National Sports

Nadal vs Federer: Dream final becomes reality in Australia

By JUSTIN BERGMAN, Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — As Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal won match after match at the Australian Open, making their unlikely way through opposite sides of the draw, tennis fans couldn't help but look ahead. Could the two old rivals, almost six years ...

Wanna bet? Once gambling-shy NFL plans move to Vegas

By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer Once upon a time, the thought of gambling on a pro football game brought gasps of indignation from the NFL offices. And swift action if it was a player who actually placed a bet. Paul Hornung and Alex Karras each were suspended for the 1963 season for ...

Column: Looking live once more as era ends with Musburger

By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Columnist In less than a week, we'll be looking live for the last time as Brent Musburger leaves television for a new life among the betting crowd in Las Vegas he always managed to wink at from the broadcast booth. An interesting decision, since Musburger said just ...

Venus Williams beats Vandeweghe, reaches Aussie Open final

By JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Venus Williams held up her end of the deal for another all-sisters Australian Open final with a 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-3 win over CoCo Vandeweghe, becoming the oldest player to reach the final here in the Open era. The 36-year-old Williams ...

USC upsets No. 8 UCLA 84-76 behind 14 3-pointers

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — There's another good college basketball team in Los Angeles, and No. 8 UCLA found out the hard way. Shaqquan Aaron scored a career-high 23 points off the bench, and Southern California matched its season best with 14 3-pointers in an 84-76 ...

Texas A&M beats Ole Miss behind Gilder’s 22 points

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Admon Gilder scored a career-high 22 points and added seven rebounds and seven assists Wednesday night as Texas A&M defeated Mississippi 80-76. Texas A&M (11-8, 3-5) outscored the Rebels 7-3 in the final 90 seconds to snap a three-game road losing streak in the ...

Westbrook triple-double leads Thunder past Pelicans, 114-105

By BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Russell Westbrook made the right play at the right time again, swinging a pass to Victor Oladipo for an open 3-pointer that slammed the door on New Orleans' comeback attempt and completed a historically significant triple-double for the ...

LeBron, slumping Cavs lose to Kings 116-112 in overtime

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The criticism quieted. The problems persist. LeBron James and the NBA champions are a mess right now. Arron Afflalo dropped a 3-pointer with 17.3 seconds left in overtime as the Sacramento Kings rallied for 116-112 win Wednesday night over ...

Small college guys battling for draft spots at Senior Bowl

By JOHN ZENOR, AP Sports Writer MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Connor Harris made more tackles in his Lindenwood career than any other NCAA football player. Cooper Kupp led the nation in receiving for Eastern Washington, and Tiffin's Antonio Pipkin racked up more than 13,000 yards in total ...

3 of top 4 teams in college hoops poll lose on same night

By JIM O'CONNELL, AP Basketball Writer It was not a good night to be at the top of the AP Top 25. For the first time in five years, three of the top four teams in the poll lost on the same day. No. 1 Villanova was beaten 74-72 at Marquette on Tuesday, No. 2 Kansas fell 85-69 at No. 18 West ...

Clutch! Reinhardt helps Marquette upset No. 1 Villanova

By GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) — Three dribbles. One deep breath. Marquette's Katin Reinhardt went through his typical routine before each of his two crucial free throws with 11.6 seconds left of a tie game against No. 1 Villanova. Reinhardt hit both. The Wildcats ...

Hubbs helps Tennessee stun No. 4 Kentucky 82-80

By STEVE MEGARGEE, AP Sports Writer KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — On a night full of stunners in college basketball, Tennessee added No. 4 Kentucky to the list of upset victims. Robert Hubbs III scored 25 points Tuesday night and Tennessee surprised Kentucky 82-80 to snap the Wildcats' seven-game ...

Seattle Mariners to retire Edgar Martinez’s number

By TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer SEATTLE (AP) — As Edgar Martinez's candidacy for the baseball Hall of Fame began gaining more traction, the Seattle Mariners ownership started discussions of whether it was time to consider giving Martinez the ultimate honor from the franchise. When Martinez ...

Tomlin not alarmed as Roethlisberger ponders future

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — As a general philosophy, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin treats each individual season as its own unique entity, with no direct through line from one to the next. Considering his quarterback's current state of mind, probably a good ...

Curry honored by high school, college in return to Charlotte

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Stephen Curry said he doesn't have many regrets in life. But the two-time NBA MVP shared one on Tuesday, saying he wishes he had tried out for the varsity team as a freshman rather than settle for playing junior varsity. "I went ...

No. 2 Kansas faces No. 4 Kentucky in marquee game this week

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Basketball Writer Kansas has been the hottest team in the country, reeling off 18 straight wins since its season-opening loss to Indiana. The Jayhawks are up to No. 2 in the AP Top 25 and have positioned themselves for a 13th straight Big 12 title. Next up is one of the ...

Confident Vandeweghe on strong run at Australian Open

By JUSTIN BERGMAN, Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — On the court, CoCo Vandeweghe is all bluster and bravado, an all-or-nothing ball striker with a booming forehand who compares herself to a freight train and shrugs (literally) when she upsets the top player in the ...

Overreactions: There’s no stopping Matt Ryan and the Falcons

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer There's no stopping Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons. After piling up 540 points in the regular season, the NFL's highest-scoring offense has been even better in the playoffs. The Falcons scored 36 points against Seattle last week and 44 more against ...

Balanced No. 3 Gonzaga defeats Portland 83-64

By ANNE M. PETERSON, AP Sports Writer PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An undefeated season, 20 consecutive victories and that No. 3 ranking aside, the Gonzaga Bulldogs think they can be better. Zach Collins had 13 points and Gonzaga remained the nation's only undefeated Division I team with an 83-64 ...

Roddick came up short at majors, but proud of longevity

By JUSTIN BERGMAN, Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Andy Roddick won the U.S. Open, reached the final of Wimbledon three times and was a fixture in the top 10 for much of his career. Still, he didn't think his induction in the International Tennis Hall of Fame was a sure ...