National Sports

After further review, the NBA needs to change its policy

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer Imagine this: Kevin Durant is out of bounds by an enormous margin, all three referees somehow miss the obvious infraction and Golden State winds up getting a basket that it didn't deserve to take the lead with a few seconds remaining. It seemed ...

Despite loss, UConn women still have incredible streak going

By DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Many of UConn's incredible regular-season streaks are over after Thursday night's loss at Baylor. Still, the Huskies have one left that is among the most remarkable in sports. They haven't had a losing streak in 25 years. That's right, ...

Beating Ravens gets Chargers a date with Brady and Patriots

By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers' prize for dismantling the toughest defense in the NFL is a road game against a team that has long been a nemesis for Philip Rivers. Los Angeles advanced to the divisional round of the postseason by beating the ...

Foles gives Eagles lift they need just in time to beat Bears

By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles were desperately seeking a lift with little time left to save their season. Nick Foles came through for the defending Super Bowl champions. And he did it just in time. Foles threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Golden ...

Column: Bay Area no place for college football championship

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Columnist SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The downtown streets were soaked and largely empty. Extra police officers loitered at the intersections, but they mostly just talked among themselves. On the weekend before one of the country's biggest sporting events, the host ...

Alabama already among greatest college dynasties

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — With five national championships in the past nine seasons, Alabama already has accomplished something never done before in the AP poll era that began in 1936. Winning another crown Monday night against Clemson would lift the Crimson ...

Offenses took a holiday on wild-card weekend

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Maybe it was the absence of all those high-powered offenses on byes. Perhaps it was the jitters for some younger teams, particularly their quarterbacks: Deshaun Watson, Mitchell Trubisky and Lamar Jackson. Or maybe defense actually ...

Luck has 2 TDs to lead Colts over Texans 21-7 in wild card

By Kristie Rieken AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — A year ago at this time Andrew Luck was at home struggling with an injured shoulder that cost him the entire season. On Saturday he wrote a happy ending to the latest chapter of his comeback season, throwing for 222 yards and two ...

Chiefs atop AFC playoff puzzle for 1st time since 1997

By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer For the first time in a decade, the top seed in the AFC playoffs goes to a team not led by Tom Brady or Peyton Manning. The Kansas City Chiefs earned the No. 1 seed for the first time since 1997 after switching from Alex Smith to Patrick Mahomes , ...

Florida State vs Virginia headlines 1st weekend of ACC play

By JOEDY McCREARY, AP Sports Writer A look at the upcoming week around the Atlantic Coast Conference: GAME OF THE WEEKEND No. 9 Florida State at No. 4 Virginia. The season's first top-10 matchup of ACC teams matches the Cavaliers (12-0), ranked No. 2 in Ken Pomeroy's efficiency rankings, ...