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Luck can extend mastery of Titans, put Colts in playoffs

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Pro Football Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Andrew Luck is a win away from putting the Indianapolis Colts back into the playoffs for the first time since 2014 while doing something no NFL quarterback has managed since at least 1970. Beat an opponent 11 straight ...

Jones, Duke offense roll past Temple in Independence Bowl

By DAVID BRANDT, AP Sports Writer SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Temple was making big special-teams plays, returning interceptions for touchdowns and looking like a team that might crush Duke for a big postseason win. But the Owls had one problem that couldn't be overcome: Coach David Cutcliffe ...

Steelers hope for a win (and some luck) vs. Bengals

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is modifying his jersey, using a marker to add an "s" to the end of his last name. Safety Sean Davis is mulling a present or two to Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield, promising to send the ...

Chiefs aim for AFC West title, No. 1 seed against Raiders

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs could have taken this week off, assured of not only their third consecutive AFC West title but also the No. 1 seed in the playoffs before the Oakland Raiders came to town. Instead, they'll have everything on ...

Broncos keep losing big games, key players

By Arnie Stapleton AP Pro Football Writer ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Eleven months ago, Case Keenum engineered the “Minneapolis Miracle.” Now, he’s one of the architects of the “Denver Debacle.” The Broncos’ 27-14 loss at Oakland ensured the franchise of its first back-to-back ...

Irving scores 40, leads Celtics to 121-114 win over Sixers

By DOUG ALDEN, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving extended the game with a clutch shot, then ended it with two more in overtime. Irving scored six of his 40 points in overtime, hitting back-to-back 3-pointers while leading Boston back from a five-point deficit as the Celtics beat ...

LeBron gets hurt in Lakers’ rout of Warriors

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers lost LeBron James in the third quarter to a strained left groin then went out and beat the two-time defending champions without him Tuesday night, getting King James' 17 points, 13 rebounds and five assists before the injury in a surprising ...

Lindsay heads the list of undrafted rookies making impact

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer Phillip Lindsay didn't receive an invitation to the NFL scouting combine and his name wasn't called during the draft. Motivated by the snub, he made history. The talented Denver Broncos running back became the first undrafted offensive player selected ...

Harden’s 41 helps Rockets beat Thunder 113-109

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden is on a roll and it's helping the Houston Rockets get on track after their terrible start to the season. Harden scored 41 points and the Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 113-109 on Tuesday for their seventh win in the ...

UMBC’s win over Virginia was biggest surprise of 2018

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Sports Writer The University of Maryland-Baltimore County had no chance. Not against mighty Virginia, certainly not against history. No 16th seed had ever beaten a No. 1 in NCAA Tournament history, the lopsided ledger climbing to 135-0 through the opening weekend of ...

Antetokounmpo powers Bucks past Knicks in Christmas debut

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo was so eager to make a rim-rocking Christmas debut that he overshot the basket on his first attempt, a dunk from one side that ended with the ball all the way in the opposite corner. "I was so excited that I went a ...

Kyler, Tua and ‘Generation Z’ QBs take over college football

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Trent Dilfer has been head coach for the national high school quarterback competition known as Elite 11 since 2011, and even in that short period of time the quality of players coming through the program has drastically improved. "We've always had ...

Tomlin trying to keep reeling Steelers focused despite odds

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin isn't going to complain about the officiating. Or lament the turnovers and missed opportunities over the last month that have the Pittsburgh Steelers on the outside of the playoffs looking in heading into Week 17. The longtime head coach doesn't see the point in ...

Top to bottom, 1st-round QBs impacted NFL along with others

By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Pro Football Writer From Baker Mayfield at the top of the first round to Lamar Jackson at the bottom, rookie quarterbacks had an impact, one way or another, in their NFL debuts. And don't forget some of the players, at some of the other positions, in between. The ...

From bunkers and behind trees, memorable shots from 2018

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer Tiger Woods hit a shot he thought would lead to his 15th major. Keegan Bradley made a putt he thought would be worth a trip to the Tour Championship. Just about every player has one shot that stands out above the rest in 2018. "For how I viewed it at the time ...

The half-dozen times sports made you smile in 2018

By JIM LITKE, AP Sports Writer Sports contributed plenty of the same old agita this year — bad bets, empty boasts, taunts, tiffs and scuffles, plus the occasional riot — but its fair share of wry smiles, too. There were courageous losers, random acts of kindness and a handful of wins ...

USA Hockey’s deal with top women help them play for career

By LARRY LAGE, AP Hockey Writer PLYMOUTH, Mich. (AP) — Kelly Pannek is on pace to graduate from the University of Minnesota in the spring with a finance degree. With two internships in wealth management also on her resume, she is a prime candidate to get hired in the business world. The ...

No. 18 Arizona State knocks off top-ranked Kansas 80-76

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Basketball Writer TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Zylan Cheatham bounded down the hallway inside Wells Fargo Arena, half skipping, half jumping as he high-fived family, friends, anyone he could reach. "Let's go! Let's go! Let's gooooo!" the Arizona State forward shouted. Let it be ...

Smith leads Louisiana Tech past Hawaii 31-14 in Hawaii Bowl

By KALANI TAKASE, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — Skip Holtz felt the need to refocus his players after they spent the better part of a week in paradise. The sixth-year Louisiana Tech coach dressed down his team one night before the bowl game and it certainly appeared to pay off. J'Mar ...

No. 22 Army routs Houston 70-14 in Armed Forces Bowl

By The Associated Press FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Army quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr. ran for 170 yards and an Armed Forces Bowl-record five touchdowns and the No. 22 Black Knights overwhelmed Houston 70-14 on Saturday to reach 11 wins for the first time in program history. The Black Knights ...