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AFC North champion Steelers keep finding a way

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — By the middle of the second quarter, the adrenaline had faded. By the start of the fourth, the emotionally drained Pittsburgh Steelers defense appeared to be teetering on the edge of complete collapse. The group that spent the week trying ...

Hall of a moment: Tough guy Morris breaks down over election

By BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jack Morris always prided himself on being a tough guy when he pitched, a big-game winner who wouldn't break down. So guess what happened when the newly elected Hall of Famer spoke in front of George Brett, Robin Yount and a ...

Ole Miss QB Shea Patterson commits to transfer to Michigan

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Mississippi quarterback Shea Patterson says he will transfer to Michigan, where coach Jim Harbaugh has gone through three starting QBs this season. Patterson made his commitment in a tweet on Monday after visiting the Ann Arbor, Michigan, campus ...

Jeter: Stanton didn’t want to be part of Marlins’ rebuilding

By STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — Derek Jeter says when his ownership group took over the Miami Marlins in October, he thought Giancarlo Stanton would be with the team in 2018. Stanton says Marlins officials threatened to keep him for the rest of his career. In the end, Miami ...

Jets QB Josh McCown out for rest of season with broken hand

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The best season of Josh McCown's career has come to an abrupt and painful end. The New York Jets quarterback who established himself as a respected leader will miss the team's final three games with a broken left hand that will require ...

Despite loss in Pittsburgh, Ravens control playoff fate

By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Following an agonizing night in Pittsburgh, the Baltimore Ravens took consolation in knowing their fourth-quarter collapse won't necessarily impact their chances of reaching the playoffs. In spite of Sunday night's 39-38 loss to ...

James has 58th career triple-double; Cavs rally past 76ers

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James had his 58th career triple-double and the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 105-98 on Saturday night. James had 30 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists to help the Cavaliers bounce back from a loss in Indiana on ...

Walk-on to Heisman: Oklahoma’s Mayfield wins in landslide

By Ralph D. Russo AP College Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield has won the Heisman Trophy, completing a climb from walk-on to one of the most accomplished players in the history of college football. The brash, flag-planting Sooners star became the sixth ...

Stamkos leads Lightning past Avalanche 5-2

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Steven Stamkos had a goal and two assists, and the Tampa Bay Lightning became the first NHL team with 20 wins by defeating the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 on Thursday night. Stamkos, who entered with one goal and two assists over his previous eight games, got his 12th goal ...

Jones makes game-saving INT, Falcons beats Saints 20-17

ATLANTA (AP) — Deion Jones made a leaping interception in the end zone with 1:25 remaining and the Atlanta Falcons held on for a crucial 20-17 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night, setting up a three-way race for the NFC South title. Matt Ryan shook off three interceptions ...

Back-to-back Heisman? Jackson looks even better this year

By Gary B. Graves AP Sports Writer LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Lamar Jackson has looked even better than last year, when his performance was good enough to make him the youngest player to ever win the Heisman Trophy. This year, the junior quarterback has posted remarkably similar, eye-opening ...

Steve Spagnuolo settling in as New York Giants interim coach

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The whirlwind is starting to wind down for Steve Spagnuolo. Seeing Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese fired, being elevated to interim head coach, thrust into the position of choosing a quarterback, then getting the New York Giants ready for the Dallas ...

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield named the AP Player of the Year

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Baker Mayfield is The Associated Press college football Player of the Year, becoming the fourth Oklahoma quarterback to win the award since it was established in 1998. Mayfield easily outpointed Stanford running back Bryce Love, ...

Back-to-back Heisman? Jackson looks even better this year

By GARY B. GRAVES, AP Sports Writer LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Lamar Jackson has looked even better than last year, when his performance was good enough to make him the youngest player to ever win the Heisman Trophy. This year, the junior quarterback has posted remarkably similar, eye-opening ...

Penguins put D Justin Schultz on injured reserve

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins have placed defenseman Justin Schultz on injured reserve with a lower-body injury. Coach Mike Sullivan said Thursday that Schultz will be out at least two weeks. Schultz left Tuesday night's loss to the New York Rangers in the first period following ...

USOC plan for Olympics unchanged despite ambassador’s doubts

By The Associated Press The U.S. Olympic Committee still plans on bringing teams to the Pyeongchang Games in February despite U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley casting doubt on U.S. participation. In an interview Wednesday with Fox News Channel, Haley was asked if it's an open question about ...

Bryce Love leads the way on AP All-Pac-12 team

By ANNE M. PETERSON, AP Sports Writer No surprise here: Stanford's Bryce Love leads The Associated Press All-Pac-12 Conference football team. Love was named the AP's All-Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year by unanimous vote, and also earned first-team honors at running back. It was the latest ...

Bills’ White calls Gronk a ‘dirty player’ for blindside hit

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills rookie cornerback Tre'Davious White shook nervously in anger at his locker Thursday while accusing Patriots Rob Gronkowski of being a dirty player for blindsiding him in the back of the head. As for the NFL issuing ...

Isaiah Thomas plays 4-on-4, Cavs’ All-Star nearing return

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Cavaliers All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas played 4-on-4 on Wednesday, a significant step in his recovery from a hip injury. Thomas, who has yet to make his debut with Cleveland, scrimmaged along with injured forward Tristan ...

Saints can take firm control of NFC South vs. Falcons

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer One of the NFL's better rivalries has plenty riding on its latest installment. Saints-Falcons on Thursday night also is one of the better midweek matchups on this year's schedule. New Orleans leads the NFC South at 9-3, one game in front of Carolina, ...