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Column: Bearcats face uphill climb to crack playoff puzzle

You've got to feel for the Cincinnati Bearcats. No matter what lofty heights they reach — and a perfect record is certainly within reach after after a 45-28 win Friday night over lowly South Florida pushed the record to 10-0 — in all likelihood they will not be among four teams selected ...

Ovechkin scores 742nd in Capitals’ 4-3 win over Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Alex Ovechkin got his 742nd career goal, Conor Sheary scored with 1:22 left and the Washington Capitals beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 Friday night. Garnet Hathaway scored twice to help Washington get its third straight win. Ilya Samsonov stopped 26 shots for his ...

Ridder breaks Cincinnati TD record, No. 2 Bearcats beat USF

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Desmond Ridder threw two touchdown passes to break the Cincinnati career record and ran for a score to help the No. 2 Bearcats beat South Florida 45-28 on Friday night. Cincinnati (10-0, 6-0 American Athletic, No. 5 CFP), one of four unbeaten FBS teams, has started the ...

With Giannis scratched, Celtics beat Bucks 122-113 in OT

BOSTON (AP) — When the Milwaukee Bucks scratched Giannis Antetokounmpo 90 minutes before the tipoff, Boston coach Ime Udoka worried that his team would expect an easy night against the rest of the defending NBA champions. It took the Celtics a while to snap out of it. "There's always a ...

Stephen Curry scores 40 points as Warriors beat Bulls 119-93

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry put on quite a show for his old college coach from Davidson. The reigning NBA scoring champion piled up 40 points with nine 3-pointers, Draymond Green delivered another all-around effort and the Golden State Warriors beat the Chicago Bulls 119-93 on Friday ...

No. 2 UCLA rallies to beat No. 4 Villanova 86-77

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two highly ranked teams and a raucous crowd packed into historic Pauley Pavilion sure made it seem like it was already March Madness. It's not just yet, although No. 2 UCLA backed up its Final Four run last spring with an 86-77 overtime victory against fourth-ranked ...

Pulisic sparks US over Mexico 2-0 in World Cup qualifying

CINCINNATI (AP) — Christian Pulisic sent a message — with his head and his undershirt. Take that, Mexico. Pulisic and the Americans are back atop the region. Pulisic scored on his very first touch in the 74th minute, Weston McKennie added a goal in the 85th and the United States beat ...

Rodgers’ vaccine comments may test his clout with sponsors

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers could be playing football again less than two weeks after testing positive for COVID-19 and misleading everyone about being an unvaccinated player. Whether the off-field consequences of the reigning MVP's science-defying ...

Regroup, reset: Biles to rest after trailblazing tour

There's a video interlude during the "Gold Over America Tour" that Simone Biles spent the fall headlining where she offers advice to the audience of predominantly young women on how to deal with adversity. "Regroup, reset, and everything will be just fine," she says. The seven-time Olympic ...

Texas Tech names Baylor’s Joey McGuire as coach

Texas Tech named Baylor assistant and longtime Texas high school coach Joey McGuire as its next head coach on Monday, though he won't take the job until the end of the season. McGuire will be formally introduced Tuesday on the Lubbock campus. He will immediately join the Texas Tech athletic ...

NCAA rewrites constitution, sets stage for transformation

The NCAA is setting the stage for a dramatic restructuring of college sports that will give each of its three divisions the power to govern itself. Approval of a new, streamlined constitution is expected in January with minimal consternation or conflict. The next phase of the NCAA's ...

Rodgers remains as vital as ever to Packers’ aspirations

Much of the attention on the Green Bay Packers this year has focused on quarterback Aaron Rodgers' off-field actions, from skipping the team's mandatory minicamp to testing positive for COVID-19 amid revelations that he was unvaccinated. But the results on the field have underscored how vital ...

Raiders balance on-field success with off-field issues

On the field, the first half of the season went almost as well as planned for the Las Vegas Raiders. The defense has been much improved, Derek Carr has been more aggressive, and the Raiders are tied for first place in the AFC West even after a 23-16 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday. Off ...

Biden hails NBA’s Bucks for championship and activism

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden welcomed the NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks to the White House on Monday, praising team members not just for their achievements on the court, but also for their efforts to promote coronavirus vaccinations and for speaking out after the 2020 police shooting ...

Wilson cleared to return to football activities for Seattle

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — One month after undergoing surgery on the middle finger of his throwing hand, Russell Wilson was back on the Seattle Seahawks' practice field Monday, flinging passes. Barring a setback, Wilson should be back under center for the Seahawks on Sunday when they travel to ...

Big 12 hoops could be winner in latest conference shuffle

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas basketball coach Bill Self was so disgusted by the last round of conference realignment — when Missouri and Texas A&M bolted the Big 12 for the SEC — that he vowed never to play the Tigers again. It didn't matter that the Border War had been one of the ...

Embiid out against Knicks due to health and safety protocols

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid missed the Philadelphia 76ers' game against the New York Knicks on Monday night after entering the NBA's health and safety protocols. ESPN, citing sources, reported earlier Monday that Embiid tested positive for COVID-19. Neither the 76ers nor coach Doc Rivers ...

Ovechkin ties Hull for 4th all-time; Caps down Sabres 5-3

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored his 741st career goal to tie Brett Hull for fourth on the NHL's all-time list, and helped the Washington Capitals beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-3 on Monday night. Tom Wilson added two goals and Evgeny Kuznetsov contributed his ninth, 10th and 11th assists ...

EXPLAINER: How US rules on international travel are changing

More than a year and a half after COVID-19 concerns prompted the U.S. to close its borders to international travelers from countries including Brazil, China, India, South Africa, the United Kingdom and much of Europe, restrictions are shifting to focus on vaccine status. Beginning Monday, bans ...

No. 7 Baylor women change coach, nickname, not expectations

WACO, Texas (AP) — The championship expectations are unchanged for AP All-America senior forward NaLyssa Smith and Baylor. So much else is different for the 11-time defending Big 12 champions. No more coach Kim Mulkey, and no more Lady Bears in Waco. "I feel it's still the same team. I ...