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Boone returns on 3-year contract, Yankees demand success

NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Boone will be back with the New York Yankees next year, their first manager since Miller Huggins in 1922 to return for a fifth season after failing to win a title during his first four. "A manager is only as good as the players he's got," general manager Brian Cashman ...

Analysis: At midseason, No. 1 Georgia a rock amid the upsets

There is no defensive revolution in college football this season. Just at Georgia. The dominant defense of the top-ranked Bulldogs has been one of the biggest storylines in the first half of a season that has been highlighted by upsets and unpredictability. Simply, 2021 has been all sorts of ...

Browns’ Mayfield expects to play again with shoulder injury

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Baker Mayfield wants to tough it out. The Browns quarterback said he expects to play Thursday night against the Denver Broncos despite a painful left shoulder injury that has worsened since he hurt it a month ago while trying to make a tackle. Asked if he expects to play, ...

Washington St coach says focus remains on supporting players

Washington State acting head coach Jake Dickert said Tuesday that his immediate focus in his new role is providing support and stability for players who were left hurting and shocked after Nick Rolovich and other coaches were fired for refusing to comply with the state's vaccine mandate. He ...

Messi, Salah score 2 each in Champions League goal rush

There was a goal rush in the Champions League on Tuesday and it was hardly a surprise to see Lionel Messi and Mohamed Salah among the scorers. By converting coolly taken penalties late in their games, Messi and Salah sealed 3-2 wins for Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool, respectively, on a ...

Arizona Cardinals flying solo at top of latest AP Pro32 poll

NEW YORK (AP) — The birds in the desert are still flying high. And as the NFL's only remaining unbeaten team, the Cardinals retained the top spot in the latest AP Pro32 poll. The Cardinals received all 12 first-place votes for 384 points in balloting Tuesday by media members who regularly ...

Bellinger, Betts rally Dodgers, cut Braves’ NLCS lead to 2-1

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cody Bellinger keeps erasing a forgettable regular season, with his latest big swing putting the Los Angeles Dodgers right back in the NL Championship Series. Bellinger hit a tying, three-run homer and Mookie Betts then lined an RBI double in the Dodgers' eighth-inning ...

Eovaldi just misses, Red Sox fall, Astros tie ALCS 2-all

BOSTON (AP) — Once again, in a key spot in October, the Boston Red Sox summoned Nathan Eovaldi from the bullpen in a tight game. And why not? Time and time again, win or lose, the do-everything right-hander had done the job for manager Alex Cora's club. On Tuesday night at Fenway Park, ...

Turnaround teams: Record 3 teams hit 5-1 after opening loss

Perhaps, never before has Week 1 of an NFL season been as big of an aberration as it was this season. A record three teams that lost the opener have won every game since, while two others that won in Week 1 have lost the next five games. There have been some remarkable turnarounds. The teams ...

Curry, Warriors stun James, Lakers 121-114 in opener

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Opening night in Hollywood went well for three quarters for Los Angeles Lakers superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis against Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors. But it was a flop for their new supporting cast, including L.A. native and former league MVP ...

WNBA looks ahead to 2022 season with potential changes

Candace Parker made the biggest move last offseason choosing to return home to Chicago. The decision paid off as the WNBA star led the Sky to the franchise's first championship. Chicago will have choices to make if it wants to become the first repeat champion since the Los Angeles Sparks did ...

The NBA at 75: From a very modest beginning, to a behemoth

It started in 1946 with 11 teams and 160 players. The shot clock was nearly a decade away, the 3-point line was a couple generations away. Buildings were smaller. So were the players. And it wasn't even called the National Basketball Association. The NBA, 75 years ago, was different in almost ...

AP Top 25 Reality Check: Blue bloods chasing No. 2 Bearcats

A look at the top of The Associated Press college football poll might produce this reaction: One of these things is not like the other. Cincinnati sits at No. 2 in the latest AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank, right behind top-ranked Georgia and ahead of No. 3 Oklahoma, No. 4 Alabama and No. ...

NBA preview: Silver says he hopes Irving gets vaccinated

Adam Silver, the basketball fan, would prefer to see Kyrie Irving on the court again with the Brooklyn Nets as soon as possible. Adam Silver, the NBA commissioner, would prefer to see Irving vaccinated. Silver said Monday he hopes Irving — one of the few players in the league who has not ...

NHL suspends Evander Kane 21 games for COVID violations

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The NHL has suspended San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane for 21 games for submitting a fake COVID-19 vaccination card. The league on Monday announced the suspension without pay and said Kane will not be eligible to play until Nov. 30 at New Jersey. Kane will forfeit ...

Prescott says calf injury not an issue as Cowboys enter bye

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott promised not to miss any time after straining his right calf on the touchdown pass in overtime that gave the Dallas Cowboys their first win at New England since 1987. The star quarterback believes he can deliver on that vow because the team is going into its ...

Down 2-0, Dodgers have Braves where they want them at home

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Trailing 2-0 in the NL Championship Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers have the Atlanta Braves right where they want them. At their house. The Braves' last win at Dodger Stadium was June 9, 2018. They've lost nine straight in Los Angeles, getting swept in a three-game series ...

Schwarber, Red Sox slam Astros 12-3, lead ALCS 2-1

BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodríguez walked off the mound with a six-run lead and a message for Carlos Correa and the rest of the Houston Astros: Now it's Boston's time. Tapping his wrist to mimic Correa's Game 1 celebration, Rodriguez rode four more Boston homers — including ...

NBA 2021-22: 10 things to follow throughout the season

In the opening seconds of Stephen Curry's NBA career he got an assist on the first possession, a steal on the second and then tried a 3-pointer for the first time at the professional level. It missed. In that moment, there probably were not very many people expecting he would become the most ...

Fill-ins lead first-place, unrattled Cards & Raiders to wins

DENVER (AP) — The first-place Arizona Cardinals and Las Vegas Raiders each conquered pestilence and hardship as longtime assistants rallied their resilient teams to road victories in Week 6. The sickness the Cardinals had to conquer was COVID-19. The Raiders' scourge was bigotry. Defensive ...