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Amir Khan recovers to beat Samuel Vargas on points

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — English welterweight Amir Khan had to climb off the canvas to continue his comeback with a points win over Samuel Vargas on Saturday. In his second fight since returning to the ring after a two-year absence, Khan was knocked to the floor in the final seconds of the ...

Murray’s 5 total TDs lead No. 6 Oklahoma past UCLA 49-21

By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — UCLA coach Chip Kelly believes his day against Oklahoma might have gone better with some help from the Oakland Athletics. The A's selected Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with the ninth overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft. ...

Taekwondo champ Steven Lopez receives permanent ban

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Center for SafeSport has permanently banned two-time Olympic taekwondo champion Steven Lopez for sexual misconduct involving a minor. The center has been investigating Lopez for about four months and made his ban permanent Thursday night. He can appeal. He was ...

LEADING OFF: Ohtani slugging away with bad elbow, Gio debut

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: THE SHO GOES ON Shohei Ohtani doesn't need two good elbows to help the Angels. Doctors this week recommended the two-way rookie sensation have Tommy John surgery on his right pitching elbow, but Ohtani has been ...

Turpin ignites No. 16 TCU in rainy 42-12 win over rival SMU

By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Sports Writer DALLAS (AP) — If No. 16 TCU was looking ahead to a showdown with Ohio State, KaVontae Turpin snapped his fellow Horned Frogs back into the present with another speedy dash to the end zone. Turpin ignited a sluggish team by returning a punt 78 yards for a ...

Tanaka shines, Torres and McCutchen homer as Yanks blank M’s

SEATTLE (AP) — Masahiro Tanaka may be pitching himself into a start at the AL wild-card game. The Japanese right-hander struck out 10 over eight innings, Gleyber Torres and Andrew McCutchen each hit two-run homers and the New York Yankees beat the Seattle Mariners 4-0 on Friday ...

Astros beat Red Sox 6-3 in in a matchup of AL leaders

By The Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Carlos Correa hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning and the Houston Astros won their sixth straight game, beating the Boston Red Sox 6-3 on Friday night in a matchup of AL division leaders. The Red Sox, with the best record in the majors, ...

Kershaw efficient, Dodgers pull closer to 1st-place Rockies

By PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer DENVER (AP) — Kenta Maeda felt something the veteran pitcher doesn't always experience — a touch of nerves. Stepping into the shoes of All-Star closer Kenley Jansen happens to be stressful work. Even more so in the heat of a division chase. Clayton Kershaw ...

No. 3 Georgia, No. 24 S. Carolina meet in SEC East showdown

By The Associated Press Here are some things to watch during the second week of the Southeastern Conference football season: GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 3 Georgia at No. 24 South Carolina. It's an early-season matchup between two teams who are among the favorites to win the SEC's Eastern Division. ...

Luplow hits tiebreaking HR, Pirates beat Marlins 5-3

By ALAN SAUNDERS, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — When veteran pitcher Chris Archer faltered and regular right fielder Gregory Polanco left a game Friday night against Miami with an injury, Pittsburgh turned to the kids to get the job done. Kevin Kramer recorded his first major league ...

Knee ends Nadal’s Open defense; Djokovic vs. del Potro final

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Rafael Nadal felt the pain sear into his right knee early in his U.S. Open semifinal, on what he called "a bad movement." It was a familiar pain, one that he's dealt with off-and-on for years. The defending champion looked up at his guest ...

Rams finally get Donald, Suh together on tantalizing defense

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Aaron Donald makes a joke during a break in practice, and Ndamukong Suh chuckles. Pretty soon, the entire Los Angeles Rams' defensive line is cracking up. This new defense is no laughing matter, though. Six months after the Rams ...

After banner goes up, Eagles start title defense

By Rob Maaddi AP Pro Football Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Before the Philadelphia Eagles begin their quest for a repeat, they’ll have one more celebration. The first Super Bowl banner in franchise history will be unveiled in front of a sellout crowd that waited seemingly forever to ...

Viviani wins another Vuelta stage, Yates keeps overall lead

BERMILLO DE SAYAGO, Spain (AP) — Italian cyclist Elia Viviani won his second Spanish Vuelta stage on Tuesday, while Simon Yates retained the leader's red jersey despite a punctured tire. Viviani, who also won the third stage, outsprinted Peter Sagan in the final meters to comfortably win the ...

Serena, Stephens try to reach semifinals at US Open

NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams and Sloane Stephens can give the United States two U.S. Open semifinalists, a year after an all-American women's final four. And for the first time since 2006, the host country can have a man there, too. Williams and Stephens first have to win quarterfinal ...

Mr. Smith goes to Washington as Redskins’ undisputed leader

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Sports Writer Alex Smith doesn't believe in assigned seats. As he tried to get to know his new Washington Redskins teammates, Smith sat in a different seat for each meeting. Defensive line coach Jim Tomsula knew that from his time with Smith in San Francisco, and running ...

LEADING OFF: Bregman streaking, Angels hopeful about Ohtani

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: ASCENDING ASTRO Alex Bregman has homered in three straight games for Houston, part of his surge since making the All-Star team. The third baseman has reached base safely in 31 consecutive games, the longest active ...

Federer stunned by 55th-ranked Millman in US Open 4th Round

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Federer served poorly. He volleyed poorly. Closed out sets poorly, too. And now he's gone, beaten at the U.S. Open by an opponent ranked outside the top 50 for the first time in his illustrious career. Looking slow and tired on a ...

Jackson’s 2 TD passes help Virginia Tech handle FSU 24-3

By MARK LONG, AP Sports Writer TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Virginia Tech and coach Justin Fuente notched another season-opening victory against a ranked team. Florida State and Willie Taggart delivered the program's most inept offensive performance at home in a decade, hardly the start Taggart ...

Yelich beats throw to 1st in 9th, Brewers beat Cubs 4-3

By The Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Christian Yelich drove in the winning run with the bases loaded in the ninth after beating a throw from third to avoid a double play, and the Milwaukee Brewers opened an important three-game series with the Chicago Cubs with a 4-3 win Monday. The ...

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