National Sports

Chiefs atop AFC playoff puzzle for 1st time since 1997

By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer For the first time in a decade, the top seed in the AFC playoffs goes to a team not led by Tom Brady or Peyton Manning. The Kansas City Chiefs earned the No. 1 seed for the first time since 1997 after switching from Alex Smith to Patrick Mahomes , ...

Florida State vs Virginia headlines 1st weekend of ACC play

By JOEDY McCREARY, AP Sports Writer A look at the upcoming week around the Atlantic Coast Conference: GAME OF THE WEEKEND No. 9 Florida State at No. 4 Virginia. The season's first top-10 matchup of ACC teams matches the Cavaliers (12-0), ranked No. 2 in Ken Pomeroy's efficiency rankings, ...

Saints earn NFC’s top seed for first time since 2009

By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer Half of the NFC playoff field is back from last year, including the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles , who wobbled and hobbled into the postseason party as the sixth and final seed after a season-long slog. The Saints earned the No. ...

Matchups that could determine Alabama vs Clemson Part IV

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Clemson and Alabama are playing in the College Football Playoff for the fourth straight season, and the third time for the national championship. The winner Monday will become the first 15-0 FBS champion. With the help ...

No. 1 UConn coming off 1st regular-season loss for 2 seniors

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Basketball Writer WACO, Texas (AP) — UConn All-America players Katie Lou Samuelson and Naphessa Collier won a national title and went to two other Final Fours before experiencing this. The team's only seniors are coming off a loss in the regular season for the first ...

Harden rallies Rockets in OT to edge Warriors 135-134

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A defender on either side of him, James Harden let it fly one last time for an improbable game-winner in the waning seconds of overtime before falling backward and hitting the floor. It took his second triple-double of the week, ...

Coffey scores 21 to lead Minnesota past No. 22 Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Minnesota coach Richard Pitino dared No. 22 Wisconsin to beat the Golden Gophers from the 3-point arc and the free throw line. The Badgers weren't up to the challenge. Amir Coffey scored 21 points and Minnesota put Wisconsin in an early hole before holding off a furious ...

Arizona opens Pac-12 play with 64-56 win over Colorado

By JACK MAGRUDER, Associated Press TUSCON, Ariz. (AP) — Freshman Brandon Williams started at a new position Thursday, and he made it look old hat. Williams had 14 points and six assists while opening at point guard in place of injured regular Justin Coleman, helping to lead Arizona to 64-56 ...

Ovechkin scores 30th goal but Blues rally past Capitals 5-2

By JOE HARRIS, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Robert Bortuzzo got mad for the St. Louis Blues, and teammate Oskar Sundqvist got even with the Washington Capitals. Alex Ovechkin scored his 30th goal of the season but the Blues came back to beat the Capitals 5-2 on Thursday night after ...