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As training camps open, here’s 10 NBA stories worth noting

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — Training camps for most NBA teams open Tuesday, and with the season fast approaching, here's 10 items of note as the league heads into the 2018-19 campaign: ___ JIMMY BUTLER As media days were ending Monday, Jimmy Butler was still with ...

Kershaw, Dodgers beat D-backs 7-4 to maintain NL West lead

By JOSE M. ROMERO, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Matt Kemp needled teammate Manny Machado in a happy Los Angeles Dodgers clubhouse after Monday night's 7-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, giving the star slugger a hard time for not running full speed out of the batter's box while ...

Brewers beat Cardinals 6-4 to open 3-game wild-card lead

By JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer ST. LOUIS (AP) — A chuckling Eric Thames said it felt so good he almost ripped third base out of the ground and hoisted it above his head. A lot of that going around for Milwaukee these days. Thames tripled and scored on reliever Bud Norris' throwing error in ...

Roethlisberger shines, Steelers hold off Buccaneers 30-27

By FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — It was not the way Ben Roethlisberger would draw it up, but the Pittsburgh Steelers will take it. In desperate need of a win, the two-time defending AFC North champions capped a tumultuous week in which star receiver Antonio Brown made ...

Taillon outpitches Hamels, Pirates beat Cubs 5-1

By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Cole Hamels gave the Chicago Cubs something to celebrate when he hit his second career home run. They'll have to wait at least another day for a playoff party. Jameson Taillon outpitched Hamels, Francisco Cervelli hit a two-run homer and ...

Red Sox beat Orioles 6-2 to clinch home field through Series

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox were still shaking hands on the field when the "106" went up in the win column of the AL East standings that are posted on the Green Monster. Scoreboards flashed "106 Wins." Fans waved signs to celebrate breaking a record that has ...

Kluber wins his 20th as Indians beat White Sox 4-0

By PATRICK ROSE, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Corey Kluber spread the credit for his first 20-win season, and admitted it's "a nice, round number." Kluber struck out 11 in seven scoreless innings and won his 20th, and Brandon Guyer hit a go-ahead solo homer in the seventh inning as the ...

ICYMI in NFL Week 3: When is a sack legal? Hard to know now

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Pro Football Writer LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Sure does seem as if "When is a sack just a sack?" is quickly becoming the NFL's new "Did that player lower his helmet too much?" or "What, exactly, is a catch?" It's a fundamental element of football — how a pass-rusher is ...

Chiefs, 49ers heading in opposite directions through 3 weeks

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs are on an upward trajectory, their blistering start spearheaded by a young, transcendent quarterback in Patrick Mahomes who is already setting NFL records. The San Francisco 49ers are the opposite in every ...

Jaguars ‘expressed emotion’ after 9-6 loss to rival Titans

By MARK LONG, AP Sports Writer JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars trudged into the locker room one by one, and before coach Doug Marrone started to address the team, a few players chimed in. They were defensive guys. They were being positive, too. After a 9-6 loss to AFC ...

Ravens perfection in red zone ends Broncos’ perfect record

By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens have been perfect inside the opponent's 20-yard line this season, scoring 12 touchdowns on a dozen trips in the red zone. Denver still hasn't quite got the hang of it yet. Baltimore (2-1) went 3 for 3 in the red zone ...

Bengals run defense stumbles in 31-21 loss to Panthers

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals had limited their first two opponents to 141 rushing yards. That made what happened in their third game all the more surprising. Christian McCaffrey ran for a career-best 184 yards and the Panthers piled up 230 ...

Rams rack up big numbers to beat Bolts in 1st fight for LA

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jared Goff made pinpoint throws and Todd Gurley pounded away on the ground behind their dominant line. The Rams' offense racked up more than 500 yards for the first time since 2006. And Los Angeles' first crosstown NFL showdown in nearly ...

AP Top 25 Heat Check: Basketball schools storm football poll

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer The AP college football poll had a basketball feel this week. Kentucky and Duke moved into the Top 25 for the first time this season Sunday. For the Blue Devils (4-0) it is their first appearance since October 2015. It has been a lot longer for ...

Cowboys’ offense can’t do enough in 24-13 loss to Seahawks

By TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer SEATTLE (AP) — Jerry Jones is trying to remain supportive of a Dallas Cowboys offense that has shown only fleeting moments of promise through three weeks of the season. Eight points in the opener and 13 points on Sunday won't be enough to get victories on the ...

‘We want Wilder’: Team Joshua eager to fix unification fight

By STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports Writer LONDON (AP) — No sooner had Anthony Joshua brutally dispatched another pretender to his heavyweight titles than attention turned to who the British fighter would face next as he seeks to clean up boxing's most glamorous division. An eagerly anticipated ...

Army nearly stuns No. 5 Oklahoma; falls 28-21 in OT

By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Army couldn't have played much better against Oklahoma. The Black Knights, more than four-touchdown underdogs on the road, held on to the ball for nearly 45 minutes and ran 87 plays to Oklahoma's 40. They had a goal-line stand in the ...

No. 10 Washington holds off rally, beats Arizona State 27-20

By TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer SEATTLE (AP) — Jake Browning spent the first three weeks earning his share of criticism for the kind of miscues not expected of a fourth-year starting quarterback. Saturday night was a return to Browning looking more like the quarterback Washington has come to ...

Saturday’s best in College Football

By The Associated Press STARS —Blake LaRussa, Old Dominion, came off the bench to throw for 495 yards and four TDs to lead the Monarchs to a 49-35 upset of No. 13 Virginia Tech. —Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama, passed for 387 yards and four TDs and ran for another score to lead the No. 1 ...

No. 7 Stanford rallies for 38-31 OT win over No. 20 Oregon

By ANNE M. PETERSON, AP Sports Writer EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Stanford quarterback K.J. Costello watched as his overtime pass tumble in midair for an agonizing moment after it was tipped by tight end Colby Parkinson. "I saw the ball go in the air, held my breath, and then for Colby to come down ...