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Butler’s 3-point barrage defeats No. 1 Villanova 101-93

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — No. 1 Villanova learned a tough lesson Saturday. The defense needs to improve dramatically if the Wildcats want to be the nation’s best team. Kelan Martin scored 24 points, Paul Jorgensen added a career-high 23 and Butler made 15 3-pointers in a 101-93 upset over one ...

No. 20 Northwestern beats Kentucky 24-23 in Music City Bowl

By The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Justin Jackson ran for 157 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 20 Northwestern held off Kentucky 24-23 on Friday in a Music City Bowl that might be remembered more for injuries, ejections and a wild finish. Both starting quarterbacks left in ...

Luck returns to Colts’ complex with ‘better’ shoulder

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck looks healthy and sounds confident. All he has to do now is prove he can still sling a football. After spending six weeks rehabbing his throwing shoulder in the Netherlands, the Colts’ quarterback returned to Indianapolis on Friday with a promising ...

Irving scores 26, Celts rally from 26 to beat Houston 99-98

BOSTON (AP) — Al Horford made a hook shot with 3.7 seconds left to give Boston its only lead of the game, and the Celtics rallied from a 26-point deficit to beat the Houston Rockets 99-98 on Thursday night. Kyrie Irving scored 26 and Jayson Tatum finished with 19 for the Celtics, while ...

Comebacks and surprises highlight best games of 2017

By Eddie Pells AP National Writer It began as The Year of the Comeback. In college football, where Clemson got the last laugh in a wild fourth quarter in which the lead changed hands three times. And in pro football, where the New England Patriots rallied from 25 points down to send the ...

Browns’ Joe Thomas still undecided on playing future

By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas says Cleveland’s coaching situation will have no bearing on his decision whether to keep playing. Thomas played in just seven games this season before tearing his left triceps on Oct. 22 and undergoing ...

Astros star Jose Altuve named AP Male Athlete of the Year

By Kristie Rieken AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve led the Houston Astros to their first World Series title with a win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in November and picked up the franchise’s first MVP trophy in more than two decades a couple of weeks later. And as his huge ...

US dominates Denmark to open world junior championship

By JONAH BRONSTEIN, Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Casey Mittelstadt got the United States off to a quick start in its title defense at the world junior hockey championship. Mittelstadt scored twice in the first period, Kieffer Bellows also had two goals and Joseph Woll made 17 saves ...

Warriors winning minus Curry; can they lose once he’s back?

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer Stephen Curry is sitting, the Warriors aren't really scoring, and yet Golden State is still winning. What happens when Curry and the offense come back? The defending champions went into the season as favorites to repeat, though Boston and Houston looked ...

Kansas State beats UCLA 35-17 in Cactus Bowl

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — Bill Snyder stood on a makeshift stage in the middle of a baseball stadium with a roof, a sparkling trophy at his side depicting a football sailing through cactus uprights. If this was the end of his storied coaching career at Kansas State, ...

Ex-Steelers star linebacker Harrison signs with Patriots

By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer James Harrison is no longer the odd man out or the oldest man in the locker room. The ex-Steelers star signed a one-year deal with the New England Patriots on Tuesday, three days after his unceremonious departure from Pittsburgh. The 39-year-old ...

Mirotic scores 24 points off bench, Bulls beat Bucks 115-106

By JOE DiGIOVANNI, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Chicago Bulls have been a much better team since Nikola Mirotic got healthy. And not just on offense. The big forward came off the bench to score 24 points in 28 minutes as the resurgent Bulls won for the eighth time in 10 games, ...

American sorry for accusing pro basketball players of theft

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines has apologized to two black professional basketball players who were kicked off a plane in Dallas after a flight attendant accused them of stealing blankets. Airline spokesman Joshua Freed said Tuesday that Memphis Hustle guard Marquis Teague and forward ...

Kris Dunn’s double-double leads Bulls past Bucks 115-106

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Chicago Bulls won for the eighth time in 10 games, beating the Milwaukee Bucks 115-106 on Tuesday night. Chicago’s surge coincides with the return of Mirotic, who missed the beginning of the season after suffering facial fractures in an October fight with teammate ...

Ex-Steelers star Harrison signs with Patriots

By Arnie Stapleton AP Pro Football Writer Former Pittsburgh Steelers star James Harrison has signed with the New England Patriots. The Patriots announced the move Tuesday, three days after Harrison’s unceremonious departure from Pittsburgh. The 39-year-old linebacker posted a photo of ...

Bills owner Pegula questions NFL replay review inconsistency

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills owner Terry Pegula questioned the lack of consistency in NFL replay rulings and said the issue needs to be addressed after Buffalo receiver Kelvin Benjamin’s touchdown was overruled in a loss to New England last weekend. “I don’t know what’s going on, ...

Katie Ledecky swims to AP Female Athlete of the Year honors

By Beth Harris AP Sports Writer Katie Ledecky got her start in swimming because she just wanted to make friends. Her brother was eager to join a team at a pool near their house and as a 6-year-old, she tagged along. By summer’s end, the Ledecky siblings had made 100 friends ranging in ...

Rest vs. reps is bigger issue for Eagles than rest vs. rust

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Before they tackle rest vs. rust, the Philadelphia Eagles have to approach rest vs. reps. With the NFC’s No. 1 seed secured, the Eagles (13-2) have nothing to gain against the Dallas Cowboys (8-7) on Sunday other than playing for a franchise-record 14th win. But coach ...

Sabathia’s $10M deal finalized by Yanks; payroll up to $178M

NEW YORK (AP) — CC Sabathia’s $10 million, one-year contract has been finalized by the Yankees, a deal that raises New York’s projected luxury tax payroll for next year to about $178 million. The deal was announced Tuesday, about 10 days after the sides reached an agreement pending a ...