McDavid leading Oilers' quest to end 10-year playoff drought

AP Photo/Jae C. Hong LOS ANGELES (AP) — In his first 1 1/2 NHL seasons, Connor McDavid has become one of hockey’s most dynamic skaters and scorers. The All-Star has received fawning praise from no less than Bobby Orr and Wayne Gretzky, and he has led a thorough...

Afghan women practice ancient Shaolin martial arts

AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — While Afghanistan’s Buddhists were carving the giant sandstone statues in Bamiyan in 500 A.D., Buddhists in China were creating martial arts in the Shaolin temple in Henan Province. Fifteen hundred years later, 10...
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Peter Thiel became New Zealand citizen in California in 2011

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Silicon Valley billionaire and President Donald Trump’s adviser Peter Thiel was able to gain New Zealand citizenship in 2011 despite never having lived in the country, because a top lawmaker decided his...

Jones Scores Twice As Blue Jackets Hold Off Rangers, 6-4

NEW YORK (AP) — Seth Jones scored twice, Alexander Wennberg had a goal and two assists and the Columbus Blue Jackets led by six goals and held on to beat the New York Rangers 6-4 on Tuesday night. Brandon Saad added a goal and an assist, and Nick Foligno and Matt Calvert also...

Tiger Woods in Dubai, all the fans are in Phoenix

AP Photo/Gregory Bull No player attracts a larger audience than Tiger Woods. No tournament attracts a larger audience than the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Imagine putting those two together. That has happened only four times in the last 20 years, and this won’t be one of...

Coaches, QBs lapped by Brady/Belichick marvel at success

AP Photo/David J. Phillip HOUSTON (AP) — Marv Levy, the only coach in NFL history to take a team to four consecutive Super Bowls, looks at what Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have done together with the New England Patriots and marvels. “Really, it is remarkable that...

What lies ahead of for newest batch for 4- and 5-star QBs?

AP Photo/Steve Yeater Blue-chip quarterback recruits bring hype and hope to campuses. The reality is those celebrated QBs are more likely to transfer than start for the schools they sign with Wednesday. Of the top 25 quarterbacks in the class of 2013, at least 14 will not finish...

Signing day begins with Alabama closing on recruiting title

AP Photo/David J. Phillip On the first Wednesday of February, it becomes obvious why Alabama contends for a national title every season. The Crimson Tide have had the No. 1 recruiting class in the country each of the last six years, according 247Sports’ composite rankings,...

Jailing of officers seen as test of free speech in Jordan

AP Photo/Karin Laub AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — When retired Maj. Gen. Mohammed Otoom was summoned to Jordan’s domestic intelligence service over a critical web comment, he wasn’t too rattled. After all, he was a 30-year veteran of the agency that sought to question...

No. 17 Maryland Holds Off Ohio State Rally To Win 77-71

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Justin Jackson had 22 points and 12 rebounds as No. 17 Maryland held off Ohio State down the stretch to win 77-71 on Tuesday night. The Buckeyes pulled within one point four times in the second half but the Terps always had an answer. A jumper by Melo...