National Sports

Thompson hits first 10 from 3 as Warriors rout Lakers

By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Klay Thompson tied an NBA record by making his first 10 attempts from 3-point range, scoring 44 points as the Golden State Warriors beat the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers 130-111 on Monday night to match a season high with their eighth consecutive ...

Tennessee faces similar test from last No. 1 ranking

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Basketball Writer The last time Tennessee reached No. 1 in the AP Top 25 it lost to Vanderbilt the next day. Back at No. 1 for the first time in 11 years, the Vols face a similar situation. On Wednesday, they again play Vanderbilt right after becoming the nation's ...

QBs Lock, Grier, Jones among NFL prospects at Senior Bowl

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — NFL scouts, coaches and prospects have gathered in Mobile, Alabama, for the Senior Bowl. The game for top senior NFL prospects and junior graduates will feature quarterbacks like Missouri's Drew Lock, West Virginia's Will Grier and Duke's Daniel Jones. The North and ...

Titles won by Pats, Rams not tarnished by bad officiating

By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer Yes, the Los Angeles Rams got away with a flagrant foul (or two) by cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman that allowed them to sneak out of New Orleans with the NFC championship, right past the highway sign on the causeway over Lake Pontchartrain reading, ...

‘NFL bleaux it’: Billboards protest missed call in NFC game

NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots will be welcomed to Atlanta for the Super Bowl by several billboards saying "Saints got robbed" and "NFL bleaux it." WDSU-TV reports Louisiana car dealership owner Matt Bowers paid for 10 billboards across Atlanta through ...

Saints-Rams NFC title game a clash of like-minded coaches

By Brett Martel AP Sports Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) — One way or another, the NFC Championship between the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints will be won by a coach named Sean — with an Irish surname — who designs and calls plays for one of the most innovative and productive ...

Chiefs’ bandwagon rolling into Arrowhead for mighty Patriots

By Dave Skretta AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It seems football fans everywhere are suddenly on the Chiefs’ bandwagon, enthralled by Kansas City’s record-setting young quarterback and exciting playmakers and hopeful the amiable coach can finally win the big one. Then ...

Defending champ gone: Sharapova ousts Wozniacki in Australia

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Maria Sharapova smacked a forehand winner — the sort she's hit so many times, at so many key moments, over the years — to take control against defending champion Caroline Wozniacki at the Australian Open. Sharapova balled ...

One of the sleepers, Berdych, reawakens rivalry with Nadal

By JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The men's tennis tour picked four "sleepers" to watch at the Australian Open. One of them has reached the fourth round at the Australian Open as many times — 11 — as Stefan Edberg, who won two titles in five finals here. He also ...

Kuzma scores 32 as Lakers top Thunder in OT without LeBron

By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The young Los Angeles Lakers matured on Thursday night. With four-time MVP LeBron James still sidelined by a left groin strain, Kyle Kuzma scored 32 points to help the Lakers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 138-128 in overtime. James ...

AP source: Ottavino, Yankees agree to $27M, 3-year contract

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — While shying away from high-priced free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, the New York Yankees are boosting their bullpen. Reliever Adam Ottavino and the Yankees agreed to a $27 million, three-year contract, a person familiar with the ...

Andrade set for first defense of middleweight title at MSG

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Demetrius Andrade is just a few months from winning a middleweight title but perhaps still far away from fights with the division's biggest names. Canelo Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs are the headliners at 160 pounds, and ...

James Harden has 58 points in Rockets’ OT loss to Nets

By The Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Spencer Dinwiddie scored 25 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and overtime and the Brooklyn Nets spoiled James Harden's 58-point night with a 145-142 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. Harden had his second straight season high after ...

It’s all about offense in the conference championships

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer Offense wins championships in the new NFL. For the first time since the league expanded to 32 teams in 2002, none of the teams playing in the conference title game have a defense ranked in the top 10 in total yards. Only New England is among the top 10 in ...

Unbeaten Michigan could be No. 1 if it beats Badgers on road

By ERIC OLSON, AP Sports Writer A look at the upcoming week around the Big Ten Conference: GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 2 Michigan at Wisconsin. The Wolverines (17-0, 6-0) go into Madison on Saturday off six straight wins by at least 10 points. The Badgers (11-6, 3-3), who erased a 21-point ...

TCU travels to K-State in key Big 12 matchup

By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer A look at the upcoming week around the Big 12 Conference. GAME OF THE WEEKEND: TCU at Kansas State. The Wildcats got preseason player of the year Dean Wade back on Saturday, and he helped K-State stun Iowa State 58-57. TCU followed up a two-point loss at ...

Stephen Curry scores 41 points as Warrior hold off Pelicans

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry stepped back time and again and released the ball from way back. Most of the time with at least one defender in his face, too. "It's insane what he does," coach Steve Kerr said. Curry scored 41 points with nine ...

Iowa State deals No. 8 Texas Tech 1st Big 12 loss, 68-64

By The Associated Press LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Marial Shayok scored 20 points, Michael Jacobson had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Iowa State beat No. 8 Texas Tech 68-64 on Wednesday night to hand the Red Raiders their first Big 12 loss. The Cyclones (13-4, 3-2 Big 12) stopped a two-game ...

Big flex: Youngsters Tiafoe, Fritz stun seeds in Australia

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Frances Tiafoe rolled up his white shirt's right sleeve, flexed his biceps and slapped the muscle five times. Then he pounded his chest and yelled, "Yeah! Let's go! Let's go! Come on!" Forgive the young American's exuberance. ...

3 teams pour in 140 points on high-scoring night in NBA

By The Associated Press NBA teams piled up the points like they hadn't done in 35 years. Three teams scored 140 points Tuesday night, with the Golden State Warriors setting an NBA record by pouring in 51 during the first quarter of their victory over Denver. The Warriors went on to a 142-111 ...