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WNBA expands to 36-game schedule adds Commissioner’s Cup

NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA season is expanding to a 36-game schedule and adding the Commissioner’s Cup tournament the league announced Thursday. The league had a 34-game schedule since 2003. The season begins on May 15 and ends on Sept. 20. Each team will play 10 Cup games during the season ...

49ers, Packers look to go from losing seasons to Super Bowl

By Josh Dubow AP Pro Football Writer SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers are one win away from accomplishing a turnaround that’s been done only once before in the Super Bowl era. With a victory in the NFC championship game at home on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, ...

Crosby, Penguins rip Wild 7-3

By Will Graves AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby watched the Pittsburgh Penguins thrive in his absence. The longtime captain pledged he would simply focus on doing his part to keep the Penguins rolling in his return from a two-month layoff. Crosby held up his end of the ...

Red Sox manager Alex Cora fired in sign stealing scandal

By Jimmy Golen AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox fired manager Alex Cora on Tuesday, a day after baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred implicated him in the sport’s sign-stealing scandal. Cora was the bench coach for the Houston Astros when they won the 2017 World Series ...

Day Won: Browns’ Stefanski impresses in roll out by Browns

By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Like so many Browns coaches before him, Kevin Stefanski won the news conference. As he’ll soon find out, the games will be so much tougher. The former Vikings offensive coordinator was introduced Tuesday as Cleveland’s new coach, the ...

Trevor vs Justin; Bama vs LSU and other stories in 2020

By Ralph D. Russo AP College Football Writer Six story lines that will define 2020: TREVOR VS. JUSTIN The first meeting between Georgia natives Trevor Lawrence of Clemson and Justin Fields of Ohio State produced a classic College Football Playoff semifinal. Both are entering their junior ...

Burrow leads LSU past Clemson

NEW ORLEANS — Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow set an NCAA record in the College Football Playoff championship game on Monday night, leading No. 1 LSU past No. 3 Clemson 42-25 to give LSU its first national championship since 2007. The quarterback’s 4-yard touchdown pass to Thaddeus Moss ...

Packers hold off Seahawks 28-23 to reach NFC title game

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers have relied more on character and resilience than offense or defense this season, lagging well behind past editions in aesthetics. This divisional round win over Seattle, though, was a ...

Chiefs rally from 24-0 hole to beat Texans 51-31 in playoffs

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes stalked up and down the sideline like a field marshal rallying his troops, the brilliant young quarterback imploring the Kansas City Chiefs to stay together even as the Houston Texans were on the verge of taking them ...

Blueger scores in 8th round of SO, Penguins beat Coyotes

By JACK MAGRUDER Associated Press GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The last time Teddy Blueger took part in a shootout was last season in the American Hockey League. His debut in an NHL tiebreaker was a smashing success. Blueger flipped the puck under the crossbar in the eighth round of the shootout ...