National Sports

Nadal, Sharapova and Wozniacki advance at Australian Open

By JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal has missed a lot of tennis since last September. He hasn't missed a beat. The No. 2-seeded Nadal had a 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 win over Australian wild-card entry James Duckworth on Monday in the first round of the Australian ...

All-female team out to prove women racers aren’t a gimmick

By JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Writer DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Every racing series in the world is full of wealthy enthusiasts with ideas that sound too good to be true. Expensive promises to fund life-changing opportunities are usually broken before cars even make it to the track. Jackie ...

Cavs stun Lakers 101-95 to end 12-game losing streak

By DAN GREENSPAN, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wins have been hard to come by for the Cleveland Cavaliers this season, so coach Larry Drew has been focused on the incremental signs of progress. Against the Los Angeles Lakers, Drew saw those little things help put the Cavaliers into ...

Rams, Cowboys seek long-awaited postseason breakthroughs

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — As if the pressure of playing for the Los Angeles Rams' first playoff victory in 14 years wasn't enough, Todd Gurley carries an extra imperative into the Coliseum on Saturday night. "Basically, everybody I know hates the Cowboys," the ...

Chiefs aim to rewrite playoff history vs nemesis Colts

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Given the postseason history involving Indianapolis and Kansas City over the years, Andrew Luck and the Colts have every reason to feel confident heading to Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday. The Chiefs have every reason to believe ...

Mitchell dominates, Jazz beat Lakers 113-95

By JOHN COON, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz played without point guards Ricky Rubio, Dante Exum and Raul Neto because of injuries, and it was no big deal. Not with Donovan Mitchell showing off his ball-handling skills. Mitchell had 33 points and a career-high nine ...

No. 1 Halep has new-found confidence ahead of Aussie Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Simona Halep was trying on her new shoes when she got the news direct from the draw about her tough section containing both Serena and Venus Williams at the Australian Open. Even before she contemplates possible back-to-back matches in the third and fourth round ...

Column: Alabama hoops star goes to court to get on the court

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Columnist Maori Davenport had to go to court just to get back on the court. How ridiculous it's come to that for the Alabama prep basketball star. Thankfully, a cruel and unjust ruling by the state's governing body was put on hold Friday by a local judge, mere ...

Jake Guentzel’s hat trick sends Penguins past Ducks 7-4

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ever since the Ducks won 4-2 in Pittsburgh on Dec. 17, the Penguins have been almost unbeatable and Anaheim hasn't been able to win again anywhere. When the Penguins got a rematch in Orange County on Friday night, Jake Guentzel and ...

No. 1 Duke visits No. 13 FSU to headline ACC weekend slate

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer A look at the upcoming week around the Atlantic Coast Conference: GAME OF THE WEEKEND No. 1 Duke at No. 13 Florida State. The Blue Devils (13-1, 2-0 ACC) took their high-flying act on the road for the first time Tuesday and had little trouble at Wake ...

Snow cancels World Cup skeleton races in Germany

KOENIGSSEE, Germany (AP) — Heavy snow forced the cancellation of Friday's scheduled men's and women's World Cup skeleton races in Germany. There was no immediate decision on when or how to reschedule the races. Snow has been falling in Koenigssee for several days, and also had an adverse ...

AUSTRALIAN OPEN ’19: New rule nixes never-ending final sets

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer Andy Roddick knows a thing or two about playing a tennis match that just won't seem to end. The Hall of Famer once won an Australian Open quarterfinal that ended 21-19 in the fifth set. He also lost a Wimbledon final against Roger Federer that went to ...

AUSTRALIAN OPEN ’19: So many Slam champs over past 2 years

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer When Serena Williams was at her best, there was never much doubt that she'd be the favorite at pretty much any tournament she entered. While she was off the tour becoming a mom, women's tennis was as wide open as ever. Could the Australian Open, where play ...

Aldridge scores 56, Spurs outlast Thunder 154-147 in 2OT

By RAUL DOMINGUEZ, Associated Press SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Spurs started hotter than ever from 3-point range Thursday night. When that wasn't enough to put away the Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio got the extra push it needed from its big man in the middle. LaMarcus Aldridge scored a ...

Antetokounmpo scores 27 to lead Bucks over Rockets

HOUSTON (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 27 points and grabbed a season-high 21 rebounds to help the Milwaukee Bucks withstand a 42-point performance from James Harden and get a 116-109 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. In a matchup of the two early front-runners for MVP, ...

Kings of the Road: Chargers have thrived in games out East

By Joe Reedy AP Sports Writer COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers have already played in most of the toughest road environments in the NFL this season. So a trip to New England for Sunday's AFC divisional-round game isn't anything out of the ...

Orange Crush: Clemson topples No. 1 ‘Bama for national title

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Dabo Swinney kissed the championship trophy and proclaimed this Clemson team the greatest of all time. He's got a case. With stunning ease — and a freshman quarterback — Clemson toppled college football's greatest ...

Clemson uses big moments to topple Tide for title

By PETE IACOBELLI, AP Sports Writer SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Clemson needed a big performance to unseat defending champion Alabama. The Tigers got plenty of them from start to finish. From freshman Justyn Ross and Trevor Lawrence on offense to an experienced defensive front and turnover ...

Column: Saban endures most humiliating loss of Bama career

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Columnist SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — By the time the fourth quarter rolled around, Nick Saban knew his seventh national title would not come on this night. He stalked the Alabama sideline as he always does, barking into his headset and at anyone within ...

Ingram, Ball lead Lakers to 107-97 win over Mavericks

By DAVE JACKSON, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — A challenge from their head coach gave Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball motivation. All they needed was an opening. The cold-shooting Dallas Mavericks provided it. Ingram scored 29 points and Ball added 21 as the Los Angeles Lakers handed the ...