National Sports

Sabres win 10th straight by beating Sharks 3-2 in OT

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Perfect it wasn't. The Buffalo Sabres still made it to 10. After squandering a 2-0 lead in the final 8½ minutes of the third period, Jeff Skinner scored 1:41 into overtime to seal a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday ...

Hurricane, bowl season has Gamecocks, Hokies still playing

By PETE IACOBELLI, AP Sports Writer COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Hurricane Florence and the looming bowl season have South Carolina and Virginia Tech closing their football seasons against teams that were never on their schedule. Both schools canceled games on Sept. 15 because of the Category 4 ...

AP sources: UNC in talks with Mack Brown to be next coach

By AARON BEARD, AP Sports Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Mack Brown turned around North Carolina's football program once before, and the Tar Heels believe he could do it again. The school is negotiating with Brown on a deal to return to Chapel Hill as its next football coach, two people with ...

Struggling Flyers fire general manager Ron Hextall

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Caught at a crossroads between a full-blown rebuild and a legitimate playoff push, the Philadelphia Flyers fired general manager Ron Hextall on Monday, the latest front-office leader to fail to win the franchise's first Stanley Cup in 44 ...

Notre Dame-UConn still 1-2 in women’s AP Top 25

By DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Notre Dame and UConn remain the top two teams in The Associated Press women's basketball poll, setting up a 1-vs.-2 matchup on Sunday. Both teams faced deficits this past week in holiday tournament games before prevailing. The Irish ...

Gonzaga passes Kansas for No. 1 in AP poll, Duke is No.3

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Basketball Writer Gonzaga pulled off what some considered impossible, stopping the Duke juggernaut in the Maui Invitational title game without one of its best players. Now the Zags are No. 1 again. Third in last week's poll , Gonzaga leapfrogged No. 2 Kansas to the top ...

Column: Patriots not quite at Super Bowl level

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — When Patriots players looked around the locker room Sunday, they saw a generally healthy squad. That's scary for the rest of the NFL. Or maybe not. Unless New England makes some key improvements over the next month — ...

AP Top 25 Heat Check: Voters pick Oklahoma over Ohio State; WVU at 15

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer In college football's current great debate — Ohio State or Oklahoma? — AP Top 25 voters went with the Sooners. The Buckeyes surged to No. 6 in The Associated Press college football poll on Sunday on the strength of a record-breaking blowout of ...

Broncos cool off Steelers; Colts slip past Dolphins

By The Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Nose tackle Shelby Harris picked off Ben Roethlisberger's 2-yard pass to Antonio Brown in the end zone with 1:03 remaining to seal Denver's 24-17 win over Pittsburgh that snapped the Steelers' six-game winning streak Sunday. The Broncos (5-6) used four ...

AP Top 25 Takeaways: Ohio State twists CFP race; ND is in

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer The twist the playoff race has been waiting for came Saturday. The debate, for now, is between Ohio State and Oklahoma. History suggests it was inevitable. The top four had never stayed the same for three straight weeks until this past one, and to ...

Mond helps Aggies over No. 8 LSU 74-72 in 7 OTs

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — With Texas A&M's game with No. 8 LSU tied at 72-72 in the seventh overtime on Saturday night and the Aggies set to attempt a 2-point conversion, receiver Kendrick Rogers was frantically being tended to on the sideline for ...

Tagovailoa, No. 1 Alabama race away from Auburn, 52-21

By JOHN ZENOR, AP Sports Writer TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Tua Tagovailoa came out of halftime firing touchdown strikes down the field, and the result was another runaway Alabama victory. Tagovailoa threw five touchdown passes, ran for a score and could scarcely miss in the second half to lead ...

Boise State beats Utah State, gets Mountain West title shot

By JASON CHATRAW, Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Boise State has a chance for a conference title and maybe even a big bowl game. Brett Rypien threw for 310 yards and a touchdown, Alexander Mattison rushed for 200 yards and three scores, and the No. 21 Broncos beat No. 14 Utah State ...

No. 18 Utah rallies to top rival BYU 35-27

By JOHN COON, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Dramatic fourth-quarter comebacks are becoming second nature to Utah. Two weeks after rallying against Oregon in the final minutes, the No. 18 Utes did it again against BYU on Saturday, scoring 28 unanswered points in the final 16 minutes ...

No. 10 Ohio State routs No. 4 Michigan 62-39

By The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Dwayne Haskins threw five touchdown passes, freshman Chris Olave scored twice and blocked a punt that was returned for a TD and No. 10 Ohio State continued its mastery over No. 4 Michigan with a record-setting 62-39 victory Saturday that sends ...

Fleury posts second straight shutout, Vegas beats Sharks 6-0

By W.G. RAMIREZ, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury is finally having fun this season. Fleury, a 15-year veteran, stopped 33 shots to earn his league-leading fifth shutout of the season as Vegas defeated the San Jose Sharks 6-0 Saturday night. It was the second shutout in ...

No. 3 Notre Dame rolls to 12-0 season, beats rival USC 24-17

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Notre Dame's offensive skill players gathered on the sideline and looked up at an unfamiliar sight on the scoreboard. The Fighting Irish hadn't faced a double-digit deficit at any point in their perfect season before Southern California ...

No. 2 Clemson goes 12-0 with 56-35 win over Gamecocks

By PETE IACOBELLI, AP Sports Writer CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — It was finally the offense's time to lead the way for No. 2 Clemson. The Tigers had relied on their strong, consistent defense to take charge in game after game this season. When things broke down in a big way against rival South ...

Guentzel’s hat trick leads Penguins past Columbus 4-2

By DAN SCIFO, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh forward Jake Guentzel couldn't find the back of the net for several games during the Penguins' recent slump. Now that the Penguins are starting to hit stride, Guentzel is starting to fill the net. Guentzel scored his first career ...

Greiss makes 26 saves, Islanders defeat Hurricanes 4-1

NEW YORK (AP) — Thomas Greiss made 26 saves, and Valtteri Filppula, Anthony Beauvillier, Josh Bailey and Adam Pelech scored, leading the New York Islanders to a 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday. Brock Nelson, Anders Lee and Bailey finished with multipoint games. It was ...