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Buchner leads way in Freeman’s first season with No. 5 Irish

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — It's been nearly six decades since a first-year head coach and a new starting quarterback faced similar stakes at Notre Dame. Fighting Irish fans are hoping for similar results. Back then, in 1964, 41-year-old Ara Parseghian and eventual Heisman Trophy winner John ...

Howley, Klecko, Riley finalists for Pro Football HOF

Super Bowl MVP Chuck Howley and All-Pro defenders Joe Klecko and Ken Riley are finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's class of 2023. The defenders who starred in the 1960s, 70s and 80s were announced as the three senior candidates for next year's Hall of Fame class from a list of 12 ...

Raducanu routs Azarenka 6-0, 6-2 in Western & Southern Open

MASON, Ohio (AP) — U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu routed Victoria Azarenka 6-0, 6-2 on Wednesday in the second round of the Western & Southern Open. The 19-year-old Raducanu won the final seven games against Serena Williams on Tuesday and the first 10 against Azarenka. Seeded 13th, ...

No. 17 Pitt trying to prove 2021 wasn’t a one-time thing

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kenny Pickett is next door, flinging footballs for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Jordan Addison is in Southern California, lured away by the chance to play in a bigger market with all the bells and whistles (and endorsement opportunities, apparently) that come with it. The ...

Florida State leaning on experience in Norvell’s 3rd year

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Competition has built depth in Florida State's football program. Experience has led to more confidence. Mike Norvell believes the change in his team is mostly due to stability. The Seminoles aren't where he wants them to be, yet appreciates how far they have come ...

Pry era begins at Virginia Tech with designs on dominant D

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Brent Pry's initial stint at Virginia Tech came 25 years ago as an assistant to longtime defensive coordinator Bud Foster. In his return as the Hokies' coach, the former defensive coordinator at Penn State and his defensive coordinator, Chris Marve, count restoring the ...

Fan injured as fights mar another Panthers, Pats practice

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — A day after a pair of fights resulted in five players being kicked out of the first joint practice between the Panthers and Patriots, two more incidents — including one in which a female fan was struck after a scrum spilled into the spectator area — nearly brought ...

Boston College brings edge in 3rd year for Hafley, Jurkovec

BOSTON (AP) — Boston College defensive back Jason Maitre wears a pendant of a lion around his neck, and he tries to adopt the attitude of one whenever he takes the field. "Everybody in a jungle has got to be ready to attack," the fifth-year senior explained after the Eagles opened training ...

Panthers’ Rhule remains in no hurry to announce starting QB

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rhule has been adamant for weeks that he wouldn't rush to announce a winner in the ongoing quarterback competition between Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield. That hasn't changed, even with his team just days from taking the field for their ...

Canada beats Switzerland 6-3 to reach world junior semis

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Logan Stankoven had two goals and an assist and Canada beat Switzerland 6-3 on Wednesday night in the world junior hockey quarterfinals. Tyson Foerster had a goal and two assists, Jack Thompson, Nathan Gaucher and Will Cuylle also scored and Dylan Garand made 22 ...

Toronto FC ties New England Revolution 2-2

TORONTO (AP) — Federico Bernardeschi and Domenico Criscito scored to help Toronto FC tie the New England Revolution 2-2 on Wednesday night. Bernardeschi scored on a penalty kick in the 31st minute after Ayo Akinola was fouled inside the box. In the 75th minute, Criscito volleyed a cross from ...

Arroyo, Verdugo, Hill lead Red Sox over skidding Pirates 8-3

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Christian Arroyo had three hits and three RBIs, Alex Verdugo reached base five times and 42-year-old Rich Hill won for the first time in nearly two months as the Boston Red Sox beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-3 on Wednesday night. The Red Sox won for the fifth time in six ...

Fortes slugs 2 HRs, scores winner as Marlins top Padres 4-3

MIAMI (AP) — Nick Fortes hit two solo homers and scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, leading the Miami Marlins to a 4-3 win over San Diego Padres on Tuesday night. Peyton Burdick hit a tiebreaking RBI double that scored Fortes, who had singled against Padres reliever Luis García ...

Hoskins, Phillies post 10,000th franchise win, top Reds

CINCINNATI (AP) — Rhys Hoskins homered twice and drove in five runs as the Philadelphia Phillies posted the 10,000th win in franchise history, beating the Cincinnati Reds 11-4 Tuesday night. Philadelphia became the last of the original eight National League franchises to reach the mark. At ...

Gray fans 10, Urshela 4 hits as Twins blank Royals 9-0

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Sonny Gray matched his season high with 10 strikeouts and Gio Urshela had four hits as the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 9-0 on Tuesday night. Gilberto Celestino homered and Luis Arraez picked up three more hits to raise his MLB-best batting average to .336. ...

Wisdom’s double in 11th propels Cubs to 7-5 win over Nats

WASHINGTON (AP) — Patrick Wisdom drove in the go-ahead run in the 11th inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Washington Nationals 7-5 on Tuesday night. Wisdom led off the inning with a double down the left-field line against Victor Arano (1-1), scoring automatic runner Willson Contreras. ...

Carpenter hits HR, Francona ejected as Tigers beat Guardians

CLEVELAND (AP) — Rookie Kerry Carpenter homered for the second straight night and the Detroit Tigers survived a wild ninth inning to defeat the Cleveland Guardians 4-3 on Tuesday night. Cleveland manager Terry Francona was ejected for arguing after the umpires ruled Myles Straw struck out ...

O’Neill’s game-ending HBP lifts Cards over Rockies 5-4

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt and Tommy Edman homered, and St. Louis scored the winning run when Tyler O'Neill was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning, leading the Cardinals to a 5-4 win over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night. Andrew Knizner and ...

Mullins, Rutschman power surging Orioles past Blue Jays 4-2

TORONTO (AP) — Cedric Mullins and Adley Rutschman hit back-to-back home runs, Ramón Urías drove in the tiebreaking run in the sixth inning and the Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 Tuesday night, giving surging Baltimore its 10th win in 14 August games. Dean Kremer (5-4) matched his ...

Browns lose starting center Harris for season, placed on IR

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The Browns lost their new man in the middle. Starting center Nick Harris was officially placed on injured reserve Tuesday and will miss the season with a knee injury suffered on the second snap of Cleveland's exhibition opener last week in Jacksonville. Harris, who was ...