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WWE wants UFC star Rousey to jump from octagon to ring

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer UFC star Ronda Rousey's next fight could come in a WWE ring. WWE executive Paul Levesque, better known as wrestling superstar Triple H, had dinner with Rousey in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, again fueling speculation that UFC's biggest female star could leave ...

People familiar with deal: Mets, Bruce agree at $39M, 3 yrs

By MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Jay Bruce and his proven bat are headed back to the New York Mets. The free-agent outfielder is set to return to the Big Apple after agreeing to a $39 million, three-year contract, according to two people familiar with the ...

Lou Williams scores career-high 50, Clippers beat Warriors

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Lou Williams sent the same roaring, adoring crowd that cheered Kevin Durant's milestone to the exits several minutes before the final buzzer. Durant was brilliant, and Williams even better. Williams scored 27 of his career-high 50 ...

Federer, Djokovic drawn in same half for Australian Open

By JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer found himself in a slightly awkward position before the Australian Open draw. Just being there. A few minutes later when the formalities were completed, Federer found out how difficult defending his title could be ...

Walk-off: Alabama beats Georgia in OT for national title

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer ATLANTA (AP) — To add another championship to the greatest dynasty college football has ever seen, Alabama turned to its quarterback of the future, and Tua Tagovailoa proved that his time is now. The freshman quarterback, who had played mostly ...

On to 2018: College football story lines for next season

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Congratulations to 2017 national champion Alabama. While the Crimson Tide celebrates, it's on to 2018 for the rest of college football. Here are some of the numerous story lines to follow next season: QUARTERBACK COMPETITIONS This is as much a ...

Alabama is No. 1 in final AP poll for 11th time; UCF 6th

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Alabama was voted No. 1 in the final Associated Press college football poll after the Crimson Tide beat Georgia in the national championship game. Unbeaten Central Florida finished sixth. The Crimson Tide received 57 of 61 ...

TOP 25 THIS WEEK: No. 8 Texas Tech gets 2 top-10 opponents

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Texas Tech coach Chris Beard figures his Red Raiders haven't accomplished all that much yet, even with the eighth-ranked Red Raiders holding the program's highest ranking in two decades. His team will get two chances to accomplish a ...

Another sports disappointment for Atlanta, state of Georgia

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — For the state of Georgia, it was yet another major sports disappointment. Less than a year after the Atlanta Falcons squandered a commanding 25-point edge in the Super Bowl, the Georgia Bulldogs blew a pair of 13-point leads Monday night in ...

Baltimore could host matches during 2026 FIFA World Cup

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore could play host to 2026 FIFA World Cup soccer matches if the sport's international governing body selects a joint North American bid. The Baltimore Sun reports that the city's Board of Estimates is expected to approve an agreement among FIFA, the United State ...