National Sports

Celtics’ Hayward says he’s open to returning this season

BOSTON (AP) — Celtics guard Gordon Hayward is open to playing this season, but said Friday it will depend on how fast he is able to heal and show progress as he works his way back from a broken left ankle. Hayward was at TD Garden for Boston’s matchup with the Utah Jazz, the team he left ...

Westbrook triple-double keys OKC in 3OT thriller vs 76ers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Russell Westbrook had 27 points, 17 rebounds and 15 assists, and Oklahoma City and the Philadelphia 76ers went basket-for-basket in a three-overtime thriller before the Thunder pulled out a 119-117 victory on Friday night. Andre Roberson scored the winner with 10 seconds ...

He’s back: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers preps to play Panthers

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers stayed afloat in the postseason race while hoping for nearly two months that Aaron Rodgers would return. News that the two-time NFL MVP was cleared medically to come back from a collarbone injury finally arrived Tuesday night, coming a bit later ...

Agent Boras: Marlins turning into ‘pawn shop’ under Jeter

By STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer Derek Jeter owns five World Series rings, which may be the reason agent Scott Boras had jewelry on his mind when discussing the Miami Marlins' new ownership. Boras said Jeter and his group are turning the Marlins into a pawn shop. It was yet another jab at ...

NFL spokesman: Roger Goodell views new contract as his last

By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Pro Football Writer IRVING, Texas (AP) — Commissioner Roger Goodell views the agreement reached on an extension last week as his final contract overseeing the NFL, a league spokesman said Wednesday. Goodell's extension through 2024 will allow him to help negotiate a ...

Twins sign recovering RHP Michael Pineda for 2 years, $10M

By DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have taken another step toward deepening their starting pitching. This boost won't take effect for a while. The Twins signed former New York Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda to two-year, $10 million contract ...

NBA selects Indianapolis to host 2021 All-Star Game

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NBA has chosen Indianapolis to host the 2021 All-Star Game. Commissioner Adam Silver made the announcement Wednesday just hours before Paul George returned to Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the first time since the Pacers traded him to Oklahoma City last summer. The ...

Malzahn, No. 7 Auburn set to begin Peach Bowl preparations

By JOHN ZENOR, AP Sports Writer AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Flush with a new long-term deal, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn likes where his program stands long-term and where the Tigers are headed in the near future. Malzahn's seventh-ranked Tigers are set to begin preparation Friday for the Peach Bowl ...

3rd Georgia player arrested since team made college playoff

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia freshman is facing a felony forgery charge over allegations of passing a counterfeit $100 bill last summer, the third player to be arrested since the Bulldogs won the Southeastern Conference championship and a spot in the College Football Playoff. Defensive back ...

Brady intercepted twice as Dolphins beat Pats 27-20

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady was intercepted twice by Xavien Howard and held without a third-down conversion Monday night, and the Miami Dolphins snapped the New England Patriots’ eight-game winning streak with a surprising 27-20 victory. The Dolphins (6-7) were 11-point underdogs ...