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Rivalries are like a big Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings — oh so appetizing but with the potential to leave you feeling sick and sleepy.

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Wednesday 11/26/2014
Rivalry week will be last stand for some coaches
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 7:15 am

Will Muschamp knows he will be coaching his last game for Florida this weekend. There are a few more coaches who will be doing the same thing without knowing it — at least for sure.

No. 12 Villanova beats No. 19 Michigan 60-55
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 7:15 am

NEW YORK (AP) — JayVaughn Pinkston ended some back-and-forth drama worthy of March with a bucket, a block and then a mad break — straight into the waiting arms of his Villanova teammates.

No. 15 San Diego St routs Pitt 74-57 in Maui
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 7:15 am

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — San Diego State fought through a tight game and won in a runaway to open the Maui Invitational.

No. 3 Arizona beats Kansas State 72-68 in Maui
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 7:15 am

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Arizona came to Maui to face adversity. There was some back in the desert through the first four games, though most of that was self-inflicted.

Messi gains Champions League record with hat trick
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 7:15 am

Lionel Messi added the Champions League career scoring record to the La Liga mark he set last weekend, getting his 28th Barcelona hat trick in a 4-0 win Tuesday night at APOEL Nicosia.

Maryland beats No. 13 Iowa St 72-63 in CBE Classic
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 7:15 am

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mark Turgeon gathered his Maryland coaching staff in his hotel room the night before facing Iowa State, and the scouting report he got was so sobering that he offered a solution.

Tuesday 11/25/2014
No. 1 Kentucky routs Texas-Arlington 92-44
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 7:15 am

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky coach John Calipari found much to like about the box score of yet another blowout win, taking particular satisfaction in his team's playing time.

Bama, FSU, Oregon, Miss St hold playoff places
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 7:15 am

Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Mississippi State remained the top four teams in the College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday heading into a weekend when just about all the contenders are facing challenging rivals.

Curry powers Warriors past Heat 114-97
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 7:15 am

MIAMI (AP) — So much for Stephen Curry's mini-shooting slump.

Portis has 22 as No. 25 Arkansas wins 78-72 at SMU
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 7:16 am

DALLAS (AP) — Playing as a ranked team for the first time in seven years, No. 25 Arkansas established itself quickly against SMU.

NFL, union discuss personal conduct policy
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 7:16 am

NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and players' union chief DeMaurice Smith met Tuesday to discuss the league's personal conduct policy.

Another ugly Jets loss in already ugly season
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 7:16 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Pick an adjective, and it's likely the New York Jets used it to describe the lowest point in what had already become a lost season.

Red Sox bring in Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 7:16 am

BOSTON (AP) — Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez spent the last two seasons as NL West rivals. Now they're teammates in Boston, the result of a $183 million spending spree the Red Sox are hoping will lift them out of the AL East cellar.

Sherman, Baldwin dig at NFL in press conference
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 7:16 am

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — With the help of a cardboard cutout, the Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin took digs at the NFL during a news conference on Tuesday after the league issued a $100,000 fine to teammate Marshawn Lynch for not speaking to the media.

Tsarnaev lawyers lose bid for info in '11 slayings
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 7:16 am

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday rejected a request from lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to order prosecutors to turn over evidence about his older brother's possible participation in a 2011 triple killing.

Chiefs' Berry has support from all corners
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 7:16 am

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Wide receiver Jason Avant arrived in Kansas City a few days ago, a mid-season signing by the Chiefs. He was leaving his hotel Tuesday when a woman mustered up the courage to approach him.

Maryland, Rutgers appear to be good fit in Big Ten
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 7:16 am

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — When Maryland ended its 61-year association with the Atlantic Coast Conference and moved to the Big Ten, there was some question as to whether fans would welcome the switch.

Pats are unanimous No. 1 in AP Pro32 rankings
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 6:47 am

NEW YORK (AP) — It's unanimous: Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are the top team in the NFL.

Judge OKs Hernandez trial delay in 2012 killings
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 6:03 am

BOSTON (AP) — A judge on Tuesday agreed to delay the trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez in the 2012 slaying of two Boston men after his lawyer said Hernandez's defense team is busy trying to prepare for his trial in a 2013 killing.

McDowell JVs cruise in opener
Posted: November 25, 2014

The McDowell Titans junior varsity basketball team jumped out to an early lead and was never challenged in a 62-33 rout of the R-S Central Hilltoppers Monday afternoon in the season opener for both squads.

Hammer time: Lady Titans invoke new mercy rule in 72-27 win
Posted: November 25, 2014

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association instituted a new mercy rule for basketball this season, which allows for a running clock after one team gets ahead by as many as 40 points in the second half.

Hot start fuels McDowell victory
Posted: November 25, 2014

You can’t open a basketball season much better than by scoring 16 of the first 17 points.

Bench pivotal part of Grizzlies' strong start
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 4:32 am

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — With the Los Angeles Clippers still hanging around in the fourth quarter, the Memphis Grizzlies' reserves put them away with a long-range barrage: Quincy Pondexter, Courtney Lee and Jon Leuer provided the knockout blow with a trifecta of 3-pointers.

Top cycling teams unite under 1 umbrella
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 4:03 am

Eleven of the world's leading cycling teams have united to form Velon, a business venture that they hope will rejuvenate the sport in the wake of doping scandals, haphazard management and questions about its overall integrity.

Cricketer critical after he's hit in head by ball
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 12:32 am

SYDNEY (AP) — An international cricket player was hospitalized in critical condition Tuesday after he was hit in the head by a ball while batting during a game.

Muhammad Ali daughters promote 'I Am Ali' in UK
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 10:46 pm

LONDON (AP) — Muhammad Ali's daughters are in London to promote the British release of the documentary "I Am Ali." They say the former boxing champion is still waiting to see it for the first time.

MLS player rues slow acceptance of gays in sports
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 10:18 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles Galaxy soccer star Robbie Rogers wants some company, now that he's the last man standing as an openly gay athlete in a U.S. professional league.

Athletes' reaction on Twitter to Ferguson case
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 10:18 pm

Some star athletes' reactions on Twitter to the grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri:

Forsett leads Ravens past Saints, 34-27
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 3:04 pm

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With a stutter step and shoulder fake to his right, Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett seemed to throw New Orleans' defense off balance for a moment.

Pablo Sandoval reaches multiyear deal with Red Sox
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 2:46 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — From his three-homer game in the 2012 World Series to that lasting image of his arms in the air celebrating another championship last month, Pablo Sandoval left quite a mark in San Francisco.

Monday 11/24/2014
Bills rout Jets 38-3 in rescheduled game
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 1:46 pm

DETROIT (AP) — Scott Chandler capped an emotionally draining week with a celebration for the folks back home in Buffalo.

No. 6 Louisville blows out Savannah State 87-26
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 1:16 pm

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Savannah State missed so many shots and committed so many turnovers against sixth-ranked Louisville that the question was if it would score against the Cardinals rather than when.

Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz on Hall of Fame ballot
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 12:46 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz are among 17 newcomers on baseball's 2015 Hall of Fame ballot.

Bills fans turn out in Detroit
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 12:31 pm

DETROIT (AP) — The Buffalo Bills had plenty of support at their temporary "home" stadium.

Red Sox spend on Sandoval, Ramirez to shake cellar
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 12:46 pm

BOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox are hoping to spend their way out of the AL East cellar with two big free agent signings.

Browns QB Manziel involved in hotel scuffle
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 12:31 pm

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Browns fan who says he wanted to give Johnny Manziel "a hug" was struck by the rookie quarterback's entourage at a downtown hotel and was left with a swollen eye and lip, police said.

Chiefs place Berry on non-football illness list
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 12:03 pm

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs safety Eric Berry is gearing up for a fight after a mass was found in his chest following last week's game in Oakland. He was placed on the non-football injury list Monday, and trainer Rick Burkholder said Berry may have lymphoma.

Falcons coach admits mistakes in final minute
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 12:03 pm

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — In a rare admission for a coach, Atlanta's Mike Smith conceded Monday that his decisions in the final minute cost the Falcons a chance to beat the Cleveland Browns.

Bills president: Stadium should be ready Sunday
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 11:46 am

DETROIT (AP) — The Buffalo Bills are eager to return home, and the team's president says their stadium should be ready.

Beckham thought during 1-hand grab: just catch it
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 11:16 am

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr.'s mindset was simple before making a one-handed catch quickly heralded as one of the best in NFL history: Just catch the ball.

US Steel to build new headquarters in Pittsburgh
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 11:16 am

PITTSBURGH (AP) — United States Steel Corp. announced Monday it will build its new world headquarters in Pittsburgh as part of the ongoing redevelopment of the former Civic Arena site by the NHL's Penguins.

Taylor apologizes, won't appeal NBA suspension
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 10:31 am

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — An apologetic Jeffery Taylor said he will not appeal the NBA's 24-game suspension following his guilty plea on domestic violence charges.

Soviet hockey coach Tikhonov dies at 84
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 10:16 am

MOSCOW (AP) — Viktor Tikhonov, the Soviet hockey coach whose teams won three Olympic gold medals but fell to the United States in the "Miracle on Ice," died after a long illness. He was 84.

South Carolina women No. 1 in AP Poll for 1st time
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 10:04 am

Dawn Staley and her South Carolina Gamecocks finally have ascended to the top of the poll.

No. 1 Kentucky gives Kansas a Top 25 tumble
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 9:16 am

Top-ranked Kentucky certainly made a believer of Kansas coach Bill Self last week.

LeBron on Cavaliers' issues: "I stink"
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:16 am

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers are struggling, and then some. LeBron James believes he's a major reason for their early failures.

AP Source: Seager, M's agree on $100M, 7-year deal
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:16 am

SEATTLE (AP) — Kyle Seager has cashed in on the best season of his young career, becoming the third Seattle Mariners player to reach the $100 million threshold.

No. 1 Kentucky gives Kansas a Top 25 tumble
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:01 am

Top-ranked Kentucky certainly made a believer of Kansas coach Bill Self last week.

Rio Olympic mascot is a yellow cat-like figure
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 7:02 am

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A bright yellow cat-like figure, which also combines elements of monkeys and birds, is the mascot of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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