National Sports

Column: Mayweather in search of attention, not a fight

By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Columnist Floyd Mayweather Jr. wants attention more than he wants a fight. And, really, let's be truthful here. It wouldn't be much of a fight if Mayweather and Conor McGregor met in a boxing ring. Put them in a UFC cage and it might be different. Mayweather has ...

Momentum with Man United as Liverpool heads to Old Trafford

By STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports Writer MANCHESTER, England (AP) — With Manchester United on its longest winning run in eight years, it's tempting to conclude that a giant of English soccer is starting to resemble the force of old. Some perspective is needed, however, when assessing United's ...

Ovechkin scores twice, passes 1,000 points as Caps beat Pens

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Nothing about Alex Ovechkin the showman surprises the Washington Capitals anymore. That Ovechkin carried them on his back with two goals as they beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 Wednesday night for their seventh consecutive victory was ...

Canceled downhill training postpones Vonn comeback for a day

ALTENMARKT-ZAUCHENSEE, Austria (AP) — Lindsey Vonn's return to World Cup skiing has been postponed for a day after downhill training was canceled Thursday because of bad weather. The International Ski Federation says the Kaelberloch course could not be prepared "due to excessive snowfall" in ...

No. 9 FSU beats No. 7 Duke for record 12th straight win

By JOE REEDY, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State celebrated its return to the top 10 with another impressive performance, wearing down Duke with its size and depth. Xavier Rathan-Mayes scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half, helping the ninth-ranked Seminoles ...

NHL All-Star Game rules force tough omissions on rosters

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Hockey Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NHL All-Star Game's 3-on-3, four-team tournament format put an intriguing spin on a staid exercise when it was introduced last season. The format also essentially guaranteed a few glaring snubs when the All-Star teams are chosen. All ...

Hayward helps Jazz hold off LeBron, beat Cavs 100-92

By KAREEM COPELAND, AP Sports Writer SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Even if Gordon Hayward isn't concerned with his All-Star candidacy, he put a signature performance on his resume in a huge win for the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night. Hayward went blow for blow with LeBron James in the second half to ...

Mason scores 28 as No. 2 Kansas beats Oklahoma 81-70

By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Ready or not, Kansas is poised to jump to No. 1. Frank Mason scored 19 of his 28 points in the second half, and the second-ranked Jayhawks rallied to beat Oklahoma 81-70 on Tuesday. With No. 1 Baylor losing at West Virginia earlier in ...

Curry, Durant lead Warriors past Heat 107-95

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Without Klay Thompson and all he does to keep a defense honest, the Golden State Warriors struggled to produce the zippy passing that regularly leads to open perimeter looks and easy baskets in the paint. It all came together in the ...

Manny Pacquiao set to return to ring on April 23

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Manny Pacquiao will add another fight to his long career resume when he takes on Australian welterweight Jeff Horn on April 23 at a venue to be decided. Promoter Duco Events said Wednesday the location for the fight involving the 38-year-old Pacquiao could be in ...

Down goes Baylor: Top-ranked Bears lose to No. 10 WVU 89-68

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Baylor's euphoria over its ascent to the No. 1 ranking lasted just one day. Nathan Adrian broke out of a shooting slump with a career-high 22 points, and No. 10 West Virginia beat the sloppy Bears 89-68 on Tuesday night in the ...

Swinney: Penalty on final TD should’ve been called on ‘Bama

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says there should have been a foul called on the Tigers' game-winning touchdown against Alabama, and it should have been called on the Crimson Tide. Swinney said Tuesday that there was defensive pass ...

NHL announces full All-Star Game rosters

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Hockey Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rookies Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine are among the players selected for the NHL All-Star Game at Staples Center. The NHL announced the full rosters and coaches Tuesday for the All-Star weekend, which will be held Jan. 27-29 in Los ...

Now, it’s Alabama that wants to pull a Clemson

By JOHN ZENOR, AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Bo Scarbrough and Ryan Anderson sat side by side in Alabama's somber, mostly silent locker room, their shoulders hunched over. Anderson stared glumly at his phone. Scarbrough kept his head down. There was nothing to say. Both the tailback ...

AP Sources: Carl Edwards retiring from NASCAR

By JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — In a stunning decision, NASCAR driver Carl Edwards is retiring from the sport less than two months after nearly winning his first Cup championship, two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on ...

Deshaun Watson isn’t worried about where he goes in draft

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Deshaun Watson's next stop is the NFL. That doesn't mean the Clemson quarterback is thinking about where he'll go in the NFL draft. Watson says he's focused on improving, and not his chances of going No. 1 overall. Watson is skipping his senior season at Clemson to go pro, ...

AP Top 25 Heat Check: How will top teams fare in 2017?

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer The teams that started the season Nos. 1 and 2 finished as the top two of 2016. Just not in that order. Clemson was No. 1 in the final AP college football poll , knocking preseason No. 1 Alabama from the top spot when it counted the most. The ...

Moving on: Hopefully next round will be better

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer Aside from another desperation touchdown pass by Aaron Rodgers, who must practice them daily, there wasn't much wild stuff during wild-card weekend. Indeed, it was Rout City, with a total margin of victory of 76 points. That 19-point average makes it ...

LeBron James, Cavaliers hold off Suns 120-116

By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns, with one of the worst records in the West, threatened to make it an embarrassing night for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Until LeBron James set things straight. James scored 12 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and the Cavs ...

Manning and Spurrier enter College Football Hall of Fame

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Peyton Manning and his Southeastern Conference nemesis, former Florida coach Steve Spurrier, will go into the College Football Hall of Fame together. The rest of the new Hall of Fame class of 13 players and coaches includes ...