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After a year of drama, the Lakers reach NBA Finals anyway

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Here's a list of just some of the things the Los Angeles Lakers have gone through in the last 12 months: playing through a politically charged situation in China during the preseason and more massive fallout after returning ...

On final day, 2 NL spots and AL Central crown in play

By MIKE FITZPATRICK AP Baseball Writer Four teams, two National League playoff spots. And the AL Central champion. Besides postseason seeding, that's what remains to be decided on the last scheduled day of this bizarre baseball season. It could all come down to the wire at once in a wild ...

Ebner dominates in Aranda debut as Baylor tops Kansas 47-14

By SCHUYLER DIXON AP Sports Writer WACO, Texas (AP) — Trestan Ebner left little doubt he was more than ready for Baylor's opener after two games were called off because of COVID-19 concerns. Dave Aranda was a little more coy about the anticipation of his first game as a head coach, which ...

King throws 2 TD passes, No. 12 Miami routs Florida State

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Miami avoided a lightning delay, amped up the offense and overwhelmed its in-state rival. D'Eriq King threw for 267 yards and two touchdowns and the No. 12 Hurricanes beat Florida State 52-10 on Saturday night. The kickoff appeared headed for a delay because of ...

LEADING OFF: NL race down to final day — and maybe Monday

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ LET'S GET IT SETTLED St. Louis, Milwaukee, San Francisco and Philadelphia enter the last day of the regular season competing for two postseason spots, and the biggest game of the day pits Christian ...

No. 21 Pitt’s holds off No. 24 Louisville 23-20

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Patrick Jones II wants No. 21 Pittsburgh's defense to be the best in the country. Not just in points allowed. Not just in yards allowed. Not just in sacks or turnovers. All of it. "We want it all," the senior defensive end said. The ...

Kansas State stuns No. 3 Oklahoma 38-35

By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Skylar Thompson passed for 334 yards and ran for three touchdowns, and Kansas State rallied from 21 points down to beat No. 3 Oklahoma 38-35 on Saturday. Freshman Deuce Vaughn caught four passes for 129 yards and ran for a touchdown for ...

Nix, No. 8 Auburn pull away from No. 23 Kentucky, 29-13

By JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writer AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Bo Nix threw for 233 yards and three second-half touchdowns, including a pair to Seth Williams, and No. 8 Auburn scored twice in the fourth quarter to pull away from No. 23 Kentucky for a 29-13 victory Saturday in the season opener. The ...

Gabriel, No. 13 UCF beat East Carolina 51-28 in AAC opener

By AARON BEARD AP Sports Writer GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Dillon Gabriel threw for 408 yards and four touchdowns to help No. 13 Central Florida beat East Carolina 51-28 on Saturday to open its American Athletic Conference schedule. Jaylon Robinson and Marlon Williams each had huge games as ...

No. 5 Florida beats Ole Miss 51-35 in Kiffin’s debut

CHRIS BURROWS Associated Press OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Kyle Pitts caught four of Kyle Trask's six touchdown passes and No. 5 Florida spoiled the head coaching debut of Mississippi's Lane Kiffin with a 51-35 victory Saturday. Trask completed 30 of 42 passes for 416 yards including touchdown ...

High school freshman golfer makes 1st ever competitive shot count

OTSEGO (AP) — First high school match, first shot — hole in one. Stephanie Scott, a freshman at Otsego High School, aced hole No. 8 Monday at Lake Doster Golf Club. Scott told MLive.com that she couldn’t see what happened, but the reaction was swift. “Her dad was standing by the ...

State of Michigan set to lift ban on ticket scalping

LANSING (AP) — The Michigan House on Tuesday was expected to vote to lift the state’s rarely enforced ban on ticket scalping, bringing the long-proposed bill closer to the governor’s desk. The legislation would end a prohibition on the resale of tickets for more than face value. ...

Cleveland Indians show postseason potential in 7-4 win at Detroit Tigers

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT — With Carlos Carrasco looking sharp down the stretch, the Cleveland Indians could be a dangerous team in the postseason. Carrasco allowed one hit in seven scoreless innings, and Jose Ramirez homered twice to lift the Indians to a 7-4 victory over ...

Detroit Tigers’ manager Ron Gardenhire announces immediate retirement

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT — Ron Gardenhire mostly maintained his jovial demeanor this season. As recently as Friday night, he was needling a reporter while discussing a strategic decision from the late innings. Less than 24 hours later, Gardenhire announced his retirement. ...

Big 10 releases football schedule

(AP) — The Big Ten’s third football schedule of the 2020 season is highlighted by Michigan-Ohio State on Dec. 12, the final day of the conference’s regular season and the latest date the rivals have ever played. The Big Ten released an eight-games-in-eight-weeks schedule on Saturday ...

NYC mayor ‘very confident’ in new school reopening timeline

NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio is confident that New York City will meet a revised timeline to bring public school students back to classrooms within the next two weeks, following closures because of the coronavirus pandemic, he said Friday. "I feel very confident about that date," de ...

Green Bay Packers still wary despite sweeping Detroit Lions in 2019

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer GREEN BAY, Wis. — The past two games between the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions exemplified the biggest difference between these two teams. Green Bay has an uncanny ability to win close games. Detroit keeps finding new ways to lose them. The Packers ...

Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions beset by injuries

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay and Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Kenny Clark won’t be available Sunday for their NFC North matchup at Lambeau Field. The Lions’ injury report released Friday listed Golladay out for Sunday’s game as well as ...