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New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson defend against Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) during the second half of a game, Tuesday, Jan. 18, in New York. The Minnesota Timberwolves won 112-110.

NBA CAPSULES

Towns helps Timberwolves top Knicks

By The Associated Press
| January 19, 2022

NEW YORK — Karl-Anthony Towns converted a go-ahead three-point play with 29 seconds left and the Min...

Carolina Hurricanes center Seth Jarvis, center, is congratulated by Tony DeAngelo (77) after his goal as Boston Bruins left wing Jake DeBrusk, left, skates past during the first period of a game, Tuesday, Jan. 18, in Boston.

NHL HOCKEY

Kotkaniemi scores twice as Hurricanes roll past Bruins 7-1

By Kyle Hightower
| January 19, 2022

BOSTON — The Hurricanes looked lost in a shutout loss against Columbus last week without defenseman ...

Andy Murray reacts after defeating Nikoloz Basilashvili in their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

GRAND SLAM TENNIS

Andy Murray wins in Australia for 1st time since 2017

By John Pye
| January 19, 2022

MELBOURNE, Australia — Five years and five long sets later, five-time Australian Open runner-up Andy...

Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) reacts in the second half of a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday, Jan. 13, in Memphis, Tenn.

NBA BASKETBALL

Expectations skyrocket in Grizzlies’ Ja Morant’s 3rd season

By Teresa M. Walker
| January 19, 2022

A season that started with All-Star goals for Memphis guard Ja Morant have grown far beyond that. T...

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) is fouled as he drives to the basket against San Antonio Spurs guard Derrick White, left, during the second half of an NBA game on Monday, Jan. 17 in San Antonio.

NBA Basketball

Booker scores 48 points in Suns' MLK Day win over Spurs

By The Associated Press
| January 18, 2022

SAN ANTONIO — Devin Booker had a season-high 48 points and the Phoenix Suns dominated the fourth qua...

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) gestures during the second half of an NFL wild-card game against the Arizona Cardinals in Inglewood, Calif. on Monday Jan. 17.

By Greg Beacham

Stafford propels Rams past Cardinals 34-11 in playoff rout

January 18, 2022

INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Matthew Stafford passed for 202 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another sco...

Naomi Osaka of Japan reacts during her first round match against Camila Osorio of Colombia at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia on Monday, Jan. 17.

Tennis

Osaka, Nadal advance in Australia after Djokovic flies home

By John Pye
| January 18, 2022

MELBOURNE, Australia — The first test of Naomi Osaka’s new approach to tennis might have been when s...

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) runs the ball for a gain as San Francisco 49ers safety Jaquiski Tartt (3) and outside linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair, right, defend, during the final seconds of the second half of a  wild-card football game in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday, Jan. 16.

NFL CAPSULES

49ers take big lead, nearly blow it, beat Dallas 23-17

By The Associated Press
| January 17, 2022

ARLINGTON, Texas — Versatile receiver Deebo Samuel ran 26 yards for a touchdown the play after an in...

Phoenix Suns center JaVale McGee (00) is defended by Detroit Pistons center Isaiah Stewart during the second half of a game Sunday, Jan. 16 in Detroit.

NBA CAPSULES

Michigan homecoming for Booker, McGee in NBA-best Suns’ rout

By The Associated Press
| January 17, 2022

DETROIT  — Devin Booker scored 30 points and JaVale McGee added 20 in their Michigan homecomings to ...

Elina Svitolina of Ukraine plays a backhand return to Fiona Ferro of France during their first-round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, on Monday, Jan. 17.

GRAND SLAM TENNIS

Australian Open starts hours after Djokovic’s deportation

By John Pye
| January 17, 2022

MELBOURNE, Australia — The Australian Open started Monday without nine-time champion Novak Djokovic ...

Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (28) plays against the Arizona Cardinals during an NFL game on Dec. 25, 2021, in Glendale, Ariz. Taylor was named to The Associated Press 2021 NFL All-Pro Team, announced Friday, Jan. 14, 2022.

NFL Football

5 players are unanimous choices for AP's NFL All-Pro Team

By Barry Wilner
| January 15, 2022

NEW YORK — Five players, including dynamic pass catchers Cooper Kupp and Davante Adams, are unanimou...

Defending men's champion Serbia's Novak Djokovic practices on Margaret Court Arena ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia on Thursday, Jan. 13

Tennis

Djokovic's appeal of canceled visa moves to higher court

By John Pye and Rod McGuirk
| January 15, 2022

MELBOURNE, Australia — Novak Djokovic’s effort to play in the Australian Open despite being unvaccin...

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers scrambles during the first half of an NFL game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, Jan. 9 in Detroit.

NFL Football

Packers hoping homefield is to their advantage this year

By Arnie Stapleton
| January 14, 2022

The Green Bay Packers are the only NFL team that didn’t lose a game at home in the 2021 season. They...

Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) looks to throw against the Houston Texans during the first half of an NFL game on Sunday, Jan. 9  in Houston.

Titans hope third time is charm as top seed in AFC playoffs

By Arnie Stapleton
| January 14, 2022

No team ever needed a first-round bye in the playoffs more than the Tennessee Titans, who used a rec...

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins (90) watches the puck controlled by Carolina Hurricanes' Martin Necas (88) during the second period of an NHL game in Raleigh on Thursday, Jan. 13.

NHL Hockey

Chinakhov, Merzlikins lead Blue Jackets past Hurricanes 6-0

By Bob Sutton
| January 14, 2022

RALEIGH — Yegor Chinakhov scored two goals and Elvis Merzlikins posted a 31-save shutout as the Colu...

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