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Jones makes game-saving catch, Falcons beats Saints 20-17

ATLANTA – Deion Jones made a leaping interception in the end zone with 1:25 remaining and the Atlanta Falcons held on for a crucial 20-17 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night,...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Stamkos has 3 points, Lightning beat Avalanche

TAMPA, Fla. – Steven Stamkos had a goal and two assists, and the Tampa Bay Lightning became the first NHL team with 20 wins by defeating the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 on Thursday night. Stamkos, who...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield named the AP Player of the Year

NEW YORK – Baker Mayfield is The Associated Press college football Player of the Year, becoming the fourth Oklahoma quarterback to win the award since it was established in 1998. Mayfield easily...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Slashing crackdown, infusion of youth boost NHL scoring

The nets aren’t bigger, the goaltenders aren’t smaller and yet scoring is up significantly around the NHL. Through the first two months of the season, goals are up more than 12 percent from the...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Von Miller turning in another fine year despite Broncos’ struggles

ENGLEWOOD – Von Miller wants his teammates to chill out in the midst of an eight-game skid. That’s why the Denver Broncos pass-rush specialist bought all of them a temperature-controlled mattress...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

European lawmakers slam FIFA, IOC for leadership issues

Global sports bodies FIFA and the IOC have failed to show strong leadership after corruption and doping scandals, according to a European lawmakers group. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Former U.S. gymnastics doctor gets 60-year prison sentence for child porn

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A former elite sports doctor whose sexual assault cases have rocked Michigan State University and the group that trains U.S. Olympic gymnasts was sentenced Thursday to 60...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Cubs agree to $38 million, 3-year deal with former Colorado Rockies pitcher Tyle Chatwood

CHICAGO – Right-hander Tyler Chatwood and the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a $38 million, three-year contract. The Cubs announced the agreement on Thursday. Chatwood is joining a team with three...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Vladimir Putin will allow Russian athletes to compete at Pyeongchang Olympics

MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin won’t boycott the Pyeongchang Olympics. Putin said Wednesday his government will allow Russians to compete as neutral athletes at the upcoming games in...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

California wildfires force LA Rams to hold practice indoors

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – The Los Angeles Rams decided not to practice outdoors due to poor air quality around their training complex in Ventura County, where a wildfire has burned more than 100...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Alex Ovechkin hopes Russian hockey team participates in Olympics

ARLINGTON, Va. – Alex Ovechkin hopes the Russian hockey team participates in the 2018 Winter Olympics even though it would have to wear neutral uniforms. After the International Olympic Committee...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

U.S. viewers plunge for World Cup draw without American team

NEW YORK – The U.S. television audience plummeted for the World Cup draw without the presence of the Americans in the 32-nation field. English-language coverage Friday on Fox’s FS1 averaged 65,000...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports