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No preseason, no problem: NFL rookies shine in strange year

By Mark Long AP Pro Football Writer Facing fourth-and-goal at the 1 in the third quarter against the Los Angeles Rams, the New York Jets turned to veteran Frank Gore — along with rookie Mekhi Becton. The critical play called for Gore to run behind Becton, a 6-foot-7, 363-pound left ...

Arizona men’s basketball self-imposes 1-year postseason ban

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona men's basketball program has self-imposed a one-year postseason ban related to its long-running NCAA rules infractions case. Arizona was accused of nine counts of misconduct, including five Level I violations, in a Notice of Allegations sent by the NCAA in ...

Alabama’s Jones, Smith, Harris lead 6 Tide AP All-Americans

By Ralph D. Russo AP College Football Writer Heisman Trophy finalists Mac Jones and DeVonta Smith have been selected to The Associated Press All-America team, leading a contingent of five Alabama players on the first-team offense. Crimson Tide running back Najee Harris, tackle Alex ...

Lawrence, Fields land on title stage after lobbying to play

By Pete Iacobelli AP Sports Writer There has never been any doubt about the football abilities of Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields of Ohio State. Their youth quarterback coach could see the power arms, nimble feet and accurate decision-making when they were budding Georgia prep ...

Washington releases 2019 1st-round pick Dwayne Haskins

By Stephen Whyno AP Sports Writer Washington released 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins on Monday, less than 24 hours after he committed three turnovers in a loss to Carolina and in the aftermath of another violation of pandemic protocols. Haskins started in place of injured quarterback ...

On Football: Playoff picture clears up — and muddles, too

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer If they're singing anything in Kansas City, Pittsburgh and Seattle, it could be "I Can See Clearly Now." All three took some big steps Sunday. As for the appropriate song in the AFC South and NFC East, try "Purple Haze." Or "Land Of Confusion." The ...

Lawrence, Fields land on title stage after lobbying to play

By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer There has never been any doubt about the football abilities of Clemson's Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields of Ohio State. Their youth quarterback coach could see the power arms, nimble feet and accurate decision-making when they were budding Georgia prep ...

Washington cuts Haskins; Smith or Heinicke to play at Eagles

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Sports Writer Washington released quarterback Dwayne Haskins on Monday, hours after coach Ron Rivera said either Alex Smith or Taylor Heinicke will start the regular-season finale with the NFC East at stake. Rivera is "optimistic" Smith will be ready to play at the ...

Odd became normal: sports’ masked road trip to the unknown

FRED LIEF AP Sports Writer Take your pick. Maybe it was a Big East Tournament basketball game that broke for halftime and never returned. Or the cardboard cutouts of spectators that replaced flesh-and blood fans in stadiums across the country. Or the Maui Invitational relocated from the ...

No. 18 Miami, Oklahoma State meet in Cheez-It Bowl

The Associated Press undefined Cheez-It Bowl: Oklahoma State (7-3, 6-3 Big 12) against Miami (8-2, 7-2 ACC), Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. EST (ESPN). Line: Miami by 2. Series record: Miami leads 1-0. WHAT'S AT STAKE No. 18 Miami is looking to rebound after getting routed 62-26 by North Carolina in ...