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Evans rallies No. 11 ASU to 77-75 win over Beavers

College Men's Basketball

TEMPE — Tra Holder was having a bad day, and the 11th-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils were staring at the possibility of a 1-4 record in the Pac-12.

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Gibbs, Evans picked as US Olympic women’s bobsled pushers

Olympics

Lauren Gibbs and Aja Evans were picked Saturday as the push athletes who will join pilots Elana Meyers Taylor and Jamie Greubel Poser on the U.S. Olympic women’s bobsled team.

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Patriots beat Titans 35-14, head back to AFC title game

NFL Playoffs

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — First, the Patriots tuned out a week full of off-field drama. Then, they silenced the Titans to earn yet another trip to the AFC championship game.

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No. 17 Arizona uses late run to outlast Oregon 90-83

College Men's Basketball

TUCSON — Arizona went on a big run, then had a rash of turnovers and defensive mistakes to let Oregon back in it.

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Even without Serena, Aussie Open women’s field still tough

ATP Tour: Australian Open Preview

MELBOURNE, Australia — Without defending champion Serena Williams in the draw at the Australian Open, there’s certainly an opportunity for another player to go on a surprising run and emerge as a first-time Grand Slam champion.

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Djokovic back with rebuilt serve at Aussie Open

ATP Tour: Australian Open Preview

MELBOURNE, Australia — Novak Djokovic is back from six months off the tour with a remodeled service motion partly inspired by Andre Agassi and a growing confidence he can get his sore right elbow through the Australian Open.

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Hoge takes 1-shot lead at Waialae Sony Open

Professional golf

A false missile alert didn’t bother Tom Hoge, and he was just as steady on the golf course Saturday in his round of 6-under 64 to take a one-shot lead at the Sony Open.

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NAU falls to Southern Utah, 81-75

College Men's Basketball

CEDAR CITY, Utah — Brandon Better scored 19 points, Jadon Cohee 18 and Southern Utah defeated Northern Arizona 81-75 on Saturday for the Thunderbirds’ first Big Sky Conference victory this season.

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Coconino press flusters Bears in Top 15 showdown loss

Prep Girls Basketball

In a physical battle between two Top 15-ranked 4A clubs Friday night, the Bradshaw Mountain girls’ basketball team ultimately couldn’t overcome Coconino’s suffocating full-court press en route to a 41-28 Grand Canyon region loss at Gary Kunow Gym in Prescott Valley.

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Column: Why it’s harder to win an NBA title today than ever before

'On The Ball'

Like most Phoenix Suns fans, I ponder, when is it our turn? When is it our turn to be a quote-unquote “Super Team” and compete for an NBA title?

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HUSD wrestling team takes 7th at Thunderbird

Local Sports in Brief

The Humboldt Unified School District wrestling team took seventh out of 24 teams at the Thunderbird Wrestling Tournament on Jan. 6.

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Without Harden, Rockets rout Suns

NBA

PHOENIX — Chris Paul scored 25 points to lead six Houston players in the double figures and the Rockets, still without injured James Harden, rolled past the Phoenix Suns 112-95 on Friday night.

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Prescott heavyweight Nelson reaches semis at Doc Wright Invite

Prep Wrestling

Prescott second-seeded heavyweight Gavin Nelson advanced to the winners’ bracket semifinals of the 54th Doc Wright Invitational Friday at Winslow High School in Winslow, posting three straight wins by pin.

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Travel an extra grind for Division I’s smallest schools

College Men's Basketball

POCATELLO, Idaho — As the bus rolls past mileage signs for places like Malad City, Arimo and Woodruff, the long frames of Northern Arizona’s basketball players splay across the seats.

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Darnell Nurse scores twice, Oilers beat Coyotes 4-2

NHL

GLENDALE — Darnell Nurse scored twice on rising slap shots from the left circle and the Edmonton Oilers overcame an early two-goal deficit to beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-2 on Friday night.

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Archie Goodwin scores 23, leads NAZ Suns to 4th straight win

NBA G League

Archie Goodwin scored 23 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished six assists to lead Northern Arizona to its fourth-straight victory in a 119-94 win over Canton on Friday afternoon.

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Ajayi ready to give Eagles a ride on Jay Train vs Falcons

NFL Playoffs: Divisional Preview

PHILADELPHIA — Jay Ajayi is rested, refreshed and ready.

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Ramsey relishes All-Pro matchup vs Steelers’ Brown

NFL Playoffs: Divisional Preview

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Blake Bortles remembers the first time Jalen Ramsey got under his skin.

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Brady bullish in focus on Titans after drama-filled week

NFL Playoffs: Divisional Preview

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Maybe the Tennessee Titans are coming up for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots at the perfect time.

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No. 2 Eagles drop Prescott 3-1 in Top 5 clash

Prep Girls Soccer

Erika Smith scored a goal in the 11th minute to put the Prescott girls soccer team on top 1-0, but from that point on, it was all Flagstaff as the No. 2-ranked Eagles stayed perfect in region play with a 3-1 win over the Badgers on Thursday night.

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Embry-Riddle sinks Simpson 67-55

College Women's Basketball

Embry-Riddle’s women’s basketball squad opened a season-long, four-game Cal-Pac home stand with conviction on Thursday night, pulling away late from Simpson and defeating the Red Hawks, 67-55, at ERAU Activity Center in Prescott.

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Trier leads late flurry to lift No. 17 Arizona past Beavers

College Men's Basketball

TUCSON — Allonzo Trier scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half and No. 17 Arizona pulled away from a sluggish, close game in the final 7 1/2 minutes to beat Oregon State 62-53 on Thursday night.

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Oregon upsets No. 11 Arizona State 76-72

College Men's Basketball

TEMPE — Payton Pritchard scored 18 points and hit two free throws with 13.8 seconds left, helping Oregon hold off No. 11 Arizona State 76-72 on Thursday night.

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Machado, Donaldson, Bryant, Rendon in arbitration hot corner

MLB

NEW YORK — The hot corner figures to be sizzling Friday when players and teams swap proposed salaries in arbitration.

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US Forest Service waives fees in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

Local Sports in Brief

The U.S. Forest Service, including the Prescott National Forest, will waive the $5 fee at day-use recreation sites on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.