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No. 11 Virginia’s stellar defense beats Syracuse 48-34

By JOHN KEKIS AP Sports Writer SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Virginia picked up right where it left off in April — showcasing its Pack-Line defense in impressive fashion. Mamadi Diakite scored 12 points, Jay Huff added 11 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 11 Virginia shut down Syracuse 48-34 on ...

Alonso, Álvarez honored as top rookies by Baseball Digest

NEW YORK (AP) — Mets first baseman Pete Alonso and Houston Astros slugger Yordan Álvarez have been picked as this year's top rookies by Baseball Digest. Alonso was a unanimous choice in the National League, and Álvarez received six of seven first-place votes to take the AL honor. The other ...

No. 5 Penn St., No. 13 Minnesota set for clash of unbeatens

By ERIC OLSON AP College Football Writer What to watch in the Big Ten this week: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 5 Penn State at No. 13 Minnesota The Nittany Lions (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten, No. 4 CFP) and Gophers (8-0, 5-0, No. 17) play in what Minnesota coach PJ Fleck is calling one of the biggest games in ...

Hunt eligible to play for Browns after 8-game NFL suspension

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Kareem Hunt can play again after serving his eight-game NFL suspension. The Cleveland Browns running back, who fell from one of the NFL's rising young stars to a violent offender, will play this week against the Buffalo Bills. Hunt has ...

College Football Picks: Monster matchups to shake CFP race

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer The starting positions have been set for the College Football Playoff race. They will get an immediate makeover this weekend. For the first time in college football history, there will be two games matching teams that are at least 8-0 on the same ...

UConn to play exhibition against US national team on Jan. 27

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The UConn women's basketball team has announced it will play an exhibition in January against the U.S. women's national team. Coach Geno Auriemma says it's a great opportunity to play against some of the best in the world. The U.S. team is playing various exhibitions ...

Longtime backup Hoyer prepares for 1st start with Colts

By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Brian Hoyer bounced around the NFL for more than a decade. He's suited up for seven different franchises, made starts with five different teams and mastered the art of excelling as a longtime backup quarterback. The job requires picking ...

Strasburg, Soto share postseason MVP from New York writers

NEW YORK (AP) — Washington pitcher Stephen Strasburg and Nationals outfielder Juan Soto have been selected as joint winners of the Babe Ruth award as postseason MVP in voting by the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. They will be honored at the chapter's 97th ...

Chiefs enter another wait-and-see week with Mahomes

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs will continue to split first-team reps in practice between Patrick Mahomes and backup Matt Moore this week, leaving open the possibility the league's MVP could be back for Sunday's game at Tennessee. Mahomes has ...

Georgia vs Florida an elimination game for SEC East, playoff

By Mark Long AP Sports Writer JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The "Cocktail Party" has become an elimination game — and not just in the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division. No. 9 Georgia and No. 6 Florida will play for the second straight year with higher stakes than usual. The loser ...