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Only as good as their next game

Follow-ups can be difficult in college football. Backing up a big victory with another one the next week is usually the sign of a true championship contender. A few ranked teams and playoff hopefuls will be trying to do just that Saturday. No. 6 Michigan visits rival No. 24 Michigan ...

Syracuse looks to end two-game skid

Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey has forgotten his last pass. It wasn’t so easy to do. Two weeks ago on the Orange’s first offensive play in overtime at Pittsburgh after the Panthers had opened extra time with a touchdown, the senior threw an interception in the end zone and trudged ...

Bouchard-Hall to leave USA Cycling at year’s end

USA Cycling is once again on the hunt for another chief executive. It’s in a decidedly better place than last time. Derek Bouchard-Hall announced Friday he is resigning as president and CEO at the end of the year, opening a job he assumed in 2015 amid uncertain times. The sport was ...

Vinatieri aims for NFL scoring record

INDIANAPOLIS — Adam Vinatieri is preparing for Sunday’s game just like all the others. He figures if the same, simple routine helped him earn four Super Bowl rings, 226 victories and become the best clutch kicker in NFL history, it should be good enough to help him break the NFL’s ...

Price pitches Red Sox into World Series

HOUSTON — What a birthday present for rookie manager Alex Cora. He’s taking the Boston Red Sox back to the World Series. David Price put his postseason woes behind him, pitching the Red Sox past the defending champion Houston Astros 4-1 Thursday night in Game 5 of the AL Championship ...

Brewers try to deny Dodgers

MILWAUKEE — Wade Miley, take two. And this time, the Milwaukee Brewers left-hander figures to seeing more than one batter in his next start in the NL Championship Series. It comes on Friday night when Miley will try to help the Brewers stave off elimination, down 3-2 to the Los ...

Blazers spoil LeBron’s debut

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — LeBron James’ debut for the Los Angeles Lakers opened with two thunderous dunks and closed with a loss. He finished with 26 points and 12 rebounds, but the Portland Trail Blazers prevailed 128-119 Thursday night in the season opener for both teams. James ...

Sox take command of series

HOUSTON — Andrew Benintendi charged in hard and left his feet. Make the catch, Boston wins. If not ... no telling. On this night, though, even a ball the Red Sox didn’t grab went their way. Benintendi made a diving play in left field with the bases loaded for the final out, and ...

Spiraling Broncos head to Arizona

Things are spiraling in Denver. At least the Broncos won’t have to worry about the cold and the snow when they journey to Arizona for a Thursday night game. The Broncos have dropped four straight after opening with two wins. Their defense is dead last against the run and 27th ...

Derek Anderson to start at QB in place of Allen for Bills

ORCHARD PARK (AP) — Derek Anderson went from having the Buffalo Bills lure him out of semiretirement one week, to taking over the starting job for injured rookie Josh Allen the next. So much for the 35-year-old having any chance of easing his way back into football some 10 months since ...

Other sports for Conor McGregor?

Conor McGregor couldn’t win his fight, though he seemed to help the Dallas Cowboys win theirs. Just ask Jerry Jones, who had reason to be smitten with the UFC star after the team Jones owns blew out Jacksonville on Sunday with the fighter/whiskey salesman providing the emotional ...

Bellinger lifts Dodgers in 13th

LOS ANGELES (AP) — By the time Manny Machado rounded third base, the Los Angeles Dodgers had already started streaming out of the dugout. After more than five hours of tension-filled baseball, they were certainly eager to celebrate. Cody Bellinger singled home the winning run with two ...

Bradley hangs in to slam Astros

HOUSTON (AP) — Jackie Bradley Jr. didn’t let his demeanor change this season, even as fans begged Boston to trade him during a miserable first-half slump. Stayed steady after the biggest swing of his career, too. Bradley belted a grand slam for his second big hit in the AL ...

First, Olympic gold, now time to start families

Everything about 2018 is going almost exactly to plan for Monique Lamoureux-Morando and Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson. The twin sisters scratched off the first item on their to-do list by helping the United States end a 20-year gold medal drought at the Olympics. Monique scored the tying ...

Warriors get rings, then beat Thunder on opening night

OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry had 32 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, Kevin Durant added 27 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and the Golden State Warriors opened their quest for a three-peat by holding off the Oklahoma City Thunder 108-100 on Tuesday night. Golden State ...

Bills may have to settle for imperfect Plan B quarterbacks

ORCHARD PARK — An injury to rookie starter Josh Allen’s throwing arm leaves the Buffalo Bills with two less-than-ideal options as potential Plan Bs. Their first involves handing the job back to turnover-prone backup Nathan Peterman, who has thrown four interceptions in two ...

Will NBA season play out as expected?

Opening night last year delivered a good forecast of how the NBA season would turn out. Cleveland edged Boston in the opening game before Houston ruined Golden State’s championship ring celebration with a victory over the Warriors in the nightcap. Those teams ended up as the last ...

Duke reloads with strong freshman class

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — One star-studded freshman class has left Duke for the NBA. Another has come in right behind them. A national title once again is a realistic goal for the latest crop of blue-chip Blue Devils who seem to fit into neatly defined roles. Tre Jones looks capable of ...

Syracuse lands high-scoring prospect from Glens Falls

GLENS FALLS (AP) — Joe Girard III, New York state’s all-time leading scorer in high school basketball, has committed to play for the Syracuse Orange. Girard, a senior at Glens Falls High School, announced his verbal commitment to Syracuse on Sunday night. He had whittled his list to a ...

Busch loss raises questions about officiating

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Kurt Busch is not the most sympathetic figure. When he loses a race he was one turn away from winning because he ran out of gas, few likely felt sorry for him. Then came his post-race assessment in which he criticized NASCAR for blowing two calls that led to him being ...