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Home underdogs again, Eagles embrace their role

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The dog masks aren't going anywhere. The Philadelphia Eagles (14-3) are home underdogs again. Case Keenum and the Minnesota Vikings (14-3) opened the week as 3½-point favorites in the NFC championship game on Sunday. That's just ...

Joel Embiid, 76ers hold on, edge Raptors 117-111

By MIKE CRANSTON, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid had 34 points and 11 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers narrowly avoided blowing another big lead in a 117-111 victory over the cold-shooting Toronto Raptors on Monday. T.J. McConnell added a career-high 18 points and JJ ...

Golden Knights hope to sustain momentum in second half

By W.G. RAMIREZ, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — A day after the NHL's biggest surprise team lost a rare home game in front of the biggest crowd of the season, more than 10,000 fans flooded downtown Las Vegas for a Golden Knights fan fest. That's the kind of impact their record-shattering ...

Penn State is growing into ‘Hockey Valley’

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — In the shadow of Beaver Stadium stands a sparkling rink with two sheets of ice that Terry Pegula hopes will be the incubator for the growth of hockey in Pennsylvania and across the United States. Eight years ago, Pegula and his ...

Kevin Durant becomes 44th player to join 20,000 point club

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant became the 44th player in NBA history to score 20,000 career points Wednesday night. Durant reached the milestone on a pull-up jumper from the left wing at the 1:41 mark of second quarter. The Warriors announced his accomplishment on the main scoreboard ...

WWE wants UFC star Rousey to jump from octagon to ring

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer UFC star Ronda Rousey's next fight could come in a WWE ring. WWE executive Paul Levesque, better known as wrestling superstar Triple H, had dinner with Rousey in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, again fueling speculation that UFC's biggest female star could leave ...

People familiar with deal: Mets, Bruce agree at $39M, 3 yrs

By MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Jay Bruce and his proven bat are headed back to the New York Mets. The free-agent outfielder is set to return to the Big Apple after agreeing to a $39 million, three-year contract, according to two people familiar with the ...

Lou Williams scores career-high 50, Clippers beat Warriors

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Lou Williams sent the same roaring, adoring crowd that cheered Kevin Durant's milestone to the exits several minutes before the final buzzer. Durant was brilliant, and Williams even better. Williams scored 27 of his career-high 50 ...

Federer, Djokovic drawn in same half for Australian Open

By JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer found himself in a slightly awkward position before the Australian Open draw. Just being there. A few minutes later when the formalities were completed, Federer found out how difficult defending his title could be ...

Walk-off: Alabama beats Georgia in OT for national title

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer ATLANTA (AP) — To add another championship to the greatest dynasty college football has ever seen, Alabama turned to its quarterback of the future, and Tua Tagovailoa proved that his time is now. The freshman quarterback, who had played mostly ...

On to 2018: College football story lines for next season

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Congratulations to 2017 national champion Alabama. While the Crimson Tide celebrates, it's on to 2018 for the rest of college football. Here are some of the numerous story lines to follow next season: QUARTERBACK COMPETITIONS This is as much a ...

Alabama is No. 1 in final AP poll for 11th time; UCF 6th

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Alabama was voted No. 1 in the final Associated Press college football poll after the Crimson Tide beat Georgia in the national championship game. Unbeaten Central Florida finished sixth. The Crimson Tide received 57 of 61 ...

TOP 25 THIS WEEK: No. 8 Texas Tech gets 2 top-10 opponents

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Texas Tech coach Chris Beard figures his Red Raiders haven't accomplished all that much yet, even with the eighth-ranked Red Raiders holding the program's highest ranking in two decades. His team will get two chances to accomplish a ...

Another sports disappointment for Atlanta, state of Georgia

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — For the state of Georgia, it was yet another major sports disappointment. Less than a year after the Atlanta Falcons squandered a commanding 25-point edge in the Super Bowl, the Georgia Bulldogs blew a pair of 13-point leads Monday night in ...

Baltimore could host matches during 2026 FIFA World Cup

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore could play host to 2026 FIFA World Cup soccer matches if the sport's international governing body selects a joint North American bid. The Baltimore Sun reports that the city's Board of Estimates is expected to approve an agreement among FIFA, the United State ...

Nagasu, Tennell, Chen earn US Olympic figure skating spots

By BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Bradie Tennell, Mirai Nagasu and Karen Chen, the top three finishers at the national championships, were selected Saturday to the U.S. team for the Pyeongchang Olympics. Three-time U.S. champ Ashley Wagner, who complained vigorously ...

Falcons show playoff poise in 26-13 win over upstart LA Rams

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons jumped to an early 13-point lead before the Rams mounted two swift scoring drives. Los Angeles went to the Coliseum locker room at halftime with just a three-point deficit amid raucous cheers from a home crowd thirsty ...

Titans rally from 21-3 hole, beat Chiefs 22-21 in playoffs

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Marcus Mariota did everything he could to help the Titans advance in the playoffs, throwing a crazy touchdown pass to himself , running for crucial first downs and providing the kind of spark that Tennessee needed to rally from a 21-3 ...

Titans rally from 21-3 hole, beat Chiefs 22-21 in playoffs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Marcus Mariota did everything to help the Titans advance in the playoffs, throwing two touchdown passes, running for crucial first downs and providing the spark needed to rally from a 21-3 halftime hole. Heck, he even caught one of his own TD passes. It all added up ...

Raiders to announce Gruden hiring next Tuesday

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders are set to bring Jon Gruden back for a second stint as coach. A person with knowledge of the team’s plans said the Raiders are planning a news conference Tuesday to announce that Gruden is leaving the broadcast booth to come back to coaching. The ...