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Ward, Bridges lead Michigan State rout EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State coach Tom Izzo is ready for everything that comes with a No. 1 ranking after his second-ranked Spartans rolled past Savannah State 108-52 on Sunday. With top-ranked Villanova and No. 3 Arizona losing on Saturday, ...

Eagles’ offense struggles

PHILADELPHIA — Dak Prescott tossed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Brice Butler early in the fourth quarter and the Dallas Cowboys beat playoff-bound Philadelphia 6-0 on Sunday, preventing the Eagles from a franchise-record 14th win. The Eagles (13-3) rested several starters on a frigid day and ...

Cyborg reigns supreme

LAS VEGAS — Holly Holm gave Cris “Cyborg” Justino the longest fight of her career. She just didn’t have enough to knock off yet another MMA star. Justino used power strikes and kicks to beat Holm by unanimous decision and defend her featherweight belt at UFC 219 late Saturday ...

Patriots pass on throwing to Gronk

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady’s eyes widened when he was told that he didn’t even throw a pass in the direction of Rob Gronkowski on Sunday — the first time in the All-Pro tight end’s career that he wasn’t targeted for an entire game. “Really?” the Patriots quarterback said. ...

Year of the championship

More than perhaps any other year in recent memory, the calendar year 2017 brought something special for just about every sports fan in the Altoona Mirrorás readership area. Name the sport, and there was a corresponding honor or accolade for an athletic team or individual. Penn State ...

2017 in review

JANUARY n The Penn State football team loses a heartbreaker in the Rose Bowl, 52-49, to USC on a last-second 46-yard field goal. n Penn State’s Chris Godwin and Garrett Sickels announce they will leave early for the NFL Draft. Teammate Marcus Allen announces he will return for his senior ...

Butler takes down No. 1 ’Nova

INDIANAPOLIS — Villanova’s perfect season is over and its reign at No. 1 probably is, too. Kelan Martin scored 24 points and Paul Jorgensen had a career-high 23 to help Butler upset the previously unbeaten Wildcats 101-93 on Saturday. It’s the second straight year the Bulldogs (12-3, ...

Mayfield attends media session, will play

LOS ANGELES — Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield made it to Rose Bowl media day after all, swooping in late and providing a jolt of drama as he noted he has been dealing with “flu-like” symptoms. The Heisman Trophy winner missed the first half of the 45-minute session Saturday morning ...

Hornibrook leads Badgers to victory over Miami

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Alex Hornibrook threw four touchdown passes, three of them to Danny Davis, and No. 6 Wisconsin capped off the winningest season in school history by topping No. 11 Miami 34-24 in the Orange Bowl on Saturday night. Jonathan Taylor capped his record-setting freshman ...

Hoops du Jour

Coppin State at PSU men Tipoff: 1 p.m. Bryce Jordan Center Records: Penn State (10-4, 1-1 Big Ten); Coppin State (0-14, 0-0 MEAC) Coaches: Patrick Chambers is 97-113 in his seventh season at Penn State and 139-141 in nine seasons overall. Juan Dixon is 0-14 in his first season at Coppin ...

Cowboys hit 10 wins again

ORLANDO, Fla. — They started playing football at Oklahoma State 116 years ago, and never in that span had there been a run of three consecutive 10-win seasons. Until now. Mason Rudolph threw for 351 yards and a pair of touchdowns on his way to winning game MVP honors, James Washington had ...

Falcons desperate to win, clinch playoff spot

This late in the season, it’s wise to invest only in meaningful games, particularly those in which both teams have something at stake. Unfortunately, on the final weekend of the schedule, we don’t find too many of those. Most intriguing is Carolina (No. 7 in AP Pro32) at Atlanta (No. ...

Steelers miffed at Harrison

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Patriots safety Devin McCourty got a closer look at James Harrison when the linebacker strolled through the locker room on Wednesday. It left an impression. “He’s a well put together human being. Scary-looking some would probably say,” McCourty said. The ...

Tough times ahead for NFL

It was one of the great Super Bowls ever, a dramatic comeback win that cemented forever the legacies of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. No one could have predicted February’s game could very well have been the NFL’s last great defining moment. A league that once seemed ...

Hoops du Jour

PSU women at Michigan Tipoff: 6 p.m. Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, Mich. Records: Penn State (9-4), Michigan (11-2) Coaches: Coquese Washington is 190-139 in her 10th season at Penn State and overall. Kim Barnes Arico is 122-65 in her sixth season at Michigan and 392-271 overall. Radio: ...

Durant stars in Finals rematch

OAKLAND, Calif. — LeBron James drove to the basket in the waning seconds and Kevin Durant swatted away any chance Cleveland had at a Christmas Day comeback. Durant pumped his fist again and again, emphatically shook his head and pounded his chest in delight. It looked a lot like the dominant ...

Orr’s goal and leap still top NHL moment

Growing up in Brantford, Ontario, Wayne Gretzky always heard his father, Walter, wax poetic about Bill Barilko’s 1951 Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Toronto Maple Leafs. “We didn’t really even have TV back then and there was kind of clips of it, there was kind of pictures of it — ...

Hoops du Jour

Wizards come back to defeat Celtics BOSTON — Washington’s talented guards made themselves at home at Boston’s Christmas party. Bradley Beal scored 25 points, John Wall had 21 points and 14 assists, and the Wizards beat Boston 111-103 on Monday in the Celtics’ first Christmas Day ...

Face of Buckeyes will change after bowl

The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio — Reloading is going to be more challenging than usual this time for Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, who is accustomed to losing much of his talent to the NFL each year. Seven fifth-year seniors who were key contributors this season are departing, ...

Eagles secure top seed

PHILADELPHIA — Jake Elliott kicked a 48-yard field goal with 22 seconds left, and the Philadelphia Eagles clinched the No. 1 seed for the NFC playoffs with a sloppy 19-10 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Monday night. Ronald Darby intercepted Derek Carr’s pass and ran it back 52 yards ...