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Cavs stun Lakers 101-95 to end 12-game losing streak

By DAN GREENSPAN, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wins have been hard to come by for the Cleveland Cavaliers this season, so coach Larry Drew has been focused on the incremental signs of progress. Against the Los Angeles Lakers, Drew saw those little things help put the Cavaliers into ...

Rams, Cowboys seek long-awaited postseason breakthroughs

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — As if the pressure of playing for the Los Angeles Rams' first playoff victory in 14 years wasn't enough, Todd Gurley carries an extra imperative into the Coliseum on Saturday night. "Basically, everybody I know hates the Cowboys," the ...

Chiefs aim to rewrite playoff history vs nemesis Colts

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Given the postseason history involving Indianapolis and Kansas City over the years, Andrew Luck and the Colts have every reason to feel confident heading to Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday. The Chiefs have every reason to believe ...

Mitchell dominates, Jazz beat Lakers 113-95

By JOHN COON, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz played without point guards Ricky Rubio, Dante Exum and Raul Neto because of injuries, and it was no big deal. Not with Donovan Mitchell showing off his ball-handling skills. Mitchell had 33 points and a career-high nine ...

No. 1 Halep has new-found confidence ahead of Aussie Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Simona Halep was trying on her new shoes when she got the news direct from the draw about her tough section containing both Serena and Venus Williams at the Australian Open. Even before she contemplates possible back-to-back matches in the third and fourth round ...

Column: Alabama hoops star goes to court to get on the court

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Columnist Maori Davenport had to go to court just to get back on the court. How ridiculous it's come to that for the Alabama prep basketball star. Thankfully, a cruel and unjust ruling by the state's governing body was put on hold Friday by a local judge, mere ...

Jake Guentzel’s hat trick sends Penguins past Ducks 7-4

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ever since the Ducks won 4-2 in Pittsburgh on Dec. 17, the Penguins have been almost unbeatable and Anaheim hasn't been able to win again anywhere. When the Penguins got a rematch in Orange County on Friday night, Jake Guentzel and ...

No. 1 Duke visits No. 13 FSU to headline ACC weekend slate

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer A look at the upcoming week around the Atlantic Coast Conference: GAME OF THE WEEKEND No. 1 Duke at No. 13 Florida State. The Blue Devils (13-1, 2-0 ACC) took their high-flying act on the road for the first time Tuesday and had little trouble at Wake ...

Snow cancels World Cup skeleton races in Germany

KOENIGSSEE, Germany (AP) — Heavy snow forced the cancellation of Friday's scheduled men's and women's World Cup skeleton races in Germany. There was no immediate decision on when or how to reschedule the races. Snow has been falling in Koenigssee for several days, and also had an adverse ...

AUSTRALIAN OPEN ’19: New rule nixes never-ending final sets

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer Andy Roddick knows a thing or two about playing a tennis match that just won't seem to end. The Hall of Famer once won an Australian Open quarterfinal that ended 21-19 in the fifth set. He also lost a Wimbledon final against Roger Federer that went to ...