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Yankees’ Germán suspended 81 games for domestic violence

By JAKE SEINER AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees pitcher Domingo Germán will miss the first 63 games of the 2020 season as part of an 81-game ban for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. The league announced the suspension Thursday. Germán has agreed not to ...

Top-seeded Ravens exhibited greatness after mediocre start

By DAVID GINSBURG AP Sports Writer OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens had just given up 30 points in the second half of a 40-25 loss at home to Cleveland that dropped their record to 2-2. As he gathered his players in the locker room, coach John Harbaugh was more disappointed than ...

Delpit caps unusual season for LSU with trip to title game

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Grant Delpit has had an unusual season. LSU's star safety switched positions early in the year to compensate for an injured teammate. Later in the season, he was the injured player and the Tigers' defense suffered from Delpit being limited by a ...

Browns vow to get coach hire ‘right,’ meet with McCarthy

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns owner Jimmy Haslam excused himself from a daylong interview with former Packers coach Mike McCarthy to once again explain why his franchise is in disarray. It's a nearly annual event in Cleveland — fire a coach, find a new one, ...

Remembering David Stern and some of his top accomplishments

By Tim Reynolds AP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — Nick Nurse has quite a few reasons to be thankful for David Stern. The coach of the NBA champion Toronto Raptors first encountered Stern around 20 years ago. Nurse, who was coaching in London, met Stern — then the NBA commissioner — ...

Herbert leads Oregon by Wisconsin in Rose Bowl

By Greg Beacham AP Sports Writer PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Justin Herbert scored his third rushing touchdown of the 106th Rose Bowl on a thrilling 30-yard run with 7:41 to play Wednesday night, and No. 7 Oregon held off No. 11 Wisconsin 28-27 to win its third straight trip to the Granddaddy ...

Stars rally to beat Preds 4-2 in Winter Classic at Cotton

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Stars interim coach Rick Bowness had just seen a very similar comeback by his team, though the surroundings for this one were drastically different. While pigs raced during timeouts next to the outdoor rink, which was built in the ...

Johnson lifts No. 16 Minnesota over No. 9 Auburn in Outback

By FRED GOODALL AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — With the clock winding down on a dominating performance in the Outback Bowl, Minnesota fans broke into a chant of "Row The Boat, Row The Boat, Row The Boat." The never-give-up mantra coach P.J. Fleck used to help change the culture of ...

No. 13 San Diego State beats Fresno State to stay undefeated

By BERNIE WILSON AP Sports Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — Undefeated and 13th-ranked San Diego State passed the first test of its toughest stretch of the season when it outlasted old friend Justin Hutson and undermanned Fresno State. Malachi Flynn scored 16 points and Matt Mitchell had 15 for ...

Jeudy, Jones lead Tide past Michigan in Citrus Bowl, 35-16

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Sports Writer ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Mac Jones threw three touchdown passes, Jerry Jeudy became the first Alabama player to top 200 receiving yards in a bowl game and the ninth-ranked Crimson Tide topped No. 17 Michigan 35-16 on Wednesday in the Citrus Bowl. Jones connected ...

San Francisco roars back into playoffs as NFC’s top seed

ARNIE STAPLETON AP Pro Football Writer For the first time since 1997, the San Francisco 49ers are the top seed in the NFC playoffs, a stunning turnaround for a team that owned the second overall pick in the NFL draft just nine months ago. After four straight losing campaigns, including only ...

Brady, Patriots don’t get usual R&R heading into playoffs

ARNIE STAPLETON AP Pro Football Writer Tom Brady and the defending champion New England Patriots aren't getting their usual bye week to rest, relax and recharge. Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens earned the AFC's top seed for the first time since the current playoff format was adopted in ...

Former NBA commissioner David Stern dies at 77

By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — David Stern, the basketball-loving lawyer who took the NBA around the world during 30 years as its longest-serving commissioner and oversaw its growth into a global powerhouse, died Wednesday. He was 77. Stern suffered a brain hemorrhage ...

Bowden’s late TD pass lifts Kentucky past VTech 37-30

By ELI PACHECO The Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Lynn Bowden Jr. ran for 223 yards on 34 carries, and then tossed a 13-yard touchdown pass to Josh Ali with 15 seconds left as Kentucky rallied behind its remarkable receiver-turned-quarterback to beat Virginia Tech 37-30 on Tuesday ...

No. 5 Georgia, No. 8 Baylor talk motivation for Sugar Bowl

By BRETT MARTEL AP Sports Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer figures that suffering through 11 losses two seasons has given him a healthy perspective as the Bears prepare for their Sugar Bowl showdown against established SEC power Georgia. "I've gotten to be here ...

Analysis: Young QBs get plenty of opportunities in NFL

By JOSH DUBOW AP Pro Football Writer From Super Bowl contenders to teams in full rebuilding mode, from injury-riddled ones to those trying to become champions. Teams at almost every stage of the building process in the NFL have been willing to turn over their play-calling to inexperienced ...

Shoulder injury sidelines Penguins’ Guentzel for 4-6 months

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jake Guentzel's play-making helped the Pittsburgh Penguins withstand the loss of captain Sidney Crosby, earning his first All-Star team in the process. The joy over Guentzel's selection proved short-lived. The talented forward will miss at least four months after injuring ...

Tomlin: Rudolph is Steelers’ top backup QB heading into 2020

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers' 2019 season was defined by chaos at quarterback. Coach Mike Tomlin is eyeing a return to normalcy in 2020. Tomlin said Tuesday the team expects veteran Ben Roethlisberger to return next season after missing all but six quarters of Pittsburgh's ...

Gillespie leads No. 10 Nova past Xavier in Big East opener

By Aaron Bracy Associated Press VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Villanova coach Jay Wright leaned on Collin Gillespie in crunch time, and the sophomore guard delivered. Gillespie scored 16 of his game-high 24 points in the second half to lead No. 10 Villanova to a 68-62 victory over Xavier on ...

Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor rushes into elite company

By Dan Greenspan Associated Press PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — It is no longer a question of where Jonathan Taylor ranks among the greatest running backs to play at Wisconsin for assistant coach John Settle. To Settle, Taylor has put himself alongside the best ever to play college ...