National Sports

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 ...

Cavaliers’ Thompson fined $15,000 for gesture to Nets fan

NEW YORK (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson has been fined $15,000 for making an "inappropriate gesture" to a spectator. The NBA announced the punishment Thursday. Thompson's action came at the end of the Cavaliers' 99-97 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday at the Barclays ...

AP sources: Corbin, Nats agree on $140M, 6-year contract

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Add Patrick Corbin to the All-Star starting staff the Washington Nationals have assembled. A person familiar with the deal said the left-handed Corbin has agreed to a six-year contract with the Nationals, pending a physical exam. ...

LeBron scores 42 as Lakers surge past Spurs late, 121-113

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James had no idea why he was so tired. He slept 11 hours overnight, missing his company Christmas party in the process, and then had a 2½-hour nap before the Los Angeles Lakers' game against San Antonio. Perhaps his body just knew ...

Hachimura’s shot lifts No. 1 Gonzaga over Washington 81-79

By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — In the closing seconds of a tie game, Gonzaga guard Josh Perkins dribbled out high looking for somewhere to pass the ball. He spotted Rui Hachimura near the free throw line. "They left Rui open where he is automatic," Perkins ...

Stephen Curry scores 42 points, Warriors rout Cavaliers

By The Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Stephen Curry made nine 3-pointers and scored 42 points, Kevin Durant added 25 and the Golden State Warriors came back to face a very different looking Cleveland team for the first time since winning another NBA title, and beat the Cavaliers 129-105 ...

Leonard scores 36 points as Raptors beat 76ers 113-102

By IAN HARRISON, Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard insisted he doesn't try to do anything extra in big games. His numbers suggest otherwise. Leonard had 36 points, Jonas Valanciunas scored 18 of his season-high 26 in the fourth quarter and the Toronto Raptors beat Philadelphia ...

No. 14 North Carolina beats UNC Wilmington 97-69

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina gave its Hall of Fame coach what he wanted in a dominant second half against an in-state opponent. The 14th-ranked Tar Heels need it to be the first step during an important month that could give them the chance to ...