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Ravens pile up team-record 11 sacks against former coach

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Pro Football Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens swarmed around their new defensive coordinator, Don "Wink" Martindale, celebrating after a game that will go down in the record books. Getting 11 sacks along with a shutout against the man Martindale ...

Crawford stops Benavidez late in last round to keep WBO belt

By ERIC OLSON, AP Sports Writer OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Terence "Bud" Crawford had one last retort to all the insults Jose Benavidez hurled his way. His right hand delivered it. Crawford used an uppercut to Benavidez's chin to knock him down the first time in the 12th and final round and then ...

USC’s defense dominates in 31-20 win over No. 19 Colorado

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Until Southern California's young offense can put together an entire game with as many brilliant plays as it crammed into the second quarter against Colorado, the Trojans' defense will attempt to carry them toward the Pac-12 title. The ...

AP Top 25 Takeaways: Is anybody good? Pretenders flail

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Some Saturdays it just sort of feels as if no one knows anything about college football when all the teams we thought were good don't play that way. It was one of those days when you could be excused for thinking that everybody's terrible — ...

No. 13 LSU beats No. 2 Georgia 36-16 at Death Valley

By The Associated Pres BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Joe Burrow passed for 200 yards and had two short touchdown runs, LSU's defense staggered Georgia's normally prolific offense, and the 13th-ranked Tigers beat the No. 2 Bulldogs 36-16 on Saturday to give coach Ed Orgeron a signature ...

Verlander cools off Red Sox 7-2 in Game 1 of ALCS

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — With temperatures dipping into the 40s, numbing their fingertips as they tried to grip the baseball, Justin Verlander and Chris Sale both struggled to get the ball over the plate. Verlander recovered quickly. Sale never did. After walking in ...

Lewerke rallies Michigan State over No. 8 Penn State, 21-17

By TRAVIS JOHNSON, The Associated Press STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Each Michigan State player brought a poker chip to Happy Valley and coach Mark Dantonio encouraged the Spartans to push them all to the center of the table Saturday. As the evening wore on against No. 8 Penn State, it was ...

Book, Boykin bail out No. 5 Notre Dame in 19-14 win vs Pitt

By JOHN FINERAN, Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Wide receiver Miles Boykin had a message for quarterback Ian Book after No. 5 Notre Dame remained unbeaten, coming from behind and then holding off Pittsburgh. "I told him winning is fun, but let's not win like this again," the ...

Iowa State throttles No. 6 West Virginia 30-14

By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer AMES, Iowa (AP) — It was arguably West Virginia's biggest test, on the road at night against a plucky Iowa State team with a stifling defense and a dangerous young quarterback. The sixth-ranked Mountaineers failed miserably. Freshman Brock Purdy threw for ...

Tagovailoa, No. 1 Alabama race past Missouri 39-10

By JOHN ZENOR, AP Sports Writer TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Tua Tagovailoa gave Alabama a momentary scare. So did Missouri. As usual, things turned out just fine for the top-ranked Crimson Tide. Tagovailoa passed for 265 yards and three touchdowns but didn't return after aggravating a right ...

Virginia uses defense to beat No. 16 Miami, 16-13

By HANK KURZ Jr., AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — All week long, Bronco Mendenhall said, he had a sense that Virginia was ready to perform on a big stage. The Cavaliers proved their coach right Saturday night, getting a touchdown from Jordan Ellis, three field goals from Brian ...

Kershaw struggles as Dodgers lose to Brewers in NLCS opener

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Clayton Kershaw pounded his glove with his left hand and yelled “Let’s Go!” as he walked off the mound. Pretty soon, he was gone. Kershaw was hit hard in the shortest start of his spotty playoff career, and the sloppy Los Angeles Dodgers lost 6-5 to the Milwaukee ...

Even at 5-0, LA Rams still determined to improve run defense

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Although the Los Angeles Rams have few areas of major concern after their impressive 5-0 start, Aaron Donald thinks their rushing defense is something that needs fixing on this smoothly running machine. The All-Pro defensive ...

Beware of Browns: Snoop Dogg drops in on turnaround team

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Their days as a pitiful punching bag appear to be over for the Browns. They're swinging back, picking up wins and even attracting celebrities. On Wednesday, superstar rapper Snoop Dogg pulled up in his tour bus and made a surprise visit to ...

Tex Winter, innovative basketball coach, dead at 96

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Tex Winter, the innovative "Triangle Offense" pioneer who assisted Phil Jackson on NBA championship teams with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, has died. He was 96. Winter's family said he died Wednesday in Manhattan, where he began his coaching career at ...

Kuznetsov’s 4-point night helps Capitals beat Golden Knights

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Evgeny Kuznetsov continued his dominance against the Vegas Golden Knights, scoring a goal and assisting on three more as part of a 5-2 Washington Capitals victory Wednesday night in a rematch of last season's Stanley Cup Final. Kuznetsov assisted on ...

No. 6 West Virginia to Iowa St as Big 12’s last undefeated

By The Associated Press Some things to know about Week 6 in the Big 12 Conference: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 6 West Virginia (5-0, 3-0) at Iowa State (2-3, 1-2). With Heisman Trophy-contending quarterback Will Grier, the Mountaineers are the Big 12's only remaining undefeated team. Iowa State is ...

Rookie QBs whine while Brady, Brees continue

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer While Drew Brees and Tom Brady continue making history, the rookie quarterbacks are making their mark. Brees broke Peyton Manning's record for career passing yards on Monday night and Brady became the third quarterback to throw 500 touchdown passes last ...

Column: A glimpse of the NBA’s future in Las Vegas

By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Columnist LAS VEGAS (AP) — There was LeBron James, still somewhat of a startling sight in purple and gold. And there were Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors, still very much the champions of basketball for now and the foreseeable ...

No. 2 Georgia gets tough test at No. 13 LSU in SEC matchup

By The Associated Press Here are a few things to watch in Week 7 of the Southeastern Conference football season: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 2 Georgia at No. 13 LSU: Georgia might be in for its toughest game so far this season when it travels to face LSU in Death Valley. The Bulldogs have coasted ...