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Alvarez stops Fielding in 3rd round for 3rd division title

Canelo Alvarez landed dozens of body punches, knocking down Rocky Fielding four times and stopping him in the third round to earn his third weight class title, taking the WBA super middleweight belt

Ovechkin scores, has shootout winner as Caps beat Sabres

James, Ball post triple-doubles in 128-100 win over Hornets

No. 12 North Carolina beats No. 4 Gonzaga 103-90

Valdosta St. beats Ferris St. 49-47 for Division II title

Watson leads Texans to 29-22 comeback win over Darnold, Jets

Rivers, Fresno State top Arizona State in Las Vegas Bowl

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Utah State routs North Texas 52-13 in New Mexico Bowl

Texans RB Miller leaves game, Jets OT Shell carted off

Bradwell's 2 TDs leads Tulane over Louisiana-Lafayette 41-24

No. 15 Ohio State survives gritty Bucknell to win 73-71

No. 1 KU tops No. 17 Villanova 74-71 in Final Four rematch

Schofield scores 29, No. 3 Tennessee beats Memphis 102-92

AP source: Wizards acquire Ariza from Suns for Oubre, Rivers

AP source: Wizards agree in principle to acquire Trevor Ariza from the Phoenix Suns for Kelly Oubre Jr. and Austin Rivers

APNewsBreak: Champion Red Sox owe nearly $12M in luxury tax

APNewsBreak: Champion Red Sox owe nearly $12 million in luxury tax for having baseball's top payroll

Man City back on top of EPL; Eriksen saves Spurs

Gabriel Jesus scored twice as Manchester City went back to the top of the EPL with a 3-1 home win over Everton

Indians send 1B Alonso to White Sox for outfielder Alex Call

Indians' offseason makeover keeps going with trade of 1st baseman Yonder Alonso to White Sox

Kilde wins downhill marred by nasty crash involving Gisin

Gisin 'stable enough' to fly back to Switzerland after crash

Westbrook, Murray tussle as Nuggets beat Thunder 109-98

Lillard scores 24, Blazers hold off NBA-best Raptors 128-122

Curry, Thompson help Warriors beat Kings 130-125

AP source: White Sox acquire 1B Alonso in trade with Indians

Ovechkin, Vrana lead Caps over Hurricanes 6-5 in shootout

Alex Ovechkin had his second consecutive hat trick and Jakub Vrana scored in the sixth round of a shootout to lead the Washington Capitals past the Carolina Hurricanes 6-5

Pacers spoil Embiid's 40-point night, beat Sixers 113-101

Thaddeus Young had 26 points and 10 rebounds against his former team, and the Indiana Pacers overcame Joel Embiid's 40-point night to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 113-101 in a matchup of Eastern Conference contenders

Kyrie Irving scores 24 points, Celtics beat Hawks 129-108

Kyrie Irving scored 24 points in three quarters and the Boston Celtics beat the Atlanta Hawks 129-108 on Friday night for their eighth straight victory

Brees connects with those who helped set NFL passing record

Drew Brees is connecting again with those on the receiving end of passes that helped the Saints quarterback become the NFL's career leader in yards passing this season

Senators ask FBI to investigate Blackmun for lying to panel

Two lawmakers are asking the Justice Department and FBI to look into whether former U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun lied to a Senate panel in testimony about the handling of sex-abuse allegations against Larry Nassar

Salt Lake City gets go-ahead to bid for Winter Olympics

SLC repeat? Salt Lake City gets go-ahead to bid for Winter Olympics

Orioles hire Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde as new manager

Orioles hire Brandon Hyde to be their new manager, hoping his experience as Cubs bench coach will help Baltimore move forward while in rebuilding mode

Discounted Redskins tickets offered to Petersburg residents

The game will take place on Dec. 30, 1 p.m., at FedEx Field against the Philadelphia Eagles.

AP source: McCann agrees to 1-year contract with White Sox

Person with direct knowledge of the situation tells the AP that catcher James McCann agrees to 1-year contract with Chicago White Sox

Chiefs left to stew over missed chances against Chargers

Chiefs blew big fourth-quarter lead against the Chargers, leaving them to stew about a missed opportunity

Giants' Beckham to miss 2nd straight game with quad injury

New York Giants star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will miss second straight game with quad injury

Red Sox-Yankees to open with night game in London

The World Series champion Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees will open Major League Baseball's first series in Britain with a night game and conclude the next day in the afternoon

Eagles' Wentz out for Sunday with stress fracture in back

Carson Wentz's back injury sidelines him for Sunday's game at Los Angeles Rams

Rivers leads Chargers to last-second comeback win over KC

Philip Rivers led the Chargers to a pair of touchdowns in the final minutes, then hit Mike Williams for the go-ahead 2-point conversion with 4 seconds remaining to give Los Angeles a 29-28 victory over the Chiefs

Harden's 50-point triple-double leads Rockets over Lakers

James Harden had a triple-double of 50 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists and scored 11 points during a big fourth-quarter run to lead the Houston Rockets to a 126-111 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night

Vasilevskiy shines in return, Lightning beat Maple Leafs 4-1

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 48 saves in his return from a broken left foot and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 in a matchup of the NHL's top two teams

Mavs' Nowitzki makes debut in 21st season vs Suns

Dirk Nowitzki at last began his record-breaking 21st season with the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night, coming off the bench in the first quarter against the Phoenix Suns.

Encarnacion, Santana go, 3-team trade wraps winter meetings

Carlos Santana and Jeurys Familia found friendly landing spots, Edwin Encarnacion took off for a more uncertain future

Gordon inactive for Chargers, Berry set to play for Chiefs

Chargers running back Melvin Gordon is joining backup Austin Ekeler on the inactive list for their high-profile AFC West showdown against the Chiefs

Severity of Carson Wentz's back injury still unknown

Carson Wentz was absent from the open portion of practice on Thursday because of a back injury, increasing the possibility Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles will start for the Eagles at the Rams on Sunday.

The Latest: Lynn, Rangers reach deal on 3-year contract

The Latest on Major League Baseball's winter meetings.

Encarnacion to Mariners, Santana to Indians in 3-team trade

Slugger Edwin Encarnacion has been traded to Seattle and first baseman Carlos Santana has returned to the Indians in a three-team deal that also involved Tampa Bay. The Rays got infielder Yandy Diaz.

Negro Leagues bobbleheads part of fundraising campaign

Fans of the former Negro League could have a chance to commemorate some of its stars through a series of bobbleheads

AP source: Joe Kelly, Dodgers agree to $25M, 3-year contract

Person familiar with negotiations to AP: Reliever Joe Kelly, Dodgers agree to $25 million, 3-year deal

Jordan tells AP: Monk interaction was a 'tap of endearment'

Hornets owner Michael Jordan says smack on the back of second-year guard Malik Monk's head in closing seconds of win against the Pistons was 'tap of endearment'

Ohio State players: Urban Meyer won't let go until the end

Ohio State players say coach Urban Meyer hasn't eased up yet, not with one more game to win

Canseco makes pitch for chief of staff job in tweet to Trump

Jose Canseco makes pitch for chief of staff job in tweet to Trump

Free agent reliever Familia reaches deal to return to Mets

The revamped New York Mets bullpen is set to include a very familiar face in Jeurys Familia

Amari Cooper’s impact on Cowboys immeasurable

Nobody is questioning Jerry Jones anymore about trading a first-round pick for Amari Cooper

Raptors rout Warriors 113-93 without Kawhi to complete sweep

Kyle Lowry had 23 points and 12 assists to lead a balanced Toronto offense while leading scorer Kawhi Leonard sat out, and the Raptors dominated Golden State from the start in routing the Warriors 113-93 to complete a season sweep

Davis' 44 points, 18 rebounds, helps Pelicans top Thunder

Anthony Davis had 44 points and 18 rebounds, and the inconsistent New Orleans Pelicans narrowly held on to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 118-114 on Wednesday night

Leonard sits with bruised hip as Raptors rout Warriors

Kawhi Leonard sat out Toronto's blowout win over the Golden State Warriors because of a bruised right hip

Irving scores Boston’s last 12 in 130-125 OT win at Wizards

Kyrie Irving scored Boston's last 12 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers in the final 40 seconds of overtime to outduel John Wall, and the Celtics extended their winning streak to seven games with a 130-125 victory over the Washington Wizards

Lamb’s jumper helps Hornets beat Pistons 108-107 in wild win

Jeremy Lamb hit a 22-foot jumper from the right wing with 0.3 seconds left, and the Charlotte Hornets rallied from a late 10-point deficit for a wild 108-107 win over the Detroit Pistons

Pacers win 5th straight by pulling away from Bucks 113-97

Thaddeus Young had 25 points, 11 rebounds and four assists, and Myles Turner added 23 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to their fifth straight win _ 113-97 over Milwaukee

Morton to Rays and a Tanner-for-Tanner trade at meetings

Charlie Morton to Rays and a Tanner-for-Tanner trade at winter meetings

Popular Bulls visit Mexico amid reports of turmoil

Mexican fans happy to have the Chicago Bulls in their homeland, even if they are struggling

A trade of Tanners: Nats send Roark to Reds for Rainey

The Washington Nationals have traded Tanner Roark to the Reds for another right-hander named Tanner, less proven Tanner Rainey

Real Madrid, Man U pay price for fielding weakened teams

Lyon clinched the final qualifying spot for the Champions League's knockout stage as Juventus, Manchester City and Bayern Munich secured top spot in their groups and likely an easier draw in the round of 16

A look at the teams in the Champions League round of 16

A look at the 16 teams who have qualified for the Champions League knockout stage

AP Top 25 Podcast: Recruiting heats up with early signing

The early signing period begins next week, when most schools will secure the majority of their 2020 freshmen classes

Goodell: NFL won’t pay for video in domestic investigations

Commissioner Roger Goodell says NFL won't pay for video evidence in domestic cases, defends league's handling of investigations

The Latest: Free agent 1B Justin Bour headed to Angels

A person with direct knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that free agent first baseman Justin Bour has reached agreement with the Los Angeles Angels

New Jersey sports betting market closing in on $1B mark

New Jersey's sports betting market is closing in on the $1 billion dollar mark after less than six months of operation

The NFL draft is heading to Las Vegas for 2020

The NFL draft is heading to Las Vegas for 2020

Brown, No. 3 Baylor roll to 96-58 win over Morehead State

Kalani Brown scores 21, Juicy Landrum adds 14 as third-ranked Baylor rolls to 96-58 win over Morehead State

Ferris State's Campbell leads AP D-II All-America team

Ferris State quarterback Jayru Campbell, who has led the Bulldogs the Division II national championship game, has been selected to The Associated Press D-II All-America team

NFL to play 4 games in London, 1 in Mexico City in 2019

The NFL will stage four games in London and one in Mexico City next season, with the Jaguars, Chargers, Rams, Raiders and Buccaneers serving as hosts.

AP Sources: Carson Wentz hasn't been ruled out for next game

Carson Wentz isn't practicing because of a back problem, but he hasn't been ruled out for next game

Flacco loses job as Ravens starting QB; Jackson takes over

Joe Flacco has lost his job as the Baltimore Ravens starting quarterback and will be the backup Sunday for the first time in his 11-year NFL career

ICC: Former Central African Republic militia leader arrested

ICC: Former Central African Republic militia leader, country's top soccer official, arrested

Oakland sues NFL, Raiders over move to Las Vegas

The city of Oakland has filed a federal antitrust lawsuit trying to recover damages for the Raiders' upcoming move to Las Vegas

Roddick returns for exhibition match to start New York Open

Andy Roddick is coming back to New York and wants to bring his game with him

A look at the unbeaten and the winless in college basketball

From Buffalo to Alabama A&M, a look at the unbeaten and the winless in college basketball

NBA-best Raptors hand Clippers worst loss of season, 123-99

Serge Ibaka had 25 points and nine rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors cruised past the Los Angeles Clippers 123-99 without injured Kawhi Leonard

Roethlisberger OK, Boswell not as Steelers weigh changes

The Pittsburgh Steelers are weighing changes thanks to a three-game losing streak

Cubs' Maddon studying 'Managing Millennials for Dummies'

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon is studying the book "Managing Millennials for Dummies." Maddon turns 65 just before spring training and is heading into the final season of his contract

McCutchen on the move, other deals percolate at meetings

Andrew McCutchen moving into Philadelphia's outfield, more talk about a megadeal involving Noah Syndergaard and J.T. Realmuto and veteran pitcher Ivan Nova on the go