National Sports

Northwestern defense stuns No. 20 Utah 31-20 in Holiday Bowl

By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — A cold, hard rain in normally warm, dry San Diego made the Northwestern Wildcats feel right at home, especially as they enjoyed a downpour of Utah turnovers in the Holiday Bowl. In a dizzying nine-minute stretch of the third quarter, the ...

Lawrence lights up Notre Dame, No. 2 Clemson cruises 30-3

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — When Clemson’s Dabo Swinney entrusted a team with championship aspirations to freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence in September, this is what the Tigers’ coach had in mind. Lawrence threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns and No. 2 Clemson beat No. 3 Notre Dame ...

WNBA crossroads: league looks to cut losses, hire president

By Doug Feinberg AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — As 2018 closes, the WNBA is at a crossroads. The play on the court has never been better, with Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird leading the Seattle Storm to a championship. Most of the playoff positions weren’t decided until the final ...

Blackwood picks up first NHL win, Devils beat Bruins

BOSTON (AP) — Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 40 shots for his first NHL victory, Blake Coleman scored twice and the New Jersey Devils beat the Boston Bruins 5-2 on Thursday night. Damon Severson scored 25 seconds into the game and Kyle Palmieri added his team-high 19th goal for the Devils, who ...

Taylor runs for 205 yards in Wisconsin’s Pinstripe victory

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Jonathan Taylor ran for 205 yards and a touchdown and topped the 2,000-yard season mark to help Wisconsin rout Miami 35-3 in a chilly Pinstripe Bowl on Thursday night. Taylor, just a sophomore, ripped off runs of 39 and 41 yards and was ...

Wild and crazy season ends with lots of playoff uncertainty

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer In a wild and crazy season, the biggest remaining tumult is in the AFC South. Houston leads and takes the division title by beating struggling Jacksonville. A Texans loss, however, gives the winner of the prime-time game between the Colts and Titans in ...

NCAA confirms suspension of Clemson star DT Dexter Lawrence

By RALPH RUSSO, AP College Football Writer DALLAS (AP) — Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence will not play against No. 3 Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl after the NCAA confirmed a suspension Thursday for a failed test for performance-enhancing drugs, possibly ending the talented junior's ...

Fitzgerald mum, as usual, on whether this is NFL finale

By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Someday, obviously, Larry Fitzgerald will play in his last NFL game. Whether that game is Sunday, when his beleaguered Arizona Cardinals play at Seattle, is anybody's guess. And don't expect any hints from him. He doesn't like to talk about ...

Jets’ Darnold wraps up rookie year by facing Rodgers, Brady

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Pro Football Writer FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Sam Darnold is wrapping up his rookie season with glimpses of greatness. First, Aaron Rodgers. Next, Tom Brady. The New York Jets quarterback's final two opponents are among the best to play the position, and Darnold ...

Rushing leader Elliott wants in vs Giants; do Cowboys agree?

By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Pro Football Writer FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott insists he's playing and has no hesitation saying the NFL rushing title is on his mind with the Dallas Cowboys locked into the fourth playoff seed as NFC East champions going into their regular-season finale at ...