AP Top 25: Coastal breaks into top 10; Alabama still No. 1

New York, December 14 (AP) – The first top-10 shakeup in more than a month pushed Coastal Carolina to No. 9 in The Associated Press college football poll Sunday. Alabama was a unanimous No. 1, followed by Notre Dame, Ohio State, Clemson and Texas A&M as those teams held their spots for a sixth straight […]

Vikings, like Texans, work OT to advance in NFL playoffs

New Orleans (AP), January 6 – Working overtime paid off for Minnesota and Houston this weekend. One day after the Texans rallied from a 16-0 deficit to beat Buffalo 22-19 in an AFC wild-card game, the Vikings stunned New Orleans 26-20 on Sunday. Kirk Cousins hit tight end Kyle Rudolph with a 4-yard fade on […]

Winning Watson prepared to lead Houston Texans into playoffs

HOUSTON (AP) — Deshaun Watson doesn’t remember a time when he wasn’t competing. Whether it was trying to outrun his older brother while taking out the trash as a child or running away from defenders during a game of flag football he had the same mentality. “It’s definitely in my DNA to go out there […]

Saints chasing NFC’s top seed rally to beat Titans 38-28

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Drew Brees threw for 279 yards and three touchdowns and Alvin Kamara ran for two TDs as the New Orleans Saints kept their chase of the NFC’s No. 1 seed alive by rallying from a 14-point deficit to beat the Tennessee Titans 38-28 Sunday. The Saints (12-3) had to win after […]

Verlander, Altuve lead Astros over Rays 6-2 in ALDS opener

HOUSTON (AP) — Asked what went wrong for his Tampa Bay Rays, manager Kevin Cash invented a word. “We got Verlandered,” Cash said. Justin Verlander looked every bit the October ace, Jose Altuve polished his postseason resume and the Houston Astros kept rolling, beating the Rays 6-2 Friday to open their AL Division Series. The […]

All 10 MLB playoff slots filled; A’s, Rays in, Indians out

The creative Tampa Bay Rays and the tenacious Oakland Athletics earned playoff spots Friday night, filling out the 10-team field for the Major League Baseball postseason. Most of the pairings and sites are still to be determined before the playoffs begin Tuesday night with the NL wild-card game. Any tiebreakers that need to be decided […]

Harden scores 38 as Rockets even series with Warriors

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden and the Houston Rockets dug out of a 0-2 hole to even their Western Conference semifinals series with the Golden State Warriors after another game where they fought, scrapped and held off a late rally to get a victory. Harden scored 38 points and the Rockets got a 112-108 win […]

Harden helps Rockets eliminate Jazz with 100-93 win

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 26 points and the Houston Rockets outlasted the Utah Jazz 100-93 on Wednesday night to win their first-round playoff series 4-1. The Rockets advanced to the Western Conference semifinals for the third straight season and will face the winner of the Los Angeles Clippers-Golden State Warriors series. Ricky Rubio […]

Rockets face tough Playoffs

MIAMI (AP) — The last spot in the NBA playoffs went to the Detroit Pistons. Their reward: A series against MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. The drama of the regular season went all the way to the very end of the regular season, with seven of the eight first-round playoff matchups not […]