National Sports

No. 2 Kansas faces No. 4 Kentucky in marquee game this week

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Basketball Writer Kansas has been the hottest team in the country, reeling off 18 straight wins since its season-opening loss to Indiana. The Jayhawks are up to No. 2 in the AP Top 25 and have positioned themselves for a 13th straight Big 12 title. Next up is one of the ...

Confident Vandeweghe on strong run at Australian Open

By JUSTIN BERGMAN, Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — On the court, CoCo Vandeweghe is all bluster and bravado, an all-or-nothing ball striker with a booming forehand who compares herself to a freight train and shrugs (literally) when she upsets the top player in the ...

Overreactions: There’s no stopping Matt Ryan and the Falcons

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer There's no stopping Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons. After piling up 540 points in the regular season, the NFL's highest-scoring offense has been even better in the playoffs. The Falcons scored 36 points against Seattle last week and 44 more against ...

Balanced No. 3 Gonzaga defeats Portland 83-64

By ANNE M. PETERSON, AP Sports Writer PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An undefeated season, 20 consecutive victories and that No. 3 ranking aside, the Gonzaga Bulldogs think they can be better. Zach Collins had 13 points and Gonzaga remained the nation's only undefeated Division I team with an 83-64 ...

Roddick came up short at majors, but proud of longevity

By JUSTIN BERGMAN, Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Andy Roddick won the U.S. Open, reached the final of Wimbledon three times and was a fixture in the top 10 for much of his career. Still, he didn't think his induction in the International Tennis Hall of Fame was a sure ...

105-game losing streak weighs down Russian hockey team

By TATYANA TITOVA, Associated Press KURGANOVO, Russia (AP) — It's been 105 games and more than three years since one Russian women's pro hockey team last won, and its whole season is a struggle to stay positive. "We're totally screwed," goalie coach Irina Votintseva said after a 5-1 loss on ...

Villanova, Kansas stay 1-2 in AP Top 25, Gonzaga up to 3rd

By JIM O'CONNELL, AP Basketball Writer Villanova and Kansas remain the top two teams in The Associated Press college basketball poll while Gonzaga moved up to third. The Wildcats (19-1) beat Seton Hall and Providence last week and received 35 first-place votes from the 65-member national ...

Belichick, Brady help Patriots to record 9th Super Bowl trip

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Pro Football Writer Bill Belichick has done something neither Chuck Noll, Tom Landry nor Bill Walsh ever managed. Same for Tom Brady, besting the likes of Terry Bradshaw, Roger Staubach and Joe Montana. Together, Belichick and Brady have put themselves into a record ...

Falcons head to Super Bowl after blowing out Packers 44-21

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — While the raucous beats of "Welcome To Atlanta" blared through the Georgia Dome, the Falcons partied like it was 1999. How appropriate. That was the last time they made it to the Super Bowl. Matt Ryan and Julio Jones teamed up for another ...

Are you ready for some better football? Hopefully in Houston

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — There's this football game planned for Feb. 5 in Houston. Let's hope it turns out much better than most of the postseason matchups the NFL has provided this year. To say Sunday's championship games were duds is being kind. ...

Williams relies on Plan B to reaches Australian Open QFs

By JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — With her serve misfiring and the ball coming back at her from some irregular angles, it was time for Serena Williams to go to Plan B. Williams knuckled down and just scrapped her way to a 7-5, 6-4 win over No. 16-seeded Barbora ...

Atkinson’s 2nd goal lifts Blue Jackets past Senators in OT

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Cam Atkinson made the right read, and it paid off with the winning goal. Atkinson's second goal of the game at 1:09 of overtime gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 7-6 win over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night. The 27-year-old winger found himself on a breakaway after ...

All-Star party could be over for Carmelo, Wade

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer Dwyane Wade hasn't had to often rely on Eastern Conference coaches. Carmelo Anthony never has. Now the coaches could be the only way the two veterans participate in the All-Star Game. Neither was voted a starter and both face tough odds to get picked as ...

Durability of NFL’s final 4 QBs vital to Super Bowl run

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The numbers are staggering. Over 182,000 yards passing (more than 103 miles worth), nearly 1,300 touchdowns and seven championships, with an eighth guaranteed for whoever parties in the confetti in Houston next month. Yet the numbers that ...

Gut remains perfect in super-G; Vonn struggles in 9th

By ANDREW DAMPF, AP Sports Writer Defending overall World Cup champion Lara Gut extended her perfect run in super-G this season with a comfortable win Sunday while Lindsey Vonn struggled to a ninth-place finish. For her third straight super-G victory, Swiss skier Gut finished 0.67 seconds ...

Bryan brothers announce retirement from Davis Cup

By DENNIS PASSA, AP Sports Writer MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Bob and Mike Bryan are retiring from Davis Cup play after 14 years representing the United States. The 38-year-old twin brothers made the announcement on their Instagram account, saying that clinching the 2007 Davis Cup final was ...

Chen holds off 3-time champ Wagner to win US championship

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Karen Chen probably didn't see Ashley Wagner giving her a curt nod from the ice, not with her face buried in her hands after another memorable performance at the U.S. figure skating championships. The three-time champion was focused ...

Canadian Adam Hadwin shoots 13-under 59 in CareerBuilder

By JOHN NICHOLSON, AP Sports Writer LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — The temperature barely climbed into the 60s on a spectacular, clear afternoon in the desert after two rainy days. Adam Hadwin stopped counting at 59 — 13-under 59, that is. The 29-year-old Canadian shot the ninth sub-60 round in ...

Lakers’ Russell out 1-2 weeks with knee sprain, calf strain

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell will be sidelined for one to two weeks with a mildly sprained right knee and a strained right calf. The Lakers announced the diagnosis on Saturday night after their point guard had an MRI exam. He will be re-evaluated in one week. Russell was ...

Rick Hendrick rises from tobacco farmer to Hall of Famer

By JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Rick Hendrick, owner of the most successful organization in NASCAR, grew up on a Virginia tobacco farm knowing that wasn't the life he wanted. He took chance after chance chasing a NASCAR career, came close to folding his team ...