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Ex-Maryland star Bernhardt tries switch from lacrosse to NFL

ATLANTA (AP) — Jared Bernhardt traded in his stick for the pigskin. Less than 15 months after being honored as the nation's top college lacrosse player, Bernhardt has taken on the challenge of making it as an NFL receiver with the Atlanta Falcons. "It's very difficult," he conceded. "You're ...

Judge sets January 2024 trial for LIV Golf suit against tour

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Players from Saudi-funded LIV Golf who have filed an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour will be waiting nearly 16 months for the case to go to trial. U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freeman on Thursday set the trial for Jan. 8, 2024. Depending on whether LIV ...

US Open champs get $2.6 million, total compensation $60M

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Open singles champions will receive $2.6 million this year, with total player compensation for the Grand Slam tournament surpassing $60 million for the first time. A larger portion of that total is being allocated to the earlier rounds, the U.S. Tennis Association ...

Malone out to early lead at US Gymnastics Championships

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Defending champion Brody Malone sprinted to the lead at the U.S. Championships on Thursday, posting an all-around score of 88.942 in the last major tuneup before this fall's world championships. Malone posted the highest score on the high bar — an event he won a bronze ...

Luis Patiño strong in return, Rays beat Royals 7-1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Luis Patiño pitched strongly into the sixth inning, Yandy Díaz drove in three runs, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Kansas City Royals 7-1 on Thursday night. Tampa Bay, which is tied with Toronto for the second AL wild card, has won five of six. Patiño (1-1), ...

Ducks embark on 1st season under Lanning with yet unnamed QB

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon first-year coach Dan Lanning isn't dropping any clues about his starting quarterback this season. "If I felt like it gave us a competitive advantage to tell you, I would," Lanning said. "I don't." Fall camp has been a battle behind closed doors between transfer Bo ...

Arizona State reloads through transfer portal for 2022

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The curtain closed around Herm Edwards' hot seat in the minutes after Arizona State's win over rival Arizona last November, when athletic director Ray Anderson said the charismatic coach would return in 2022. The heat could start up again this season if the Sun Devils ...

Experienced roster could help UCLA Bruins contend in Pac-12

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chip Kelly's arduous rebuilding job at UCLA showed positive results last season with an 8-4 record and a Holiday Bowl invitation. The biggest question is if Kelly can continue the climb to Pac-12 contention. The Bruins were picked fourth in the conference preseason poll ...

Browns’ Deshaun Watson suspended 11 games, fined $5 million

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson will serve an 11-game unpaid suspension, pay a $5 million fine and undergo professional evaluation and treatment as part of a settlement with the NFL following accusations of sexual misconduct by two dozen women. The league had ...

Watson suspension delays payoff on Browns’ big gamble for QB

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The franchise quarterback who brought baggage and Super Bowl dreams to Cleveland won't play for two months. It's always something with the Browns, who have a well-chronicled history of missteps. Deshaun Watson's acceptance of an 11-game suspension and $5 million fine in a ...

Keys knocks out No. 1 Swiatek at Western & Southern Open

MASON, Ohio (AP) — American Madison Keys upset No. 1 Iga Swiatek 6-3, 6-4 on Thursday to reach the Western & Southern Open quarterfinals. Swiatek, a two-time Grand Slam champion, hasn't gotten past the round of 16 in four tournaments since winning the French Open in June. The win was ...

Colorado predicted last in Pac-12 in Dorrell’s 3rd season

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The Colorado Buffaloes are well aware of all the preseason chatter. It might be hard to hear, but it's giving them extra incentive. The media has picked the Buffs to finish last in the Pac-12. No player is on first or second teams for preseason all-conference ...

Jonquel Jones has 19 points, Sun beat Wings 93-68 in Game 1

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Jonquel Jones had 19 points and eight rebounds, Alyssa Thomas added 15 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists and the Connecticut Sun beat the Dallas Wings 93-68 on Thursday night in Game 1 of their first-round series. Third-seeded Connecticut pulled away in the third ...

Springer, Guerrero lead Jays to 9-2 rout of slumping Yanks

NEW YORK (AP) — George Springer went 5-for-5, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a three-run homer to cap a five-run second inning off Frankie Montas, and the Toronto Blue Jays routed the slumping New York Yankees 9-2 on Thursday night. Jose Berríos (9-5) bounced back from a pair of rough outings to ...

PWHPA sets Dream Gap Tour; with pro hockey league in works

The Professional Women's Hockey Players' Association is resuming its Dream Gap barnstorming tour for a fourth consecutive year, while still developing plans to launch a professional league. The PWHPA on Thursday announced its fall schedule will open on Oct. 14 and feature a five-weekend series ...

Reynolds 2 HRs; Brubaker, Pirates top Bosox, end 6-game skid

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bryan Reynolds hit two home runs, JT Brubaker pitched seven shutout innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates snapped a six-game losing streak, beating the Boston Red Sox 8-2 Thursday night. The Pirates avoided a three-game sweep and sent Boston back to one game under .500 at ...

Mariners overcome Ohtani’s 4 hits, sweep Angels 11-7

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani's latest one-man show for the Los Angeles Angels included a two-run homer, a run-scoring triple, four hits and four RBIs. Ohtani is a two-way superstar, but he's only one man — and the Seattle Mariners didn't have much trouble with the other 25 Angels ...

Guardians score 6 runs in 8th, rally past Tigers 8-4

CLEVELAND (AP) — All-Star José Ramírez blooped a go-ahead, two-run double as the Cleveland Guardians scored six runs with two outs in the eighth inning, rallying for a 8-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night. Rookies Steven Kwan and Oscar Gonzalez had RBI doubles, and Amed ...

Montgomery wins 3rd straight as Cardinals top Rockies 5-1

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jordan Montgomery picked up his third win in as many starts with St. Louis, and Nolan Gorman drove in three runs to lead the Cardinals to a 5-1 win over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night. St. Louis won for the 12th time in 13 home games and beat Colorado for the 11th ...

Murphy hits 2 HRs, Langeliers homers as A’s roll past Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Sean Murphy had his second two-homer game and rookie Shea Langeliers hit his first major league home run in his second game with Oakland, leading the Athletics to a 7-2 win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night. Murphy pulled a solo home run to left field in the ...