National Sports

ND-Syracuse at Yankee Stadium headlines Week 12 slate

By STEVE MEGARGEE, AP Sports Writer The biggest college football game of the weekend is taking place in a baseball stadium. No. 3 Notre Dame (No. 3 College Football Playoff ) will put its unbeaten record on the line when it faces No. 12 Syracuse (No. 12 CFP) at Yankee Stadium. Both teams ...

Pitt visits Wake looking to clinch spot in ACC title game

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Pittsburgh spoiled a conference rival's special season a year ago. The Panthers don't want Wake Forest to do the same thing to them. Pitt will clinch its first appearance in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game with a win over the Demon Deacons on ...

No. 1 Alabama prepares for The Citadel’s triple option

By JOHN ZENOR, AP Sports Writer TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama has brushed off two ranked division rivals without allowing a point. On Saturday, the top-ranked Crimson Tide defense faces an entirely different challenge: The Citadel (4-5) and its triple option offense. All that preparation ...

Former Ohio State students air claims of sex abuse by doctor

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Former students alleging sexual abuse by a former Ohio State University team doctor are pleading with the school's trustees not to dismiss or minimize victims' claims. Seven accusers of Dr. Richard Strauss told trustees Friday his ...

How ‘Bout Them Cowboys? New book examines so-called America’s Team

By The Associated Press Gary Myers has covered Jerry Jones longer than any pro football writer, so it seemed logical and natural to write a book about the owner of the most valuable franchise in the world. "How 'Bout Them Cowboys?" (Grand Central Publishing) is an in-depth look at America's ...

Wallace takes 1-stroke lead at World Tour Championship

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Matt Wallace took his shots on time and took the lead at the World Tour Championship. The 28-year-old Englishman, who was fined 3,000 pounds ($3,800) for slow play in the first round, shot a 7-under 65 Friday for a one-stroke lead over Danny Willett (67), ...

Bell becomes favorite after eking into Xfinity Series finale

By MARK LONG, AP Sports Writer MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Christopher Bell's last race could prove more daunting than his next one. Bell faced a must-win scenario in the semifinal round of the Xfinity Series playoffs at Phoenix last week, needing to beat 39 other drivers to earn the fourth ...

No. 10 LSU, Orgeron mindful of past upsets as Rice arrives

By BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports Writer BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU coach Ed Orgeron didn't want to hear about resting key starters or giving young reserves more snaps — no matter how much of a prohibitive favorite his tenth-ranked Tigers may be against struggling Rice. Apparently, bad memories ...

UMass, led by Weirton native Ross Comis, to face No. 5 Georgia

By CHARLES ODUM, AP Sports Writer ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — In Mark Whipple's two stints as the UMass coach covering 11 years and time spent in FCS and FBS, No. 5 Georgia is his pick as the Minutemen's toughest opponent. Whipple says he didn't even have to pass along that opinion to his ...

Virginia looks for better showing against triple-option

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Virginia's championship hopes could be dashed before the Cavaliers take the field Saturday. Yet, there isn't time to fret over what-ifs. The triple-option demands their full attention. Georgia Tech leads the nation in rushing yards with an ...

Syracuse-Notre Dame matchup headlines ACC’s 12th week

By The Associated Press Things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 12: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 12 Syracuse vs. No. 3 Notre Dame. Coach Dino Babers' Orange (8-2, 5-2, No. 12 CFP) have been the surprise story of the season in the ACC, making a case for a New Year's Six bowl berth ...

On Basketball: Butler, 76ers have time to figure things out

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Time, right now, is Jimmy Butler's best friend. That's all that the Philadelphia 76ers and their newest player need. They will figure things out, figure out who goes where and who does what in every situation. In time, they'll be ...

No. 1 Duke’s freshmen: College hoops’ must-see attraction

By JOEDY McCREARY, AP Sports Writer DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Drake has already been spotted wearing Zion Williamson's high school jersey. Let that be proof: Duke's season is just starting, and the Blue Devils' freshmen have already arrived. Just three games into their college careers, the ...

Michigan routs Villanova in championship rematch

By The Associated Press VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Charles Matthews scored 19 points, Ignas Brazdeikis had 18 and No. 18 Michigan beat No. 8 Villanova 73-46 in a national championship game rematch Wednesday night. Villanova captured its second title in three years with a 79-62 victory over ...

LeBron gets 44, passes Wilt in LA’s 126-117 win over Blazers

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — A floating jumper, a foul and a free throw in the fourth quarter of a tight game. With a gorgeous three-point play , the King jumped over the Big Dipper. LeBron James' inimitable presence has already been felt in his first few weeks in ...

No. 10 Kentucky coasts past North Dakota 96-58

By GARY B. GRAVES, AP Sports Writer LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — As No. 10 Kentucky works through initial growing pains, it can feel good about its first lopsided win this season. PJ Washington set a career high with 25 points and grabbed a season-best seven rebounds, Tyler Herro added 18 points ...

WVU Looks to Keep B12 Title Hopes Alive at Oklahoma State

No. 18 Iowa St-No. 13 Texas matches Big 12 title contenders By The Associated Press Some things to know about Week 12 in the Big 12 Conference: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 18 Iowa State (6-3, 5-2 Big 12) at No. 13 Texas (7-3, 5-2). The winner will still be in contention for a spot in the Big 12 ...

Short-handed Terps are Buckeyes’ last obstacle before ‘Game’

By ERIC OLSON, AP College Football Writer Here's what to watch in the Big Ten this week: BEST GAME No. 8 Ohio State at Maryland This season has been plain weird for the Buckeyes (9-1, 6-1, No. 10 CFP) with all the off-field distraction and uneven on-field performances. Yet they're still in ...

Later Le’Veon; Steelers move on with Bell out of the mix

By Will Graves AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers spent the better part of 10 months waiting on Le’Veon Bell to show up for work. They said all the right things, stressed they understood the star running back was making a business decision by opting to stay home ...

Mets’ deGrom gets Cy with record-low wins; Snell takes AL

By Jake Seiner AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — After a season marred by narrow defeats, Jacob deGrom became a runaway winner. The New York Mets ace easily won the National League Cy Young Award on Wednesday night, a reward for a historically fruitless season in Flushing. The ...