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No Fights ’til Brooklyn: Holm, Silva headline UFC NY return

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Anderson Silva strode onto the stage toward his opponent, extended his hand and went for the hearty shake. He flashed a wide smile and threw his arm around Derek Brunson. Brunson slapped Silva on the back, they laughed, hugged and mugged for ...

Royals announce their $16M, 2-year deal for Jason Hammel

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jason Hammel knows he wouldn't be in Kansas City if tragedy had not struck the Royals organization. The 34-year-old right-hander made that clear right from the start. "I feel like I need to express my condolences to Royals Nation ...

Knicks’ Phil Jackson takes dig at Carmelo Anthony in tweet

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Phil Jackson may be trying to trade Carmelo Anthony because he's given up trying to change him. That seemed to be the conclusion Tuesday when the New York Knicks president of basketball operations broke his Twitter silence with another ...

Flames edge Penguins 3-2 in shootout; Crosby gets point 998

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby's pursuit for 1,000 career points hit a speed bump — not to mention a couple of posts — against Calgary's Chad Johnson. The Pittsburgh Penguins captain picked up point No. 998 with a third-period assist, but Johnson and ...

Vonn cautious in downhill practice; Stuhec posts best time

By GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) — Lindsey Vonn took a cautious look at the downhill course Wednesday in the first practice run at world championships and finished more than two seconds behind leader Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia. "I just wanted to get a feeling for ...

Michigan State’s Ward gets tech for apparent trip of rival

By LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State's Nick Ward insisted he didn't trip Michigan's Moe Wagner intentionally. "I really don't think I did on purpose," Ward said after the Wolverines routed the Spartans 86-57 on Tuesday night. "But (the officials) thought I ...

Lonzo Ball’s younger brother scores 92 in high school game

CHINO HILLS, Calif. (AP) — LaMelo Ball, the younger brother of UCLA's star freshman Lonzo Ball, scored 92 points — 41 in the fourth quarter — to help Chino Hills beat Los Osos 146-123 on Tuesday night. He only had 29 points at halftime. He made 37 of 61 shots from the floor, including 7 ...

UConn women get 98th straight win, 96-49 over Cincinnati

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — For top-ranked UConn, there's no avoiding the very big number anymore. The Huskies rolled to a 96-49 victory over Cincinnati on Tuesday night behind Napheesa Collier's perfect shooting night, leaving them within arm's reach of the NCAA's first ...

AP Top 25 has gone on a wild ride the past two weeks

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Basketball Writer The AP Top 25 has gone on a wild ride the past two weeks, with 16 losses by top-10 teams and programs bouncing around the poll like lotto balls. Another loss by a top-10 team kicked off this week, with No. 4 Louisville losing 71-55 to No. 12 Virginia on ...

49ers hire Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan as head coach

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers officially hired Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan as their new head coach on Monday, more than a month after firing Chip Kelly after just one season. The 49ers settled on Shanahan a couple weeks ...

Virginia tops Louisville in top-12 matchup

By HANK KURZ Jr., AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — London Perrantes is Virginia's lone senior and unquestioned team leader, but there's very little rah-rah in his style. When the No. 12 Cavaliers need a lift, Perrantes turns to junior forward Isaiah Wilkins, who prides himself ...

Wade scored 31 to help Bulls hold off Sacramento

By JEFFREY WEIDEL, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Dwyane Wade knows he's lost some of his athleticism. But the Chicago Bulls' veteran guard hasn't lost the ability to make clutch shots. Wade scored 31 points, including the final seven for Chicago to rescue the Bulls and help ...

Brady earns 4th Super Bowl MVP trophy with epic comeback

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — The greatest quarterback in NFL history led the biggest Super Bowl comeback to be the MVP on Sunday night. Tom Brady rallied New England from a 25-point third-quarter deficit for a 34-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons in the first overtime ...

Stunning rally begs question: How do Pats rank in history?

By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — The Patriots have the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history. Cue the debate on whether it translates into the greatest dynasty in the NFL, and maybe where New England ranks among dominant pro sports franchises. Perhaps the discussion ...

Falcons’ flop a new low for Atlanta’s sad sporting history

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Well, Atlanta, there's nothing left to say. The city once known as "Loserville" was cruising toward its first Super Bowl championship, leading Tom Brady and the mighty New England Patriots by 25 points. TWENTY-FIVE! Back in Atlanta, the ...

ICYMI: VanDerveer reaches 1,000 wins

By DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer Tara VanDerveer reached a huge milestone while College of Charleston was penalized for making a big blunder. The Hall of Famer VanDerveer became the second women's basketball coach to reach 1,000 victories when Stanford topped USC on Friday night. With ...

Umpire hit in face by ball, Canada defaults vs Britain

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — In a startling turn, Canada lost the decisive match to Britain in the first round of the Davis Cup on Sunday when a player, disappointed by his own shot, launched a spare ball that hit the chair umpire in the left eye. Britain advanced to the World Group quarterfinals ...

Column: A magical night for Brady and the Patriots

By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Columnist HOUSTON (AP) — The fans who made it seem like a home game for the New England Patriots never lost hope, roaring at the smallest piece of good fortune even when all really did seem lost. They had Tom Brady, after all, and anything seemed possible, even the ...