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Alonso breaks rookie HR record, Mets top Royals 11-5

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Pete Alonso wasn’t even sure he was going to make the New York Mets’ opening day roster, so even he never could have imagined the incredible season he’s having. The burly first baseman hit his 40th home run to break the National League rookie record, capping a ...

Epstein’s purported madam now a focus in sex abuse cases

MIAMI — She’s been called Jeffrey Epstein’s madam, the woman who recruited girls for his sexual appetites, and at times his social planner and household organizer in places ranging from New York to Palm Beach, Florida. Ghislaine Maxwell, the daughter of a British publishing magnate ...

Bail set at $200,000 for NYC subway scare defendant

NEW YORK (AP) — Bail was set at $200,000 Sunday for a homeless man from West Virginia who was charged with placing two devices that looked like pressure cookers in a New York City subway station. Larry Kenton Griffin II of Bruno, West Virginia, appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court before ...

Jack Whitaker, Hall of Fame sports broadcaster, dies at 95

NEW YORK (AP) — Jack Whitaker, whose Hall of Fame broadcasting career ranged from the first Super Bowl to Secretariat’s Triple Crown to short essays from major sporting events, died Sunday morning, CBS reported. The network said Whitaker died of natural causes in his sleep in Devon, ...

Melanie recalls Woodstock — and not being paid for it

NEW YORK — Melanie, known as the First Lady of Woodstock, remembers having a supernatural experience as she walked on the rainy stage in 1969 to perform at one of the most iconic events of all-time, though iconic isn’t how anyone would have described the day back then. “I had an ...

‘Easy Rider’ star, 1960s swashbuckler Peter Fonda dies at 79

LOS ANGELES — Actor Peter Fonda, the son of a Hollywood legend who became a movie star in his own right after both writing and starring in the counter-culture classic “Easy Rider,” has died. His family said in a statement that Fonda died Friday morning at his home in Los Angeles. He ...

Allen finds groove as Bills grab 2nd preseason win

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Josh Allen completed 9 of 11 passes for 102 yards and led two scoring drives, Kevin Johnson returned an interception 71 yards for a touchdown and the Buffalo Bills defeated the Carolina Panthers 27-14 on Friday night. Allen, who was 5-6 as a rookie starter last season, ...

Osaka’s injury lends uncertainty to US Open

MASON, Ohio (AP) — Naomi Osaka felt a strange sensation in her left knee, different than anything she’d experienced. The U.S. Open champion left the court worried about whether she’ll be in shape to defend her precious title. Osaka retired from her quarterfinal match at the Western ...

First girl in 5 years at LLWS

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Maddy Freking’s left foot points back toward home plate as she assumes her stance inside a mesh batting cage on the grounds of Little League headquarters. The bat head swivels slightly as she stands tall, with that angled left foot helping her stay square to ...

Irish hope to ride Book’s arm to second straight CFP berth

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — For Notre Dame to reach its second straight College Football Playoff, it may have to run the table behind quarterback Ian Book. “When you step into being the quarterback at Notre Dame, high expectations come with it,” said coach Brian Kelly, who has twice in nine ...

Earnhardt takes weekend off after plane crash

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. will take the weekend off from broadcasting to be with his wife and daughter after the three were in a plane crash landing Thursday near Bristol Motor Speedway. The 44-year-old television analyst and retired driver was taken to a hospital for ...

Alonso ties NL rookie HR record

ATLANTA (AP) — Pete Alonso drove in six runs with five hits, including a three-run homer that helped lead to Julio Teheran’s shortest career start, and the New York Mets held on in the ninth inning to beat the Atlanta Braves 10-8 on Thursday night. Alonso’s first-inning homer carried ...

Ryan, Darnold both sharp as Jets beat Falcons

ATLANTA (AP) — Matt Ryan and Sam Darnold both appear ready for the regular season. Ryan looked sharp in his preseason debut for the Atlanta Falcons, completing nine straight passes, and Darnold led New York on another scoring drive in the Jets’ 22-10 victory Thursday night. After ...

Syracuse football looks to prove last year was no fluke

SYRACUSE — Coach Dino Babers begins his fourth season at Syracuse with a big goal — to prove that last season was no fluke. Syracuse finished 10-3 in 2018 and was No. 15 in the AP’s final poll. It was only the Orange’s fourth season above .500 since 2001 and came after three ...

Nepal considers new rules on Mount Everest

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Nepal government committee formed after a bad mountaineering season on Mount Everest has recommended requiring climbers to have scaled tall peaks, undergone proper training, and possess certificates of good health and insurance that would cover rescue costs if ...

Man dies after competing in California taco-eating contest

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A man died shortly after competing in a taco-eating contest at a minor league baseball game in California, authorities said Wednesday. Dana Hutchings, 41, of Fresno, died Tuesday night shortly after arriving at a hospital, Fresno Sheriff spokesman Tony Botti ...

Women accuse opera legend Domingo of sexual harassment

For decades, Placido Domingo, one of the most celebrated and powerful men in opera, has tried to pressure women into sexual relationships by dangling jobs and then sometimes punishing the women professionally when they refused his advances, numerous accusers told The Associated ...

2 guards suspended and warden reassigned after Epstein death

NEW YORK — The warden at the federal jail where Jeffrey Epstein took his own life over the weekend was removed Tuesday and two guards who were supposed to be watching the financier were placed on leave while federal authorities investigate the death. The move by the Justice Department ...

Creative spaces are often works in progress

How do you create a space conducive to creative thinking? A number of recent books explore the working environments of creative people in search of hints and inspiration. “They’re not highly produced spaces. They are spaces that reflect the real lives of people,” says Ted ...

German reaches 16th victory

NEW YORK — Domingo German pitched seven strong innings to become the first 16-game winner in the majors and the New York Yankees beat Baltimore 8-3 on Tuesday night, running their winning streak over the Orioles to 15 games. German allowed two runs, five hits, struck out seven, walked one ...