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North Carolina's Joel Berry II (2) drives to the basket while Boston College's Luka Kraljevic (13) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Tuesday. AP Photo/Gerry Broome
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina coach Roy Williams has repeatedly offered his 20th-ranked Tar Heels a simple deal if they want to play long stretches in a small lineup. Rebound. Defend. And he’ll stick with it. Luke Maye had career highs of 32 points and 18 rebounds while North...
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski faces reporters during a news conference following an NFL football practice Tuesday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. AP Photo/Steven Senne
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Rob Gronkowski says coach Bill Belichick makes it easy for the New England Patriots to ignore distractions such as the one created by last week’s ESPN report. “Throughout my years here I’ve seen a lot of negative, a lot of positive,” Gronkowski said Tuesday as the...
In this Jan. 30, 2000 photo, Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kevin Dyson (87) tries but fails to get the ball over the goal line as he is tackled by St. Louis Rams' Mike Jones on the final play of Super Bowl XXXIV in Atlanta. Seven of the 12 teams that are in the NFL playoffs have never won the big game, matching the largest group of playoff-bound squads with not-so-Super pedigrees since the 1999 season. AP Photo/John Gaps III
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons’ claim to fame is the crushing way they lost a Super Bowl. They’re hardly alone in these playoffs. Seven of the 12 teams still alive have never celebrated in the big game, matching the largest group of playoff-bound squads with not-so-Super...
Canada forward Drake Batherson (19) celebrates after scoring against the Czech Republic during the second period of a semifinal in the IIHF world junior hockey championships Thursday, in Buffalo, N.Y. Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Canada and Sweden will face off for gold medal at the world junior hockey championship Friday night. “I think it’s the two best teams that are going to meet,” Swedish goaltender Filip Gustavsson said. Gustavsson made 29 saves and Sweden had a three-goal third period to...
BOSTON (AP) — The NHL has postponed Thursday night’s matchup between the Florida Panthers and Boston Bruins because of the severe winter storm impacting Boston and the surrounding area. The date and time of the rescheduled game will be announced later. The Bruins say tickets issued for...
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — If Jon Gruden does leave the comforts of the broadcast booth for a second stint as coach of the Oakland Raiders, he wouldn’t be the first coach lured back to the sidelines after a long hiatus from the profession. Several other coaches have attempted the move, with the most...
BOSTON (AP) — One by one, the Boston Celtics lined up to embrace Isaiah Thomas. The next time they see their former teammate, he probably won’t be in a hoodie after watching the game from the bench. And it won’t be so easy. Terry Rozier scored 20 points in 20 minutes, stealing the spotlight...
BOSTON (AP) — Isaiah Thomas wanted to make one thing perfectly clear during his return to Boston: He isn’t holding onto any hard feelings about the way he left. Thomas returned to TD Garden on Wednesday night for the first time since he was dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers in August as part of...
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Otis Livingston II scored 33 points and had nine assists — each a career high— as George Mason battled past Massachusetts 80-72 in overtime on Wednesday night. Livingston missed a last-second shot that could’ve won the game for George Mason (7-8, 1-1 Atlantic 10) in...

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