Japanese pitcher-hitter Ohtani chooses LA Angels

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2015, file photo, Japan's starter Shohei Ohtani pitches against South Korea during the first inning of their semifinal game at the Premier12 world baseball tournament at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo.Japanese star Shohei Ohtani is bringing his arm and bat to the Los Angeles Angels, pairing him with two-time MVP Mike Trout. Ohtani's agent put out a statement Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, saying the prized two-way player had decided to sign with the Angels, a surprise winner over Seattle, Texas and several other teams. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Shohei Ohtani has decided he’s on the side of the Angels.

76ers go from Process to work in progress

Philadelphia 76ers Ben Simmons, of Australia, goes up for the dunk during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

PHILADELPHIA — LaVar Ball was holding court outside the Lakers locker room when he spotted two of his sons goofing around with the 7-footer in the white sweatshirt.

4-team playoff is fine, but 8 would be perfect

Alabama coach Nick Saban, left, and Clemson coach Dabo Swinney talk after a news conference before the College Football Awards show at the College Football Hall of Fame, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in Atlanta. Clemson and Alabama will face each other in a College Football Playoff semifinal. (AP Photo/John Amis)

ATLANTA — Naturally, the four coaches on the podium were happy with the system the way it is.

Jackson returns to NYC as relaxed Heisman finalist

FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, file photo, Louisville's Lamar Jackson poses with the Heisman Trophy after winning the award, in New York. If anything, Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson has been better this season than last. He has passed for 3,489 yards, ran for 1,443 yards and accounted for 42 touchdowns — another jaw-dropping performance for a Louisville team that was good, but not great. He believed he did enough to be a Heisman finalist and he got his wish. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

NEW YORK — Lamar Jackson gets asked to do the Heisman Trophy pose a lot.

Army eyes 2nd straight win over Navy

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2014, file photo, Army head coach Jeff Monken, left, embraces running back Larry Dixon after losing 17-10 to Navy in an NCAA college football game, in Baltimore. Monken’s second season at Army in 2015 ended with 10 losses and a record 14th straight defeat to Navy. While it pointed to more of the same for a struggling program, Monken was confident a West Point turnaround was imminent thanks to successful recruiting and the number of close losses.
Monken was proven right. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

PHILADELPHIA — Jeff Monken’s second season at Army in 2015 ended with 10 losses and a record 14th straight defeat to Navy.

Rockets pull away for 112-101 win over Jazz

Houston Rockets guard James Harden, left, goes to the basket as Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — James Harden and the Houston Rockets are defined by their explosive offense, and it got the best of the Utah Jazz on Thursday night.

Jones makes game-saving INT, Falcons beats Saints 20-17

Atlanta Falcons middle linebacker Deion Jones (45) intercepts a ball in the end zone ahead of New Orleans Saints tight end Josh Hill (89) during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in Atlanta. The Falcons won 20-17. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

ATLANTA (AP) — With the season potentially hanging in the balance, Deion Jones leaped high in the air, about as high as he could go.

U.S. skater Chen edges Japan’s Uno to win Grand Prix Final

Nathan Chen of the United States performs during Men's Free Skating of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Nagoya, central Japan, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

NAGOYA, Japan (AP) — Nathan Chen held on to his lead from the short program to edge Shoma Uno and win the figure skating Grand Prix Final on Friday.

Stamkos leads Lightning past Avalanche 5-2

Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) celebrates with goalie Peter Budaj (31) after the Lightning defeated the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 during an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Steven Stamkos had a goal and two assists, and the Tampa Bay Lightning became the first NHL team with 20 wins by defeating the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 on Thursday night.

Elite thoroughbred race horses killed in California wildfire

Terrified horses gallop from San Luis Rey Downs as the Lilac Fire sweeps through the horse-training facility, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 in San Diego. (Paul Sisson/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Hundreds of elite thoroughbred race horses sprinted away from flames Thursday as one of California’s major wildfires tore through a training center in San Diego County.



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