National Sports

Patriots’ play tops according to AP

The Associated Press Some were championship-defining events. Others capped upsets. One just seemed to defy the laws of physics. Sports are moments, and there were many that will not be forgotten in 2017. Whether it was a human being jumping over another human being, a ridiculous kick ...

Sports at a glance

From Mirror, wire reports CR wrestlers get big win NEW PARIS— Chestnut Ridge won the opening two bouts by forfeit, and then proceeded to win 10 of the next 12 by fall on its way to a 72-6 win over Everett in high school wrestling action Saturday night. Picking up pins for the Lions were ...

Surgery makes Mauti’s life a whole lot better

By Brett Martel The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans Saints linebacker Michael Mauti became so fearful of food in recent years that even the thought of a holiday dinner gave him high anxiety. Not wanting to cut short an NFL career that began in 2013, Mauti tried to manage — ...

Raiders coach says Cooper may play

The Associated Press ALAMEDA, Calif. — Coach Jack Del Rio says there’s a “good chance” the Oakland Raiders will have receiver Amari Cooper back after he missed last week’s game with a sprained ankle. Cooper was listed as questionable on Saturday for the game Monday night at ...

Flacco leads Ravens to win

BALTIMORE — Joe Flacco threw for 237 yards and two touchdowns, Justin Tucker kicked three field goals and the Baltimore Ravens moved a step closer to securing a playoff berth by beating the Indianapolis Colts 23-16 on Saturday. The Ravens (9-6) scored on their first two possessions and held ...

Irish eager to play Tigers in bowl game

The Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is pleased with how his team is preparing for its Citrus Bowl clash with No. 16 LSU. There are some other concerns for the 14th-ranked Fighting Irish. When it comes to practice, Kelly said he has been thrilled so far ...

Army wins nailbiter with Aztecs

The Associated Press FORT WORTH, Texas — Darnell Woolfolk scored on a 1-yard run with 18 seconds left, Kell Walker converted a go-ahead 2-point run and Army added a last-play defensive touchdown for a 42-35 victory over San Diego State on Saturday in the Armed Forces Bowl. After Rashaad ...

NHL embraces freezing of rosters over holidays

By Stephen Whyno The Associated Press Greg Millen thought he had an extension from the St. Louis Blues to celebrate at Christmas in 1989. Instead, he was traded. So there he was, sitting in the living room with his family as a Quebec Nordiques executive brought logo-covered pajamas and ...

Washington makes Adams’ deal official

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals have finalized a deal with first baseman/outfielder Matt Adams. General manager Mike Rizzo on Friday announced Washington agreed to terms with Adams on a one-year contract. The deal to make Adams the Nationals’ new backup first ...

Corruption conviction for several officials

By Tom Hays The Associated Press NEW YORK — Two former South American soccer officials were convicted Friday of corruption charges at the first U.S. trial stemming from the FIFA bribery scandal, while deliberations will continue next week for a third official. A federal jury in New York ...

Tributes pouring in for broadcast legend Enberg

By Bernie Wilson The Associated Press SAN DIEGO — Through six decades, whether it was broadcasting one of John Wooden’s basketball championships with UCLA, a no-hitter by Nolan Ryan or a dramatic point at Wimbledon, Dick Enberg excitedly summed up the big moments with two simple words: ...

Woods to coach himself

The Associated Press Tiger Woods is embarking on his latest comeback without a swing coach. Woods said Friday on Twitter that since fusion surgery on his lower back in April, he has been relearning his body and his golf swing by relying on feel and the previous three years of work with ...

Ficken getting chance with Rams

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — The Los Angeles Rams placed kicker Greg Zuerlein, who leads the NFL in scoring this season with 158 points, on injured reserve Wednesday. Zuerlein has been dealing with a lingering back injury all season. He aggravated it in the 42-7 win at Seattle on ...

Hundreds of players commit

The new early signing period was years in the making so do not expect changes to it after the first one. Mid-American Conference Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher, a member of the NCAA’s football oversight committee who first proposed a December signing period in 2014, said the next step is to ...

Wofford stuns UNC

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Fletcher Magee scored 27 points to help Wofford stun No. 5 North Carolina 79-75 on Wednesday night, snapping the reigning national champion’s 23-game home winning streak. The Terriers (8-4) led the entire second half and by as many as 14 points before holding off ...

Patriots returning to top spot

The Associated Press NEW YORK — With the regular season winding down, Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the rest of the New England Patriots are back in a familiar spot. On top of the NFL. The Patriots moved up two spots to No. 1 in the AP Pro32 poll on Tuesday, receiving nine of 12 ...

Rodgers heads back to IR to end year

The Associated Press GREEN BAY, Wis. — This will be a strange couple weeks in Titletown. The Green Bay Packers’ streak of eight straight postseason appearances is over. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is done for the year after he was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. Rodgers threw for ...

Two share milestone

The Associated Press UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Geno Auriemma is now a member of one of college basketball’s most elite groups — the 1,000-win club. Auriemma became the fourth women’s coach to reach that milestone with No. 1 UConn’s 88-64 win over Oklahoma on Tuesday night in the Hall of ...

Early signing period creates challenges for new coaches

An active coaching carousel has added more uncertainty to this week’s early signing period and its impact on this year’s recruiting cycle. A new policy allows high school seniors to sign national letters of intent today through Friday of this week in addition to the traditional February ...

QB Patterson’s transfer to Michigan confirmed

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan has confirmed that quarterback Shea Patterson is joining the program as a transfer from Mississippi. Patterson had previously said he’d be joining the Wolverines. His move comes after Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh went through three starting quarterbacks this ...