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He’s back: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers preps to play Panthers

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers stayed afloat in the postseason race while hoping for nearly two months that Aaron Rodgers would return. News that the two-time NFL MVP was cleared medically to come back from a collarbone injury finally arrived Tuesday night, coming a bit later ...

Agent Boras: Marlins turning into ‘pawn shop’ under Jeter

By STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer Derek Jeter owns five World Series rings, which may be the reason agent Scott Boras had jewelry on his mind when discussing the Miami Marlins' new ownership. Boras said Jeter and his group are turning the Marlins into a pawn shop. It was yet another jab at ...

NFL spokesman: Roger Goodell views new contract as his last

By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Pro Football Writer IRVING, Texas (AP) — Commissioner Roger Goodell views the agreement reached on an extension last week as his final contract overseeing the NFL, a league spokesman said Wednesday. Goodell's extension through 2024 will allow him to help negotiate a ...

Twins sign recovering RHP Michael Pineda for 2 years, $10M

By DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have taken another step toward deepening their starting pitching. This boost won't take effect for a while. The Twins signed former New York Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda to two-year, $10 million contract ...

NBA selects Indianapolis to host 2021 All-Star Game

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NBA has chosen Indianapolis to host the 2021 All-Star Game. Commissioner Adam Silver made the announcement Wednesday just hours before Paul George returned to Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the first time since the Pacers traded him to Oklahoma City last summer. The ...

Malzahn, No. 7 Auburn set to begin Peach Bowl preparations

By JOHN ZENOR, AP Sports Writer AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Flush with a new long-term deal, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn likes where his program stands long-term and where the Tigers are headed in the near future. Malzahn's seventh-ranked Tigers are set to begin preparation Friday for the Peach Bowl ...

3rd Georgia player arrested since team made college playoff

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia freshman is facing a felony forgery charge over allegations of passing a counterfeit $100 bill last summer, the third player to be arrested since the Bulldogs won the Southeastern Conference championship and a spot in the College Football Playoff. Defensive back ...

Brady intercepted twice as Dolphins beat Pats 27-20

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady was intercepted twice by Xavien Howard and held without a third-down conversion Monday night, and the Miami Dolphins snapped the New England Patriots’ eight-game winning streak with a surprising 27-20 victory. The Dolphins (6-7) were 11-point underdogs ...

AFC North champion Steelers keep finding a way

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — By the middle of the second quarter, the adrenaline had faded. By the start of the fourth, the emotionally drained Pittsburgh Steelers defense appeared to be teetering on the edge of complete collapse. The group that spent the week trying ...

Hall of a moment: Tough guy Morris breaks down over election

By BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jack Morris always prided himself on being a tough guy when he pitched, a big-game winner who wouldn't break down. So guess what happened when the newly elected Hall of Famer spoke in front of George Brett, Robin Yount and a ...

Ole Miss QB Shea Patterson commits to transfer to Michigan

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Mississippi quarterback Shea Patterson says he will transfer to Michigan, where coach Jim Harbaugh has gone through three starting QBs this season. Patterson made his commitment in a tweet on Monday after visiting the Ann Arbor, Michigan, campus ...

Jeter: Stanton didn’t want to be part of Marlins’ rebuilding

By STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — Derek Jeter says when his ownership group took over the Miami Marlins in October, he thought Giancarlo Stanton would be with the team in 2018. Stanton says Marlins officials threatened to keep him for the rest of his career. In the end, Miami ...

Jets QB Josh McCown out for rest of season with broken hand

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The best season of Josh McCown's career has come to an abrupt and painful end. The New York Jets quarterback who established himself as a respected leader will miss the team's final three games with a broken left hand that will require ...

Despite loss in Pittsburgh, Ravens control playoff fate

By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Following an agonizing night in Pittsburgh, the Baltimore Ravens took consolation in knowing their fourth-quarter collapse won't necessarily impact their chances of reaching the playoffs. In spite of Sunday night's 39-38 loss to ...

James has 58th career triple-double; Cavs rally past 76ers

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James had his 58th career triple-double and the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 105-98 on Saturday night. James had 30 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists to help the Cavaliers bounce back from a loss in Indiana on ...

Walk-on to Heisman: Oklahoma’s Mayfield wins in landslide

By Ralph D. Russo AP College Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield has won the Heisman Trophy, completing a climb from walk-on to one of the most accomplished players in the history of college football. The brash, flag-planting Sooners star became the sixth ...

Stamkos leads Lightning past Avalanche 5-2

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Steven Stamkos had a goal and two assists, and the Tampa Bay Lightning became the first NHL team with 20 wins by defeating the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 on Thursday night. Stamkos, who entered with one goal and two assists over his previous eight games, got his 12th goal ...

Jones makes game-saving INT, Falcons beats Saints 20-17

ATLANTA (AP) — Deion Jones made a leaping interception in the end zone with 1:25 remaining and the Atlanta Falcons held on for a crucial 20-17 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night, setting up a three-way race for the NFC South title. Matt Ryan shook off three interceptions ...

Back-to-back Heisman? Jackson looks even better this year

By Gary B. Graves AP Sports Writer LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Lamar Jackson has looked even better than last year, when his performance was good enough to make him the youngest player to ever win the Heisman Trophy. This year, the junior quarterback has posted remarkably similar, eye-opening ...

Steve Spagnuolo settling in as New York Giants interim coach

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The whirlwind is starting to wind down for Steve Spagnuolo. Seeing Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese fired, being elevated to interim head coach, thrust into the position of choosing a quarterback, then getting the New York Giants ready for the Dallas ...