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Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (10) shoots past Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) as forward Cameron Johnson, left, looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

Ayton has season-high 26 points, Suns beat Rockets 109-103

Jan. 21, 2021 1:18 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Deandre Ayton had season highs with 26 points and 17 rebounds and the Phoenix Suns beat the Houston Rockets 109-103 on Wednesday night to end a two-game skid. “He was a monster for us tonight," Phoenix coach Monty Williams said. The Suns won for the first time since Jan. 9. Between...

Houston guard Cameron Tyson, left, grabs a loose ball from Tulsa guards Brandon Rachal, center, and Elijah Joiner, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

Sasser scores 26, No. 8 Houston defeats Tulsa, 86-59

Jan. 20, 2021 11:27 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Marcus Sasser scored 26 points, Quentin Grimes added 18 points and seven rebounds and No. 8 Houston avenged its only loss with an 86-59 win over Tulsa on Wednesday night. Sasser, who scored 18 points in the first half, finished 8 of 15 from the field, including 6 of 12 on 3-pointers. Tramon...

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2020, file photo, Houston Astros' Michael Brantley gestures while rounding the bases on his two-run home run against the Oakland Athletics during the fourth inning of Game 4 of a baseball American League Division Series in Los Angeles. Brantley has agreed to a $32 million, two-year contract with the Astros, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Wednesday, Jan. 20, because the contract, which is pending a successful physical, had not been announced. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

AP source: Brantley agrees to $32M, 2-year deal with Astros

Jan. 20, 2021 6:29 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Outfielder Michael Brantley has agreed to a $32 million, two-year contract with the Houston Astros, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the contract, which is pending a successful physical, had not...

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) calls a play at the line of scrimmage against the New Orleans Saints during the second half of an NFL divisional round playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Super Host? Bucs can become 1st to play Super Bowl at home

Jan. 20, 2021 3:28 AM EST

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a chance to make history at Green Bay on Sunday. If they do, it might come with an asterisk. No team has ever played a Super Bowl in its home stadium. Tom Brady and the underdog Bucs (13-5) will try to become the first to do so by winning the NFC championship game against the Packers...

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Chad Henne celebrates after a run during the second half of an NFL divisional round football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Kansas City. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Chiefs' Chad Henne goes from backup QB to playoff stage

Jan. 20, 2021 2:42 AM EST

Chad Henne came off the bench cold in the heat of a tense playoff game and delivered the game-sealing plays for Kansas City in his most consequential performance in a win since 2013. Henne became just the latest understudy quarterback to deliver a memorable performance in the postseason when he relieved an...

A long-term care facility staff member, Pam Byers LPN, receives the COVID-19 vaccination for Oklahoma nursing home residents and staff at The Lodge at Brookline in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. (Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman via AP)

The Latest: Hawaii says scarcity hinders vaccination efforts

Jan. 19, 2021 9:10 PM EST

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s leaders say limited supply is the main thing constraining distribution of the coronavirus vaccine in the state. Hawaii received 59,000 doses of the vaccine last week, but expects to get only about 32,000 this week. Still, Lt. Gov. Josh Green says the state expects to be able to...

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Rapper Bow Wow apologizes for attending packed Houston club

Jan. 19, 2021 6:48 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Rapper Bow Wow apologized after Houston’s mayor called him out for attending a crowded gathering at a city nightclub during a weekend packed with concerts as Texas continues to grapple with the coronavirus. Mayor Sylvester Turner took to Twitter on Sunday to let the Ohio rapper,...

Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) goes for a layup as Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) and guard Jamal Murray (27) defend during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

LeVert, Pacers await test results before plotting next move

Jan. 19, 2021 6:07 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Caris LeVert arrived in Indianapolis last week feeling perfectly fine. He was eager to meet his new teammates, join the starting lineup and make his Pacers debut. Then came the shocking news from Indiana's team doctors: They found a small mass on LeVert's left kidney. Suddenly...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levine provides an update on the coronavirus known as COVID-19 in Harrisburg, Pa. President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Levine to be his assistant secretary of health, leaving her poised to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. (Joe Hermitt/The Patriot-News via AP, File)

Biden picks 1st transgender person for Senate-confirmed post

Jan. 19, 2021 2:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be his assistant secretary of health, leaving her poised to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. A pediatrician and former Pennsylvania physician...

FILE - Villanova head coach Jay Wright gestures during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Georgetown in Washington, in this Saturday, March 7, 2020, file photo. Villanova coach Jay Wright was set to return to practice Tuesday following his bout with COVID-19. Those plans are on hold after two players tested positive Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, and the Wildcats were forced to postpone their next three games. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

No. 3 Villanova gets back on the floor after COVID-19 pauses

Jan. 19, 2021 2:43 AM EST

Welcome back to the floor, Villanova. The third-ranked Wildcats have not played a game since Dec. 23 because of positive COVID-19 tests that ensnared coach Jay Wright and several other Tier 1 program members. But after having six games postponed following its win over Marquette, Villanova is set to play twice...