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2 fired, 1 retired and 1 near miss on NFL’s ‘Black Monday’

By Eddie Pells AP National Writer The Lions and Bears showed their coaches the door. Bruce Arians of the Cardinals found it himself. And Vance Joseph of the Broncos remained gainfully employed despite enduring the sort of season that doesn’t go down well in Denver. What is traditionally ...

Miller’s OT goal lifts Rangers past Sabres in Winter Classic

NEW YORK (AP) — J.T. Miller scored a power-play goal 2:43 into overtime to lift the New York Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Monday in the NHL’s 10th Winter Classic at Citi Field. Paul Carey and Michael Grabner scored in the first period for the Rangers, who improved to ...

Arians announces retirement after 5 seasons in Arizona

By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Bruce Arians is retiring from coaching after five mostly successful and usually entertaining seasons as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. The 65-year-old two-time NFL Coach of the Year, known for his Kangol-style hats, colorful vocabulary ...

Bears fire coach John Fox after a 5-11 season

By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears fired John Fox on Monday after three losing seasons, ending one of the least successful coaching stints in team history. The dismissal came one day after the Bears lost at NFC North champion Minnesota to finish ...

Raiders fire coach Jack Del Rio after 6-10 season

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Pro Football Writer Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio was fired Sunday after his third year when the impressive turnaround job he engineered for his hometown team collapsed with a disappointing six-win season. Del Rio said owner Mark Davis told him after the team's ...

Stoch wins again to extend 4 Hills lead

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Defending champion Kamil Stoch won his second straight ski jumping World Cup to extend his lead in the Four Hills Tournament on Monday. The Pole soared 135.5 meters with his first jump and 139.5 meters on his second for a total of 283.4 points on the ...

WVU Up to 6th in Latest AP Top 25 Basketball Poll

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Basketball Writer Michigan State was passed by Villanova for the No. 1 ranking after Duke and Kansas lost three weeks ago. The Spartans were No. 3 at the time, but voters moved the fourth-ranked Wildcats to the top spot. Look who's No. 1 now. Michigan State (14-1) moved ...

Bills coach: Tests negative on LeSean McCoy’s ankle injury

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott says medical test results on LeSean McCoy's injured right ankle were negative, giving the running back a chance to play against Jacksonville in the AFC wild-card game on Sunday. McDermott would not ...

Hornibrook’s 4 TDs carry Badgers over Miami, 34-24 in Orange Bowl

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Alex Hornibrook threw four touchdown passes, three of them to Danny Davis, and No. 6 Wisconsin capped off the winningest season in school history by topping No. 11 Miami 34-24 in the Orange Bowl on Saturday night. Jonathan Taylor capped his record-setting freshman ...

No. 9 Penn State tops No. 12 Washington 35-28 in Fiesta Bowl

By The Associated Press GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Trace McSorley threw for 342 yards and two touchdowns, Saquon Barkley ran for two more scores and No. 9 Penn State outlasted No. 12 Washington 35-28 in the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday. Penn State (11-2), No. 9 in the final College Football ...

Butler’s 3-point barrage defeats No. 1 Villanova 101-93

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — No. 1 Villanova learned a tough lesson Saturday. The defense needs to improve dramatically if the Wildcats want to be the nation’s best team. Kelan Martin scored 24 points, Paul Jorgensen added a career-high 23 and Butler made 15 3-pointers in a 101-93 upset over one ...

No. 20 Northwestern beats Kentucky 24-23 in Music City Bowl

By The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Justin Jackson ran for 157 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 20 Northwestern held off Kentucky 24-23 on Friday in a Music City Bowl that might be remembered more for injuries, ejections and a wild finish. Both starting quarterbacks left in ...

Luck returns to Colts’ complex with ‘better’ shoulder

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck looks healthy and sounds confident. All he has to do now is prove he can still sling a football. After spending six weeks rehabbing his throwing shoulder in the Netherlands, the Colts’ quarterback returned to Indianapolis on Friday with a promising ...

Irving scores 26, Celts rally from 26 to beat Houston 99-98

BOSTON (AP) — Al Horford made a hook shot with 3.7 seconds left to give Boston its only lead of the game, and the Celtics rallied from a 26-point deficit to beat the Houston Rockets 99-98 on Thursday night. Kyrie Irving scored 26 and Jayson Tatum finished with 19 for the Celtics, while ...

Comebacks and surprises highlight best games of 2017

By Eddie Pells AP National Writer It began as The Year of the Comeback. In college football, where Clemson got the last laugh in a wild fourth quarter in which the lead changed hands three times. And in pro football, where the New England Patriots rallied from 25 points down to send the ...

Browns’ Joe Thomas still undecided on playing future

By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas says Cleveland’s coaching situation will have no bearing on his decision whether to keep playing. Thomas played in just seven games this season before tearing his left triceps on Oct. 22 and undergoing ...

Astros star Jose Altuve named AP Male Athlete of the Year

By Kristie Rieken AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve led the Houston Astros to their first World Series title with a win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in November and picked up the franchise’s first MVP trophy in more than two decades a couple of weeks later. And as his huge ...

US dominates Denmark to open world junior championship

By JONAH BRONSTEIN, Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Casey Mittelstadt got the United States off to a quick start in its title defense at the world junior hockey championship. Mittelstadt scored twice in the first period, Kieffer Bellows also had two goals and Joseph Woll made 17 saves ...

Warriors winning minus Curry; can they lose once he’s back?

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer Stephen Curry is sitting, the Warriors aren't really scoring, and yet Golden State is still winning. What happens when Curry and the offense come back? The defending champions went into the season as favorites to repeat, though Boston and Houston looked ...

Kansas State beats UCLA 35-17 in Cactus Bowl

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — Bill Snyder stood on a makeshift stage in the middle of a baseball stadium with a roof, a sparkling trophy at his side depicting a football sailing through cactus uprights. If this was the end of his storied coaching career at Kansas State, ...