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How to sound like an NFL fan while watching the Super Bowl

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Pro Football Writer If you're among the millions of people who watch precisely one NFL game each year, yet want to sound like a real football fan during Sunday's Super Bowl, The Associated Press has you covered. This guide includes talking points for some of the biggest ...

Curry, Warriors miss shots down stretch, lose to Kings

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry just plain missed when it mattered most and said so afterward. Steve Kerr insists he got what he deserved being ejected for going absolutely crazy at the refs and losing his cool. The Golden State Warriors showed ...

Leverkusen defender Omer Toprak joining Dortmund next season

DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Borussia Dortmund says Turkey defender Omer Toprak is joining the side from Bundesliga rival Bayer Leverkusen at the end of the season. Dortmund says it is "prepared to meet the release clause in the player's contract" and that he will sign through June 2021 with the ...

Knicks could try to deal Carmelo, but should they?

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Carmelo Anthony wanted New York and Knicks fans wanted him — if the price was right. The Knicks probably exceeded it when they acquired him six years ago this month, setting expectations Anthony was eager to face but is increasingly ...

Column: Patriots’ familiar act assures little in Super Bowl

By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Columnist HOUSTON (AP) — It seems awfully familiar, mostly because it is. We've seen this act before, and the principal characters remain the same. The cool, calm quarterback who always seems to find an open receiver at just the right time. The rumpled coach in a ...

Belichick follows a familiar script to coaching greatness

By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer HOUSTON (AP) — He values the team's overall culture ahead of its individual parts. He rules his team with an iron fist, and yet, instills that team with a sense of family. He can appear heartless — quick to say "goodbye" to those who no longer fit in ...

Warriors beat Clippers 133-120 for 9th straight win over LA

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Warriors weren't messing around, not even against a team they've dominated for a while now. Stephen Curry scored 29 points despite making just three 3-pointers, Kevin Durant added 26 points and 10 assists, and Golden State defeated ...

Tiger Woods withdraws from the Dubai Desert Classic

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Tiger Woods withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic on Friday with back spasms after shooting an opening-round 77 a day earlier, marking another frustrating start to his return to golf from a lengthy injury layoff. Woods' manager, Mark Steinberg, said Woods ...

Players’ Union to look at equipment, concussion protocols

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer HOUSTON (AP) — The NFL players' union will be making a push for improved equipment and for more consistent compliance with the concussion protocol. At their annual Super Bowl news conference Thursday, the NFL Players Association also insisted there ...

Spurs’ Popovich ties NBA mark for wins with 1 franchise

By RAUL DOMINGUEZ, Associated Press SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Gregg Popovich greeted his latest career milestone with his usual self-deprecation and deflection, insisting he only achieves these records because he is old. Friends and players rarely disagree with the San Antonio Spurs' emotional ...

Jackson leads No. 3 Kansas to 73-68 win over No. 2 Baylor

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas took a big step toward keeping its streak of Big 12 titles intact Wednesday night. Kept a lot of other streaks going, too. The third-ranked Jayhawks leaned on star freshman Josh Jackson, who responded with 23 points and 10 ...

Alabama still No. 1 on recruiting trail after signing day

By STEVE MEGARGEE, AP Sports Writer Alabama came up just short in its bid for a second straight national title on the field, but the Crimson Tide's dominance on the recruiting trail remains as strong as ever. According to composite rankings of recruiting services compiled by 247Sports , ...

Stephen Curry’s 3-point clinic leads Warriors past Hornets

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry made a sweet crossover, then stepped back and knocked down another 3-pointer as Kevin Durant covered his mouth with his hand in pure admiration and awe. In his last six quarters, Curry has 20 3-pointers and 82 points ...

Tiger Woods struggles in Dubai, shoots 77 in 1st round

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Missing fairways, missing greens and piling up the putts, Tiger Woods got off to a rough start at the Dubai Desert Classic. The 14-time major winner finished the first round with a 5-over 77, failing to record even one birdie on Thursday at the Emirates ...

What lies ahead of for newest batch for 4- and 5-star QBs?

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Blue-chip quarterback recruits bring hype and hope to campuses. The reality is those celebrated QBs are more likely to transfer than start for the schools they sign with Wednesday. Of the top 25 quarterbacks in the class of 2013, at least 14 will ...

Hornqvist scores twice, Penguins top Predators 4-2

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Patric Hornqvist loves nothing more than to park himself in front of the net and dare somebody to move him out of the way. The rugged forward has built a pretty healthy career out of going to the spots on the ice that are not for the ...

Tiger Woods looking to Roger Federer for inspiration

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Tiger Woods is looking to old friend Roger Federer for some inspiration. The 40-year-old American hasn't won a major since 2008, while the 35-year-old Federer claimed his 18th Grand Slam title on Sunday at the Australian Open, beating Rafael Nadal in the ...

‘Bama brothers Hightower, Upshaw ready for Super Bowl duel

By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Football ties run deep in the South. And the bonds of guys that have played for the Alabama Crimson Tide may be about as strong as they come. They'll be on opposite sidelines in Sunday's Super Bowl, but there will be a ton of shared ...

For Patriots QB Brady, a curated look behind the curtain

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — A bona fide superstar with a Hall of Fame resume, cover boy good looks and a supermodel wife to match, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has somehow managed to maintain a veneer of privacy in New England despite spending much of the last ...

Lakers hold off Nuggets 120-116 to snap latest losing streak

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — D'Angelo Russell sometimes seems to be playing at a higher frequency than his Los Angeles Lakers teammates, who occasionally struggle to be in the right place for their point guard's clever passes. Everybody was playing at Russell's speed ...