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Pair of Japan players made available to major league teams

NEW YORK (AP) — Two players from Japan, Shun Yamaguchi and Ryosuke Kikuchi, have been made available to major league teams through the posting process. Clubs have until Jan. 2 (5 p.m. EST) to negotiate with them, Major League Baseball said Tuesday. Yamaguchi, a 32-year-old right-hander with ...

Louisville is new No. 1, unranked Michigan goes to No. 4

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer Louisville is the latest team to climb to No. 1 in The Associated Press men's college basketball poll and Michigan has matched a record by debuting at No. 4. The Cardinals received 48 of 65 first-place votes from a media panel in the poll released Monday. ...

Roger Federer’s face to be minted on Swiss coin

BERN, Switzerland (AP) — The Swiss government says it will produce a 20 franc silver coin with Roger Federer's image on it. The government says it's the first time it has dedicated a commemorative coin to a living person. A 50 franc gold coin with Federer's image on it will be minted next ...

NFL ICYMI: Super Bowl preview? 49ers-Ravens was fun to watch

By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Sports Writer If this edition of 49ers-Ravens — filled with elite players, fourth-down gutsiness and top-notch defense on a rainy afternoon — was indeed a Super Bowl preview, everyone's in for a treat in February. What Baltimore's 20-17 victory over visiting San ...

Net gains: NHL’s load management is top goalies playing less

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer Marc-Andre Fleury plays when he's told. How much he plays has changed. A decade ago, Fleury started 61 out of 82 games before backstopping Pittsburgh to the Stanley Cup. He started 58 and 34 times on the Penguins' 2016 and 2017 Cup runs splitting time with ...

AP Top 25 Reality Check: Examining ‘Bama’s drop from top 5

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer The Associated Press college football poll is a subjective and mostly backward-looking assessment, especially late in the season. Voters sprinkle in some speculative forecasting when trying to order the plethora of teams that have never played. ...

Duck’s Dynasty? Backup Hodges leads Steelers by Browns 20-13

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — No fighting. No helmet swinging. Barely any trash talking. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns kept things civil in their highly anticipated rematch, which ended the way they always seem to end at Heinz Field: the Steelers walking ...

Jackson, Ravens beat 49ers 20-17 to extend win streak to 8

By DAVID GINSBURG AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — Neither rain, wind nor the San Francisco 49ers' top-ranked defense could prevent Lamar Jackson from guiding the Baltimore Ravens to their franchise-record eighth straight win. Jackson weathered miserable conditions to run for 101 yards and ...

Culver’s double-double helps WVU beat Rhode Island 86-81

By MATT THORNSBURY Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Derek Culver scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead West Virginia to an 86-81 victory over Rhode Island on Sunday. Jermaine Haley added 18 points, Emmitt Matthews Jr. scored 14 and Oscar Tshiebwe had 11 ...

Rodgers throws 4 TDs, Packers beat skidding Giants 31-13

By TOM CANAVAN AP Sports Writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdown passes in the snow and the Green Bay Packers rebounded from a dismal West Coast performance to beat New York 31-13 Sunday. The Packers sent the Giants to their eighth straight loss, their worst ...