National Sports

Ingram, Ball lead Lakers to 107-97 win over Mavericks

By DAVE JACKSON, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — A challenge from their head coach gave Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball motivation. All they needed was an opening. The cold-shooting Dallas Mavericks provided it. Ingram scored 29 points and Ball added 21 as the Los Angeles Lakers handed the ...

Irving scores 17 in return as Celtics top sloppy Nets 116-95

By KEN POWTAK, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics shared the ball extremely well. The sloppy Brooklyn Nets helped them out a lot, too. Kyrie Irving returned after missing two games with an eye injury and scored 17 points to lead eight players in double figures as Boston beat ...

Clemson makes bid to be considered best team ever

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — There will never be a definitive answer to the greatest team in college football history. That didn't stop Clemson coach Dabo Swinney from lobbying for his squad. The Tigers wrapped up the first 15-0 season by a major college ...

Irish narrowly hold top spot in AP women’s basketball poll

By DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time in a long time, a handful of teams could make an argument to be No. 1 in The Associated Press women's basketball poll. Over the past decade there really hasn't been too much debate each week over who should hold the ...

Clemson is No. 1 for 3rd time in AP poll, ‘Bama 2, Ohio St 3

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Clemson finished No. 1 in The Associated Press poll for the third time after routing Alabama in the national championship game. The Tigers received all 61 first-place votes. The Crimson Tide, which was trying to become ...

Even in era of offense, playoffs come down to defense

By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer The NFL's wild weekend of wild-card games demonstrated that even in this age of explosive offenses, defense still dominates in the playoffs and it often comes down to a toe, a few fingers or even a 40-year-old hamstring. Kicker Sebastian Janikowski's ...

Snow cancels downhill training, delays Vonn’s return

ST. ANTON, Austria (AP) — Lindsey Vonn's return to the World Cup slopes has been delayed by a day after organizers called off Thursday's first downhill training because of weather conditions. The international ski federation says it canceled the session "due to heavy snowfall." Another ...

Blackhawks end Penguins’ winning streak at 8 games

By DAN SCIFO, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks gave Pittsburgh a head start — and still grounded the surging Penguins. Again. Dylan Strome broke a tie 1:48 into the third period and the Blackhawks beat Pittsburgh 5-3 on Sunday night to end the Penguins' winning ...

No. 2 Michigan beats No. 21 Indiana to improve to 15-0

By The Associated Press ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Charles Matthews scored 16 of his 18 points in the first half to help No. 2 Michigan build a double-digit lead and the undefeated Wolverines held on for a 74-63 victory over No. 21 Indiana on Sunday. Jordan Poole also finished with 18 points ...

No. 19 Houston beats Memphis to improve to 15-0

HOUSTON (AP) — When Houston needed a spark Sunday night, Armoni Brooks came through for the Cougars. Brooks scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half and hit four of his six 3-pointers and No. 19 Houston remained undefeated with a 90-77 victory over Memphis. Nate Hinton added 19 points ...