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Intense No. 4 Illinois makes statement, drubs No. 2 Michigan

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Trent Frazier, Andre Curbelo and No. 4 Illinois arrived at Crisler Center ready to make a point. "We're the hardest-playing team in the country. That's our statement," Frazier said. "Even without our best player, we've got a lot of ...

Ledecky returns to competition with time ticking to Tokyo

By BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer Like everyone else, Katie Ledecky was forced to shelve her plans when the coronavirus pandemic took hold. Instead of looking far into the future, the five-time Olympic champion swimmer switched to a more immediate mindset. Forget that the four-year cycle ...

Kapanen scores twice; Pens welcome back fans with 5-2 win

By DAN SCIFO Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — The arena wasn't completely full for Pittsburgh's game against visiting Philadelphia, yet it felt that way to Penguins forward Kasperi Kapanen. Kapanen scored two goals and the Penguins defeated the Flyers 5-2 on Tuesday night. The Penguins ...

Suns overcome Booker’s ejection, hold off Lakers 114-104

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dario Šarić scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, Mikal Bridges added 19 and the Phoenix Suns overcame Devin Booker's ejection for a 114-104 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night. Booker scored 17 points before ...

China: Calls for 2022 Winter Olympics boycott doomed to fail

BEIJING (AP) — Calls for a boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics on human rights grounds are "doomed to failure," a Chinese government spokesperson said Wednesday, as lawmakers and political advisers began converging on China's capital for the biggest annual gathering of the political ...

AP source: Eagles send Carson Wentz to Colts for draft picks

By Rob Maaddi AP Pro Football Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to trade Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts, according to a person familiar with the deal. The Eagles will receive a third-round pick in this year's draft and a conditional second-round pick ...

Spurs have 4 players positive, Atlanta has All-Star concerns

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer The San Antonio Spurs are dealing with a coronavirus outbreak among four players, the NBA said Tuesday, meaning the Spurs will not play until the middle of next week at the earliest. Meanwhile, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms — whose city was picked ...

On the move: Serena’s court coverage brings her near No. 24

By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer Serena Williams agrees with everyone else that her footwork and movement are better these days than they've been for a bit — and that's a big reason she's closing in on what would be a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title. Here's what she wants to ...

Lots of confusion with 2 races, 3 winners at ski worlds

By ERIC WILLEMSEN Associated Press CORTINA D'AMPEZZO (AP) — Katharina Liensberger was talking to reporters in the mixed zone when she learned that her silver medal in the parallel giant slalom event had been upgraded to a tie for gold at the world championships. The Austrian fell to the ...

Smashing success: Djokovic beats Zverev, into Australian SF

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic smashed a racket, sending a piece of the frame flying. Later, he plopped himself down right there at the back of the blue court, looking forlorn as can be. He dropped the opening set against Alexander Zverev, one of the young guys trying to shove ...

AP source: Panthers to release 2-time Pro Bowl DT Short

By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers are releasing two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kawann Short, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the team has not ...

Atlanta Falcons owner donating $17M to civil rights museum

ATLANTA (AP) — The billionaire owner of the Atlanta Falcons is donating $17 million to help a civil rights museum expand and offer new programming. Arthur Blank's family foundation announced the gift to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights on Thursday. The vast majority of the ...

Kittle dismisses ‘chatter’ about Niners trading Garoppolo

By Rob Maaddi AP Pro Football Writer George Kittle dismissed talk about the San Francisco 49ers possibly trading Jimmy Garoppolo the way he sheds tacklers after making catches. "I think it's speculation. I think it's rumors. I think it's chatter," Kittle said on the AP Pro Football ...

Eddie Rosario, Indians finalize $8 million, 1-year contract

Eddie Rosario, Indians finalize $8 million, 1-year contract By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Free agent outfielder Eddie Rosario has joined the Cleveland Indians, adding a quality player who has haunted their pitchers in recent years. Rosario passed his physical on ...

Chiefs’ success big reason why fans will be at Super Bowl

By The Associated Press There will be about 25,000 fans inside Raymond James Stadium for the Super Bowl on Sunday. One reason the Buccaneers and Chiefs won't be playing before oceans of empty seats is Kansas City helped to prove it was possible to have folks in the stands. The Chiefs hosted ...

NHL revises virus protocols with 40 players on COVID-19 list

By Stephen Whyno AP Hockey Writer With COVID-19 problems cropping up and four teams currently idled, the NHL has revised its virus protocols in a bid to keep the shortenend season on track. Glass panels have been removed from behind benches for better air flow, players and coaches are not ...

AP sources: Parker headed to Chicago, McBride to Minnesota

By Doug Feinberg AP Basketball Writer Candace Parker is headed home and Kayla McBride is getting a fresh start in Minnesota. WNBA free agents can't officially sign until Monday, but Parker is leaving Los Angeles for Chicago after playing the first 13 years of her professional career with ...

Tight games this weekend, with one upset projected

By Barry Wilner AP Pro Football Writer Aaron, meet Aaron. And Aaron. Aaron Donald, the unanimous All-Pro defensive tackle who owns a couple of Defensive Player of the Year awards, certainly hopes to meet fellow All-Pro Aaron Rodgers on Saturday — in the Packers' backfield. Donald hopes ...

AP source: LeMahieu, Yanks work on $90 million, 6-year deal

By Ronald Blum AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees and AL batting champion DJ LeMahieu worked Friday to put in place a six-year contract worth about $90 million, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity ...

NBA fines Irving $50,000 for health, safety violations

By Brian Mahoney AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving's absence from the Brooklyn Nets has cost him nearly $1 million. The NBA fined the point guard $50,000 on Friday for violating its health and safety protocols, and said he could return to team activities Saturday. The ...