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    Beat Feuz of Switzerland won the Birds of Prey downhill race for a second straight season with a precise run through a shortened course. Feuz was solid up top and nearly flawless the rest of the way to finish the World Cup race in 1 minute, 12.98 seconds on an overcast Saturday. Johan Clarey of France and Vincent Kriechmayr of Austria tied for second. The start was lowered on the hill due to strong wind. It's the seconds straight day the Swiss have won at Beaver Creek. Marco Odermatt captured the super-G title Friday. Feuz joins some elite company in winning back-to-back World Cup downhill competitions in Beaver Creek. Austrian great Hermann Maier and Norwegian standout Aksel Lund Svindal also accomplished the feat. The 38-year-old Clarey turned in quite a performance as the 19th racer of the day to tie Kriechmayr. His result pushed 39-year-old Hannes Reichelt of Austria off the podium. No hard feelings, Reichelt said. 'It's bad that I didn't reach the podium here, because maybe it's the last time here,' said Reichelt, who was 0.02 seconds away from a podium position. So, just why does Feuz race so well on this course? 'Why is he so good on all courses?' Reichelt responded. 'It's amazing that he is always — and it doesn't matter on which slope — in the top five.' Feuz was third in the first downhill of the season in Lake Louise, Alberta, last weekend. That race was won by Thomas Dressen of Germany. Dressen didn't have a clean run Saturday and was 19th. More than anything, this was a week for Dressen to make peace with the Birds of Prey course after he crashed last season and tore the ACL in his right knee. 'Last year, I made a mistake and got injured,' Dressen said. 'This year I made a mistake and lost a lot of time. I'm pretty happy to leave here, but looking forward to getting here next year.' American Ryan Cochran-Siegle was the fastest in a downhill training run earlier in the week. He showed that speed Saturday by finishing sixth for his best World Cup finish. “Kind of just pure happiness and joy,” said Cochran-Siegle, whose best World cup result before Saturday was 10th place. “I wasn't planning on being fast in the first training run. After winning that, I felt like there was a little bit more of a spotlight. I was trying to just handle it and showing that I can perform on race day. I think that's pretty huge.” ___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Manchester City fans hurled objects at Manchester United midfielder Fred as their Premier League title defense faded further with a 2-1 loss in the city derby on Saturday. In the same incident, as Fred prepared to take a corner with United leading 2-0, a fan was caught on camera appearing to mimic a monkey at the Etihad Stadium. City’s problems were not just coming from their fans. The champions were torn apart by the fifth-place visitors in the first half, conceding goals in a six-minute span from Marcus Rashford’s penalty and Anthony Martial’s strike. Although Nicolas Otamendi’s header reduced the deficit in the 85th, City couldn’t prevent United from claiming only a second away win of the season. It left City with as many losses — four — as last season. And Pep Guardiola’s side fell 14 points behind Liverpool, which is 11 points ahead of Leicester. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • MaCio Teague scored 19 points, Freddie Gillespie had 17 points and 13 rebounds and No. 18 Baylor defeated No. 12 Arizona 63-58 on Saturday for the Wildcats' first loss. Admission was free at Baylor's campus arena because the Bears were playing Oklahoma in the Big 12 football championship game, which started about the same time 100 miles north of Waco at the home of the Dallas Cowboys. It was supposed to be the first true road game for the Wildcats (9-1), but their fans might have outnumbered the Baylor contingent. They loudly chanted “U of A” before the Baylor introductions but had a hard time getting into the game early, with Arizona giving up a 15-0 run and shooting 33 percent in the first half. The Wildcats, whose 52-game home winning streak was stopped by Baylor last December, did enough to stay close and had the fans chanting several times in the second half. Arizona finally got the deficit under six by scoring five points on one possession to get within 57-56 with less than two minutes remaining. Jemarl Baker Jr. hit a 3 as a foul was called and Zeke Nnaji made both free throws. Teague, who was 9 of 10 on free throws, made a pair at the other end, then blocked a 3-point attempt by Nico Mannion, who led the Wildcats with 15 points. Leading by four, Baylor got another block from Gillespie in the final minute. Nnaji scored 12 for Arizona, which made just two of 18 3-pointers after coming in sixth in the nation at 43% shooting from long range. The last miss came from Josh Green with a chance to tie in the final seconds. The Bears (7-1) started hot in the fourth-ever Top 25 matchup in Waco but cooled off while Arizona simply stayed cold. Baylor shot 30% to 27% for the Wildcats, who came in fourth in the nation in scoring at 87.1 points per game. The Wildcats stayed close by making free throws. Mannion was 8 of 8 and Chase Jeter matched Teague by going 9 of 10. Arizona was 28 of 34 from the line. BIG PICTURE Arizona: The Wildcats didn't play well in their first real test this season, and first true road game against ranked team since beating rival Arizona State 77-70 in February 2018. Arizona won't have to wait long for the next one. No. 9 Gonzaga visits next Saturday. Baylor: The Bears took control early without a lot of help from Jared Butler, third in the Big 12 in scoring coming in. The sophomore guard didn't score until after the 15-0 run that put Baylor up 22-8 and finished with 13 points. UP NEXT Arizona: Omaha at home Wednesday. Baylor: Butler at home Tuesday. ___ For more AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
  • Kaillie Humphries’ World Cup bobsled debut for the United States was a winning one. The former Canadian bobsled star won this season’s women’s opener on Saturday, posting the fastest time in both heats at Mount Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, New York for her 23rd career World Cup victory — and her first for the U.S. Humphries teamed with Lauren Gibbs to finish two runs in 1 minute, 53.48 seconds, posting the fastest time in both heats. “I’ve been through a lot emotionally over the last year, so knowing I have the skill to focus and turn it on when I need to builds confidence,” said Humphries, who won two Olympic golds in her career for Canada. “I can rely on my teammates and they trust me back. Some things aren’t perfect, but I’m a high-performing athlete and there will always be things I want to improve on.” That might be bad news for the rest of the women’s bobsled circuit. Humphries showed no rust whatsoever in her first World Cup race in nearly two years. The event Saturday was Humphries’ first major international race since she won the bronze for Canada at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. She sat out last season after filing a complaint with Canadian officials and saying she no longer felt safe in that nation’s program. She gained her release to join the U.S. team in September and competed in a pair of North American Cup races last month. Germany’s Stephanie Schneider drove to the silver, and Germany also got the bronze in the sled piloted by Kim Kalicki. Schneider was nearly one-third of a second behind Humphries, Kalicki nearly a half-second back. In bobsled, those are significant margins. “This feels fantastic to start the season so strong,” Humphries said. “It’s a great way to start this next chapter. The team has been so supportive and there’s been an incredible team effort this week to make this win happy today. I’m feeling really happy and proud.” Humphries learned to drive on the Lake Placid track, and has had enormous success there. She’s now won nine major international medals on that track — five golds, including the 2012 world championship, along with a silver and three bronzes. She gets a chance to add to her total next weekend, when the second World Cup race of the season is also held there. Lake Placid is hosting two World Cups this season because the planned opener in Park City, Utah, had to be moved because of mechanical problems at the 2002 Olympic track. Also for the U.S., the sled driven by Brittany Reinbolt and pushed by Sylvia Hoffman was seventh — exactly one second behind Humphries. Hoffman is scheduled to push for Humphries next weekend.
  • The Kansas City Chiefs will head into arguably their biggest game of the season Sunday in New England with the very real possibility that their leading rusher could be a running back that joined the team just a few days ago. Not that it seems to make much difference for them. For all the high-flying, record-setting performances by quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City offense, the one thing that has been missing for the better part of two years is a consistent ground game. The Chiefs have cycled through numerous running backs, tried wide receivers on jet sweeps and end-arounds, and even utilized Mahomes on scrambles and bootlegs, all with the same underwhelming results. Now, the Chiefs visit the Patriots in a rematch of their riveting AFC championship game without two of their leading rushers, Damien Williams and Darrel Williams, and Spencer Ware back in the fold after signing earlier this week. “They all practiced and took rotation in there,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “I can tell you we're comfortable with any of them playing. We're going to see how it goes once the game gets going.” That is basically the approach the Chiefs have taken all season. Without a running back such as Saquon Barkely or Ezekiel Elliott, the Chiefs have fully embraced the committee approach. They've had five different leading rushers through their first 13 games, including Mahomes in a win over the Chargers in Mexico City. It was Darwin Thompson, a sixth-round pick, who led them last week against the Raiders by piling up yardage in the fourth quarter, when the Chiefs were salting away an important AFC West victory. The Chiefs have had only one running back eclipse 100 yards in a game -- Damien Williams ran for 125 against the Vikings. But even that performance came with an asterisk: He gained 91 yards on one spectacular touchdown run. Offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy insisted this week the Chiefs are comfortable with anybody they put in the backfield, in part because of the guy handing off the ball. The Chiefs run plenty of run-pass options, so it falls upon Mahomes to decide whether the running back is going to get the handoff. And that means it falls on the reigning league MVP to decide whether McCoy, Thompson and Ware will have much success against the Patriots. It's certainly a unique trio to take into a game. McCoy could be headed for the Hall of Fame after a spectacular career spent mostly with Buffalo. He signed with the Chiefs just before the season and has led them in rushing six times, but he's also had a couple of fumble problems and didn't have a single carry against the Colts. The Chiefs are also trying to limit the wear and tear on his 31-year-old body so that he's healthy for the stretch run, and that has meant fewer carries the past few weeks. Thompson showed in training camp what he can do when the ball is in his hands. But the former Utah State standout needed time not only to learn the Chiefs offense but sharpen his skills when the ball is not in his hands: pass protection, picking up blitzes, reading coverages and running routes in the passing game. It came together in the fourth quarter against Oakland last week, when Damien Williams was inactive with a rib injury and Darrel Williams had left with a hamstring that put him on injured reserve this week. Thompson wound up carrying 11 times for 44 yards and reached the end zone for the first time in his NFL career -- then he dropped the ball in the end zone, forgot about it, and was thankful fullback Anthony Sherman grabbed it for a keepsake. “I like to think that I'm one of the official presidents of the Short Running Back Club. So with (5-foot-8) Darwin being in that Short Running Back Club, obviously I have high expectations of him,” Bieniemy said. “He has a dynamic personality and has great work ethic. So yes, he will be given an opportunity at some point.” So will Ware, who spent several years with the Chiefs but went unsigned this season. The Chiefs' spate of injuries forced them to bring in another body, though, and Ware's familiarity with the offense made him a natural fit. “Spencer is real smart. The retention part wasn't really a big deal,” Reid said. “He picked up right where he left off. It was just a matter of getting the legs going and getting back in the swing of things.” The Chiefs still harbor hopes of winning the No. 1 seed in the AFC, and with it a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. But winning at New England on Sunday is essential, and cold weather combined with the Patriots' second-ranked pass defense means a successful ground game could be imperative. Whoever happens to be carrying the ball for the Chiefs. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • American figure skater Nathan Chen won the Grand Prix Finals for the third season in a row Saturday, beating Olympic gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu by a dominant 44-point margin. Chen and Hanyu both landed five quadruple jumps in their free skates, a number that was almost unimaginable in skating even a few years ago, but Chen skated his program clean to score a total 335.20 points, while Hanyu made crucial errors. The only difficult moment for Chen came on a combination when he improvised a triple Salchow instead of a flip after coming off his previous jump in a less-than-ideal position. Chen became only the second men's skater to win the Grand Prix Finals three times in a row. The only other skater to have done that is Hanyu, who won four straight competitions from 2013 through 2016. Hanyu dropped points late in the program with just a single Axel instead of a triple. The Japanese skater crouched on the ice at the end of his skate and looked exhausted, scoring 291.43. It was the second consecutive skate with uncharacteristic errors from Hanyu, who missed a combination in Friday's short program. Skating on his 25th birthday, Hanyu landed five quads in a program for the first time, and paid tribute to Chen, saying the competitiveness between them was driving the sport forward. “Sometimes somebody says (if) figure skating is a sport or not, and I'm really feeling it's a sport in here,' Hanyu said. Chen returned the compliment, saying: “It's an amazing honor to be able to compete against Yuzuru. I've looked up to him, idolized him for years and even now he's someone who is truly like a skating god to me.” Skating last, Chen had a long wait to take to the ice while the rink was cleared of stuffed toys thrown by Hanyu's legion of passionate fans. Kevin Aymoz took bronze to become the first French man to win a medal in the Grand Prix Finals since Brian Joubert won 13 years ago. Aymoz landed a quad toeloop-triple toeloop combination, but fell on another quad toeloop, as he scored 275.63. He and his coach were in tears when they heard the score. ___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • The last time Colorado beat Kansas at storied Allen Fieldhouse, Buffaloes 56-year-old head coach Tad Boyle was playing for the Jayhawks. Boyle's Buffs are off to their first 7-0 start since 1982-83, which is the last time Colorado won in Lawrence, 75-74 on Feb. 10 of that season. 'We have an opportunity on Saturday to go into a special place in college basketball history and make a little history of our own,' Boyle said of the showdown between his 20th-ranked Buffaloes and the No. 2 Jayhawks. 'It isn't going to be easy and we aren't going to do it by turning the ball over and getting sped up. We're going to do it by executing, competing and doing the things we are capable of doing,' Boyle said. 'All you can ask for in life is an opportunity. Our guys have it. Let's go try to make the most of it.' This is just the third time the teams have met since 2011 when the Buffaloes joined the Pac-12. Before that, Kansas and Colorado played twice a year when the Buffs were members of the Big Eight and Big 12 conferences with the Jayhawks Although Colorado has lost 29 straight times at Allen Fieldhouse, they did win the last meeting between the teams, 75-72 on a last-second Askia Booker 3-point basket on Dec. 7, 2013, in Boulder. Colorado had a tough time shaking off upset attempts by Sacramento State and Loyola Marymount at the CU Events Center this last week, when they committed 19 and 18 turnovers, respectively, before pulling away at the end. Now they'll be the underdogs trying to shock the Jayhawks, who have won six straight after opening the season with a two-point loss to Duke. 'I follow their scores,' Boyle said. 'As a college basketball coach, you don't get a chance to sit down and watch full games often. I know they have good players. Bill Self is a Hall of Fame coach. The one thing I know about KU is they are pretty darn good every night. 'They are not perfect. They can be beat. To go into Allen Fieldhouse and win you better take care of the ball, control tempo, guard, and not let them get on their runs. That crowd is unlike anything any of our players have seen yet,' Boyle said. 'We are not going to be afraid. We respect everybody and fear nobody. We better be ready to handle the ball better than we have the last two games.' The Buffaloes aren't a bundle of nerves heading into Lawrence. 'No. Kansas puts five players on the floor, we put five players on the floor,' junior guard McKinley Wright said. 'It's going to be a battle man. We're not just going to go in there and roll over, because it's at Allen Fieldhouse, they're No. 2 in the country. This is a great opportunity for us to go make a name for ourselves. So we're going to go in there with all the confidence and act like our offense isn't a problem at all. We're going to go in there and just play ball.' Colorado has won 19 of its last 23 games, its best run since a 20-4 stretch spanning the 1961-62 and '62-63 seasons. ___ Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton ___ More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25
  • Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson battled Orlando's big men and then defended his rookie coach. At least some of the Cavaliers have John Beilein's back. Following a 93-87 loss to the Magic — Cleveland's 11th loss in 12 games — Thompson said he was disappointed to learn that some of his teammates had anonymously criticized Beilein, the former Michigan coach hired by the Cavs to develop their young roster during a massive rebuild. Thompson said he was unaware of the report by The Athletic, which didn't identify three players who said they were unhappy because Beilein is treating them like they're still in college and that they've tuned out the 66-year-old coach. “It's not fair,” said Thompson, who grew more agitated the more he learned about the report. “I love coach Beilein,” Thompson said. 'He's great for development and he understands that players have so much in them and he wants to get the best out of you. ... I'm thinking the guy is pretty good. I'm probably the smartest guy in this locker room, so if I think I know what the guy is doing then we shouldn't hear nothing else — to be honest. Before Friday's game, Beilein was put in an awkward situation by having to address the report, which seemed to come out of nowhere as many of the players have been publicly effusive in praising the coach who has already lost more games with the Cavs than he did in his final two years with the Wolverines. Beilein acknowledged he's continuing to grow in his first stint as a pro coach, and he believes he has his players' undivided attention. He said the feedback he's received in meetings has been positive. 'We had more than one of them — two, three, four we’ve met — and it’s like, ‘Coach, keep doing what you’re doing because we really need this. We need accountability, we need to play harder, stronger, tougher. Don’t stop what you’re doing,’” Beilein said. Beilein understands that players may feel frustrated. It's no different than he experienced while coaching at Canisius or West Virginia, and it's not going to change him. “Here’s what happens: You’re a coach all these years,' he said. 'The leading scorer wants to score more. The guy that’s not the leading scorer wants to be the leading scorer. The guy that’s a starter wants to get more shots. The guy that’s not starting wants to start, and the guy that’s not playing wants to get in the rotation. “So that’s part of the game and that’s part of coaching. No, it’s not frustrating — it’s what I signed up for a long time ago and it’s what I signed up here.' Forward Larry Nance Jr. said Beilein has been an ideal coach for the Cavs' youngsters. Like Thompson, he felt the criticism was unwarranted, and the fact that players didn't put their names on the comments was disappointing. “Ideally you want to keep that in house,” he said. ”I guess that’s today’s NBA,. Am I worried about it? No. My job doesn’t change. I’m going to play as hard as I can for as long as I can and try to get us to win. I’ve never had an issue with a coach in my career, him being no different. I wanted to play for him at Michigan, to be honest with you. I’m enjoying it.' The report also quoted players saying they are turning more to top assistant J.B. Bickerstaff than Beilein. Thompson said that's been the case with every coach he's played for. The assistant is more accessible simply because he doesn't have as many responsibilities as the head coach. And as for players hiding in secrecy, Thompson said that has to stop. “If you're going to build a culture and a family, you can't have that chatty Patty (stuff) going on,” he said. “That (stuff) is whack to me. Everyone has got to look in the mirror. There's only so much coach can do and there's only so much we can do. Do we have the best roster in the NBA? No. But we're going to go out there and compete every night. But guys got to look in the mirror.” ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • A person familiar with the negotiations says Mississippi is working to hire FAU's Lane Kiffin to be its next head football coach. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday night because negotiations were ongoing and Kiffin still has a game to coach. Florida Atlantic faces UAB in the Conference USA championship game at home Saturday in Boca Raton, Florida. The Owls are looking for their second C-USA title in three years under the 44-year-old Kiffin. Ole Miss fired coach Matt Luke on Sunday after three seasons. Mississippi would be Kiffin's fifth head coaching job, fourth in college, during a tumultuous career. Kiffin was hired at 31 to coach the Oakland Raiders in 2007, making him one of the youngest head coaches in NFL history. That lasted 20 games. He did a one-year stint with Tennessee, and then three-plus seasons at Southern California. Kiffin was fired five games into his fourth season at USC, let go in the early morning hours after a Saturday night loss at Arizona State. Kiffin landed at Alabama as offensive coordinator for Nick Saban in 2014 and helped the Crimson Tide to a national championship in 2015. It ended awkwardly in Tuscaloosa, too. Kiffin departed Alabama just days before the Tide played Clemson in the 2016 College Football Playoff championship game. Kiffin is 60-34 as a college head coach, including 25-13 at FAU.
  • The one constant all season for Utah was the ability to control the trenches against any opponent. With a possible playoff berth and first Pac-12 title in school history on the line, the Utes more than met their match against Oregon. CJ Verdell ran for 208 yards and broke open the game with two long touchdown runs in the fourth quarter, and No. 13 Oregon spoiled No. 5 Utah's playoff hopes with a 37-15 victory in the Pac-12 championship game Friday night. 'Unfortunately we came up short tonight,' coach Kyle Whittingham said. “Disappointing thing is we lost in the one area we've been undefeated this year: line of scrimmage. We didn't win the line of scrimmage for the first time all season, which is, like I say, disappointing. Surprising really.” The Utes (11-2, No. 5 CFP) came into the game hoping to make a case for one of the four playoff spots with a conference title but instead got overmatched by Oregon (11-2, No. 13 CFP) and lost their second straight Pac-12 championship game. Utah held 11 of 12 opponents to less than 100 yards rushing and led the nation by allowing 56.3 yards rushing per game, prompting plenty of pregame talk about how the Utes' physical dominance could be the determining factor. The Ducks took that personally and responded. 'Definitely put a little chip on our shoulders,' Verdell said. 'We try not to focus on the outside noise too much. Hearing they're the most physical team in the Pac-12 made us want to come out here and work even harder.' The Utes fell into a 20-0 hole in the first half and then gave up a 70-yard TD run to Verdell after cutting the deficit to 23-15, paving the way for the winner of the Big 12 title game between Oklahoma and Baylor to get into the playoff as long as No. 1 LSU beats No. 4 Georgia for the SEC championship. 'We didn't really think far ahead but it's obvious what was at stake, more than just the Rose Bowl,' left tackle Darrin Paulo said. 'It's disappointing. I can't really wrap my head around it right now. We knew that Oregon was a good team and we knew that we can't overlook them so we didn't look beyond that but we knew, everyone knew, what was at stake besides the Rose Bowl.' The Utes got back into the game with TD passes from Tyler Huntley to Zack Moss and Samson Nacua in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 23-15. Utah then drove into Oregon territory before Huntley was sacked by Keyvon Thibodeaux on second down, leading to a punt on fourth-and-4 from the 40. Verdell struck with his big run five plays later and added a 31-yard score later in the fourth against the nation's top-ranked run defense to put the game out of reach. That gave quarterback Justin Herbert and the rest of the senior class a Rose Bowl berth after starting their careers with a 4-8 mark in 2016. 'It's validation,' coach Mario Cristobal said. “It's validation for all that they've done. I don't know if anyone here has been through a 4-8 season. I've been through one of those. It's about as horrible and miserable as it gets. It causes some people to break down, some people to quit, some people to leave. Then there's a core that just puts their foot in the ground and says, ‘We're going to change things.'” The Ducks sent the tone early when they stuffed Moss for no gain on two short-yardage attempts from the Oregon 33 on the opening drive. Oregon drove down and took the lead for good on Verdell's 3-yard run. The Utes kept making more mistakes and the Ducks only added to the lead. After forcing a three and out, Oregon got a field goal on the next drive, then blocked a punt after Utah committed a false start on fourth-and-1 before Brady Breeze intercepted a pass in the end zone. Oregon then struck on a 45-yard strike from Herbert to Johnny Johnson III and led 20-0 at the break. THE TAKEAWAY Utah: The Utes were seeking their biggest win since joining the Pac-12 in 2011. Instead, they had a second straight disappointing performance in the conference title game after losing 10-3 to Washington last year. Now instead of a playoff berth or even a spot in the Rose Bowl, the Utes must hope to stay high enough in the playoff rankings to get into a New Year's Six game. Oregon: The victory left as many questions for the Ducks as answers. Had Oregon not blown a 21-6 second-half lead to Auburn in the opener or come out flat in a 31-28 loss at Arizona State two weeks ago, the Ducks could have been the team with a case for a playoff berth. Instead they will have to settle for the Rose Bowl. FOURTH DOWN DECISION After getting stopped on three fourth and shorts and committing a false start to squander another chance, Whittingham opted to punt on fourth down in Oregon territory with less than 10 minutes to play. The Utes pinned the Ducks at the 10 but the move backfired when Oregon drove the length of the field thanks to Verdell's long run. 'I would have bet the house that our defense would have been able to get a stop,' Whittingham said. 'Number one run defense in the country. Had a lot of confidence in them at that point. They just creased us on one. That was something we couldn't recover from.' THIBODEAUX'S DAY Thibodeaux came into the season as one of the most heralded recruits in the country and delivered on the biggest stage he's played on so far. He had 2 1/2 of Oregon's six sacks and also blocked a punt. “I'm going to continue to get better,” he said. 'You could say it's only up from here, as long as I keep putting in the work, should see good results.' UP NEXT Utah: Bowl game to be determined. Oregon: The Rose Bowl against a Big Ten team on Jan. 1. ___ More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25