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Coffey scores 21 to lead Minnesota past No. 22 Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Minnesota coach Richard Pitino dared No. 22 Wisconsin to beat the Golden Gophers from the 3-point arc and the free throw line. The Badgers weren't up to the challenge. Amir Coffey scored 21 points and Minnesota put Wisconsin in an early hole before holding off a furious ...

Arizona opens Pac-12 play with 64-56 win over Colorado

By JACK MAGRUDER, Associated Press TUSCON, Ariz. (AP) — Freshman Brandon Williams started at a new position Thursday, and he made it look old hat. Williams had 14 points and six assists while opening at point guard in place of injured regular Justin Coleman, helping to lead Arizona to 64-56 ...

Ovechkin scores 30th goal but Blues rally past Capitals 5-2

By JOE HARRIS, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Robert Bortuzzo got mad for the St. Louis Blues, and teammate Oskar Sundqvist got even with the Washington Capitals. Alex Ovechkin scored his 30th goal of the season but the Blues came back to beat the Capitals 5-2 on Thursday night after ...

No. 2 Michigan returns to Big 10 play to beat Penn State

By The Associated Press ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Iggy Brazdeikis had 16 points and 11 rebounds and No. 2 Michigan returned to Big Ten play with a 68-55 victory over Penn State on Thursday night. The Wolverines (14-0, 3-0) weren't always that dominant while playing lesser competition in ...

No. 2 Notre Dame women rout Pittsburgh 100-44

By The Associated Press WACO, Texas (AP) — Kalani Brown had 20 points and 17 rebounds and No. 8 Baylor beat a top-ranked team for the first time, topping UConn 68-57 on Thursday night to hand the Huskies their first regular-season loss in more than four years. The Huskies (11-1) hadn't lost ...

Column: Expand playoff to get the guess work out of the game

By RALPH D. RUSSSO, AP College Football Writer The satisfying simplicity of sports is in the definitive result. A game is played. There is a winner and a loser and the winner gets a reward. Often that reward is to just keep playing. Those are the rules from the schoolyard to stadiums. It is ...

Tickets for CFP title game available for cheap

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Qualifying for the college football championship game never has been harder for teams other than Alabama and Clemson. Getting into the stadium to watch the Crimson Tide and Tigers play for the title for the third time in four years ...

No. 6 Nevada romps past Utah State 72-49 to remain unbeaten

By EMERSON MARCUS, Associated Press RENO, Nev. (AP) — The last time Nevada won its first 14 games in a season, the Wolf Pack played in the Far Western Conference and Harry S. Truman was president. Jordan Caroline scored 15 points and No. 6 Nevada matched a school record set in 1951-52 by ...

No. 5 Kansas to visit Iowa State in Big 12’s opening weekend

By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer A look at the upcoming week around the Big 12 Conference. GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 5 Kansas at Iowa State. The Jayhawks are the heavy favorites to win the league for a mind-boggling 15th year in a row. But the Cyclones might be the Big 12's biggest sleeper. ...

No. 8 Spartans take 7-game win streak into No. 14 Ohio St.

By ERIC OLSON, AP Sports Writer A look at the upcoming week around the Big Ten Conference: GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 8 Michigan State at No. 14 Ohio State. The Spartans (12-2, 3-0) have won seven in a row after beating Northwestern on Wednesday night. Coach Tom Izzo has a veteran club and team ...

Paul George gets 37 amid boos in OKC’s 107-100 win at Lakers

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paul George got booed last season in Indianapolis because he left. He got booed by Lakers fans on Wednesday night because he never arrived. The Oklahoma City star learned from the first experience and translated it into a performance that ...

No. 5 Kansas beats No. 23 Oklahoma 70-63 to improve to 12-1

By The Associated Press LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Dedric Lawson had 13 points and 15 rebounds, Kansas' young backcourt made enough crucial plays when it mattered, and the No. 5 Jayhawks held off No. 23 Oklahoma 70-63 on Wednesday night in the Big 12 opener for both teams. Devon Dotson added 16 ...

Embiid scores 42 points, 76ers hold off Suns 132-127

By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers were ready to go home from their trip west a little too early, and it almost cost them. Joel Embiid, playing despite a sore left knee, matched his season high with 42 points, 30 in the first half, and grabbed 18 rebounds ...

Matt Murray makes 28 saves, Penguins rout Rangers 7-2

By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Murray stopped 28 shots to keep up his strong play since returning from an injury, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Rangers 7-2 on Wednesday night for their season-high seventh straight victory. Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jake ...

Lopez has 25, Giannis monster dunk as Bucks beat Pistons

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brook Lopez had 25 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo threw down a spectacular one-handed dunk and the Milwaukee Bucks cruised past the Detroit Pistons 121-98 on Tuesday night. Khris Middleton had 22 points and Eric Bledsoe had 18 for Milwaukee. Antetokounmpo had just 15 points, ...

Ohio State tops Washington 28-23 in Urban Meyer’s Rose Bowl finale

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Dwayne Haskins passed for 251 yards and three touchdowns, and Urban Meyer finished his coaching career at Ohio State with a 28-23 victory after the Buckeyes held off Washington's thrilling fourth-quarter comeback in the 105th Rose Bowl on Tuesday. Parris Campbell, ...

Lions not renewing offensive coordinator Cooter’s contract

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions are not renewing offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter’s contract. The Lions announced their decision Tuesday, two days after finishing 6-10 in coach Matt Patricia’s first season at the helm. Cooter was a holdover from Jim Caldwell’s staff, but ...

Pastrnak, Bruins beat Blackhawks 4-2 in Winter Classic

By Jay Cohen AP Sports Writer SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — David Pastrnak had a goal and an assist, Tuukka Rask made 36 saves and the Boston Bruins beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 on Tuesday in the Winter Classic at Notre Dame. Patrice Bergeron, Sean Kuraly and Brad Marchand also scored as ...

Thomas, Froome target Tour de France in 2019

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome, the current and former Tour de France champions, are planning to compete in the 2019 edition of the race in what could be Team Sky's final bid for cycling's biggest prize. Froome will not defend his Giro d'Italia title as targets a ...

US beats Finland 4-1 in world junior hockey

VICTORIA, British Columbia (AP) — Northeastern's Tyler Madden scored twice and Jason Robertson had a goal and an assist as the United States closed out the preliminary round of the world junior hockey championship Monday night with a 4-1 win over Finland. The Americans finished second in ...