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Baylor, West Virginia surprise teams as Big 12 play begins

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Basketball Writer LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A look at the upcoming week around the Big 12 Conference. GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 16 West Virginia heads to Allen Fieldhouse to take on third-ranked Kansas on Saturday in what few had circled on the calendar just a few months ago. ...

No nostalgia for Brady as he enters latest postseason run

By KYLE HIGHTOWER AP Sports Writer FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady made one thing clear on Thursday: He isn't thinking about the past or the future this week as he prepares for the 17th postseason of his 20-year NFL career. "I'm not much for nostalgia," Brady said. "I'm just pretty ...

Yankees’ Germán suspended 81 games for domestic violence

By JAKE SEINER AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees pitcher Domingo Germán will miss the first 63 games of the 2020 season as part of an 81-game ban for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. The league announced the suspension Thursday. Germán has agreed not to ...

Top-seeded Ravens exhibited greatness after mediocre start

By DAVID GINSBURG AP Sports Writer OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens had just given up 30 points in the second half of a 40-25 loss at home to Cleveland that dropped their record to 2-2. As he gathered his players in the locker room, coach John Harbaugh was more disappointed than ...

Delpit caps unusual season for LSU with trip to title game

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Grant Delpit has had an unusual season. LSU's star safety switched positions early in the year to compensate for an injured teammate. Later in the season, he was the injured player and the Tigers' defense suffered from Delpit being limited by a ...

Browns vow to get coach hire ‘right,’ meet with McCarthy

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns owner Jimmy Haslam excused himself from a daylong interview with former Packers coach Mike McCarthy to once again explain why his franchise is in disarray. It's a nearly annual event in Cleveland — fire a coach, find a new one, ...

Remembering David Stern and some of his top accomplishments

By Tim Reynolds AP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — Nick Nurse has quite a few reasons to be thankful for David Stern. The coach of the NBA champion Toronto Raptors first encountered Stern around 20 years ago. Nurse, who was coaching in London, met Stern — then the NBA commissioner — ...

Herbert leads Oregon by Wisconsin in Rose Bowl

By Greg Beacham AP Sports Writer PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Justin Herbert scored his third rushing touchdown of the 106th Rose Bowl on a thrilling 30-yard run with 7:41 to play Wednesday night, and No. 7 Oregon held off No. 11 Wisconsin 28-27 to win its third straight trip to the Granddaddy ...

Stars rally to beat Preds 4-2 in Winter Classic at Cotton

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Stars interim coach Rick Bowness had just seen a very similar comeback by his team, though the surroundings for this one were drastically different. While pigs raced during timeouts next to the outdoor rink, which was built in the ...