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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 ...

Final 4 contains top 2 seeds in each conference

By Jay Cohen The Associated Press Tom Brady versus Patrick Mahomes. Drew Brees against Jared Goff. Two high-profile rematches with the Super Bowl on the line. The NFL’s highest-scoring offenses face off in the conference championships next Sunday. Brady leads the New England Patriots ...

Pats not ready to exit postseason

The Associated Press FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady recognizes that there are some who believe the Patriots are nearing the end of their run of unprecedented playoff success. New England took its first step toward possibly silencing those voices for a little longer. Sony Michel ran for ...

Legendary Miami Dolphin dead at 71

The Associated Press MIAMI — Former Miami Dolphins guard Bob Kuechenberg, a six-time Pro Bowl selection and member of the only NFL team to achieve a perfect season, died at age 71. His death Saturday was confirmed by the Dolphins, who had no further details. Kuechenberg joined the ...

Rams holds off Cowboys, reach NFC title game

LOS ANGELES — C.J. Anderson rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns, and Todd Gurley rushed for 115 more yards and another TD in the Los Angeles Rams’ first playoff victory in 14 years, 30-22 over the Dallas Cowboys in the divisional round on Saturday night. Gurley and Anderson punished ...

Chiefs rip Colts, advance to AFC title game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs’ defense had heard the chorus of critics all season long, the ones that claimed their sieve-like line and shaky backfield would spoil young superstar Patrick Mahomes and cost them a chance to chase their first Super Bowl appearance in ...

Chargers face tall task at New England

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady typically shrugs off any mention of records or milestones he sets. But even he had to chuckle at the one he and Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers will mark when they meet in today’s divisional playoffs. Brady, who will be 41 years and 163 days old, and ...

Clemson celebrates second national title in three years

CLEMSON, S.C. — All-American Christian Wilkins tossed doughnuts and showed off a victory cigar. On a chilly, overcast morning, Clemson celebrated its second national football title in three seasons Saturday before thousands of roaring fans. Spectators stood seven or eight deep along the ...