Locksley seeks solutions for Maryland’s erratic defense
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The erratic play of Maryland's defense has proven to be more of a problem for first-year coach Mike Locksley than losing his starting quarterback to injury.
Pigrome takes another ride on Maryland quarterback carousel
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The quarterback carousel at Maryland is back in motion, with Tyrrell Pigrome on board for the fourth year in a row.
Jackson throws 2 TDs, Maryland uses big play to rip Rutgers
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Maryland used the big play to win its first two games and they went back to it in snapping a two-game losing streak and adding to Rutgers' woes.
Grizzlies’ De’Anthony Melton out 4-8 weeks with back injury
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis Grizzlies forward De'Anthony Melton will miss one to two months with what the team has described as a stress reaction in his back.
No. 21 Maryland rolling, averaging 71 points per game
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Ranked for the first time since 2013 and averaging 71 points per game, No. 21 Maryland is enjoying a surprisingly smooth ride in its first season under first-year coach...
Jackson sharp as Maryland blows out No. 21 Syracuse 63-20
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Using a fast-paced offense that's racking up huge chunks of yardage and scoring at an astounding clip, Maryland isn't content merely to blow out the opposition.
Virginia Tech looks for measure of revenge vs Old Dominion
Virginia Tech quarterback Ryan Willis gave himself pep talk this week, and the tone and approach is one his teammates might want to copy heading into their home opener against Old...
No. 21 Syracuse, Maryland clash after cruising in openers
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — It's time to find out just how good is Maryland, and for Syracuse to prove it belongs in the Top 25.
Scoring at will against an overmatched opponent, the Terrapins...
Big Ten 1st impressions: Maryland, OSU look good at QB
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With so few games in a football season and such a long wait to get to them, there is no event quite like the opener. Regardless of opponent, live action of teams on the field...
No. 21 Syracuse at Maryland in key matchup for both teams
No. 21 Syracuse (1-0) at Maryland (1-0), Saturday at noon EDT (ESPN).
Maryland counting on experienced defense vs No. 21 Syracuse
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland's defense can expect to play a far bigger role Saturday against No. 21 Syracuse after spending the season opener in the background of a record-setting...
Maryland rolls past Howard 79-0 in Locksley, Jackson debuts
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The game started with coach Michael Locksley and quarterback Josh Jackson unsure what to expect in their Maryland debut.
Locksley eager to unleash Maryland’s big-play offense
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — With a new quarterback and a playbook that pays homage to Alabama's dynamic attack, Maryland's offense under first-year coach Michael Locksley has the potential to be...
Josh Jackson earns job as Maryland starting quarterback
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Virginia Tech transfer Josh Jackson will be Maryland's starting quarterback in Saturday's opener against Howard.
Hokies look to rebound after first losing season since ’92
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech's first losing season since 1992 has coach Justin Fuente and the Hokies looking for a bounce-back campaign.
Suns trade Jackson and Melton to Grizzlies
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have traded Josh Jackson and De'Anthony Melton to the Memphis Grizzlies for guards Jevon Carter and Kyle Korver.
Suns’ Holmes arrested in Florida for Marijuana possession
MIAMI (AP) — Phoenix Suns big man Richaun Holmes was arrested for misdemeanor possession of cannabis after a Miami-area traffic stop.
Twenty-five-year-old Holmes was arrested Tuesday night...
Maryland snags ex-Virginia Tech QB Josh Jackson
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Quarterback Josh Jackson, a star at Virginia Tech two seasons ago, has transferred to Maryland with two years of eligibility remaining.
ACC teams look to answer questions at quarterback
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Dabo Swinney's quarterback situation at Clemson seems settled for a while. Not many of his colleagues around the Atlantic Coast Conference can say the same thing.
QB battle in spotlight at Hokies’ spring game
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — If Justin Fuente and Virginia Tech made much progress in sorting out their quarterback competition during Saturday's spring game, no one was letting on.
Dallas takes on Phoenix in conference matchup
Phoenix Suns (19-62, 15th in the Western Conference) vs. Dallas Mavericks (32-48, 14th in the Western Conference)
Jackson nets 35 points, Suns beat Pelicans in overtime
PHOENIX (AP) — The short-handed Phoenix Suns closed out their home season with a victory Friday and looked toward their final two games, which they need to win to match last year's 21...
Booker held to 25, but Suns send Cavs to sixth straight loss
PHOENIX (AP) — Devin Booker said he heard from the Cleveland Cavaliers bench that he wasn't going to score 50 points.
That was fine with Booker, because he knew it meant his teammates would...
Suns face the Wizards on 4-game skid
Washington Wizards (30-45, 11th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Phoenix Suns (17-58, 15th in the Western Conference)
Jackson, Booker lift Suns over Pelicans in OT, 138-136
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As Josh Jackson's tying 3-pointer fell through the hoop in the dying seconds of overtime, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry rushed to call a timeout his team didn't...
Curry breaks out of slump, helps Warriors beat Suns
PHOENIX (AP) — Make it 18 wins in a row for the Golden State Warriors over the Phoenix Suns.
The latest, though, was no cakewalk for the reigning NBA champions.
Stephen Curry shook off a poor shooting performance by scoring 10 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and the Warriors finally broke open a tight game to beat the Suns 117-107 on Friday night.
Klay Thompson scored 25 points for the Warriors. Kevin Durant added 21 points and DeMarcus Cousins 18.
Mitchell, Jazz beat Suns 116-88
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz put away the Phoenix Suns with one impressive finish.
Mitchell scored 21 points and Joe Ingles had a career-high 11 assists, leading the Jazz to a 116-88 victory over the lowly Suns on Wednesday night.
"Our communication picked up a lot in the second half," Mitchell said. "That really propelled us to get out in transition. Obviously, hitting shots helps, but we were really doing well on communicating well defensively."
Collins, Young lift Hawks past Suns, 118-112
PHOENIX (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks were in a touchy situation in the final minutes against the ever-struggling Phoenix Suns.
Then their two best young players pulled them out of danger.
John Collins matched his career high with 35 points and fell one shy of his career best with 16 rebounds, and the Hawks handed the Suns their 10th straight loss, 118-112 on Saturday night.
Trae Young scored 17 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, when the Hawks pulled away.
Embiid scores 42 points, 76ers hold off Suns 132-127
PHOENIX (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers were ready to go home from their trip west a little too early, and it almost cost them.
Joel Embiid, playing despite a sore left knee, matched his season high with 42 points, 30 in the first half, and grabbed 18 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers blew most of a 30-point lead before holding on to beat the Phoenix Suns 132-127 on Wednesday night.
Virginia Tech faces Cincinnati in Military Bowl
Military Bowl: Cincinnati (10-2) and Virginia Tech (6-6), Dec. 31, noon Eastern (ESPN).
Line: Cincinnati by 6.
Series Record: Virginia Tech leads 6-5.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Having already won six more games than in 2017, the Bearcats seek the third 11-win season in the 131-year history of the program and look to even their bowl record at 9-9. Virginia Tech is vying for its third straight victory to complete its 26th consecutive winning season.
Booker, Warren lead Suns past Magic 122-120 in overtime
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Winning is something new for the Phoenix Suns. Devin Booker has been the reason.
Booker, a third-year guard, had 35 points, eight assists and seven rebounds as Phoenix defeated the Orlando Magic 122-120 in overtime Wednesday night.
Booker was the spark as Phoenix won for the fifth time in seven games.
T.J. Warren added 24 points, including all four Phoenix points in overtime. Kelly Oubre Jr. scored had 19 points and Josh Jackson added 10 for Phoenix.
Hield scores 20, Kings bury Suns early in 122-105 win
PHOENIX (AP) — The Sacramento Kings couldn't have asked for an easier lead-in to a three-game Eastern swing.
Buddy Hield scored 20 points in 18 minutes and the Kings buried the Suns early on Tuesday night, outscoring Phoenix 36-9 in the first quarter as they cruised to a 122-105 victory.
De'Aaron Fox had 16 points and seven assists. Seven players scored in double figures for Sacramento, including Bogdan Bogdanovic off the bench with 14 points, and no starter played more than 27 minutes.
Military Bowl Matchup
Virginia Tech (6-6, ACC) vs. Cincinnati (10-2, AAC), noon, EST, Dec. 31.
LOCATION: Annapolis, Md.
Virginia Tech: QB Ryan Willis, a junior, completed 58 percent of passes, 2,497 yards, 22 TDs, 8 INT; WR Damon Hazelton 45 catches, 745 yards, 8 TDs.
Cincinnati: QB Desmond Ridder, completed 66 percent, 2,359 yards, 19 TDs, 5 INT; RB Michael Warren, 1,163 yards rushing, 17 TDs, 1 fumble.
Suns leading scorer Devin Booker out vs. Magic
PHOENIX (AP) — Suns guard Devin Booker was sidelined for Friday night's game against the Orlando Magic because of a left toe injury.
Booker is the Suns' leading scorer at 24.5 points per game. His seven assists per game also leads the team.
Phoenix was also without forward T.J. Warren, who is out with right ankle soreness. Warren's 17.7 points per game are second-highest on the team.
Notre Dame-Virginia Tech matchup headlines ACC’s 6th week
Things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 6:
Willis leads Virginia Tech to 31-14 upset of No. 22 Duke
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Virginia Tech's offense hummed right along with backup quarterback Ryan Willis. The defense barely resembled the leaky group that took the blame for a humiliating loss.
There wasn't anything wrong with these Hokies that another trip to Duke couldn't fix.
Willis threw for 332 yards and a career-best three touchdowns in his first start for the Hokies, helping them upset No. 22 Duke 31-14 on Saturday night.
QB Jones back for No. 22 Duke after breaking collar bone
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Quarterback Daniel Jones will start for No. 22 Duke against Virginia Tech, three weeks after breaking his collar bone.
Team officials on Saturday announced that Jones will start later that night for the Blue Devils (4-0) in their Atlantic Coast Conference opener against the Hokies (2-1, 1-0).
Backup QBs take center stage when No. 22 Duke faces Hokies
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — This will be a battle of the backups.
When No. 22 Duke plays host to Virginia Tech on Saturday night, neither team will have its regular starting quarterback. That means the game might come down to which backup — Quentin Harris of Duke or Ryan Willis of the Hokies — has a better night.
Hokies’ QB Josh Jackson to have surgery; return uncertain
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech quarterback Josh Jackson has a broken left fibula and will have surgery.
Coach Justin Fuente made the announcement Monday. The coach said the surgery will take place Tuesday, but gave no timetable for how long Jackson will be sidelined.
Jackson, in his second season as the starter, was injured in the third quarter of the Hokies' 49-35 loss at Old Dominion on Saturday night.
No. 13 Hokies well rested for road matchup vs Old Dominion
Virginia Tech is finally getting back on the football field after an unexpected week off because of Hurricane Florence, and the No. 13 Hokies are eager to see if the extra work they did will pay off.
The Hokies (2-0) will face Old Dominion (0-3) at the Monarchs' Foreman Field on Saturday.
Peoples, Jackson sharp; No. 12 Hokies beat Tribe 62-17
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Justin Fuente said he was worried how his team would handle a quick turnaround.
The No. 12 Hokies had an emotional 24-3 victory at Florida State on Monday night, then had to travel home, operate on insufficient sleep and prepare to play William & Mary on Saturday.
Jackson’s 2 TD passes help Virginia Tech handle FSU 24-3
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Virginia Tech and coach Justin Fuente notched another season-opening victory against a ranked team.
Florida State and Willie Taggart delivered the program's most inept offensive performance at home in a decade, hardly the start Taggart had hoped for with the Seminoles.
Needless to say, it was easy to tell which Atlantic Coast Conference heavyweight looked like a title contender Monday night.
Jackson, offense may need to carry load for No. 20 Hokies
Josh Jackson has been getting ready since January, watching film of No. 19 Florida State's defense in preparation for Virginia Tech's opener on the road Monday night.
That's good news for the No. 20 Hokies, who may need the offense to carry the early load in Tallahassee, Florida.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Trips to Las Vegas feel better when they end on a win.
The consolation round of the NBA Summer League gave teams a chance to experience that Friday. They had already been eliminated from the chance to win the tournament championship, but at least some can head to the airport on a high note.
Many of the top performers on the teams who played Friday were already done for the week, sitting out the games so as not to risk injuries.
AP source: Suns, Ariza agree to 1-year, $15 million contract
PHOENIX (AP) — Trevor Ariza has agreed to a one-year, $15 million contract with the Phoenix Suns, a person with knowledge of the situation said Sunday.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the agreement cannot be officially announced during the free agent moratorium.