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Miami rallies to top Rogers 68-61 in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Jordan Miller scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Norchad Omier had 17 with nine and Miami scored the final seven points of the game to defeat Rutgers 68-61 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Wednesday night. The Hurricanes (7-1) trailed by as many as 11 in the ...

Florida Atlantic wins 84-59 over South Alabama

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Michael Forrest scored 17 points as Florida Atlantic beat South Alabama 84-59 on Wednesday night. Forrest shot 7 for 12, including 3 for 5 from beyond the arc for the Owls (6-1). Brandon Weatherspoon was 6 of 8 shooting (4 for 5 from distance) to add 16 points. ...

Tatum scores 49, Celtics hold off hot-shooting Heat 134-121

BOSTON (AP) — Jayson Tatum had eight 3-pointers and scored a season-high 49 points, and the Boston Celtics held off the hot-shooting Miami Heat for a 134-121 victory on Wednesday night. It was the All-Star's third 40-point game this season as he continues to pace the league's top-rated ...

UNC’s Maye rides star-making season into ACC title game

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Drake Maye has put up big numbers all season for No. 24 North Carolina. Now he has a chance to lead the Tar Heels to something more: an Atlantic Coast Conference championship. The second-year passer has played so well that he stirred national buzz as a potential ...

College Football Picks: AAC title is glimpse into CFP future

There is one game this championship weekend that truly feels like winner takes all. No. 18 Tulane hosst No. 22 UCF in the American Athletic Conference title game Saturday. The winner is all but guaranteed a spot in a New Year's Six bowl; that would be the Cotton this year. The loser, of ...

What To Watch: Playoff picture already close to settled

Rarely does a college football season enter the weekend of conference championship games with its playoff picture this clearly in focus. No. 1 Georgia (No. 1 College Football Playoff ) and No. 2 Michigan (No. 2 CFP) figure to have playoff bids locked up no matter how they fare this weekend. ...

Buckeyes’ Stroud repeats as Big Ten offensive player of year

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud has been named the Big Ten's offensive player of the year for the second straight season and Penn State's Nicholas Singleton is freshman of the year. The conference announced its offensive awards on Wednesday, with Stroud extending to ...

Deshaun Watson practicing, not talking ahead of Browns debut

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — As Deshaun Watson walked toward his locker, staying behind the sizable media contingent awaiting his first interview in three months, Browns linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah spotted his teammate. "There he goes right now if you want to flip the camera on him," Koramoah ...

Fields’ status for Bears still in question with Packers next

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Justin Fields threw lightly on the field prior to the Chicago Bears' game last week, hoping he would be able to play through an injury to his nonthrowing shoulder after being listed as questionable on the team's final report. It didn't work out that way. Whether ...

UAB to hire ex-NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer as head coach

UAB has hired former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer as its next head coach on the eve of his high school team's state championship game. The 50-year-old Dilfer won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens in 2000 during a 14-year NFL career. He's making a big leap to the college ranks after ...

Walk-ons pave way for Purdue to capture Big Ten West title

Tight end Payne Durham took the traditional path to Purdue. The former high school lacrosse star played one season of prep football in Georgia and convinced Jeff Brohm to make a scholarship offer. Durham quickly accepted. Aidan O'Connell and Devin Mockobee faced a more daunting journey — ...

After AD hired, West Virginia gives Brown another chance

West Virginia football coach Neal Brown will keep his job for the time being, a decision made Wednesday soon after new athletic director Wren Baker's hiring was announced. Brown has a 22-25 record, the worst four-year stretch at West Virginia since the football team went 17-27 under Frank ...

Athlete flipped the bird, lost scholarship, now wins appeal

A federal appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit brought by a former University of Connecticut women's soccer player who lost her scholarship after she gave the middle finger to a television camera as the Huskies celebrated winning a conference championship. The former student athlete, Noriana ...

WNBA teams to play record 40-game schedule

NEW YORK (AP) — WNBA teams will play a record 40-game schedule this upcoming season that begins on May 19 the league announced Wednesday. All 12 teams will have games the opening weekend, starting with New York playing Washington and Connecticut facing Indiana. The regular season concludes ...

Stakes high for Bills and Patriots entering latest matchup

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The most recent time the Bills faced the Patriots, they left little doubt about their status as the pacesetter in the AFC East. Buffalo walked off the field with a 47-17 win in the wild-card round of the playoffs this past January, demoralizing a New England team ...

Bruins extend NHL-record season-opening home win streak

BOSTON (AP) — Taylor Hall scored twice and the Boston Bruins extended their NHL-record streak of home victories to open a season to 13 games with a 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night. Backup goalie Jeremy Swayman made 27 saves and Brad Marchand added an empty-netter ...

Boston Athletic Association names new president, CEO

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Athletic Association on Wednesday named Jack Fleming as its new president and chief executive officer. The association, which manages the Boston Marathon, said in a statement Fleming will assume the post immediately. He replaces Thomas Grilk after he stepped down ...

UMass-Lowell secures 77-51 win over Merrimack

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Max Brooks had 17 points in UMass-Lowell's 77-51 win over Merrimack on Wednesday night. Brooks also contributed five rebounds, three steals, and three blocks for the River Hawks (7-1). Everette Hammond scored 15 points and added seven rebounds. Abdoul Karim Coulibaly was ...

Mike Sainristil’s switch to CB at Michigan proves to be wise

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Mike Sainristil, whose family fled Haiti when he was an infant and raised him in suburban Boston, wanted to have the ball in his hands to make plays at receiver when he chose to attend Michigan. Sainristil got his wish, scoring touchdowns in each of his first three ...

Iran-US World Cup clash rife with political tension

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The last World Cup clash between the United States and Iran 24 years ago is considered one of the most politically charged matches in soccer history. This time, the political overtones are just as strong and relations perhaps even more fraught as the U.S. and Iran face off ...