National Sports

Comebacks and surprises highlight best games of 2017

By Eddie Pells AP National Writer It began as The Year of the Comeback. In college football, where Clemson got the last laugh in a wild fourth quarter in which the lead changed hands three times. And in pro football, where the New England Patriots rallied from 25 points down to send the ...

Browns’ Joe Thomas still undecided on playing future

By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas says Cleveland’s coaching situation will have no bearing on his decision whether to keep playing. Thomas played in just seven games this season before tearing his left triceps on Oct. 22 and undergoing ...

Astros star Jose Altuve named AP Male Athlete of the Year

By Kristie Rieken AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve led the Houston Astros to their first World Series title with a win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in November and picked up the franchise’s first MVP trophy in more than two decades a couple of weeks later. And as his huge ...

US dominates Denmark to open world junior championship

By JONAH BRONSTEIN, Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Casey Mittelstadt got the United States off to a quick start in its title defense at the world junior hockey championship. Mittelstadt scored twice in the first period, Kieffer Bellows also had two goals and Joseph Woll made 17 saves ...

Warriors winning minus Curry; can they lose once he’s back?

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer Stephen Curry is sitting, the Warriors aren't really scoring, and yet Golden State is still winning. What happens when Curry and the offense come back? The defending champions went into the season as favorites to repeat, though Boston and Houston looked ...

Kansas State beats UCLA 35-17 in Cactus Bowl

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — Bill Snyder stood on a makeshift stage in the middle of a baseball stadium with a roof, a sparkling trophy at his side depicting a football sailing through cactus uprights. If this was the end of his storied coaching career at Kansas State, ...

Ex-Steelers star linebacker Harrison signs with Patriots

By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer James Harrison is no longer the odd man out or the oldest man in the locker room. The ex-Steelers star signed a one-year deal with the New England Patriots on Tuesday, three days after his unceremonious departure from Pittsburgh. The 39-year-old ...

Mirotic scores 24 points off bench, Bulls beat Bucks 115-106

By JOE DiGIOVANNI, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Chicago Bulls have been a much better team since Nikola Mirotic got healthy. And not just on offense. The big forward came off the bench to score 24 points in 28 minutes as the resurgent Bulls won for the eighth time in 10 games, ...

American sorry for accusing pro basketball players of theft

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines has apologized to two black professional basketball players who were kicked off a plane in Dallas after a flight attendant accused them of stealing blankets. Airline spokesman Joshua Freed said Tuesday that Memphis Hustle guard Marquis Teague and forward ...

Kris Dunn’s double-double leads Bulls past Bucks 115-106

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Chicago Bulls won for the eighth time in 10 games, beating the Milwaukee Bucks 115-106 on Tuesday night. Chicago’s surge coincides with the return of Mirotic, who missed the beginning of the season after suffering facial fractures in an October fight with teammate ...