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Siena’s struggles continue with 71-66 loss to Niagara

NIAGARA FALLS (AP) — Kahlil Dukes and Matt Scott scored 22 points apiece as Niagara beat Siena 71-66 in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference matchup Wednesday night. Dukes was 8 of 20 from the field and Scott 7 of 15 including four from 3-point range for the Purple Eagles (5-10, 2-2). Dominic Robb added 10 points and five rebounds. Niagara led 32-31 at the break and a 12-0 surge midway through the second half — capped by a Scott 3-pointer — extended its advantage to 59-47 with 10:13 to play. Siena closed it to 67-66 on a dunk by Brett Bisping with 1:33 left but a 3-point play by Robb with 32 seconds remaining helped keep the Purple Eagles on top. Bisping scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Saints (4-11, 1-3). Allen in Duke lineup after sitting out 1 game for tripping DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Grayson Allen was back for No. 8 Duke after an indefinite suspension for his latest trip of an opponent wound up being one game. Allen had 15 points and seven assists in the Blue Devils’ 110-57 rout of Georgia Tech on Wednesday night — the final game for Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski before he takes a leave of absence to have back surgery. “(Krzyzewski) ultimately felt that I was ready to come back, and I felt good coming...

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Manning defuses receivers’ trip to Miami to celebrate

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning celebrates running back Rashad Jennings’ touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally) EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Touchdown passes, late winning drives and 400-yard passing games aren’t always what make a quarterback a leader in the NFL. It’s the ability to take what might be a troublesome situation and calmly make it go away. New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning did that on Tuesday on his 36th birthday, and he didn’t have to even take a...

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Watervliet hands Amsterdam 62-58 non-league loss

Amsterdam’s Tristan Green (14) fights for a rebound during the game against Watervliet on Wednesday, January 04, at Amsterdam High School. (Alex Cooper/Recorder staff) By PAUL ANTONELLI Recorder Sports Editor For a while, they lost their way. Wednesday night’s 62-58 non-league victory over Amsterdam marked a step toward who the Watervliet Cannoneers want to be. It happened just as soon as they paused to remind themselves that wins weren’t everything, that their process mattered more. Against the Rams, Watervliet of the Colonial Council, extended its win streak to four games, but it was the play turned in by three...

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Leaving jail, Bengals’ Jones says he didn’t deserve arrest

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones said Wednesday that he regretted a hotel scuffle that landed him in jail but insisted that he didn’t deserve to be arrested in his latest legal issue during an often-tumultuous pro football career. “I’m sorry that this happened,” Jones told reporters as he left the Hamilton County Jail, more than 32 hours after he was booked on four charges. He said that it’d be different if had beaten people up, but that all he did was touch someone. “Obviously if you read into it, none of this makes sense,” Jones said. “We’re going to see how it goes and I’m more than eager that this will be dismissed pretty soon.” Jones, whose NFL career was nearly ended by suspensions and arrests before the Bengals signed him in 2010, said he planned to discuss the situation with Bengals coach Marvin Lewis. A Bengals spokesman said Tuesday the team was aware of the incident, but wouldn’t comment until the legal case was resolved. Authorities said Jones tangled with hotel security investigating after he was pounding on hotel room doors Monday night. Cincinnati police said he pushed a security employee and poked him in the eye, then struggled, kicking and head-butting, as officers tried to put him into a police vehicle on the initial charge of assault. He was charged with two more...

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Hayes, Grabner score 2 goals each, Rangers defeat Flyers, 5-2

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kevin Hayes and Michael Grabner each scored two goals, Henrik Lundqvist stopped 30 shots and the New York Rangers beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2 on Wednesday night. Chris Kreider also scored to lead the Rangers to their fourth win in five games and match Columbus (27) for the most wins in the NHL. Kreider continued to shine following a stout December when he scored 11 goals and became the first Ranger to score at least 10 goals in a month in almost three years. The Rangers quickly rebounded from a 4-1 home loss to Buffalo on Tuesday  that was just their third defeat in the last 10 games. Jake Voracek scored twice for the Flyers. Philadelphia is headed the other way and a 10-game winning streak in December seems like it happened much longer ago. Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds said they didn’t have the “snarl” they displayed during the winning streak. They’ve lost four straight and seven of eight overall since the streak ended on Dec. 17. The Rangers just did enough on their 28 shots to take out a weary Steve Mason. Mason started for the 22nd time in the last 24 games and let the Rangers grab a 3-0 lead. Mason, a free agent at the end of the season, was scheduled to share time with Michal Neuvirth. Neuvirth has been plagued by injuries...

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Hockey hall of famer Milt Schmidt, 1951 NHL MVP, dies at 98

BOSTON (AP) — Milt Schmidt, the hockey hall of famer who led Boston to two Stanley Cup championships as the center of the “Kraut Line,” served Canada in World War II and returned to the NHL to win its MVP award and two more titles as the Bruins general manager, died on Wednesday, the team said. He was 98. Schmidt had been the oldest living NHL player. He was the only person in Bruins franchise history to serve as on-ice captain, coach and general manager. “It would be a challenge to find anyone who took greater pride in being a Boston Bruin than Milt Schmidt did — be it as a player, an executive or an ambassador over the 80-plus years he served the franchise, the city of Boston and the National Hockey League,” commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. “Milt was a landmark presence in Boston’s sports landscape. The NHL family cherishes his contribution to our history.” Schmidt’s Boston teams won the Stanley Cup in 1939 and in ’41. When he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force two months after the Pearl Harbor attack along with “Kraut Line” mates Woody Dumart and Bobby Bauer, they were carried off the ice on the shoulders of the archrival Montreal Canadiens. “When they grabbed Bobby, Woody and myself, we felt like saying, ‘What are they doing?’ Well we found...

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No. 18 Butler ends top-ranked ’Nova’s 20-game winning streak

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kethan Savage scored five of his 13 points during a decisive seven-point run to give No. 18 Butler a 66-58 victory over No. 1 Villanova on Wednesday night, ending the Wildcats’ 20-game winning streak. Butler (13-2, 2-1 Big East) improved to 4-0 against ranked opponents this season and extended its home winning streak to 12 games, beating a top-ranked team for the second time in school history. The Bulldogs did it by upending the defending national champions and stopping the longest winning streak in Villanova history. Jalen Brunson had 23 points and Josh Hart scored 13 on a rugged shooting night for the Wildcats (14-1, 2-1), beaten for the first time since a 69-67 loss to Seton Hall in the Big East championship game last March. From there, the Wildcats won all six games in the 2016 NCAA Tournament before opening 14-0 this season to build the longest active winning streak in the country. “We beat an unbelievable program and an unbelievable team,” Butler coach Chris Holtmann said. “Our kids performed at a high level.” Villanova’s loss left No. 2 Baylor and No. 5 Gonzaga as the only undefeated teams left in Division I. Baylor, which has never been ranked No. 1, was set to host Iowa State later Wednesday night. The Bulldogs took the lead for good when Savage scored on a layup with 2:57...

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Little League requiring criminal background checks

By KURT VOIGT The Associated Press Little League International announced mandatory criminal background checks for its volunteer coaches, new eligibility requirements for players and a host of new rules on Wednesday intended to increase the pace of play. Under the rules changes that take effect this year, local leagues will have the option to force batters to keep one foot in the batter’s box during regular-season games and allow intentional walks by announcing the decision to the umpire rather than throwing four balls. Umpires will also be able to eject a player and manager determined to be stealing signs. Leagues will now be required to conduct nationwide background checks of sex offender registry data and other criminal records for its coaches and others involved with running teams. “No local league shall permit any person to participate in any manner whose background check reveals a conviction, guilty plea, no contest plea, or admission to any crime involving or against a minor or minors,” Little League said. Little League also changed its eligibility rules nearly two years after a residency scandal cost Chicago-based Jackie Robinson West its national title. The rules remove a school report card as proof of residence, replacing it with a school enrollment form and documents from each of three residency categories. While a report card has been removed as proof of residence, Little League is continuing to...

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The latest candidates to ride the NFL head coach carousel

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer Twelve teams are preparing for the NFL playoffs. Six clubs are searching for a new head coach. Ah, yes, it must be the first week in January. With close to 20 percent of the league needing to fill a vacancy, the quest for the best candidate should be just as competitive as usual . Here’s a glance at the favorites for 2017, as Buffalo, Denver, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco sift through interviews, recommendations and resumes: TERYL AUSTIN Current job: Detroit defensive coordinator. Previous NFL head coach experience: No. A candidate for vacancies with about a quarter of the league over the last two years, Austin has overseen a defense that has ranked fourth in the NFL in fewest rushing yards allowed and eighth in fewest total yards allowed since 2014. The secondary is his specialty. Best fits: Los Angeles, San Diego. HAROLD GOODWIN Current job: Arizona offensive coordinator. Previous NFL head coach experience: No. Four seasons with the Cardinals have yielded one of the league’s most dangerous offenses, despite a down year in 2016. His specialty is the offensive line. Best fits: Denver, Jacksonville. ANTHONY LYNN Current job: Buffalo offensive coordinator/interim head coach. Previous NFL head coach experience: No. On almost every team’s list, Lynn was promoted twice in his first year with the Bills after starting as...

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White and Lydon lead Syracuse over Miami, 70-55

Syracuse’s Tyler Lydon, right, blocks a shot from Miami’s Ja’quan Newton, left, in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Syracuse, N.Y., Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. Syracuse won 70-55. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi) SYRACUSE (AP) — Andrew White scored 22 points and had 10 rebounds, and Tyler Lydon added 20 points to lead Syracuse to a badly needed win, 70-55, over Miami Wednesday. John Gillon made his first start of the season at point guard and collected a career-tying 11 assists for Syracuse (9-6, 1-1 ACC), which registered its first win over a power conference team this...

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