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UCLA head coach Chip Kelly leads his team on the field before an NCAA college football game against Oregon, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Chris Pietsch)

UCLA looks to continue improvement against slumping Arizona

Nov. 27, 2020 2:51 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Arizona and UCLA are in their third seasons of the Kevin Sumlin and Chip Kelly eras, but going into Saturday's game at the Rose Bowl, the two programs are trending in opposite directions. The Wildcats (0-2) haven’t won in more than a year and have dropped a program-record nine...

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 file photo, Nigeria's Ike Diogu, right, drives to the basket ahead of Spain's Pau Gasol during a basketball game at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  In the 2005 NBA Draft Ike Diogu was the only Nigerian-American, but now fifteen years later, Nigerians are setting records in last week's Draft with two players from Nigeria as first-rounders, and another six who have at least one Nigerian parent were also picked. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Former NBA lottery pick saw wave of Nigerian players coming

Nov. 27, 2020 11:08 AM EST

Fifteen years after Ike Diogu was a first-round NBA draft pick, Nigerians are setting records. Diogu was the lone Nigerian-American among a group of international players selected back in 2005. This year, a whole starting five and then some could be built from all the picks with Nigerian ties. “I saw the...

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2020, file photo, New York Jets kicker Sergio Castillo (6) celebrates kicking a 55-yard field goal during the first half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo. Castillo had the same dream a few times every year since he was in the sixth grade. The Jets kicker would be on the field at a stadium when he’d look into the stands and see his mother and future girlfriend in the stands cheering him on. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Road to NFL for Jets' Castillo began with one repeated dream

Nov. 26, 2020 2:31 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Sergio Castillo had the same dream a few times every year since sixth grade. The New York Jets kicker is on the field at a stadium when he looks into the stands and sees his mother and future girlfriend in the stands cheering him on. Castillo never told anyone about his repeated visions...

Sacramento Kings' Bogdan Bogdanovic (8) goes up for a shot against Los Angeles Lakers' Dwight Howard (39) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

What an offseason! Hawks bulk up big time in free agency

Nov. 25, 2020 8:01 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Just like that, the Atlanta Hawks transformed themselves into a playoff contender. A team that averaged less than 25 wins the last three seasons added to its impressive young core with a whirlwind of free-agent signings, capped by the news late Tuesday that Sacramento would not match a...

Sergachev re-signs with Lightning for 3 years, $14.4 million

Nov. 25, 2020 4:16 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Mikhail Sergachev to a three-year, $14.4 million contract. General manager Julien BriseBois announced the deal Wednesday. The 22-year-old Sergachev skated in 70 games last season, scoring a career-high 10 goals and...

NWHL season to last 2 weeks and played in Lake Placid bubble

Nov. 25, 2020 12:44 PM EST

The National Women’s Hockey League season will be limited to a two-week run and played in a bubble in Lake Placid, New York, as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. The league announced Wednesday that its sixth season will be Jan. 23 to Feb. 5. Each of the six teams will play each other once, followed by a...

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley, left, shoots as Cleveland Cavaliers guard Brandon Knight defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. Bradley still has serious concerns about the coronavirus, particularly because one of his children has struggled with respiratory illnesses. Those concerns kept him from the NBA’s restart bubble. They won’t keep him from this season. Bradley has finalized his new contract with the Miami Heat and says he will be ready to go when camp starts next week. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

After opting out of bubble, Bradley ready to play again

Nov. 25, 2020 2:13 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Avery Bradley still has serious concerns about the coronavirus, particularly because one of his children has struggled with respiratory illnesses. Those concerns kept him from the NBA’s restart bubble. They won’t keep him from this season. Bradley has finalized his new contract...

FILE - In this July 30, 2020, file photo, New Orleans Pelicans' Brandon Ingram heads to the basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Ingram a restricted free agent, has agreed to a five-year, $158 million contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, said a person familiar with the situation. The person spoke to the Associated Press Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, on condition of anonymity because the contract has not been announced. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool, File)

Agents: Ingram agrees to max deal extension with Pelicans

Nov. 24, 2020 6:21 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Restricted free agent Brandon Ingram has agreed to a five-year, $158 million contract with the New Orleans Pelicans. Ingram's agents, Jeff Schwartz and Jordan Gertler of Excel Sports Management, confirmed the deal on Tuesday to The Associated Press. Ingram is the NBA’s reigning...

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2020, file photo, Miami Heat's Bam Adebayo (13) dunks during the second half in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Adebayo and the Miami Heat are working on a contract extension, the team said Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, a deal that when finalized will likely guarantee him at least $168 million over the next six seasons and perhaps as much as $200 million in that span.(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Heat, Adebayo agree on five-year, $163 million extension

Nov. 24, 2020 6:08 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Bam Adebayo came to the NBA with the goal of providing for his mother and changing her life. His first contract took care of that. And the way he sees it, his next contract sets his family up for generations. Adebayo and the Miami Heat agreed on a five-year extension that will be worth at...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, goals used by the NHL hockey club Nashville Predators are stored in a hallway in Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. Time is running short for the NHL to start its season on Jan. 1. Various pandemic-related geographic and economic issues remain unresolved. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Time running short for NHL to start next season Jan. 1

Nov. 24, 2020 3:25 PM EST

A far cry from the standings at Thanksgiving serving as a barometer of which teams are most likely to make the playoffs, the NHL heads into the U.S. holiday without a firm plan announced for next season. The league and players are running out of time to start the season Jan. 1 as previously planned, with various...