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No.2 Duke and No. 3 Virginia get high-profile rematch

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Basketball Writer Duke and Virginia played one of the college basketball season's most entertaining, high-level games just two weeks ago. The rematch comes Saturday. No. 2 vs. No. 3, Final Four favorites playing with the ACC lead potentially on the line. Find a TV. This ...

Harden scores 44 points, Rockets beat Suns 118-110

By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — Another 40-point game for James Harden. That makes 20 of them this season. The reigning MVP scored 44 points and the Houston Rockets beat Phoenix 118-110 on Monday night to hand the Suns their season-worst 11th straight loss. Harden joined Wilt ...

Patriots to celebrate 6th Super Bowl win with Boston parade

BOSTON (AP) — The New England Patriots are being feted in Boston after defeating the Los Angeles Rams to claim their sixth Super Bowl title. The parade kicks off Tuesday morning at the Hynes Convention Center. It will rumble roughly 2 miles (3 kilometers) past the Boston Common and other ...

McMahon helps No. 16 Louisville beat No. 11 Virginia Tech

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Ryan McMahon scored 12 points in a span of 83 seconds in the second half and No. 16 Louisville used a 14-3 run to pull away and beat No. 11 Virginia Tech 72-64 on Monday night. It is the Cardinals' 15th consecutive victory against the Hokies. McMahon had scored just ...

With retirement near, Vonn crashes in super-G at worlds

By ANDREW DAMPF, AP Sports Writer ARE, Sweden (AP) — Lindsey Vonn crashed in the super-G at the world championships Tuesday, straddling a gate mid-air and ending up in the safety nets. Vonn, however, got up and skied down the hill after being tended to by medical personnel. "Everybody, ...

Throwback night: Pats wins Super Bowl the old-fashioned way

By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Graying but still gritty, Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the Patriots came to the Super Bowl intending to stave off, for at least one more game, the inevitable onslaught of the NFL's future. Job well done. Pro football never looked flatter, ...

Still no slowing down the Patriots’ dynasty

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Tom Brady quickly made it clear that winning a record sixth Super Bowl title won't change his mind about playing at least another year. As long as No. 12 is still going, New England's dynasty won't crumble. "Doesn't change anything," ...

Brady merely average, but good enough for championship No. 6

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — If Tom Brady rated his performance, nothing more, it was ho-hum at best. In fact, going strictly by the numbers, it was the worst Super Bowl showing of his brilliant career. No problem. Brady will gladly trade stats for championships. On ...

Column: A Super stinker, Patriots prevail but ugliness wins

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Columnist ATLANTA (AP) — The NFL should've ended the season two weeks ago. This Super Bowl was a hot mess, really no better than a sloppy preseason game. Tom Brady and the New England Patriots captured their sixth championship Sunday night, an amazing ...

Bob Friend, pitched most innings for Pirates, dies at 88

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bob Friend, who pitched more innings than anyone in Pittsburgh Pirates history, died Sunday. He was 88. The Pirates said Friend died at his home in Pittsburgh. Friend holds the Pirates record for innings (3,480 1/3), starts (477) and strikeouts (1,682). The right-hander ...

Puig leaves LA, warms to wintery new home with Reds

By Joe Kay AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Yasiel Puig boarded a jet in Los Angeles, flew all night and arrived in his new home just before sunrise. The temperature was still falling toward zero, and the wind chill was enough to cause frostbite in a few minutes. That first blast of ...

Column: No matter the name, No. 8 Nevada is for real

By Tim Dahlberg AP Sports Columnist LAS VEGAS (AP) — About the only thing in dispute at the UNLV campus arena Tuesday night was what to call the team that dominated a home squad that no longer lives up to its nickname as the Runnin’ Rebels. Down here they call them UNR, or the ...

New York museum exhibit marks Jackie Robinson centennial

By Ronald Blum AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — As the 100th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s birth approached, Sharon Robinson is sure her father would have a lot to say about the current political climate in the United States if he were still alive. “I know he would be ...

Chasing Brady: Donald, Suh to lead Rams’ Super Bowl pursuit

By Greg Beacham AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Practically every member of the Los Angeles Rams has a favorite story about Aaron Donald's feats of ridiculous athleticism. Michael Brockers loved the moment at Carolina in 2016 when Donald beat the Panthers' left guard and launched himself ...

Warriors trounce Pacers, win 11th straight game

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 23 of his 26 points in the first half, DeMarcus Cousins added 22 and the Golden State Warriors extended the league’s longest winning streak this season to 11 with a 132-100 rout of the Indiana Pacers on Monday night. Kevin Durant had 16 points for ...

NCAA: Hurricanes’ Dewan Hernandez must continue to sit out

MIAMI (AP) — For Miami Hurricanes junior Dewan Hernandez, the season that never started is over. The 6-foot-11 forward must sit out the remainder of this season and 40 percent of next season because of his dealings with an agent, the NCAA said Monday. Hernandez responded by saying he’ll ...

Agent: Anthony Davis tells New Orleans that he wants a trade

By Tim Reynolds and Brett Martel AP Sports Writers NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis wants out of New Orleans. And if a trade happens, it’ll be on the Pelicans’ schedule. The five-time All-Star has told the Pelicans that he wants to be traded to a championship-contending team and ...

5 years after ‘snow jam,’ storm takes aim at Super Bowl city

By Jeff Martin Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Five years after cars, trucks and school buses became marooned on Atlanta freeways in what became known as “snow jam ,” another winter storm is threatening the city — just as thousands of fans begin pouring into town for Super Bowl ...

AP Exclusive: NFL centers seeing shorter career longevity

By Mark Long AP Sports Writer ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Pro Bowl center Alex Mack rattled off all he does before the snap: Checks for blitzes, keeps an eye on the play clock, makes blocking adjustments and communicates all the changes to everyone else. All that happens in seconds — with ...

Streak of streaks: Warriors have won 10 straight _ again

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer The Golden State Warriors don't just have streaks. They have streaks of streaks. Golden State has won 10 straight games, the longest winning streak in the NBA this season. And that makes this the sixth consecutive season that the Warriors have had a ...