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Brady, Patriots top Chiefs for wild 43-40 win

By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady needed everything he had to fend off Patrick Mahomes — including his legs. Stephen Gostkowski hit a 28-yard field goal as time expired , and the New England Patriots beat the Kansas City Chiefs 43-40 on Sunday night ...

AP Top 25 Heat Check: No style points necessary in 2nd half

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Style points are not so important during the second half of the college football season. Just win, baby, as the late Al Davis famously said, and the Top 25 voters will likely reward a team. Or at least they won't punish. This past weekend things ...

ICYMI in NFL Week 6: Mark your calendar for Brady-Mahomes II

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Pro Football Writer Anyone who missed the Game of the Season — Tom Brady and the New England Patriots 43, Pat Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs 40 — can take solace in knowing there very well could be a rematch a little more than three months away. And no one, ...

LEADING OFF: Yelich, Brewers face Dodgers, ALCS has day off

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: CALIFORNIA DREAMIN' Milwaukee Brewers star Christian Yelich is heading home for Game 3 of the NL Championship Series with the matchup against the Dodgers tied at 1-all. Yelich, the favorite for NL MVP, was born in ...

Same ending: Steelers stun Bengals 28-21 on AB’s late TD

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Joe Mixon scored on a 4-yard run and dashed toward the stands in celebration of Cincinnati's go-ahead touchdown. On the Steelers sideline, Ben Roethlisberger looked at the clock, saw there was 1:18 left, and told his linemen not to fret. "They ...

Ravens pile up team-record 11 sacks against former coach

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Pro Football Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens swarmed around their new defensive coordinator, Don "Wink" Martindale, celebrating after a game that will go down in the record books. Getting 11 sacks along with a shutout against the man Martindale ...

Crawford stops Benavidez late in last round to keep WBO belt

By ERIC OLSON, AP Sports Writer OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Terence "Bud" Crawford had one last retort to all the insults Jose Benavidez hurled his way. His right hand delivered it. Crawford used an uppercut to Benavidez's chin to knock him down the first time in the 12th and final round and then ...

USC’s defense dominates in 31-20 win over No. 19 Colorado

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Until Southern California's young offense can put together an entire game with as many brilliant plays as it crammed into the second quarter against Colorado, the Trojans' defense will attempt to carry them toward the Pac-12 title. The ...

AP Top 25 Takeaways: Is anybody good? Pretenders flail

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Some Saturdays it just sort of feels as if no one knows anything about college football when all the teams we thought were good don't play that way. It was one of those days when you could be excused for thinking that everybody's terrible — ...

No. 13 LSU beats No. 2 Georgia 36-16 at Death Valley

By The Associated Pres BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Joe Burrow passed for 200 yards and had two short touchdown runs, LSU's defense staggered Georgia's normally prolific offense, and the 13th-ranked Tigers beat the No. 2 Bulldogs 36-16 on Saturday to give coach Ed Orgeron a signature ...

Verlander cools off Red Sox 7-2 in Game 1 of ALCS

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — With temperatures dipping into the 40s, numbing their fingertips as they tried to grip the baseball, Justin Verlander and Chris Sale both struggled to get the ball over the plate. Verlander recovered quickly. Sale never did. After walking in ...

Lewerke rallies Michigan State over No. 8 Penn State, 21-17

By TRAVIS JOHNSON, The Associated Press STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Each Michigan State player brought a poker chip to Happy Valley and coach Mark Dantonio encouraged the Spartans to push them all to the center of the table Saturday. As the evening wore on against No. 8 Penn State, it was ...

Book, Boykin bail out No. 5 Notre Dame in 19-14 win vs Pitt

By JOHN FINERAN, Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Wide receiver Miles Boykin had a message for quarterback Ian Book after No. 5 Notre Dame remained unbeaten, coming from behind and then holding off Pittsburgh. "I told him winning is fun, but let's not win like this again," the ...

Iowa State throttles No. 6 West Virginia 30-14

By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer AMES, Iowa (AP) — It was arguably West Virginia's biggest test, on the road at night against a plucky Iowa State team with a stifling defense and a dangerous young quarterback. The sixth-ranked Mountaineers failed miserably. Freshman Brock Purdy threw for ...

Tagovailoa, No. 1 Alabama race past Missouri 39-10

By JOHN ZENOR, AP Sports Writer TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Tua Tagovailoa gave Alabama a momentary scare. So did Missouri. As usual, things turned out just fine for the top-ranked Crimson Tide. Tagovailoa passed for 265 yards and three touchdowns but didn't return after aggravating a right ...

Virginia uses defense to beat No. 16 Miami, 16-13

By HANK KURZ Jr., AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — All week long, Bronco Mendenhall said, he had a sense that Virginia was ready to perform on a big stage. The Cavaliers proved their coach right Saturday night, getting a touchdown from Jordan Ellis, three field goals from Brian ...

Kershaw struggles as Dodgers lose to Brewers in NLCS opener

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Clayton Kershaw pounded his glove with his left hand and yelled “Let’s Go!” as he walked off the mound. Pretty soon, he was gone. Kershaw was hit hard in the shortest start of his spotty playoff career, and the sloppy Los Angeles Dodgers lost 6-5 to the Milwaukee ...

Even at 5-0, LA Rams still determined to improve run defense

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Although the Los Angeles Rams have few areas of major concern after their impressive 5-0 start, Aaron Donald thinks their rushing defense is something that needs fixing on this smoothly running machine. The All-Pro defensive ...

Beware of Browns: Snoop Dogg drops in on turnaround team

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Their days as a pitiful punching bag appear to be over for the Browns. They're swinging back, picking up wins and even attracting celebrities. On Wednesday, superstar rapper Snoop Dogg pulled up in his tour bus and made a surprise visit to ...

Tex Winter, innovative basketball coach, dead at 96

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Tex Winter, the innovative "Triangle Offense" pioneer who assisted Phil Jackson on NBA championship teams with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, has died. He was 96. Winter's family said he died Wednesday in Manhattan, where he began his coaching career at ...