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Ohio State beats No. 22 Iowa behind freshman's 29 points COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Less than two weeks ago, Ohio State freshman Justin Ahrens didn't even play in a home loss to lowly Illinois. Had Ahrens not played against Iowa on Tuesday night, the Buckeyes would not have pulled off a ...

Top-ranked Duke beats Boeheim, Syracuse 75-65

By The Associated Press SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — No matter the outcome, Jim Boeheim needed this. Three days after the Hall of Fame coach of the Syracuse Orange struck and killed a pedestrian on a darkened highway that leads out of town, he returned to the bench Saturday night. Boeheim's first ...

Norvell, Hachimura lead No. 2 Gonzaga past BYU, 102-68

By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Rui Hachimura had to think for a bit when asked how No. 2 Gonzaga was able to score with ease against BYU. Zach Norvell Jr. scored 25 points, Hachimura had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Josh Perkins added 21 points and seven ...

Giroux scores in overtime, Flyers beat Penguins 4-3

By The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Claude Giroux scored 1:59 into overtime and the Philadelphia Flyers scored three straight goals in the rain to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 on a soggy Saturday night at Lincoln Financial Field. The Flyers and Penguins took one of the NHL's ...

Without ill James Harden, Rockets hold off Warriors 118-112

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Even without NBA scoring leader James Harden, the Houston Rockets took it to Golden State from the very start. Eric Gordon scored 25 points with four 3-pointers, Chris Paul converted two free throws with 1:08 left on the way to 23, ...

Martin leads No. 6 Nevada to 74-68 win over Fresno State

By EMERSON MARCUS, Associated Press RENO, Nev. (AP) — After a loss in the last game, Nevada coach Eric Musselman told forward Tre'Shawn Thurman he would not start the next game. It's something he also did after the Wolf Pack's first loss of the season back in January, and they bounced back ...

NBA-leading Bucks hold off Celtics 98-97

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 12 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, Khris Middleton hit a 3-pointer in the closing seconds and the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks held off the Boston Celtics 98-97 on Thursday night. On the second-to-last position, Marcus Smart forced a jump ...

No. 1 Duke, Zion figuring out what’s next after knee injury

By JOEDY McCREARY, AP Sports Writer DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke might have to figure out what the Zion Show will look like without its namesake. And Zion Williamson could have some things of his own to consider, too. All because of a freak injury to arguably the most exciting player in ...

USA Football unveils council to oversee developmental model

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer USA Football has introduced the council that will oversee the implementation of its Football Development Model for the sport. The FDM, part of the overall American Development Model for athletes backed by the U.S. Olympic Committee, is a first of its ...

Kansas plays at Texas Tech in key Big 12 matchup

By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer A look at the upcoming week around the Big 12 Conference. GAME OF THE WEEKEND: Kansas at Texas Tech. The Jayhawks and Red Raiders enter Saturday's game tied for second place in the league at 9-4, a game behind surging Kansas State. Tech has won four straight ...

Michigan State, Michigan finally set to meet this weekend

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer A look at the upcoming week around the Big Ten: GAME OF THE WEEKEND: Michigan State at Michigan. It's finally here — the first of two meetings between the in-state rivals that have looked like the class of the Big Ten for much of this season. While Purdue ...

2021 Tour de France race to start in Denmark

By JAN M. OLSEN, Associated Press COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Tour de France will start in Denmark in 2021, beginning with a ride in Copenhagen followed by two more stages around the country. The opening stage on July 2 will be a 13-kilometer flat run around the capital. "It is an honor ...

NCAAW roundup: Brown helps No. 1 Baylor clinch share of Big 12 title

WACO, Texas (AP) — Kalani Brown reached career milestones of 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds, and No. 1 Baylor clinched at least a share of its ninth consecutive Big 12 regular-season championship with an 80-40 win over Kansas on Wednesday night. The Lady Bears (24-1, 14-0 Big 12) won their ...

Georgetown ends 9-game skid against No. 17 Villanova, 85-73

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jessie Govan had 21 points and 11 rebounds, Mac McClung scored 21 points and Georgetown beat No. 17 Villanova 85-73 on Wednesday night, snapping a nine-game losing streak against the Wildcats. Georgetown (16-10, 6-7 Big East) beat a ranked opponent for the first time since ...

Padres buzzing over impending arrival of Manny Machado

By John Marshall AP Sports Writer PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — As workouts began to wind down, word began spreading across the San Diego Padres’ practice fields at Peoria Sports Complex. The Padres, a team stuck in a 12-year playoff-less rut, were on the verge of making their biggest free ...

Love healthy, optimistic as Cavs fight to season’s finish

By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Kevin Love relaxed on the beach under the warm Caribbean sun during the All-Star break. He hopes it finally shines on him and the Cavaliers in the second half of a depressing, gloomy season. Offering optimism about his future and ...

Team LeBron rallies to beat Team Giannis, 178-164

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — LeBron James was trading lob passes with Dwyane Wade again, one last time. Catching lobs from former teammate Kyrie Irving once again, too. And after making a stepback 3-pointer late, he stared down Joel Embiid to send a message ...

Denny Hamlin cruises to 2nd Daytona 500 victory in 4 years

By JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Writer DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Denny Hamlin came to the Daytona 500 determined to honor his late car owner with a victory. He delivered with a storybook tribute for Joe Gibbs Racing. Hamlin won NASCAR's biggest race for the second time in four years ...

Pitch clock coming for spring training games

By MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Major League Baseball is unilaterally starting the use of pitch clocks for spring training games, while brushing off complaints from players about the slow free agent market. With the sport looking for ways to speed the ...

No. 11 Michigan State beats Ohio State 62-44, but Ward hurt

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State shut down Ohio State in the second half despite an injury to Nick Ward. Now the Spartans may be without their standout big man for a while. Ward left in the second half with a broken left hand, but No. 11 Michigan ...