National Sports

Record 135 enter draft early

NEW YORK — A record number of college football players will bypass their remaining years of eligibility to enter the NFL draft. The 135 players forgoing eligibility surpasses the 119 from last year. The NFL released the official list on Friday. There are 103 underclassmen eligible for the ...

Virginia ready to challenge Duke

DURHAM, N.C. — Top-ranked Duke hopes its team defense doesn’t slip without point guard Tre Jones — for however long he’s out. The Blue Devils were just getting back to playing the kind of tough man-to-man defense that had been their trademark after several years of struggles. Now ...

Surging Buffalo adopts Oats’ fearless approach

AMHERST, N.Y. — Coach Nate Oats stood beneath the basket with his arms folded, watching the chaos of his Buffalo players practice at their usual frenetic pace. Arms flailed. Rubber squeaked. And then came the thud of bodies colliding and falling to the court, as backup freshman Jeenathan ...

Top 25 roundup: Wisconsin beats Michigan

Wisconsin beats No. 2 Michigan MADISON, Wis. — Ethan Happ and the Wisconsin Badgers finally closed out a tight game. Against No. 2 Michigan, too. Happ had 26 points and 10 rebounds as Wisconsin handed the Wolverines their first loss of the season, breaking away in the final minute for a ...

Bryant healthy again after rough 2018

CHICAGO — If Kris Bryant knows anything about where Bryce Harper is going in free agency, he is staying quiet for the moment. Bryant does know at least one thing that should delight fans of the Chicago Cubs. “The shoulder is perfectly healed. Feels great,” Bryant said. “Everything ...

Uh oh, looks like Pats in Super Bowl again

NOT THEM AGAIN! Sorry America — at least outside of New England — but the team you love to hate is headed back to the Super Bowl. Sure, there are negatives to point out with these Patriots. They haven’t looked much more than mediocre on the road. Their defense is vulnerable, ...

Chiefs aiming to end Super Bowl drought

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The even-keeled executive with the crisp suit and winning smile stood inside the mostly empty Kansas City Chiefs locker room, his team having just won a home playoff game for the first time in 25 years. He talked about how much it meant to their long-suffering fans. Spoke ...

Rams hungry for chance at title

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Ndamukong Suh earned multiple All-Pro honors, Pro Bowl selections and tens of millions of dollars during his first eight NFL seasons. The imposing defensive lineman had never won a playoff game, let alone a Super Bowl. When he was free to choose his next team after ...

Two QBs leaving Longhorns amidst transfer craze

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas is set at quarterback with Sam Ehlinger, who had a breakout season in 2018. It is the depth chart behind him that has suddenly become a concern for coach Tom Herman as the wave of players exploring their options to move has reached the Longhorns. Experienced backup ...

Federer picks up milestone win easily

By John Pye The Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia — Roger Federer has played here a hundred times and has six Australian Open crowns in his collection of 20 Grand Slam titles. The 37-year-old tennis statesman has developed a loyal following over 20 consecutive visits to Melbourne ...

Injured Chiefs practicing

The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry and running back Spencer Ware returned to practice Wednesday, raising the possibility that both will be available for their AFC championship showdown with New England. Berry missed most of the season with a heel ...

Panther schedule features 7 home games

PITTSBURGH — The Pitt Panthers’ 12-game football schedule for 2019 was unveiled Wednesday by the Atlantic Coast Conference, and it features 11 teams that qualified for the postseason last year. Pitt will host seven games at Heinz Field, including four ACC contests. The home season ...

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 ...