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Flags, injuries, bad ‘D’ hurt Skins in 38-14 loss to Falcons

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Pro Football Writer LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — As harbingers go, this was quite a start for the Washington Redskins. After a 4-yard run on the opening play of the game, the hosts' initial possession featured a holding penalty, a sack for a loss of 9 yards, an injured left ...

4 interceptions help Dolphins beat Darnold and Jets, 13-6

By STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Jerome Baker danced, waved, waggled his index finger and clicked his heels. For a first-year linebacker, it was a surprisingly polished touchdown celebration. Baker bested fellow rookie Sam Darnold, scoring the game's only TD on a ...

Newton, McCaffrey lead Panthers past Bucs 42-28

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Cam Newton can't keep from grinning when he looks around at the playmakers that surround him in the Panthers' locker room. "The talent level we have on this team is extremely scary," Newton said. The Panthers proved that again ...

Magic Mahomes: KC quarterback throws 3 TDs, Chiefs go to 8-1

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — With almost every flick of his right wrist, the legend of Patrick Mahomes grows. And he's just beginning. Only 10 games into his NFL career, Kansas City's young quarterback is doing things that have never been done before. Mahomes passed ...

No. 7 Mountaineers like the view from on top of the Big 12

By JIM VERTUNO, AP Sports Writer AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — West Virginia likes this view: The Mountaineers are tied with Oklahoma for first place in the Big 12 Conference with three games left in the regular season. The Sooners have seen this view before, but it's a whole new world for West ...

Ethiopia’s Desisa, Kenya’s Keitany win NYC Marathon

By DENIS P. GORMAN, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — By the time Mary Keitany was pacing her way up Manhattan's First Avenue, she had no reason to look back for challengers. The Kenyan's lead was growing over the strong women's field with every stride, and all she thought about was the ...

AP Top 25: West Virginia up to 7 after 10 ranked teams lose

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer No. 7 West Virginia re-entered the top 10 of The Associated Press college football poll after another weekend in which the number of ranked teams losing reached double digits. Unanimous No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Notre Dame remained ...

Cubs exercise option on Hamels, trade Smyly to Texas

By JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have exercised their 2019 option on left-hander Cole Hamels, solidifying their rotation for next year. Hamels, who turns 35 in December, went 4-3 with a 2.36 ERA in 12 starts after he was acquired in a July 27 trade with Texas. ...

Re-run: 4 winners from ’17 to defend titles at NYC Marathon

By MELISSA MURPHY, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — All four winners of the 2017 NYC Marathon return to defend their titles on Sunday. American Shalane Flanagan and Kenyan Geoffrey Kamworor will try to repeat, along with the Swiss pair of Manuela Schar and Marcel Hug in the wheelchair ...

Nebraska’s confidence high for No. 8 Ohio State

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The bye week has been quite unpleasant for Ohio State. After a collapse against unranked Purdue on Oct. 20 that further exposed weaknesses in the defense and running game, the Buckeyes spent the off week stewing in the loss and trying ...

AP panel rates LA Rams’ offensive line as best in NFL; Steelers 3rd

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Pro Football Writer Todd Gurley is touted as an MVP contender. Jared Goff ranks among the top QBs in yardage and TD throws. Sean McVay already owns one NFL Coach of the Year award. Here are some lesser-known names that are also a big part of why the Los Angeles Rams are ...

Eyeing playoffs, Irish look to keep rolling at Northwestern

By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — No need to remind No. 3 Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish remember what happened last season when they were rolling along with their sights set on the playoffs. They're out to avoid a repeat. Notre Dame looks to remain unbeaten and in ...

No. 6 Georgia, No. 11 Kentucky meet to decide SEC East

By GARY B. GRAVES, AP Sports Writer LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Sixth-ranked Georgia is used to playing on the national stage. No. 11 Kentucky not so much. But the Wildcats must deal with the sudden spotlight of playing the program's most important game in a generation. The Southeastern ...

No. 1 Alabama expects toughest test yet at No. 4 LSU

By BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports Writer BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As quarterback sensation Tua Tagovailoa tries to envision what awaits him and top-ranked Alabama at LSU's Tiger Stadium, he could use recent history as a guide. Even during this decade of dominance, the Crimson Tide hasn't so much ...

Air Force travels to Army; revenge on the mind

By JOHN KEKIS, AP Sports Writer WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — It's been a year since Air Force lost its grasp on the Commander in Chief's Trophy, and the Falcons want it back. "The CIC always means a lot, but especially this year after what happened last year," Falcons senior offensive guard ...

No. 5 Michigan seeking revenge at home versus No. 14 Penn St

By LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Two down, two to go. No. 5 Michigan is on a revenge tour, according to defensive end Chase Winovich . The Wolverines have beaten two of the four Big Ten teams they lost to last season, leaving No. 14 Penn State and No. 8 Ohio State on ...

Texas finally in a November Big 12 title hunt

By JIM VERTUNO, AP Sports Writer AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — After years of being a late-season afterthought, Texas coach Tom Herman wanted the Longhorns to be competing for a Big 12 title in November. Texas is right where he wanted, with a key matchup against West Virginia up next. The No. 12 ...

Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey has died at age 80

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Baseball Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Willie McCovey, the sweet-swinging Hall of Famer nicknamed "Stretch" for his 6-foot-4 height and those long arms, died Wednesday. He was 80. The San Francisco Giants announced McCovey's death, saying the fearsome hitter passed ...

‘A hell of a night’: Derrick Rose savors his career-high 50

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer During the 2017-18 regular season, Derrick Rose didn't score 50 points in all of January. Or February. Or March. Or April. He was hurting, always in and out of the lineup, never in rhythm. Those problems, all his years of problems, seemed so long ago ...

‘Bama-LSU, Kentucky-Georgia matchups have title implications

By The Associated Press Here are a few things to watch during Week 10 of the Southeastern Conference football season: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 1 Alabama at No. 4 LSU: It's almost always a big game when the Crimson Tide and Tigers meet, but the stakes are even higher than usual for this matchup ...

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