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Cards, Pack, Bucs, Pats, Chiefs still top 5 in AP Pro32 poll

NEW YORK (AP) — Sometimes, it's lonely at the top. Except for the latest AP Pro32 poll. The top five teams are all quite familiar with each other as they remain unchanged from last week. The Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots and Kansas City ...

Pitt offensive coordinator Mark Whipple resigns

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Mark Whipple has resigned after three seasons. The team made the announcement on Tuesday, a day after Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett was named one of the four finalists for the Heisman Trophy. Whipple spent three seasons with the Panthers ...

James Madison gets 1st win in 12 tries against Virginia

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — Takal Molson made a go-ahead basket with 1:10 remaining and James Madison held off Virginia 52-49 on Tuesday night for its first win against the Cavaliers in 12 attempts. Molson spun in the lane and hit an off-balance shot with 22.1 seconds left for a three-point ...

Toronto’s Spezza suspended 6 games for kneeing Jets’ Pionk

NEW YORK (AP) — Toronto Maple Leafs forward Jason Spezza was suspended for six games without pay by the NHL on Tuesday for kneeing Winnipeg Jets defenseman Neal Pionk. In the third period of Sunday's game between the Jets and Maple Leafs, Pionk had a knee-on-knee hit on Toronto's Rasmus ...

Tshiebwe scores 23, No. 10 Kentucky beats Southern 76-64

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Oscar Tshiebwe scored 18 of his 23 points after halftime despite being in foul trouble, TyTy Washington Jr. added 14 points and both Wildcats keyed small runs to help No. 10 Kentucky top Southern 76-64 on Tuesday night for its seventh consecutive victory. Jayden Saddler ...

Undefeated Gophers getting along just fine under Ben Johnson

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The takeover of any major college basketball program is already a big job, and Ben Johnson's start at Minnesota was tasked with the most basic need. Players. Only two Gophers decided to return from the previous season, the perfect storm of roster turnover created by the ...

All aboard: Steeler newcomers scramble to catch moving train

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Keith Butler doesn't have time to keep all the unfamiliar faces straight in the middle of the season, so he doesn't even really try. At least initially. It's why the longtime Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator offers the same bit of advice to any fresh-faced newbie ...

Texas Tech, Shannon topples No. 13 Tennessee in OT

NEW YORK (AP) — Terrence Shannon, Jr. had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Texas Tech continued its run of Jimmy V Classic upsets in an offensively anemic 57-52 overtime win over No. 13 Tennessee on Tuesday night. Texas Tech (7-1) might want to petition to play in the Jimmy V Classic every ...

Cristobal arrives at Miami, says it’s ‘time to go to work’

Mario Cristobal scrawled notes in pencil on a yellow legal pad during the private flight that brought him to Miami. He carried the pad into the Hurricanes' football building Tuesday, his first full day as the program's head coach. The list of things he'd jotted down wasn't short. "It's time ...

Frenzy Part II? What to expect when MLB roster freeze lifts

The ink was hardly dry on Corey Seager's $325 million, 10-year contract with the Texas Rangers last week when baseball's historically hurried free agency period crashed to a halt. Hard to imagine anything competing with last Wednesday's spending spree, when teams combined to commit a record ...

UConn’s Bueckers suffered fracture, may miss up to 2 months

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn star Paige Bueckers suffered a fracture just below her left knee and will be sidelined for up to two months, the school said Tuesday. Last season's women's college basketball player of the year was dribbling up the court with under 40 seconds left in Sunday's 73-54 ...

Weekend practice sessions for Tiger fuel talk about return

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Tiger Woods kept everyone guessing at the Hero World Challenge with weekend range sessions that got as much attention as the two eagles Viktor Hovland made in his comeback victory. What's next? Only he knows. It started two weeks ago with a three-second video of one ...

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 ...