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Newgarden wins Long Beach pole in tight IndyCar title race

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The IndyCar championship race tightened ahead of the Grand Prix of Long Beach after a messy qualifying session put contenders Alex Palou and Pato O'Ward in the middle of the pack. "Maybe rules don't apply the last race of the season? When everything's at stake? It ...

Cardinals set team record with 15th straight win, beat Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) — Harrison Bader and the St. Louis Cardinals clearly recognize their record is impressive. Now they also want to win their next game — and many more after that. The Cardinals set a franchise mark with their 15th straight win, boosted when catcher Yadier Molina and center ...

Rays clinch 2nd straight AL East title, beat Marlins 7-3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — In a division loaded with big-budget teams, this is becoming a familiar picture: the Tampa Bay Rays gathering on the mound, posing for a photo as AL East champions. The Rays clinched their second straight division title, with Mike Zunino hitting a go-ahead homer ...

Emory Jones comes up big, No. 11 Gators rout Tennessee again

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Emory Jones did something no Florida quarterback has done since Tim Tebow. With backup Anthony Richardson cleared to return next week, Jones might have a tough time accomplishing the feat again. Jones had two touchdown passes to go with a career-high 144 yards ...

OT interception lifts No. 20 Spartans over Nebraska 23-20

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State coach Mel Tucker said he showed his players video highlights of special teams units around the country making game-changing plays. His 20th-ranked Spartans delivered a local adaptation on Saturday night. With the offense sputtering, Jayden Reed ...

Brkic’s last-second FG lifts No. 4 Oklahoma past W. Virginia

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Another day, another ugly win for Oklahoma. Gabe Brkic's 30-yard field goal as time expired gave the fourth-ranked Sooners a 16-13 win over West Virginia on Saturday night. Oklahoma started its final possession at its 8-yard line with 3:39 remaining. Quarterback Spencer ...

Stanton’s slam lifts Yanks to 5-3 win, WC tie with Red Sox

BOSTON (AP) — The Yankees figure to be in a fight the remainder of the season to secure a playoff berth. Through the first two games of a crucial series at Fenway Park, they certainly look like a team up for the challenge. Giancarlo Stanton hit a go-ahead grand slam over the Green Monster ...

Volkanovski, Shevchenko defend at UFC 266; Lawler stops Diaz

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Alexander Volkanovski defended his featherweight title with a bloody, tumultuous unanimous decision over Brian Ortega, and Valentina Shevchenko defended her flyweight belt with a fourth-round stoppage of Lauren Murphy at UFC 266 on Saturday night. Nick Diaz also lost his ...

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 ...