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76ers’ Doc Rivers merges Black history lessons into camp

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Doc Rivers is at ease using his platform as an NBA coach to fight bigotry and racial injustice, campaign for politicians he believes in and advocate for social change on themes ranging from poverty to police brutality. Sometimes, his speeches sound like they were ...

Russian court sets Brittney Griner appeal date for Oct. 25

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court on Monday set Oct. 25 as the date for American basketball star Brittney Griner's appeal against her nine-year prison sentence for drug possession. Griner, an eight-time all-star center with the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and a two-time Olympic gold medalist, was ...

Falcons put Patterson on IR, seek new starting running back

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons must find a new starting running back after placing Cordarrelle Patterson on injured reserve on Monday with a knee injury. Coach Arthur Smith said Patterson had a minor knee procedure. Patterson will miss at least four games, leaving rookie Tyler Allgeier ...

Quality of hockey, business booming as NHL begins new season

Cale Makar won the Stanley Cup and earned playoff MVP honors after a season in which he was voted the NHL's best defenseman. He may be the best hockey player in the world, and still he looks around at Connor McDavid, Patrick Kane, Auston Matthews and Colorado teammate Nathan MacKinnon and ...

Dolphins’ Tagovailoa ruled out for Sunday’s game at Jets

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has been ruled out for Sunday's game at the New York Jets. Tagovailoa, who suffered a concussion last Thursday at Cincinnati when he took a scary sack from Bengals defensive tackle Josh Tupou, was stretchered off the field and ...

Gonzalo Higuaín to retire at end of MLS season at age 34

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Gonzalo Higuaín says he will retire from soccer after Inter Miami's Major League Soccer season ends. The 34-year-old striker joined Miami in September 2020. He has 14 league goals this season, including 12 in his last 15 matches, and 27 goals in 65 games with ...

Buccaneers searching for answers to run game struggles

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — There was nothing wrong with Tampa Bay's passing attack that the return of some of Tom Brady's top playmakers didn't fix. The seven-time Super Bowl champion threw for 385 yards and three touchdowns without an interception in Sunday night's 41-31 loss to the Kansas City ...

Analysis: NFL isn’t passing the eye test on head injuries

What happened in Tampa was the last thing the NFL, its players and its fanbase needed three days after Tua Tagovailoa's horrifying head injury called into question the league's commitment to curbing concussions. Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate sat out the second half of Sunday night's 41-31 ...

Turning to Pickett was inevitable for struggling Steelers

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin tried to keep the moment at bay as long as he could. Mitch Trubisky did too while gamely — if futilely — enduring what quickly became a weekly referendum on his ability to hang onto the starting quarterback job in Pittsburgh during a slow start. It didn't ...

Complete games disappearing in baseball’s Analytics Age

NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Palmer thought back to 1971, when Baltimore Orioles pitching coach George Bamberger kept scrawling marks on the underside of his cap's brim. "George, what is that?" the Hall of Fame pitcher recalled asking. "He said, 'I have a complete game clause. If you guys get 50 or ...

Wilson’s solid performance in clutch a great sign for Jets

There were moments in the first three quarters Sunday when Zach Wilson showed flashes of the playmaker the New York Jets thought they were getting when they drafted him No. 2 overall last year. There were other times when the second-year quarterback — making his season debut after being ...

Giants off to best start since 2011 but QB injuries a worry

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants are off to their best start since 2011, and there's no need to tell the team to stay focused. While the 3-1 record is welcome with a new coach, Brian Daboll's team has injury concerns galore, starting at quarterback. The Giants aren't sure ...

Bills find a way to win a close game in rally against Ravens

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — So much for the Buffalo Bills' recent struggles in close games. Facing a 17-point deficit against the Baltimore Ravens, the Bills showed why they deserve to be considered one of the AFC favorites with how they rallied for a 23-30 victory on Sunday. The Bills had ...

Column: ‘We need to fix it’ safety concerns dogging NASCAR

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR's beleaguered new car somehow made it out of Talladega Superspeedway in the cleanest race yet of this year's playoffs. It did little to quell the safety concerns surrounding the Next Gen car that debuted this season. The first four playoff races were a ...

Authorities probing report of scandal at fishing tournament

CLEVELAND (AP) — The county prosecutor's office in Cleveland has opened an investigation into an apparent cheating scandal during a lucrative walleye fishing tournament on Lake Erie last week. A video posted to Twitter shows Jason Fischer, tournament director for the Lake Erie Walleye Trail, ...

LSU QB Daniels on track to play against No. 8 Tennessee

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU starting quarterback Jayden Daniels is expected to be back this week against No. 8 Tennessee as he recovers from a knee injury that forced him out of last Saturday's victory at Auburn, Tigers coach Brian Kelly said Monday. Kelly added that transfer defensive back ...

Texas and Oklahoma enter rivalry week with QB questions

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Two rivals, two quarterback injury conundrums. Texas and Oklahoma are preparing for this weekend's annual matchup in Dallas with big questions at the most important position on the field. Longhorns coach Steve Sarkisian at least has the luxury of two solid options. His ...

Zappe’s play a silver lining as injuries mount for Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Patriots spent their offseason trying to improve the personnel around quarterback Mac Jones, and then used the preseason to tweak their offense to best utilize the players they added. After injuries in back-to-back weeks to Jones and backup Brian Hoyer, New ...

Feds vow major aid for Hurricane Ian victims amid rescues

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — With the death toll from Hurricane Ian rising and hundreds of thousands of people without power in Florida and the Carolinas, U.S. officials vowed Sunday to unleash a massive amount of federal disaster aid as crews scrambled to rescue people stranded by the ...

AP Top 25: Tide retakes No. 1 from UGA; Kansas snaps drought

Alabama reclaimed No. 1 from Georgia in The Associated Press college football poll in one of the closest votes in the recent years, and six teams — including Kansas — made their season debut on Sunday. The Crimson Tide received 25 first-place votes and 1,523 points in the AP Top 25 ...