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Overmatched Euros ‘need a couple miracles’ to keep Ryder Cup

He can't clone Jon Rahm. He can't make any last-minute substitutions. He can't sneak up and cut the laces on the Americans' golf shoes or super-glue the head covers to their drivers. All European captain Padraig Harrington can do at this point is post the lineup card, recite a few lines from ...

New champ Usyk heads for simple life, Joshua eyes rematch

LONDON (AP) — Anthony Joshua was walking back to his dressing room, dazed, bedraggled — he could barely see out of his right eye — with sympathetic shouts coming from the crowd of 66,000 who'd just seen British boxing's national treasure lose his world heavyweight titles again. Joshua ...

Brewers announcer Bob Uecker honored for 50 years behind mic

MILWAUKEE (AP) — As expected, the ceremony honoring popular Brewers announcer Bob Uecker's half-century at the microphone involved remembrances, appreciation — and a heavy dose of humorous stories. At least the ones Uecker said he could share with an audience of family, friends, former ...

College Football Picks: Neutral sites for 2 ranked matchups

Last week, college football gave fans one of its tastiest, and unfortunately rare, treats when Auburn visited Penn State. Good teams. Great setting. Entertaining game. What college football is all about. This week, not so much. The weekend's two matchups of ranked teams — No. 12 Notre Dame ...

Rookie NFL quarterbacks struggling through 1st 2 weeks

The rookie class of quarterbacks that entered the season full of fanfare is finding the adjustment to the NFL is not very easy. Top two picks Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson lead the league with five interceptions after opening the season with back-to-back losses, Trey Lance has barely seen ...

Panthers, off to 2-0 start, visit Texans in prime time

In an effort to get every team a Thursday game, NFL schedule makers often take some of the likely tail-enders and stick them in early season games. Sort of a "let's get them out of the way before they've lost a lot" philosophy. It's unlikely those folks expected an undefeated Carolina ...

Fangio: Meyer says ‘every week it’s like playing Alabama’

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Vic Fangio says Urban Meyer told him coaching in the NFL is "like playing Alabama" every week. Denver's coach relayed his conversation from last weekend with the embattled Jacksonville Jaguars coach to illustrate a point about parity in the NFL. Asked on Wednesday ...

Mike Schmidt: Harper is clear MVP, he’s Pete Rose with power

It's that time of the baseball year again, the individual award season. Who's the MVP? Who's the Cy Young winner? Rookie of the Year? Does the MVP have to come from a team in the postseason? Does MVP mean "most valuable player to a team" or "best player in the league"? There's never been a ...

Matt Ryan says he loves Atlanta, not worried about future

Matt Ryan has watched Joe Montana, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady switch teams, so he knows there's a possibility he won't finish his career with the Atlanta Falcons. Save that speculation for talk shows and columns. Ryan is too focused on this season and too smart to say otherwise. "The one ...

Long Beach opens up for grand prix return, IndyCar closer

One of the crown jewels of both motorsports and the North American street festival scene opened Thursday for the first time in 17 months after the pandemic snapped a 45-year run for the Grand Prix of Long Beach. The annual event was one of the longest continuously run street events in auto ...

‘We want to get back to life’: Most NHL players get vaccine

Sporting a mask, Toronto Maple Leafs winger William Nylander opened his news conference at the start of training camp by informing reporters he was not yet fully vaccinated. "Had couple medical things to take care of," he said. "I'll be fully vaccinated by the beginning of the season." The ...

Sabres’ Jack Eichel fails physical, stripped of captaincy

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jack Eichel was stripped of his captaincy by the Sabres on Thursday, raising further questions about his future in Buffalo due to a widening rift over how to treat a neck injury that has sidelined the center for six months. With the two sides at a stalemate, general ...

Packers-Niners renew now familiar NFL rivalry on Sunday

If it seems as if the Packers have transferred to the NFC West or the 49ers moved to the NFC North, blame the schedule makers at league headquarters. When Green Bay (1-1) visits San Francisco (2-0) on Sunday, it will be the fourth trip to the Bay Area for the Cheeseheads in 22 months. The ...

Week 4 Preview: Hogs-Aggies, Badgers-Irish featured games

The Southwest Classic between longtime rivals Arkansas and Texas A&M has been one-sided, with the Aggies having won nine straight. Before the season, the teams' SEC opener looked like just another game Saturday. Turns out, it's a Top 25 matchup in CBS' prime afternoon time slot at AT&T ...

Name drop: Cleveland set to say goodbye to Indians for good

CLEVELAND (AP) — There's no more debate or decisions forthcoming. There's still some anger and disbelief, but also the excitement that comes along with change. The Cleveland Indians are about to become history. On Monday, one of the American League's charter members will play its final home ...

Analysis: Enough taunting – from social media and fans, too

Stop the taunting already. That's not just meant for NFL players. The overreaction on social media and among broadcast pundits to the NFL's point of emphasis on the topic has been, well, as nasty as some of the deeds and comments on the field. Yes, there have been some 15-yard penalty calls ...

Injuries to McCaffrey, Horn sour Panthers’ 3-0 start

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Normally teams would be fired up after starting the season 3-0. But there is plenty of concern in Carolina after losing three key players in a 24-9 win over the Houston Texans on Thursday night, including running back Christian McCaffrey, who will miss multiple weeks ...

Ironman World Championship leaves Hawaii for 1st time

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — The Ironman World Championship will be held outside Hawaii for the first time in four decades because of uncertainty over whether the Big Island will be able to host the triathlon as scheduled in February during the coronavirus pandemic. Competitors will head to ...

Tiger Woods’ text helps inspire U.S. team in Ryder Cup

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — Tiger Woods isn't at Whistling Straits, but several U.S. players say he helped inspire them to a big lead in the first day of the Ryder Cup. Woods sent a group text through captain Steve Stricker to American players, saying he was behind them in their battle to regain ...

Former UFC champ Jon Jones jailed in Vegas battery incident

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former UFC champion Jon Jones was jailed in Las Vegas early Friday after an incident at Caesars Palace that police said led to his arrest on charges of domestic battery and damaging a vehicle. Details of the incident that led to Jones' 5:45 a.m. arrest at the Las Vegas Strip ...