No. 2 Ohio State dominating in way not seen since 1940s
James Laurinaitis and the Big Ten network crew were meeting with Nebraska coach Scott Frost prior to the Cornhuskers’ game against Indiana late last month when the conversation turned to No.
Parity doesn’t bode well for Big 12 playoff push
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlby watched parts of unbeaten Baylor slipping by TCU in triple overtime before he drove to Norman, Oklahoma, where the Sooners survived a scare from Iowa State.
Report: Lack of leadership led to Kansas player’s death
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A scathing report following an independent investigation into the heatstroke death of a 19-year-old football player who collapsed after the first day of conditioning practice at a Kansas community college found “a striking lack of leadership.” Braeden Bradforth, a 315-pound (140 kilogram) defensive lineman for the Garden City Community College, was found unconscious outside his dorm room after practice on Aug.
Brazil’s major cities lock horns for F1 race after 2020
SAO PAULO (AP) — Once a year, racing fans across South America flock to the region’s only Formula One Grand Prix in the Brazilian metropolis of Sao Paulo.
Berrettini beats Thiem to leave ATP Finals with a win
LONDON (AP) — Matteo Berrettini will leave the ATP Finals with a victory after beating Dominic Thiem 7-6 (3), 6-3 on Thursday. The match was essentially meaningless as Thiem had already qualified for the semifinals after winning his first two round-robin matches, while Berrettini had no chance of advancing after two losses.
Penguins star Sidney Crosby out 6 weeks after core surgery
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Penguins star Sidney Crosby will be out at least six weeks after what the team said was a successful core muscle injury repair Thursday.
Astros can make history if Bregman wins MVP
Alex Bregman will try to give the Houston Astros an unprecedented sweep. If the All-Star slugger is selected the American League’s Most Valuable Player when voting results are announced Thursday, the Astros will become the first team to have an MVP, Cy Young Award winner and Rookie of the Year in the same season.
Rams aren’t flying high on offense anymore
The Los Angeles Rams' high-flying offense hasn't recovered from its Super Bowl crash. The Rams (5-4) have not scored a touchdown in 19 drives and they're averaging 7.8 fewer points per game than last season.
Harden scores 47 points, Rockets beat Clippers 102-93
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden was pestered and harassed on defense by Patrick Beverley for most of Houston’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.
Astros’ Verlander, Mets’ deGrom win 2nd Cy Young Awards
NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Verlander has a second AL Cy Young Award — and a clear path paved toward Cooperstown. Verlander beat out Houston Astros teammate Gerrit Cole in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America revealed Wednesday night.
Hot start helps No. 18 Ohio State rout No. 10 Villanova
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Not even Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann saw this coming. His 18th-ranked Buckeyes looked NCAA Tournament-ready in their third game, racing out to a big lead, playing solid defense and smothering No.
Ravens’ Jackson masters art of winning while having fun
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — There are times when Lamar Jackson displays the style and exuberance of a youngster playing football on the street with friends.
Astros sign stealing charges latest to tarnish reputation
HOUSTON (AP) — Not too long ago, the Houston Astros were the feel-good story of baseball. Led by their diminutive Venezuelan dynamo and featuring smart play on the field and in the front office, they emerged from a morass of awful seasons that got them mocked as the ‘Lastros and ascended to the top of the big league galaxy as World Series champions.
Boras bashes lack of competition, senses faster-paced market
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Baseball’s most prominent agent criticized teams for a lack of competition, proclaiming rebuilding teams have caused four straight years of attendance drops, then said he senses a faster-paced free agent market that could lead to earlier signings this offseason.
Column: Kaepernick’s tryout sounds more like a setup
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Colin Kaepernick’s NFL tryout sounds more like a setup. A PR stunt to former teammate Eric Reid, one that comes with all sorts of take-it-or leave-it conditions.
Nadal saves match point v Medvedev for 1st win at ATP Finals
LONDON (AP) — Facing match point at 5-1 down in the third set, Rafael Nadal gave himself about a one-in-a-thousand chance of turning things around against Daniil Medvedev at the ATP Finals.
Ohio State’s Young to miss 1 more game for NCAA violation
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State star defensive end Chase Young will be held out of one more game as punishment for breaking NCAA rules by accepting a personal loan.
He’s cooking: Vikings RB’s recipe is speed, strength, vision
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Tackling Dalvin Cook has been a challenge this season. The Minnesota Vikings running back has vaulted to the top of the league’s rushing list while leaving behind a trail of defenders who have either bounced off his 5-foot-10, 210-pound frame or simply been left in his wake.
Porzingis returns as Knicks show signs of chaos he escaped
NEW YORK (AP) — When Kristaps Porzingis crashed to the Madison Square Garden floor in pain on Feb. 6, 2018, it was soon clear that would be his final play of the season.
No. 12 Baylor not breaking in defensive undefeated season
There was a moment when Baylor coach Matt Rhule saw his No. 12 Bears start to fracture just a little bit for the first time in this undefeated season.
College Football Picks: Auburn at center of all down stretch
Over the next three weeks, Auburn will be in the middle of the action even though the Tigers are outside the playoff race. No. 13 Auburn plays two top-five playoff contenders in No.
AP Top 25 Podcast: Coaching carousel picks up speed
In the last two weeks, two Power Five coaches have been fired. College Football’s silly season is about to kick into hire gear. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports and The Athletic joins AP’s Ralph Russo in an all-coaching carousel episode.
Since losing ’18 final, Golden Knights look more like Caps
Almost 18 months since the Vegas Golden Knights’ improbable inaugural season ended, they look much more like the team that vanquished them in the Stanley Cup Final.
Jets' Johnson: Gase's job safe, will remain coach in 2020
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Adam Gase is staying put as the New York Jets’ coach. Not just this season. But, next season, too. Team chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson announced Wednesday that Gase's job is safe and he will remain the coach in 2020 despite the team's 2-7 record.
Memphis, Wiseman have 1 more game, then it’s back to court
James Wiseman has one more game before heading back to court with his attorneys as they take on the NCAA in a high-stakes battle to keep the 7-foot-1 freshman playing in what could be his only year with the Memphis Tigers, one that could prove costly for the university.