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APNewsBreak: MLB owners ratify labor deal in 29-1 vote

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A person with knowledge of the meeting says baseball owners have ratified the sport's new collective bargaining agreement by a 29-1 vote. Speaking on the condition of anonymity because no announcement was made, the person says Tampa Bay ...

Michigan makes 19 3-pointers in 97-53 rout of Cent. Arkansas

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — After 10 minutes, Michigan had already made five 3-pointers, and when halftime arrived, the number was up to nine. By the time the game ended, the Wolverines had set a school record from beyond the arc. Two of them, in ...

Top-10 matchup of powers Kentucky, UNC headlines week ahead

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Kentucky has already spent time at No. 1 in the AP Top 25 , while North Carolina got off to a strong start that had some calling the Tar Heels the nation's best team. The two tradition-rich programs meet Saturday in Las Vegas to ...

Crosby picks up 21st, Penguins throttle Coyotes 7-0

By WILL GRAVES, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — A year into the job, Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan's daily message to his team has not changed. Just as he did when he took over an underachieving group last December, Sullivan wants the Penguins to "play the right way." Play ...

Griffin, Paul have double-doubles, Clippers hold off Blazers

By STEVE DILBECK, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — J.J. Redick came through at the free-throw line in the closing seconds to help the Los Angeles Clippers pull out a win in a game that saw the teams trade leads until the final minutes. Blake Griffin had 26 points and 12 rebounds, ...

Cardinals’ Michael Floyd arrested on DUI, other charges

By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd was arrested early Monday on charges of driving under the influence and failure to obey a police officer. Floyd was found unconscious behind the wheel of his running vehicle at a Scottsdale ...

Rams fire coach Jeff Fisher after 42-14 loss to Falcons

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jeff Fisher's tenure in Los Angeles didn't last one full season. The Rams fired Fisher on Monday and elevated special teams coordinator John Fassel to interim coach. The Rams are 4-9 heading into Thursday night's game at NFC West-leading Seattle. Fisher had been the ...

Metropolitan teams flexing their muscles as best in NHL

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer Justin Williams knows from missing the playoffs twice with defending Stanley Cup champions just how difficult it is to make it to the postseason, which is why the Metropolitan Division standings have his full attention. "I see our division, I see ...

With Big Ben struggling, Steelers lean on Bell to beat Bills

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — When Big Ben doesn't have his 'A' Game, the Pittsburgh Steelers showed they have a more than capable Plan B in continuing their late-season playoff push. That's 'B' as in Bell. With quarterback Ben Roethlisberger struggling ...

ICYMI in NFL Week 14: Talib, Pacman and WWE-style smack talk

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Pro Football Writer Thanks to Aqib Talib and Adam "Pacman" Jones , there was a bit of WWE-style smack talk in NFL locker rooms Sunday. No telling what might have been said on the field. Broncos cornerback Talib shared his less-than-flattering thoughts about ...

Another collapse sends reeling 49ers to 12th straight loss

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — With two touchdowns in the first five minutes against the reeling New York Jets, the San Francisco 49ers looked poised to finally get their first win since the season opener. Then for the rest of the game, they became the same ...

Porzingis, Rose lead Knicks past slumping Lakers, 118-112

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carmelo Anthony was thrilled when several Knicks took turns hitting big shots while they held off the Lakers. He can see New York embracing the teamwork and syncopated speed necessary to run coach Jeff Hornacek's offense ...

College coaches face paradox when players struggle to shoot

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Josh Jackson has been hearing people talk about his herky-jerky jump shot for years, ever since he was a hot young prospect with an elite combination of size, athleticism and natural scoring ability. Then, the Kansas freshman ...

Playoff picture: Texans get much-needed boost with win

By DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Pro Football Writer The playoff race remains predictably crowded early in the fourth quarter of this NFL season, creating a complicated bundle of scenarios for the division crowns and wild-card spots available for the taking. The afternoon game Sunday with the ...

Seattle wins MLS Cup, beating Toronto on penalty kicks

By PAUL ATTFIELD, Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — As homecomings go, the MLS Cup final is going to be hard to beat for Seattle's Stefan Frei. Frei made critical saves in regulation and then again in the penalty-kick shootout to help the Sounders win their first championship with a 5-4 ...

Holloway takes interim featherweight title at UFC 206

TORONTO (AP) — Max Holloway has his belt, and now he's going on the hunt. The garrulous Hawaiian scored a knockout over Anthony Pettis 4:50 into the third round for the interim featherweight championship in the co-main event at UFC 206 on Saturday night. It was the first time a UFC belt ...

Heavyweight champ Joshua back at Wembley for defining fight

By STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports Writer MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Anthony Joshua was making his way through the heavyweight ranks, establishing a reputation as a potential world champion of the future, when he fought unheralded Matt Legg at Wembley Stadium in the summer of 2014. It was the ...

World champ Terence Crawford stops John Molina in 8th round

By ERIC OLSON, AP Sports Writer OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Unbeaten world champion Terence "Bud" Crawford stopped John Molina in the eighth round to end a dominating performance and a dominating year. Crawford retained his WBO and WBC junior welterweight titles. Molina didn't make the ...

Angels acquire infielder Espinosa in trade with Nationals

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels acquired Danny Espinosa from the Washington Nationals on Saturday night, picking up their new starting second baseman in a trade for two minor league pitchers. The Angels sent right-handers Austin Adams and Kyle McGowin to the Nationals for ...

Leonard scores 30 points, Spurs rebound to beat Nets 130-101

By RAUL DOMINGUEZ, Associated Press SAN ANTONIO (AP) — If the San Antonio Spurs weren't aware of how poorly they've played in the opening half of most games this season, they were forcefully reminded recently. After coach Gregg Popovich called out their professionalism and effort, the ...