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Problems with goal-line technology system in French league

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has been informed of goal-line technology glitches during French league games, by the same system used at the 2014 World Cup. Soccer's governing body said on Tuesday it has yet to confirm whether GoalControl will be used in Russia at a second straight World Cup. FIFA's ...

ICYMI in NFL Week 15: 2 rules league could stand to change

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Pro Football Writer Well, no one STILL seems to agree on what, exactly, should constitute a catch in the NFL — and that contributed to the Pittsburgh Steelers' loss to the New England Patriots in a key game for home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs. It's also hard ...

It’s time for a whole bunch of things to happen in NFL

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer It's time. After 15 weeks of the NFL season, it's time to acknowledge a whole bunch of items that have become apparent. Some did so over the course of the schedule, and some became crystallized Sunday. Such as: — Teams get antsy and/or dumb when ...

Risky decision backfires as Steelers lose to Patriots 27-24

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin didn't want to risk overtime. Neither did Ben Roethlisberger. So with the clock ticking down and a chance to end years of torment by the New England Patriots just 7 yards away, Tomlin gave Roethlisberger permission to ad ...

AP Exclusive: Climate change hits Winter Olympic preparation

By EDDIE PELLS and JOHN LEICESTER, AP Sports Writers SAAS-FEE, Switzerland (AP) — The athletes' half-hour commute in the Swiss Alps — up two gondolas, then through a tunnel in the world's highest underground train to a glacier at 11,000 feet — served up daily grim reminders that global ...

Golden Knights beat Panthers, move atop Pacific Division

By The Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Erik Haula scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Florida Panthers 5-2 Sunday. Nate Schmidt, Colin Miller, Jonathan Marchessault and James Neal also scored for Vegas, while goalie Malcolm Subban ...

Cowboys get narrow win before Elliott’s return

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Pro Football Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott will return from suspension to a Dallas Cowboys team still in the playoff hunt thanks to a first down gained by the width of an index card and a fumble just shy of the end zone. Dan Bailey kicked the go-ahead, ...

Celtics’ Hayward says he’s open to returning this season

BOSTON (AP) — Celtics guard Gordon Hayward is open to playing this season, but said Friday it will depend on how fast he is able to heal and show progress as he works his way back from a broken left ankle. Hayward was at TD Garden for Boston’s matchup with the Utah Jazz, the team he left ...

Westbrook triple-double keys OKC in 3OT thriller vs 76ers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Russell Westbrook had 27 points, 17 rebounds and 15 assists, and Oklahoma City and the Philadelphia 76ers went basket-for-basket in a three-overtime thriller before the Thunder pulled out a 119-117 victory on Friday night. Andre Roberson scored the winner with 10 seconds ...

He’s back: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers preps to play Panthers

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers stayed afloat in the postseason race while hoping for nearly two months that Aaron Rodgers would return. News that the two-time NFL MVP was cleared medically to come back from a collarbone injury finally arrived Tuesday night, coming a bit later ...

Agent Boras: Marlins turning into ‘pawn shop’ under Jeter

By STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer Derek Jeter owns five World Series rings, which may be the reason agent Scott Boras had jewelry on his mind when discussing the Miami Marlins' new ownership. Boras said Jeter and his group are turning the Marlins into a pawn shop. It was yet another jab at ...

NFL spokesman: Roger Goodell views new contract as his last

By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Pro Football Writer IRVING, Texas (AP) — Commissioner Roger Goodell views the agreement reached on an extension last week as his final contract overseeing the NFL, a league spokesman said Wednesday. Goodell's extension through 2024 will allow him to help negotiate a ...

Twins sign recovering RHP Michael Pineda for 2 years, $10M

By DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have taken another step toward deepening their starting pitching. This boost won't take effect for a while. The Twins signed former New York Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda to two-year, $10 million contract ...

NBA selects Indianapolis to host 2021 All-Star Game

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NBA has chosen Indianapolis to host the 2021 All-Star Game. Commissioner Adam Silver made the announcement Wednesday just hours before Paul George returned to Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the first time since the Pacers traded him to Oklahoma City last summer. The ...

Malzahn, No. 7 Auburn set to begin Peach Bowl preparations

By JOHN ZENOR, AP Sports Writer AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Flush with a new long-term deal, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn likes where his program stands long-term and where the Tigers are headed in the near future. Malzahn's seventh-ranked Tigers are set to begin preparation Friday for the Peach Bowl ...

3rd Georgia player arrested since team made college playoff

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia freshman is facing a felony forgery charge over allegations of passing a counterfeit $100 bill last summer, the third player to be arrested since the Bulldogs won the Southeastern Conference championship and a spot in the College Football Playoff. Defensive back ...

Brady intercepted twice as Dolphins beat Pats 27-20

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady was intercepted twice by Xavien Howard and held without a third-down conversion Monday night, and the Miami Dolphins snapped the New England Patriots’ eight-game winning streak with a surprising 27-20 victory. The Dolphins (6-7) were 11-point underdogs ...

AFC North champion Steelers keep finding a way

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — By the middle of the second quarter, the adrenaline had faded. By the start of the fourth, the emotionally drained Pittsburgh Steelers defense appeared to be teetering on the edge of complete collapse. The group that spent the week trying ...

Hall of a moment: Tough guy Morris breaks down over election

By BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jack Morris always prided himself on being a tough guy when he pitched, a big-game winner who wouldn't break down. So guess what happened when the newly elected Hall of Famer spoke in front of George Brett, Robin Yount and a ...

Ole Miss QB Shea Patterson commits to transfer to Michigan

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Mississippi quarterback Shea Patterson says he will transfer to Michigan, where coach Jim Harbaugh has gone through three starting QBs this season. Patterson made his commitment in a tweet on Monday after visiting the Ann Arbor, Michigan, campus ...