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After banner goes up, Eagles start title defense

By Rob Maaddi AP Pro Football Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Before the Philadelphia Eagles begin their quest for a repeat, they’ll have one more celebration. The first Super Bowl banner in franchise history will be unveiled in front of a sellout crowd that waited seemingly forever to ...

Viviani wins another Vuelta stage, Yates keeps overall lead

BERMILLO DE SAYAGO, Spain (AP) — Italian cyclist Elia Viviani won his second Spanish Vuelta stage on Tuesday, while Simon Yates retained the leader's red jersey despite a punctured tire. Viviani, who also won the third stage, outsprinted Peter Sagan in the final meters to comfortably win the ...

Serena, Stephens try to reach semifinals at US Open

NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams and Sloane Stephens can give the United States two U.S. Open semifinalists, a year after an all-American women's final four. And for the first time since 2006, the host country can have a man there, too. Williams and Stephens first have to win quarterfinal ...

Mr. Smith goes to Washington as Redskins’ undisputed leader

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Sports Writer Alex Smith doesn't believe in assigned seats. As he tried to get to know his new Washington Redskins teammates, Smith sat in a different seat for each meeting. Defensive line coach Jim Tomsula knew that from his time with Smith in San Francisco, and running ...

LEADING OFF: Bregman streaking, Angels hopeful about Ohtani

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: ASCENDING ASTRO Alex Bregman has homered in three straight games for Houston, part of his surge since making the All-Star team. The third baseman has reached base safely in 31 consecutive games, the longest active ...

Federer stunned by 55th-ranked Millman in US Open 4th Round

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Federer served poorly. He volleyed poorly. Closed out sets poorly, too. And now he's gone, beaten at the U.S. Open by an opponent ranked outside the top 50 for the first time in his illustrious career. Looking slow and tired on a ...

Jackson’s 2 TD passes help Virginia Tech handle FSU 24-3

By MARK LONG, AP Sports Writer TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Virginia Tech and coach Justin Fuente notched another season-opening victory against a ranked team. Florida State and Willie Taggart delivered the program's most inept offensive performance at home in a decade, hardly the start Taggart ...

Yelich beats throw to 1st in 9th, Brewers beat Cubs 4-3

By The Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Christian Yelich drove in the winning run with the bases loaded in the ninth after beating a throw from third to avoid a double play, and the Milwaukee Brewers opened an important three-game series with the Chicago Cubs with a 4-3 win Monday. The ...

Saban makes official what “everybody knows,” it’s Tua’s job

By JOHN ZENOR, AP Sports Writer TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Nick Saban made official what anybody who watched No. 1 Alabama's opener likely assumed: Tua Tagovailoa is the Crimson Tide's starting quarterback. The top-ranked Tide's coach didn't wait for the question to be asked Monday before ...

Harbaugh to Edwards after critical tweets: “Come after me”

By CHRIS NELSEN, Associated Press ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The war of words between Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and former Wolverines receiver Braylon Edwards is heating up. Harbaugh, upset Edwards posted a negative tweet about two U-M players during Saturday's 24-17 loss at Notre Dame, ...

Votto gets fan’s shirt, vote; Reds get 5-1 loss vs Pirates

By JOHN PERROTTO, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — This trade was too good for Joey Votto to turn down. The Cincinnati Reds star first baseman spotted a fan sitting along the first base line Monday at PNC Park wearing a T-shirt that read "Votto for President." It was from a Nike ...

Cilic converts 8th match point at US Open; wins after 2 a.m.

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Marin Cilic, the 2014 U.S. Open champion, needed eight match points to recover from a two-set deficit and eventually edge 19-year-old Alex de Minaur 4-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 at 2:22 a.m. on Sunday, four minutes shy of the latest finish in ...

Green-out: No. 12 Notre Dame beats No. 14 Michigan 24-17

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The Michigan-Notre Dame series returned after a three-year hiatus and the 12th-ranked Fighting Irish became the latest rival to get the best of Jim Harbaugh's Wolverines. Brandon Wimbush connected on a long touchdown pass ...

Tagovailoa shines, No. 1 Alabama routs Louisville 51-14

By FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Alabama doesn't rebuild. The Crimson Tide simply reload. College Football Playoff hero Tua Tagovailoa threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third in his first college start, helping top-ranked and defending national champions open the ...

Ronaldo still scoreless as Juventus extends perfect start

By ANDREW DAMPF, AP Sports Writer ROME (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo is still scoreless after three matches with Juventus. Juventus, however, is doing just fine. Mario Mandzukic scored one and set up another with a backheel pass as the Bianconeri won at promoted Parma 2-1 on Saturday to remain ...

Hamlin looking to his Darlington touch for NASCAR playoffs

By PETE IACOBELLI, AP Sports Writer DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — About the only time Denny Hamlin's had difficulty at Darlington Raceway came when he was trying to impress the brass at Joe Gibbs Racing. He and Tony Stewart tested at the track "Too Tough To Tame" about 15 years ago and Hamlin ...

Indians acquire former MVP Donaldson from Blue Jays

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Donaldson's rough season has taken a positive turn. The Indians are giving him a swing at October. The 2015 AL MVP was traded Friday night by Toronto to Cleveland, which is hoping a healthy Donaldson can bolster its lineup and help the ...

Umpire confiscates Phillies pitcher’s cheat sheet

By AARON BRACY, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pitchers can't have a cheat sheet — at least for now. Veteran umpire Joe West confiscated a card from Phillies reliever Austin Davis in the eighth inning of Philadelphia's 7-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night. Davis and ...

Raiders send star pass rusher Mack to Bears in massive trade

By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer The Chicago Bears spent the offseason loading up to end a string of losing seasons. They just made their biggest move. The Bears acquired star pass rusher Khalil Mack from the Raiders in a massive trade on Saturday that sent two first-round draft picks to ...

No. 10 Nittany Lions edge Appalachian State 45-38 in OT

By TRAVIS JOHNSON, Associated Press STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — After squandering a 14-point, fourth-quarter lead to a program with a history of being a giant killer, things grew tense in Happy Valley. Not for Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley. The Heisman Trophy hopeful led a game-tying ...