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Week 12: Big Ten unbeatens, Bedlam and Lawrence returns

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer The Big Ten's four unbeaten teams square off Saturday in two games that could go a long way toward settling the division races. No. 9 Indiana faces No. 3 Ohio State in a top-10 matchup featuring the conference's overwhelming favorite against its ...

Murray, Cardinals get shut down in loss to Seahawks

By TIM BOOTH AP Sports Writer SEATTLE (AP) — Kyler Murray was crunched on Arizona's second drive of the game. A rude hello from Seattle's L.J. Collier and Carlos Dunlap that left Murray with a sore right shoulder. After not being touched by the Seahawks in their first meeting, Murray ...

Collins, Brin lead No. 25 Tulsa to stunning 2 OT win

By JOHN TRANCHINA Associated Press TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Falling behind early is becoming a regular occurrence for Tulsa. So are late-game heroics. Zaven Collins returned an interception 96 yards for a touchdown in the second overtime to give No. 25 Tulsa a 30-24 comeback victory over Tulane ...

NBA’s offseason sprint continues with free agency starting

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer NBA free agency is usually a weeklong frenzy. Deals get struck, then teams and players must wait a few days before they can sign those contracts. And from there, a few more months often pass before the player goes to work with his new club. Not this ...

Colts could go from outsider to contender by beating Packers

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer It's difficult to sneak up on anybody in the NFL, given the attention the sport gets everywhere. Yet the Indianapolis Colts have been something of a hidden secret at 6-3. If you're surprised to see them tied with Tennessee atop the AFC South, it's ...

Steelers’ Roethlisberger, 3 teammates go on COVID-19 list

By The Associated Press The Pittsburgh Steelers have placed four more players on the COVID-19 list, including quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The move comes a day after tight end Vance McDonald went on the list after testing positive following a 24-19 win at Dallas that pushed the Steelers to ...

Tokyo Olympic officials talk of test events early next year

By STEPHEN WADE AP Sports Writer TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympics organizers on Tuesday said they were encouraged by a gymnastics meet over the weekend and are now ready to hold test events early next year. The Sunday meet featured 22 Russian, Chinese and American athletes entering Japan and ...

Jets blow lead, fall to 0-9 for first time in team history

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. AP Pro Football Writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Joe Flacco and the rest of the New York Jets could feel it. Their first victory of a brutal season was there for the taking. They had a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter against a struggling New England Patriots team ...

South Carolina No. 1 in AP preseason women’s basketball poll

By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Dawn Staley already has accomplished so much at South Carolina. Now she can add the first preseason No. 1 ranking in school history to the list of achievements. The Gamecocks received 29 of the 30 first-place votes in The Associated ...

A quiet start to empty week at Augusta National for Masters

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Take away a few white scoreboards in their usual places behind the greens, and the green television stands behind the 12th tee and a few other strategic locations, and this is what Augusta National looks like in November. It looks bigger ...

No. 1 Clemson turns to Uiagalelei with Lawrence sidelined

By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer Clemson coach Dabo Swinney always planned for talented freshman quarterback DJ Uiagalelei to take over for Trevor Lawrence, just not this weekend against Boston College. That's the situation for the Tigers, however, after Lawrence tested positive for ...

Maryland shocks Minnesota 45-44 in OT on missed conversion

By DAVID GINSBURG AP Sports Writer COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A back-and-forth game that featured comebacks by both teams, a dozen touchdowns and more than 1,100 yards in offense seemed destined to reach a second overtime before ending abruptly on — of all things — a botched conversion ...

Indians decline options on closer Hand, 1B Santana for 2021

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Brad Hand's solid season didn't earn him another one with the Indians. Feeling the financial pinch from a shortened season, Cleveland declined Hand's $10 million contract option on Friday and also chose not to exercise options for either ...

NFL recommends some sideline players wear masks during games

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer The NFL is recommending that players on the sidelines who are not participating in a game or about to go on the field wear protective masks. In a memo obtained by The Associated Press on Friday, the league's management council also suggested the 32 teams ...

Jon Lester option declined by Cubs, lefty becomes free agent

CHICAGO (AP) — Jon Lester's $25 million mutual option for 2021 was declined Friday by the Chicago Cubs, completing a $155 million, six-year contract and allowing the 36-year-old left-hander to become a free agent. Lester is owed a $10 million buyout: $2 million on each Dec. 31 from 2022 ...

Steelers survive Titans rally after missed FG, move to 6-0

By The Associated Press Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes to Diontae Johnson, and the Pittsburgh Steelers remained perfect by holding off Tennessee for a 27-24 victory Sunday in a game originally postponed when the Titans came down with the NFL's first COVID-19 outbreak of the ...

Hard-luck Bengals keep letting close games slip away

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Rookie quarterback Joe Burrow keeps putting up big numbers, and the Cincinnati Bengals keep letting the games slip away at the end. The Bengals lost another close one on Sunday to the Cleveland Browns because again they couldn't protect a ...

Ronaldo in doubt for Messi’s visit to Juventus

By The Associated Press Some talking points ahead of the second round of games in the Champions League: NO RONALDO VS. MESSI? The highly anticipated matchup of Cristiano Ronaldo against Lionel Messi likely won't happen because Ronaldo has the coronavirus. Juventus has not reported many ...

Steelers dominate early, hold off Titans for 27-24 win

By TERESA M. WALKER AP Pro Football Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers stand alone as the AFC's last undefeated team thanks to a dominant start and a bit of late luck. Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes to Diontae Johnson, and the Steelers remained perfect by ...

Garoppolo shines in return to NE; Niners crush Patriots 33-6

By KYLE HIGHTOWER AP Sports Writer FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Jimmy Garoppolo was once considered to be the man in waiting to take over at quarterback in New England for Tom Brady. Now he's the guy who helped hand the Patriots their worst home loss under Bill Belichick. Jeff Wilson Jr. ...