National Sports

Celtics rout Hawks 129-108 for 8th straight victory

BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving scored 24 points in three quarters and the Boston Celtics beat the Atlanta Hawks 129-108 on Friday night for their eighth straight victory. Irving also had five assists, five rebounds and four steals. He scored 12 points in the first quarter and helped Boston race ...

Business as usual in Champions League? Maybe not this season

By GRAHAM DUNBAR and STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports Writers The usual pretenders topped their groups. Nearly all of the top teams advanced. Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski are the leading scorers. Is it a case of business as usual in this Champions League? Maybe not. While there seems to be ...

Morton to Rays and a Tanner-for-Tanner trade at meetings

By BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — An All-Star starter to the relief-reliant Rays, a Tanner-for-Tanner trade and a Scott Boras sighting. Intrigue at the winter meetings, but not much impact. Not yet, anyway. Charlie Morton was the top name to switch teams Wednesday, joining ...

Kase gets 1st NHL hat trick as Ducks rally past Stars 6-3

By JOE REEDY, AP Sports Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ducks coach Randy Carlyle has called Ondrej Kase the "Energizer Bunny" of his team. Kase certainly had plenty of jump Wednesday night, rallying Anaheim to its seventh victory in eight games. The 23-year-old forward from the Czech ...

Gaudreau’s overtime goal rallies Flames past Flyers 6-5

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Johnny Gaudreau and the Calgary Flames showed off their resilience in another impressive win. Gaudreau scored 35 seconds into overtime, and the Flames rallied to beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-5 on Wednesday night. Calgary trailed 5-3 before Sean Monahan and Rasmus ...

Blackhawks end 8-game slide with 6-3 win over Penguins

By MATT CARLSON, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks finally got to celebrate Wednesday night. It had been a while. Jonathan Toews had a goal and two assists, and Chicago stopped an eight-game losing streak with a 6-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. "I think we ...

No. 11 Texas Tech routs Northwestern State 79-44

By The Associated Press LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Jarrett Culver scored 15 points, Tariq Owens had 14 points and eight rebounds and No. 11 Texas Tech ran out to a 43-point halftime lead in a 79-44 victory over Northwestern State on Wednesday night. The Red Raiders (9-0) matched their best start ...

Dinwiddie scores career-best 39, Nets top 76ers 127-124

By ROB MAADDI, AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Spencer Dinwiddie put on his best Stephen Curry impersonation. Dinwiddie scored a career-high 39 points off the bench and Allen Crabbe had 20 to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 127-124 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday ...

Irving scores Boston’s last 12 in 130-125 OT win at Wizards

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — To Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens, Kyrie Irving's pair of 3-pointers in the final 40 seconds of overtime — the first from in front of his team's bench; the second from straightaway, 31 feet out — were "amazing." To the man ...

Nosek’s goal in 3rd helps Golden Knights beat Islanders 3-2

By VIN A. CHERWOO, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Tomas Nosek jumped on a loose puck to help the Vegas Golden Knights' open their trip with a victory. Nosek scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period and the surging Golden Knights beat the New York Islanders 3-2 on Wednesday ...