National Sports

New Orleans Saints defeat the Chicago Bears

Brees, Saints pull away late for 21-9 playoff win over Bears

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees will get to celebrate his 42nd birthday by preparing for a playoff game that will also feature the one active NFL quarterback older than him. Brees completed 28 of 39 passes for 265 yards,…

The Cleveland Browns defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers

The Browns dismantled the Pittsburgh Steelers 48-37 in the wild-card round Sunday night

PITTSBURGH (AP) — So much for the weight of history. Or practicing. Or having your head coach on the sideline. Or an emotional leader on the field. The Cleveland Browns overcame all of it. The burden of carrying the mantle…

Alabama and Ohio State take the big stage for the National Championship

No. 1 Alabama looking for 6th title under Saban vs. Ohio St

MIAMI (AP) — Trying to figure out which of Nick Saban’s Alabama teams is best is akin to picking Michelangelo’s greatest work of art or Ernest Hemingway’s best novel. They are all excellent in their own way. The first to…

New Texas head coach Sarkisian multi-tasking before title game

(AP)--Steve Sarkisian is the latest Alabama coordinator to be drawing up game plans for a national title showdown before leaving for a new head coaching job. The top-ranked Crimson Tide’s offensive chief is trying to treat the transition as business…

Mega deal: Indians trade star Lindor, Carrasco to Mets

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians drafted and developed Francisco Lindor, who blossomed into an All-Star shortstop and one of baseball’s best all-around players. Cleveland chased a World Series title with him. They’ll now do it without Lindor. Knowing they could…

Alabama’s Smith becomes 1st WR to win Heisman in 29 years

The national championship is planned to be played at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, on January 11, 2021, with kickoff at 8:00 p.m.

NEW YORK (AP) — On an Alabama team stacked with stars, DeVonta Smith emerged as the best player in college football while playing a position that rarely gets that kind of recognition. Smith became the first wide receiver to win…

George Washington basketball game postponed due to DC curfew

WASHINGTON (AP) — A men’s college basketball game scheduled to be played in Washington on Wednesday night was postponed after a city curfew was imposed because angry supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol. The Atlantic 10 Conference game between…

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence declaring for NFL draft

The draft is scheduled to be held from April 29 – May 1, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio.

(AP)-- Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence has made it official — he’s heading to the NFL. Lawrence, the 6-foot-6 QB with the power arm and flowing hair, released a video on social media Wednesday announcing he was leaving school and declaring…

Rafael Nadal and others eye to set new records

COVID questions key; Nadal, Djokovic eye records

(AP) When the 2020 men’s tennis season ended at the ATP Finals, Rafael Nadal captured a common sentiment that still holds true as the 2021 tennis season is set to begin this week. “The world is suffering a lot, so…

Alex Smith takes another team to the playoffs

Mr. Smith goes to Washington, takes another team to playoffs

(AP) If the Alex Smith story becomes a movie, Alex Smith doesn’t want to see it. “Heck no,” he said, “I wouldn’t watch it.” Smith is living it and already documented the long journey back from breaking his right leg…

NBA to toughen mask-wearing rules

NBA tells teams that rules on mask-wearing will get tougher

MIAMI (AP) — The NBA is adopting a tougher policy regarding masks, telling teams Monday that players on the active roster will have to wear the face coverings in the bench area until they enter games. That memo, obtained by…

United States advances to the World Junior Title game

U.S. beats Finland 4-3 to reach world junior title game

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Arthur Kaliyev scored with 1:16 remaining and the United States advanced to the championship game of the world juniors, beating Finland 4-3 Monday night. Alex Turcotte, John Farinacci and Matthew Boldy also scored for the U.S.,…

Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau are renowned for their power

Major shots, and shots special to major champions

KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau are renowned for their power, so in a year no one could have imagined, perhaps it was only fitting the signature shot from their major championships came from shorter clubs. And…

Top three teams in final AP Pro 32 poll

Chiefs, Packers, Bills are top three in final AP Pro 32 poll

NEW YORK (AP) — The playoff field is set and the race to the Super Bowl begins. Thirteen other teams are trying to replace the Kansas City Chiefs as champions of the NFL. However, none was able to knock off…

Baylor basketball game canceled

Mulkey positive for COVID-19, UConn-Baylor women's game off

(AP) No. 6 Baylor canceled its much-anticipated home game Thursday night against No. 3 UConn after Lady Bears coach Kim Mulkey tested positive for COVID-19. Baylor said it began restricting team activities after Mulkey tested positive on Monday, the same…

Titans beat Texans 41-38 on late field goal

Tennessee Titans head to their first AFC South title since 2008

HOUSTON (AP) — Derrick Henry ran into the NFL record books with the best game of his career on Sunday. But it was a lucky bounce that gave the Tennessee Titans a win over Houston Texans and their first AFC…

Cowboys lose to the Giants, Giants lose division hours later

The New York Giants won, and then they waited.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants won, and then they waited — hoping for a key win from a bitter rival. “We’ll be pulling for Philly, no doubt,” quarterback Daniel Jones said. They won’t be singing “Fly,…

Warriors beat Blazers, Curry has career-high 62

Curry has career-high 62 points

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry twirled an arm in the air to acknowledge a small cheering section of family members in a near-empty arena, then gleefully disappeared down a tunnel to celebrate his best scoring night yet. Curry let…

The Alabama star receiver is the favorite to win the Heisman

Alabama’s Smith could set new standard for Heisman receivers

(AP) DeVonta Smith would be a Heisman Trophy winner unlike any other. The Alabama star receiver is considered the favorite to win the award Tuesday night over three quarterbacks: Crimson Tide teammate Mac Jones, Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Florida’s Kyle…

Super Bowl chase is set

There are some powerhouses and some pretenders — and a team with a losing record

(AP) From the rested in Kansas City and Pittsburgh to the relieved in Cleveland, Chicago and Los Angeles, the field for the Super Bowl chase is set. There are some powerhouses and some pretenders — and a team with a…

Indiana to showcase March Madness

Men’s March Madness will be played entirely in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA is giving Indiana an exclusive ticket to showcase March Madness and the basketball-crazed state can’t wait to take center stage this spring. The NCAA announced Monday that its showcase event — the Division I men’s…

Texas rises to No. 4 in AP Top 25

Gonzaga-Baylor remain 1-2 in AP Top 25

(AP) While Gonzaga and Baylor remain firmly atop The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll, Shaka Smart and fourth-ranked Texas are making a push into the rankings’ top tier, too. The top-ranked Zags and second-ranked Bears remained 1-2 in Monday’s latest…

A Lim Kim wins at her first appearance at the U.S. Women’s Open

Kim became the seventh player to rally from five shots behind in the final round of the U.S. Women’s Open,

HOUSTON (AP) — A Lim Kim made her first U.S. Women’s Open appearance a memorable one Monday, closing with three straight birdies to tie the record for the largest comeback and win the biggest event in women’s golf. And in…

Baylor remains on top of AP Top 25 poll

Gonzaga and Baylor headlined an unchanged top tier of The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll

(AP) Gonzaga and Baylor headlined an unchanged top tier of The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll, even as both have been sidelined by recent coronavirus issues. The top five teams remained in place in Monday’s latest Top 25, with Mark…