Syracuse women making slow strides on basketball court

Syracuse forward Digna Strautmane (45) grabs a rebound against Mississippi State guard Victoria Vivians during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, in Las Vegas. Mississippi State won 76-65. (AP Photo/David Becker)

It’s been almost two years since Syracuse lost to powerful Connecticut in the women’s national championship game, and coach Quentin Hillsman is trying to recapture some of the magic that produced a program-record 30 victories in that breakthrough season.

No. 9 Michigan State bounces back and routs Indiana 85-57

Michigan State's Nick Ward (44) pulls down a rebound between Indiana's Zach McRoberts, left, and Juwan Morgan during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Miles Bridges made a 3-pointer and bounced on his toes with joy, enjoying a game he and Michigan State desperately needed.

Ugly growing pains: No. 18 Kentucky needs to fix mistakes

Kentucky forward Jarred Vanderbilt (2) challenges a shot by South Carolina forward Justin Minaya, right, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Columbia, S.C. South Carolina defeated Kentucky 76-68. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — John Calipari warned the growing pains would be ugly for his youngest Kentucky squad.

What matters more than a good QB in playoffs? A good D

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2017, file photo, San Francisco 49ers' C.J. Beathard (3) is sacked by Philadelphia Eagles' Brandon Graham (55) and Mychal Kendricks (95) as Malcolm Jenkins (27) looks on during the second half of an NFL football game. One team has a suffocating defense. The other has the NFL's No. 1 unit.
Defense should win at least the NFC championship. (AP Photo/Michael Perez, File)

Four of the five teams that gave up the fewest points during the regular season are the last four left with a shot at the Super Bowl, something that had never happened since the NFL-AFL merger nearly a half-century ago.

Coughlin gets 2nd shot to make Jags a champ

FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2001, file photo, Jacksonville Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin argues a call with officials in the third quarter of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, in Jacksonville, Fla. It's no exaggeration to say Tom Coughlin built the Jaguars from the ground up. It's also no exaggeration to say Coughlin's last piece of unfinished business would be bringing a Super Bowl title to the town he helped put on the map. (AP Photo/Scott Audette, File)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — It’s no exaggeration to say Tom Coughlin built the Jaguars from the ground up.

Thunder’s George doing it all for new team

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2017, file photo, Milwaukee Bucks' Khris Middleton, right, has the ball stolen by Oklahoma City Thunder's Paul George during the first half of an NBA basketball game, in Milwaukee. Paul George takes pride in leading the NBA in steals while still averaging more than 20 points per game. He wants to be defensive player of the year, and believes he should have won it before. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn, File)

OKLAHOMA CITY — Thunder coach Billy Donovan can’t pinpoint the best thing about Paul George.

Brady mum on status for AFC title game

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wears gloves as he arrives to speak to the media, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots host the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC championship on Sunday in Foxborough.(AP Photo/Bill Sikes)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady is staying mum on his status for the AFC championship game after suffering a right hand injury earlier in the week.

Players turn up the heat on Australian Open weather policy

France's Alize Cornet is attended to by a trainer and tournament staff after suffering from the heat during her third round match against Belgium's Elise Mertens at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

MELBOURNE, Australia — French player Alize Cornet has called for the extreme heat policy at the Australian Open to be re-evaluated after she said she nearly fainted in the broiling temperatures during her third-round match Friday at Melbourne Park.

Oklahoma’s Young, Duke’s Bagley lead top performers

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 file photo, Oklahoma's Trae Young (11) drives the ball past Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver (23) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Norman, Okla. Oklahoma’s Trae Young, Duke’s Marvin Bagley III and Arizona’s Deandre Ayton lead the list of top performers in college basketball as the season crosses its midway point. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck, File)

RALEIGH, N.C. — Duke’s Marvin Bagley III and Arizona’s Deandre Ayton have met every expectation as college freshmen with star potential.



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