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Tomlin: Rudolph is Steelers’ top backup QB heading into 2020

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers' 2019 season was defined by chaos at quarterback. Coach Mike Tomlin is eyeing a return to normalcy in 2020. Tomlin said Tuesday the team expects veteran Ben Roethlisberger to return next season after missing all but six quarters of Pittsburgh's ...

Gillespie leads No. 10 Nova past Xavier in Big East opener

By Aaron Bracy Associated Press VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Villanova coach Jay Wright leaned on Collin Gillespie in crunch time, and the sophomore guard delivered. Gillespie scored 16 of his game-high 24 points in the second half to lead No. 10 Villanova to a 68-62 victory over Xavier on ...

Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor rushes into elite company

By Dan Greenspan Associated Press PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — It is no longer a question of where Jonathan Taylor ranks among the greatest running backs to play at Wisconsin for assistant coach John Settle. To Settle, Taylor has put himself alongside the best ever to play college ...

Oregon QB Herbert caps stellar career in his 1st Rose Bowl

By Greg Beacham AP Sports Writer PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Justin Herbert wasn't dreaming of roses when he decided to return for his senior season at Oregon. The star quarterback had plenty of reasons for postponing his opportunity to be a probable first-round pick in the NFL draft. The ...

Pats to play in wild-card game, 49ers get NFC’s No. 1 seed

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Brady and the New England Patriots will be playing in the postseason a week earlier than usual this year. The defending Super Bowl champs open the playoffs during wild-card weekend for the first time since 2009 after they lost ...

Can playoffs be as unpredictable as end of regular season?

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer If you predicted when December began that the Patriots would be playing in the wild-card round, take a bow. If you said back then the Eagles would win the NFC East, particularly after a loss at Miami and a string of injuries that would send most teams ...

LeBron reaches assist milestone as Lakers beat Mavericks

By JOE REEDY AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — On the night before his 35th birthday, LeBron James reached another milestone. James became the ninth player in NBA history with 9,000 assists during the Los Angeles Lakers' 108-95 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday. James — named ...

49ers take NFC West, No. 1 seed with 26-21 win over Seahawks

By TIM BOOTH AP Sports Writer SEATTLE (AP) — Richard Sherman once again wore the hat of a division champion as he walked out of the locker room in Seattle. Except this time there was a San Francisco logo beneath the words "NFC West champions." "It's a great feeling. It's a great feeling ...

Dolphins stun Pats; Chiefs top Chargers to grab bye in AFC

By The Associated Press FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Miami dropped defending Super Bowl champion New England into the wild-card playoff round when Ryan Fitzpatrick tossed a 5-yard touchdown pass to tight end Mike Gesicki with 24 seconds remaining for a stunning 27-24 victory Sunday. New ...

No. 22 West Virginia rallies, upsets No. 2 Ohio State 67-59

By The Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Miles McBride scored six of his season-high 21 points in the final 2:22 and No. 22 West Virginia rallied to beat No. 2 Ohio State 67-59 Sunday. The Mountaineers (11-1) trailed by nine late in the first half but went ahead for good at 55-54 on a ...