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Gooch handles the wind at Sea Island and takes 1-shot lead

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — A strong wind off the Atlantic Ocean swept over Sea Island on Friday, and it was no problem for Talor Gooch of Oklahoma as he handled the exposed Seaside course for a 5-under 65 to take a one-shot lead in the RSM Classic. As expected, the balmy conditions of the ...

Warriors’ Curry sits out against Pistons with bruised hip

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry was out of the lineup against the Detroit Pistons due to a bruised hip, a night after scoring 20 of his 40 points in a fourth-quarter comeback victory at Cleveland. The NBA-leading Warriors also were without Draymond Green on Friday night because of a ...

Former NFL player Zac Stacy charged with attacking ex

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Former NFL running back Zac Stacy has been arrested after the mother of his child showed detectives video of him attacking her at her central Florida home, authorities said. Stacy was arrested Thursday evening at the Orlando International Airport after arriving on a ...

NFL Coaching Pipeline: Hiring process broken for diversity

While recent hiring numbers for NFL coordinators are encouraging, the overall journey to diversity and inclusion for head coaches remains a struggle. Who says? Two of the most prominent proponents of the Rooney Rule: Troy Vincent and Rod Graves. Vincent is a former star defensive back and ...

AP source: Broncos WR Tim Patrick agrees to $30M extension

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — A person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that wide receiver Tim Patrick and the Denver Broncos have agreed to a three-year extension worth $30 million with $18.5 million in guarantees. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because ...

Manfred: Lockout preferred to in-season strike if no deal

CHICAGO (AP) — While insisting Major League Baseball is focused on reaching a labor deal, Commissioner Rob Manfred signaled Thursday that owners likely will lock out players if the current contract expires Dec. 1 without a new agreement. Baseball had eight work stoppages from 1972-95, but ...

Titans receiver A.J. Brown shares battle with depression

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown seemed to have everything going his way in 2020, having his best season yet in the NFL on the way to earning his first Pro Bowl honor. Behind his big smile, Brown said Thursday he was battling so hard with depression back then ...

Most baseball minor leaguers to be provided their own beds

CHICAGO (AP) — Most minor league players will get their own beds provided in team housing under a new Major League Baseball policy. Stepping up improvements for minor leaguers after widespread criticism, MLB's housing policy will require teams to provide furnished accommodations, with a ...

Eppler gets 4-year deal to become Mets general manager

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets finally found a general manager, hiring Billy Eppler in a move announced Thursday night following their long and ridiculed search. Eppler was fired as GM of the Los Angeles Angels a little more than a year ago after five unsuccessful seasons. But he landed ...

Curry scores 20 of 40 points in 4th, Warriors beat Cavs

CLEVELAND (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 20 of his 40 points in the fourth quarter, hitting three straight 3-pointers, and the NBA-leading Golden State Warriors overcame a 13-point deficit to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-89 on Thursday night. Curry made 8 of 12 shots, including 4 of 7 ...

House moves toward OK of Dems’ sweeping social, climate bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats brushed aside months-long divisions and approached House passage of their expansive social and environment bill late Thursday, as President Joe Biden and his party neared a defining win in their drive to use their control of government to funnel its resources ...

DeRozan, LaVine lead Bulls’ 121-103 rout of LA; Davis tossed

LOS ANGELES (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored a season-high 38 points and Zach LaVine had added 26 in the Chicago Bulls' 121-103 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night. Lonzo Ball had a season-high 27 points, eight assists and seven rebounds against his former team as the promising ...

NBA signs deal to play preseason games in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The NBA is bringing two preseason games to Abu Dhabi next season, marking the first time the league will play in the Arabian Gulf. The games will be in October 2022. The exact dates and the teams involved have not been announced. No preseason games ...

Russell Wilson wants to play 20-plus years and own NFL team

Russell Wilson wants to play another decade and hopes to buy an NFL team after he retires. The seven-time Pro Bowl quarterback is focused on helping the Seattle Seahawks (3-6) turn their season around but he also has big plans for the future. "I definitely want to play for a long time, but I ...

Hokies AD: Fuente ‘wanted to move on’ now, not be in limbo

Virginia Tech's Justin Fuente could see the writing on the wall so the Hokies football coach decided he would rather leave the program now rather than wait and be told to pack his bags. Virginia Tech announced Tuesday that Fuente is out, effective immediately. Discussions about Fuente's ...

Packers grab No. 1 spot in AP Pro32 poll; Cards fall to 4th

NEW YORK (AP) — The Pack are back. Aaron Rodgers' return helped lift the Green Bay Packers four places to the top spot of the latest AP Pro32 poll. Rodgers missed the Packers' Week 9 loss in Kansas City after testing positive for COVID-19. However, the reigning MVP returned for Sunday's ...

Nelly Korda has a new coach in middle of a breakout season

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Nelly Korda won her first major championship, rose to No. 1 in the world for the first time in her career and topped it off by winning an Olympic gold medal. That didn't stop the quest to improve, which is why she has a new coach. Fresh off her fourth LPGA Tour victory ...

Hall of Fame Tip-Off tourney to feature 4 ranked teams

The opening week of the college basketball season, as it usually is, was filled with marquee games. No. 7 Duke beat No. 13 Kentucky in a battle of bluebloods and No. 3 Kansas knocked off Michigan State in a high-level doubleheader at Madison Square Garden. Top-ranked Gonzaga took down No. 8 ...

2 Duke basketball players face DWI-related charges

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — The grandson of Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski and the coach's prized freshman recruit who's considered a top NBA prospect face charges related to impaired driving, according to court records. Michael Savarino, Krzyzewski's grandson, was pulled over for a ...

Phanatic is back! Original Phils mascot can stay in Philly

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Fire up the hot dog cannon — the Phillie Phanatic is back in Philadelphia. Not that the mascot largely -- large as in that green, furry, bulbous belly — ever really went anywhere. But a legal dispute between the Philadelphia Phillies and the mascot's creator forced ...