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Czech it out: Pastrnak, Zacha, Krejci help Bruins top Flyers

BOSTON (AP) — Bruins forward David Krejci is getting a taste of his homeland right here in Boston. The native of Czechia played in his 1,000th NHL game on Monday and assisted on three goals — all by countrymen Pavel Zacha and David Pastrnak — to help the Bruins beat the Philadelphia ...

Bills hang on for 34-31 wild-card win over Dolphins

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills opened the season with Super Bowl aspirations. One week into the playoffs, their objective remains in sight — but barely. Allen shrugged off a three-turnover outing, and the three-time defending AFC East champion Bills avoided a ...

Giants outlast Vikings 31-24 for 1st playoff win in 11 years

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — First-year head coach Brian Daboll had his upstart team fully prepared. Daniel Jones played at a level well beyond his experience. The New York Giants came confidently into Minnesota's raucous stadium and beat the tight-finish masters at their own game. Jones passed for ...

Hamlin cheers on Bills from home, says ‘heart is with’ team

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills safety Damar Hamlin, who is still recovering after going into cardiac arrest on the field in Cincinnati two weeks ago, cheered via Twitter from home Sunday during Buffalo's wild-card playoff home game against the Miami Dolphins. "My heart is with my guys as ...

Alabama basketball player, 2nd man charged with murder

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama basketball player Darius Miles and another man have been charged with capital murder after a fatal shooting near campus. Tuscaloosa Police Capt. Jack Kennedy said that the shooting occurred early Sunday morning in the Strip off University Blvd. near campus. He ...

Taylor, Balogun help No. 16 Duke women beat Ga. Tech 65-47

ATLANTA (AP) — Celeste Taylor scored 13 points, Elizabeth Balogun added 12 and No. 16 Duke overcome a halftime deficit to defeat Georgia Tech 65-47 on Sunday. Kayla Blackshear scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds in the first half to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 28-27 halftime lead. ...

No. 4 UConn beats Georgetown, but Fudd injured again

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Another UConn game, another injury. Aaliyah Edwards scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as No. 4 Connecticut opened up a close game in the second half to beat Georgetown 65-50 on Sunday. But the Huskies, who were forced to postpone a game a week ago because of a ...

Tatum, Celtics roll past Hornets for 6th straight victory

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jayson Tatum scored 17 of his 33 points in a pivotal third quarter, Malcolm Brogdon added 30 points and the Boston Celtics beat the Charlotte Hornets 122-106 on Saturday night to push their winning streak to six. Al Horford had 16 points and Marcus Smart added 13 ...

Grzelcyk breaks tie late, Bruins beat Maple Leafs 4-3

BOSTON (AP) — The NHL-best Boston Bruins haven't lost back-to-back games all season, and they wanted to keep it that way. "The game meant more to us than I imagined before the game," coach Jim Montgomery said after Boston bounced back from its first shutout of the season and beat the Toronto ...

Soto ($23M), Hader ($14.1M) reach deals with Padres

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Outfielder Juan Soto agreed to a $23 million, one-year contract with the San Diego Padres on Friday, a raise from his $17.1 million salary last season. San Diego also reached a $14.1 million, one-year agreement with Josh Hader, the largest salary for an arbitration-eligible ...

Kentucky, Calipari frustrated by season-long struggles

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky All-American forward Oscar Tshiebwe is wondering whether the Wildcats' walk-ons should play at this point in a frustrating season, just to show some fire. For college basketball's reigning player of the year to challenge his talented teammates speaks volumes of ...

AP source: McCutchen returns to Pirates on $5M, 1-year deal

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Andrew McCutchen served as the centerpiece for the Pittsburgh Pirates' long-awaited renaissance a decade ago. The veteran outfielder is coming back home, hoping to serve as a mentor to a young group trying to follow in his footsteps. A person with knowledge of the ...

Vikings to get center Bradbury back for playoffs vs. Giants

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings center Garrett Bradbury has been cleared to return to the starting lineup after missing the last five games of the regular season with a back injury. Coach Kevin O'Connell announced Friday that Bradbury would start against the New York Giants in the wild ...

Soto, ($23M), Hader ($14.1M) reach deals with Padres

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Outfielder Juan Soto agreed to a $23 million, one-year contract with the San Diego Padres on Friday, a raise from his $17.1 million salary last season. San Diego also reached a $14.1 million, one-year agreement with Josh Hader, the largest salary for an arbitration-eligible ...

Louisville hires Brian Brohm to lead offense, quarterbacks

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville football coach Jeff Brohm has hired brother Brian as the Cardinals' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, returning him to the school where he ranks as one of its best signal callers. Brian Brohm had worked the past six seasons in the same capacities ...

Anderson Varejão back with Cavs in player development role

CLEVELAND (AP) — Anderson Varejão has bounced back to the Cavaliers. One of the most popular players in Cleveland's history, Varejão has been hired as a player development consultant and global ambassador for the team that he played with for 14 NBA seasons. Known for his hustle and frizzy ...

Pitcher Corey Kluber, Red Sox finalize $10M, 1-year contract

BOSTON (AP) — Two-time AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber and the Boston Red Sox finalized a $10 million, one-year contract on Thursday. The deal includes an $11 million club option for 2024, which could escalate by $2 million based on starts this year: $500,000 for 20 and $750,000 apiece ...

Bears hire Big Ten Commissioner Warren as team president

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears hired Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren as their president and CEO on Thursday, bringing him back to the NFL to help lead a founding franchise after three years running one of college athletics' marquee conferences. Warren, who replaces the retiring Ted ...

Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Derek Mason steps down

Derek Mason announced on social media Thursday that he is stepping down as Oklahoma State's defensive coordinator and taking a sabbatical from coaching football. Mason took over this past season after Jim Knowles took the same position at Ohio State. Under Mason, Oklahoma State allowed 28.9 ...

Wisconsin adds Haynes, Hitschler, Scruggs to defensive staff

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin add Paul Haynes, Colin Hitschler and Greg Scruggs to new coach Luke Fickell's defensive staff. Haynes will coach cornerbacks and Scruggs will coach defensive linemen. Hitschler will coach safeties and lead the special-teams unit. "I'm really excited about ...