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Lions not renewing offensive coordinator Cooter’s contract

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions are not renewing offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter’s contract. The Lions announced their decision Tuesday, two days after finishing 6-10 in coach Matt Patricia’s first season at the helm. Cooter was a holdover from Jim Caldwell’s staff, but ...

Pastrnak, Bruins beat Blackhawks 4-2 in Winter Classic

By Jay Cohen AP Sports Writer SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — David Pastrnak had a goal and an assist, Tuukka Rask made 36 saves and the Boston Bruins beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 on Tuesday in the Winter Classic at Notre Dame. Patrice Bergeron, Sean Kuraly and Brad Marchand also scored as ...

Thomas, Froome target Tour de France in 2019

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome, the current and former Tour de France champions, are planning to compete in the 2019 edition of the race in what could be Team Sky's final bid for cycling's biggest prize. Froome will not defend his Giro d'Italia title as targets a ...

US beats Finland 4-1 in world junior hockey

VICTORIA, British Columbia (AP) — Northeastern's Tyler Madden scored twice and Jason Robertson had a goal and an assist as the United States closed out the preliminary round of the world junior hockey championship Monday night with a 4-1 win over Finland. The Americans finished second in ...

TOP 25 THIS WEEK: League play offers tests in ACC, Big Ten

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — It's time to find out just how well the nonconference schedule has prepared AP Top 25 teams for the rigors of league play. Four of the power conferences — the Atlantic Coast, the Southeastern, the Big 12 and Pac-12 conferences — ...

Dabo Swinney fulfills promise with Clemson’s best decade

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer Dabo Swinney had no doubt Clemson was headed in the right direction to be a national power again. He just wasn't sure he would be around to be part of it after the 2010 regular season ended with a three-touchdown home loss to an instate rival. When Swinney ...

Curry’s 34 points help Warriors scorch Suns, 132-109

By JOSE M. ROMERO, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — The Golden State Warriors needed until midway through the second quarter to find their rhythm against the West's last-place team. Once they did, the NBA champions rolled to victory again. Stephen Curry scored 34 points and Kevin Durant ...

Northwestern defense stuns No. 20 Utah 31-20 in Holiday Bowl

By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — A cold, hard rain in normally warm, dry San Diego made the Northwestern Wildcats feel right at home, especially as they enjoyed a downpour of Utah turnovers in the Holiday Bowl. In a dizzying nine-minute stretch of the third quarter, the ...

Lawrence lights up Notre Dame, No. 2 Clemson cruises 30-3

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — When Clemson’s Dabo Swinney entrusted a team with championship aspirations to freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence in September, this is what the Tigers’ coach had in mind. Lawrence threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns and No. 2 Clemson beat No. 3 Notre Dame ...

WNBA crossroads: league looks to cut losses, hire president

By Doug Feinberg AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — As 2018 closes, the WNBA is at a crossroads. The play on the court has never been better, with Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird leading the Seattle Storm to a championship. Most of the playoff positions weren’t decided until the final ...