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Blaine Gabbert keeps Titans’ hopes alive, beating Redskins

By The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Blaine Gabbert threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to MyCole Pruitt with 4:30 left and the Tennessee Titans kept their playoff hopes alive by rallying to beat the Washington Redskins 25-16 on Saturday. Gabbert came off the bench for the third time ...

No. 4 Michigan stays unbeaten, routs Air Force 71-50

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Air Force came out against No. 4 Michigan in what looked like a zone defense. For a few minutes, it was working. "I think it took a while for our guys just to look at the defense and figure out what it was — even the coaches. They ...

Clemson has edge in playoff experience over Notre Dame

By PETE IACOBELLI, AP Sports Writer CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Amari Rodgers was a freshman trying to fit into Clemson's plans a year ago when the Tigers opened practice for the College Football Playoff. He didn't have to go far to have any questions answered. "Last year, it was my first time, so ...

Alabama fans embrace Jalen Hurts from field to stage

By JOHN ZENOR, AP Sports Writer TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — They cheered Jalen Hurts as he picked up his diploma, and applauded his every big play this season. Sometimes, Alabama fans gave the backup quarterback a nice hand for even stepping on the field — especially for his fifth game, which ...

Bears, Texans give last-place teams hope for 2019

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer There's hope in 2019 for the Jaguars, Raiders, Giants and other teams who will finish last in the division this year. The Chicago Bears (10-4) already won the NFC North to complete a worst-to-first turnaround, and the Houston Texans (10-4) are on the ...

George scores 43, Westbrook has triple-double in Thunder win

By ROB GLOSTER, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan thought his team spent too much time shooting 3-pointers in two losses earlier this season to the Sacramento Kings. But on Wednesday night, the Thunder focused on their inside game and came away with ...

Lillard scores 24, Blazers down the Grizzlies 99-92

By ANNE M. PETERSON, AP Sports Writer PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Trail Blazers' bench is proving to be difficult to stop when all five players come together. Portland's reserves were key in the team's 99-92 victory over the Grizzlies on Wednesday night, outscoring the Memphis bench ...

Ingles, Gobert help Jazz edge Warriors 108-103

By JOHN COON, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Playing strong defense has typically proven to be a winning formula for Utah. Getting to that point has taken more turns and detours than the Jazz anticipated this season. Beating the defending NBA champions offers evidence that Utah is ...

Ohio wins Frisco Bowl for Solich, oldest head coach in FBS

By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Sports Writer FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Ohio running back A.J. Ouellette doesn't think of Frank Solich as the oldest head coach in FBS. He sees him as the guy who stuck around a smaller program long enough to run it for going on 15 years. Ouellette gave Solich and the ...

Penguins end Capitals’ five-game win streak with 2-1 victory

By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The calendar said December. The intensity felt like late spring. The third meeting this season between longtime rivals Pittsburgh and Washington featured tight checking, strong goaltending and more than a few punches. The Penguins won ...

Collier helps No. 1 UConn women rally past Oklahoma, 72-63

By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Connecticut fell behind Oklahoma by 12 points in the second half, and Huskies coach Geno Auriemma couldn't have been happier. The challenge, he believes, snapped his players back into reality. Napheesa Collier had 23 points and a ...

Booker, Ayton carry Suns past Celtics for 4th straight win

By KEN POWTAK, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — It appears the Phoenix Suns have finally figured things out. Devin Booker had 25 points and eight assists, and rookie Deandre Ayton added 23 points and 18 rebounds to lead the suddenly resurgent Suns past the Boston Celtics 111-103 on Wednesday ...

MLB, union, Cuba reach deal for players to sign

By Michael Weissenstein and Ronald Blum Associated Press HAVANA (AP) — Major League Baseball, its players’ association and the Cuban Baseball Federation reached an agreement that will allow players from the island to sign big league contracts without defecting, an effort to eliminate ...

Irish line readies for nasty Clemson defensive front

By JOHN FINERAN, Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Ask Notre Dame center Sam Mustipher a question and you will get a straight answer. So what does he think of the defensive front four the Fighting Irish will face Dec. 29 at the Cotton Bowl in the playoff semifinal against ...

Early signing period opens with Alabama primed for top class

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer The second year of college football's early signing period promises to be busy, with most teams expected to lock up the bulk of their 2019 classes and Alabama working on another recruiting championship. Last season was the first with an early ...

Blues break tie on replay review in 3rd and beat Oilers 4-1

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — A long look at a close call helped the St. Louis Blues take two points Tuesday night and left the Edmonton Oilers scratching their heads. Pat Maroon was credited with the tiebreaking goal following a replay review early in the third period, and St. Louis went on to a ...

No. 7 Oregon Ducks down No. 4 Mississippi State 82-74

By ANNE M. PETERSON, AP Sports Writer EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon coach Kelly Graves chided guard Sabrina Ionescu following No. 7 Oregon's win over No. 4 Mississippi State as she rested her head in her hand while addressing the media. "I'm tired!" Ionescu protested with a smile. She'd ...

Da Silva scores 23 points in Stanford’s win over Spartans

By RICK EYMER, Associated Press STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Oscar Da Silva felt comfortable shooting the ball and he responded with a career night. Da Silva scored 23 points to go with 10 rebounds, KZ Okpala added 25 points and Stanford beat San Jose State 78-73 on Tuesday night. "Most of my ...

Russell helps Nets hold off Lakers for 6-game winning streak

By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — D'Angelo Russell had 22 points and a career high-tying 13 assists against his former team, and the Brooklyn Nets ran the NBA's longest winning streak to six games by beating the Los Angeles Lakers 115-110 on Tuesday night. Joe Harris added 19 points ...

No. 14 Buffalo beats Syracuse 71-59 to stay unbeaten

By JOHN KEKIS, AP Sports Writer SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — All Buffalo coach Nate Oats had to do was pull out the tape from last year's game at Syracuse. His rising Bulls did the rest. CJ Massinburg scored 25 points, Jeremy Harris added 18, and No. 14 Buffalo rallied past the Orange 71-59 on ...