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Brown scores season-high 41 points, Celtics beat Pelicans

BOSTON (AP) — Jaylen Brown scored a season-high 41 points and had 12 rebounds and the Boston Celtics won their fourth straight game, holding off the New Orleans Pelicans 125-114 on Wednesday night. Jayson Tatum added 31 points and 10 rebounds, Malcolm Brogdon scored 20 points, and Al Horford ...

Wong leads No. 16 Miami over Boston College, 88-72

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Isaiah Wong scored 22 points and No. 16 Miami beat Boston College 88-72 on Wednesday night. The junior guard went 7 for 9 from the field and moved into 10th place on the school's career scoring list with 1,535 points. He shook off a miserable performance in Miami's ...

Damar Hamlin’s toy drive: What’s the plan for the $8.6M?

NEW YORK (AP) — Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin plans to support young people through education and sports with the $8.6 million in GoFundMe donations that unexpectedly poured into his toy drive fundraiser after he suffered a cardiac arrest in the middle of a game last week. He will also ...

AP Top 25 Reality Check: Record churn in rankings … again

For the second straight year, there was a record number of teams that started the season ranked in the AP Top 25 and finished it unranked. The final Associated Press college football poll presented by Regions Bank was released early Tuesday and back-to-back champ Georgia was a unanimous No. 1, ...

Bears GM Poles expects Fields to be starting QB next season

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Poles said he expects Justin Fields to be the team's starting quarterback next season and just about slammed the door on drafting one with the No. 1 overall pick. Poles left it slightly ajar Tuesday, saying he would have to be ...

Georgia’s Bennett an underdog again in NFL’s QB draft class

Stetson Bennett has a new world of doubters to disprove. After winning a second consecutive national championship at Georgia, the 25-year-old quarterback is now facing questions about his NFL draft qualifications. Bennett (5-11, 190) is seen as undersized and lacking elite arm strength —the ...

Ballard will be patient in finding right coach for Colts

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard learned one key lesson from his previous coaching search. Patience pays off. On Tuesday, two days after the Colts completed a 4-12-1 season and locked up the No. 4 overall draft pick, Ballard told reporters he would not ...

Lairy’s 20 lead Miami (Ohio) over Buffalo 91-80

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — Mekhi Lairy had 20 points in Miami of Ohio's 91-80 win over Buffalo on Tuesday night. Lairy also added seven rebounds and 11 assists for the RedHawks (7-9, 1-2 Mid-American Conference). Anderson Mirambeaux scored 18 points while finishing 8 of 13 from the floor, and added ...

Akron earns 74-70 victory against Bowling Green

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — Enrique Freeman had 21 points and Akron beat Bowling Green 74-70 on Tuesday night. Freeman also had 16 rebounds for the Zips (10-6, 2-1 Mid-American Conference). Sammy Hunter scored 19 points while going 7 of 9 (4 for 6 from distance). Xavier Castaneda was 6 of 16 ...

Thomas scores 22, Kent State beats Toledo 75-63

KENT, Ohio (AP) — Miryne Thomas had 22 points and Kent State beat Toledo 75-63 on Tuesday night. Thomas added 13 rebounds and three blocks for the Golden Flashes (13-3, 3-0 Mid-American Conference). Sincere Carry scored 21 points and added five assists. Malique Jacobs recorded 16 points and ...

Hunter scores 23, Ohio knocks off Ball State 76-71

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Jaylin Hunter scored 23 points as Ohio beat Ball State 76-71 on Tuesday night. Hunter also contributed four steals for the Bobcats (9-7, 1-2 Mid-American Conference). Dwight Wilson scored 22 points while going 9 of 15 and 4 of 9 from the free throw line, and added 10 ...

No. 2 Kansas goes on late 18-4 run to overcome Oklahoma

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — KJ Adams scored a career-high 22 points and No. 2 Kansas closed the game on an 18-4 run to beat Oklahoma 79-75 on Tuesday night. Kansas (14-1, 3-0 Big 12) got 17 points from Jalen Wilson, 11 from Dajuan Harris and 10 from Zach Clemence. The Jayhawks have won 22 straight ...

Kentucky rehires Liam Coen to guide offense and quarterbacks

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has re-hired former Los Angeles Rams assistant Liam Coen as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, returning him to the program he built into one of the SEC's top attacks in 2021. Coen, 37, returned to the Rams as OC last season after a ...

Surprising Clemson, Pitt starting fast in topsy-turvy ACC

Brad Brownell isn't quite ready to go there. A decade-plus of trying to lead Clemson out of the ACC's muddled middle class has taught the Tigers' longtime coach it is best not to get ahead of yourself. Especially in January. Brownell said he is not paying too much attention to the standings, ...

Boston’s Trevor Story has elbow surgery, 2023 season at risk

BOSTON (AP) — Trevor Story had surgery on his throwing elbow and is expected to miss most — if not all — of this season, delaying Boston's plan to shift him across the infield to replace Xander Bogaerts at shortstop. Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom said Tuesday that Story ...

No. 1 Georgia bullies TCU 65-7 to win 2nd consecutive title

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Stetson Bennett threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores in the first half as No. 1 Georgia demolished No. 3 TCU 65-7 Monday night to become the first team to win consecutive College Football Playoff national championships. The Bulldogs (15-0) are the first ...

Illinois women end 23-year AP Top 25 drought, LSU on rise

Off to one of the best starts in school history, Illinois cracked The Associated Press Top 25 women's basketball poll for the first time in 23 years on Monday. The Illini (14-3) are ranked No. 24 in their first Top 25 appearance since Nov. 27, 2000. It's been a remarkable turnaround under ...

Clock ticking for Bears with No. 1 pick after brutal season

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — As much as he would have liked to set the NFL single-season rushing record for a quarterback, Justin Fields seemed only mildly disappointed he didn't get the opportunity. A strained hip kept him out of the Chicago Bears' season-ending loss to the Minnesota Vikings. ...

Watson, Browns regroup following season shaped by suspension

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Deshaun Watson is dealing with another suspension, this one not nearly as personal or punishing as the last. His abridged first season with the Cleveland Browns is over. He's on another extended break. One day after a 28-14 loss in Pittsburgh, Watson and his teammates ...

Kentucky to retire jersey for Wildcats Hall of Famer Pratt

Kentucky will retire a jersey to honor the late Mike Pratt, a Wildcats Hall of Fame men's basketball player and radio broadcaster. Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart announced the honor Monday night during coach John Calipari's weekly radio show. The retirement ceremony will be held ...