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Former Steelers coach Cowher elected to Pro Football HOF

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The Chin is in. Former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in a surprise announcement Saturday night before the Tennessee Titans-Baltimore Ravens AFC divisional round playoff ...

LSU, Clemson put Golden Age of wide receivers on display

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher calls them erasers. After the missed assignment that leads to third-and-long, it's time for an offense to break out its eraser: That athletic receiver with dunk-contest hops and the ability to ...

Cook gets corralled in Vikings’ 27-10 loss to 49ers

By JOSH DUBOW AP Pro Football Writer SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The offensive formula for the Minnesota Vikings has been fairly simple this season. Establish the run with Dalvin Cook to set up some play-action deep shots for Kirk Cousins. With Cook unable to get anything going on the ground ...

Salt Lake City, Barcelona among Winter Olympic host options

By GRAHAM DUNBAR AP Sports Writer LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — There are already three possible bidders to host the Winter Olympics in the future, the IOC said Friday. Previous Winter Games hosts Salt Lake City and Sapporo have been joined by 1992 Summer Games host Barcelona, where ...

Morikawa handles the wind and takes lead at Sony Open

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer HONOLULU (AP) — The wind blew so hard that palm trees looked as though they were made of rubber. The Pacific looked angrier than usual. Some of the sights Thursday at the Sony Open made it clear that playing golf in Hawaii was no vacation. Collin Morikawa ...

No. 6 Baylor ends No. 1 UConn’s 98-game home winning streak

By The Associated Press undefined HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Teá Cooper scored 27 points and No. 6 Baylor used a dominant fourth quarter to beat top-ranked UConn 74-58 on Thursday night, ending the Huskies' 98-game home winning streak. UConn fell one victory short of tying its own NCAA record ...

After Super Bowl, sports books preparing for XFL bets

By WAYNE PARRY Associated Press ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — While many sports fans are picking NFL playoff teams to bet on, or marshaling their cash for the Super Bowl, yet another opportunity to wager on football is right around the corner: the XFL. Several states have already authorized ...

Patriots OC McDaniels back home to interview with Browns

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh McDaniels is back home. Maybe not just to visit. The Patriots offensive coordinator, whose first shot as an NFL coach didn't go well, interviewed Friday with the Cleveland Browns, the team he grew up watching as a kid in Canton, ...

NFL looks into whether Bills violated injury reporting rules

By JOHN WAWROW AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The NFL is looking into whether the Buffalo Bills violated league rules on reporting injuries in connection to defensive end Jerry Hughes revealing he played with torn wrist ligaments. The league on Thursday notified the Buffalo ...

Half-empty stadiums won’t stop number of bowls from going up

By ERIC OLSON AP College Football Writer Six bowls this season had their smallest crowds on record, with section after section of unoccupied seats a yawning indication of just how little buzz there can be for the long, long list of postseason games on the schedule. Half-empty stadiums? Teams ...

Agnes Keleti, the oldest living Olympic champion, turns 99

By PABLO GORONDI Associated Press BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Although she turned 99 on Thursday, even a 9-year-old would have a hard time keeping up with Agnes Keleti's irrepressible energy and enthusiasm. Keleti is the oldest living Olympic champion and a Holocaust survivor. She won 10 ...

Titans defensive coordinator facing off vs. old team, Ravens

By TERESA M. WALKER AP Pro Football Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee defensive coordinator Dean Pees still talks with his old boss, Baltimore coach John Harbaugh. Just not this week. Pees spent eight years working for Harbaugh first coaching linebackers and then defensive ...

Dotson scores 20 points, No. 3 Kansas routs Iowa State 79-53

By ROB GRAY AMES, Iowa (AP) — Kansas coach Bill Self grinned instead of perspiring following the No. 3 Jayhawks' 79-53 rout over Iowa State on Wednesday night. It proved to be a welcome change for the Jayhawks at Hilton Coliseum — where they had lost three of the past five meetings with ...

Eagles wonder ‘what if?’ after Wentz knocked out with injury

By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carson Wentz waited four years to make his first playoff start. The Eagles' franchise QB took only eight snaps before he ended another postseason on the sidelines. Wentz was speared in the back of the head on a helmet-to-helmet hit from ...

Next up for Tom Brady after early playoff exit? Who knows?

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer Teammates and opponents, coaches and NFL executives, even most fans recognize that Tom Brady has nothing left to prove. There might be one dissenting voice: Brady himself. Maybe that's why in the midst of the disappointment — and some discontent — ...

Swat team: Lakers block 20 shots, hold off Pistons 106-99

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — After Dwight Howard blocked Andre Drummond's shot with a perfect combination of timing and athleticism, he wagged a Mutombo finger at the uproarious Staples Center crowd. The rest of the Lakers took off on a fast break that left them with ...

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer Working overtime paid off for Minnesota and Houston this weekend. Seattle avoided the extra session and made it a wild-card bonanza, with three of the four road teams winning. One day after the Texans rallied from a 16-0 deficit to beat Buffalo 22-19 in ...

AP source: Cowboys pick McCarthy to replace Garrett as coach

By SCHUYLER DIXON AP Pro Football Writer A person with direct knowledge of the decision says the Dallas Cowboys and Mike McCarthy have agreed on a deal for the former Green Bay coach to replace Jason Garrett. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because ...

Stern was a big-city guy and a friend to the small markets

By Brian Mahoney AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — David Stern had been NBA commissioner for barely a year when the Knicks won the 1985 draft lottery, sending Patrick Ewing on the way to New York. Skeptics cried conspiracy, that the league rigged the result to bail out the faltering ...

Villanova’s Jay Wright named AP coach of the decade

By John Marshall AP Basketball Writer The final seconds of the 2016 national title game were some of the most dramatic in college basketball history. North Carolina’s Marcus Paige hit an off-balance 3-pointer to tie the game with 4.7 seconds left, only to be upstaged by Villanova’s ...