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Hornacek: Maybe Knicks ‘just not capable’ of defending

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks need some new defensive schemes — or perhaps some new players. Coach Jeff Hornacek said maybe the ones he has are "just not capable" of defending after their 115-103 loss to the Orlando Magic on Monday ...

Get ready for a blockbuster sequel: Alabama vs. Clemson

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP National Writer Get ready for a blockbuster sequel. It's Alabama vs. Clemson, The Rematch. The top-ranked Crimson Tide will take on the No. 3 Tigers in a do-over of last season's national championship game, a 45-40 thriller won by Alabama. If the Jan. 9 matchup ...

Harden scores 53 in triple-double, Rockets beat Knicks

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Minutes after collecting 53 points, 17 assists and 16 rebounds in his second straight triple-double, Houston's James Harden was asked what it has been like to play in new coach Mike D'Antoni's system. "It's been a dream so far," Harden ...

Malkin’s OT winner propels Pens past Canadiens

By DAN SCIFO, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Penguins closed out a memorable year with one last dramatic win. Evgeni Malkin scored a power-play goal 1:54 into overtime and Pittsburgh rallied to beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 on Saturday night for its fourth straight ...

Westbrook leads Thunder past Clippers 114-88

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook and Oklahoma City bounced back nicely from an ugly loss at Memphis. Westbrook had 17 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds for his NBA-best 16th triple-double of the season, leading the Thunder to a 114-88 victory over the depleted Los Angeles Clippers ...

With Ohio State shutout, Clemson earns another shot at ‘Bama

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — In a return trip to the desert, Clemson found redemption through utter domination. Part I of Dabo and Deshaun's make-good tour is done. Now comes the really hard part: A rematch against Alabama in the College Football ...

Americans win 1st match at Hopman Cup mixed teams event

PERTH, Australia (AP) — CoCo Vandeweghe gave the United States an early lead and Jack Sock clinched the Americans' opening match Sunday at the Hopman Cup mixed teams tournament. Vandeweghe beat Lucie Hradecka 6-4, 6-2 before Sock defeated Adam Pavlasek 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 to clinch the match ...

No. 21 Oregon upsets No. 2 UCLA on Brooks’ 3-pointer

By RON RICHMOND, Associated Press EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Ten years ago at McArthur Court, it was Oregon's Aaron Brooks with the shot that knocked off No. 1 UCLA. This time the dagger was in the hands of Dillon Brooks, and he delivered against the No. 2 Bruins, too. Brooks hit a ...

FSU father-son duo first in ACC to reach 1,000-point club

By JOE REEDY, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Xavier Rathan-Mayes became the 46th Florida State player to reach 1,000 career points on Wednesday. But when his layup with 15:47 remaining in the first half against Wake Forest put him at 1,001, it resulted in another, rarer ...

Ertz accounts for 3 TDs, K-State tops Texas A&M 33-28

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Kansas State was unbeatable against teams from Texas in the regular season, and that didn't change on Wednesday night in the Texas Bowl. Jesse Ertz threw for 195 yards and a touchdown and ran for two more scores in Kansas State's 33-28 ...

Durant, Warriors deliver down stretch to hold off Raptors

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors played one of their most dominant quarters to start the game, building a 25-point lead. Then, there were turnovers and second chances for Toronto and they had to hold off the Raptors at the end. Kevin ...

Williams leads Utah past Indiana 26-24 in Foster Farms Bowl

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Whenever it seems Joe Williams won't be available to Utah, he comes back and delivers. Williams returned from a four-week retirement early in the season to help solidify a broken-down running back position. Then in the bowl ...

McCaffrey-less Stanford faces UNC as Shaw seeks 4th bowl win

By The Associated Press No. 16 Stanford (9-3, Pac-12) vs. North Carolina (8-4, ACC), 2 p.m. EST Friday (CBS), in El Paso, Texas Line: Stanford by 3. Series Record: 1-1. First meeting since 1998. WHAT'S AT STAKE Stanford seeks sixth 10-win season in past 10 years without star ...

Big Ten race for conference title wide open in a down season

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer The Big Ten might not be as good as it has been in recent years. But it sure looks like the conference title chase will be interesting in 2016-17. The conference didn’t have a team ranked in the top 10 in the most recent poll , with Wisconsin, Purdue and ...

Harden scores 32 points and Rockets cruise past Suns 131-115

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Ask most anyone associated with the Rockets about Montrezl Harrell, and inevitably, they'll talk about his energy. Now that Harrell is starting, Houston is starting to see more of how that vigor can help the team. James Harden had 32 ...

Cousins has big fourth quarter to lift Kings past 76ers

By MICHAEL WAGAMAN, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings have put together an impressive four-game winning streak by doing the little things needed to pull out victories. Faster starts, an uptick in fourth-quarter defense and a few key ...

Overreaction: No Derek Carr means no chance for Oakland

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer No Derek Carr means no chance for the Oakland Raiders. After losing their star quarterback to a broken leg in a win over Indianapolis on Saturday, the Raiders now must turn to Matt McGloin. They go from an MVP candidate under center to a guy who went ...

NC State beats Vanderbilt 41-17 in Independence Bowl

By DAVID BRANDT, AP Sports Writer SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — North Carolina State quarterback Ryan Finley has a simple philosophy when it comes to getting do-everything threat Jaylen Samuels involved with the offense. "Just give him the ball in as many ways as possible," Finley said. The ...

US tops Latvia 6-1 in its world junior opener

By The Associated Press Clayton Keller scored twice and the United States overcame a slow start to beat Latvia 6-1 at the world junior hockey championship on Monday. Patrick Harper opened the scoring for the Americans 6:27 into the game, but Renars Krastenbergs responded for Latvia to ...

Pac-12 has 7 teams in Top 25, ready for conference play

By DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Neighbors loves to crunch numbers. Washington's analytics-minded coach was impressed with what the Pac-12 Conference accomplished in the nonconference portion of the season. The teams went a combined 114-21 (.844), and the ...