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Red Sox confirm Chaim Bloom is team’s new baseball boss

By JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have confirmed the hiring of Chaim Bloom as their chief baseball officer. The former Tampa Bay Rays executive says in a statement it is an honor to run Boston's baseball operations department. The hiring was first reported ...

For college basketball, a season begins on the brink

By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer For coaches and other leaders in college basketball, the approach of the upcoming season has been nothing like business as usual. Not in Indianapolis, where lawyers at the NCAA are busy trying to circumvent a newly passed law that threatens the foundation of ...

Bon Voyage: Road teams win 1st 5 Series games for 3rd time

By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The highlight film of this year's World Series could be a double feature with all those Bob Hope/Bing Crosby movies: "On the Road." For just the third time in Series history, the visiting team has won the first five games. "We play the ...

ICYMI in NFL Week 8: Pats D finds end zone again

By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer Big news: The Patriots defense allowed a touchdown. Not big news: The Patriots defense scored one, too. Impressive as the entire New England operation has looked in reaching the halfway point of the NFL season at 8-0, the defense is playing at a level rarely ...

AP Top 25 Reality Check: 3 ways of deciding who is No. 1

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer One of the tightest votes in Top 25 history seems to come down to three philosophies: Like the team with the best resume, based on the number of victories against high-level competition? LSU is for you. Like the team that has been the most ...

Packers-Chiefs remains showdown of division leaders

By Dave Skretta AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It was supposed to be a Sunday night celebration of two of the NFL’s storied franchises, the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs, teams that played in the first Super Bowl and each led these days by transcendent ...

Panthers’ Reid motivated vs. 49ers: ‘I just don’t forget’

By The Associated Press Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid makes his return Sunday to San Francisco, where he and Colin Kaepernick were teammates and made headlines while kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial and social injustices in America. Reid said he isn’t bitter about ...

SEC showing off most promising crop of 1st-round NFL talent

By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Southeastern Conference produces more NFL talent than any other league. It's not even close. The football powerhouse had a record 64 players drafted in 2019, and dozens more made rosters and practice squads as undrafted ...

Harbaugh tells players’ parents he’s not leaving Michigan

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has sent an email to parents of players on his team, refuting a report saying representatives are working on his departure from his alma mater. "I am reaching out to let you know that the recent claims that I ...

Jim Boeheim starts 44th season at Syracuse with young roster

By JOHN KEKIS AP Sports Writer SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim has seen it all in his long career, so retooling the lineup is old hat as he gears up for his 44th season at his alma mater. "It's the same every year. You're starting new," said Boeheim, who got a head start on ...

Duke expects balanced talent in 1st year after Zion

By JOEDY McCREARY AP Sports Writer DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Mike Krzyzewski describes his latest Duke team as old-fashioned — with an emphasis on old. Sure, the Blue Devils will be heavy on freshmen again after replacing one batch of one-and-done players with another. But surrounding them will ...

Soto, Nationals top Cole, Astros 5-4 in World Series opener

By BEN WALKER AP Baseball Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Juan Soto and the Washington Nationals quickly derailed the Cole Express. A 20-year-old prodigy with a passion for the big moment, Soto homered onto the train tracks high above the left field wall and hit a two-run double as the Nationals ...

Long wait over for some Astros, Nationals at World Series

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Baseball Writer HOUSTON (AP) — What a relief for Houston Astros pitcher Joe Smith that manager AJ Hinch was only joking about his team's makeup for the World Series. "I would bring (him) in my office and pretend like he's not going to make the roster, just to get a ...

Winston, Howard top AP preseason All-America men’s team

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer Cassius Winston had a long list of accomplishments at Michigan State. He led the Spartans to Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles and into the Final Four. He was the Big Ten player of the year, an Associated Press All-American, one of the nation's ...

NFL cracks down on internal dissent over officiating

By ARNIE STAPLETON AP Pro Football Writer The NFL threw yellow flags on Rams linebacker Clay Matthews, Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and Lions safety Tracy Walker, fining each $12,500 for criticizing officials. Matthews was disciplined for a tweet he posted after the Lions lost to his ...

Patriots blitz Darnold, Jets 33-0 to remain undefeated

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. AP Pro Football Writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Tom Brady set the tone and the New England Patriots' blitz-happy defense took over from there. Bill Belichick's bunch is still undefeated after another absolutely dominant performance. Brady threw a TD pass to Phillip ...

Clemson player who punched opponent faces no more discipline

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says reserve defensive back Andrew Booth Jr. will face no additional punishment for punching a Louisville player last week. The freshman punch ed Trenell Troutman during the second half of Clemson's 45-10 victory. Booth will miss the opening ...

Mahomes hurts knee in Chiefs’ win over Denver

By Arnie Stapleton AP Pro Football Writer DENVER (AP) — Reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes injured his right knee in a pileup near the goal line before his Kansas City teammates rallied around their fallen superstar for a 30-6 thrashing of Denver on Thursday night. Backup Matt Moore threw a ...

LEADING OFF: Strasburg, Nats lead Cards 2-0, Stanton hurt

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: MAKING THEIR PITCH Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals try to move within a win of the World Series. They lead St. Louis 2-0 in the NL Championship Series after dominant starts by Max Scherzer ...

Mariota, Winston may have cloudy futures with shaky showings

By SCHUYLER DIXON AP Pro Football Writer Marcus Mariota might be out as the starting quarterback in Tennessee, while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers might have to decide how many more interceptions they can afford from Jameis Winston. For the top two picks in the 2015 draft, the future might not be ...