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Here we go again: All 4 NFL divisional games are rematches

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Pro Football Writer There will be a familiar feel to the NFL playoffs next weekend: Every divisional-round game will be a rematch from the regular season, the first time that's happened in six years. In the NFC, it's the Green Bay Packers at the Dallas Cowboys, and the ...

Ex-major leaguer Manny Ramirez to make comeback in Japan

TOKYO (AP) — Former major league outfielder Manny Ramirez has agreed to terms with the Kochi Fighting Dogs of Japan's independent Shikoku Island League. The team announced the signing Monday on its official website. The 44-year-old native of the Dominican Republic played for the EDA Rhinos ...

Curry leads Warriors to a big second half, win over Kings

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Steve Kerr pulled a Gregg Popovich. One missed defensive assignment with no backdoor help on DeMarcus Cousins, and Kerr called a timeout 18 seconds into the game. "Nobody can make a move like Pop, I'm a very cheap version of him, ...

3 rookies, Ryan, highlight revamped AP All-Pro Team

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer The Associated Press 2016 NFL All-Pro Team is showing off the new wave of pro football stars. Three rookies among 17 first-time selections highlight the team, including Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott, and Kansas City's Tyreek Hill, who is a ...

Troy Terry lifts US past Canada in world junior thriller

MONTREAL (AP) — Troy Terry scored the lone shootout goal, Tyler Parsons stopped all five shots he faced in the tiebreaker and the United States outlasted Canada 5-4 on Thursday night to win the world junior hockey title. The game was decided in the five-round shootout after a 20-minute ...

Rookies toss fun into Cowboys’ serious pursuit of Super Bowl

By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Sports Writer FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott pelted fellow rookie Dak Prescott with straw wrappers and a spitball , and the Dallas quarterback tried to get his teammate to move along with an offer of candy. Not that Prescott is innocent in such exchanges when ...

Pick 6? Not even. A look at 2 who picked off Brady this year

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Let's look at the really bad throws Tom Brady made this year. It shouldn't take that long. The four-time Super Bowl champion was intercepted only twice in 2016. With his 28 touchdown passes, that's the best ratio in NFL ...

Chiefs’ Dorsey made few missteps in building a playoff team

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A year ago, in the days after the Chiefs were eliminated from the postseason by the New England Patriots, general manager John Dorsey was faced with a series of decisions that would shape whether Kansas City would be a contender the ...

Doctor deems Mike Krzyzewski’s back surgery a success

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has undergone back surgery and his doctor says a full recovery is expected. Krzyzewski had the operation Friday to remove a fragment of a herniated disk in his lower back, a procedure the school estimates will keep him away from the team for ...

Crosby, McDavid, Price, Subban voted NHL All-Star captains

NEW YORK (AP) — Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens, Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers and P.K. Subban of the Nashville Predators were voted as divisional captains for the 3-on-3 tournament at the upcoming NHL All-Star Game. Crosby will serve ...

Tomlinson, J. Taylor, Faneca are Hall of Fame finalists

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer First-year eligibles LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor and Brian Dawkins are among 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Also making the finals are Morten Andersen, Tony Boselli, Isaac Bruce, Don Coryell, Terrell Davis, Alan ...

Kvitova’s recovery going well, reward offered for attacker

PRAGUE (AP) — Petra Kvitova's recovery from surgery after a knife-wielding intruder attacked her inside her home and injured her playing hand has been going well. Kvitova's spokesman, Karel Tejkal, says the two-time Wimbledon champion has gradually started doing exercises with her injured ...

AP Source: Broncos get OK to interview 3 NFL assistants

By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Denver GM John Elway has been granted permission to interview three assistants currently in the playoffs for his vacant head coaching position, according to a person with knowledge of the Broncos' plans. The person, ...

Cousins scores 31, Collison 26 as Kings top Nuggets 120-113

DENVER (AP) — With star center DeMarcus Cousins producing as expected, Darren Collison broke out of his offensive funk and pushed the Sacramento Kings to a big road win. Cousins had 31 points, Collison scored a season-high 26 to go with seven assists, and the Kings beat the Denver Nuggets ...

Frustrated Serena Williams loses in 2nd round at Auckland

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Serena Williams lost her second-round match at the ASB Classic and the 22-time Grand Slam singles champion, frustrated by swirling winds, didn't leave quietly. "At least I can get out of these conditions," No. 2-ranked Williams said after her 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-4 ...

Healthy Steelers eager for rematch with Dolphins

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The last two Januarys, the Pittsburgh Steelers walked into the stadium for a playoff game hoping there were enough warm bodies to go around. Two years ago against Baltimore, running back Le'Veon Bell watched his hyperextended knee all ...

US beats Switzerland to advance to world junior semifinals

TORONTO (AP) — Jordan Greenway scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and the United States held off Switzerland for a 3-2 victory in a quarterfinal match Monday at the world junior hockey championship. The U.S. has yet to trail in the tournament, though it got a scare after ...

Overreaction: Kirk Cousins cost himself big bucks

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer Kirk Cousins cost himself millions with his final interception. The Redskins weren't willing to give Cousins a multiyear deal last offseason after he led them to an NFC East title. Surely, they won't do it now after he threw two second-half picks in a ...

Miami QB Brad Kaaya going pro, skipping senior season

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — This is how much Brad Kaaya enjoyed his three years at Miami: The California kid decided along the way to become a Florida resident, and make it his permanent home. But first, the NFL awaits. And with that, the Hurricanes need ...

Saints’ Payton plans to return next season

By BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton said Monday night during a radio interview that he plans to be back with New Orleans next season and to honor his contract, which runs through 2020. Payton's statement on WWL-AM, the Saints' flagship radio ...