National Sports

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 ...

Broncos’ Lindsay becomes 1st undrafted offensive Pro Bowler

By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Snubbed from the combine and in the 2018 draft, Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay is the first undrafted offensive player in NFL history to make the Pro Bowl as a rookie. "I am so blessed ... It is a tremendous ...

Ward makes 30 saves as Blackhawks beat Predators 2-1

By JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Cam Ward gave the Chicago Blackhawks exactly what they needed in the wake of another concussion for Corey Crawford. He went back to work. Ward made 30 saves Tuesday night, leading the Blackhawks to a 2-1 victory over the Nashville ...

Lawson, Moore and No. 1 Kansas top overmatched South Dakota

By The Associated Press LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Dedric Lawson had 16 points and 14 rebounds, Charlie Moore made six 3-pointers en route to 18 points, and top-ranked Kansas pulled away in the second half for an 89-53 victory over plucky but overmatched South Dakota on Tuesday night. Freshman ...

Clarke, Hachimura lead No. 8 Gonzaga over UT-Arlington 89-55

By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gonzaga's rebounding was poor in a loss at No. 9 North Carolina last weekend, and Brandon Clarke said the No. 8 Bulldogs were determined to improve. Clarke had 17 points and 13 rebounds, Rui Hachimura added 20 points and 11 ...

No. 15 Buckeyes overcome slow start, rout Youngstown State

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State's first half against mid-major Youngstown State was a train wreck. But then the No. 15 Buckeyes managed to get back on track with their game plan — primarily getting the ball inside to Kaleb Wesson. The 6-foot-9 sophomore ...

NFL ICYMI: As of now, Brady, Patriots not what they’ve been

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Pro Football Writer Tom Brady scrambled and heaved up a wobbly pass off his back foot, the sort of thing a less-experienced, less-accomplished and, well, less-cool QB might do. The ball was picked off, and the New England Patriots were on their way to a second ...