National Sports

No. 3 Tar Heels mystified by flat performance in 76-67 loss

By MICHAEL MAROT, AP Sports Writer BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Roy Williams thought Assembly Hall put on a perfect show Wednesday night. Fans roared when Cubs outfielder and former Hoosiers star Kyle Schwarber was introduced as honorary game captain. They made Chicago Blackhawks national ...

Cuban blasts ‘ridiculous’ officiating in Clippers-Nets game

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is again expressing frustration with NBA officials, although this time his criticism has nothing to do with his own team. Prior to the Mavericks' game Wednesday night against San Antonio, Cuban complained about missed traveling and ...

Westbrook has 35, triple-double as Thunder top Wizards in OT

By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — For more than 47 minutes, Russell Westbrook could barely hit a shot. For the next 5-plus minutes, he rarely missed. Oklahoma City's fearless star was 7 for 28 from the field before he drained a 3-pointer late in regulation that ...

Game between Kings and 76ers postponed due to condensation

By AARON BRACY, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A scheduled game between the Sacramento Kings and Philadelphia 76ers was postponed Wednesday night by the NBA because of condensation on the court at the Wells Fargo Center. The game, which was slated to start at 7 p.m., was called ...

Guay fastest in training run for men’s World Cup downhill

VAL D'ISERE, France (AP) — Former world champion Erik Guay was fastest in training on Thursday for the first men's World Cup downhill race of the season. The Canadian was 0.03 seconds ahead of Peter Fill of Italy on the 3.4-kilometer (2-mile) Oreiller-Killy course. Kjetil Jansrud of ...

No. 1 Kentucky enters December still awaiting a close game

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Kentucky spent November romping its way to lopsided wins and leaving little doubt who should be the No. 1-ranked team in the AP Top 25 . Coach John Calipari heads into December wondering how his young, athletic bunch ...

Overreactions: Winston, Mariota best 1-2 QB draft ever

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota already are the best quarterback duo drafted 1-2 in NFL history. Both players have their teams in playoff contention in only their second season. Winston led Tampa Bay (6-5) to an upset win over Seattle on Sunday ...

Westbrook with another triple-double as Thunder stop Knicks

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Russell Westbrook doesn't just do triple-doubles in games anymore. Now he's got one for the entire season. Westbrook raised his averages to 30.9 points, 11.3 assists and 10.3 rebounds through more than a month of play with his ...

Big 12 has 3 games left, will leave 1 bowl spot unfilled

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer The winner of the Big 12 Conference's de facto championship game will get a sweet prize indeed. While Oklahoma or Oklahoma State will be headed to the Sugar Bowl, the Big 12 overall won't have enough eligible teams to fill its seven guaranteed bowl ...

Mariners acquire right-handers Whalen, Povse from Braves

By CHARLES ODUM, AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — The Seattle Mariners acquired right-handers Rob Whalen and Max Povse from the Atlanta Braves on Monday night for outfield prospect Alex Jackson and a player to be named. The 20-year-old Jackson was the sixth pick in the 2014 amateur ...

As losses mount, Towns puts more pressure on himself

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Basketball Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After the latest loss in a season that has been full of them for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Karl-Anthony Towns sat at his locker with his face buried in his hands. For at least the third time this season, the 21-year-old NBA ...

STAT WATCH: It’s points aplenty as 3 FBS teams eclipse 70

By ERIC OLSON, AP College Football Writer It was all about offense in college football this past weekend. Pittsburgh and Syracuse played the highest-scoring game in Bowl Subdivision history, a total of three FBS teams cracked 70 points and the all-time receiving yards record fell. The ...

Hook’em Horns: Herman says he’s ready for pressure of Texas

By JIM VERTUNO, AP Sports Writer AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Tom Herman smiled, raised his right hand for the "Hook'em Horns" sign and said all the right things Sunday to fire up the fan base as the new Texas coach. All of that was to be expected. Now comes the hard parts: winning, competing ...

Ottawa wins Grey Cup, beating Calgary 39-33 in OT

TORONTO (AP) — Henry Burris threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Ernest Jackson in overtime and the Ottawa Redblacks won the Grey Cup on Sunday night, upsetting the Calgary Stampeders 39-33. The third-year Redblacks won their first Canadian Football League title, and gave Ottawa its 10th ...

Mourinho sent off, Man U draws 4th straight home league game

By ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer Writer LONDON (AP) — Hired to revitalize Manchester United, Jose Mourinho is instead turning the clock back and losing his temper in public. A 1-1 draw with West Ham on Sunday left United 11 points behind leader Chelsea and without a win in four league ...

Kaepernick comes up short, then explains views on Castro

By STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Colin Kaepernick threw three touchdown passes, ran for 113 yards and nearly rallied the woeful San Francisco 49ers from a 17-point deficit in the final eight minutes Sunday, which left a lot to talk about afterward. That ...

Sounders beat Rapids 1-0 to advance to MLS Cup

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — Jordan Morris' sensational rookie season was in jeopardy when he was sick to his stomach Friday. He's feeling a lot better after his performance Sunday. Morris scored in the 56th minute and the Seattle Sounders advanced to their first MLS Cup, beating the ...

Pitt outscores Syracuse in wild 76-61 victory

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — For the better part of four hours Pittsburgh and Syracuse raced up and down the Heinz Field turf like kids playing in the street waiting for their parents to call them in for dinner. The touchdowns kept piling up, one after another. An ...

Lomachenko successfully defends WBO junior lightweight title

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Vasyl Lomachenko successfully defended his WBO junior lightweight title, winning when Nicholas Walters was unable to continue after seven rounds Saturday night at the Cosmopolitan. Lomachenko, the 28-year-old Ukrainian star who won two Olympic gold medals, improved to 7-1. ...

Warriors eventually find flow without Green, beat Minnesota

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Do-everything Draymond Green is fiery, vocal and brings energy on both ends of the court. On a night the Golden State Warriors were without their emotional leader, it took them a while to find a flow. Stephen Curry had 34 ...