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Week 8 Preview: Chip vs. Oregon; Pickett’s Heisman chance

The last three weeks have featured a team ranked in the top three of the AP college football poll losing to an unranked team. That streak will be tough to extend in Week 8. No. 1 Georgia is off, No. 2 Cincinnati is a four-touchdown favorite at Navy and No. 3 Oklahoma is favored by more than ...

Hall of Famer, Olympic coach Wright returns to loaded Nova

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Jay Wright left for Japan on July 2 as a two-time national champion at Villanova and winner of enough coach of the year awards and Big East titles to fill several trophy cases. He returned to the Main Line campus from a road trip that took him from Tokyo to Springfield, ...

As NFL trade deadline looms, Dolphins say Tua is ‘our QB’

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The story line has not changed over the last couple of months, nor did Miami coach Brian Flores' answer on Friday from when he was first asked about the future of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa months ago. "Tua's our quarterback," Flores said. That's not in dispute ...

No. 12 Memphis poised to chase title with No. 1 class, vets

Coach Penny Hardaway believes he has just the right mix for Memphis to chase the Tigers' first national men's basketball championship. "What I've learned this time is to mix the veterans with the young guys," Hardaway said. "You have the No. 1 recruiting class, but you have some really good ...

Pens’ star Crosby: still no timetable for return from injury

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby still isn't sure when he will be cleared to return after he had left wrist surgery last month. Crosby skated with his teammates for more than an hour Friday in the latest step in his recovery from surgery in early ...

Alabama: App may help cut long stadium food, drink lines

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Plagued by a shortage of stadium workers and complaints about long concession lines at home football games during the pandemic, the University of Alabama has contracted with an online app. The school is also making other changes in hopes of speeding up service during ...

Analysis: Several NFL teams entering danger zone very early

While it's too early to write off any NFL team's season — oh wait, we forgot about Detroit, Houston, Miami, Jacksonville and the rotten Big Apple — there is plenty of angst spread across the lower ends of the standings. As we dismiss those clubs mentioned above, we also present a look at ...

Backup plan: Browns can trust Keenum with Mayfield injured

CLEVELAND (AP) — Baker Mayfield's season is on pause for the moment — and may be for a while. That doesn't mean the Browns have to slow down as well. Mayfield missed Thursday night's game with a shoulder injury that worsened last week when he fractured a bone during a fall after being ...

No. 1 Gonzaga fully reloaded after run to championship game

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — At one point during Gonzaga's yearlong run at No. 1 last season, coach Mark Few felt so comfortable with the leadership he had on the floor, he could have left a rack of basketballs on the court, walked away and the Bulldogs could have run practice themselves. This ...

Analysis: Choosing a perfect NBA Top 75 team was impossible

The results are in and what happens now was inevitable. The top 76 players in NBA history have been announced , with the full 75th anniversary team having been revealed by the league. Now the debate begins to decide who must have been No. 77. Vince Carter, Chris Bosh, Dwight Howard, Bernard ...

Hamilton-Verstappen Formula 1 duel hits the track in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The red-hot rivalry between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton returned to the race track with a flip of the finger and an insult. It was only practice but the exchange Friday between the Formula One title contenders made for a spirited opening day of the U.S. Grand Prix ...

AP sources: Southern Miss accepts invite to join Sun Belt

Southern Mississippi accepted an invitation to join the Sun Belt Conference on Friday, dealing another blow to Conference USA, which already had six members announce their departures this week. Two people familiar with the decision told The Associated Press that Southern Miss had agreed to ...

Dodgers’ Scherzer scratched from Game 6 start vs Braves

ATLANTA (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers say Max Scherzer will not start Game 6 of the NL Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night. The Dodgers made the announcement on Friday night. They did not say why Scherzer will not start and did not say which pitcher will take ...

Dodgers eager to embrace 2020 NLCS storyline against Braves

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves know what happened last October and want to avoid a repeat. The Los Angeles Dodgers plan on an encore. Atlanta held 2-0 and 3-1 leads in the NL Championship Series before the Dodgers won three consecutive games in a playoff entirely at the neutral ballpark ...

Durant’s triple-double rallies Nets past 76ers 114-109

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ben Simmons wasn't there. Joel Embiid conceded he should not have played. With Philadelphia's All-Star cornerstones absent or injured, Kevin Durant and Brooklyn had the opening they needed to spoil the 76ers' opener with a rally down the stretch. Durant had 29 points, 15 ...

Simmons out for home opener, still not ready to join 76ers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ben Simmons sat out the Philadelphia 76ers' home opener on Friday night for personal reasons and the franchise does not know when the three-time All-Star guard will return. Simmons was suspended for the first game of the season for conduct detrimental to the team after ...

Canada beats US 3-1 in pre-Olympic women’s hockey game

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Coach Troy Ryan could overlook how Canada's women's hockey team sagged in the second period in resuming its cross-border rivalry against the United States on Friday night. What mattered, is how his team responded with Emily Clark scoring twice in the third period to ...

Red Sox run out of fight, fall to Astros in ALCS Game 6

HOUSTON (AP) — Backs against the wall — occasionally by their own doing — these Boston Red Sox proved hard to pin down. The Houston Astros finally got them for good Friday night. Boston's bats went quiet for the third straight game and the Red Sox bowed out of the AL Championship Series ...

Alvarez returns from double knee surgery to win ALCS MVP

HOUSTON (AP) — Two years after winning an AL Rookie of the Year Award, Yordan Alvarez has an AL Championship Series MVP to add to his trophy case. The 24-year-old Cuban was 4—for-4 with two doubles and a triple for the Houston Astros in Friday night's pennant-winning 5-0 victory over the ...

Dwight, AD downplay confrontation in Lakers’ loss to Suns

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dwight Howard and Anthony Davis both say their physical confrontation on the Los Angeles Lakers' bench was a momentary disagreement that has already been resolved. Even if their big men are getting along again, the Lakers have a whole lot more repairing to do. Chris Paul ...