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Georgia celebrates title at stadium, Smart plans repeat

Georgia coach Kirby Smart told a near-capacity crowd at Sanford Stadium on Saturday the Bulldogs don't plan to wait another 41 years for their next national championship. "It's moments and events like this that allow us to look back and allow us to look forward," Smart said. "... We're burning ...

Raiders, Bengals looking to end long playoff droughts

CINCINNATI (AP) — Either the Raiders or Bengals will win a playoff game on Saturday, and that will be news in itself. Postseason success has been elusive for both teams for a generation. The frustration for one will end Saturday when they meet for an opening-round playoff game in ...

Chargers fire special teams coordinator Derius Swinton II

Chargers coach Brandon Staley has started the process of making changes to his staff after Los Angeles fell short of making the playoffs for the third straight year. Staley fired special teams coordinator Derius Swinton II and assistant special teams coach Mayur Chaudhari on Friday. Staley ...

Chip Kelly staying at UCLA, agrees to new 4-year contract

LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA football coach Chip Kelly agreed to a new four-year contract Friday after leading the Bruins to their best season since 2015. The agreement came two days before the $9 million buyout on Kelly's original contract would have expired. Kelly said he had discussions about ...

Texans GM says differences in opinion led to Culley’s firing

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Texans general manager Nick Caserio on Friday defended his decision to fire head coach David Culley after just one season, citing differences in opinion about the organization's path forward. The Texans announced the firings of Culley and offensive coordinator Tim ...

Bears interview Flores for coach job, Ireland for GM opening

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears interviewed former Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores and New Orleans Saints assistant general manager Jeff Ireland for their vacant coach and GM jobs on Friday. Flores was fired Monday by Miami after leading the Dolphins to a 24-25 record over three ...

No. 7 Purdue dominates Nebraska, Edey and Ivey lead scoring

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — No. 7 Purdue had a point to prove Friday night, and got right to work. The Boilermakers opened the game on a decisive 23-4 run in their 92-65 rout over Nebraska. Zach Edey scored 22 points and Jaden Ivey added 17 to lead Purdue's scorers. "Looking back at the ...

Former manager Ausmus named bench coach of Oakland Athletics

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Former Tigers and Angels manager Brad Ausmus will be the new bench coach of the Oakland Athletics under first-year manager Mark Kotsay. The A's announced Kotsay's staff Friday. Ausmus, who interviewed for the Mets managerial opening and has a 386-422 record as a ...

Pistons ride strong bench to 103-87 victory over Raptors

DETROIT (AP) — Trey Lyles scored 21 points, Cade Cunningham and Hamidou Diallo each added 18 and the Detroit Pistons extending their surprising stretch by beating the Toronto Raptors 103-87 on Friday night. The Pistons are 5-3 in 2022 after finishing 2021 with 18 losses in their last 19 ...

Wagner brothers, Magic top Hornets to end 10-game skid

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Moritz Wagner scored a season-high 26 points, younger brother Franz added 19 points and seven assists, and the Orlando Magic beat the Charlotte Hornets 116-109 on Friday night to snap a 10-game losing streak. Gary Harris added 18 points for the Magic (8-35), who had ...

Embiid has 25 points and 13 rebounds, 76ers beat Celtics

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid had 25 points and 13 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers used a dominating start to roll to a 111-99 victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday night. Embiid finished five points shy of setting a franchise record with 30 or more points in nine straight games. ...

Former NFL player Siavii found dead in Kansas federal prison

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A former Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle was found dead in a Kansas federal prison where he was being held on charges of illegal firearms possession, a prison official said. Saousoalii Siavii Jr., 43, was found unresponsive at the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth ...

Bennett scores 3 goals as Panthers hammer Stars 7-1

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Sam Bennett scored his second hat trick this season and added an assist to lead the Florida Panthers over the Dallas Stars 7-1 on Friday night. Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and three assists to give him 51 points. Gustav Forsling scored his first of the season, Anthony ...

Heat rally late, scramble to get past Hawks, 124-118

MIAMI (AP) — The stars were out in Miami. Drake was sitting courtside. Golfer Brooks Koepka had prime seats. They came to see a show. The Heat made them wait until the end, but they didn't disappoint. Tyler Herro scored 11 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, Jimmy Butler returned from ...

Wild score 4 in 3rd, twice in 4 seconds, to rout Ducks 7-3

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Matt Boldy and Mats Zuccarello scored four seconds apart early in a four-goal third period, and the Minnesota Wild routed the Anaheim Ducks 7-3 on Friday night. Zuccarello finished with two goals and an assist, Boldy and Ryan Hartman had one of each, and Kirill ...

Battlefield Park tennis community has big plans for future

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — When Jackson police found a body lying near a children's playground at Battlefield Park one rainy March day in 2021, it was the catalyst for a drive to change the area's perception. Venecca Green, a Jackson attorney and captain of the Battlefield Tennis Community ...

Garland, Allen lead Cavaliers past struggling Spurs, 114-109

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Darius Garland scored 32 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat San Antonio 114-109 on Friday night, extending the Spurs' losing streak to five. Cleveland held San Antonio scoreless for five minutes starting with 6:05 remaining in the fourth and outscored the Spurs 30-23 ...

No. 2 Stanford hands No. 22 Colorado its first loss, 60-52

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — No. 2 Stanford knocked off the last remaining undefeated team in Division I basketball, overcoming a season-high 22 turnovers to beat No. 22 Colorado 60-52 on Friday night. "I won't tell you the game was pretty," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "But it was a ...

Avalanche win 13th straight at home, 4-3 over Coyotes in SO

DENVER (AP) — Nazem Kadri scored the winner in a shootout and the Colorado Avalanche extended the NHL's longest home winning streak in nearly four years to 13 games with a 4-3 victory over the undermanned Arizona Coyotes on Friday night. Mikko Rantanen, Tyson Jost and Andre Burakovsky scored ...

Cockburn, Frazier lead No. 25 Illinois over Michigan 68-53

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Kofi Cockburn scored 21 points and hauled in 10 rebounds to help No. 25 Illinois beat Michigan 68-53 on Friday night. "No matter who is on the court, no matter what player it is, I always go out there and try to destroy them and dominate them," Cockburn said. "That's ...