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Jones makes game-saving INT, Falcons beats Saints 20-17

ATLANTA (AP) — Deion Jones made a leaping interception in the end zone with 1:25 remaining and the Atlanta Falcons held on for a crucial 20-17 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night, setting up a three-way race for the NFC South title. Matt Ryan shook off three interceptions ...

Back-to-back Heisman? Jackson looks even better this year

By Gary B. Graves AP Sports Writer LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Lamar Jackson has looked even better than last year, when his performance was good enough to make him the youngest player to ever win the Heisman Trophy. This year, the junior quarterback has posted remarkably similar, eye-opening ...

Steve Spagnuolo settling in as New York Giants interim coach

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The whirlwind is starting to wind down for Steve Spagnuolo. Seeing Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese fired, being elevated to interim head coach, thrust into the position of choosing a quarterback, then getting the New York Giants ready for the Dallas ...

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield named the AP Player of the Year

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Baker Mayfield is The Associated Press college football Player of the Year, becoming the fourth Oklahoma quarterback to win the award since it was established in 1998. Mayfield easily outpointed Stanford running back Bryce Love, ...

Back-to-back Heisman? Jackson looks even better this year

By GARY B. GRAVES, AP Sports Writer LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Lamar Jackson has looked even better than last year, when his performance was good enough to make him the youngest player to ever win the Heisman Trophy. This year, the junior quarterback has posted remarkably similar, eye-opening ...

Penguins put D Justin Schultz on injured reserve

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins have placed defenseman Justin Schultz on injured reserve with a lower-body injury. Coach Mike Sullivan said Thursday that Schultz will be out at least two weeks. Schultz left Tuesday night's loss to the New York Rangers in the first period following ...

USOC plan for Olympics unchanged despite ambassador’s doubts

By The Associated Press The U.S. Olympic Committee still plans on bringing teams to the Pyeongchang Games in February despite U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley casting doubt on U.S. participation. In an interview Wednesday with Fox News Channel, Haley was asked if it's an open question about ...

Bryce Love leads the way on AP All-Pac-12 team

By ANNE M. PETERSON, AP Sports Writer No surprise here: Stanford's Bryce Love leads The Associated Press All-Pac-12 Conference football team. Love was named the AP's All-Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year by unanimous vote, and also earned first-team honors at running back. It was the latest ...

Bills’ White calls Gronk a ‘dirty player’ for blindside hit

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills rookie cornerback Tre'Davious White shook nervously in anger at his locker Thursday while accusing Patriots Rob Gronkowski of being a dirty player for blindsiding him in the back of the head. As for the NFL issuing ...

Isaiah Thomas plays 4-on-4, Cavs’ All-Star nearing return

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Cavaliers All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas played 4-on-4 on Wednesday, a significant step in his recovery from a hip injury. Thomas, who has yet to make his debut with Cleveland, scrimmaged along with injured forward Tristan ...