streak against the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors, Jaylen Brown was walking around in a fog. Boston's second-year forward was not even thinking ...

Roethlisberger throws 4 TDs, Steelers drill Titans 40-17

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Another uninspiring half in the books in a season littered with them for a team that expects to play deep into January and beyond, Ben Roethlisberger decided he had seen enough. So the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback decided it was time to ...

Astros’ Altuve wins AL MVP, Marlins’ Stanton earns NL honor

By JAKE SEINER, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Jose Altuve and the Houston Astros have grown together, enduring an arduous rebuild and coming out the other side among baseball's best. These days, nobody is standing taller. Altuve won the American League MVP award Thursday, towering over ...

New $1.6B Atlanta stadium rises; now old one to be destroyed

By JEFF MARTIN, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's new $1.6 billion stadium — home to the NFL's Falcons and the city's hugely popular pro soccer team — has successfully risen, despite a series of construction delays over its complex retractable roof. Now, the dome next door that ...

Truex and team balanced numerous setbacks in dream season

By JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Writer HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — The Phil Collins song "In the Air Tonight" blasted through the Furniture Row Racing shop as the employees loaded their championship-contending race car for the long trip from Colorado to Homestead-Miami Speedway. Some crew members ...

Trump to host NCAA champs, So Carolina women decline invite

By ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will host college sports championship teams at the White House on Friday, although the South Carolina women's basketball team declined the invitation. The White House says 18 NCAA teams will attend a reception at the ...