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Cotter scores in shootout to lift Vegas past Columbus 3-2

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Paul Cotter scored in his first-ever shootout attempt and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 on Monday night to stop a two-game skid. The shootout went four sudden-death rounds after each team scored once — Gustav Nyqvist for Columbus and ...

New Badgers coach Fickell begins by reaching out to players

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin coach Luke Fickell spent much of his first day on the job speaking to his new players, knowing many of them had hoped this search would have a different outcome. His message to them was sympathetic but direct. "Change is inevitable," Fickell said Monday during ...

Huskers pay premium for Rhule to bring back program’s glory

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Matt Rhule said he had plenty of options after he got fired by the Carolina Panthers. He could have taken a year off from football or worked in television. Or he could jump back into college coaching. A number of schools reached out to him, he said, but only one appealed ...

South Carolina tops women’s AP Top 25; Stanford, UConn next

South Carolina remained the unanimous No. 1 choice in The Associated Press women's basketball poll released Monday as the Gamecocks keep close watch on the foot injury of reigning Player of the Year Aliyah Boston. The Gamecocks received all 29 first-place votes in the poll released Monday, a ...

Houston reaches No. 1 in AP poll for first time since 1983

Make some room, Phi Slama Jama. Another Houston team has reached the top of men's college basketball. Nearly four decades after Clyde Drexler and Akeem Olajuwon took the Cougars to No. 1, the latest bunch led by Marcus Sasser and star freshman Jarace Walker took over the top spot in the AP Top ...

Michigan quarterback Cade McNamara enters transfer portal

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan quarterback Cade McNamara has entered the transfer portal, team spokesman Dave Ablauf confirmed on Monday. McNamara had a season-ending injury to his right knee on Sept. 17 against Connecticut, one game after J.J. McCarthy won the starting job. McCarthy will ...

ACC, SEC set to begin inter-league challenge next season

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The Atlantic Coast and Southeastern conferences are set to begin an annual inter-conference men's and women's basketball battle next season. The leagues and ESPN announced Monday the creation of the ACC/SEC Challenge for both sports for the 2023-24 season. That marks ...

Johnson’s 27 help UC Davis knock off Boston University in OT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Ty Johnson's 27 points helped UC Davis defeat Boston University 81-70 in overtime on Monday. Johnson also had six rebounds for the Aggies (6-2). Robby Beasley III scored 15 points and added 10 rebounds. Christian Anigwe shot 4 of 8 from the field and 2 for 7 from the line to ...

Walker’s 19 lead Bryant over Framingham State 98-44

SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — Antwan Walker's 19 points helped Bryant defeat Framingham State 98-44 on Monday night. Walker also had seven rebounds for the Bulldogs (6-1). Earl Timberlake scored 17 points while shooting 7 of 9 from the field and 3 for 7 from the line, and added eight rebounds. ...

Sacred Heart defeats Western New England 100-59

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Raheem Solomon had 26 points in Sacred Heart's 100-59 victory over Western New England on Monday night. Solomon had five rebounds and six steals for the Pioneers (4-3). Nico Galette added 22 points while going 7 of 13 from the floor, including 1 for 3 from distance, ...

Smart dishes 15, scores 22, Celtics crush Hornets 140-105

BOSTON (AP) — The reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year showed he can do it on offense, too. Celtics point guard Marcus Smart had a career-high 15 assists on Monday night, adding 22 points to help Boston beat the Charlotte Hornets 140-105 and give the defending Eastern Conference ...

Colts, Steelers eager to show they can shine in prime time

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay started asking the question three years ago. Why wasn't his team hosting more prime-time games? From 2011-20, the Colts played a league-low nine times under the lights at Lucas Oil Stadium. They hosted no night games from Dec. 14, ...

Commanders outrun Falcons, intercept Mariota in 19-13 win

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — After running all over the Atlanta Falcons in what has become their offensive identity, the Washington Commanders got one last crucial play from their stout defense to preserve another important victory. Kendall Fuller intercepted Marcus Mariota in the end zone with 58 ...

Commanders unveil Sean Taylor memorial 15 years since death

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — The Washington Commanders unveiled a helmet, No. 21 jersey, pants and cleats stood up in mannequin form as a memorial to Sean Taylor on Sunday, the 15th anniversary of the late safety's death. It was not a statue but rather a glass-enclosed installation on the concourse ...

Titans settle for too many field goals in loss to Bengals

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans are not among the NFL's highest-scoring teams. Thanks to two-time NFL rushing leader Derrick Henry, they have been one of the league's best scoring touchdowns inside the red zone. Until Sunday. The Titans snapped a two-game winning streak with a ...

Broncos’ league-worst scoring offense has another dud

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Denver Broncos' offense is stuck in mud — and it appears no one is coming to help pull it out. Russell Wilson turned in yet another lackluster performance on Sunday, managing just one late touchdown pass in a 23-10 loss to the Carolina Panthers. The Broncos fell ...

Herbert rallies Chargers to 25-24 win over Cardinals

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Los Angeles Chargers coach Brandon Staley knew he was going for the winning 2-point conversion a few minutes before it actually happened, so when the moment arrived, there was no hesitation and no looking at his playbook. The result was even better than he ...

Chiefs slog their way past beat-up Rams for 26-10 victory

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Andy Reid lamented more problems with the Kansas City Chiefs punt return unit. JuJu Smith-Schuster regretted their many failures in the red zone. Patrick Mahomes bemoaned "the one dumb play I make every game." So much for celebrating a 26-10 victory Sunday over the ...

Jacobs caps huge day with TD in OT, Raiders beat Seahawks

SEATTLE (AP) — Once Josh Jacobs slipped past the last line of Seattle's defense, all that was in front of him was open field and a place among the greatest single-game performances in NFL history. Jacobs sprinted 86 yards for a game-ending touchdown and the Las Vegas Raiders won in overtime ...

Kamara’s fumbles lead to Saints 1st shutout loss in 21 years

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Alvin Kamara took a handoff on the fourth play of the game and had it punched out of his grasp for a lost fumble. With Kamara fighting for the end zone as New Orleans tried to mount a comeback in the fourth quarter, he lost the ball again. On a day when the Saints ...