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Resilient Steelers stirring memories with AFC North title

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger doesn't want to get ahead of himself. The stakes, after all, were far different. Still, the similarities were kind of striking. Down by three. Time running out. A season hanging in the balance. The Pittsburgh Steelers ...

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 ...

Allardyce denied victory in 1st game in charge at Palace

WATFORD, England (AP) — Former England coach Sam Allardyce was denied victory in his first game back in club management, with his Crystal Palace team conceding a second-half penalty to draw 1-1 at Watford in the English Premier League on Monday. Troy Deeney scored from the spot in the 71st ...

Patriots rolling, Jets faltering as regular season nears end

By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Another week, another win, another reason to believe the Patriots are the team to beat in the AFC. New England played it safe in the final two weeks of the regular season a year ago, and it might have cost them a trip to the ...

SEC still has plenty of questions heading into league play

By STEVE MEGARGEE, AP Sports Writer As the Southeastern Conference prepares to begin league competition, this much seems clear: Kentucky's freshman class is as good as advertised. But there are plenty of questions surrounding the rest of the league as it tries to bounce back from a ...

Dolphins earn 1st playoff berth since 2008 with Denver loss

By STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — Now that the Miami Dolphins are in the playoffs for the first time in eight years, they'll try to end an even longer drought. They haven't won a postseason game since 2000. The Dolphins clinched an AFC wild-card berth Sunday night when ...

Police: Floyd’s blood-alcohol level nearly 3x legal limit

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A police report released Wednesday says Patriots wide receiver Michael Floyd had a blood-alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit when arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and other charges earlier this month in Scottsdale, ...

No. 2 UCLA improves to 13-0 heading into Pac-12 opener

LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA knows all its games won't be lopsided. But as long as the wins keep coming, that's what matters most. The second-ranked Bruins had a tougher time than they might have expected with Western Michigan, but found a way to remain unbeaten Wednesday night with an 82-68 ...

Duke’s Allen says “no excuse” for 3rd trip in past year

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — For the third time in a year, Duke's Grayson Allen got caught tripping an opponent in a game. If the Blue Devils guard is going to get more punishment from coach Mike Krzyzewski for it, don't expect to hear the ...

UNC receives 3rd Notice of Allegations in NCAA case

By AARON BEARD, AP Sports Writer CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina has received a third Notice of Allegations from the NCAA outlining violations connected to its multiyear academic fraud scandal. UNC spokesman Rick White said in a statement Wednesday that the university will ...

St. John’s dominates old Big East foe Syracuse

By MARK FRANK, Associated Press SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — History was made in the Carrier Dome on Wednesday night. Syracuse suffered its worst loss in the 36-year history of the Dome, falling to St. John's 93-60. The defeat marked the first time that a Jim Boeheim-coached team has lost ...

No. 10 Louisville outlasts No. 6 Kentucky 73-70

By GARY B. GRAVES, AP Sports Writer LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Scoreless in two previous rivalry games, the point guard Louisville calls "Q'' regrouped to be the Cardinals' X-factor against Kentucky. Quentin Snider scored a career-high 22 points, including a key drive with 1:44 remaining, ...

Spurs honor Duncan with emotional ceremony

By RAUL DOMINGUEZ, Associated Press SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tim Duncan brought more than gaudy numbers night after night for 19 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs. Fittingly, while the Spurs retired Duncan's No. 21 on Sunday night, those stats rarely came up. "I don't even want to talk ...

ICYMI in NFL Week 15: Just win, baby — Raiders into playoffs

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Pro Football Writer Jerry Rice was on the roster the last time the Oakland Raiders made the playoffs. That's how long it's been — way back in the 2002 season. The Silver and Black matter again, thanks in large part to up-and-coming QB Derek Carr, pass-rusher ...

Rockets shooting the lights out under D’Antoni

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Basketball Writer When Mike D'Antoni took over the Phoenix Suns in 2003 and started incorporating his plan to blow the doors off of the rest of the NBA, the coach remembers looking at the stat sheet almost sheepishly when he saw how many 3-pointers they were ...

Messi mesmerizes in Barcelona’s 4-1 win against Espanyol

By TALES AZZONI, AP Sports Writer MADRID (AP) — Lionel Messi put on a show in Barcelona's final Spanish league game of the year, scoring once and mesmerizing with his dribbling skills to set up two other goals in a 4-1 win against Espanyol in the city derby on Sunday. Luis Suarez struck ...

Patience runs out this time of year in the NFL

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer Patience runs out this time of year in the NFL. The demise in less than a week of Jeff Fisher and Gus Bradley as coaches of their respective teams provided examples. Rams owner Stan Kroenke and Jaguars boss Shad Khan grew tired of waiting for the ...

US ski racers produce nude calendar to help raise funds

By JEROME PUGMIRE, AP Sports Writer VAL D'ISERE, France (AP) — A group of American skiers are taking it all off in an effort to raise some money. Five female and six male ski racers have joined together to pose in a nude calendar they hope will help them overcome high costs — and ...

Stanford wins NCAA women’s volleyball title

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Stanford coach John Dunning expected big things from his latest recruiting class. Just maybe not this soon. Inky Ajanaku had 18 kills, Kathryn Plummer added 16 and Stanford — led by four freshman starters — beat Texas 25-21, 25-19, 18-25, 25-21 on Saturday ...

Ronaldo hat trick leads Real Madrid to Club World Cup title

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick on Sunday as European champions Real Madrid beat Japanese side Kashima Antlers 4-2 to win the Club World Cup and extend their unbeaten run to 37 games. Ronaldo took a pass from Karim Benzema in the 98th minute and calmly fired ...