National Sports

Blackwood picks up first NHL win, Devils beat Bruins

BOSTON (AP) — Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 40 shots for his first NHL victory, Blake Coleman scored twice and the New Jersey Devils beat the Boston Bruins 5-2 on Thursday night. Damon Severson scored 25 seconds into the game and Kyle Palmieri added his team-high 19th goal for the Devils, who ...

Taylor runs for 205 yards in Wisconsin’s Pinstripe victory

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Jonathan Taylor ran for 205 yards and a touchdown and topped the 2,000-yard season mark to help Wisconsin rout Miami 35-3 in a chilly Pinstripe Bowl on Thursday night. Taylor, just a sophomore, ripped off runs of 39 and 41 yards and was ...

Wild and crazy season ends with lots of playoff uncertainty

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer In a wild and crazy season, the biggest remaining tumult is in the AFC South. Houston leads and takes the division title by beating struggling Jacksonville. A Texans loss, however, gives the winner of the prime-time game between the Colts and Titans in ...

NCAA confirms suspension of Clemson star DT Dexter Lawrence

By RALPH RUSSO, AP College Football Writer DALLAS (AP) — Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence will not play against No. 3 Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl after the NCAA confirmed a suspension Thursday for a failed test for performance-enhancing drugs, possibly ending the talented junior's ...

Fitzgerald mum, as usual, on whether this is NFL finale

By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Someday, obviously, Larry Fitzgerald will play in his last NFL game. Whether that game is Sunday, when his beleaguered Arizona Cardinals play at Seattle, is anybody's guess. And don't expect any hints from him. He doesn't like to talk about ...

Jets’ Darnold wraps up rookie year by facing Rodgers, Brady

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Pro Football Writer FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Sam Darnold is wrapping up his rookie season with glimpses of greatness. First, Aaron Rodgers. Next, Tom Brady. The New York Jets quarterback's final two opponents are among the best to play the position, and Darnold ...

Rushing leader Elliott wants in vs Giants; do Cowboys agree?

By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Pro Football Writer FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott insists he's playing and has no hesitation saying the NFL rushing title is on his mind with the Dallas Cowboys locked into the fourth playoff seed as NFC East champions going into their regular-season finale at ...

Virginia looking for better bowl outcome after last year

By HANK KURZ Jr., AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Bryce Perkins wasn't with Virginia when the Cavaliers made their first bowl appearance in six years last season, but the quarterback has heard about the disappointing trip and is helping them prepare for a different outcome. The ...

Notre Dame getting 1st title shot since ’12 loss to Alabama

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Notre Dame defensive captain Drue Tranquill and leading receiver Miles Boykin weren't even Fighting Irish fans the last time they had a 12-0 regular season. Maybe that was a good thing because those current players didn't have to ...

Luck can extend mastery of Titans, put Colts in playoffs

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Pro Football Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Andrew Luck is a win away from putting the Indianapolis Colts back into the playoffs for the first time since 2014 while doing something no NFL quarterback has managed since at least 1970. Beat an opponent 11 straight ...