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Love III worries too much about exemptions for son

HONOLULU — Davis Love III is headed off to play in the Singapore Open, and so is his son. This will be the 14th time they have played in the same tournament since Davis Love IV — who goes by Dru — turned professional 18 months ago. That doesn’t include the PNC Father-Son Challenge, ...

Edelman still making most of opportunities with Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — His face was still a little flushed from stepping out of the subfreezing temperatures at Gillette Stadium field just minutes following the Patriots’ 41-28 divisional-round win over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday . Still, Julian Edelman stood at his locker satisfied ...

Syracuse stuns No. 1 Duke

DURHAM, N.C. — Syracuse packed its patented 2-3 zone defense around Zion Williamson, and dared a depleted Duke team to win from the 3-point line. Without shooter Cameron Reddish, the top-ranked Blue Devils couldn’t do it. And without point guard Tre Jones, their defense couldn’t ...

Kansas slips past Longhorns

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Lagerald Vick scored 21 points, Marcus Garrett added a career-high 20, and Kansas held on to beat Texas, 80-78, when Jase Febres’ 3-pointer at the buzzer never came close. Dedric Lawson added 17 points and eight rebounds for the Jayhawks (15-2, 4-1 Big 12), who blew a ...

Harden continues historic streak

HOUSTON — After scoring a season-high 57 points in Houston’s win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night, James Harden was asked how he was able to put Sunday’s loss to Orlando, when he went 1 for 17 from 3-point range, behind him so quickly. “I went 1 for 17? That’s a lot of 3s ...

Season ends for defending champion Eagles

The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — When the New Orleans Saints finally found their rhythm, they marched one step closer to the Super Bowl. Using a dominant ball-control offense and a few gambles that paid off, the Saints got two touchdown passes from Drew Brees and two interceptions from ...

Some big shots overlooked

The Associated Press HONOLULU — Brooks Koepka still smiles at the memory of the 9-irons he hit in the final round of his second straight U.S. Open victory. Yes, that’s plural. They were on consecutive holes on the back nine at Shinnecock Hills. The one that led to birdie was ...

Kuchar rebounds to win Sony Open

The Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — Matt Kuchar overcame three early bogeys that cost him the lead with flawless golf and two key birdies on the back nine to close with a 4-under 66 and win the Sony Open for his second PGA Tour title this season. It wasn’t as easy as his four-shot ...

Final 4 contains top 2 seeds in each conference

By Jay Cohen The Associated Press Tom Brady versus Patrick Mahomes. Drew Brees against Jared Goff. Two high-profile rematches with the Super Bowl on the line. The NFL’s highest-scoring offenses face off in the conference championships next Sunday. Brady leads the New England Patriots ...

Pats not ready to exit postseason

The Associated Press FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady recognizes that there are some who believe the Patriots are nearing the end of their run of unprecedented playoff success. New England took its first step toward possibly silencing those voices for a little longer. Sony Michel ran for ...

Legendary Miami Dolphin dead at 71

The Associated Press MIAMI — Former Miami Dolphins guard Bob Kuechenberg, a six-time Pro Bowl selection and member of the only NFL team to achieve a perfect season, died at age 71. His death Saturday was confirmed by the Dolphins, who had no further details. Kuechenberg joined the ...

Rams holds off Cowboys, reach NFC title game

LOS ANGELES — C.J. Anderson rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns, and Todd Gurley rushed for 115 more yards and another TD in the Los Angeles Rams’ first playoff victory in 14 years, 30-22 over the Dallas Cowboys in the divisional round on Saturday night. Gurley and Anderson punished ...

Chiefs rip Colts, advance to AFC title game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs’ defense had heard the chorus of critics all season long, the ones that claimed their sieve-like line and shaky backfield would spoil young superstar Patrick Mahomes and cost them a chance to chase their first Super Bowl appearance in ...

Chargers face tall task at New England

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady typically shrugs off any mention of records or milestones he sets. But even he had to chuckle at the one he and Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers will mark when they meet in today’s divisional playoffs. Brady, who will be 41 years and 163 days old, and ...

Clemson celebrates second national title in three years

CLEMSON, S.C. — All-American Christian Wilkins tossed doughnuts and showed off a victory cigar. On a chilly, overcast morning, Clemson celebrated its second national football title in three seasons Saturday before thousands of roaring fans. Spectators stood seven or eight deep along the ...

Nadal: Tennis suffering big loss minus Murray, but game goes on

MELBOURNE, Australia — Rafael Nadal knew it was inevitable that sooner or later the Big Four would become the Big Three. That Andy Murray is the first of the long-time leading four in men’s tennis to signal the end of his career is something Nadal has to keep in perspective. The No. ...

Reddish’s 3-pointer lifts Duke

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Cam Reddish had struggled for more than a month, searching for any kind of consistency with his shot. With Zion Williamson on the bench in the second half and suffering from double vision after getting poked in the eye, Reddish made all the shots on Saturday — ...

No. 11 Texas edges out No. 20 Iowa State

AMES, Iowa — Sug Sutton had 24 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists and Joyner Holmes had a big block as No. 11 Texas survived two missed shots in the closing seconds to edge No. 20 Iowa State 64-62 on Saturday. The Longhorns (14-2, 4-0 Big 12), who have won seven straight, used a 15-0 run ...

Cowboys, Rams have a lot on the line

LOS ANGELES — As if the pressure of playing for the Los Angeles Rams’ first playoff victory in 14 years wasn’t enough, Todd Gurley carries an extra imperative into the Coliseum tonight. “Basically, everybody I know hates the Cowboys,” the Rams’ All-Pro running back said. ...

Temple introduces Carey as coach

PHILADELPHIA — Temple University athletic director Patrick Kraft smiled and let out a little laugh when he took the podium to introduce the school’s newest head coach, Rod Carey. “I feel like Bill Murray in ‘Groundhog Day,’” Kraft said Friday. It was just 29 days ago that Kraft ...