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'My mission was to win': Coco tops Venus at Australian Open

Jan. 20, 2020 7:44 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Everyone had the same question when the Australian Open draw was revealed: What were the odds that Coco Gauff and Venus Williams would face each other again in the first round at a Grand Slam tournament? “I was a bit shocked,” Gauff said, “I'm sure everyone...

Kansas City Chiefs' Tyrann Mathieu and Patrick Mahomes (15) hold up the Lamar Hunt Trophy after the NFL AFC Championship football game against the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Kansas City, MO. The Chiefs won 35-24 to advance to Super Bowl 54. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

After cashing in on QB gambles, Niners, Chiefs in Super Bowl

Jan. 19, 2020 10:10 PM EST

A little more than two years ago, a pair of teams gambled on quarterbacks who had all kinds of potential but were far from a sure thing. Both teams guessed right. The Kansas City Chiefs will meet the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl on Feb. 2 in Miami. Oddsmakers opened the line at pick 'em in a title game...

Baylor forward Tristan Clark (25) is guarded by Iowa State forward George Conditt IV (4) during the second half half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday Jan. 15, 2020, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Jerry Larson)

Baylor jumps Zags to give AP poll record-tying seventh No. 1

Jan. 20, 2020 2:23 PM EST

Baylor and Gonzaga were the only two teams in the top five that took care of business last week. That doesn't mean they didn't move around, too. The Bears (15-1) leaped over the Bulldogs and into the No. 1 spot in The Associated Press men's college basketball poll on Monday, using wins over Iowa State and...

South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley talks to her team from the bench during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Missouri Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. South Carolina won the game 78-45. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

South Carolina, Baylor lead women's Top 25; Northwestern in

Jan. 20, 2020 3:10 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — South Carolina still sits atop The Associated Press women's basketball poll, with Baylor in second place. The Gamecocks received 22 first-place votes from a 30-member media panel Monday. The Lady Bears got six. UConn moved up to third after previous No. 3 Stanford lost to Oregon by 32...

Kansas City Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes celebrates with the Kansas City Chiefs after the NFL AFC Championship football game against the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Kansas City, MO. The Chiefs won 35-24 to advance to Super Bowl 54. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Chiefs stick to game plan in AFC title game win over Titans

Jan. 20, 2020 3:17 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs advanced to their first Super Bowl in 50 years by doing things decidedly their way. They let Patrick Mahomes and their potent offense wing the ball all over the field, never worrying for a moment that they were being too cavalier. They stuffed the line of...

FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2019, file photo, Atlanta Hawks forward Chandler Parsons (31) passes the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Detroit. Parsons' attorneys say the Hawks forward suffered “severe and permanent injuries

Attorneys say Hawks' Parsons has career-threatening injuries

Jan. 20, 2020 4:32 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Chandler Parsons' attorneys say the Atlanta Hawks forward suffered “severe and permanent injuries" in a car wreck last week that could jeopardize his career. Attorneys John Morgan and Nick Panagakis of the firm Morgan & Morgan say the injuries Parsons suffered in Wednesday's crash...

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 1968 file photo, U.S. athletes Tommie Smith, center, and John Carlos raise their gloved fists after Smith received the gold and Carlos the bronze for the 200 meter run at the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City. Some athletes are criticizing the International Olympic Committee for prohibiting political protests on the medal podium. Olympic officials reminded athletes last week not to make political statements at the Tokyo Olympics. (AP Photo/File)

Protests or not, politics and Olympics are intertwined

Jan. 20, 2020 12:05 PM EST

More than a half-century later, Tommie Smith and John Carlos are cemented into Olympic lore — their names enshrined in the Olympic Hall of Fame in the United States, their portrait an indelible fixture on the universal sports landscape. As for that raised-fist salute that transformed them into Olympic...

Clark Hunt, part owner, chairman and CEO of the Kansas City Chiefs, left, celebrates with Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid after the NFL AFC Championship football game against the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Kansas City, MO. The Chiefs won 35-24 to advance to Super Bowl 54. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

Mahomes gives Reid best hope to win that elusive Super Bowl

Jan. 20, 2020 2:09 AM EST

Andy Reid revitalized the Kansas City Chiefs the same way he did with the Philadelphia Eagles. He's one win away from finishing the job. The only thing missing from Reid's impressive resume is a Super Bowl title. He is seventh on the career wins list and every coach ahead of him has a championship. Thanks to...

Baylor's new head football coach Dave Aranda addresses the media during an NCAA college football news conference, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Waco, Texas. (Jerry Larson/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP)

New Baylor coach Aranda sensed something special with Bears

Jan. 20, 2020 4:52 PM EST

WACO, Texas (AP) — Dave Aranda sensed something special about Baylor even before the Bears were looking for a new head coach. “I could see the togetherness of the team, I could see the toughness of the team,” said Aranda, who as national champion LSU's defensive coordinator saw Baylor on film...

Gaby Lopez kisses the trophy after winning the Tournament of Champions LPGA golf tournament, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Lopez ran in a 30-foot putt for birdie, to defeat Nasa Hataoka in a seven-hole playoff that took an extra day to finish after play was halted Sunday because of darkness. (Michael Johnson/Daily Sun via AP)

Gaby Lopez wins LPGA tournament in Florida in 7-hole playoff

Jan. 20, 2020 1:07 PM EST

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Having already battled for five extra holes into darkness without producing a champion a day earlier, Gaby Lopez and Nasa Hataoka showed up to work at 8 a.m., just like regular folks. The early wake-up call and extra golf was worth it for Lopez, who rolled in a 30-foot putt...

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Baylor's new head football coach Dave Aranda addresses the media during an NCAA college football news conference, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Waco, Texas. (Jerry Larson/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP)

New Baylor coach Aranda sensed something special with Bears

Jan. 20, 2020 4:52 PM EST

WACO, Texas (AP) — Dave Aranda sensed something special about Baylor even before the Bears were looking for a new head coach. “I could see the togetherness of the team, I could see the toughness of the team,” said Aranda, who as national champion LSU's defensive coordinator saw Baylor on film...

The Rev. Raphael G. Warnock speaks during the Martin Luther King, Jr. annual commemorative service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (Branden Camp/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Faith, politics mix on holiday

Jan. 20, 2020 4:44 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. holiday found leaders still wrestling over his contested legacy against the backdrop of a presidential election year. Republicans told a sometimes cool crowd at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta that they were honoring King's civil rights legacy of service...

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) is fouled by Detroit Pistons guard Tony Snell (17) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Bradley Beal's 29 points lead Wizards over Pistons 106-100

Jan. 20, 2020 4:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bradley Beal scored 29 points, Ian Mahinmi added 21 and the Washington Wizards broke a three-game losing streak with a 106-100 win over the Detroit Pistons on Monday. Beal passed Wes Unseld for fourth place on the team's career scoring list. Derrick Rose led Detroit with 21 points while...

FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2019, file photo, Atlanta Hawks forward Chandler Parsons (31) passes the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Detroit. Parsons' attorneys say the Hawks forward suffered “severe and permanent injuries

Attorneys say Hawks' Parsons has career-threatening injuries

Jan. 20, 2020 4:32 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Chandler Parsons' attorneys say the Atlanta Hawks forward suffered “severe and permanent injuries" in a car wreck last week that could jeopardize his career. Attorneys John Morgan and Nick Panagakis of the firm Morgan & Morgan say the injuries Parsons suffered in Wednesday's crash...

FILE-  In this Nov. 29, 2019, file photo, Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz follows warmups before an NCAA college football game against Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Iowa's Ferentz, after going 10-3: 'It’s hard to win'

Jan. 20, 2020 4:24 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Though Iowa won 10 games last season, concluding the best five-year stretch in the program’s history, it wasn’t easy, coach Kirk Ferentz said Monday. “Unless you’ve got a boat full of guys, it’s hard to win in college football,” Ferentz said...

Rutgers guard Montez Mathis (23) hangs on the rim after this slam dunk during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Indiana, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 in Piscataway, N.J. (Andrew Mills/NJ Advance Media via AP)

Rutgers returns to basketball poll for first time since 1979

Jan. 20, 2020 4:07 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers is back in the men's college basketball poll for the first time in more than 40 years. The Scarlet Knights were ranked No. 24 by The Associated Press on Monday. It was their first time in the poll since they were No. 18 in the final rankings of the 1978-79 season. This is...

Indiana boy, dad, shot when gun discharges while wrestling

Jan. 20, 2020 3:40 PM EST

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A 4-year-old Indiana boy is in critical condition Monday after a gun his father had concealed in his clothing discharged while the two were wrestling, police said. The Herald-Times reported that the two were play wrestling Sunday night on a bed inside a home near Bloomington,...

Cleveland Browns new NFL football head coach Kevin Stefanski answers a question during a news conference at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

AP source: Browns interview Vikings assistant GM for opening

Jan. 20, 2020 3:29 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have interviewed Vikings assistant general manger George Paton for their GM opening, a person familiar with the team's itinerary told The Associated Press on Monday. Paton, who worked with new Browns coach Kevin Stefanski, met with the team's search committee —...

Kansas City Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes celebrates with the Kansas City Chiefs after the NFL AFC Championship football game against the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Kansas City, MO. The Chiefs won 35-24 to advance to Super Bowl 54. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Chiefs stick to game plan in AFC title game win over Titans

Jan. 20, 2020 3:17 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs advanced to their first Super Bowl in 50 years by doing things decidedly their way. They let Patrick Mahomes and their potent offense wing the ball all over the field, never worrying for a moment that they were being too cavalier. They stuffed the line of...

South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley talks to her team from the bench during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Missouri Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. South Carolina won the game 78-45. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

South Carolina, Baylor lead women's Top 25; Northwestern in

Jan. 20, 2020 3:10 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — South Carolina still sits atop The Associated Press women's basketball poll, with Baylor in second place. The Gamecocks received 22 first-place votes from a 30-member media panel Monday. The Lady Bears got six. UConn moved up to third after previous No. 3 Stanford lost to Oregon by 32...