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Undisputed champ: Crawford stops Indongo in 3rd round

By ERIC OLSON, AP Sports Writer LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Terence Crawford took all the drama out of his fight against Julius Indongo, and he did it fast. Now Crawford is the only undisputed world champion in professional boxing. Energized by his huge home-state following 45 minutes from his ...

MMA fighters, pro wrestlers blur line in fight game

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer Jon Jones has teased making an appearance at WWE's SummerSlam event to stir things up in his quest for a mega fight with Brock Lesnar. Lesnar might have trouble keeping an eye on Jones, should the UFC star grab a seat in the front row. The WWE universal ...

Raisman: scandal marred USA Gymnastics needs sweeping change

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Aly Raisman is ready to talk about "the elephant in the room." And the six-time Olympic medal winning gymnast thinks it's time USA Gymnastics joins in a conversation she feels is long overdue. The 23-year-old is calling for sweeping ...

LEADING OFF: Cardinals-Pirates meet in Little League Classic

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors Sunday: ___ LITTLE BIG LEAGUE A day after they played at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, the St. Louis Cardinals and Pirates will fly about 200 miles to central Pennsylvania for the Little League Classic in Williamsport. ...

Frazier HR, 3 hits, Pirates top Cards 6-4 to end 6-game skid

By WES CROSBY, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Adam Frazier and the Pittsburgh Pirates finished off a win at PNC Park, then packed their bags for a trip — to another home game about 200 miles away. Frazier homered, doubled and singled to help the Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals ...

Brady has TD in preseason debut as Pats fall to Texans 27-23

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Tom Brady threw a touchdown pass in his first game since winning the Super Bowl on the same field and the New England Patriots fell to the Houston Texans 27-23 in a preseason game on Saturday night. Brady, who sat out last week, was 6 of 9 ...

Steinbrenner, Torre like Jeter with Marlins

By Jay Cohen AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Derek Jeter won five World Series during a 20-year run with the New York Yankees. He piled up 3,465 hits and made the All-Star team 14 times while becoming one of baseball’s biggest stars. Will that success continue in the front office of ...

Betts’ 2-run double caps Red Sox’s 5-4 comeback win

BOSTON (AP) — Mookie Betts lined a two-run double off the left-field wall with two outs in the ninth inning, capping a three-run rally that lifted the Boston Red Sox to a 5-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night. Xander Bogaerts hit a solo homer for the AL East-leading Red ...

Mayweather, McGregor will fight in smaller gloves

By Tim Dahlberg AP Boxing Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor got their wish to fight in smaller gloves, but not before being chastised by a Nevada boxing official for using the issue to hype their fight later this month. Nevada boxing regulators on Wednesday ...

Indians-Twins postponed by rain, split doubleheader Thursday

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins still haven’t beaten the Cleveland Indians at home this season. They have two tries left, and now both will take place on the same day. The Twins postponed their game on Wednesday against the Cleveland Indians just 35 minutes into a rain delay, ...

Dodgers beat White Sox 6-1 to move 50 games above .500

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fifty over .500. The Dodgers hit that mark for the first time since September 1953 with a come-from-behind 6-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night. It's just the fourth time in franchise history they've been that many ...

UNC academic case finally reaches NCAA infractions hearing

By AARON BEARD, AP Sports Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — It has taken more than two years for North Carolina to appear before an NCAA infractions committee panel since initially being charged with five top-level violations amid its long-running academic scandal. The two-day hearing begins ...

Spanish federation maintains 5-match suspension for Ronaldo

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish soccer federation has ratified its decision to suspend Cristiano Ronaldo for five matches. The Real Madrid forward will miss the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona. Madrid holds a 3-1 advantage. He will also miss the first four matches of the ...

Tigers’ Kinsler says ump Hernandez should get out of game

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler had harsh words Tuesday for Angel Hernandez, saying the veteran umpire should get a different job. A day after being ejected from a game for questioning Hernandez's calls on balls and strikes, Kinsler told reporters covering ...

LEADING OFF: Stanton swings for 7 straight; Kinsler eyes ump

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ RECORD CHASE Streaking slugger Giancarlo Stanton tries to hit a home run in his seventh straight game when the Marlins host the Giants. Struggling right-hander Matt Cain (3-9, 5.22 ERA) starts for San ...

Beth Mowins debuts in NFL play-by-play for CBS on Sept. 24

By The Associated Press Beth Mowins will debut as the first woman to call NFL play-by-play for CBS on Sept. 24. Mowins will join former NFL kicker Jay Feely when Cleveland plays at Indianapolis. The network released its announcer pairings on Tuesday. Mowins will start the season calling a ...

Kisner leads pack at PGA; Matsuyama, Stroud are 1 shot back

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kevin Kisner sets out to try to claim his first major at the PGA Championship on a Quail Hollow course that appears to be set up for scoring. Kisner had a one-shot lead over Hideki Matsuyama and Chris Stroud, two players coming off ...

United, Tottenham make winning starts in Premier League

By STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports Writer MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Two summer signings costing $150 million inspired Manchester United to an easy victory in its opening Premier League match of the season. Tottenham hasn't spent a penny in the transfer market this summer but still got off to a ...

Harper has bone bruise, Nats hopeful he’s back this season

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals say Bryce Harper has a "significant" bone bruise in his left knee but no ligament damage, and general manager Mike Rizzo is hopeful the star outfielder will be back this season. Harper injured his knee when he ...

K-State’s Bill Snyder back on the sidelines for another year

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Bill Snyder likes to spin a well-worn story about an old man from western Kansas, who had driven through the night many years ago to visit Kansas State's coach after a victory in the Copper Bowl. Snyder was in the early stages of ...