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TOP 25 THIS WEEK: No. 16 Baylor tries to maintain momentum

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A year ago, Baylor carried momentum from winning a November tournament all the way to its first No. 1 national ranking. The 16th-ranked Bears have a chance to see how far another title carries them. Baylor won last week's Hall of ...

NFL putting permanent Experience in Times Square

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL is taking its game to Times Square. Literally. NFL Experience will open to the public in the mecca of Manhattan on Friday, one day after a grand opening that Commissioner Roger Goodell and assorted football celebrities and Hall ...

Flacco protects ball, Ravens use takeaways to beat Texans

By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — Joe Flacco doesn't mind putting up mediocre numbers and looking rather ordinary, as long as he can keep doing it right into the NFL playoffs. The Baltimore Ravens offense turned in another mundane performance Monday night, yet it was good ...

NFL Overreactions: Mahomes can save Kansas City’s season

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer It's time for Patrick Mahomes to save Kansas City's season. Alex Smith was an MVP candidate after leading the Chiefs to a 5-0 start with impressive wins at New England (9-2) and over Philadelphia (10-1) in the first two weeks. Smith had 18 touchdown ...

Griffin hurt; Clippers hang on to beat Lakers 120-115

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Clippers' third win in a row for the first time since opening the season 4-0 came at a price. Blake Griffin fell down under the basket and clutched his left knee with 3:53 left in a 120-115 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday ...

AP Top Heat Check: After shakeup, greatest Saturday ever

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer No need to wait until New Year's Day. The playoffs start in college football this weekend. For just the second time in the 81-year history of the AP college football poll, four games in one weekend will match teams ranked in the top 10. That's ...

Notre Dame, Villanova shine in early season hoops tourneys

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Notre Dame, Villanova and Wichita State have serious potential for deep March runs. Duke's freshmen are fast learners. And Arizona is in an early funk. Three Thanksgiving-week tournaments — the Maui Invitational, the ...

Wild day of coaching moves with hirings, firings, protests

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Florida and its athletic director reached into their pasts to find a new coach, and two more schools fired coaches even though their teams are heading to bowl games. Mississippi stayed in-house to fill its coaching vacancy. And, in the strangest ...

Top-ranked Duke rallies for 87-84 victory over No. 7 Florida

By ANNE M. PETERSON, AP Sports Writer PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Marvin Bagley III had a simple explanation for No. 1 Duke's incredible late rally against No. 7 Florida. "We just have heart," the 6-foot-11 freshman sensation said. "That's pretty much all it is." Bagley had 30 points and 15 ...

Tiger Woods returns, Take 10

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Tiger Woods is playing the Hero World Challenge this week, making it the 10th time he has returned from layoffs of 10 weeks or longer. The most recent layoff was caused by fusion surgery on his lower back, his fourth back surgery since ...

Brown delivers, Steelers edge resilient Packers 31-28

  By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger used the phrase "Hall of Famer." So did Ramon Foster. Antonio Brown is flattered by the lengths his Pittsburgh Steeler teammates go to try and describe what their remarkable wide receiver does on a weekly basis. And ...

Tennessee no longer pursuing Schiano after protests

By STEVE MEGARGEE, AP Sports Writer KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is no longer pursuing Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano to be the school's new head coach, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke Sunday on condition of anonymity ...

UCLA edges Cal 30-27, gets bowl eligible under interim coach

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Jim Mora was never far from the UCLA Bruins' minds while they chased postseason eligibility on another wild night at the Rose Bowl. After J.J. Molson's last-minute field goal went through, the Bruins all spared a moment to think ...

No. 7 Florida beats No. 17 Gonzaga 111-105 in double OT

By ANNE M. PETERSON, AP Sports Writer PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Jalen Hudson couldn't wait to get back to Florida's locker room to celebrate with his teammates following a thrilling double-overtime victory over Gonzaga. Hudson had a career-high 35 points, including eight 3-pointers, and the No. ...

Messi signs new contract with Barcelona through 2021

By JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi has finally put Barcelona's fans at ease by signing a new contract that will keep the star at the Spanish club for four more years. Messi signed the new deal on Saturday to tie him to Barcelona through 2021, meaning the ...

No. 18 Purdue beats No. 2 Arizona 89-64 for 7th in Atlantis

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Purdue kept knocking down shots — 3-pointer after 3-pointer, with midrange jumpers thrown in — on the way to a lopsided win that allowed the 18th-ranked Boilermakers to close the Battle 4 Atlantis on a positive ...

No. 1 Duke rallies to beat Texas 85-78 in overtime

By ANNE M. PETERSON, AP Sports Writer PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski calls Marvin Bagley III a treasure. The freshman big man had a career-high 34 points and added 15 rebounds, and No. 1 Duke rallied to defeat Texas 85-78 in overtime on Friday in the semifinals of the PK80 ...

Shimonek rallies Texas Tech past Texas 27-23

By JIM VERTUNO, AP Sports Writer AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech's season was slipping away and with it perhaps coach Kliff Kingsbury's job. The Red Raiders were trailing 23-13 in the fourth quarter when senior quarterback Nic Shimonek, benched for the last game of the regular season, ...

No. 1 Duke pulls away to beat Portland State 99-81

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Trevon Duval had 22 points and top-ranked Duke pulled away for a 99-81 victory over surprisingly tenacious Portland State on Thursday to open the Phil Knight Invitational. Marvin Bagley III added 18 points, and Grayson Allen had 14 points and nine assists. The Blue ...

Rivers, Chargers beat fading Cowboys 28-6 on Thanksgiving

By SCHUYLER DIXON AP Pro Football Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers are on the move. Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys are fading fast. Rivers threw for 434 yards and three touchdowns in his first Thanksgiving game in his 14th season and the ...