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Kansas favored in Big 12 after record 14 titles in row ends

Kansas favored in Big 12 after record 14 titles in row endsIRVING, Texas (AP) Kansas has been tabbed as the favorite to win the Big 12 men's basketball title, the season after the end of the Jayhawks' NCAA...

New coach Juwan Howard talks up Michigan at media day

AP Sports WriterNew coach Juwan Howard talks up Michigan at media dayBy NOAH TRISTERANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) When asked if anything about his new job has surprised him, Michigan coach Juwan Howard mentioned recruiting.''I knew you have to...

Allen, McCaffrey and defense have led Panthers resurgence

AP Sports WriterAllen, McCaffrey and defense have led Panthers resurgenceBy STEVE REEDCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Truth be told, the Panthers could probably do without a bye this week.Coach Ron Rivera's team is playing its best football since 2015, when...

Lazard, Packers moving on from Monday, focused on Raiders

AP Sports WriterLazard, Packers moving on from Monday, focused on RaidersBy KEITH JENKINSGREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Next man up: Allen Lazard.Lazard caught his first pass from Aaron Rodgers on Monday night. He ended up catching three more, including...

Guaranteed: Eagles-Cowboys winner will be 1st in NFC East

AP Pro Football WriterGuaranteed: Eagles-Cowboys winner will be 1st in NFC EastBy SCHUYLER DIXONARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Doug Pederson had to downplay some trash talk from one of his linebackers the previous Philadelphia visited Dallas for a crucial NFC...

High hopes for Falcons defense have been thoroughly dashed

AP Sports WriterHigh hopes for Falcons defense have been thoroughly dashedBy PAUL NEWBERRYFLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons had high hopes for their defense, with several key players were coming back from injuries and head coach Dan...

Revamped Rams, reeling Falcons looking to stop losing skids

AP Sports WriterRevamped Rams, reeling Falcons looking to stop losing skidsBy CHARLES ODUMATLANTA (AP) There is no guarantee that a Super Bowl appearance will generate long-term momentum.Just ask the Los Angeles Rams, who return to Atlanta as a...

Reich ready to roll dice again when Colts, Texans square off

AP Sports WriterReich ready to roll dice again when Colts, Texans square offBy MICHAEL MAROTINDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich prefers taking the aggressive approach.His coaching staff understands it. His players respect it. And opponents know they...

Raiders DC calls Burfict suspension a “witch hunt”

AP Pro Football WriterRaiders DC calls Burfict suspension a 'witch hunt'By JOSH DUBOWALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Oakland defensive coordinator Paul Guenther lashed out at the NFL for the lengthy suspension the league handed to Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict for...

Winless Dolphins hoping for some FitzMagic in game at Bills

AP Sports WriterWinless Dolphins hoping for some FitzMagic in game at BillsBy JOHN WAWROWORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills haven't seen the last of FitzMagic.Ryan Fitzpatrick picked up many of his colorful nicknames for his fearless flair...