Texans look for improvement ahead of rematch with Patriots

HOUSTON (AP) — Despite a decisive win over the Raiders in the wild-card round, the Houston Texans know improvement is necessary if they hope to get the first divisional playoff win in franchise history on Saturday against New England.

  • Written by KRISTIE RIEKEN , AP Sports Writer

Scherzer reveals he pitched since August with injured finger

WASHINGTON (AP) — NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer revealed Monday that he pitched at the end of last season with an injured finger on his throwing hand and now will skip the World Baseball Classic.

  • Written by HOWARD FENDRICH , AP Sports Writer

Top-ranked Kerber loses her opening match in Sydney

SYDNEY (AP) — Top-ranked Angelique Kerber lost her opening match at the Sydney International on Tuesday, upset 7-6 (5), 6-2 by Darya Kasatkina in a setback ahead of her Australian Open title defense next week.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS