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Bagley’s breakout game leads Kings past Rockets, 126-115

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Marvin Bagley III had season highs of 26 points and 13 rebounds, and the Sacramento Kings beat the Houston Rockets 126-114 on Friday night. De'Aaron Fox added 27 points and eight assists for Sacramento. Buddy Hield scored 19 points and Harrison Barnes had 16 points ...

ACC commissioner says CFP expansion should be put on hold

Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner Jim Phillips took the strongest public stance yet against expanding the College Football Playoff by the 2024 season, saying a new postseason format should not be a priority with so much uncertainty throughout college sports. "To the ACC, we don't have a ...

Hot rivalries spice NFL’s wild-card weekend

Not only do NFL fans get three night games to savor during wild-card weekend, but they also can revel in the rivalries. AFC East foes New England and Buffalo, who split victories on the road during the season. NFC West opponents Arizona and the Los Angeles Rams, who also went 1-1 against each ...

Cowboys back in playoffs with older, wiser Prescott, Elliott

Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott soared to the top of the NFC as twin rookie stars for the Dallas Cowboys five years ago. It's not so much that the quarterback and running back didn't appreciate the moment and the opportunity, and there are better reasons to explain why Green Bay beat Dallas ...

Tennis Hall of Famer Chris Evert says she has ovarian cancer

Former tennis star Chris Evert says she was diagnosed with an early stage of ovarian cancer. The 67-year-old Evert revealed the illness in a story posted Friday on ESPN.com; she is an on-air announcer for ESPN. She learned of the cancer last month and began chemotherapy treatments this ...

Booker, Ayton help NBA-leading Suns beat Pacers, 112-94

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Devin Booker scored 35 points, Deandre Ayton had 27 points and 12 rebounds and the NBA-leading Phoenix Suns beat the Indiana Pacers 112-94 on Friday night. Chris Paul added 12 points and nine assists for Phoenix, and Cam Payne had 11 points and five assists. The Suns ...

Big finish by Henley stakes him to 3-shot lead at Sony Open

HONOLULU (AP) — Russell Henley set the target Friday in the Sony Open by making a 30-foot eagle putt to cap off a big finish, and nobody could catch him. Nine years after Henley began his rookie season on the PGA Tour by winning the Sony Open, he played his final six holes in 6 under and ...

Warriors roll to most lopsided win, beat Bulls 138-96

CHICAGO (AP) — The Golden State Warriors were in a rut and in need of a breather. They sure got one. Andrew Wiggins scored 21 points, Stephen Curry added 19 and the Warriors rolled to their most lopsided win of the season, dominating the Chicago Bulls 138-96 on Friday night. Rookie Jonathan ...

NFL executives want, expect more Black coaches to be hired

The NFL has taken several steps to improve diversity among leadership positions, yet Mike Tomlin is the only Black head coach after Brian Flores and David Culley were fired this week. League officials say they want to see immediate improvement. "We've been working on this every single day ...

Graham resigns as Hawaii football coach amid controversy

HONOLULU (AP) — Todd Graham resigned as the University of Hawaii's football coach Friday, stepping down amid controversy after completing the second-year of a five-year contract. Graham resigned a week after former players and some parents testified before a state legislative hearing, ...

Mavs rout Grizzlies 112-85, ending Memphis’ winning streak

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Luka Doncic had a triple-double with 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists and the Dallas Mavericks used a second-half rally to rout Memphis 112-85 on Friday night, ending the Grizzlies' winning streak at 11 games. Doncic had 18 points in the second half, connecting on ...

Shanahan, Quinn bring painful past to 49ers-Cowboys meeting

Kyle Shanahan and Dan Quinn will always share the painful memory of coaching in the Super Bowl together with Atlanta five years ago when the Falcons couldn't hold a 25-point lead in the second half of a loss to New England. At least now the San Francisco coach and the Dallas defensive ...

Tara Lipinski and husband examine 2002 skating scandal

There's one word that always grabs the world's attention in sports: scandal. Figure skating has had its share — anyone recall Tonya and Nancy in 1994? That one has been examined as often as Nathan Chen nails a quadruple jump. Not so much the 2002 disgrace at the the Salt Lake City Olympics. ...

Texts, pictures lead to 1st doping case under new US law

DENVER (AP) — Nigeria's top Olympic medal hopeful was thrilled. The drugs her doctor sent were working. "Eric my body feel so good," Blessing Okagbare said in a text not long after running the 100 meters in a personal-best 10.63 seconds. "Whatever you did is working so well." "Eric" is Eric ...

Bills no longer Pats patsy after wins in 3 of past 4 games

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Chris Kelsay's introduction to the Bills' so-called and very one-sided divisional rivalry against the New England Patriots differed from many of the defensive end's contemporaries over his 10 seasons in Buffalo. He began his career with a win. And yet, Kelsay will ...

Attorney to appeal Vegas ruling in Ruggs crash records case

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A lawyer for ex-Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs' girlfriend said Thursday he'll appeal a Las Vegas judge's decision to grant prosecutors access to the woman's medical records after a fatal high-speed crash that cost Ruggs his spot on the team. Attorney Peter Christiansen's ...

Chiefs have Kelce, Hill vs Steelers this time around

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The last time the Kansas City Chiefs played the Pittsburgh Steelers, their record-setting wide receiver had just recovered from COVID-19 and their star tight end was sitting at home and still dealing with the virus. They still rolled to a 36-10 victory at Arrowhead ...

After 3 years of building, Cards’ Murray ready for playoffs

Kyler Murray has kept a low-key demeanor throughout his football career, staying with a "never too high, never too low" philosophy that's allowed him to thrive from the high school level all the way through the NFL. But the Arizona Cardinals quarterback admits this week is a little ...

MLB talks resume after 42-day gap, little progress evident

NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball labor talks to end the lockout resumed Thursday for the first time in 1 1/2 months with little evident progress during a bargaining session that lasted about an hour, jeopardizing a timely start to spring training, Major League Baseball imposed the lockout on Dec. 2 ...

Super Bowl organizers say game is staying in Inglewood

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — With the Super Bowl just one month away, preparations are in full swing for the return of the NFL's premier event to the place where it all started. And both NFL officials and local organizers say the championship game isn't leaving the Los Angeles area. The NFL has ...