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Ferguson, Westbrook lead Thunder over skidding Lakers 133-96

By STEVE DILBECK, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Russell Westbrook, doing his MVP thing back home. Paul George and Carmelo Anthony lighting it up. All expected. But where did Terrance Ferguson come from? Oklahoma City might have found another potential star Wednesday night in ...

Rising star Tennell leads after women’s short program

By BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Rising star Bradie Tennell continued her breakout season by winning the women's short program Wednesday night at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Tennell saved the best short program of her career for the most important event. ...

Hip problem forces 5-time finalist Murray out of Aussie Open

By JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer Andy Murray needed only a couple of days in Australia to realize the hip problem that has kept him out of competitive tennis since Wimbledon was not going to improve in time for the season's first major. The five-time finalist withdrew from the Australian Open on ...

Curry’s 3 lifts Warriors over Mavericks 125-122

By DAVE JACKSON, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks were left shaking their heads at Stephen Curry's shot-making ability — and how they let him get one last great look at the basket. Curry's long 3-pointer with three seconds to play allowed the Golden State Warriors to ...

Washington lifts No. 17 Kentucky past LSU, 74-71

By BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports Writer BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Kentucky coach John Calipari was grateful for P.J. Washington's forceful presence in the locker room and under the basket in the second half. Washington scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half, and No. 17 Kentucky held off ...

Brey sets victory mark as Notre Dame routs NC State, 88-58

By JOHN FINERAN, Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame coach Mike Brey figured it would be tough to beat North Carolina State without All-American Bonzie Colson. Then when his team lost point guard Matt Farrell with an ankle sprain before halftime Wednesday he got a little more ...

DeRozan scores franchise-high 52, Raptors beat Bucks 131-127

TORONTO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored a franchise-record 52 points, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 131-127 in overtime on Monday night, matching the team record with their 12th consecutive home victory. DeRozan is the third player in Raptors history to score 50 or more in a ...

Highest-scoring Rose Bowl ends with Georgia on top

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Sony Michel burst through the line for a 27-yard touchdown run to give No. 3 Georgia a 54-48 victory Monday night against No. 2 Oklahoma, winning the first overtime Rose Bowl and sending the Bulldogs to the College Football Playoff championship game. Michel, who had a ...

Bengals’ coach Marvin Lewis still unsure of future with team

CINCINNATI (AP) — Coach Marvin Lewis talked to owner Mike Brown about his future with the Bengals on Monday, but they reached no conclusions and planned more discussions. The Bengals failed to make the playoffs for the second straight season, and Lewis’ contract is finished after his 15th ...

Coach grabs wheel, stops bus after driver passes out

By Doug Feinberg AP Basketball Writer A quick-thinking coach averted what could have been a terrible bus accident for the University of Dubuque women’s basketball team. The Division III team from Iowa was driving back from a tournament in Nashville, Tennessee, on Sunday morning. About 90 ...

2 fired, 1 retired and 1 near miss on NFL’s ‘Black Monday’

By Eddie Pells AP National Writer The Lions and Bears showed their coaches the door. Bruce Arians of the Cardinals found it himself. And Vance Joseph of the Broncos remained gainfully employed despite enduring the sort of season that doesn’t go down well in Denver. What is traditionally ...

Miller’s OT goal lifts Rangers past Sabres in Winter Classic

NEW YORK (AP) — J.T. Miller scored a power-play goal 2:43 into overtime to lift the New York Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Monday in the NHL’s 10th Winter Classic at Citi Field. Paul Carey and Michael Grabner scored in the first period for the Rangers, who improved to ...

Arians announces retirement after 5 seasons in Arizona

By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Bruce Arians is retiring from coaching after five mostly successful and usually entertaining seasons as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. The 65-year-old two-time NFL Coach of the Year, known for his Kangol-style hats, colorful vocabulary ...

Bears fire coach John Fox after a 5-11 season

By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears fired John Fox on Monday after three losing seasons, ending one of the least successful coaching stints in team history. The dismissal came one day after the Bears lost at NFC North champion Minnesota to finish ...

Raiders fire coach Jack Del Rio after 6-10 season

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Pro Football Writer Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio was fired Sunday after his third year when the impressive turnaround job he engineered for his hometown team collapsed with a disappointing six-win season. Del Rio said owner Mark Davis told him after the team's ...

Stoch wins again to extend 4 Hills lead

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Defending champion Kamil Stoch won his second straight ski jumping World Cup to extend his lead in the Four Hills Tournament on Monday. The Pole soared 135.5 meters with his first jump and 139.5 meters on his second for a total of 283.4 points on the ...

WVU Up to 6th in Latest AP Top 25 Basketball Poll

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Basketball Writer Michigan State was passed by Villanova for the No. 1 ranking after Duke and Kansas lost three weeks ago. The Spartans were No. 3 at the time, but voters moved the fourth-ranked Wildcats to the top spot. Look who's No. 1 now. Michigan State (14-1) moved ...

Bills coach: Tests negative on LeSean McCoy’s ankle injury

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott says medical test results on LeSean McCoy's injured right ankle were negative, giving the running back a chance to play against Jacksonville in the AFC wild-card game on Sunday. McDermott would not ...

Hornibrook’s 4 TDs carry Badgers over Miami, 34-24 in Orange Bowl

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Alex Hornibrook threw four touchdown passes, three of them to Danny Davis, and No. 6 Wisconsin capped off the winningest season in school history by topping No. 11 Miami 34-24 in the Orange Bowl on Saturday night. Jonathan Taylor capped his record-setting freshman ...

No. 9 Penn State tops No. 12 Washington 35-28 in Fiesta Bowl

By The Associated Press GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Trace McSorley threw for 342 yards and two touchdowns, Saquon Barkley ran for two more scores and No. 9 Penn State outlasted No. 12 Washington 35-28 in the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday. Penn State (11-2), No. 9 in the final College Football ...