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Michigan starts season on a hot streak

The Associated Press ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Charles Matthews leaped high, caught the ball and slammed it down for a putback dunk, drawing a foul in the process. Then Michigan went back on defense — and that’s when the Wolverines really imposed their will. North Carolina’s Seventh Woods ...

First-place Bears unsure of Trubisky

The Associated Press LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky found a flaw in his game while trying to be patient and sit out with an injured right shoulder. Trubisky discovered he needs to slide better. It was while sliding late in a 25-20 win Nov. 18 over the ...

Zags banged up, but still No. 1

The Associated Press SPOKANE, Wash. — Top-ranked Gonzaga is heading into a tough stretch without two of its key players. Star forward Killian Tillie and guard Geno Crandall are sidelined for at least the next month with injuries suffered in practice. That leaves the Zags short-handed as ...

Reed ahead of Woods at Challenge

The Associated Press NASSAU, Bahamas — Patrick Reed and Tiger Woods are about as far apart as can be on the leaderboard after one round of the Hero World Challenge. Only they know how close they are after the Ryder Cup fallout. Reed showed no sign of fatigue in his travels from Dubai to ...

There might not be enough bowl games for qualifying teams

The Associated Press Army is ranked for the first time in 22 years and the Cadets could win 11 games for the first time in school history if they beat Navy next week and follow that up with a win in a bowl game. The catch? Army, ranked No. 23 with a 9-2 record, is not guaranteed a bowl ...

Crosby’s natural hat trick wasted

DENVER — Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon put on a show that made Cole Harbour proud, and it was MacKinnon who walked away with bragging rights for the Nova Scotia town. MacKinnon had a goal and three assists, including one on Gabe Landeskog’s tiebreaking score midway through the third ...

Haskins go-to guy for OSU

The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio — Dwayne Haskins Jr. has been throwing touchdown passes and impressing NFL scouts all season, but Ohio State coach Urban Meyer thinks his quarterback became a fully legitimate leader once he showed he was willing to run the ball. That didn’t happen ...

Saints will stay on roll

The Associated Press They are beginning to think playoffs in Big D. They’ve been thinking Super Bowl for weeks in the Big Easy. Tonight, the Cowboys host the Saints in, well, a big game. New Orleans (10-1) has looked like the NFL’s best, even as it sits tied with the Rams for the ...

Redskins deal with Foster fallout

The Associated Press ASHBURN, Va. — After deciding to give Reuben Foster an immediate second chance following his domestic violence arrest, the Washington Redskins say they’ll continue to investigate the 24-year-old’s legal problems and are making no assurances he’ll ever play for ...

Sooners in front of OSU

The Assciated Press Oklahoma was No. 5 in the pivotal second-to-last College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday night, ahead of Ohio State heading into championship weekend when the final four will be set. The biggest question facing the selection committee this week was how much to ...

Two goals in third lift Pens

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Zach Aston-Reese scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:12 remaining off a perfect pass from Phil Kessel, and the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied past the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 on Tuesday night. Derek Grant’s first of the season pulled the Penguins even 5:08 into the third period. ...

Pirates sign Chisenhall to 1-year, $2.75 million

PITTSBURGH — Outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall has agreed to a $2.75 million, one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates, leaving the Cleveland Indians after eight seasons. The Pirates are in need of help in the outfield while right fielder Gregory Polanco recovers from surgery on his left ...

Lions’ DB makes team

The Associated Press ROSEMONT, Ill. — Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald is the unanimous choice for Big Ten coach of the year. The conference on Tuesday announced half its postseason awards based on voting by coaches and media. Fitzgerald led the Wildcats (8-4) to the West Division title ...

MLB strikes deal with MGM

The Associated Press NEW YORK — MGM Resorts International became Major League Baseball’s official gambling partner in the U.S. and Japan, a deal made as the sport tries to ensure more prevalent legal sports betting does not lead to any scandals of the type sparked by illegal wagers in its ...

Seven states offer legal gambling

The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Numerous U.S. states are considering jumping on the legal sports betting bandwagon, even as they struggle with the details of regulating it. How much to tax it, and how to regulate mobile betting on phones are emerging as thorny issues for states. So ...

LB Foster claimed by Redskins

ASHBURN, Va. — The Washington Redskins claimed Reuben Foster off waivers Tuesday after the San Francisco 49ers released the linebacker following a domestic violence arrest. The team announced the move in a statement from senior vice president of player personnel Doug Williams acknowledging ...

It’s time to correct mistakes

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger called the interception that ended Pittsburgh’s six-game winning streak fluky. On the surface, the Steelers quarterback is right. The only reason Denver defensive lineman Shelby Harris found himself in position to make a leaping grab of Roethlisberger’s ...

Pitt QB just focused on wins

PITTSBURGH — Kenny Pickett isn’t offended by the term “game manager.” Last the Pittsburgh sophomore checked, the phrase isn’t an insult but a job description. “Every quarterback needs to manage the game first,” Pickett said. Pickett’s pre-snap checklist is lengthy. Is the ...

Watson, Texans get eighth win

The Associated Press HOUSTON — Deshaun Watson threw for 210 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a third as the Houston Texans set a franchise record with their eighth straight win, 34-17 over the Tennessee Titans on Monday night. Demaryius Thomas scored his first two touchdowns as a ...

Patriots not quite at Super Bowl level

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — When Patriots players looked around the locker room Sunday, they saw a generally healthy squad. That’s scary for the rest of the NFL. Or maybe not. Unless New England makes some key improvements over the next month — and can anyone doubt the Patriots will, ...