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Les Motes and his two-year-old daughter Mahalia leave flowers, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, in Atlanta, near the spot where a ball hit for a home run by Atlanta Braves' Hank Aaron cleared the wall to break Babe Ruth's career home run record in 1974. Aaron, who endured racist threats with stoic dignity during his pursuit of Babe Ruth but went on to break the career home run record in the pre-steroids era, died peacefully in his sleep early Friday. He was 86. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Aaron's death prompts call to change name: Braves to Hammers

Jan. 23, 2021 2:29 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — As his adopted hometown mourned Hank Aaron's death, some fans called on the Atlanta Braves to change their name to the Hammers in his honor. “Hammerin' Hank” died Friday at age 86, drawing praise from all segments of society — including the current and former presidents...

Oklahoma guards De'Vion Harmon (11) and Elijah Harkless (24) react during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)

Harmon's 22 points sends Oklahoma past No. 9 Kansas 75-68

Jan. 23, 2021 2:28 PM EST

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — De’Vion Harmon scored 22 points and Oklahoma beat No. 9 Kansas 75-68 Saturday for its second victory this month over a top-10 opponent. Oklahoma (9-4, 5-3 Big 12) has won three of its last four games against Kansas (10-5, 4-4) in Norman and is 8-1 at home this season at the...

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2007, file photo, Boston Red Sox's Curt Schilling pitches against the Colorado Rockies in Game 2 of the baseball World Series at Fenway Park in Boston. Like many baseball writers, C. Trent Rosecrans viewed the Hall of Fame vote as a labor of love. The results of the 2021 vote will be announced Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, and Rosecrans was not alone in finding the task particularly agonizing this time around. With Schilling's candidacy now front and center — and Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens still on the ballot as well — voters have had to consider how much a player’s off-field behavior should affect his Hall of Fame chances. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Character concerns go beyond PEDs in this Hall of Fame vote

Jan. 23, 2021 3:31 AM EST

Like many baseball writers, C. Trent Rosecrans viewed the Hall of Fame vote as a labor of love. The ballot would arrive around the end of November, and it would keep him occupied for much of December. He’d write down his research on players in a notebook and feel butterflies when putting his ballot in the...

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes walks on the sideline during the second half of an NFL divisional round football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Kansas City. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)

Column: Mahomes 'cleared' for big game. What could go wrong?

Jan. 23, 2021 3:45 AM EST

Never mind that Patrick Mahomes got knocked silly and out of a game barely a week ago. He was always going to play Sunday against Buffalo, and because it’s the AFC Championship — instead of, say, Week 3 of the regular season — the only way the Chiefs' star wouldn’t have cleared the...

FILE - Hall of Famer Hank Aaron waves to the crowd during Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Cooperstown, N.Y., in this Sunday, July 28, 2013, file photo. Hank Aaron, who endured racist threats with stoic dignity during his pursuit of Babe Ruth but went on to break the career home run record in the pre-steroids era, died early Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. He was 86. The Atlanta Braves said Aaron died peacefully in his sleep. No cause of death was given. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

Hank Aaron, baseball's one-time home run king, dies at 86

Jan. 22, 2021 9:47 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — His name is all over the baseball record book and, indeed, Hank Aaron could do it all. Sure, he's remembered mostly for dethroning the Babe to become baseball's home run king on the way to 755, but don't forget about the .300 average, or the graceful way he fielded his position, or the...

Major League Baseball's all-time career home run record holder Hank Aaron and his wife Billye take a lap in a golf cart around Turner Field in Atlanta, Thursday, April, 8, 1999, after a ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of his breaking Babe Ruth's record of 714 home runs on April 8, 1974. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Aaron lauded for grace amid racism during home run pursuit

Jan. 23, 2021 8:53 AM EST

Reaction to Hank Aaron's death from former presidents to fellow Hall of Famers to everyone who knew him followed a theme: how the one-time home run king handled the racism he faced on the way to passing Babe Ruth's hallowed record nearly 50 years ago. Joe Carter met his childhood idol when he won the first Hank...

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes enters the injury tent during the second half of an NFL divisional round football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Kansas City. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)

Chiefs' Mahomes cleared to play in AFC championship

Jan. 22, 2021 3:18 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was cleared Friday from the league's concussion protocol after his third consecutive day of practice and will be under center when Kansas City plays the Buffalo Bills in the AFC championship game. Mahomes was hurt in the third quarter of the...

Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) returns an interception during the second half of an NFL divisional round football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Kansas City. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Chiefs' Mathieu making most of opportunity in Kansas City

Jan. 23, 2021 3:33 AM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two years ago, the Kansas City Chiefs were coming off an AFC championship heartbreak against the New England Patriots that rested largely on the shoulders of their defense, which couldn't stop Tom Brady and Co. in overtime. Not enough talent? Maybe. Not enough playmakers?...

Sungjae Im hits from the sixth tee during the second round of The American Express golf tournament on the Pete Dye Stadium Course at PGA West on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, in La Quinta, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Sungjae Im shoots 65, takes lead at The American Express

Jan. 22, 2021 8:07 PM EST

LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — Although Sungjae Im hasn't been on the PGA Tour for very long, the 22-year-old South Korean already feels awfully comfortable on the generous desert courses at The American Express. So do plenty of other pros, and that's why the leaderboard is so crowded heading to the weekend. Im...

Danielle Kang takes lead into weekend in LPGA Tour opener

Jan. 22, 2021 10:40 PM EST

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Danielle Kang continued to sail along at the LPGA Tour’s season-opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions on Friday, shooting a 6-under 65 to stretch her lead to two shots. A five-time LPGA Tour winner ranked fifth in the world, Kang had a 13-under 129 total at...

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Miller lifts George Mason over Saint Joseph's 71-62

Jan. 23, 2021 3:27 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jordan Miller registered 18 points as George Mason beat Saint Joseph’s 71-62 on Saturday. Javon Greene had 13 points and eight rebounds for George Mason (8-6, 4-4 Atlantic 10 Conference). Josh Oduro added 12 points. Saint Joseph’s scored 24 first-half points, a season low...

Jackson scores 31 to lift Toledo past Kent St. 76-74

Jan. 23, 2021 3:23 PM EST

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Marreon Jackson had a season-high 31 points as Toledo won its eighth straight home game, edging past Kent State 76-74 on Saturday. Ryan Rollins had 16 points for Toledo (13-4, 8-1 Mid-American Conference). JT Shumate added 14 points. Kent State closed within 74-73 on a Danny Pippen...

Houston's Quentin Grimes (24) drives to the basket past Temple's Arashma Parks (14) and Khalif Battle (0) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, in Philadelphia. Houston won 68-51. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Sasser, Grimes lead No. 8 Houston past Temple 68-51

Jan. 23, 2021 3:23 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kelvin Sampson watched his Houston team win another rout and found “two or three areas” of needed improvement. Clean those up and another number comes into focus for the Cougars: a potential No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. “If we get better in the areas we need...

Harris scores 23 to carry American over Loyola (Md.) 71-70

Jan. 23, 2021 3:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jamir Harris had a career-high 23 points as American edged past Loyola (Md.) 71-70 on Saturday. American and Loyola were the last two teams to start in this pandemic altered season, both playing their first games last weekend and losing heart-breakers in their Saturday openers. Harris...

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2020, file photo, then-San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh cheers on his team from the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, in Seattle. The New York Jets' new head coach is charged with turning around the fortunes of a franchise that has missed out on the playoffs the past 10 seasons — the NFL's longest active drought — and has a few generations of frustrated fans impatiently waiting for at least a chance at another Super Bowl. After all, it has been 52 years and counting.  (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear, File)

Saleh begins tough task of changing Jets' identity, culture

Jan. 23, 2021 2:52 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The toughest part of the job begins now for Robert Saleh. The New York Jets' new head coach is charged with helping turn around the fortunes of a franchise that has missed out on the playoffs the past 10 seasons — the NFL's longest active drought — and has a few generations of...

FILE - Aug. 21, 2020, file photo, Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith instructs his players during NFL football training camp in Nashville, Tenn. Smith, the new Atlanta Falcons coach, has started building his staff by hiring offensive coordinator Dave Ragone, defensive coordinator Dean Pees and special teams coach Marquice Williams.  (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, Pool, File)

Falcons' Smith adds veteran Gary Emanuel, 3 more assistants

Jan. 23, 2021 2:47 PM EST

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — New Atlanta Falcons coach Arthur Smith is building his staff. He added four assistants Saturday, including veteran defensive line coach Gary Emanuel. Emanuel coached the New York Giants' defensive line in 2018-19. He has 38 years coaching experience, including 10 in the NFL. He...

Telfort carries Northeastern over James Madison 72-63

Jan. 23, 2021 2:47 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Jahmyl Telfort had a career-high 23 points, all in the second half, as Northeastern extended its winning streak to seven games, defeating James Madison 72-63 on Saturday. Shaquille Walters had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Northeastern (8-5, 7-0 Colonial Athletic Association). Tyson Walker...

Hot-shooting Auburn wallops South Carolina 109-86

Jan. 23, 2021 2:46 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Allen Flanigan scored a career-high 24 points with four 3-pointers, Sharife Cooper had a double-double by halftime and Auburn resoundingly thwacked South Carolina 109-86 on Saturday for its first win on the Gamecocks home floor since 2014. Auburn put up its most points in a...

Creighton forward Damien Jefferson (23) makes a layup against Connecticut forward Isaiah Whaley (5) and guard Tyrese Martin (4) in the first half during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/John Peterson)

Mahoney scores 20, leads No. 11 Creighton past No. 23 UConn

Jan. 23, 2021 2:46 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Denzel Mahoney scored 20 points and 11th-ranked Creighton broke open a close game in the last 10 minutes to beat No. 23 Connecticut 74-66 Saturday. The Bluejays (11-4, 7-3 Big East), who struggled offensively while losing their previous two games, shot 58% in the second half and avoided...

Allegri carries UNC Greensboro over Chattanooga 74-66

Jan. 23, 2021 2:41 PM EST

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Angelo Allegri had 17 points as UNC Greensboro topped Chattanooga 74-66 on Saturday. Jarrett Hensley had 12 points for UNC Greensboro (10-5, 5-2 Southern Conference), which earned its fourth straight win. Kaleb Hunter added 10 points and seven rebounds. Isaiah Miller had six...