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At NBA media days, COVID and vaccines remain dominant topics

Utah center Rudy Gobert revealed that after much deliberation, he decided to become vaccinated. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich has gotten his booster shot already. Boston coach Ime Udoka had his shots and tested positive for COVID-19 anyway. And Brooklyn guard Kyrie Irving is keeping ...

Saints finally return home, and with an evolving identity

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It wasn't so long ago that Saints coach Sean Payton was designing and calling some of the most prolific passing offenses the NFL had ever seen. That was the Saints' identity for most of the past 15 years, when Drew Brees was their quarterback. Not now. The 2021 Saints ...

Depth shows up for Cardinals during 16-game win streak

It's Paul Goldschmidt, Adam Wainwright, Yadier Molina and Nolan Arenado. But it's also Giovanny Gallegos, Andrew Knizner, Jake Woodford and Kodi Whitley. The St. Louis Cardinals are proving to be a lot more than their biggest stars — a Lars Nootbaar more. The soaring Cardinals have won 16 ...

SEC showdowns loom: Mississippi-Alabama, Arkansas-Georgia

Alabama and Georgia, the top-ranked teams in the country and the favorites to win their Southeastern Conference divisions, are preparing to face the league's biggest early season surprises. No. 12 Mississippi is heading to Alabama to take on the top-ranked Crimson Tide while No. 8 Arkansas ...

Boston Marathon paying tribute to 2-time Indigenous champion

BOSTON (AP) — Organizers of the Boston Marathon publicly apologized for running the 125th edition of the planet's most celebrated footrace on Indigenous Peoples Day. Now they're seeking to make amends by throwing the spotlight on a member of Rhode Island's Narragansett tribe who won the race ...

Tucker’s 66-yarder sets record, gives Ravens win at Detroit

By The Associated Press undefined DETROIT (AP) — Justin Tucker set an NFL record with a 66-yard field goal, bouncing it through off the crossbar as time expired to lift the Baltimore Ravens to a 19-17 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday. The kick topped the 64-yard field goal Matt Prater ...

Americans win back Ryder Cup with a record margin of victory

By The Associated Press SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — The Americans won back the Ryder Cup and perhaps a whole lot more Sunday, sending a strong message to Europe with a powerful performance from their youngest team in history. The Americans won back the Ryder Cup and perhaps a whole lot more ...

Hamlin holds off Elliott, takes first NASCAR win in Vegas

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Denny Hamlin earned his first career victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday night, holding off Chase Elliott and kicking off the second round of the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs with his second win in September. Hamlin got his first ...

LEADING OFF: Cleveland plays final home game as Indians

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors on Monday: ___ LAST TIME Cleveland will play its final home game as the Indians, the team's nickname since 1915. The club will be called the Cleveland Guardians next season. President of baseball operations ...

Palou becomes first Spaniard to win IndyCar championship

By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Alex Palou raised the Spanish flag over his head and hugged every teammate he could find. The first championship trophy of his professional career at last in his hands, he planted his lips on the Astor Cup and savored a dream ...

Americans take largest lead against Europe in Ryder Cup

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — The final team session that left the Americans on the cusp of winning back the Ryder Cup ended in a tie that was open to interpretation. Scottie Scheffler made the biggest putt of his young career, helping the Americans flip a fourballs match late Saturday afternoon ...

Steelers rule LB T.J. Watt out against Cincinnati

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers star outside linebacker T.J. Watt won't play against Cincinnati after all. The team has downgraded Watt to out for Sunday's visit from Cincinnati (1-1). Watt, who is dealing with a groin injury, was listed as questionable on Friday's injury report. Watt ...

Larson returns to Las Vegas looking for another victory

Overlooked in the post-race spat between Kevin Harvick and Chase Elliott was yet another trip to victory lane for Kyle Larson, NASCAR's championship favorite. As Larson celebrated his Cup Series-high sixth points win of the season, Hendrick Motorsports teammate Elliott jawed with Harvick ...

Beisel completes swim to Block Island to honor late father

NEW SHOREHAM, R.I. (AP) — Olympic medalist Elizabeth Beisel became the first woman to swim from the Rhode Island mainland to Block Island on Saturday, completing the grueling 10.4-mile route to raise money for cancer research in memory of her late father. Beisel, who competed in three ...

Daniels plays quarter as No. 2 Georgia dominates Vandy 62-0

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Georgia coach Kirby Smart spent the week talking about Mike Tyson, pushing his Bulldogs to start fast and play up to the standard he wants this season. His Bulldogs did just that. JT Daniels threw for 121 yards and two touchdowns playing only the first quarter as No. ...

With QB Coan out, No. 12 Irish beat No. 18 Badgers 41-13

CHICAGO (AP) — To win more games than any coach in the storied history of Notre Dame football, Brian Kelly has needed to be adaptable. Maybe never more than the first month of this season. The Fighting Irish have used three quarterbacks and four left tackles, moved away from their run-first ...

Angels star Trout makes it official: He’s out for the season

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout is officially shut down for the season. The three-time AL MVP suffered a calf strain on May 17 and hasn't returned to the lineup since. The original prognosis was six to eight weeks of rehabilitation, but the injury was worse than ...

No. 5 Iowa rallies to defeat Colorado State 24-14

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa made it through September undefeated with the remainder of the Big Ten schedule looming. But it wasn't easy for the No. 5 Hawkeyes to get to this point. They opened the season with wins against ranked teams Indiana and Iowa State. A home win over Kent State ...

Baylor beats No. 14 Iowa St 31-29 after failed 2-point try

WACO, Texas (AP) — Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said his defense was just a little bit off with its detail early in Saturday's game against Baylor. The Bears took full advantage with a fast start, then held on as their special teams and defense handled the rest. Gerry Bohanon threw for ...

NC State holds on in double OT, stuns No. 9 Clemson 27-21

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Clemson's final pass had barely hit the ground when North Carolina State's sideline began charging toward the field to celebrate, followed closely by red-clad Wolfpack fans pouring in to join them from all directions. The Wolfpack's long run of frustration in these ...