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Anthony Davis has big 2nd half, Lakers beat Thunder

By The Associated Press undefined OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Anthony Davis scored 24 of his 33 points in the second half to help the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 130-127 on Friday night. Davis also had 11 rebounds and seven assists, and LeBron James added 23 points and 14 ...

No. 10 Ohio St keeps rolling, routs Purdue Fort Wayne 85-46

By STEVE HELWAGEN Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State broke into the top 10 partially because of its stellar defense so far this season. That defense was on display again Friday night as the Buckeyes hosted Purdue Fort Wayne, which became the fifth straight Ohio State opponent ...

Penguins beat Devils 4-1 with 3rd-period burst

By The Associated Press undefined PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jared McCann and John Marino scored 25 seconds apart in the third period to boost the Pittsburgh Penguins past the New Jersey Devils 4-1 on Friday night. Jake Guentzel had his team-leading 11th goal for Pittsburgh and Dominik Kahun added ...

Celtics’ Smart unhappy with response to Denver fan incident

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer The NBA is investigating an incident between Boston guard Marcus Smart and a fan in Denver, after the Celtics guard said he heard a derogatory comment and was unhappy with the way that he believed security in the arena responded to the matter. Smart said a ...

Texans beat Colts 20-17 to top AFC South

By Kristie Rieken AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Deshaun Watson threw two touchdown passes to DeAndre Hopkins and finished with 298 yards to help the Houston Texans beat the Indianapolis Colts 20-17 on Thursday night to take the AFC South lead. The Texans (7-4), who were embarrassed by ...

Catcher Yasmani Grandal, White Sox reach $73M, 4-year deal

By Andrew Seligman AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Yasmani Grandal saw a young team stocked with promising pitchers and hitters. He envisioned a bright future for the Chicago White Sox, and he chose to be part of it. No longer burdened by draft-pick compensation, Grandal found the ...

Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa injures hip, out for rest of season

By The Associated Press undefined STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Tua Tagovailoa sustained a season-ending right hip injury being dragged down late in the first half on what was likely his final series of the day in No. 4 Alabama’s 38-7 victory over Mississippi State on Saturday. Tagovailoa ...

AP Top 25 Takeaways: Don’t play blame game with Tua’s injury

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer The only foolproof way to avoid being injured playing football is to not play at all. Alabama star Tua Tagovailoa started Saturday at Mississippi State, a week after he looked gimpy on a surgically repaired ankle but played great against LSU. The ...

NFL looking for next generation of stars — ages 9-12

By ARNIE STAPLETON AP Pro Football Writer The NFL is looking for the next generation of youth football stars to help usher in its second century. The league launched a casting call Sunday asking parents and youth coaches of boys and girls ages 9-12 to submit videos of the kids’ best moves ...

George’s 37 in home debut lead Clippers past Hawks 150-101

By BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paul George made history in his Clippers home debut even though he considered it mere practice after missing the first 11 games of the season. George scored 37 points in 20 minutes, becoming the first NBA player to score that many in fewer ...