National Sports

Kyler, Tua and ‘Generation Z’ QBs take over college football

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Trent Dilfer has been head coach for the national high school quarterback competition known as Elite 11 since 2011, and even in that short period of time the quality of players coming through the program has drastically improved. "We've always had ...

Tomlin trying to keep reeling Steelers focused despite odds

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin isn't going to complain about the officiating. Or lament the turnovers and missed opportunities over the last month that have the Pittsburgh Steelers on the outside of the playoffs looking in heading into Week 17. The longtime head coach doesn't see the point in ...

Top to bottom, 1st-round QBs impacted NFL along with others

By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Pro Football Writer From Baker Mayfield at the top of the first round to Lamar Jackson at the bottom, rookie quarterbacks had an impact, one way or another, in their NFL debuts. And don't forget some of the players, at some of the other positions, in between. The ...

From bunkers and behind trees, memorable shots from 2018

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer Tiger Woods hit a shot he thought would lead to his 15th major. Keegan Bradley made a putt he thought would be worth a trip to the Tour Championship. Just about every player has one shot that stands out above the rest in 2018. "For how I viewed it at the time ...

The half-dozen times sports made you smile in 2018

By JIM LITKE, AP Sports Writer Sports contributed plenty of the same old agita this year — bad bets, empty boasts, taunts, tiffs and scuffles, plus the occasional riot — but its fair share of wry smiles, too. There were courageous losers, random acts of kindness and a handful of wins ...

USA Hockey’s deal with top women help them play for career

By LARRY LAGE, AP Hockey Writer PLYMOUTH, Mich. (AP) — Kelly Pannek is on pace to graduate from the University of Minnesota in the spring with a finance degree. With two internships in wealth management also on her resume, she is a prime candidate to get hired in the business world. The ...

No. 18 Arizona State knocks off top-ranked Kansas 80-76

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Basketball Writer TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Zylan Cheatham bounded down the hallway inside Wells Fargo Arena, half skipping, half jumping as he high-fived family, friends, anyone he could reach. "Let's go! Let's go! Let's gooooo!" the Arizona State forward shouted. Let it be ...

Smith leads Louisiana Tech past Hawaii 31-14 in Hawaii Bowl

By KALANI TAKASE, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — Skip Holtz felt the need to refocus his players after they spent the better part of a week in paradise. The sixth-year Louisiana Tech coach dressed down his team one night before the bowl game and it certainly appeared to pay off. J'Mar ...

No. 22 Army routs Houston 70-14 in Armed Forces Bowl

By The Associated Press FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Army quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr. ran for 170 yards and an Armed Forces Bowl-record five touchdowns and the No. 22 Black Knights overwhelmed Houston 70-14 on Saturday to reach 11 wins for the first time in program history. The Black Knights ...

Rivers, Chargers’ offense sputter against Ravens

By DAN GREENSPAN, Associated Press CARSON, Calif. (AP) — The tables were turned on Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers' offense. Instead of controlling the clock, avoiding mistakes and putting the pressure on the Baltimore Ravens' run-heavy offense and rookie quarterback Lamar ...

George has 43 and 14 as Thunder hold off Jazz, 107-106

By MATTHEW COLES, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Paul George hasn't stopped thinking about last season's playoff exit against the Utah Jazz. "I've owed this to this team. I didn't like the way I finished in this arena last time I was here. That was on my mind," said George, who had ...

Durant scores 29 points, Warriors hold off Mavericks 120-116

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — On this night, Jonas Jerebko ignited the home crowd much the way Stephen Curry typically does when the two-time MVP throws his arms in the air begging for a little help and noise. And Draymond Green got back to his trash-talking ...

Martin scores 19, hits late 3 as No. 6 Nevada beats Akron

By EMERSON MARCUS, Associated Press RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada ought to have plenty to celebrate this Christmas, but coach Eric Musselman is bringing a sour mood into the holiday. Caleb Martin and Jordan Caroline scored 19 points apiece, and Martin hit a 3-pointer with 45 seconds left to help ...

Jermall Charlo keeps title, twin Jermell loses his

By BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Jermall Charlo had every reason to be distracted when he entered the ring to defend his WBC interim middleweight championship. Minutes before his bout with Matt Korobov, Jermall's twin, Jermell, lost a unanimous decision to Tony Harrison, ...

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 ...