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No preseason, no problem: NFL rookies shine in strange year

By Mark Long AP Pro Football Writer Facing fourth-and-goal at the 1 in the third quarter against the Los Angeles Rams, the New York Jets turned to veteran Frank Gore — along with rookie Mekhi Becton. The critical play called for Gore to run behind Becton, a 6-foot-7, 363-pound left ...

Arizona men’s basketball self-imposes 1-year postseason ban

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona men's basketball program has self-imposed a one-year postseason ban related to its long-running NCAA rules infractions case. Arizona was accused of nine counts of misconduct, including five Level I violations, in a Notice of Allegations sent by the NCAA in ...

Alabama’s Jones, Smith, Harris lead 6 Tide AP All-Americans

By Ralph D. Russo AP College Football Writer Heisman Trophy finalists Mac Jones and DeVonta Smith have been selected to The Associated Press All-America team, leading a contingent of five Alabama players on the first-team offense. Crimson Tide running back Najee Harris, tackle Alex ...

Lawrence, Fields land on title stage after lobbying to play

By Pete Iacobelli AP Sports Writer There has never been any doubt about the football abilities of Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields of Ohio State. Their youth quarterback coach could see the power arms, nimble feet and accurate decision-making when they were budding Georgia prep ...

Washington releases 2019 1st-round pick Dwayne Haskins

By Stephen Whyno AP Sports Writer Washington released 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins on Monday, less than 24 hours after he committed three turnovers in a loss to Carolina and in the aftermath of another violation of pandemic protocols. Haskins started in place of injured quarterback ...

On Football: Playoff picture clears up — and muddles, too

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer If they're singing anything in Kansas City, Pittsburgh and Seattle, it could be "I Can See Clearly Now." All three took some big steps Sunday. As for the appropriate song in the AFC South and NFC East, try "Purple Haze." Or "Land Of Confusion." The ...

Lawrence, Fields land on title stage after lobbying to play

By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer There has never been any doubt about the football abilities of Clemson's Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields of Ohio State. Their youth quarterback coach could see the power arms, nimble feet and accurate decision-making when they were budding Georgia prep ...

Washington cuts Haskins; Smith or Heinicke to play at Eagles

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Sports Writer Washington released quarterback Dwayne Haskins on Monday, hours after coach Ron Rivera said either Alex Smith or Taylor Heinicke will start the regular-season finale with the NFC East at stake. Rivera is "optimistic" Smith will be ready to play at the ...

Odd became normal: sports’ masked road trip to the unknown

FRED LIEF AP Sports Writer Take your pick. Maybe it was a Big East Tournament basketball game that broke for halftime and never returned. Or the cardboard cutouts of spectators that replaced flesh-and blood fans in stadiums across the country. Or the Maui Invitational relocated from the ...

No. 18 Miami, Oklahoma State meet in Cheez-It Bowl

The Associated Press undefined Cheez-It Bowl: Oklahoma State (7-3, 6-3 Big 12) against Miami (8-2, 7-2 ACC), Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. EST (ESPN). Line: Miami by 2. Series record: Miami leads 1-0. WHAT'S AT STAKE No. 18 Miami is looking to rebound after getting routed 62-26 by North Carolina in ...

Boston Celtics Hall of Famer K.C. Jones dies at 88

By Jimmy Golen AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Basketball Hall of Famer K.C. Jones, a 12-time NBA champion who was one of only seven players in history to win championships in college and the pros along with an Olympic gold medal, has died. He was 88. The Celtics said Jones' family ...

Mayor: Jets’ win could be defining moment for woeful Jaguars

By Mark Long AP Pro Football Writer JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The sun seemed to shine brighter in Jacksonville on Monday. The air felt crisper. The St. Johns River looked cleaner. Even the Jaguars' aging stadium appeared to glisten for the first time in decades. Jacksonville's losing ...

Gonzaga strengthens grip on No. 1 spot in AP poll

By John Marshall AP Basketball Writer A two-week layoff did nothing to slow down Gonzaga. The Zags strengthened their grip on the No. 1 spot in The Associated Press college basketball poll released on Monday, earning 61 of 64 first-place votes from a media panel after knocking off then-No. ...

HOF linebacker, pass rush great Kevin Greene dies at 58

  By Steve Reed AP Sports Writer Hall of Fame linebacker Kevin Greene, considered one of the fiercest pass rushers in NFL history, has died. He was 58. Greene died Monday, the family confirmed, as did the Pro Football Hall of Fame. No cause of death was given. "The entire Pro ...

Suggs, No. 1 Gonzaga return with 99-88 win over No. 3 Iowa

By The Associated Press undefined SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Jalen Suggs scored 18 of his career-high 27 points in the first half and No. 1 Gonzaga held off a late rally to beat No. 3 Iowa 99-88 on Saturday. This was the Bulldogs first game since pausing activities in early December because ...

No. 12 Sooners win 6th B12 title in row, 27-21 over Iowa St

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley remembered two specific moments right after the No. 12 Sooners won their sixth consecutive Big 12 championship. There was the uncertainty of what was next when players were sent home after one spring ...

Messi equals Pelé’s 643 club goals, Barça held by Valencia

By JOSEPH WILSON Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi has another individual scoring milestone, but he sure doesn't have a team that looks like a champion. Messi equaled Pelé's all-time club scoring tally on Saturday in a 2-2 draw with Valencia. His 643rd career goal for ...

Ronaldo nets 2 as Juventus wins at Parma 4-0 in Serie A

By DANIELLA MATAR Associated Press MILAN (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo responded to recent criticism with two goals to help Juventus win at Parma 4-0 in Serie A on Saturday. Dejan Kulusevski scored Juve's opener against his old club as the nine-time defending champion moved level with Inter ...

No. 5 Texas A&M makes last CFP case in 34-13 win over Vols

AL LESAR Associated Press KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — No. 5 Texas A&M closed its case for inclusion in the College Football Playoff by mauling Tennessee by three touchdowns. Then the Aggies started campaigning. "I haven't lobbied or said a word up until now," Aggies coach Jimbo Fisher ...

NFL owners delay decision on 17-game regular season

By Barry Wilner AP Pro Football Writer NFL owners have delayed a decision on implementing a 17-game regular season for 2021. During a teleconference call Wednesday that replaced the usual December gathering of owners in Dallas, they opted to push back any move on the expanded season ...