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Damian Lillard out at least 6 weeks after surgery

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard had surgery to repair a core injury that has been causing him abdominal pain this season. He will be evaluated in six weeks but there is no timetable for his return, the Trail Blazers said Thursday. Lillard, a six-time ...

Analysis: Old nemesis standing in way of Tom Brady, Bucs

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Despite winning an unprecedented seven Super Bowl rings, Tom Brady is still haunted by one that slipped away — literally. As Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13-4) prepare to host the Philadelphia Eagles (9-8) in an NFC wild-card game Sunday, the GOAT has been forced ...

Ovechkin, McDavid, Draisaitl headline NHL All-Star roster

NEW YORK (AP) — Washington star Alexander Ovechkin and high-scoring Edmonton teammates Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl headline the rosters for the NHL All-Star Weekend announced Thursday. Selected for the eighth time, Ovechkin led voting in the Metropolitan Division to earn the captaincy ...

US Olympic men’s hockey roster includes 15 college players

Matty Beniers called his parents to ask them to answer a group FaceTime request so he could deliver some big news. Of course that's how the 19-year-old would tell loved ones he's going to the Olympics. Beniers was one of 15 college players named Thursday to the U.S. Olympic men's hockey ...

Texans fire David Culley; NFL left with 1 Black head coach

HOUSTON (AP) — David Culley spent 43 years as a college and NFL assistant before finally getting his first head coaching job with the Houston Texans. He lasted just one season before being fired Thursday, a move that leaves the NFL with one Black head coach: Pittsburgh's Mike Tomlin. Miami's ...

Antetokounmpo has triple-double, Bucks rip Warriors 118-99

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks made sure coach Mike Budenholzer had an easy first night back on the job. Antetokounmpo had 30 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists to help Milwaukee rout the Golden State Warriors 118-99 on Thursday night in Budenholzer's return ...

Defending champion Na with another 61 leads Sony Open

HONOLULU (AP) — Kevin Na felt such great control Thursday in the Sony Open that he matched his career low with a 9-under 61 and still found reason to be slightly disappointed. He had his sights on a sub-60 round, especially as the afternoon wind died, only to see three good birdie chances ...

Rask return, Pastrnak hat trick help Bruins beat Flyers 3-2

BOSTON (AP) — Tuukka Rask was relaxed and relieved after his first game in more than six months. Rask made 24 saves in his return from hip surgery as the Boston Bruins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 on Thursday night behind David Pastrnak's hat trick. "It was great to feel that I had the ...

Titans hope third time is charm as top seed in AFC playoffs

No team ever needed a first-round bye in the playoffs more than the Tennessee Titans, who used a record 91 players this season, most ever in a non-strike season. The Titans (12-5) edged perennial power Kansas City (12-5) for the top seed and the lone bye in the AFC playoffs. The week off also ...

Grizzlies win 11th straight, beating Timberwolves 116-108

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Desmond Bane scored 21 points, Jaren Jackson Jr. added 20 and the Memphis Grizzlies pulled away in the final minutes for their 11th straight victory, beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-108 on Thursday night. Ja Morant had 16 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, ...

Oregon beats No. 3 UCLA 84-81 in OT for Altman’s 700th win

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jacob Young scored a season-high 23 points and Oregon edged No. 3 UCLA 84-81 in overtime Thursday night to give coach Dana Altman his 700th career victory. Will Richardson added 12 points as one of three Ducks in foul trouble. Oregon (10-6, 3-2 Pac-12) won its fourth in a ...

Hall of Famer Grant Hill’s memoir ‘Game’ coming out in June

NEW YORK (AP) — Grant Hill's path to the NBA Hall of Fame had plenty of pain along with all the highlights. Hill has a deal with Penguin Press for the memoir "Game," scheduled for June 7 and billed by the publishers as a "full, frank story" covering both the "pinnacle of success" and "the ...

Former Cubs, Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester announces retirement

CHICAGO (AP) — Jon Lester, a durable left-hander who won three World Series titles during 16 years in the majors, has announced his retirement. Lester, who turned 38 on Friday, finishes with a 200-117 record and a 3.66 ERA in 452 career games, including 451 starts. He also has been a ...

Draft picks key Bengals’ resurgence, return to playoffs

CINCINNATI (AP) — Many in Cincinnati scoffed when the Bengals passed on elite Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell to take Ja'Marr Chase with the fifth-overall pick in the NFL draft last spring. Cincinnati sorely needed offensive line help, and Sewell seemed an obvious choice. Chase, like ...

Man charged with giving Olympic athletes performance drugs

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. prosecutors charged a Texas man on Wednesday with providing performance-enhancing drugs to athletes competing in last summer's Olympics in Tokyo, including the star Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare. Eric Lira, 41, of El Paso, is the first person to be charged under a ...

Medical marvel: Watt tries quick return for Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals are a team in desperate need of a spark, stumbling into the playoffs with a 1-4 mark over the past five games. J.J. Watt and his bionic left shoulder might be able to provide it. The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year is trying to complete an unlikely comeback ...

Chiefs take playoff experience into Sunday night vs Steelers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The last time the Chiefs played the Steelers in the playoffs, Tyreek Hill was a wide-eyed rookie wide receiver, Chris Jones was learning the ropes at defensive tackle and Travis Kelce was only just becoming one of the league's best tight ends. Oh, and Patrick Mahomes ...

Veteran safety Eric Weddle rejoining LA Rams for playoffs

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Safety Eric Weddle is coming out of retirement to rejoin the Los Angeles Rams for the playoffs. Weddle turned 37 last week, and he hasn't played in the NFL since the 2019 season, but the Rams signed him to their practice squad Wednesday to address their glaring need at ...

Adia Barnes’ honest approach pushes No. 7 Arizona upward

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Honesty can be wielded as a weapon in the wrong hands. Blunted, it crushes confidence, the granules forming a foundation of resentment. Twisted, it creates jagged edges undercutting authority, slicing through trust. Adia Barnes brandishes honesty like a feather, sharp ...

No. 19 Texas Tech taking down top 10s with senior transfers

Adonis Arms, Kevin Obanor, Bryson Williams and Davion Warren are all seniors who played for smaller programs last season. Together at Texas Tech, with first-year head coach Mark Adams and a handful of returners, they have helped the 19th-ranked Red Raiders take down consecutive top 10 ...