National Sports

No. 2 Michigan returns to Big 10 play to beat Penn State

By The Associated Press ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Iggy Brazdeikis had 16 points and 11 rebounds and No. 2 Michigan returned to Big Ten play with a 68-55 victory over Penn State on Thursday night. The Wolverines (14-0, 3-0) weren't always that dominant while playing lesser competition in ...

No. 2 Notre Dame women rout Pittsburgh 100-44

By The Associated Press WACO, Texas (AP) — Kalani Brown had 20 points and 17 rebounds and No. 8 Baylor beat a top-ranked team for the first time, topping UConn 68-57 on Thursday night to hand the Huskies their first regular-season loss in more than four years. The Huskies (11-1) hadn't lost ...

Column: Expand playoff to get the guess work out of the game

By RALPH D. RUSSSO, AP College Football Writer The satisfying simplicity of sports is in the definitive result. A game is played. There is a winner and a loser and the winner gets a reward. Often that reward is to just keep playing. Those are the rules from the schoolyard to stadiums. It is ...

Tickets for CFP title game available for cheap

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Qualifying for the college football championship game never has been harder for teams other than Alabama and Clemson. Getting into the stadium to watch the Crimson Tide and Tigers play for the title for the third time in four years ...

No. 6 Nevada romps past Utah State 72-49 to remain unbeaten

By EMERSON MARCUS, Associated Press RENO, Nev. (AP) — The last time Nevada won its first 14 games in a season, the Wolf Pack played in the Far Western Conference and Harry S. Truman was president. Jordan Caroline scored 15 points and No. 6 Nevada matched a school record set in 1951-52 by ...

No. 5 Kansas to visit Iowa State in Big 12’s opening weekend

By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer A look at the upcoming week around the Big 12 Conference. GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 5 Kansas at Iowa State. The Jayhawks are the heavy favorites to win the league for a mind-boggling 15th year in a row. But the Cyclones might be the Big 12's biggest sleeper. ...

No. 8 Spartans take 7-game win streak into No. 14 Ohio St.

By ERIC OLSON, AP Sports Writer A look at the upcoming week around the Big Ten Conference: GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 8 Michigan State at No. 14 Ohio State. The Spartans (12-2, 3-0) have won seven in a row after beating Northwestern on Wednesday night. Coach Tom Izzo has a veteran club and team ...

Paul George gets 37 amid boos in OKC’s 107-100 win at Lakers

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paul George got booed last season in Indianapolis because he left. He got booed by Lakers fans on Wednesday night because he never arrived. The Oklahoma City star learned from the first experience and translated it into a performance that ...

No. 5 Kansas beats No. 23 Oklahoma 70-63 to improve to 12-1

By The Associated Press LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Dedric Lawson had 13 points and 15 rebounds, Kansas' young backcourt made enough crucial plays when it mattered, and the No. 5 Jayhawks held off No. 23 Oklahoma 70-63 on Wednesday night in the Big 12 opener for both teams. Devon Dotson added 16 ...

Embiid scores 42 points, 76ers hold off Suns 132-127

By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers were ready to go home from their trip west a little too early, and it almost cost them. Joel Embiid, playing despite a sore left knee, matched his season high with 42 points, 30 in the first half, and grabbed 18 rebounds ...