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Bills owner Pegula questions NFL replay review inconsistency

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills owner Terry Pegula questioned the lack of consistency in NFL replay rulings and said the issue needs to be addressed after Buffalo receiver Kelvin Benjamin’s touchdown was overruled in a loss to New England last weekend. “I don’t know what’s going on, ...

Katie Ledecky swims to AP Female Athlete of the Year honors

By Beth Harris AP Sports Writer Katie Ledecky got her start in swimming because she just wanted to make friends. Her brother was eager to join a team at a pool near their house and as a 6-year-old, she tagged along. By summer’s end, the Ledecky siblings had made 100 friends ranging in ...

Rest vs. reps is bigger issue for Eagles than rest vs. rust

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Before they tackle rest vs. rust, the Philadelphia Eagles have to approach rest vs. reps. With the NFC’s No. 1 seed secured, the Eagles (13-2) have nothing to gain against the Dallas Cowboys (8-7) on Sunday other than playing for a franchise-record 14th win. But coach ...

Sabathia’s $10M deal finalized by Yanks; payroll up to $178M

NEW YORK (AP) — CC Sabathia’s $10 million, one-year contract has been finalized by the Yankees, a deal that raises New York’s projected luxury tax payroll for next year to about $178 million. The deal was announced Tuesday, about 10 days after the sides reached an agreement pending a ...

Longtime sportscaster Dick Enberg found dead at home at 82

By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — Dick Enberg, a Hall of Fame broadcaster known as much for his excited calls of "Oh my!" as the big events he covered during a 60-year career, has died. He was 82. Enberg's daughter, Nicole Enberg Vaz, confirmed the death to The Associated ...

Column: Recognizing the best _ and worst _ of sports in 2017

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Columnist No fake news here. It's time for the fifth annual Newby awards! We'll doling out the highly coveted trophies (disclaimer: we don't have actual trophies) for the best, worst and downright ludicrous in the world of sports over the past year. Surely we ...

With PSG on top, tight battle for runner-up in France

By SAMUEL PETREQUIN, AP Sports Writer PARIS (AP) — With its formidable attacking might, Paris Saint-Germain has killed any sense of suspense in the French league halfway through the season. Apart from a freak loss to promoted Strasbourg this month, the super-rich star-studded team has been ...

Wilson helps No. 4 South Carolina rout Temple 87-60

By The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A'ja Wilson had 28 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocks to help No. 4 South Carolina rout Temple 87-60 on Thursday night in a homecoming for Gamecocks coach Dawn Staley. Staley grew up in Philadelphia, a mile from Temple where she coached from ...

Florida, Texas may attract athletes after tax law change

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Teams in Texas, Florida, Nevada and Washington state may have become more attractive destinations for free agents following the enactment of tax law changes. Deductions for state and local taxes are capped at $10,000 in the year starting ...

Dodgers’ $2M Koehler deal raises projected payroll to $183M

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pitcher Tom Koehler and the Los Angeles Dodgers finalized a $2 million, one-year contract, a deal that raises next year’s projected luxury tax payroll of the NL champions to $183 million. Koehler split last season between Miami and Toronto. The 31-year-old right-hander ...

Oladipo, balanced Pacers pull away from Atlanta 105-95

ATLANTA (AP) — Victor Oladipo scored 23 points, Myles Turner had 20 and the Indiana Pacers beat the Atlanta Hawks 105-95 on Wednesday night. Bojan Bogdanovic had 19 points as Indiana won for the second time in five games. The Pacers rallied from a sluggish start to shoot 48.8 ...

Dolphins’ Jay Cutler: ‘We made our bed’

By Steven Wine AP Sports Writer DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has never won a playoff game. Ditto five-time Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Wake. And 39-year-old long snapper John Denney, who has been with the Miami Dolphins since 2005. They’re ...

Giants acquire Evan Longoria from Rays for 4 players

By Janie McCauley AP Baseball Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Evan Longoria expects to win immediately with the San Francisco Giants, whose run of success in even years is well documented — and the club’s new third baseman knows all about that. The Giants’ brass realizes adding ...

Steelers star Brown out vs. Texans, Conner done for season

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says star receiver Antonio Brown will miss Pittsburgh's Christmas Day visit to Houston with a contusion on his left calf. The NFL's leading receiver left in the second quarter against the Patriots after getting ...

NFL Overreactions: Refs to use stationery to make calls

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer Bust out the protractors and rulers, refs. All your old-school stationery supplies are fair game for measurements in the NFL. Referee Gene Steratore's decision to use a folded index card for a first-down measurement that went in favor of Dallas against ...

Column: Best shots, and personal favorite, of major champs

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer Jordan Spieth won the British Open with a flourish at the end. Justin Thomas hit 7-iron that had to be perfect for him to seal his first major at the PGA Championship. Both wonder if they would have been in position to win on Sunday if not for key shots ...

Targeting calls set record, AP finds Pac-12, SEC had most

By ERIC OLSON, AP College Football Writer Targeting penalties in the top tier of college football reached an all-time high this season and the Pac-12 and Southeastern conferences had the most players flagged, according to an analysis of NCAA data and research by The Associated Press. It has ...

A breakdown of 2017 targeting penalties

By The Associated Press FOOTBALL BOWL SUBDIVISION TARGETING CALLS - 2017 __ By Conference (total number of players) Pac-12: 30 SEC: 27 American: 21 Big Ten: 20 Sun Belt: 20 Mid-American: 19 Mountain West: 13 Big 12: 12 Conference USA: 12 Atlantic Coast: 6 Independent: 1 __ By ...

Problems with goal-line technology system in French league

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has been informed of goal-line technology glitches during French league games, by the same system used at the 2014 World Cup. Soccer's governing body said on Tuesday it has yet to confirm whether GoalControl will be used in Russia at a second straight World Cup. FIFA's ...