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Astros’ Verlander, Mets’ deGrom win 2nd Cy Young Awards

By Jake Seiner AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Verlander has a second AL Cy Young Award — and a clear path paved toward Cooperstown. Verlander beat out teammate Gerrit Cole in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America revealed Wednesday night. Verlander got 17 ...

Alabama 5th in CFP committee rankings after loss to LSU

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Alabama is fifth in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, behind LSU, Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia, which took over the fourth spot in the selection committee's second top 25. LSU replaced Ohio State as No. 1 on Tuesday night after the ...

Davis, James lead Lakers to best 10-game start since 2010

By The Associated Press undefined PHOENIX (AP) — Anthony Davis had 24 points and 12 rebounds, Kyle Kuzma added 23 points and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Phoenix Suns 123-115 on Tuesday night. The Lakers (8-2) are off to their best 10-game start since 2010 and bounced back from a home ...

Young scores season-high 42 as Hawks beat Nuggets 125-121

By MICHAEL KELLY Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Falling into a 12-0 hole less than three minutes in brought back unpleasant memories for the Atlanta Hawks. Trae Young rewrote the ending with another big game. The second-year point guard scored 15 of his season-high 42 points in the fourth ...

Fox-less Kings beat slumping Trail Blazers 107-99

By MICHAEL WAGAMAN Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — After a slow and sluggish start in their first game without leading scorer De'Aaron Fox, Sacramento eventually found a nice rhythm with Bogdan Bogdanovic running the offense. Luke Walton was even more impressed with his team's ...

Since losing ’18 final, Golden Knights look more like Caps

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer Almost 18 months since the Vegas Golden Knights' improbable inaugural season ended, they look much more like the team that vanquished them in the Stanley Cup Final. If you can't beat 'em, be more like 'em. Once a ragtag group relying on more will than skill, ...

Much-admired Tour de France cyclist Poulidor dies at age 83

By SAMUEL PETREQUIN AP Sports Writer BRUSSELS (AP) — Raymond Poulidor, known as the "eternal runner-up" behind five-time Tour de France winners Jacques Anquetil and Eddy Merckx, has died. He was 83 years old. Arguably France's most popular cyclist, Poulidor secured a record eight podium ...

Raiders rally to beat Chargers 26-24

By Josh Dubow AP Pro Football Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Josh Jacobs scored on an 18-yard run with 1:02 remaining and the Oakland Raiders had a late winning touchdown drive for the second time in five weeks, beating the Los Angeles Chargers 26-24 on Thursday night. Derek Carr led the ...

Celtics beat Hornets 108-87 in Walker’s return to Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jayson Tatum scored 23 points, and Kemba Walker got a win in an emotional return to Charlotte as the Boston Celtics defeated the Hornets 108-87 on Thursday night. Walker had an off night shooting the ball and finished with 14 points and six assists, but the Celtics won ...

Pelicans’ Williamson projects return before mid-season

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Zion Williamson says he expects his absence from New Orleans Pelicans because of his knee injury to be less than half of the regular season but is offering no specific timetable for a return. "It's going very well, day by day, getting better," the No. 1 overall pick said ...

LSU tries to end its recent frustrating history with Alabama

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer Here are some things to watch during the 11th week of the Southeastern Conference football season. GAME OF THE WEEK No. 1 LSU (No. 2 College Football Playoff ) at No. 2 Alabama (No. 3 CFP): LSU (8-0, 4-0 SEC) is trying to end an eight-game skid in this ...

No. 11 Virginia’s stellar defense beats Syracuse 48-34

By JOHN KEKIS AP Sports Writer SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Virginia picked up right where it left off in April — showcasing its Pack-Line defense in impressive fashion. Mamadi Diakite scored 12 points, Jay Huff added 11 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 11 Virginia shut down Syracuse 48-34 on ...

Alonso, Álvarez honored as top rookies by Baseball Digest

NEW YORK (AP) — Mets first baseman Pete Alonso and Houston Astros slugger Yordan Álvarez have been picked as this year's top rookies by Baseball Digest. Alonso was a unanimous choice in the National League, and Álvarez received six of seven first-place votes to take the AL honor. The other ...

No. 5 Penn St., No. 13 Minnesota set for clash of unbeatens

By ERIC OLSON AP College Football Writer What to watch in the Big Ten this week: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 5 Penn State at No. 13 Minnesota The Nittany Lions (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten, No. 4 CFP) and Gophers (8-0, 5-0, No. 17) play in what Minnesota coach PJ Fleck is calling one of the biggest games in ...

Hunt eligible to play for Browns after 8-game NFL suspension

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Kareem Hunt can play again after serving his eight-game NFL suspension. The Cleveland Browns running back, who fell from one of the NFL's rising young stars to a violent offender, will play this week against the Buffalo Bills. Hunt has ...

College Football Picks: Monster matchups to shake CFP race

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer The starting positions have been set for the College Football Playoff race. They will get an immediate makeover this weekend. For the first time in college football history, there will be two games matching teams that are at least 8-0 on the same ...

UConn to play exhibition against US national team on Jan. 27

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The UConn women's basketball team has announced it will play an exhibition in January against the U.S. women's national team. Coach Geno Auriemma says it's a great opportunity to play against some of the best in the world. The U.S. team is playing various exhibitions ...

Longtime backup Hoyer prepares for 1st start with Colts

By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Brian Hoyer bounced around the NFL for more than a decade. He's suited up for seven different franchises, made starts with five different teams and mastered the art of excelling as a longtime backup quarterback. The job requires picking ...

Strasburg, Soto share postseason MVP from New York writers

NEW YORK (AP) — Washington pitcher Stephen Strasburg and Nationals outfielder Juan Soto have been selected as joint winners of the Babe Ruth award as postseason MVP in voting by the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. They will be honored at the chapter's 97th ...

Chiefs enter another wait-and-see week with Mahomes

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs will continue to split first-team reps in practice between Patrick Mahomes and backup Matt Moore this week, leaving open the possibility the league's MVP could be back for Sunday's game at Tennessee. Mahomes has ...