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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 ...

TOP 25 THIS WEEK: League play offers tests in ACC, Big Ten

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — It's time to find out just how well the nonconference schedule has prepared AP Top 25 teams for the rigors of league play. Four of the power conferences — the Atlantic Coast, the Southeastern, the Big 12 and Pac-12 conferences — ...

Dabo Swinney fulfills promise with Clemson’s best decade

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer Dabo Swinney had no doubt Clemson was headed in the right direction to be a national power again. He just wasn't sure he would be around to be part of it after the 2010 regular season ended with a three-touchdown home loss to an instate rival. When Swinney ...

Curry’s 34 points help Warriors scorch Suns, 132-109

By JOSE M. ROMERO, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — The Golden State Warriors needed until midway through the second quarter to find their rhythm against the West's last-place team. Once they did, the NBA champions rolled to victory again. Stephen Curry scored 34 points and Kevin Durant ...

Northwestern defense stuns No. 20 Utah 31-20 in Holiday Bowl

By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — A cold, hard rain in normally warm, dry San Diego made the Northwestern Wildcats feel right at home, especially as they enjoyed a downpour of Utah turnovers in the Holiday Bowl. In a dizzying nine-minute stretch of the third quarter, the ...

Lawrence lights up Notre Dame, No. 2 Clemson cruises 30-3

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — When Clemson’s Dabo Swinney entrusted a team with championship aspirations to freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence in September, this is what the Tigers’ coach had in mind. Lawrence threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns and No. 2 Clemson beat No. 3 Notre Dame ...

WNBA crossroads: league looks to cut losses, hire president

By Doug Feinberg AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — As 2018 closes, the WNBA is at a crossroads. The play on the court has never been better, with Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird leading the Seattle Storm to a championship. Most of the playoff positions weren’t decided until the final ...

Blackwood picks up first NHL win, Devils beat Bruins

BOSTON (AP) — Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 40 shots for his first NHL victory, Blake Coleman scored twice and the New Jersey Devils beat the Boston Bruins 5-2 on Thursday night. Damon Severson scored 25 seconds into the game and Kyle Palmieri added his team-high 19th goal for the Devils, who ...