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Hayward returns, and the NBA preseason schedule begins

By The Associated Press CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Gordon Hayward finally returned to the court, and Kyrie Irving got to play at North Carolina. Hayward scored 10 points in his first game in nearly a year for the Boston Celtics, who fell to the Charlotte Hornets 104-97 on Friday night — the ...

Americans try to regroup as Europe has 5-3 lead in Ryder Cup

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — Europe has a 5-3 advantage going into the second day of the Ryder Cup, a lead that feels even bigger with the momentum from its first sweep of a session since 1989. U.S. captain Jim Furyk is not ready to panic. After ...

Loose Moose: Moustakas brings pivotal playoff experience

By GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) — It sounds, at first, like a long, drawn out "Booooo!" But look at the name on the scoreboard and it becomes apparent what fans at Miller Park are really chanting. "Mooooose!" Mike Moustakas has been a hit with fans and teammates with the ...

Oklahoma’s Murray beats Alabama’s Tagovailoa for Heisman

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Kyler Murray waited three years to fulfill the five-star potential he brought to college football. With one shot to deliver, Murray replaced a Heisman Trophy winner by becoming a Heisman Trophy winner. The Oklahoma quarterback ...

Mikaela Shiffrin wins World Cup parallel slalom event

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin won a World Cup event for the third time in eight days, beating Petra Vlhova in the head-to-head final of parallel slalom on Sunday. Shiffrin trailed midway down the course after clipping a gate, but led her Slovakian opponent through the final ...

Wade scores 25 points in his 1,000th game, Heat top Clippers

By DOUG PADILLA, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dwyane Wade showed he still has his scoring touch. Wade scored 25 points in his 1,000th career game, leading the Miami Heat to a 121-98 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night. The veteran guard was 8 for 21 from the ...

Holloway stops Ortega by TKO at UFC 231

TORONTO (AP) — Featherweight champion Max Holloway stopped top contender Brian Ortega by TKO at UFC 231 on Saturday night The fight was stopped by the doctor after four rounds. Ortega's left eye was almost closed, his face bloodied. The skills of Holloway, who was returning from an ...

Kylington gets 1st NHL goal, Flames beat Predators 5-2

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Despite a depleted lineup, the Calgary Flames showed their depth and kept their winning streak going. Oliver Kylington scored his first NHL goal and helped set up Garnet Hathaway's tiebreaking score as the Flames beat the Nashville Predators 5-2 Saturday night for ...

Lomachenko wins unanimous decision for 2nd lightweight belt

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Two down, two to go. Vasiliy Lomachenko is halfway to owning all the major lightweight titles after just two fights, and he's already eyeing the guy he'd need to beat to get the next one. "Of course I want two more belts and maybe we can ...

Lawson leads No. 2 Kansas past New Mexico State 63-60

By JORDAN WOLF, Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Dedric Lawson's second-half performance was invaluable for No. 2 Kansas. Lawson had 20 points and 10 rebounds and scored Kansas' final 14 points as the undefeated Jayhawks got past New Mexico State 63-60 in the Jayhawk Shootout on ...

United captures MLS Cup for Atlanta’s 1st title since ’95

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — The players bounced up and down on a hastily erected stage in the middle of the field, confetti falling all around as they hoisted the championship trophy. It's a familiar scene at the end of any season. Only this time, a team from Atlanta ...

Brown nets 23, Celtics race past Bulls 133-77

By MATT CARLSON, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — The Boston Celtics turned in a record-setting performance in their steady climb in the Eastern Conference. Jaylen Brown scored 23 points off the bench, Daniel Theis added a career-high 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and the Celtics routed ...

Dzingel scores in overtime, Senators beat Penguins 2-1

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The Ottawa Senators were ready for their 4-on-3 power play in overtime against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Ryan Dzingel scored with the man advantage at 1:20 of overtime after the Penguins were called for too many men on the ice in Ottawa's 2-1 victory Saturday ...

Swimmers hit world body FINA with California antitrust case

By GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer Three Olympic and world champion swimmers have filed an antitrust suit in California challenging governing body FINA's control of organizing competitions. The legal challenge is the latest faced by Olympic bodies from athletes seeking greater prize money and ...

No. 3 Duke wins 4th straight, beats Yale 91-58

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — There's no questioning the NBA-destined young talent at third-ranked Duke, showcased game after game through big offensive totals and highlight-reel dunks. Yet coach Mike Krzyzewski also sees a group that is improving steadily, ...

NFL fines Bills’ Jerry Hughes $53K for yelling at official

NEW YORK (AP) — Buffalo defensive end Jerry Hughes was fined $53,482 by the NFL on Saturday for confronting an official in the tunnel after the Bills-Dolphins game last weekend. Hughes accused the official of calling him a vulgar name. "I'll catch you. I'll catch you, guaranteed," Hughes ...

Oklahoma’s Murray edges Alabama’s Tagovailoa for Heisman

By Ralph D. Russo AP College Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Kyler Murray replaced a Heisman Trophy winner by becoming a Heisman Trophy winner. The Oklahoma quarterback won college football’s most prestigious individual award Saturday night, edging Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and ...

Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray is named the AP Player of the Year

By ERIC OLSON, AP College Football Writer Kyler Murray is The Associated Press college football Player of the Year, the second straight Oklahoma quarterback and fifth overall to win the award since it was established in 1998. Murray beat out Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in voting by 56 ...

Iditarod clears four-time champion in dog-doping scandal

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Iditarod officials have cleared a four-time champion of any wrongdoing in a dog-doping scandal that followed the sled dog race last year. Officials for the 1,000-mile (1,610 kilometer) Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race issued a statement this week absolving musher Dallas ...

Peppers, Miller, Davis among 32 NFL Man of Year finalists

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Julius Peppers, Von Miller and Vernon Davis are among the 32 nominees announced Thursday for the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year award. Unlike in the past, when three finalists were selected before a recipient was chosen, one ...