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Polamalu, Wayne, Willis 1st year eligible for Hall of Fame

By Barry Wilner AP Pro Football Writer Safety Troy Polamalu, wide receiver Reggie Wayne and linebacker Patrick Willis are first-year eligible players among the 25 semifinalists of the modern era for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Also on the list, which will be cut to 15 on Jan. 2, are ...

MLB investigating alleged domestic violence by Sam Dyson

NEW YORK (AP) — Free agent pitcher Sam Dyson has been accused of domestic violence and is being investigated by Major League Baseball. The commissioner's office says in a statement it is "aware of it and looking into it." Dyson's agency, ISE, did not immediately respond to a text seeking ...

No. 5 Alabama needs Iron Bowl win, help for playoff berth

By JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writer TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — This is an awkward position for Alabama; the Crimson Tide are accustomed to leaning on anyone for a helping hand. Even if the fifth-ranked Crimson Tide ends the regular season with a win at No. 16 Auburn in Saturday's Iron Bowl, ...

AP Top 25 Reality Check: Rivalry week with ranked matchups

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Intense and tradition-rich rivalries are fun no matter the stakes. They get even juicer when both teams are ranked. This year rivalry week includes five matchups of teams ranked in the latest AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank, though one of them ...

Chiefs could place stranglehold on another AFC West title

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs had one of their best weeks of the season without even playing. After traveling to Mexico City to knock off the Los Angeles Chargers, the Chiefs were able to enjoy their long-awaited bye while watching the New ...

Duke solidifies No. 1 in AP Top 25; Maryland rises to No. 5

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Basketball Writer Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski set the record for wins coaching a No. 1 team when his top-ranked Blue Devils knocked off California and Georgetown on back-to-back nights to win the 2K Empire Classic. He will have a chance to add to his 218-34 mark this ...

Arizona women ranked for 1st time in 15 years; Oregon No. 1

By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Arizona's Adia Barnes has her team headed in the right direction in her fourth year coaching at her alma mater. The Wildcats earned their first ranking in 15 years on Monday, entering The Associated Press women's college basketball poll ...

No. 1 Duke beats Georgetown in 2K Empire Classic title game

By The Associated Press undefined NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Krzyzewski set the record for wins coaching a No. 1 team as top-ranked Duke got 20 points and 10 rebounds from Vernon Carey Jr. to beat Georgetown 81-73 on Friday night at Madison Square Garden. The Blue Devils (6-0) beat Cal and the ...

Anthony Davis has big 2nd half, Lakers beat Thunder

By The Associated Press undefined OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Anthony Davis scored 24 of his 33 points in the second half to help the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 130-127 on Friday night. Davis also had 11 rebounds and seven assists, and LeBron James added 23 points and 14 ...

No. 10 Ohio St keeps rolling, routs Purdue Fort Wayne 85-46

By STEVE HELWAGEN Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State broke into the top 10 partially because of its stellar defense so far this season. That defense was on display again Friday night as the Buckeyes hosted Purdue Fort Wayne, which became the fifth straight Ohio State opponent ...