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Oregon QB Herbert caps stellar career in his 1st Rose Bowl

By Greg Beacham AP Sports Writer PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Justin Herbert wasn't dreaming of roses when he decided to return for his senior season at Oregon. The star quarterback had plenty of reasons for postponing his opportunity to be a probable first-round pick in the NFL draft. The ...

Pats to play in wild-card game, 49ers get NFC’s No. 1 seed

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Brady and the New England Patriots will be playing in the postseason a week earlier than usual this year. The defending Super Bowl champs open the playoffs during wild-card weekend for the first time since 2009 after they lost ...

Can playoffs be as unpredictable as end of regular season?

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer If you predicted when December began that the Patriots would be playing in the wild-card round, take a bow. If you said back then the Eagles would win the NFC East, particularly after a loss at Miami and a string of injuries that would send most teams ...

LeBron reaches assist milestone as Lakers beat Mavericks

By JOE REEDY AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — On the night before his 35th birthday, LeBron James reached another milestone. James became the ninth player in NBA history with 9,000 assists during the Los Angeles Lakers' 108-95 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday. James — named ...

49ers take NFC West, No. 1 seed with 26-21 win over Seahawks

By TIM BOOTH AP Sports Writer SEATTLE (AP) — Richard Sherman once again wore the hat of a division champion as he walked out of the locker room in Seattle. Except this time there was a San Francisco logo beneath the words "NFC West champions." "It's a great feeling. It's a great feeling ...

Dolphins stun Pats; Chiefs top Chargers to grab bye in AFC

By The Associated Press FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Miami dropped defending Super Bowl champion New England into the wild-card playoff round when Ryan Fitzpatrick tossed a 5-yard touchdown pass to tight end Mike Gesicki with 24 seconds remaining for a stunning 27-24 victory Sunday. New ...

No. 22 West Virginia rallies, upsets No. 2 Ohio State 67-59

By The Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Miles McBride scored six of his season-high 21 points in the final 2:22 and No. 22 West Virginia rallied to beat No. 2 Ohio State 67-59 Sunday. The Mountaineers (11-1) trailed by nine late in the first half but went ahead for good at 55-54 on a ...

Clutch Clemson: No. 3 Tigers beat No. 2 Ohio State 29-23

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Blaring from the Clemson locker room after yet another playoff victory was Aretha Franklin's classic "Respect." The Tigers have won two of the last three national titles and become college football's gold standard program, ...

Breathtaking: Burrow throws 7 TDs, LSU routs Oklahoma 63-28

By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Joe Burrow and the LSU Tigers turned in a first half for the ages, a breathtaking offensive display even as their coordinator grieved a horrific tragedy from his box high above the field. This team from the bayou is truly something ...

Davis stops Gamboa in 12th, wins WBA lightweight title

By GEORGE HENRY Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Gervonta Davis could tell early on that Yuriorkis Gamboa wouldn't go down easily, so Davis decided to be patient and wear him down. "I wasn't pressed for the knockout," Davis said. "Once I seen I was hurting him and he wasn't getting out of ...