National Sports

Penn ends No. 17 Villanova’s city supremacy in 78-75 win

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Phil Booth took the potential tying shot with hands that have slipped on two Villanova national championship rings, and a tick of the clock suddenly seemed endless. "The ball seemed like it was up there for way too long," Penn forward AJ ...

AP source: McCutchen, Phillies agree to $50M, 3-year deal

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — All-Star outfielder Andrew McCutchen and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a $50 million, three-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity ...

Banged-up Nuggets sign veteran Nick Young

DENVER (AP) — The banged-up Denver Nuggets have signed veteran guard Nick Young under the injury hardship relief exception granted by the NBA. Young spent last season with Golden State, where he appeared in 80 games and averaged 7.3 points. He's also played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Los ...

4th Redskins QB starter of season prepped with ‘Madden NFL’

By Howard Fendrich Pro Football Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — This is what it's come to for the Washington Redskins: Their fourth quarterback of a once-promising, now-lost season, Josh Johnson, will be making his first NFL start since 2011 and spent time playing the "Madden NFL" video game to ...

Warriors named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of Year

By JOE REEDY, AP Sports Writer The three-time NBA champion Golden State Warriors are the fourth team to be honored as Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year . The Warriors join the 1980 U.S. hockey team, the 1999 U.S. Women's World Cup soccer squad and the 2004 Boston Red Sox as the ...

Boswell’s missed FG sends Steelers to 24-21 loss to Raiders

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Pro Football Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A Pittsburgh Steelers team that kept finding ways to win during a six-game winning streak now has fallen short at the end for a third straight game. A slick field that led to kicker Chris Boswell losing his footing on a potential ...

Column: Across USA, cheers. In New England, shocked silence

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer In viewing areas across America, from sports bars to living rooms, explosive cheers rang out. Throughout New England, shocked silence. Whether the way the Patriots-Dolphins game ended is worthy of being dubbed the South Beach Stunner or South Beach ...

NFL ICYMI: Good as Belichick is, Pats erred on Miami Miracle

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Pro Football Writer Bill Belichick is universally recognized as one of the best coaches — if not THE best coach — in NFL history, and he owns the Super Bowl titles to prove it. That doesn't mean he — or his entire New England Patriots staff — is ...

Baines surprised by Hall of Fame election

By BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Harold Baines answered the phone and learned he was a Hall of Famer. "Very shocked," he admitted. So were many others around the baseball world. In fact, in the hours after his selection by a Hall-picked panel was announced Sunday at the ...

Goff, Rams shut down by Bears in 15-6 loss

By JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Jared Goff was born in California and played his college ball for California before beginning his pro career in Southern California with the Los Angeles Rams. The Golden State kid looked a little lost in the Windy City. Harassed by Chicago's ...

Oklahoma’s Murray beats Alabama’s Tagovailoa for Heisman

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Kyler Murray waited three years to fulfill the five-star potential he brought to college football. With one shot to deliver, Murray replaced a Heisman Trophy winner by becoming a Heisman Trophy winner. The Oklahoma quarterback ...

Mikaela Shiffrin wins World Cup parallel slalom event

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin won a World Cup event for the third time in eight days, beating Petra Vlhova in the head-to-head final of parallel slalom on Sunday. Shiffrin trailed midway down the course after clipping a gate, but led her Slovakian opponent through the final ...

Wade scores 25 points in his 1,000th game, Heat top Clippers

By DOUG PADILLA, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dwyane Wade showed he still has his scoring touch. Wade scored 25 points in his 1,000th career game, leading the Miami Heat to a 121-98 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night. The veteran guard was 8 for 21 from the ...

Holloway stops Ortega by TKO at UFC 231

TORONTO (AP) — Featherweight champion Max Holloway stopped top contender Brian Ortega by TKO at UFC 231 on Saturday night The fight was stopped by the doctor after four rounds. Ortega's left eye was almost closed, his face bloodied. The skills of Holloway, who was returning from an ...

Kylington gets 1st NHL goal, Flames beat Predators 5-2

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Despite a depleted lineup, the Calgary Flames showed their depth and kept their winning streak going. Oliver Kylington scored his first NHL goal and helped set up Garnet Hathaway's tiebreaking score as the Flames beat the Nashville Predators 5-2 Saturday night for ...

Lomachenko wins unanimous decision for 2nd lightweight belt

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Two down, two to go. Vasiliy Lomachenko is halfway to owning all the major lightweight titles after just two fights, and he's already eyeing the guy he'd need to beat to get the next one. "Of course I want two more belts and maybe we can ...

Lawson leads No. 2 Kansas past New Mexico State 63-60

By JORDAN WOLF, Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Dedric Lawson's second-half performance was invaluable for No. 2 Kansas. Lawson had 20 points and 10 rebounds and scored Kansas' final 14 points as the undefeated Jayhawks got past New Mexico State 63-60 in the Jayhawk Shootout on ...

United captures MLS Cup for Atlanta’s 1st title since ’95

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — The players bounced up and down on a hastily erected stage in the middle of the field, confetti falling all around as they hoisted the championship trophy. It's a familiar scene at the end of any season. Only this time, a team from Atlanta ...

Brown nets 23, Celtics race past Bulls 133-77

By MATT CARLSON, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — The Boston Celtics turned in a record-setting performance in their steady climb in the Eastern Conference. Jaylen Brown scored 23 points off the bench, Daniel Theis added a career-high 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and the Celtics routed ...

Dzingel scores in overtime, Senators beat Penguins 2-1

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The Ottawa Senators were ready for their 4-on-3 power play in overtime against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Ryan Dzingel scored with the man advantage at 1:20 of overtime after the Penguins were called for too many men on the ice in Ottawa's 2-1 victory Saturday ...