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Saints, Ravens moving on

The Associated Press Some first steps are far longer than others. Such as what Lamar Jackson achieved Sunday. After two postseason flops, Jackson was his usual dynamic and decisive self in leading the Ravens to a 20-13 wild-card victory at Tennessee. He isn’t in any way the only reason ...

Eight teams left to play after wild-card weekend

The Associated Press After the completion of wild-card weekend, which included Sunday night’s stunning Cleveland Browns win at Pittsburgh, the NFL divisional round is now set to begin this Saturday, with four games over two days. First up n Los Angeles Rams at Green Bay, 4:35 p.m., Fox. ...

Baseball was a better game with Lasorda as part of it

By Tim Dahlberg The Associated Press Tommy Lasorda loved the game of baseball more than anything. If it was somehow possible, he loved the Dodgers even more. Lasorda lived his life wrapped in Dodger Blue, and when he took his last breath Thursday night at the age of 93 my guess is he ...

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Canucks have virus trouble VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Canucks have canceled their training camp practices and workouts due to potential exposure to COVID-19. The Canucks said in a release that Sunday’s cancellation was made “out of abundance of caution” and provided no further ...

Washington defense good, but not enough to stop GOAT

By Barry Wilner The Associated Press Let’s see: Tom Brady and his six Super Bowl rings versus a 7-9 division winner. Need we say more? Well, yes. Washington’s NFC East triumph is nothing to scoff at despite the losing record. A franchise in turmoil because of off-field issues that ...

Legendary Los Angeles Dodgers skipper dies at 93

By Beth Harris The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Growing more and more frail, Tommy Lasorda looked on from a suite at Globe Life Field in Texas, watching as the Los Angeles Dodgers clinched the World Series in Game 6 against the Tampa Bay Rays. Surrounded by family and friends, Lasorda ...

Top linemen ready to square off in college football finale

CFP final Monday: Alabama vs. Ohio State, 8 p.m. TV: ESPN Latest line: Alabama by 8 The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State defensive tackle Haskell Garrett, a player who survived getting shot in the face last summer, enjoys a tough opponent. Purposely crashing into ...

Saints, Bears will be without starters

The Associated Press METAIRIE, La. — The New Orleans Saints have ruled out sack leader Trey Hendrickson and offensive guard Nick Easton for Sunday’s playoff game against Chicago. Hendrickson had career-high 13-¢ sacks this season, which tied for second in the NFL. But he missed ...

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Harbaugh gets 5-year deal ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan has finalized a new, five-year deal on Friday with football coach Jim Harbaugh. The school will pay him $4 million per year and as much as $8 million annually if he meets certain benchmarks, according to a person familiar with the ...

Title game still on tap for Monday

By John Zenor The Associated Press Alabama coach Nick Saban acknowledged there were discussions about possibly moving the national championship game back because of COVID-19 issues. The Associated Press and others have reported that Ohio State had spoken with CFP officials about possible ...

Virus not as rough on ratings

The Associated Press Regular-season ratings for NFL games declined this season following two straight years of increases. But in a year that saw the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and a presidential election, the 7% decrease isn’t as bad as the league and its broadcast partners ...

PSU men’s program on hold because of COVID-19

From Mirror reports UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State men’s basketball team has had its past two games postponed because of COVID-19. Make it four in a row now. The Penn State Athletic Department announced early Wednesday evening — when the team was originally scheduled to be playing ...

Sermon is breakout star

College football finale Ohio State and Alabama will play for the national championship on Monday night at 8 p.m. on ESPN. The Buckeyes are 8-point underdogs. By Mitch Stacy The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio — During the first four games of Ohio State’s pandemic-shortened season, ...

Minorities making small gains

The Associated Press A diversity study finds increasing numbers of women and people of color in leadership positions at the Football Bowl Subdivision level of college athletics for 2020, though not enough to overcome a significant “underrepresentation.” Wednesday’s report card from ...

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Clemson QB going pro Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence has made it official — he’s heading to the NFL. Lawrence, the 6-foot-6 QB with the power arm and flowing hair, released a video on social media Wednesday announcing he was leaving school and declaring for the NFL draft. ...

Bills fans to get testing, no tailgating

Steelers 2021 opponents named Some fans of the NFC North Division will get a chance to see their team this fall when the Pittsburgh Steelers open up play. Pittsburgh will play host to the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears, while getting road games at Green Bay and Minnesota. The 2021 ...

Alabama receiver captures Heisman

By Ralph D. Russo The Associated Press NEW YORK — On an Alabama team stacked with stars, DeVonta Smith emerged as the best player in college football. Smith became the first wide receiver to win the Heisman Trophy in 29 seasons Tuesday night, breaking the monopoly quarterbacks have had ...

Buckeyes have COVID issues

Title game Alabama will take on Ohio State on Monday, Jan. 11, at 8 p.m. in Miami for the national championship on ESPN. The Buckeyes are 7-point underdogs. The Associated Press College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock said Tuesday the national championship game between ...

Virus forces NBA to alter its ways

The Associated Press There are nine people who have been on the court to start four different games at Staples Center so far this season. Only eight of them are players. The other is referee Scott Foster. There might be no better way to explain how and why the NBA has changed the travel ...

Manning heads list of finalists

The Associated Press Peyton Manning, no surprise, is among 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2021. The star quarterback, owner of a record five NFL Most Valuable Player awards and two Super Bowl titles, was the first finalist revealed by the hall on Tuesday night. ...