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Ferguson, Westbrook lead Thunder over skidding Lakers 133-96

By STEVE DILBECK, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Russell Westbrook, doing his MVP thing back home. Paul George and Carmelo Anthony lighting it up. All expected. But where did Terrance Ferguson come from? Oklahoma City might have found another potential star Wednesday night in ...

Rising star Tennell leads after women’s short program

By BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Rising star Bradie Tennell continued her breakout season by winning the women's short program Wednesday night at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Tennell saved the best short program of her career for the most important event. ...

Hip problem forces 5-time finalist Murray out of Aussie Open

By JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer Andy Murray needed only a couple of days in Australia to realize the hip problem that has kept him out of competitive tennis since Wimbledon was not going to improve in time for the season's first major. The five-time finalist withdrew from the Australian Open on ...

Curry’s 3 lifts Warriors over Mavericks 125-122

By DAVE JACKSON, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks were left shaking their heads at Stephen Curry's shot-making ability — and how they let him get one last great look at the basket. Curry's long 3-pointer with three seconds to play allowed the Golden State Warriors to ...

Washington lifts No. 17 Kentucky past LSU, 74-71

By BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports Writer BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Kentucky coach John Calipari was grateful for P.J. Washington's forceful presence in the locker room and under the basket in the second half. Washington scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half, and No. 17 Kentucky held off ...

Brey sets victory mark as Notre Dame routs NC State, 88-58

By JOHN FINERAN, Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame coach Mike Brey figured it would be tough to beat North Carolina State without All-American Bonzie Colson. Then when his team lost point guard Matt Farrell with an ankle sprain before halftime Wednesday he got a little more ...

DeRozan scores franchise-high 52, Raptors beat Bucks 131-127

TORONTO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored a franchise-record 52 points, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 131-127 in overtime on Monday night, matching the team record with their 12th consecutive home victory. DeRozan is the third player in Raptors history to score 50 or more in a ...

Highest-scoring Rose Bowl ends with Georgia on top

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Sony Michel burst through the line for a 27-yard touchdown run to give No. 3 Georgia a 54-48 victory Monday night against No. 2 Oklahoma, winning the first overtime Rose Bowl and sending the Bulldogs to the College Football Playoff championship game. Michel, who had a ...

Bengals’ coach Marvin Lewis still unsure of future with team

CINCINNATI (AP) — Coach Marvin Lewis talked to owner Mike Brown about his future with the Bengals on Monday, but they reached no conclusions and planned more discussions. The Bengals failed to make the playoffs for the second straight season, and Lewis’ contract is finished after his 15th ...

Coach grabs wheel, stops bus after driver passes out

By Doug Feinberg AP Basketball Writer A quick-thinking coach averted what could have been a terrible bus accident for the University of Dubuque women’s basketball team. The Division III team from Iowa was driving back from a tournament in Nashville, Tennessee, on Sunday morning. About 90 ...