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Friedman’s Series: Built Rays, then left to build Dodgers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Andrew Friedman isn’t quite torn. ...

Dodgers-Rays rare wild-card era matchup of baseball’s best

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The World Series matchup between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays is a rare meeting of baseball’s best...

AP source: No talk of individual punishment for Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The NFL and the NFL Players Association found instances when the Tennessee Titans failed to wear masks at all times...

Joe Thornton points to talk with Joe Montana in Toronto move

TORONTO (AP) — Joe Thornton had plenty of conversations about the next, and perhaps final, stop in his NHL career. ...

Brady outplays Rodgers, Buccaneers rout Packers 38-10

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — So much for Tom Brady vs. Aaron Rodgers. ...

Astros overcome adversity to come 1 win shy of World Series

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros overcame injuries to several top stars and dealt with the fallout from their sign-stealing scandal to come a...

Steelers stay perfect, blow out Mayfield, Browns 38-7

PITTSBURGH (AP) — One by one the dominos toppled. ...

Arozarena, Rays top Astros 4-2 in Game 7, reach World Series

SAN DIEGO (AP) — By now, every baseball fan has heard of remarkable rookie Randy Arozarena. They're fast becoming familiar with his World Series-bound...

Kings sign No. 2 overall pick Quinton Byfield to 3-year deal

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings have signed No. 2 overall draft pick Quinton Byfield to a three-year contract. ...

A-10 commissioner: NCAA penalties against UMass unfortunate

The NCAA is stripping Massachusetts of victories in men’s basketball and women’s tennis for overpaying 12 athletes about $9,100 in financial aid over three...

General manager Daryl Morey leaving Rockets on Nov. 1

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is stepping down on his own accord, a little over a year after sparking a...

Chiefs sign Le’Veon Bell 2 days after release from Jets

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs signed Le’Veon Bell late Thursday, two days after he was released by the New York...

After NIL, next NCAA challenge is restructuring Division I

As the NCAA moves toward landmark changes that will empower athletes more than ever, the next big debate within college sports is on the...

Lightning Effect: Skilled NHL teams add grit to go for Cup

A skilled team that got eliminated early in the playoffs by a tougher opponent a few years removed from a Stanley Cup Final loss...

49ers post-Super Bowl struggles all too familiar for Rams

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The offense is struggling, the defense has regressed and the injuries are mounting for the San Francisco 49ers. ...

Fred Dean, 68, fearsome pass rusher of 49ers’ dynasty, dies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Fred Dean, the fearsome pass rusher who was a key part of the launch of the San Francisco 49ers' dynasty,...

NCAA will vote in January to change NIL, transfer rules

A set of proposals to permit NCAA athletes to earn money from endorsements and sponsorships deals will go up for vote in January, the...

AP source: Angels give White Sox OK to interview La Russa

CHICAGO (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels granted the Chicago White Sox permission to interview Hall of Famer Tony La Russa for their managing...

Jets’ Gase says it was ‘best that we part ways’ with Bell

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets' decision to move on from Le'Veon Bell was a stunner. For a while now, though, it...

Rays beat Astros 5-2, move within 1 victory of World Series

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Kevin Kiermaier and the Tampa Bay Rays — with big assists from two former Padres who know Petco Park's outfield...

Jets surprisingly cut Le’Veon Bell after exploring trades

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets have surprisingly released disgruntled running back Le'Veon Bell, ending a disappointing tenure after less than two...

NFL will test for COVID-19 on game days, has no bubble plans

The NFL has no plans to move into a bubble as it takes several new steps to combat the spread of the coronavirus. ...

Rams put starting rookie S Jordan Fuller on injured reserve

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams have placed promising rookie safety Jordan Fuller on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. ...

Meghan Duggan, a champion across women’s hockey, retires

In the midst of the U.S. women's hockey national team fighting for better wages and equitable support, Meghan Duggan got on the phone with...

Baseball’s first fans of 2020 see Dodgers-Braves NLCS opener

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Scott McIlroy reached out with his left hand as a batting practice home run clanged off a railing and hit...

Vegas signs Alex Pietrangelo to $61.6M, seven-year contract

Alex Pietrangelo is Vegas bound, and the Golden Knights are shuffling the deck to fit him in. ...

Taylor Hall saw only positives in signing with Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Taylor Hall refused to buy into the negativity surrounding the Buffalo Sabres, and instead focused on the positives. ...

GM had personal stake in protecting Titans from COVID-19

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee general manager Jon Robinson has a very personal stake in keeping the Titans safe during the coronavirus pandemic. He...

Falcons name Raheem Morris interim replacement for Quinn

ATLANTA (AP) — The poor performance of Atlanta's defense under the leadership of Raheem Morris won't matter if Morris finds a way to win...

Big turnout as early in-person voting starts in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) — The chance to cast ballots on Georgia's first day of in-person early voting Monday had thousands of people waiting for hours...

End of the line: Coach Quinn, GM Dimitroff fired by Falcons

ATLANTA (AP) — Dan Quinn never stopped believing he could turn things around in Atlanta. ...

Arozarena homers again, Rays beat Astros 2-1 in ALCS opener

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tampa Bay reliever Diego Castillo played catch Sunday afternoon, less than 48 hours after throwing 29 pitches in two innings,...

Falcons fire coach Quinn, GM Dimitroff after 0-5 start

ATLANTA (AP) — Dan Quinn, who guided Atlanta to the Super Bowl for only the second time in franchise history but infamously squandered a...

Bubble Kings: Lakers run past Heat for 17th NBA championship

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The ultimate anguish. The ultimate joy. ...

Sabres agree to sign Taylor Hall to 1-year, $8 million deal

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Taylor Hall is betting on himself in a surprising destination. ...

AP source: Saints’ Thomas suspended for punching teammate

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints receiver Michael Thomas has been suspended one game for conduct detrimental to the team after punching a teammate during...

Braves grown up a bit for NLCS matchup against the Dodgers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Those Baby Braves that faced the Los Angeles Dodgers in the playoffs two years ago have grown up a little...

Chargers-Saints a sentimental showdown for QB Brees

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For perhaps the final time, Saints record-setting quarterback Drew Brees is about to look across the line of scrimmage at...

AP Interview: Barça VP says Messi never was for sale

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Hobbled by crises on the field and among its fed-up club members, Barcelona never waivered in its commitment to Lionel...

The Latest: Ali to host Women’s Sports Foundation awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Laila Ali will host the Women’s Sports Foundation awards show featuring Candace Parker, Tom Brady and Carli Lloyd. ...

NHL teams making moves, not waiting for top free agents

Taylor Hall went unsigned during the first day of free agency. Same with Alex Pietrangelo and Mike Hoffman. ...

LEADING OFF: Rays’ Snell, Astros’ Valdez meet in ALCS opener

A look at what’s happening around the majors Sunday: ...

Right to Labanc: Sharks sign Labanc to $18.9M, 4-year deal

More than a year after taking a team-friendly contract to help the San Jose Sharks, Kevin Labanc is finally cashing in. ...

Bad-boy Astros, fun-loving Rays set to face off in ALCS

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Managed by universally acclaimed good guy Dusty Baker, the Houston Astros remain villains in many people’s eyes for their sign-stealing...

Several Stanley Cup winners breaking up championship core

While Braden Holtby saw his split with the Washington Capitals coming, Patric Hornqvist, Corey Crawford and Alex Pietrangelo weren't so lucky. ...

Brosseau homer off Chapman lifts Rays over Yanks, into ALCS

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Mike Brosseau said he wasn't seeking revenge against hard-throwing Aroldis Chapman, just the chance to keep playing. ...

LEADING OFF: Rays thwart Yankees, seek revenge vs Astros

A look at what's happening around the majors Saturday: ...

Lundqvist to Caps, goalie carousel spins in NHL free agency

Nets around the NHL will look very different next season after a flurry of musical goaltenders in free agency. ...

Goalies get shuffled in NHL free agency; Lightning depleted

It didn’t take long for the bubble to begin bursting on the Tampa Bay Lightning's Stanley Cup party. ...

Jimmie Lee Solomon, ex-MLB executive, dead at 64

NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmie Lee Solomon, a top executive for Major League Baseball under Commissioner Bud Selig who established youth academies and helped...

Dutch double play: Soccer club, Billy Beane team up

ALKMAAR, Netherlands (AP) — Like Billy Beane, Robert Eenhoorn knows all about baseball expectations. The Dutchman was a high draft pick who never made...

Chargers place Austin Ekeler on IR with hamstring injury

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — The Chargers placed running back Austin Ekeler on injured reserve Friday, making him the seventh Los Angeles starter to...

Good guy Dusty Baker guides reviled Houston Astros into ALCS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — If there’s a universally recognized good guy among the generally reviled Houston Astros, it’s Dusty Baker. ...

Rams D-lineman Fox continues to make most of his chances

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Morgan Fox always seems to make the most out of an opportunity. ...

Patriots all-virtual in prep for delayed game vs. Broncos

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England coach Bill Belichick says the team is continuing to prepare to play its against the Denver Broncos after...

Finals notebook: Mamba jerseys back, Heat facing must-win

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Mamba jerseys are coming back for a closeout opportunity. ...

Chiefs welcome back Bashaud Breeland from 4-game suspension

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs began the season eagerly awaiting the return of Bashaud Breeland, the veteran cornerback so instrumental in slowing...

DiBenedetto keeps ride as Cindric promotion to Cup delayed

Team Penske found a one-year solution for Matt DiBenedetto while building a long-term plan to move Austin Cindric to the Cup Series. ...

Trade action heats up at NHL draft ahead of free agency

Two Stanley Cup-winning players got traded, a few others got new contracts and almost 200 prospects got to — virtually — live out their...

Garoppolo returns to practice for 49ers on limited basis

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo returned to practice on a limited basis for the San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday after missing...

NY Rangers select Lafreniere with No. 1 pick in NHL draft

Alexis Lafreniere wanted to take the stage at Montreal’s Bell Centre near his home and hear his name announced at the NHL draft. ...

NHL targeting Jan. 1 to begin next season

Commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday night the NHL is targeting a Jan. 1 start for next season. ...

Phoenix Rising player suspended 6 games for homophobic slur

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Phoenix Rising midfielder Junior Flemmings received a six-game suspension from USL Championship for using a homophobic slur during a match...

Milwaukee scraps early voting plans at Fiserv, Miller Park

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Election officials said Tuesday that they scrapped their plans to use the Milwaukee Bucks and Brewers' stadiums as early voting...

Vrabel says Titans hope NFL allows them to return Wednesday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Coach Mike Vrabel says the Tennessee Titans stand by how they've followed the NFL's protocols for the coronavirus pandemic and...

Texans fire coach Bill O’Brien after 0-4 start

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans had faith that coach Bill O'Brien was the man to lead them to their first championship. ...

Minnesota trades goalie Dubnyk, forward Donato to San Jose

The Minnesota Wild traded goalie Devan Dubnyk and forward Ryan Donato to the San Jose Sharks in two separate deals Monday, continuing their makeover...

Correa, Springer rally Astros past A’s 10-5 in ALDS opener

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A home run derby broke out during a hot, dry day at Dodger Stadium, and suddenly the Houston Astros have...

Supreme Court allows minor leaguers’ class action over pay

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is allowing a class-action lawsuit to proceed from minor league baseball players who allege they are being paid...

Goodell: Forfeits possible for NFL virus protocol violations

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has warned the league's 32 teams of penalties including potential forfeits of games for violations of COVID-19 protocols that force...

Rivers runs through it? 76ers count on championship with Doc

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz got backhanded compliments from NBC's Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth on Sunday night for supposedly...

Family feud: Giants’ Tate, Rams’ Ramsey in postgame fracas

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Golden Tate finally got his chance to face Jalen Ramsey, and the personal animosity between the two players exploded on...

The Latest: Wentz has early interception against 49ers

The Latest on Week 4 in the NFL (all times EDT) ...

Rangers have work to do despite having top pick in NHL draft

New York Rangers president John Davidson refuses to get ahead of himself with his team in the unique position of holding the No. 1...

A capsule look at the Astros-Athletics playoff series

A capsule look at the best-of-five playoff series between the Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics in Los Angeles beginning Monday: ...

Arkansas snaps 20-game SEC skid, 21-14 vs. Mississippi St.

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Two coaches and almost three years since Arkansas last won a Southeastern Conference game, the Razorbacks took down the team...

LEADING OFF: Astros making noise, Phillies seeking new GM

A look at what’s happening around the majors on Sunday: ...

Klentak out as Phils GM after 3rd straight September slump

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Matt Klentak's inability to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to the postseason or even a single winning season cost him his job...

Landis’ name pulled off baseball MVP plaques after 75 years

NEW YORK (AP) — The name of the former baseball commissioner who never had a Black player in the majors during his long reign...

Vegas re-signs goalie Robin Lehner to $25M, 5-year deal

Lennox Lehner is almost 6 years old and already has five hockey jerseys because his father has bounced around the NHL so much. ...

NFL reschedules Steelers-Titans, Ravens’ bye now Week 7

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans now know when they are rescheduled to play the Pittsburgh Steelers after the first NFL game postponed...

Rams LB Leonard Floyd determined to improve on strong start

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Leonard Floyd knew almost nobody on the Los Angeles roster when he joined the Rams as a free agent...

Eagles, 49ers flip roles in 3 years since previous meeting

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The script has flipped in the nearly three years since the previous meeting between the Philadelphia Eagles and San...

Raiders missing key pieces on offense for game vs. Bills

The Las Vegas Raiders will be shorthanded on offense once again this week with two starting receivers and two starting offensive linemen unlikely to...

Astros head to hostile Los Angeles for ALDS vs Athletics

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Houston Astros are returning to the scene of the crime. The Los Angeles Dodgers won't be there, but their...

Lou Johnson, hit winning homer in ’65 World Series, dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Sweet” Lou Johnson, who hit a key home run for the victorious Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the...

LEADING OFF: Cubs’ Darvish tries to save season vs Marlins

A look at what's happening around the majors today: ...

LEADING OFF: Cubs’ Darvish tries to save season vs Marlins

A look at what's happening around the majors Friday: ...

AP source: 76ers set to hire Rivers as new coach

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — There's a new Doc in Philadelphia — one charged with reviving a 76ers organization that fell far short of NBA championship...

Donovan’s Loyal forfeits after 2nd slur in as many weeks

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Loyal and Phoenix Rising players planned to pause their soccer match in the 71st minute and hold...

Houston Astros ace Verlander has Tommy John surgery

HOUSTON (AP) — Astros ace Justin Verlander had Tommy John surgery on Wednesday. ...

James, Herro see popularity rise in the NBA playoffs

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — LeBron James’ popularity, even in his 17th season, cannot be argued. ...

Silver: NBA still hoping to open next season in arenas

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver reiterated Wednesday that the league's hope is to begin next season with teams in...

Renfroe slam helps Rays sweep young Blue Jays in 1st round

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays gathered in front of their dugout and posed for a celebratory team picture they're hoping...

NFLPA asking teams to change all fields to natural grass

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Fifteen NFL teams play their home games on artificial turf. Cleveland Browns center JC Tretter wants to see that number...

Rangers buy out star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist’s contract

The “King” of Madison Square Garden has been deposed. ...

NFL threatening suspensions for maskless sideline personnel

The NFL is threatening teams with possible suspensions for sideline personnel, including coaches, who do not properly wear face coverings during the pandemic. ...

Caesars Entertainment buys bookmaker William Hill for $3.7B

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Caesars Entertainment said Wednesday it is buying the British bookmaker William Hill for $3.7 billion in a deal aimed...

Barcelona close to signing young American defender Dest

MADRID (AP) — American right back Sergiño Dest is set to join Barcelona, coach Ronald Koeman said on Wednesday. ...

The Latest: UN chief cites pandemic’s ‘unprecedent toll’

UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations chief says the COVID-19 pandemic has taken “an unprecedent toll” especially on the economies of many developing countries...

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