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No. 24 NC State stuns NC 34-30 with 2 TDs in 26 seconds

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Too often for No. 24 N.C. State, rival North Carolina has proven to be the thorn in its side — crashing the party in otherwise successful seasons or, more recently, outright embarrassing the Wolfpack in blowouts. Friday night was shaping up to be more of the same, with ...

Franco signs $182-million, 11-year contract with Tampa Bay

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Wander Franco and the Tampa Bay Rays have finalized an $182 million, 11-year contract that includes a club option for the 2033 season. The shortstop's deal, which could be worth up to $223 million if the club option is exercised and incentives are reached, was ...

AP source: Mets add CF Marte with $78 million, 4-year deal

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets have bolstered their lineup with three free-agent deals, adding speedy center fielder Starling Marte to go along with Mark Canha and All-Star infielder Eduardo Escobar. Marte's four-year contract is worth $78 million, according to a person familiar with the ...

NHL postpones 2 Islanders games amid COVID-19 outbreak

The NHL has postponed two more games for coronavirus-related reasons, making it five so far this season. Upcoming New York Islanders games Sunday at the Rangers and Tuesday at the Philadelphia Flyers were postponed after additional members of the team went into the NHL's COVID-19 protocol on ...

No. 1 Georgia routs Georgia Tech 45-0, looks ahead to Bama

ATLANTA (AP) — Stetson Bennett helped No. 1 Georgia finish a perfect regular season, and then shifted his attention to Alabama. Bennett passed for 255 yards and four touchdowns, including two to tight end Brock Bowers, and No. 1 Georgia overwhelmed Georgia Tech 45-0 on Saturday. "It's a big ...

Mariners acquire All-Star 2B Adam Frazier from San Diego

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle's first big move of the offseason was completing a deal Jerry Dipoto tried to make last summer. The Mariners finally landed Adam Frazier on Saturday, acquiring the All-Star second baseman in a trade with the San Diego Padres. "We thought we were at the goal line to ...

No. 9 Baylor still has Big 12 title shot after win over Tech

WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor coach Dave Aranda was well aware of the Big 12 ramifications for his ninth-ranked Bears in the outcome of a game later in the evening. In many ways, that didn't really matter to him. Blake Shapen threw for 254 yards and two touchdowns in his first start, Abram Smith ...

76ers’ Joel Embiid returns after 9-game COVID-19 absence

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid returned Saturday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves after missing nine games because of COVID-19 protocols. The four-time All-Star hadn't played since Nov. 6, with the 76ers going 2-7 without him. Embiid is averaging 21.4 pints ...

AP Top 25 Takeaways Harbaugh’s breakthrough; Harsin’s miscue

Jim Harbaugh has always been a good coach. Now he's a good coach who has finally beaten Ohio State. No. 6 Michigan vanquished the Buckeyes on Saturday, ending a losing streak that has defined the program and its coach. The Wolverines were tougher and smarter, bludgeoning and confusing the ...

Kraken beat Panthers 4-1, deny Florida home-ice win record

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Chris Driedger was the winning goalie when Florida's home-ice winning streak started last season. The streak ended Saturday — and Driedger was the winning goalie again. Driedger made 33 saves against his former team, helping the Seattle Kraken defeat Florida 4-1 on ...