National Sports

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 ...

3 English teams face German opposition in Champions League

By GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer NYON, Switzerland (AP) — One of the fiercest international rivalries in soccer will play out three times in the last 16 of the Champions League when a trio English teams take on German opposition. Five-time European champions Liverpool and Bayern Munich ...

Column: Maybe the key word in NFL stretch drive is balance

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer Football purists are smiling. For one week, the video game nature of the NFL hit pause. Only one quarterback on Saturday or Sunday threw for 300 yards, let alone 400. No pinball shootouts. Ten players rushed for at least 100 yards, and Ravens ...

East features MVP candidates even with LeBron in the West

By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Sports Writer With eight shopping days to Christmas, the NBA's decision to have Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo and Philadelphia's Joel Embiid in its holiday lineup is more than just sides in another hoop smorgasbord. It puts the spotlight on — and raises a question ...

LeBron’s season-low 13 in blowout caps Lakers’ eventful week

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — This was hardly the ideal way for LeBron James and his Los Angeles Lakers to cap what amounted to an eventful week of highs and lows. And arriving one night after what seemed to be a breakthrough performance, this dud demonstrated just ...

Back in the game: Foles leads Eagles past Rams 30-23

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles already knew Nick Foles could do it. After all, it was only last December when the veteran quarterback replaced an injured Carson Wentz and upset the Los Angeles Rams at the Coliseum. Less than two months after ...

Bears clinch NFC North with 24-17 victory over Packers

By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears clinched the NFC North and helped knock Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers out of playoff contention. They could not have asked for a sweeter scenario. Mitchell Trubisky threw for two touchdowns, Eddie Jackson ended ...