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Flacco sees himself playing again in return to Jets

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Joe Flacco is back with the New York Jets — and he envisions himself back under center as their starting quarterback soon. Even if just for a few games. The 36-year-old veteran was acquired Monday from Philadelphia for a conditional sixth-round draft pick after ...

Blackhawks ask Hall of Fame to cover assistant’s name on Cup

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz wants the Hockey Hall of Fame to cover the name of an assistant coach engraved on the Stanley Cup after the assistant was accused of sexually assaulting a player during the team's run to the 2010 championship. In a letter addressed to Hall ...

Panthers reach 8-0, winning first game without Quenneville

DETROIT (AP) — Aleksander Barkov scored in overtime and the Florida Panthers — playing a day after coach Joe Quenneville resigned amid a sex scandal — beat Detroit 3-2 on Friday to run their season-opening winning streak to eight. Quenneville, the second-winningest coach in NHL history, ...

Mr. Clutch: Riley comes up big again, Braves win Game 3

ATLANTA (AP) — Austin Riley keeps coming up with one clutch hit after another on baseball's biggest stage. Riley drove in the first run of the Braves' 2-0 victory over the Houston Astros in Game 3 of the World Series on a damp Friday night in Atlanta. The Braves are now up 2-1 in the ...

Talented Memphis eager to end NCAA Tournament drought

Memphis has landed plenty of elite recruits yet still hasn't earned an NCAA Tournament bid during Penny Hardaway's coaching tenure. Perhaps this is the year that changes. Memphis returns three of its top five scorers from a team that won the NIT last season and also brings in the nation's No. ...

Falling stars: Astros big hitters stuck in World Series skid

ATLANTA (AP) — The loudest noise when Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman stepped to the plate came from the crowd, not their bats. Greeted by chants of "Cheater!" all night, the Astros stars went almost silent in Game 3 of the World Series. Forget any worries that Houston's lineup ...

Timme, Juzang, Cockburn headline AP preseason All-Americans

Drew Timme could have left for the NBA after leading Gonzaga into last season's national title game. He likely would have been drafted and gone on to have a solid career. But Timme wanted more. Certainly, a chance to finish off a championship run, but also to work one more season with coach ...

Hall of Famer Payton looks to make mark as college coach

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Way up in the Oakland Hills, Gary Payton is hollering good-naturedly as if he's still on the court during his days as a dynamic point guard with the Seattle SuperSonics, this time instructing his Lincoln University assistant coaches exactly where to stand for a group ...

Wilson out 2-4 weeks with knee injury; Jets trade for Flacco

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets will try to turn around their season without Zach Wilson for a few games. The rookie quarterback has a sprained posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and will be sidelined two to four weeks, coach Robert Saleh confirmed after Wilson had an MRI on ...

World Series a father-and-son family affair for Snitkers

HOUSTON (AP) — No matter how this year's World Series ends, a Snitker will get a championship ring. This edition of the Fall Classic is a family affair with Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker in the dugout opposite his son, Houston Astros co-hitting coach Troy Snitker. Close their whole ...

Tom Brady’s monumental game included memorable mementos

Tom Brady had one memento he wanted back from a fan in the stands and one he wanted to give his biggest little fan after his latest historic performance. Both of the Brady admirers left Raymond James Stadium happy and sporting swag on the day Brady led Tampa Bay's 38-3 thrashing of the Chicago ...

100 teens get lifetime support to foster global service work

NEW YORK (AP) — Christian Maboko wants to change the world. Starting Monday, the 18-year-old from Burundi, who lives in a Kenyan refugee camp and has co-founded a nonprofit to help address poverty there, will get a lifetime of help with his work from a new philanthropic program to nurture ...

AP Top 25: ‘Bama jumps OU to No. 3; Penn State falls to 20th

Alabama inched up to No. 3 in The Associated Press college football Sunday behind top-ranked Georgia and No. 2 Cincinnati. The Bulldogs (63 first-place votes) are a unanimous No. 1 for the third straight week in the latest AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank, and the Bearcats remain ...

Major League Baseball work stoppage almost certain on Dec. 2

HOUSTON (AP) — Baseball's ninth work stoppage and first in 26 years appears almost certain to start Dec. 2, freezing the free-agent market and threatening the start of spring training in February. Negotiations have been taking place since last spring, and each side thinks the other has not ...

Titans start fast, simply dominate Mahomes, Chiefs 27-3

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans wanted to start games faster and score more points early. They did just that against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Titans scored on their first five possessions and led 27-0 at halftime on their way to routing the Chiefs on Sunday. Ryan Tannehill ...

Packers defeat Washington 24-10 for 6th straight victory

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — With Aaron Rodgers approaching his MVP form and Green Bay's defense correcting its red-zone problems, the Packers have reason to feel confident as they enter the toughest stretch of their schedule. Rodgers threw touchdown passes to three receivers and the defense stood ...

Blackhawks put 2 more players in NHL’s COVID-19 protocol

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Riley Stillman and forward Jujhar Khaira joined Patrick Kane in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol on Sunday. The winless Blackhawks also said assistant Marc Crawford will not coach against the Detroit Red Wings because of the protocol. The Blackhawks ...

Bernhard Langer breaks Champions age record in Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Bernhard Langer became the oldest winner in PGA Tour Champions history Sunday at 64, beating Doug Barron with a 6-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff in the Dominion Energy Charity Classic. The German star thrust both arms in the air after winning for the ...

Hornets pull away, beat Nets 111-95 for first 3-0 start

NEW YORK (AP) — LaMelo Ball had a good first three quarters in Brooklyn, then decided it was best if he watched the fourth. Ish Smith was rolling so well that the Rookie of the Year told Charlotte coach James Borrego to stick with this backup. "That's big. That just shows where our growth ...

Americans Hubbell-Donohue win Skate America ice dance

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue won the final Skate America of their careers on Sunday by a tiny margin. The U.S. ice dancers maintained their lead from Saturday's rhythm dance and won the first Grand Prix of the figure skating season with a total of 209.54 points. They ...