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Celtics win 10th straight with victory over Lakers

BOSTON (AP) — Aron Baynes matched his career high with 21 points, Kyrie Irving scored 19 and the Boston Celtics beat the Los Angeles Lakers 107-96 on Wednesday night for their 10th straight victory. Baynes also had eight rebounds and three assists, and Boston improved to 10-2 even as Al ...

Jose Altuve voted best by players for 2nd year in a row

NEW YORK (AP) — Houston second baseman Jose Altuve was voted outstanding player for the second straight season in Players Choice Awards balloting by the Major League Baseball Players Association. Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was selected Marvin Miller Man of the Year, given to ...

Even Shanahan’s wife excited to see Garoppolo play

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Coach Kyle Shanahan doesn’t even need to leave his own house to hear about how excited people are to see whether Jimmy Garoppolo can be the long-term answer at quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. The hype surrounding Garoppolo has only been increasing since ...

Scandal hangs over college basketball headed in 2017-18

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Basketball Writer College basketball is better than ever on the floor. Scoring is up, stars players fill every corner of the country and fan support is sky high. Off the floor, it has an image problem. A federal probe this summer uncovered the dark underbelly of college ...

Roy Halladay remembered for his hard work and generosity

By ROB MAADDI, AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A fierce competitor on the mound, Roy Halladay was generous and gentle away from the field. The eight-time All-Star loved his family, baseball and flying. Halladay's passion for piloting cost him his life Tuesday when his private plane ...

Alford to sit 3 players reportedly involved in shoplifting

BEIJING (AP) — UCLA basketball coach Steve Alford will sit the three players reportedly involved in a shoplifting incident in China for Saturday's game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai. Alford, however, declined to address the issue further. "The University came out with a statement, so I ...

NFL HALFWAY: Rams, Bills, Jags succeeding with new coaches

By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer DENVER (AP) — Of the half dozen first-year NFL head coaches, Vance Joseph inherited what was widely considered the best situation: a team just one year removed from a Super Bowl parade with a championship-caliber defense and a renovated ...

ACC trio headlines list of top seniors across country

By STEVE MEGARGEE, AP Sports Writer Notre Dame forward Bonzie Colson's deliberation over whether to turn pro or return for his senior year was never much of a debate. "It was like a five-minute discussion," Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. "He knew he was a four-year guy. His family knew he ...

Stephens provides boost for US in Fed Cup final at Belarus

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Sloane Stephens is back in the United States team for the Fed Cup final, and Victoria Azarenka is missing for Belarus. That alone gives the early advantage to the Americans. Stephens, who won the U.S. Open this year for her first major title, missed the opening two ...

NFL HALFWAY: Wentz, Goff exceed expectations in Year 2

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Pro Football Writer Jared Goff and Carson Wentz have answered almost all the questions they faced following suspect rookie seasons as the top two picks in the 2016 draft. Both young quarterbacks have their teams in first place in their divisions after they became the first ...

Lions snap 3-game skid in 30-17 win over struggling Packers

By GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Eager to end a three-game losing streak, the Detroit Lions picked a tough place to make a stand — Lambeau Field in a Monday night game against the Green Bay Packers. Matthew Stafford delivered with his sharpest performances of ...

Pick Six: Oklahoma, Texas among teams set for tourney return

By STEVE MEGARGEE, AP Sports Writer Oklahoma went from the joy of a 2016 Final Four appearance to the misery of a 20-loss campaign last season. Now the Sooners have a chance to redeem themselves . "Last year motivates me every day," Oklahoma forward Khadeem Lattin said. "It's something I ...

World Cup qualifying tournament reaching its climax

By The Associated Press The lineup of teams at the World Cup in Russia will be confirmed over the next week. Here's a look at the two-leg European and intercontinental playoffs matches, as well as how African qualifying is shaping up: ___ NORTHERN IRELAND vs. SWITZERLAND Northern Ireland ...

Move over, dodgeball: Schools pump up phys ed with choices

By CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press You won't find gym class on the schedule in upstate New York's Victor school district. What you will see: kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking, dance, self-defense, archery and in-line skating — all under the heading of physical education. The ...

Irving takes charge, Celtics beat Hawks for 9th straight win

By The Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Kyrie Irving scored 35 points, Jayson Tatum added 21 and the Boston Celtics held off the Atlanta Hawks 110-107 Monday night for their ninth straight victory. Irving's 3 from the right wing put the Celtics up 104-103 — the game's 25th lead change — ...

Brock Osweiler struggles, Broncos routed by Eagles 51-23

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A quarterback change only made things worse for the Denver Broncos. Brock Osweiler struggled in his first start since returning to the team and the NFL's top-ranked defense was dominated by Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia ...

Heat blow 25-point lead, bounce back to top Clippers 104-101

LOS ANGELES (AP) — James Johnson made two free throws with 8.7 seconds left and the Miami Heat recovered after blowing a 25-point lead, bouncing back to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 104-101 Sunday. Down 25 in the second half, the Clippers began the fourth quarter with a 16-0 run and surged ...

Harvick passes Truex for Texas win, both clinch title shots

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Kevin Harvick went around the outside of Martin Truex for the lead on the 324th of 334 laps, then stayed in front the rest of the way to win the Cup Series race at Texas on Sunday and earn his championship shot in NASCAR's ...

Schroeder, Hawks end 8-game skid, beat Cavaliers 117-115

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Dennis Schroeder scored 28 points and the injury-riddled Atlanta Hawks ended an eight-game losing streak, beating the skidding Cleveland Cavaliers 117-115 on Sunday. The Hawks were missing five players, but still posted their first victory ...

Hilton’s 2 scores lead Colts over Texans 20-14

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — An almost-empty bottle of purple Pedialyte sat in T.Y. Hilton's locker after Sunday's game, a tangible reminder that the receiver hasn't been feeling well this week. While the children's illness remedy helped him feel better before the ...