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Matt Murray makes 28 saves, Penguins rout Rangers 7-2

By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Murray stopped 28 shots to keep up his strong play since returning from an injury, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Rangers 7-2 on Wednesday night for their season-high seventh straight victory. Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jake ...

Lopez has 25, Giannis monster dunk as Bucks beat Pistons

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brook Lopez had 25 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo threw down a spectacular one-handed dunk and the Milwaukee Bucks cruised past the Detroit Pistons 121-98 on Tuesday night. Khris Middleton had 22 points and Eric Bledsoe had 18 for Milwaukee. Antetokounmpo had just 15 points, ...

Ohio State tops Washington 28-23 in Urban Meyer’s Rose Bowl finale

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Dwayne Haskins passed for 251 yards and three touchdowns, and Urban Meyer finished his coaching career at Ohio State with a 28-23 victory after the Buckeyes held off Washington's thrilling fourth-quarter comeback in the 105th Rose Bowl on Tuesday. Parris Campbell, ...

Lions not renewing offensive coordinator Cooter’s contract

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions are not renewing offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter’s contract. The Lions announced their decision Tuesday, two days after finishing 6-10 in coach Matt Patricia’s first season at the helm. Cooter was a holdover from Jim Caldwell’s staff, but ...

Pastrnak, Bruins beat Blackhawks 4-2 in Winter Classic

By Jay Cohen AP Sports Writer SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — David Pastrnak had a goal and an assist, Tuukka Rask made 36 saves and the Boston Bruins beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 on Tuesday in the Winter Classic at Notre Dame. Patrice Bergeron, Sean Kuraly and Brad Marchand also scored as ...

Thomas, Froome target Tour de France in 2019

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome, the current and former Tour de France champions, are planning to compete in the 2019 edition of the race in what could be Team Sky's final bid for cycling's biggest prize. Froome will not defend his Giro d'Italia title as targets a ...

US beats Finland 4-1 in world junior hockey

VICTORIA, British Columbia (AP) — Northeastern's Tyler Madden scored twice and Jason Robertson had a goal and an assist as the United States closed out the preliminary round of the world junior hockey championship Monday night with a 4-1 win over Finland. The Americans finished second in ...

TOP 25 THIS WEEK: League play offers tests in ACC, Big Ten

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — It's time to find out just how well the nonconference schedule has prepared AP Top 25 teams for the rigors of league play. Four of the power conferences — the Atlantic Coast, the Southeastern, the Big 12 and Pac-12 conferences — ...

Dabo Swinney fulfills promise with Clemson’s best decade

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer Dabo Swinney had no doubt Clemson was headed in the right direction to be a national power again. He just wasn't sure he would be around to be part of it after the 2010 regular season ended with a three-touchdown home loss to an instate rival. When Swinney ...

Curry’s 34 points help Warriors scorch Suns, 132-109

By JOSE M. ROMERO, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — The Golden State Warriors needed until midway through the second quarter to find their rhythm against the West's last-place team. Once they did, the NBA champions rolled to victory again. Stephen Curry scored 34 points and Kevin Durant ...