Appalachian St beats Toledo 34-0 in Dollar General Bowl

Appalachian State quarterback Taylor Lamb (11) passes the ball to running back Jalin Moore (25) as they play against Toledo in the first half during the Dollar General Bowl NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/Dan Anderson)

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Appalachian State’s improved defense was a huge reason the program closed the regular season on a three-game winning streak and won a share of the Sun Belt Conference title.

Gritty Seahawks keep playoff hopes alive, eliminate Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) defends as Seattle Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright (50) intercepts a pass intended for Bryant in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Already missing two of their defensive stars for the season, the Seattle Seahawks were coming off their most-lopsided loss under coach Pete Carroll and facing Ezekiel Elliott in his return to the Dallas Cowboys after two of their worst showings against the run this year.

Gurley helps Rams clinch NFC West in 27-23 win over Titans

Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley (30) is congratulated by head coach Sean McVay after Gurley scored a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans on an 80-yard pass reception in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Putting the ball in the hands of Todd Gurley is the easiest decision for the Los Angeles Rams. The star running back is doing his best to push himself into consideration for NFL MVP with an amazing season.

Thomas’ mere presence mattered in Saints win over Falcons

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Ted Ginn (19) celebrates his touchdown reception with wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) in the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With a playoff berth at stake, the Saints found ways to capitalize on the mere presence of hobbled star receiver Michael Thomas.

Westbrook, George lead Thunder to 103-89 win over Jazz

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) drives against the Utah Jazz in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder got the kind of night they envisioned when they brought in Paul George and Carmelo Anthony to join reigning MVP Russell Westbrook.

Carl Soderberg scores twice, Avs rout Coyotes 6-2

Colorado Avalanche right wing Nail Yakupov celebrates his goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Their top scorer out after a brawl and game misconduct, the Colorado Avalanche responded with a flurry of second-period goals Saturday night.

Russia loses 2 more Olympic silver medals because of doping

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2014 file photo, the Russian national flag, right, flies next to the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The word "Russia" will appear on the Olympic uniforms worn by the athletes granted an exemption from the country's doping ban. More than 200 athletes are set to compete in Pyeongchang as an "Olympic Athlete from Russia" if they can prove they aren't tainted by doping. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Russia has lost two more Olympic medals from Sochi because of doping, and luge has now been touched by the scandal for the first time.



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