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Irving could join Nets at practice after ruling from city

NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving could join the Brooklyn Nets at practice this weekend after a ruling that their practice facility doesn't fall under a New York coronavirus vaccination mandate. The Nets were told Friday that the training center is considered a private facility. The city's ...

Correa, Alvarez help Astros take 2-0 lead over Sox in ALDS

HOUSTON (AP) — Carlos Correa was aggressive at the plate. Same for Yordan Alvarez and Kyle Tucker. Jose Altuve turned in a couple of gems in the field. The Houston Astros are relentless — especially in the playoffs. Correa hit a two-run double during Houston's five-run seventh inning, and ...

Jin Young Ko leads LPGA Tour’s foggy Founders Cup

WEST CALDWELL, N.J. (AP) — Jin Young Ko had a three-stroke lead with four holes left Friday when second-round play in the LPGA Tour's Cognizant Founders Cup was suspended because of darkness. Play was delayed 2 1/2 hours at the start because of fog, the second straight day that fog forced a ...

Tellez HR, throw spark Brewers over Braves 2-1 in Game 1

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Rowdy Tellez fouled off Charlie Morton's pitch in a scoreless game, then headed toward the dugout for a deep breath and a new bat. Just the break the Milwaukee Brewers needed. Tellez spoiled Morton's gem by hitting a two-run homer in the seventh inning, leading the Brewers ...

Alex Ovechkin injured in Capitals’ preseason finale

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin left the Washington Capitals' preseason finale against Philadelphia on Friday night with what the team called a lower-body injury and is set to be examined further Saturday. Ovechkin bumped into Flyers forward Travis Konecny midway through the first period and ...

Seattle QB Russell Wilson has surgery on injured finger

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is expected to be sidelined for several weeks after he had surgery Friday to repair two injuries to his right middle finger. Wilson posted a photo Friday night following his surgery in Southern California. Wilson flew to Los ...

NFLPA leader DeMaurice Smith planning to work 1 more term

NFL Players Association leader DeMaurice Smith is planning to move on after he serves one more term with the union. The NFLPA's board of player representatives voted Friday to retain Smith as executive director, and union president JC Tretter said in a statement that the upcoming term would be ...

Ridder, Ford help No. 5 Cincinnati rout Temple 52-3

CINCINNATI (AP) — Desmond Ridder threw for 259 yards and three touchdowns and No. 5 Cincinnati routed Temple 52-3 on Friday night for its 23rd straight home victory. Jerome Ford ran for a career-high 149 yards and two scores to help the Bearcats (5-0, 1-0 American) avoid a letdown after ...

Durant, Harden lead Nets over Bucks; LeBron plays in loss

NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant and James Harden were on the court, so the Nets looked somewhat like the team Milwaukee remembers from its last trip to Brooklyn. The players who helped the Bucks win that game just watched this one. The Nets beat the Bucks 119-115 on Friday night in an ...

Taurasi leads Mercury past Aces to advance to WNBA Finals

LAS VEGAS (AP) — When Phoenix Mercury coach Sandy Brondello was asked what was the difference in the fourth quarter, she had a simple response: It was Diana Taurasi. Taurasi scored 14 of her 24 points in the fourth quarter, and Brittney Griner had 28 points and nine rebounds to lead the ...

Masterful Webb pitches Giants past Dodgers in playoff opener

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Logan Webb pumped his fists as he set down a star-studded Dodgers lineup all game long, then raised his pitching hand in appreciation after a masterful postseason debut. Webb struck out 10 while working into the eighth inning, Buster Posey hit a two-run homer that held ...

Jets’ Williams brothers represent during Crucial Catch month

For its current Crucial Catch initiative to bring awareness to the fight against breast cancer, the NFL has perfect spokesmen in Quinnen and Quincy Williams of the New York Jets. The brothers — Quinnen on the defensive line, Quincy at linebacker — are all too knowledgeable about the ...

Boston Marathon ironman Ben Beach eyeing extension of streak

BOSTON (AP) — Ben Beach has experienced a little bit of everything while running in a record 53 consecutive Boston Marathons. He has navigated minor hurdles, like New England's unpredictable spring weather patterns. He has experienced personal challenges, like confronting his 2002 diagnosis ...

Big Ten welcomes changes as new basketball era begins

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When Big Ten basketball returned to Indianapolis on Thursday, it seemed like a whole new world. Coaches openly embraced the branding power and benefits players received from the name, image and likeness rules changes. Players talked about how the extra money has ...

No more excuses: Deontay Wilder rejuvenated for Fury finale

World champion boxers have reacted to their first career losses in all sorts of dramatic ways while they scramble to cope after their mental armor of invincibility is punctured. Some fire their longtime trainers. Others make unbelievable, outlandish excuses. Nearly all insist the defeat was an ...

Tom Brady faces another familiar face as Bucs are onto Miami

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady is facing another familiar opponent this week, minus the emotional element. When Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host Miami on Sunday, he'll see another coach on the opposite sideline who knows him very well. Dolphins coach Brian Flores spent 15 seasons with ...

NASCAR: Blaney given key role in search for new crew chief

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ryan Blaney wanted a leadership role at Team Penske, a request granted when Roger Penske invited the driver to participate in interviews for Blaney's new crew chief. Discussions were underway on who would replace Todd Gordon as leader of the No. 12 Ford when he retires ...

Montreal star Carey Price steps away for mental health help

MONTREAL (AP) — Canadiens goaltender Carey Price has voluntarily entered the NHL/NHL Players' Association joint player assistance program, a stunning announcement Thursday less than a week before start of the season and just three months after the former NHL MVP backstopped Montreal to the ...

Sung Kang eagles last hole for 61 and 2-shot lead in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Sung Kang found the missing piece to his game and put everything together Thursday in the Shriners Children's Open for a 10-under 61 that gave him a two-shot lead after the first round. Kang already had nine birdies against one bogey when he hit 7-wood from a fairway bunker ...

Rivals Dodgers, Giants prepare for instant playoff classic

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Mookie Betts is ready to throw out all the wins his Dodgers and the rival Giants piled up on the way to a frenetic regular-season finish. San Francisco edged the defending World Series champions by a single game for first place in the NL West, 107 victories to 106 — a ...