National Sports

Northwestern defense stuns No. 20 Utah 31-20 in Holiday Bowl

By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — A cold, hard rain in normally warm, dry San Diego made the Northwestern Wildcats feel right at home, especially as they enjoyed a downpour of Utah turnovers in the Holiday Bowl. In a dizzying nine-minute stretch of the third quarter, the ...

Lawrence lights up Notre Dame, No. 2 Clemson cruises 30-3

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — When Clemson’s Dabo Swinney entrusted a team with championship aspirations to freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence in September, this is what the Tigers’ coach had in mind. Lawrence threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns and No. 2 Clemson beat No. 3 Notre Dame ...

WNBA crossroads: league looks to cut losses, hire president

By Doug Feinberg AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — As 2018 closes, the WNBA is at a crossroads. The play on the court has never been better, with Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird leading the Seattle Storm to a championship. Most of the playoff positions weren’t decided until the final ...

Blackwood picks up first NHL win, Devils beat Bruins

BOSTON (AP) — Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 40 shots for his first NHL victory, Blake Coleman scored twice and the New Jersey Devils beat the Boston Bruins 5-2 on Thursday night. Damon Severson scored 25 seconds into the game and Kyle Palmieri added his team-high 19th goal for the Devils, who ...

Taylor runs for 205 yards in Wisconsin’s Pinstripe victory

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Jonathan Taylor ran for 205 yards and a touchdown and topped the 2,000-yard season mark to help Wisconsin rout Miami 35-3 in a chilly Pinstripe Bowl on Thursday night. Taylor, just a sophomore, ripped off runs of 39 and 41 yards and was ...

Wild and crazy season ends with lots of playoff uncertainty

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer In a wild and crazy season, the biggest remaining tumult is in the AFC South. Houston leads and takes the division title by beating struggling Jacksonville. A Texans loss, however, gives the winner of the prime-time game between the Colts and Titans in ...

NCAA confirms suspension of Clemson star DT Dexter Lawrence

By RALPH RUSSO, AP College Football Writer DALLAS (AP) — Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence will not play against No. 3 Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl after the NCAA confirmed a suspension Thursday for a failed test for performance-enhancing drugs, possibly ending the talented junior's ...

Fitzgerald mum, as usual, on whether this is NFL finale

By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Someday, obviously, Larry Fitzgerald will play in his last NFL game. Whether that game is Sunday, when his beleaguered Arizona Cardinals play at Seattle, is anybody's guess. And don't expect any hints from him. He doesn't like to talk about ...

Jets’ Darnold wraps up rookie year by facing Rodgers, Brady

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Pro Football Writer FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Sam Darnold is wrapping up his rookie season with glimpses of greatness. First, Aaron Rodgers. Next, Tom Brady. The New York Jets quarterback's final two opponents are among the best to play the position, and Darnold ...

Rushing leader Elliott wants in vs Giants; do Cowboys agree?

By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Pro Football Writer FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott insists he's playing and has no hesitation saying the NFL rushing title is on his mind with the Dallas Cowboys locked into the fourth playoff seed as NFC East champions going into their regular-season finale at ...

Virginia looking for better bowl outcome after last year

By HANK KURZ Jr., AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Bryce Perkins wasn't with Virginia when the Cavaliers made their first bowl appearance in six years last season, but the quarterback has heard about the disappointing trip and is helping them prepare for a different outcome. The ...

Notre Dame getting 1st title shot since ’12 loss to Alabama

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Notre Dame defensive captain Drue Tranquill and leading receiver Miles Boykin weren't even Fighting Irish fans the last time they had a 12-0 regular season. Maybe that was a good thing because those current players didn't have to ...

Luck can extend mastery of Titans, put Colts in playoffs

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Pro Football Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Andrew Luck is a win away from putting the Indianapolis Colts back into the playoffs for the first time since 2014 while doing something no NFL quarterback has managed since at least 1970. Beat an opponent 11 straight ...

Jones, Duke offense roll past Temple in Independence Bowl

By DAVID BRANDT, AP Sports Writer SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Temple was making big special-teams plays, returning interceptions for touchdowns and looking like a team that might crush Duke for a big postseason win. But the Owls had one problem that couldn't be overcome: Coach David Cutcliffe ...

Steelers hope for a win (and some luck) vs. Bengals

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is modifying his jersey, using a marker to add an "s" to the end of his last name. Safety Sean Davis is mulling a present or two to Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield, promising to send the ...

Chiefs aim for AFC West title, No. 1 seed against Raiders

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs could have taken this week off, assured of not only their third consecutive AFC West title but also the No. 1 seed in the playoffs before the Oakland Raiders came to town. Instead, they'll have everything on ...

Broncos keep losing big games, key players

By Arnie Stapleton AP Pro Football Writer ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Eleven months ago, Case Keenum engineered the “Minneapolis Miracle.” Now, he’s one of the architects of the “Denver Debacle.” The Broncos’ 27-14 loss at Oakland ensured the franchise of its first back-to-back ...

Irving scores 40, leads Celtics to 121-114 win over Sixers

By DOUG ALDEN, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving extended the game with a clutch shot, then ended it with two more in overtime. Irving scored six of his 40 points in overtime, hitting back-to-back 3-pointers while leading Boston back from a five-point deficit as the Celtics beat ...

LeBron gets hurt in Lakers’ rout of Warriors

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers lost LeBron James in the third quarter to a strained left groin then went out and beat the two-time defending champions without him Tuesday night, getting King James' 17 points, 13 rebounds and five assists before the injury in a surprising ...

Lindsay heads the list of undrafted rookies making impact

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer Phillip Lindsay didn't receive an invitation to the NFL scouting combine and his name wasn't called during the draft. Motivated by the snub, he made history. The talented Denver Broncos running back became the first undrafted offensive player selected ...