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Badgers trying to forget collapses

By Genaro C. Armas The Associated Press MADISON, Wis. — A team that prides itself on not looking ahead, No. 3 Wisconsin must now avoid dwelling on its recent past at the Big Ten championship game. The losses against Penn State last year and Ohio State in 2014 sting for different ...

Iowa State rewards its head coach

The Associated Press AMES, Iowa — Iowa State coach Matt Campbell and the Cyclones have agreed to a new six-year deal worth $22.5 million, increasing Campbell’s annual compensation from $2.1 million to $3.5 million per season. Campbell, who led Iowa State to a 7-5 record and its first ...

Holiday tournaments reveal trends

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Notre Dame, Villanova and Wichita State have serious potential for deep March runs. Duke’s freshmen are fast learners. And Arizona is in an early funk. Three Thanksgiving-week tournaments — the Maui Invitational, the Battle 4 Atlantis and the PK80 ...

Witness: Qatar set aside $15M for bribes

NEW YORK — The former president of Colombia’s soccer federation testified Monday that a sports marketing executive told him up to $15 million in bribe money was available for South American officials from Qatari interests ahead of the FIFA executive committee vote to decide the site of the ...

Clemson, Oklahoma are top 2

The Associated Press Clemson is the new No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll , taking a close vote with Oklahoma after the top two teams in the rankings lost in the same weekend for the first time since 2012. The Tigers jumped from fourth to No. 1 after blowing out South ...

Florida lures Mullen away from Miss. State

The Associated Press GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dan Mullen spent the last 13 years in the Southeastern Conference. He cultivated offenses. He developed quarterbacks. He celebrated two national championships. He turned former league laughing stock Mississippi State into a title contender. He ...

Calipari a part of history

The Associated Press LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky coach John Calipari reached a milestone when the Wildcats played their best game of the season. Kevin Knox scored a career-high 25 points to lead No. 8 Kentucky to a 107-73 victory over the University of Illinois-Chicago on Sunday night to ...

Stars wind up out of top spot

The Associated Press SYDNEY — No one was more surprised by who won the Australian Open than the champion himself. Cameron Davis came from six shots behind going into the final round to win by one stroke on Sunday, shooting a 7-under 64 that included a birdie on the 18th and an eagle after ...

Hamilton in a spin at season-ending Abu Dhabi

The Associated Press ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Performing celebratory spins around the track was about as emotional as it got for Valtteri Bottas, after the Finnish driver beat his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to win the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday. Hamilton ...

Rams score impressive ‘W’

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Rams methodically drove downfield on their opening possession, and Sammy Watkins caught a precise slant from Jared Goff for a touchdown. Drew Brees then got the ball for New Orleans’ first drive, and the Rams sacked him on back-to-back ...

Around the NFL

Eagles 31, Bears 3 PHILADELPHIA — Carson Wentz tossed three touchdown passes and the NFL-leading Philadelphia Eagles beat the Chicago Bears for their ninth straight win. The Eagles (10-1) reduced their magic number to clinch the NFC East to one with their fourth consecutive win by at ...

Auburn knocks off Alabama

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn fans blanketed the field from end zone to end zone just like the last time they got to celebrate a stirring Iron Bowl win. This time, Jarrett Stidham, Kerryon Johnson and No. 6 Auburn didn’t need a miraculous final play to unleash the celebration. It was a build up ...

Ohio State outlasts Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Dwayne Haskins did what Ohio State quarterbacks have been doing for more than a decade. He beat Michigan. The latest victory, though, came with a bizarre twist. Haskins replaced injured star J.T. Barrett and led the eighth-ranked Buckeyes from behind to beat the ...

Berries and nuts plentiful in woods

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Abundant crops of acorns, beech nuts and other less-well-known species are providing wildlife across at least parts of the Northeast with an unusually bountiful Thanksgiving feast that is fattening every animal that depends on them, from mice and to turkeys, deer and ...

Ex-Wisconsin coach fired following loss

The Associated Press FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas has fired coach Bret Bielema after five disappointing season, moments after a season-ending 48-45 loss to Missouri on Friday. The loss left Arkansas with a 4-8 record, capping only the second losing season of Bielema’s 12-year career. ...

Falcons must play again without the services of star running back

The Associated Press FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Falcons running back Devonta Freeman has been ruled out for the second straight week with a concussion and won’t play against Tampa Bay. Atlanta (6-4) will rely again on Tevin Coleman and third-stringer Terron Ward when the Falcons (6-4) host ...

One-time MVP leaves team for personal reasons

The Associated Press CLEVELAND — Derrick Rose’s injuries may have pushed him to a breaking point. The former league MVP, who has been trying to revive his career with the Cavaliers, left the team earlier this week to handle a personal matter. A team spokesman said Friday that Rose has ...

High stakes, rivalries are everywhere this weekend

The Associated Press Wait! Do not throw out the records. Yes, it is rivalry week in college football and the old saying goes that anything can happen when rivals get together, but let’s not go overboard. Alabama has won seven of nine against Auburn because the Crimson Tide has been the ...

Duke pulls away late from Portland State

PORTLAND, Ore. — Marvin Bagley III said the Blue Devils knew they had to wake up for the second half against Portland State. And eventually, they did. Trevon Duval had 22 points and No. 1 Duke pulled away for a 99-81 victory over the surprisingly tenacious Vikings on Thursday to open the ...

Trump calls Ball ‘ungrateful fool’

PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump started off his first day of Thanksgiving vacation Wednesday by resuming his taunts of the father of a UCLA basketball player detained for shoplifting in China, calling him an “ungrateful fool.” In a series of tweets fired off before dawn, the ...