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Bills, Steelers, Saints closing in on division titles

By The Associated Press Despite an impressive prime-time win over the Steelers, Bills Mafia can't celebrate a playoff berth just yet. But it's getting closer. The Bills can wrap up the AFC East for the first time since 1995 win a victory at Denver on Saturday or a Dolphins loss on Sunday ...

MLB reclassifies Negro Leagues as major league

  NEW YORK (AP) — Willie Mays will add some hits to his record, Monte Irvin's big league batting average should climb over .300 and Satchel Paige may add nearly 150 victories to his total. Josh Gibson, the greatest of all Negro League sluggers, might just wind up with a major league ...

AP Source: NHL now focusing on mid-January season start date

AP Source: NHL now focusing on mid-January season start date By John Wawrow AP Hockey Writer Time has all but run out on the NHL's hope to start the season Jan. 1, with the league and NHL Players' Association now focusing their discussions on opening play in mid-January, a person ...

Bauer, LeMahieu, Springer top list of available free agents

By Noah Trister AP Baseball Writer The free agent market received a small boost this week, although it remains to be seen whether teams will be eager to take advantage. A record 59 players became free agents when their teams declined to offer them contracts by Wednesday night's tender ...

Week 12: Big Ten unbeatens, Bedlam and Lawrence returns

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer The Big Ten's four unbeaten teams square off Saturday in two games that could go a long way toward settling the division races. No. 9 Indiana faces No. 3 Ohio State in a top-10 matchup featuring the conference's overwhelming favorite against its ...

Murray, Cardinals get shut down in loss to Seahawks

By TIM BOOTH AP Sports Writer SEATTLE (AP) — Kyler Murray was crunched on Arizona's second drive of the game. A rude hello from Seattle's L.J. Collier and Carlos Dunlap that left Murray with a sore right shoulder. After not being touched by the Seahawks in their first meeting, Murray ...

Collins, Brin lead No. 25 Tulsa to stunning 2 OT win

By JOHN TRANCHINA Associated Press TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Falling behind early is becoming a regular occurrence for Tulsa. So are late-game heroics. Zaven Collins returned an interception 96 yards for a touchdown in the second overtime to give No. 25 Tulsa a 30-24 comeback victory over Tulane ...

NBA’s offseason sprint continues with free agency starting

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer NBA free agency is usually a weeklong frenzy. Deals get struck, then teams and players must wait a few days before they can sign those contracts. And from there, a few more months often pass before the player goes to work with his new club. Not this ...

Colts could go from outsider to contender by beating Packers

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer It's difficult to sneak up on anybody in the NFL, given the attention the sport gets everywhere. Yet the Indianapolis Colts have been something of a hidden secret at 6-3. If you're surprised to see them tied with Tennessee atop the AFC South, it's ...

Steelers’ Roethlisberger, 3 teammates go on COVID-19 list

By The Associated Press The Pittsburgh Steelers have placed four more players on the COVID-19 list, including quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The move comes a day after tight end Vance McDonald went on the list after testing positive following a 24-19 win at Dallas that pushed the Steelers to ...