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TCU coach doesn’t believe Oklahoma pregame throw an accident

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU coach Gary Patterson doesn't believe it was an errant or accidental pass that hit safety Niko Small while going on the field for pregame warmups the last time the No. 10 Horned Frogs played No. 2 Oklahoma. Patterson also ...

Manning benching low point of a year the Giants went south

By TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The benching of Eli Manning for the first time in 13 seasons is probably the low point of a season in which the New York Giants did almost nothing right. Let's start with the decision by coach Ben McAdoo and management to sit ...

Sumo wrestler Harumafuji retires over assault allegations

By JIM ARMSTRONG, AP Sports Writer TOKYO (AP) — Mongolian grand champion Harumafuji has decided to retire from sumo after allegations that he assaulted a lower-ranked wrestler and tarnished the image of Japan's national sport. "I have caused much trouble to society," Harumafuji said at a ...

Grizzlies fire coach David Fizdale day after benching Gasol

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer The Memphis Grizzlies fired coach David Fizdale on Monday, with the team at 7-12 and a day after he benched center Marc Gasol for the fourth quarter of an eighth straight loss. General manager Chris Wallace announced the move. Associate head coach J.B. ...

TOP 25 THIS WEEK: No. 16 Baylor tries to maintain momentum

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A year ago, Baylor carried momentum from winning a November tournament all the way to its first No. 1 national ranking. The 16th-ranked Bears have a chance to see how far another title carries them. Baylor won last week's Hall of ...

NFL putting permanent Experience in Times Square

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL is taking its game to Times Square. Literally. NFL Experience will open to the public in the mecca of Manhattan on Friday, one day after a grand opening that Commissioner Roger Goodell and assorted football celebrities and Hall ...

Flacco protects ball, Ravens use takeaways to beat Texans

By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — Joe Flacco doesn't mind putting up mediocre numbers and looking rather ordinary, as long as he can keep doing it right into the NFL playoffs. The Baltimore Ravens offense turned in another mundane performance Monday night, yet it was good ...

NFL Overreactions: Mahomes can save Kansas City’s season

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer It's time for Patrick Mahomes to save Kansas City's season. Alex Smith was an MVP candidate after leading the Chiefs to a 5-0 start with impressive wins at New England (9-2) and over Philadelphia (10-1) in the first two weeks. Smith had 18 touchdown ...

Griffin hurt; Clippers hang on to beat Lakers 120-115

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Clippers' third win in a row for the first time since opening the season 4-0 came at a price. Blake Griffin fell down under the basket and clutched his left knee with 3:53 left in a 120-115 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday ...

AP Top Heat Check: After shakeup, greatest Saturday ever

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer No need to wait until New Year's Day. The playoffs start in college football this weekend. For just the second time in the 81-year history of the AP college football poll, four games in one weekend will match teams ranked in the top 10. That's ...