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Trevor vs Justin; Bama vs LSU and other stories in 2020

By Ralph D. Russo AP College Football Writer Six story lines that will define 2020: TREVOR VS. JUSTIN The first meeting between Georgia natives Trevor Lawrence of Clemson and Justin Fields of Ohio State produced a classic College Football Playoff semifinal. Both are entering their junior ...

Burrow leads LSU past Clemson

NEW ORLEANS — Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow set an NCAA record in the College Football Playoff championship game on Monday night, leading No. 1 LSU past No. 3 Clemson 42-25 to give LSU its first national championship since 2007. The quarterback’s 4-yard touchdown pass to Thaddeus Moss ...

Packers hold off Seahawks 28-23 to reach NFC title game

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers have relied more on character and resilience than offense or defense this season, lagging well behind past editions in aesthetics. This divisional round win over Seattle, though, was a ...

Chiefs rally from 24-0 hole to beat Texans 51-31 in playoffs

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes stalked up and down the sideline like a field marshal rallying his troops, the brilliant young quarterback imploring the Kansas City Chiefs to stay together even as the Houston Texans were on the verge of taking them ...

Blueger scores in 8th round of SO, Penguins beat Coyotes

By JACK MAGRUDER Associated Press GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The last time Teddy Blueger took part in a shootout was last season in the American Hockey League. His debut in an NHL tiebreaker was a smashing success. Blueger flipped the puck under the crossbar in the eighth round of the shootout ...

Super Bowl-winning coach Jimmy Johnson into Hall of Fame

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer Jimmy Johnson, who coached the Dallas Cowboys to two Super Bowl championships in the 1990s, has been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The hall announced his selection Sunday night as part of a centennial class that was chosen on Wednesday by a ...

Titans stun Ravens, head to AFC title game with 28-12 win

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — With his bright red shoes and relentless running, Derrick Henry grabbed the spotlight and wouldn't let go. When he was done leading Tennessee into the AFC championship game Saturday night, he did a lengthy victory lap around the ...

No. 1 Gonzaga rolls past Loyola Marymount 87-62

By The Associated Press undefined LOS ANGELES (AP) — Filip Petrusev scored 16 points, Corey Kispert had 15 and No. 1 Gonzaga beat Loyola Marymount 87-62 on Saturday. It was the Bulldogs' 31st straight regular-season win in West Coast Conference play, tying them with the San Francisco squads ...

Former Steelers coach Cowher elected to Pro Football HOF

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The Chin is in. Former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in a surprise announcement Saturday night before the Tennessee Titans-Baltimore Ravens AFC divisional round playoff ...

LSU, Clemson put Golden Age of wide receivers on display

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher calls them erasers. After the missed assignment that leads to third-and-long, it's time for an offense to break out its eraser: That athletic receiver with dunk-contest hops and the ability to ...

Cook gets corralled in Vikings’ 27-10 loss to 49ers

By JOSH DUBOW AP Pro Football Writer SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The offensive formula for the Minnesota Vikings has been fairly simple this season. Establish the run with Dalvin Cook to set up some play-action deep shots for Kirk Cousins. With Cook unable to get anything going on the ground ...

Salt Lake City, Barcelona among Winter Olympic host options

By GRAHAM DUNBAR AP Sports Writer LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — There are already three possible bidders to host the Winter Olympics in the future, the IOC said Friday. Previous Winter Games hosts Salt Lake City and Sapporo have been joined by 1992 Summer Games host Barcelona, where ...

Morikawa handles the wind and takes lead at Sony Open

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer HONOLULU (AP) — The wind blew so hard that palm trees looked as though they were made of rubber. The Pacific looked angrier than usual. Some of the sights Thursday at the Sony Open made it clear that playing golf in Hawaii was no vacation. Collin Morikawa ...

No. 6 Baylor ends No. 1 UConn’s 98-game home winning streak

By The Associated Press undefined HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Teá Cooper scored 27 points and No. 6 Baylor used a dominant fourth quarter to beat top-ranked UConn 74-58 on Thursday night, ending the Huskies' 98-game home winning streak. UConn fell one victory short of tying its own NCAA record ...

After Super Bowl, sports books preparing for XFL bets

By WAYNE PARRY Associated Press ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — While many sports fans are picking NFL playoff teams to bet on, or marshaling their cash for the Super Bowl, yet another opportunity to wager on football is right around the corner: the XFL. Several states have already authorized ...

Patriots OC McDaniels back home to interview with Browns

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh McDaniels is back home. Maybe not just to visit. The Patriots offensive coordinator, whose first shot as an NFL coach didn't go well, interviewed Friday with the Cleveland Browns, the team he grew up watching as a kid in Canton, ...

NFL looks into whether Bills violated injury reporting rules

By JOHN WAWROW AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The NFL is looking into whether the Buffalo Bills violated league rules on reporting injuries in connection to defensive end Jerry Hughes revealing he played with torn wrist ligaments. The league on Thursday notified the Buffalo ...

Half-empty stadiums won’t stop number of bowls from going up

By ERIC OLSON AP College Football Writer Six bowls this season had their smallest crowds on record, with section after section of unoccupied seats a yawning indication of just how little buzz there can be for the long, long list of postseason games on the schedule. Half-empty stadiums? Teams ...

Agnes Keleti, the oldest living Olympic champion, turns 99

By PABLO GORONDI Associated Press BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Although she turned 99 on Thursday, even a 9-year-old would have a hard time keeping up with Agnes Keleti's irrepressible energy and enthusiasm. Keleti is the oldest living Olympic champion and a Holocaust survivor. She won 10 ...

Titans defensive coordinator facing off vs. old team, Ravens

By TERESA M. WALKER AP Pro Football Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee defensive coordinator Dean Pees still talks with his old boss, Baltimore coach John Harbaugh. Just not this week. Pees spent eight years working for Harbaugh first coaching linebackers and then defensive ...