National Sports

Pirates finalize deal with pitcher

PITTSBURGH — Pitcher Jordan Lyles and the Pittsburgh Pirates have finalized a $2.05 million, one-year contract. The 28-year-old right-hander can earn additional award bonuses as part of the deal, agreed to last week and announced Monday. Lyles is 31-52 with a 5.28 ERA in 217 appearances ...

Perfect Furman defying odds

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Furman forward Clay Mounce has a simple question in the team video before the Paladins take the court each home game: “Haven’t you heard of us?” Not many college basketball fans have. Though it’s a question fewer people are ask ing about Furman, which is in the ...

East features several MVP candidates

With eight shopping days to Christmas, the NBA’s decision to have Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo and Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid in its holiday lineup is more than just sides in another hoop smorgasbord. It puts the spotlight on — and raises a question — about the MVP race, as in, ...

NBA roundup

Bucks hold off Pistons DETROIT — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 32 points and 12 rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks held on for a 107-104 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night when Blake Griffin missed a last-second 3-pointer. Griffin actually missed two 3s in the final 14 seconds. ...

College basketball roundup

RALEIGH, N.C. — Kansas didn’t get the chance to hold onto its preseason No. 1 ranking in the AP Top 25 very long, even as an unbeaten team. The Jayhawks are sticking around this time. The Jayhawks sat atop Monday’s latest men’s college basketball poll for a second straight week. That ...

Heupel, Kelly, Saban named finalists

UCF’s Josh Heupel, Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly and Alabama’s Nick Saban are the finalists for The Associated Press national college football coach of the year after leading their teams to unbeaten regular seasons. The winner will be announced today at noon. Heupel guided No. 7 Central ...

Loves set new scoring marks to win Father-Son Challenge

ORLANDO, Fla. — Davis Love III and his son Dru played so well Sunday that they set two scoring records, rallied from a three-shot deficit to win the PNC Father-Son Challenge and then wondered if they would get to play again. Team Love shot 27 on the front nine at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club ...

App. State rolls to win in NOLA

NEW ORLEANS — While the future of Appalachian State interim coach Mark Ivey is unknown, Mountaineers players left no doubt about how much they appreciated the way he handled his lone game in charge, carrying him off the field in triumph. “It was an honor,” said Ivey, a former ...

Gonzaga pushing through tough stretch

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Gonzaga has spent the early part of the season traveling around the country to face high-profile nonconference opponents, and coach Mark Few has no regrets about that. Even after the fourth-ranked Bulldogs fell at No. 12 North Carolina for their second straight ...

Simmons has triple-double in Sixers’ rout of Cavaliers

CLEVELAND — Ben Simmons had 22 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists for his third triple-double of the season, Joel Embiid scored 24 points and the Philadelphia 76ers won in Jimmy Butler’s return, routing Cleveland Cavaliers, 128-105, on Sunday. Butler scored 19 points after missing two ...

AP: Adams, Nats agree

WASHINGTON — Free agent first baseman Matt Adams, a Philipsburg-Osceola High School graduate, has an agreement to return to the Washington Nationals, pending a successful physical exam. A person familiar with the deal confirmed to The Associated Press that Adams and the Nationals agreed to ...

Kessel OT goal lifts Pens

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray was just happy to be back on the ice after a rocky start to the season. Murray made his first start in a month and his strong play, particularly in overtime, helped the Penguins to another win. Phil Kessel scored a power-play goal at ...

College bowl roundup: Fresno downs Arizona St.

LAS VEGAS — Ronnie Rivers rushed for 212 yards and two touchdowns, Anthoula “Tank” Kelly had a 70-yard interception return for a touchdown and No. 19 Fresno State beat Arizona State 31-20 in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday. Marcus McMaryion rushed for a touchdown and was 15-of-29 passing ...

No. 1 Kansas holds off Villanova

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Lagerald Vick had never watched last season’s Final Four loss to Villanova before this week, when top-ranked Kansas had to endure every minute of it while prepping for Saturday’s game against the Wildcats. “We watched it for like, a week straight,” Vick said. “It ...

Men’s top 25 roundup

No. 12 UNC drops No. 4 Gonzaga CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Cameron Johnson had 25 points and six 3-pointers while No. 12 North Carolina shot 55 percent to beat fourth-ranked Gonzaga 103-90 on Saturday night. Luke Maye added 20 points and 16 rebounds for the Tar Heels, who led by 14 at halftime ...

Orca recovery proposed in Washington

SEATTLE — With scientists warning that the Northwest’s beloved killer whales are on the brink of extinction, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced dramatic plans earlier this week to help the population recover — including $1.1 billion in spending and a partial whale-watching ban. “We ...

Chargers overlooked no more

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Chargers can no longer be overlooked, whether it is on the list of Super Bowl contenders or as a headline attraction in their own town. Thursday night’s 29-28 come-from-behind victory over the Kansas City Chiefs moved the 11-3 Chargers into a tie atop the AFC ...

Senate wants investigation into USOC leader

Two lawmakers are asking the Justice Department and FBI to look into whether former U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun lied to a Senate panel in testimony about the handling of sex-abuse allegations against Larry Nassar. At issue is Blackmun’s debunked claim that he discussed the ...

Villanova, Kansas set for rematch

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Dedric Lawson was turning his attention from a harder-than-expected win over New Mexico State to studying for finals when he looked at his cellphone and saw Devonte Graham’s name pop up. His old teammate, and now a member of the Charlotte Hornets, was calling with a pep ...

Chargers stun Chiefs with comeback

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Philip Rivers and the Chargers finally beat the Kansas City Chiefs. All it took was feverish fourth-quarter comeback, a questionable pass-interference call, a tense video review of the final touchdown and the gutsy decision to try a 2-point conversion. The result: ...