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  • La. Tech beats Illinois 35-18 in Heart of Dallas Bowl

    DALLAS (AP) — Louisiana Tech’s Houston Bates had a career day against his former team — his 4 1-2 sacks in the Heart of Dallas Bowl matched the number he had in three seasons at…

  • Browns rookie Connor Shaw to start finale

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Rookie quarterback Connor Shaw will come off Cleveland’s practice squad and start the season finale on Sunday against Baltimore. With Brian Hoyer still slowed by a sore right throwing shoulder, Shaw…

  • President Obama’s Hawaii vacation: Day 7

    KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) — How President Barack Obama spent the seventh day of his family’s holiday vacation in Hawaii on Friday: — MORNING WORKOUT: Obama began his morning as he did many other days…

  • Jazz great Buddy DeFranco dies at age 91

    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Renowned jazz clarinetist Buddy DeFranco, who led the way on his instrument in the transition between the swing and bebop eras, has died at the age of 91, his family…

  • Cavs’ Varejao has surgery on torn Achilles

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao has had surgery to repair a torn left Achilles tendon, an injury that ended his season and altered Cleveland’s title hopes. The Cavs said Varejao’s operation was performed…

  • Couple weds in room where son treated for cancer

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio couple who married on Christmas Day decided to share their vows in the hospital room where their 4-year-old son, Billy, is being treated for cancer. Sarah Lewis and William…

  • Lava remains stalled near Hawaii shopping center

    PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Lava that was creeping close to a shopping center on Hawaii’s Big Island remains stalled about 700 yards from the complex. The leading edge of the lava hasn’t moved since Monday.…

  • US beats Finland 2-1 in SO in junior opener

    MONTREAL (AP) — Jack Eichel and Chase DeLeo scored in a shootout to help the United States beat defending champion Finland 2-1 on Friday in their round-robin opener in the World Junior Championship. Eichel is…

  • Chiefs QB Alex Smith out with lacerated spleen

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alex Smith thought he had some indigestion. It turned out to be a lacerated spleen. Now, the Kansas City Chiefs will put their already slim playoff hopes in the hands…

  • Dog not gone: Rescue in the Columbia Gorge

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A yellow Labrador that got spooked on a Christmas Day hike in the Columbia Gorge, snapping her leash and plunging 150 feet down a cliff, was rescued in the dark by…

  • Narduzzi officially takes over at Pittsburgh

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pat Narduzzi stood just outside the doorway, hands stuffed inside his pants pockets, and glanced at nine national championship trophies highlighting the proud history of a program churning in mediocrity. The youngest…

  • 4 dead in fiery Northern California car crash

    FAIR OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Two vehicles collided head on in a fiery crash near Sacramento, California, leaving four people dead and two more seriously injured. The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/1JTCGea ) the crash happened…

  • Longtime Rangers clubhouse man Macko dies at 86

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Joe Macko, who hit 306 home runs in nearly 2,000 minor league games before a long career as a clubhouse manager with the Texas Rangers, has died. He was 86. The…

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 p.m. EST

    In 2014, US economy kept healing from recession with help from jobs, stocks and cheaper oil WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy flexed its old muscles in 2014. More than five years removed from the…

  • Colston a mainstay for Saints

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — For much of the past nine years, Marques Colston has been consistently mentioned as a prime example of a late-round draft steal by New Orleans. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound receiver out of…