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AP Top 25 Reality Check: Examining ‘Bama’s drop from top 5

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer The Associated Press college football poll is a subjective and mostly backward-looking assessment, especially late in the season. Voters sprinkle in some speculative forecasting when trying to order the plethora of teams that have never played. ...

Duck’s Dynasty? Backup Hodges leads Steelers by Browns 20-13

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — No fighting. No helmet swinging. Barely any trash talking. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns kept things civil in their highly anticipated rematch, which ended the way they always seem to end at Heinz Field: the Steelers walking ...

Jackson, Ravens beat 49ers 20-17 to extend win streak to 8

By DAVID GINSBURG AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — Neither rain, wind nor the San Francisco 49ers' top-ranked defense could prevent Lamar Jackson from guiding the Baltimore Ravens to their franchise-record eighth straight win. Jackson weathered miserable conditions to run for 101 yards and ...

Culver’s double-double helps WVU beat Rhode Island 86-81

By MATT THORNSBURY Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Derek Culver scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead West Virginia to an 86-81 victory over Rhode Island on Sunday. Jermaine Haley added 18 points, Emmitt Matthews Jr. scored 14 and Oscar Tshiebwe had 11 ...

Rodgers throws 4 TDs, Packers beat skidding Giants 31-13

By TOM CANAVAN AP Sports Writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdown passes in the snow and the Green Bay Packers rebounded from a dismal West Coast performance to beat New York 31-13 Sunday. The Packers sent the Giants to their eighth straight loss, their worst ...

Guise, Redskins hold on to beat Panthers 29-21

By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Derrius Guice ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns and the Washington Redskins made a late goal-line stand to secure a 29-21 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday for their second straight victory. Adrian Peterson added 99 yards ...

Antetokounmpo leads Bucks by Cavs

CLEVELAND (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 11 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and Milwaukee held off Cleveland for its 10th straight victory. Antetokounmpo grabbed 12 rebounds and has had double-doubles in every game this season for Milwaukee, at 16-3 the top team in the Eastern ...

Patriots sign kicker Kai Forbath to replace Nick Folk

By Glen Farley Associated Press FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots turned their revolving door on kickers Friday, signing veteran Kai Forbath to replace Nick Folk. Folk was released one day after he reportedly underwent an emergency appendectomy. He signed with the team on ...

Aliu calls Flames coach’s apology ‘misleading, insincere’

By The Associated Press Akim Aliu is not happy with the apology Calgary Flames coach Bill Peters issued for a racial slur he allegedly used when both were in the minors 10 years ago. The former NHL player released his own statement Thursday on Twitter, saying he found Peters’ statement a ...

Devils hand slumping Canadiens 6th straight loss

MONTREAL (AP) — Blake Coleman had two goals and two assists and the New Jersey Devils handed the Montreal Canadiens their sixth straight loss, 6-4 on Thursday night. Travis Zajac, Miles Wood, Jesper Boqvist and Damon Severson also scored and Nikita Gusev had three assists for his first ...

Trick TD sparks Bills in 26-15 Thanksgiving win over Cowboys

By Schuyler Dixon AP Pro Football Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — John Brown became the first Buffalo receiver to throw a touchdown pass and the Bills went on to beat the Dallas Cowboys 26-15 on Thursday. Bills quarterback Josh Allen ran for a touchdown and threw a TD pass to Cole ...

Bears battle back to take down Lions 24-20

By Larry Lage AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — Mitchell Trubisky threw a go-ahead, 3-yard touchdown pass to David Montgomery with 2:17 left, lifting the Chicago Bears to a 24-20 win over the slumping Detroit Lions on Thursday. The Bears took the lead on the nine-play, 90-yard drive and ...

Lock used time on IR to slow his mind, speed his growth

By Arnie Stapleton AP Pro Football Writer ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Drew Lock used his time on injured reserve to slow down his racing mind and speed up his transition from spread college quarterback to drop-back pro passer. Lock, expected to get his first start for the Broncos (3-8) this ...

Ravens, Patriots, 49ers remain top 3 teams in AP Pro32 poll

By Simmi Buttar AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens just keep on rolling. The surging Ravens, who have won seven in a row, retained the top spot in the latest AP Pro32 poll. Baltimore routed the Los Angeles Rams 45-6 on Monday night to move to ...

Help not available: NHL staffs brimming with ex-head coaches

By Stephen Whyno AP Hockey Writer When Kevin Hayes got off to a slow start with the Philadelphia Flyers, coach Alain Vigneault didn't need to talk to him. Assistants Mike Yeo and Michel Therrien took care of that. Because each had been an NHL head coach before, Vigneault encourages that ...

Polamalu, Wayne, Willis 1st year eligible for Hall of Fame

By Barry Wilner AP Pro Football Writer Safety Troy Polamalu, wide receiver Reggie Wayne and linebacker Patrick Willis are first-year eligible players among the 25 semifinalists of the modern era for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Also on the list, which will be cut to 15 on Jan. 2, are ...

MLB investigating alleged domestic violence by Sam Dyson

NEW YORK (AP) — Free agent pitcher Sam Dyson has been accused of domestic violence and is being investigated by Major League Baseball. The commissioner's office says in a statement it is "aware of it and looking into it." Dyson's agency, ISE, did not immediately respond to a text seeking ...

No. 5 Alabama needs Iron Bowl win, help for playoff berth

By JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writer TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — This is an awkward position for Alabama; the Crimson Tide are accustomed to leaning on anyone for a helping hand. Even if the fifth-ranked Crimson Tide ends the regular season with a win at No. 16 Auburn in Saturday's Iron Bowl, ...

AP Top 25 Reality Check: Rivalry week with ranked matchups

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Intense and tradition-rich rivalries are fun no matter the stakes. They get even juicer when both teams are ranked. This year rivalry week includes five matchups of teams ranked in the latest AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank, though one of them ...

Chiefs could place stranglehold on another AFC West title

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs had one of their best weeks of the season without even playing. After traveling to Mexico City to knock off the Los Angeles Chargers, the Chiefs were able to enjoy their long-awaited bye while watching the New ...