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Jets QB Darnold ruled out vs. Eagles, Falk to start

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Sam Darnold's return will have to wait at least another week. The New York Jets quarterback was ruled out for the team's game at Philadelphia on Sunday as he continues to recover from mononucleosis. Darnold was originally ...

New International Swimming League debuts with cash prizes

By BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer The International Swimming League debuts this weekend, with some of the sport's biggest names competing for cash prizes in a team format that culminates in a splashy finale in Las Vegas. Four of the league's eight teams will swim on Saturday and Sunday in ...

Remembering Nick: Miami Project gala to honor Buoniconti

By The Associated Press undefined Pro Football Hall of Famer Ed Reed and such sports stars as Dwyane Wade, Wladimir Klitschko, Chase Utley, Matt Biondi, Christian Vieri, Amy Van Dyken-Rouen and Meghan Duggan will be honored by The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis on Monday night at the ...

Johnson’s sponsor stays on Hendrick 48 car through 2023

By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer DOVER, Del. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson has a winless streak that's hit 88 races. He missed the playoffs for the first time in his career and lost any shot at winning a record eighth NASCAR championship. The driver who once seemingly won at Dover International ...

Browns’ Beckham fined by NFL for fighting with Ravens

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns star Odell Beckham Jr. was fined an undisclosed amount by the NFL for fighting Baltimore's Marlon Humphrey. The wide receiver said the penalty would have been harsher if he had retaliated. Beckham wouldn't disclose how much he was ...

Matthews, Maple Leafs beat Senators in opener

TORONTO (AP) — Auston Matthews scored twice in Toronto’s four-goal second period in the Maple Leafs’ 5-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night in the opener for both teams. Matthews gave Toronto a 3-2 lead at 8:02 of the second and made it 4-2 on a power play with 5:10 left ...

Barkley may be back sooner than expected

By Tom Canavan AP Sports Writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Don’t be surprised if New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley is back in the lineup a lot sooner than expected. Just 10 days after sustaining a high sprain to his right ankle, Barkley worked out with a trainer on the ...

NFL ICYMI: Bills, Bears latest to see QB problem get worse

By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Pro Football Writer The NFL has a quarterback problem and it's only getting worse by the week. There are not very many people, among the world's billions, who are capable of playing the most important position in professional football well — and the number available to ...

Analysis: Road teams dominate in Week 4 and in September

By ROB MAADDI AP Pro Football Writer Losing at home in September could force some teams to have to win on the road in January. There was no home-field advantage in Week 4 in the NFL. Road teams are 10-3 entering Monday night's Bengals-Steelers game. Three of those 10 teams were at least 6 ...

Monsters of middle relief: Best bets from October bullpens

By JAKE SEINER AP Sports Writer It's been three years since Andrew Miller led the Cleveland Indians to the brink of a World Series championship by coming out of the bullpen early and often, and bulk work from relievers has been an October staple since. Whether it's Brewers All-Star Josh Hader ...

AP Top 25 Reality Check: Field closes in on Tide and Tigers

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football The college football season started with the general consensus that Clemson and Alabama, winners of the last four national champions, were a cut above the rest of college football. Georgia, Oklahoma and Ohio State were the most likely challengers, but how ...

MLB finishes with 6,776 homers, 11% above previous record

By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Major league batters finished with 6,776 home runs, shattering the previous record of 6,105 set two years ago. Dominic Smith hit the final long ball of the season, a three-run drive in the 11th inning Sunday off Atlanta's Grant Dayton that ...

Brewers clinch playoff spot; Twins win AL Central

By The Associated Press undefined CINCINNATI (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers wrapped up their second straight postseason appearance Wednesday night, with Ryan Braun's grand slam sparking a 9-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds that also tightened the NL Central race. The Brewers have won six in ...

No. 24 K-State into Big 12 opener undefeated under Klieman

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer Some things to watch on the fifth weekend of Big 12 Conference play: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 24 Kansas State at Oklahoma State (3-1, 0-1 Big 12). The Wildcats have their first 3-0 start since 2015, and that season they lost their fourth game in a Big 12 ...

Unexpected Edman suddenly crucial to Cardinals’ success

By DAVID BRANDT AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — Tommy Edman was up at the plate on Monday night, barely 24 hours after his St. Louis Cardinals had finished an emotional four-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Now, the Cardinals were in Phoenix, still locked in a tight pennant ...

Virginia-Notre Dame matchup headlines ACC’s Week 5

By JOEDY McCREARY AP Sports Writer Here are things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 5: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 18 Virginia at No. 10 Notre Dame. The Cavaliers (4-0) will try to do something no Atlantic Coast Conference team has ever done — beat a ranked Notre Dame team in ...

Kyrgios handed suspended 16-week ban by ATP Tour

LONDON (AP) — Nick Kyrgios has been handed a suspended 16-week ban from the ATP Tour following an investigation into his abusive behavior in a tournament in Cincinnati last month. The Australian player insulted a chair umpire and left the court to smash two rackets during a second-round loss ...

Vargas hits game-winner in 19th, D-backs top Cards 3-2

By DAVID BRANDT AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona had ample reasons to be a beaten-down ballclub one day after being officially eliminated from the National League playoff race. Instead, the Diamondbacks powered through 19 innings of baseball, used 13 pitchers and earned an unlikely ...

LEADING OFF: Brewers, Twins on brink of some bubbly

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: BREWING SOME BUBBLY The Brewers are on the verge of another postseason berth. Milwaukee can lock up an NL wild card with a win over Cincinnati or losses by the Cubs and Mets. Just like last season, when the ...

Turner’s slam helps Nats sweep Phils, clinch wild card

By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Dave Martinez's words were drenched with emotion as he stood in a booze-soaked clubhouse, Washington Nationals players celebrating all around after clinching an NL wild card exactly four months after they woke up with a 19-31 record and ...