National Sports

Celtics rout Hawks 129-108 for 8th straight victory

BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving scored 24 points in three quarters and the Boston Celtics beat the Atlanta Hawks 129-108 on Friday night for their eighth straight victory. Irving also had five assists, five rebounds and four steals. He scored 12 points in the first quarter and helped Boston race ...

Business as usual in Champions League? Maybe not this season

By GRAHAM DUNBAR and STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports Writers The usual pretenders topped their groups. Nearly all of the top teams advanced. Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski are the leading scorers. Is it a case of business as usual in this Champions League? Maybe not. While there seems to be ...

Morton to Rays and a Tanner-for-Tanner trade at meetings

By BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — An All-Star starter to the relief-reliant Rays, a Tanner-for-Tanner trade and a Scott Boras sighting. Intrigue at the winter meetings, but not much impact. Not yet, anyway. Charlie Morton was the top name to switch teams Wednesday, joining ...

Kase gets 1st NHL hat trick as Ducks rally past Stars 6-3

By JOE REEDY, AP Sports Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ducks coach Randy Carlyle has called Ondrej Kase the "Energizer Bunny" of his team. Kase certainly had plenty of jump Wednesday night, rallying Anaheim to its seventh victory in eight games. The 23-year-old forward from the Czech ...

Gaudreau’s overtime goal rallies Flames past Flyers 6-5

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Johnny Gaudreau and the Calgary Flames showed off their resilience in another impressive win. Gaudreau scored 35 seconds into overtime, and the Flames rallied to beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-5 on Wednesday night. Calgary trailed 5-3 before Sean Monahan and Rasmus ...

Blackhawks end 8-game slide with 6-3 win over Penguins

By MATT CARLSON, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks finally got to celebrate Wednesday night. It had been a while. Jonathan Toews had a goal and two assists, and Chicago stopped an eight-game losing streak with a 6-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. "I think we ...

No. 11 Texas Tech routs Northwestern State 79-44

By The Associated Press LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Jarrett Culver scored 15 points, Tariq Owens had 14 points and eight rebounds and No. 11 Texas Tech ran out to a 43-point halftime lead in a 79-44 victory over Northwestern State on Wednesday night. The Red Raiders (9-0) matched their best start ...

Dinwiddie scores career-best 39, Nets top 76ers 127-124

By ROB MAADDI, AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Spencer Dinwiddie put on his best Stephen Curry impersonation. Dinwiddie scored a career-high 39 points off the bench and Allen Crabbe had 20 to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 127-124 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday ...

Irving scores Boston’s last 12 in 130-125 OT win at Wizards

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — To Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens, Kyrie Irving's pair of 3-pointers in the final 40 seconds of overtime — the first from in front of his team's bench; the second from straightaway, 31 feet out — were "amazing." To the man ...

Nosek’s goal in 3rd helps Golden Knights beat Islanders 3-2

By VIN A. CHERWOO, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Tomas Nosek jumped on a loose puck to help the Vegas Golden Knights' open their trip with a victory. Nosek scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period and the surging Golden Knights beat the New York Islanders 3-2 on Wednesday ...

McCutchen, Phillies finalize $50M, 3-year deal

LAS VEGAS (AP) — All-Star outfielder Andrew McCutchen and the Philadelphia Phillies finalized a back-loaded $50 million, three-year contract on Wednesday, a deal that includes a team option for 2022. McCutchen gets $10 million next season, $17 million in 2020 and $20 million in 2021. The ...

Amari Cooper’s impact on Cowboys immeasurable

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer Nobody is questioning Jerry Jones anymore about trading a first-round pick for Amari Cooper. The Cowboys are 5-1 since the 24-year-old wide receiver was acquired from Oakland for a 2019 selection that will likely be in the 20s. They're one win from ...

Oakland sues NFL, Raiders over move to Las Vegas

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The city of Oakland has filed a federal antitrust lawsuit trying to recover damages for the Raiders' upcoming move to Las Vegas. The suit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against the Raiders, the NFL and the other 31 clubs ...

Charlie Morton to Rays and a Tanner-for-Tanner trade at meetings

By Ben Walker AP Baseball Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — An All-Star starter to the relief-reliant Rays, a Tanner-for-Tanner trade and a Scott Boras sighting. Intrigue at the winter meetings, but not much impact. Not yet, anyway. Charlie Morton was the top name to switch teams Wednesday, ...

Chiefs seek 10th straight win vs Chargers, AFC West title

By Dave Skretta AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs are missing their star running back, likely without his backup and could have their top two wide receivers hobbled or shelved for their crucial AFC West showdown against the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday ...

Team Sky’s future in doubt after broadcaster pulls backing

By ROB HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LONDON (AP) — The future of the most successful cycling team of the last decade was put in doubt Wednesday when Sky announced its withdrawal from the sport following the European pay TV giant's takeover by American company Comcast. Team Sky, which had a rider ...

A look at the unbeaten and the winless in college basketball

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer Just more than a month after the season started, there are only nine unbeaten teams left in Division I men's college basketball. And it's a similar story at the other end of the spectrum: Only five teams have yet to win a game. Getting this far without a loss ...

Sorry, Seattle: NHL GMs learned from Vegas expansion draft

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer Hindsight is 43/35 for the Columbus Blue Jackets. That's how many goals and assists William Karlsson put up for the Vegas Golden Knights after the Blue Jackets let him go in the most recent NHL expansion draft. They also sent first- and second-round draft ...

Column: It’s time for the shift to go

By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Columnist LAS VEGAS (AP) — Ask baseball managers what they think about the dreaded shift, and most of them have the same answer. It's not a problem if the hitters don't make it one. "There's an easy way to combat that," Oakland's Bob Melvin said. "Just hit the ...

Forbes’ double-double fuels Spurs by Suns 111-86

By RAUL DOMINGUEZ, Associated Press SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Bryn Forbes was happy to finally earn the first double-double of his basketball career, and even happier that it came in another San Antonio Spurs victory grounded in defense. Forbes had a season-high 24 points and a career-best 11 ...