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McPherson’s ‘called shot’ energizes playoff run for Bengals

CINCINNATI (AP) — Evan McPherson stared down the most important kick of his life and drilled it on Saturday, putting the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC title game for the first time in 33 years. But first, the 22-year-old rookie called his shot. "So he was talking to (backup QB Brandon ...

No. 22 Marquette showing toughness in Smart’s debut season

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Marquette's postseason hopes were teetering as the new year arrived. The Golden Eagles had dropped four straight games, including their first three Big East matchups. The skid culminated with a crushing, double-overtime Jan. 1 home loss to Creighton in which they allowed a ...

Bills OC Brian Daboll has second interview with Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll seemingly has become the front-runner for the vacant New York Giants' head coaching position. Daboll got his second interview for the job in five days when he spent Tuesday with co-owners Steve Tisch and John Mara, ...

Saints’ Sean Payton steps down as coach after 16 years

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Before Sean Payton took his first head coaching job in New Orleans in 2006, the Saints had a grand total of one playoff victory since their founding in 1967. The standard will be considerably higher for the next head coach in the Big Easy. Payton, whose 16-year tenure ...

Analysis: LeBron feels great, on pace to pass Kareem

When LeBron James scored his sixth point on Tuesday during the Los Angeles Lakers' game at Brooklyn, it meant he had reached 36,387 in his career. That's 2,000 points shy of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Start the countdown. It's no longer a question of if James will pass Abdul-Jabbar as the NBA's ...

Big Papi elected to HOF; Bonds, Clemens, Schilling left out

David Ortiz gazed at his phone, his pursed lips revealing nerves rarely seen from one of the game's great clutch hitters. Pedro Martinez's hand rested on Ortiz's shoulder, and Martinez grinned when the good news came through. The former teammates embraced, and Martinez welcomed Ortiz into a ...

MLB drops arbitration cuts after union holds on free agents

Major League Baseball withdrew its plan for more limited salary arbitration on Tuesday, a day after the union withdrew its demand for greater free agent eligibility. In the second straight day of talks aimed at an agreement to end a lockout that started Dec. 2, clubs also accepted the union's ...

Rodgers says once he retires, he won’t make any comeback

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers says he can't envision coming out of retirement once he ends his playing career. Rodgers has said he hasn't decided whether to return to the Packers, pursue a trade or retire. The three-time MVP went into more details about ...

San Diego’s finest: Jon Rahm back at friendly Torrey Pines

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Billy Casper and Mickey Wright were undeniable homegrown greats. Phil Mickelson is clearly San Diego's most accomplished and beloved golfer of the modern era, and Tiger Woods has racked up a slew of memorable wins at Torrey Pines in his home state. Jon Rahm is a Spaniard who ...

Flyers’ Yandle sets Iron Man mark in 965th straight game

NEW YORK (AP) — Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Keith Yandle has broken the NHL record by playing in his 965th consecutive game. The 35-year-old Yandle passed the previous mark set by Doug Jarvis, who played 964 straight games over his entire career from Oct. 8, 1975, to Oct. 10, ...

Bills-Chiefs is most-watched TV program since Super Bowl

NEW YORK (AP) — The epic football playoff game between Buffalo and Kansas City reached nearly 43 million television viewers on Sunday, the most for any event since last year's Super Bowl as the NFL struck gold with its rousing weekend. The four games averaged 38.2 TV and digital viewers, up ...

MLB players withdraw free agency shift as labor talks resume

NEW YORK (AP) — Locked-out Major League Baseball players removed the first of three major obstacles to a labor contract, withdrawing their proposal for more liberalized free agency when the sides met face-to-face Monday for the first time since the management lockout began Dec. 1. During a ...

Flyers’ Yandle ties NHL Iron Man mark at 964 straight games

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Keith Yandle tied retired center Doug Jarvis on Monday night for the NHL record of 964 consecutive games played. The 35-year-old Yandle started his streak March 26, 2009, with Phoenix, and he has played 1,074 games with the Coyotes, New York ...

Even winning coach Andy Reid questions NFL’s overtime setup

Even the winning coach, in this case Andy Reid, is questioning the NFL's overtime setup. One day after Reid's Chiefs won the OT coin toss, then marched downfield for Travis Kelce's 8-yard touchdown reception to end an epic divisional round game with Buffalo, Reid recognized how fortunate ...

Booker, Paul lead Suns past depleted Jazz, 115-109

PHOENIX (AP) — Chris Paul and his 36-year-old legs played 40 minutes of basketball for the Phoenix Suns on Monday night. The way he was cooking in the fourth quarter of a 115-109 win over the short-handed Utah Jazz, one of the best point guards in NBA history looked like he was ready to play ...

Agbaji helps No. 5 Kansas beat Texas Tech 94-91 in 2OT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Ochai Agbaji scored a career-high 37 points to help No. 5 Kansas avenge its only conference loss of the season with a 94-91 double overtime win over No. 13 Texas Tech on Monday night. Agbaji outdueled Bryson Williams, who poured in 33 points for Tech. Agbaji, the ...

Avs beat Blackhawks 2-0, extend record home streak to 16

DENVER (AP) — Nazem Kadri and Mikko Rantanen scored, Pavel Francouz made 23 saves for his third career shutout and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 on Monday night to extend their franchise-record home winning streak to 16 games. It was the seventh straight victory ...

Analysis: LeBron feels great, on pace to pass Kareem

When LeBron James gets his sixth point on Tuesday during the Los Angeles Lakers' game at Brooklyn, it'll put him up to 36,387 in his career. That'll be exactly 2,000 points shy of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Start the countdown. It's no longer be a question of if James will pass Abdul-Jabbar as the ...

It’s men only in Nordic combined at the Olympics for now

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Like her brother, Annika Malacinski dreams of going to the Olympics in Nordic combined. As wintry weather settled in at the Olympic Jumping Complex and Mount Van Hoevenberg last fall, she and Niklas trained together in this tiny town that hosted the 1980 and 1932 ...

Gonzaga suspends Stockton’s season tickets over mask rule

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gonzaga has suspended John Stockton's basketball season tickets after the Hall of Fame point guard refused to comply with the university's mask mandate. Stockton, one of Gonzaga's most prominent alums, confirmed the move in a Saturday interview with The ...