National Sports

Butler’s 3-point barrage defeats No. 1 Villanova 101-93

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — No. 1 Villanova learned a tough lesson Saturday. The defense needs to improve dramatically if the Wildcats want to be the nation’s best team. Kelan Martin scored 24 points, Paul Jorgensen added a career-high 23 and Butler made 15 3-pointers in a 101-93 upset over one ...

No. 20 Northwestern beats Kentucky 24-23 in Music City Bowl

By The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Justin Jackson ran for 157 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 20 Northwestern held off Kentucky 24-23 on Friday in a Music City Bowl that might be remembered more for injuries, ejections and a wild finish. Both starting quarterbacks left in ...

Luck returns to Colts’ complex with ‘better’ shoulder

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck looks healthy and sounds confident. All he has to do now is prove he can still sling a football. After spending six weeks rehabbing his throwing shoulder in the Netherlands, the Colts’ quarterback returned to Indianapolis on Friday with a promising ...

Irving scores 26, Celts rally from 26 to beat Houston 99-98

BOSTON (AP) — Al Horford made a hook shot with 3.7 seconds left to give Boston its only lead of the game, and the Celtics rallied from a 26-point deficit to beat the Houston Rockets 99-98 on Thursday night. Kyrie Irving scored 26 and Jayson Tatum finished with 19 for the Celtics, while ...

Comebacks and surprises highlight best games of 2017

By Eddie Pells AP National Writer It began as The Year of the Comeback. In college football, where Clemson got the last laugh in a wild fourth quarter in which the lead changed hands three times. And in pro football, where the New England Patriots rallied from 25 points down to send the ...

Browns’ Joe Thomas still undecided on playing future

By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas says Cleveland’s coaching situation will have no bearing on his decision whether to keep playing. Thomas played in just seven games this season before tearing his left triceps on Oct. 22 and undergoing ...

Astros star Jose Altuve named AP Male Athlete of the Year

By Kristie Rieken AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve led the Houston Astros to their first World Series title with a win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in November and picked up the franchise’s first MVP trophy in more than two decades a couple of weeks later. And as his huge ...

US dominates Denmark to open world junior championship

By JONAH BRONSTEIN, Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Casey Mittelstadt got the United States off to a quick start in its title defense at the world junior hockey championship. Mittelstadt scored twice in the first period, Kieffer Bellows also had two goals and Joseph Woll made 17 saves ...

Warriors winning minus Curry; can they lose once he’s back?

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer Stephen Curry is sitting, the Warriors aren't really scoring, and yet Golden State is still winning. What happens when Curry and the offense come back? The defending champions went into the season as favorites to repeat, though Boston and Houston looked ...

Kansas State beats UCLA 35-17 in Cactus Bowl

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — Bill Snyder stood on a makeshift stage in the middle of a baseball stadium with a roof, a sparkling trophy at his side depicting a football sailing through cactus uprights. If this was the end of his storied coaching career at Kansas State, ...