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Browns talk to 49ers’ DC

The Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns interviewed Robert Saleh, the San Francisco 49ers’ defensive coordinator, for their head coaching job Saturday. the fourth candidate to interview this week with Cleveland, which also needs a general manager after John Dorsey ...

Schauffele trying to hold off field at Champs event

By Doug Ferguson The Associated Press KAPALUA, Hawaii — Xander Schauffele finished stronger than everyone around him Saturday, and it was good enough to keep a one-shot lead going into the final round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions. Schauffele closed with three pars for a 2-under ...

Wildfires in Australia may cause problems with Open

By John Pye The Associated Press BRISBANE, Australia — Novak Djokovic has voiced concerns about the impact of the devastating wildfires in Australia on tennis’ season-opening major, saying organizers may have to consider delaying the tournament if conditions around Melbourne ...

Sports quirks filled the season of 2019

By Fred Lief The Associated Press Sometimes the general managers and player personnel directors on Mount Olympus look down on some lucky soul and declare: This is your moment. Consider Dale Cohen, a 62-year-old shift worker at a plastics company and a golfer from Findlay, Ohio. He made ...

A few names to look for in 2020

The Associated Press Some are already on the ascent (rock climber Brooke Raboutou). Others are currently making waves (surfer Kanoa Igarashi) or shooting for the stars (skateboarder Poppy Starr Olsen). The names of Raboutou, Igarashi and Olsen may not ring a bell now. That could change in ...

Patriots will find a way to win at home

The Patriots have been compared to a sporting dynasty and to Palpatine’s Evil Empire. Regardless of which is true, there’s no denying that New England enters these playoffs more vulnerable than in quite a few years. One thing we’ve learned since Tom Brady went from 199th draft pick to ...

Wright enjoys great decade

The final seconds of the 2016 national title game were some of the most dramatic in college basketball history. North Carolina’s Marcus Paige hit an off-balance 3-pointer to tie the game with 4.7 seconds left, only to be upstaged by Villanova’s Kris Jenkins hitting a buzzer-beating, ...

Badgers knock off Buckeyes

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Nate Reuver’s jumper finally wrested the lead away from Ohio State with 1:54 left in the game, and the Wisconsin forward hit four free throws in the last 14 seconds to seal a road upset of the No. 5 Buckeyes. Reuvers scored 17 points and keyed the late rally in a 61-57 ...

Wentz gets his playoff shot

The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Carson Wentz was forced to watch from the sideline as Nick Foles became a local legend, leading the Philadelphia Eagles to the franchise’s first Super Bowl title two years ago. Wentz was a spectator again last season when Foles rallied the Eagles to ...

Delpit caps year with Tigers’ title trip

Grant Delpit has had an unusual season. LSU’s star safety switched positions early in the year to compensate for an injured teammate. Later in the season, he was the injured player and the Tigers’ defense suffered from Delpit being limited by a sore ankle. That didn’t stop Delpit from ...

After delay, Cincinnati handles Boston College

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Desmond Ridder ran for 105 yards and three touchdowns and threw a scoring pass to lead No. 23 Cincinnati to a 38-6 victory over Boston College on Thursday in the weather-delayed Birmingham Bowl. The Bearcats (11-3) reached 11 wins for the second straight season and fourth ...

Niemann opens with 66 for lead

KAPALUA, Hawaii— Fresh off his Presidents Cup debut, Joaquin Niemann of Chile brought fresh confidence and plenty of form to Maui by opening the year with a 7-under 66 for a one-shot lead over Justin Thomas after the opening round Thursday at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. Niemann is ...

Poor second half sinks Red Flash

From Mirror reports SMITHFIELD, RI — Redshirt senior Isaiah Blackmon netted a game-high 24 points, but his go-ahead 3-point attempt with under 20 seconds to play missed the mark as the Saint Francis men’s basketball team lost its Northeast Conference opener at Bryant, 67-63, on Thursday ...

ACC shows up in spotlight

By John Marshall The Associated Press Increased parity in college basketball led to some of the greatest games in the sport’s history during the 2010s, from massive upsets to moments that had fans screaming from their couches. The decade had so many great games, it’s hard to narrow it ...

Hoops du Jour

Juniata men suffer loss No. 8 LANCASTER — The Juniata college men’s basketball team dropped to 3-8 Thursday night, thanks to a 75-49 loss to Lancaster Bible College. Juniata, which trailed by only two, 27-25, at the break, got 15 points from Cameron Keck. Teammates Nathan Markey ...

ESPN report: Cowboys parting ways with Garrett

From Mirror, wire reports According to a report published on ESPN.com and on ESPN, the Dallas Cowboys announced Thursday that they were parting ways with head coach Jason Garrett. Garrett’s contract is set to expire on Tuesday, Jan. 14. The Cowboys missed the playoffs in 2019 and ...

Former Bengals coach Wyche dead at 74

The Associated Press Sam Wyche, who pushed the boundaries as an offensive innovator with the Cincinnati Bengals and challenged the NFL’s protocols along the way, has died. He was 74. Wyche, who had a history of blood clots in his lungs and had a heart transplant in 2016 in Charlotte, ...

NBA mourns death of ex-commish Stern

NEW YORK — David Stern, the basketball-loving lawyer who took the NBA around the world during 30 years as its longest-serving commissioner and oversaw its growth into a global powerhouse, died Wednesday. He was 77. Stern suffered a brain hemorrhage on Dec. 12 and underwent emergency ...

Newby Awards: Honoring best, worst of 2019

And the winner is ... Miss Philippines? No, no, no. Sorry, Steve Harvey, we’ll pass on your offer to be host of the Newby Awards. Who else might be available? We’d love to have Monday Night Football Cat, if only we could track down the feral feline that wandered onto the ...

2012 Kentucky squad voted best of decade

The decade of college basketball started with Duke outlasting Butler in an epic national title game and ended with Virginia earning redemption after being on the wrong side of history the year before. Two great teams, but were they good enough to be among the five best of the 2010s? The ...