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Despite loss, UConn women still have incredible streak going

By DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Many of UConn's incredible regular-season streaks are over after Thursday night's loss at Baylor. Still, the Huskies have one left that is among the most remarkable in sports. They haven't had a losing streak in 25 years. That's right, ...

Beating Ravens gets Chargers a date with Brady and Patriots

By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers' prize for dismantling the toughest defense in the NFL is a road game against a team that has long been a nemesis for Philip Rivers. Los Angeles advanced to the divisional round of the postseason by beating the ...

Foles gives Eagles lift they need just in time to beat Bears

By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles were desperately seeking a lift with little time left to save their season. Nick Foles came through for the defending Super Bowl champions. And he did it just in time. Foles threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Golden ...

Column: Bay Area no place for college football championship

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Columnist SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The downtown streets were soaked and largely empty. Extra police officers loitered at the intersections, but they mostly just talked among themselves. On the weekend before one of the country's biggest sporting events, the host ...

Alabama already among greatest college dynasties

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — With five national championships in the past nine seasons, Alabama already has accomplished something never done before in the AP poll era that began in 1936. Winning another crown Monday night against Clemson would lift the Crimson ...

Offenses took a holiday on wild-card weekend

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Maybe it was the absence of all those high-powered offenses on byes. Perhaps it was the jitters for some younger teams, particularly their quarterbacks: Deshaun Watson, Mitchell Trubisky and Lamar Jackson. Or maybe defense actually ...

Luck has 2 TDs to lead Colts over Texans 21-7 in wild card

By Kristie Rieken AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — A year ago at this time Andrew Luck was at home struggling with an injured shoulder that cost him the entire season. On Saturday he wrote a happy ending to the latest chapter of his comeback season, throwing for 222 yards and two ...

Chiefs atop AFC playoff puzzle for 1st time since 1997

By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer For the first time in a decade, the top seed in the AFC playoffs goes to a team not led by Tom Brady or Peyton Manning. The Kansas City Chiefs earned the No. 1 seed for the first time since 1997 after switching from Alex Smith to Patrick Mahomes , ...

Florida State vs Virginia headlines 1st weekend of ACC play

By JOEDY McCREARY, AP Sports Writer A look at the upcoming week around the Atlantic Coast Conference: GAME OF THE WEEKEND No. 9 Florida State at No. 4 Virginia. The season's first top-10 matchup of ACC teams matches the Cavaliers (12-0), ranked No. 2 in Ken Pomeroy's efficiency rankings, ...

Saints earn NFC’s top seed for first time since 2009

By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer Half of the NFC playoff field is back from last year, including the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles , who wobbled and hobbled into the postseason party as the sixth and final seed after a season-long slog. The Saints earned the No. ...

Matchups that could determine Alabama vs Clemson Part IV

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Clemson and Alabama are playing in the College Football Playoff for the fourth straight season, and the third time for the national championship. The winner Monday will become the first 15-0 FBS champion. With the help ...

No. 1 UConn coming off 1st regular-season loss for 2 seniors

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Basketball Writer WACO, Texas (AP) — UConn All-America players Katie Lou Samuelson and Naphessa Collier won a national title and went to two other Final Fours before experiencing this. The team's only seniors are coming off a loss in the regular season for the first ...

Harden rallies Rockets in OT to edge Warriors 135-134

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A defender on either side of him, James Harden let it fly one last time for an improbable game-winner in the waning seconds of overtime before falling backward and hitting the floor. It took his second triple-double of the week, ...

Coffey scores 21 to lead Minnesota past No. 22 Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Minnesota coach Richard Pitino dared No. 22 Wisconsin to beat the Golden Gophers from the 3-point arc and the free throw line. The Badgers weren't up to the challenge. Amir Coffey scored 21 points and Minnesota put Wisconsin in an early hole before holding off a furious ...

Arizona opens Pac-12 play with 64-56 win over Colorado

By JACK MAGRUDER, Associated Press TUSCON, Ariz. (AP) — Freshman Brandon Williams started at a new position Thursday, and he made it look old hat. Williams had 14 points and six assists while opening at point guard in place of injured regular Justin Coleman, helping to lead Arizona to 64-56 ...

Ovechkin scores 30th goal but Blues rally past Capitals 5-2

By JOE HARRIS, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Robert Bortuzzo got mad for the St. Louis Blues, and teammate Oskar Sundqvist got even with the Washington Capitals. Alex Ovechkin scored his 30th goal of the season but the Blues came back to beat the Capitals 5-2 on Thursday night after ...

No. 2 Michigan returns to Big 10 play to beat Penn State

By The Associated Press ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Iggy Brazdeikis had 16 points and 11 rebounds and No. 2 Michigan returned to Big Ten play with a 68-55 victory over Penn State on Thursday night. The Wolverines (14-0, 3-0) weren't always that dominant while playing lesser competition in ...

No. 2 Notre Dame women rout Pittsburgh 100-44

By The Associated Press WACO, Texas (AP) — Kalani Brown had 20 points and 17 rebounds and No. 8 Baylor beat a top-ranked team for the first time, topping UConn 68-57 on Thursday night to hand the Huskies their first regular-season loss in more than four years. The Huskies (11-1) hadn't lost ...

Column: Expand playoff to get the guess work out of the game

By RALPH D. RUSSSO, AP College Football Writer The satisfying simplicity of sports is in the definitive result. A game is played. There is a winner and a loser and the winner gets a reward. Often that reward is to just keep playing. Those are the rules from the schoolyard to stadiums. It is ...