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Ugly brawl breaks out at end of Kansas State-Kansas game

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Third-ranked Kansas and Kansas State ended their bitter showdown Tuesday night with a wild melee in the disabled seating behind the Wildcats’ basket that included punches, shoving and at least one player threatening to swing a stool. The Jayhawks were dribbling out ...

Jeter, Walker elected to Hall of Fame

NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Jeter came within one vote of being a unanimous pick for the Hall of Fame while Larry Walker also earned baseball’s highest honor on Tuesday. The longtime New York Yankees captain appeared on 396 of 397 ballots cast by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, ...

Busch has 2 NASCAR titles and an eye on at least 5 more

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The way Kyle Busch sees it, there is a flaw in the championship ring NASCAR awarded him last month. It lacks any indication that the 2019 title was actually his second championship. Busch wants it fixed so it displays exactly what he’s earned. He has studied ...

Browns WR Beckham recovering from surgery on core muscle

CLEVELAND (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr. is expected to make a full recovery following surgery on a core muscle injury that limited the star wide receiver during his first season with the Browns. Beckham had the operation Tuesday to repair a sports hernia that curtailed his speed and production ...

Hunt family gets to see Chiefs back in Super Bowl

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Clark Hunt remembers well the celebrations four years ago that surrounded the golden anniversary of the Super Bowl, the championship game whose name was coined by his late father and Kansas City Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt. One moment stands out more than the rest. It ...

Zimmerman, Tornadoes bury Wildcats

KENTON — The door was left open. Columbian’s Carson Goble went through it, and teammate Cole Zimmerman got two free throws for the trouble. It was that kind of night for TC. With the Tornadoes leading Kenton 58-42 in the fourth quarter, Goble was the recipient of an overthrown outlet ...

Mahomes’ feet, arm lift Chiefs to Super Bowl over Titans

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — With his best imitation of a tightrope walker, Patrick Mahomes high-wired the Kansas City Chiefs into their first Super Bowl since 1970. Oh sure, Mahomes did his usual superb job passing, but it was his 27-yard tap dance down the left sideline late in the first half ...

Penn State tops No. 21 Ohio State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Although foul trouble kept him on the bench for nearly 20 minutes Saturday, Penn State forward Lamar Stevens channeled his frustration to play efficient minutes. Stevens scored 14 of his 24 points in the second half and Penn State defeated No. 21 Ohio State 90-76 ...

Mostert lifts 49ers to Super Bowl with win vs Packers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Raheem Mostert rushed for 220 yards and four touchdowns to make quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo mostly a spectator, Nick Bosa harassed Aaron Rodgers from the start and the San Francisco 49ers beat the Green Bay Packers 37-20 for the NFC championship Sunday. The ...

Rooney: Steelers standing pat at QB heading into 2020

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Art Rooney II isn’t quite sure what to make of what the Pittsburgh Steelers president called one of the “craziest” seasons he’s experienced during his 50-plus years around the NFL. The Steelers lost quarterback Ben Roethlisberger at halftime of Week 2. They pulled ...

Rooney: Steelers standing pat at QB heading into 2020

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Art Rooney II isn’t quite sure what to make of what the Pittsburgh Steelers president called one of the “craziest” seasons he’s experienced during his 50-plus years around the NFL. The Steelers lost quarterback Ben Roethlisberger at halftime of Week 2. They pulled ...

Red Sox fire Cora due to sign-stealing scandal

BOSTON (AP) — Alex Cora has already been identified as a ringleader in an illegal system of sign stealing when he was with the Houston Astros. The Red Sox didn’t wait to see what punishment Major League Baseball might give him for possibly bringing a similar scheme with him to ...

To stop sign stealing, MLB could fight tech with more tech

PHOENIX (AP) — If Major League Baseball really wants to stop its teams from electronically stealing signs, it might consider fighting technology with more technology. In a sport that’s increasingly driven by analytics and advancements, the majority of signs between players and coaches are ...

Cardinals wide receiver Fitzgerald will return for his 17th season

TEMPE, Arizona (AP) — Larry Fitzgerald didn’t keep the Arizona Cardinals waiting for long. One of the most productive wide receivers in NFL history isn’t done yet, returning for his 17th season with the franchise that drafted him in 2004. After some speculation that the popular ...

Rookie Bosa makes big impact on improved 49ers defense

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Nick Bosa remained on the turf with the wind knocked out of him after beating yet another offensive lineman for a sack when the appreciative San Francisco 49ers fans started chanting his name. Bosa hopped up, jogged off the field and then quickly got back to doing ...

Ohio State’s Day won’t soon forget team’s playoff stumble

COLUMBUS (AP) — The playoff loss to Clemson that ended Ohio State’s season will sting for a long time, coach Ryan Day acknowledged Wednesday. The Buckeyes will move on, and he hopes the terrible taste in their mouths will motivate next season’s team. Ohio State, 13-0 at the time, was ...

Stefanski impresses in press conference

CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Stefanski made a favorable first impression. Dressed impeccably, he came across lawyer-like, polished and articulate. He exuded confidence and passion. Now, he’s got to win. In Cleveland, that’s always the issue for coaches. “I’m excited for this ...

Tagliabue, NFL Films’ Sabol headed to Hall of Fame

Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue has made the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his fifth attempt. Tagliabue and former New York Giants general manager George Young made it to the hall in Cantonas contributors. Ex-Dallas Cowboys safety Cliff Harris and former Cleveland receiver Mac Speedie ...

McCarthy gets shot to coach another iconic franchise

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Mike McCarthy used to drive by the statues every day when arriving for work at Lambeau Field, so there never was much need to tell him what he was getting into as coach of the Dallas Cowboys. Nearly 10 years after winning a Super Bowl with one iconic franchise in Green ...

Browns continue search, interview Eagles’ defensive coordinator Schwartz

CLEVELAND (AP) — Jim Schwartz began his NFL career as a gofer with the Browns. If he comes back, he can boss people around. The Philadelphia Eagles’ defensive coordinator, who started out as a scout and errand runner under coach Bill Belichick in Cleveland, interviewed Wednesday to be the ...