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Capitals rout Penguins 6-1 in Crosby’s return

WASHINGTON (AP) — With three of their top offensive players out, the Washington Capitals are still right there atop the Metropolitan Division. Even Sidney Crosby's return couldn't help Pittsburgh keep up. Garnet Hathaway scored his third goal in two games, Alex Ovechkin added two assists ...

Bridges, Rozier help Hornets snap Warriors 7-game win streak

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Terry Rozier sought out Charlotte Hornets teammate Mason Plumlee, the team's 7-foot center, after the game Sunday night game and joked with him that he plans to handle all jump balls going forward. Rozier outleaped Draymond Green on a late jump ball and also made two ...

Muguruza beats Kontaveit to reach semifinals at WTA Finals

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) — Garbiñe Muguruza ended Anett Kontaveit´s 12-match winning streak with a 6-4, 6-4 victory Sunday that propelled her into the semifinals at the WTA Finals. Muguruza, who will be playing in her first semifinals of this tournament since 2015, needed the win to ...

Mahomes’ 5 TD passes lead Chiefs past Raiders 41-14

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Patrick Mahomes scrambled away from pressure as he ran toward the line of scrimmage and launched a deep ball that turned a seemingly broken play into a touchdown. The Mahomes of old was back Sunday night and the Kansas City Chiefs are back at their usual spot atop the ...

STAT WATCH: Badie 1st since ’19 to top 200 yards in 4 games

Tyler Badie is the making the most of his first season as Missouri's featured back. The senior from New Orleans is the only player in the country to run for at least 200 yards in four different games this season. His latest was Saturday, when he carried 34 times for 209 in a 31-28 win over ...

On again, off again: Johnson & Knaus relationship now solid

BRASELTON, Ga. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson stood at the doorway of the lounge inside a team transporter casually eating from a can of Pringles. Upon noticing his arrival, Chad Knaus spun in his chair to confront the driver he teamed with for seven NASCAR championships. "Apparently you and I need ...

Wilson shut out for 1st time on surprising, upset-filled day

Russell Wilson was shut out for the first time in his career. Taylor Heinicke outplayed Tom Brady. Aaron Rodgers had fewer touchdowns than Cam Newton. Another Sunday was filled with upsets and unpredictability. For the second straight week, four teams with losing records beat clubs that ...

College football coaching carousel spinning faster than ever

Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt was trying to balance the needs of the program with the needs of its current players. When considering an in-season coaching change, they are not always one and the same. Hocutt, as eight other ADs overseeing major college football programs have ...

Week 11 preview: 4 ranked matchups to sort conference races

Four games matching ranked teams in Week 11 could start bringing some clarity to the conference races Saturday. In the Big 12, No. 4 Oklahoma (CFP No. 8) faces No. 18 Baylor (CFP No. 13) in the first game of a difficult stretch run for the unbeaten Sooners. The Bears are coming off a loss to ...

4th down aggressiveness increasing rapidly across NFL

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Chargers offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi learned early on in his time working with first-year head coach Brandon Staley to be ready with a fourth-down call in nearly any situation. Back in Week 3 with the Chargers facing fourth-and-9 in the final minute of a tie ...

Leona Maguire thrives in star pairing for 62 to lead LPGA

BELLEAIR, Fla. (AP) — Solheim Cup star Leona Maguire thrived in a star grouping Thursday with an 8-under 62 for a two-shot lead over defending champion Sei Young Kim in the Pelican Women's Championship. Maguire played alongside Kim and Lexi Thompson. No one in the group made bogey at Pelican ...

Monday Night Mannings has been a big success for ESPN

ESPN's pursuit of Peyton Manning to be a part of "Monday Night Football" has paid off ... albeit in an unorthodox manner that no one could have predicted. Not only has the Hall of Fame quarterback made the most of a forum where he doesn't have to worry about jockeying for time in a three-man ...

Rodgers, Packers issues cloud NFL COVID-19 numbers progress

NEW YORK (AP) — When the reigning league MVP and several other key players enter the NFL's COVID-19 protocols, it clouds the numbers that indicate significant progress made in protection against the coronavirus. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers went into the protocol last week, missing a ...

In memo, NBA tells players, coaches to act on booster shots

The NBA has raised the level of urgency regarding getting booster shots against the coronavirus, telling players and coaches that it is no longer advisable to wait before receiving the additional dose. The booster shots should be received "as soon as possible, particularly in light of the ...

AAC commish ‘vigorously’ opposed to P5 protection in CFP

American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco said Friday he will "vigorously" oppose a College Football Playoff expansion model that "protects" Power Five leagues with automatic access for only their champions plus one. "I don't want to see a system that would reward privilege for the ...

Coaches vs. Racism aims to be about more than basketball

WASHINGTON (AP) — The executive director of the Coaches vs. Racism campaign that brought men's college basketball teams from Michigan and Prairie View A&M to the nation's capital says he found inspiration for his new project from Coaches vs. Cancer. "We wanted to make it a full ...

Cam Newton: Focus is on present, the past is ‘irrelevant’

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Cam Newton was back home in Atlanta enjoying being a father and about to partake in one of his new favorites "taco Tuesday" for dinner when he glanced at his phone and noticed he'd missed a call. "Matthew Rhule," Newton said to himself as he read the caller ID. Upon ...

Gruden sues NFL over publication of his offensive emails

Former Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden has sued Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL, alleging that a "malicious and orchestrated campaign" was used to destroy Gruden's career by leaking old emails he had sent that included racist, misogynistic and homophobic comments. The suit was filed ...

Martin Trainer from out of nowhere leading Houston Open

HOUSTON (AP) — Martin Trainer was in rare territory Friday. Not only did he play well enough to stick around for the weekend, he found himself leading the Houston Open. Trainer holed a pair of long birdie putts and three short ones in a bogey-free round at Memorial Park for a 5-under 65 and ...

Rams say Miller, OBJ arrivals reflect team’s plan, culture

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr. arrived in Los Angeles on Friday by private jet and made his way north to the Rams' training complex. Although he passed his physical and signed his contract, the receiver didn't participate in his new team's first practice. Just eight games ...