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Warriors rout defending champion Cavaliers 126-91 in rematch

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Now, everybody can sit back for a few months and envision the possibility of another scintillating NBA Finals between Cleveland and Golden State. LeBron James vs. Stephen Curry for the third straight time, complete with the ...

Young Americans coming of age at Australian Open

By JUSTIN BERGMAN, Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — More than 13 years after Andy Roddick won the 2003 U.S. Open, the last time an American man triumphed at a Grand Slam, the future of U.S. men's tennis appears bright. The next generation of young players, all aged between 18 ...

6-time champions Djokovic, Williams open with wins

By JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — There was no easing into a title defense for Novak Djokovic, starting his Australian Open against the man who upset Rafael Nadal here last year in the first round. Djokovic lifted when he most needed to Tuesday night, holding off ...

Penguins halt Capitals’ win streak at 9 in wild 8-7 victory

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The goals kept coming. One after another. A dizzying three periods of shots followed by baffled goaltenders fishing pucks out of the net wondering how things got out of hand so quickly. When Pittsburgh's Conor Sheary ended it 34 seconds ...

Steelers downplay Tomlin’s vulgar description of Patriots

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Antonio Brown wanted to let the world in on the party when he live-streamed the giddy celebration in Pittsburgh's locker room after an 18-16 playoff win over Kansas City. The All-Pro wide receiver also happened to catch coach Mike Tomlin ...

No. 2 Kansas beats Iowa State 76-72 for 17th straight win

By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer AMES, Iowa (AP) — No. 2 Kansas passed its biggest Big 12 road test of the season, winning in a gym where losing was threatening to become a trend. Frank Mason III had 16 points, Landen Lucas scored 14 and the Jayhawks held off Iowa State 76-72 on Monday ...

Packers-Falcons, Steelers-Patriots for Super Bowl berths

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Pro Football Writer Tom Brady vs. Ben Roethlisberger. Aaron Rodgers vs. Matt Ryan. Quite a quartet of QBs is heading to the NFL's conference championship games next weekend: Brady's New England Patriots host Roethlisberger's Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC, and Rodgers' ...

Bell carries Steelers into AFC title game in New England

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Le'Veon Bell deftly danced his way through the teeth of the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night. Next, he'll carry Pittsburgh Steelers off to New England. With his amusingly patient, maddeningly effective running style, Bell followed ...

Cavs and Warriors headline MLK Day for the NBA

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Basketball Writer There are days the NBA holds dear, days the league sets even more emphasis on putting its best foot forward. Opening night, Christmas Day, All-Star weekend. They are all important dates for the league to engage its fans, grab ratings and put on a show. ...

Federer returns with a win, joins Murray in 2nd round

By JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer returned from a six-month layoff to beat fellow 35-year-old Jurgen Melzer just before midnight on day one of the Australian Open, agreeing it felt a bit like coming home. The 17-time major winner hadn't played at tour ...

On ballot for final time, Tim Raines hopes for Hall entry

By SEAN FARRELL, Associated Press MONTREAL (AP) — The 1982 All-Star Game at Olympic Stadium was the first outside the United States, the host Montreal Expos giving the event a distinctive international flair. As Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn ...

Matt Ryan is keeping some special company these days

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Matt Ryan is keeping some special company these days. Well, maybe it's Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger who should be looking up to Ryan. The Atlanta passer is, after all, the All-Pro quarterback. When the ...

Arrieta, Harper, Machado, Britton get big-money deals

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, Washington star Bryce Harper and Baltimore standouts Manny Machado and Zach Britton got big-money deals Friday as more than 100 major leaguers reached agreements for 2017 and left just 27 players on track for ...

Thomas sets records and moves closer to winning

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer HONOLULU (AP) — Justin Thomas put his name in the PGA Tour record book two days in a row. The idea now is to get his name on the trophy. And with each record, that becomes a little easier at the Sony Open. Thomas set the course record Thursday at Waialae ...

Tennis stars look forward to start of Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Two days before the Australian Open begins, a stream of top players fronted news conferences Saturday to talk about their chances in the first Grand Slam tournament of the year. Here are excerpts of what they said: ___ — Novak Djokovic handed out dairy free, ...

Lindsey Vonn’s WCup comeback race delayed due to snowfall

By ERIC WILLEMSEN, Associated Press ALTENMARKT-ZAUCHENSEE, Austria (AP) — Lindsey Vonn's return to World Cup skiing has been delayed for at least a day after snowfall forced the cancellation of downhill training and the race itself on Saturday. Organizers moved the program to Sunday, with ...

Klinsmann believes US Soccer made progress before his firing

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jurgen Klinsmann is proud of his half-decade in charge of the U.S. national team, and the coach believes he left successor Bruce Arena in a position to make the Americans even better. Klinsmann made his first public remarks since his ...

Arrieta skipping White House trip, cites family reasons

By JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — When the World Series champion Chicago Cubs visit President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday, star pitcher Jake Arrieta won't be with them. Arrieta said he needs to be home — his mother-in-law is recovering from brain surgery, son ...

No. 8 Creighton beats No. 12 Butler to match its best start

By ERIC OLSON, AP Sports Writer OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Maurice Watson Jr. says he and his Creighton teammates followed the script perfectly against Butler, putting the Bulldogs away early by playing a blistering first half. "We start every game saying we want to come out and cook every team," ...

Match-fixing back in spotlight on eve of first Grand Slam

By JUSTIN BERGMAN, Associated Press For Rafael Nadal and the other stars of tennis, there's a familiar ring to the questions being raised as the first ball is about to be struck at the Australian Open. Recent match-fixing sanctions and a new case are bringing fresh scrutiny to the integrity ...