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By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer Working overtime paid off for Minnesota and Houston this weekend. Seattle avoided the extra session and made it a wild-card bonanza, with three of the four road teams winning. One day after the Texans rallied from a 16-0 deficit to beat Buffalo 22-19 in ...

AP source: Cowboys pick McCarthy to replace Garrett as coach

By SCHUYLER DIXON AP Pro Football Writer A person with direct knowledge of the decision says the Dallas Cowboys and Mike McCarthy have agreed on a deal for the former Green Bay coach to replace Jason Garrett. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because ...

Stern was a big-city guy and a friend to the small markets

By Brian Mahoney AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — David Stern had been NBA commissioner for barely a year when the Knicks won the 1985 draft lottery, sending Patrick Ewing on the way to New York. Skeptics cried conspiracy, that the league rigged the result to bail out the faltering ...

Villanova’s Jay Wright named AP coach of the decade

By John Marshall AP Basketball Writer The final seconds of the 2016 national title game were some of the most dramatic in college basketball history. North Carolina’s Marcus Paige hit an off-balance 3-pointer to tie the game with 4.7 seconds left, only to be upstaged by Villanova’s ...

No. 1 Gonzaga rallies in 2nd half to beat Portland 85-72

By The Associated Press undefined PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Killian Tillie had 22 points, Corey Kispert added 18 and top-ranked Gonzaga rallied in the second half to beat Portland 85-72 on Thursday night for its 12th straight victory over the Pilots. Ryan Woolridge scored 15 points for Gonzaga ...

Carroll savors another playoff trip after decade in Seattle

By TIM BOOTH AP Sports Writer RENTON, Wash. (AP) — When Pete Carroll was informed that nearly 10 years to the day had past since he was announced as the Seattle Seahawks head coach, the normally effusive coach was momentarily stunned. Partly because it hasn't felt like a decade. Partly ...

Baylor, West Virginia surprise teams as Big 12 play begins

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Basketball Writer LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A look at the upcoming week around the Big 12 Conference. GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 16 West Virginia heads to Allen Fieldhouse to take on third-ranked Kansas on Saturday in what few had circled on the calendar just a few months ago. ...

No nostalgia for Brady as he enters latest postseason run

By KYLE HIGHTOWER AP Sports Writer FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady made one thing clear on Thursday: He isn't thinking about the past or the future this week as he prepares for the 17th postseason of his 20-year NFL career. "I'm not much for nostalgia," Brady said. "I'm just pretty ...

Yankees’ Germán suspended 81 games for domestic violence

By JAKE SEINER AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees pitcher Domingo Germán will miss the first 63 games of the 2020 season as part of an 81-game ban for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. The league announced the suspension Thursday. Germán has agreed not to ...

Top-seeded Ravens exhibited greatness after mediocre start

By DAVID GINSBURG AP Sports Writer OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens had just given up 30 points in the second half of a 40-25 loss at home to Cleveland that dropped their record to 2-2. As he gathered his players in the locker room, coach John Harbaugh was more disappointed than ...

Delpit caps unusual season for LSU with trip to title game

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Grant Delpit has had an unusual season. LSU's star safety switched positions early in the year to compensate for an injured teammate. Later in the season, he was the injured player and the Tigers' defense suffered from Delpit being limited by a ...

Browns vow to get coach hire ‘right,’ meet with McCarthy

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns owner Jimmy Haslam excused himself from a daylong interview with former Packers coach Mike McCarthy to once again explain why his franchise is in disarray. It's a nearly annual event in Cleveland — fire a coach, find a new one, ...

Remembering David Stern and some of his top accomplishments

By Tim Reynolds AP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — Nick Nurse has quite a few reasons to be thankful for David Stern. The coach of the NBA champion Toronto Raptors first encountered Stern around 20 years ago. Nurse, who was coaching in London, met Stern — then the NBA commissioner — ...

Herbert leads Oregon by Wisconsin in Rose Bowl

By Greg Beacham AP Sports Writer PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Justin Herbert scored his third rushing touchdown of the 106th Rose Bowl on a thrilling 30-yard run with 7:41 to play Wednesday night, and No. 7 Oregon held off No. 11 Wisconsin 28-27 to win its third straight trip to the Granddaddy ...

Stars rally to beat Preds 4-2 in Winter Classic at Cotton

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Stars interim coach Rick Bowness had just seen a very similar comeback by his team, though the surroundings for this one were drastically different. While pigs raced during timeouts next to the outdoor rink, which was built in the ...

Johnson lifts No. 16 Minnesota over No. 9 Auburn in Outback

By FRED GOODALL AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — With the clock winding down on a dominating performance in the Outback Bowl, Minnesota fans broke into a chant of "Row The Boat, Row The Boat, Row The Boat." The never-give-up mantra coach P.J. Fleck used to help change the culture of ...

No. 13 San Diego State beats Fresno State to stay undefeated

By BERNIE WILSON AP Sports Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — Undefeated and 13th-ranked San Diego State passed the first test of its toughest stretch of the season when it outlasted old friend Justin Hutson and undermanned Fresno State. Malachi Flynn scored 16 points and Matt Mitchell had 15 for ...

Jeudy, Jones lead Tide past Michigan in Citrus Bowl, 35-16

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Sports Writer ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Mac Jones threw three touchdown passes, Jerry Jeudy became the first Alabama player to top 200 receiving yards in a bowl game and the ninth-ranked Crimson Tide topped No. 17 Michigan 35-16 on Wednesday in the Citrus Bowl. Jones connected ...

San Francisco roars back into playoffs as NFC’s top seed

ARNIE STAPLETON AP Pro Football Writer For the first time since 1997, the San Francisco 49ers are the top seed in the NFC playoffs, a stunning turnaround for a team that owned the second overall pick in the NFL draft just nine months ago. After four straight losing campaigns, including only ...