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Analysis: Dak Prescott hands it to all the wrong people

Dak Prescott kept handing it to all the wrong people. He should have delivered the football to umpire Ramon George instead of to his center Tyler Biadasz before time ran out on Dallas' season, leaving Cowboys fans ruminating the quarterback draw that was called with no timeouts and just 14 ...

Durant has sprained knee ligament, no timetable for return

NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant has a sprained medial collateral ligament of his left knee, sidelining the NBA's leading scorer just as the Brooklyn Nets were poised to finally have a lengthy run with their Big Three. Durant was injured Saturday in a victory over New Orleans when teammate Bruce ...

No. 14 Villanova hits 12 3s in 82-42 romp over Butler

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jay Wright heard hollering from the Villanova fans who lingered at a bar near his postgame news conference and the Hall of Fame coach needed a score update. "Who's up?" It was bad news for Wright — the Philadelphia Eagles were losing a playoff game. His only worry of ...

Booker, McGee help Suns rout Pistons in Michigan homecoming

DETROIT (AP) — Devin Booker scored 30 points and JaVale McGee added 20 in their Michigan homecomings to help the NBA-leading Phoenix Suns rout the Detroit Pistons 135-108 on Sunday. "I was just hitting shots and the guys were getting me the ball in good places," said Booker, from Grand ...

As NBA prepares to celebrate King, Robertson also remembers

Officially, NBA players began participating in games that were scheduled to celebrate and honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1986 when the federal holiday commemorating the civil-rights leader was observed for the first time. Oscar Robertson knows the tradition dates long before ...

Cowboys no advantage being home with another playoff loss

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys thought they were going to get one more snap, one more chance to avoid another playoff setback. Prescott's spike at the end of a wild final sequence came too late. Time had run out on this season, the 26th in a row for Jerry Jones' ...

Matsuyama caps big rally with eagle to win Sony in playoff

HONOLULU (AP) — Five shots behind at the turn, Hideki Matsuyama figured all he could do was keep his head down and try to stay in the game Sunday in the Sony Open. And when he finally looked up, he couldn't see one of the best shots of his career. In a sudden-death playoff with Russell ...

Retirement awaits Roethlisberger after 42-21 loss in KC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger raised some eyebrows ahead of their wild-card game against the defending AFC champion Chiefs on Sunday night when he admitted that "we probably aren't supposed to be here." Well, he wasn't wrong. After taking an early lead on ...

US women’s hockey coach Joel Johnson deftly juggles 2 jobs

It's not often someone gets to experience two chances of a lifetime. For Joel Johnson, opportunity came knocking a mere two months apart. In April, he was promoted to become the U.S. women's national hockey team coach following Bob Corkum's abrupt resignation over COVID-19 protocols at the ...

Stern, talent influx led to NBA transformation during 1980’s

The NBA had enormous problems. Drug abuse among players was believed to be rampant. Many arenas were half-empty or worse on game nights. Most franchises were losing money. Some were on the cusp of folding. And when games were on television, nobody was watching. That was how the 1980s ...

Celtics rally late, edge Bulls 114-112 on Williams’ FTs

BOSTON (AP) — Robert Williams hit a pair of free throws with 9.7 seconds left and the Boston Celtics scored the final eight points to edge the Chicago Bulls 114-112 on Saturday night. Williams, who tied it at 112 with two foul shots with 31 seconds to go, finished with 14 points and 13 ...

Porzingis starts fast in return, Mavs roll past Magic 108-92

DALLAS (AP) — Kristaps Porzingis scored 12 of his 19 points in the first quarter of his first game in two weeks and the Dallas Mavericks cruised to a 108-92 victory over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night. The 7-foot-3 Latvian was sharp from the start after missing seven games because of ...

Allen-led Bills throttle division rival Patriots, 47-17

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills erased any doubt of who now rules the AFC East. Allen set a team playoff record with five touchdown passes, including two to Dawson Knox, and Devin Singletary ran for two scores in the first half of a 47-17 throttling of the division ...

Joe B. Hall, who led Kentucky to 1978 NCAA title, dies at 93

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Joe B. Hall took on the steep challenge of following a legend and created his own successful legacy. Hall, who succeeded Adolph Rupp and guided Kentucky to a national championship in 1978, has died. He was 93. The program announced Hall's death in a social media post ...

Vanecek, Wilson lead Capitals past Islanders 2-0

NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Wilson scored early, Alex Ovechkin added an empty-net goal late, and Vitek Vanecek made 23 saves to lead the Washington Capitals to a 2-0 victory over the New York Islanders on Saturday. Vanecek picked up his seventh win of the season and his third career shutout as the ...

Northwestern holds on to beat No. 10 Michigan St 64-62

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Northwestern beat Michigan State at its game, crashing the offensive boards and hustling for loose balls to beat a top 10 team on the road for the time in nearly five years. Ryan Young had 18 points and eight rebounds, starting in place of injured Pete Nance, to ...

No. 1 Baylor loses 2nd straight home game, 61-54 to Okla St

WACO, Texas (AP) — Bryce Thompson and Oklahoma State completed quite a journey to beat a No. 1 team on the road for the first time in school history. They also gave Baylor consecutive home losses. Thompson scored the game's final six points and finished with 19 as the Cowboys, in their third ...

Officiating in Raiders-Bengals problematic at times

CINCINNATI (AP) — What mostly was a tense game between teams with long playoff droughts was disrupted Saturday by some problematic officiating. The Bengals beat the Raiders 26-19 in an AFC wild-card matchup that ended Cincinnati's 31-year run without a postseason victory. The margin was Joe ...

Kevin Durant leaves Nets’ game with sprained left knee

NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant missed the second half of Brooklyn's game against New Orleans on Saturday night after spraining his left knee in a collision. The NBA's scoring leader left with 5:38 remaining in the second quarter and the Nets announced at halftime that he wouldn't return. He ...

Late surge keeps Henley ahead of Matsuyama at Sony Open

HONOLULU (AP) — Russell Henley had the lowest 36-hole score of his career on a course where he won his first PGA Tour event, and he knew better to expect everything to fall into place. He did just enough Saturday in the Sony Open, particularly over the final hour when he made key putts for ...