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No. 24 NC State stuns NC 34-30 with 2 TDs in 26 seconds

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Too often for No. 24 N.C. State, rival North Carolina has proven to be the thorn in its side — crashing the party in otherwise successful seasons or, more recently, outright embarrassing the Wolfpack in blowouts. Friday night was shaping up to be more of the same, with ...

Franco signs $182-million, 11-year contract with Tampa Bay

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Wander Franco and the Tampa Bay Rays have finalized an $182 million, 11-year contract that includes a club option for the 2033 season. The shortstop's deal, which could be worth up to $223 million if the club option is exercised and incentives are reached, was ...

AP source: Mets add CF Marte with $78 million, 4-year deal

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets have bolstered their lineup with three free-agent deals, adding speedy center fielder Starling Marte to go along with Mark Canha and All-Star infielder Eduardo Escobar. Marte's four-year contract is worth $78 million, according to a person familiar with the ...

NHL postpones 2 Islanders games amid COVID-19 outbreak

The NHL has postponed two more games for coronavirus-related reasons, making it five so far this season. Upcoming New York Islanders games Sunday at the Rangers and Tuesday at the Philadelphia Flyers were postponed after additional members of the team went into the NHL's COVID-19 protocol on ...

No. 1 Georgia routs Georgia Tech 45-0, looks ahead to Bama

ATLANTA (AP) — Stetson Bennett helped No. 1 Georgia finish a perfect regular season, and then shifted his attention to Alabama. Bennett passed for 255 yards and four touchdowns, including two to tight end Brock Bowers, and No. 1 Georgia overwhelmed Georgia Tech 45-0 on Saturday. "It's a big ...

Mariners acquire All-Star 2B Adam Frazier from San Diego

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle's first big move of the offseason was completing a deal Jerry Dipoto tried to make last summer. The Mariners finally landed Adam Frazier on Saturday, acquiring the All-Star second baseman in a trade with the San Diego Padres. "We thought we were at the goal line to ...

No. 9 Baylor still has Big 12 title shot after win over Tech

WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor coach Dave Aranda was well aware of the Big 12 ramifications for his ninth-ranked Bears in the outcome of a game later in the evening. In many ways, that didn't really matter to him. Blake Shapen threw for 254 yards and two touchdowns in his first start, Abram Smith ...

76ers’ Joel Embiid returns after 9-game COVID-19 absence

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid returned Saturday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves after missing nine games because of COVID-19 protocols. The four-time All-Star hadn't played since Nov. 6, with the 76ers going 2-7 without him. Embiid is averaging 21.4 pints ...

AP Top 25 Takeaways Harbaugh’s breakthrough; Harsin’s miscue

Jim Harbaugh has always been a good coach. Now he's a good coach who has finally beaten Ohio State. No. 6 Michigan vanquished the Buckeyes on Saturday, ending a losing streak that has defined the program and its coach. The Wolverines were tougher and smarter, bludgeoning and confusing the ...

Kraken beat Panthers 4-1, deny Florida home-ice win record

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Chris Driedger was the winning goalie when Florida's home-ice winning streak started last season. The streak ended Saturday — and Driedger was the winning goalie again. Driedger made 33 saves against his former team, helping the Seattle Kraken defeat Florida 4-1 on ...

Suns extend win streak to 16 with 113-107 victory over Nets

NEW YORK (AP) — A chance to match franchise history and take a spot atop the NBA is waiting for the Phoenix Suns. They have loftier aspirations than those, but want them anyway. "Obviously, everybody knows the ultimate goal is the chance to win a championship," Chris Paul said. "But if you ...

Brady, SB champions shift attention to solving road woes

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Winning for the first time in nearly a month was a relief for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who now face the challenge of finding a way to regain their mojo on the road. The Super Bowl champions are 5-0 at home this season compared to 2-3 away from Raymond James Stadium, where ...

Offshore tourneys return in college basketball amid COVID-19

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Kimani Lawrence and his Arizona State teammates were eager to take everything in as they arrived for a men's college basketball tournament that was among the countless things disrupted amid the COVID-19 pandemic in the past 18 months. Just being here is a big ...

Cincinnati moves into College Football Playoff position

Cincinnati moved into position to make the College Football Playoff on Tuesday night, climbing a spot to fourth behind Georgia, Ohio State and Alabama. A team from outside the Power Five conferences has never been selected for the semifinals in the previous seven years of the College Football ...

Knicks recover to beat Lakers team missing suspended James

NEW YORK (AP) — LeBron James couldn't be in the building. Anthony Davis almost wasn't. With one superstar suspended and another sick, the Los Angeles Lakers already had big problems. Then they created one more for themselves by falling into a 25-point hole. "We weren't playing hard enough. ...

No. 1 Gonzaga turns showdown with No. 2 UCLA into 83-63 rout

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Chet Holmgren swatted the ball off the backboard, turned and coolly brought it up the floor like a spider-legged point guard. He lost a defender with a dribble behind his back at the top of the key, took two steps and stretched out his 7-foot-1 frame for a two-handed ...

Doncic returns, Mavericks beat Clippers in OT to snap skid

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It would have been understandable if the Dallas Mavericks folded in overtime against the Los Angeles Clippers after blowing a 10-point lead. Kristaps Porzingis and Luka Dončić weren't about to let that happen, though, and they dominated the final five minutes. Porzingis ...

NFL teams on Thanksgiving schedule all coming off loss

Maybe the NFL teams set to play on Thanksgiving got caught looking ahead to the holiday extravaganza. All six squads playing on Thursday lost in their lead-up to the Thanksgiving game, marking the first time since 2001 that every team playing on the holiday dropped its previous contest. Back ...

Benzema handed 1-year suspended sentence in sex-tape case

VERSAILLES, France (AP) — France and Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema was given a one-year suspended jail sentence and a fine of 75,000 euros ($84,000) Wednesday in a sex-tape case that rocked French soccer. Benzema was found guilty of being involved in an attempt in 2015 to blackmail ...

College football picks: Big stakes from ACC to Mountain West

So much to be decided heading into this week's Thanksgiving college football feast. Let's sort it out, conference by conference. Atlantic Coast Conference: No. 20 Pitt is locked into the conference championship game and will face No. 21 Wake Forest, No. 24 North Carolina State or Clemson. ...