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George, Leonard lead Clippers to 113-107 win over Nuggets

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Kawhi Leonard blocked a dunk at the rim with one finger. It was part of a defensive effort that deserved a big hand for propelling the Los Angeles Clippers down the stretch. Paul George scored 32 points, Leonard added 23 along with a big late block and the ...

Minnesota Twins take 4 of 5 vs. Detroit Tigers with 6-2 win on Monday

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS — Ryan Jeffers hit his first major league homer to spark Minnesota’s four-run third inning, and Michael Pineda stayed sharp in his return from suspension by finishing seven innings for the Twins in a 6-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on ...

Detroit Lions bringing veteran long snapper Don Muhlbach back

ALLEN PARK (AP) — Long snapper Don Muhlbach appears set for a 17th season with the Detroit Lions after making it through Saturday’s roster cuts. The Lions cut long snapper Steve Wirtel, paving the way for Muhlbach to keep his job. Muhlbach is second on Detroit’s career list with 244 ...

Detroit Lions sign veteran running back Adrian Peterson

ALLEN PARK (AP) — The Detroit Lions announced the signing of Adrian Peterson on Monday. The 35-year-old running back comes to Detroit after being released by Washington. He has rushed for 14,216 yards in 13 seasons, mostly with the Minnesota Vikings. Peterson is 1,053 yards behind Lions ...

Minnesota Twins sweep twinbill from Detroit Tigers, 2-0, then 3-2 in 8 innings

By BRIAN HALL Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — Marwin Gonzalez singled home Willians Astudillo in the eighth inning, and the Minnesota Twins rallied to beat the Detroit Tigers 3-2 and sweep Friday’s doubleheader. Astudillo started on second base with the eighth inning considered an extra ...

Ex-Detroit Lion, All-Pro punter Greg Montgomery dies at 55

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) — Greg Montgomery, the All-Pro punter who spent nine years in the NFL with Houston, Detroit and Baltimore, has died. He was 55. Montgomery died Aug. 23, according to an obituary posted by Metcalf & Jonkhoff Funeral Service in Grand Rapids. He was an All-Pro in 1993 for ...

Detroit Lions’, Chicago Bears’ coaches among several on NFL hot seats

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK — The heat is on — and the games haven’t even kicked off yet. That’s life in the NFL for some coaches who enter the regular season knowing they need to guide their squads through what will be a most unusual regular season, and at ...

NFL stunner: Jags waive Fournette after failing to trade him

By MARK LONG AP Pro Football Writer JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have waived running back Leonard Fournette, a stunning decision that gets the team closer to purging Tom Coughlin's tenure. The team spent months trying to trade the fourth overall pick in the 2017 NFL ...

Kentucky Derby, Louisville prepare for weekend without fans

By GARY B. GRAVES AP Sports Writer LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The fastest two minutes in sports will also be the quietest in Kentucky Derby history. Churchill Downs scraped plans earlier this month for 23,000 physically distanced, masked fans to attend Saturday's rescheduled Tripled Crown race ...

LEADING OFF: Trade deadline, A’s sidelined by COVID-19

A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ DEADLINE DAY The Padres, Cubs and Braves were among the clubs that added players in a burst of deals a day before Monday's trade deadline. San Diego added first baseman Mitch Moreland from Boston, Chicago picked up slugger Jose ...

Isles beat Flyers 3-2, move within win of conference final

By The Associated Press undefined TORONTO (AP) — Jean Gabriel Pageau scored the go-ahead goal 7:18 into the third period and the New York Islanders moved within one win of advancing to the Eastern Conference finals with a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday night. Brock ...

Bell, Polanco homer off Woodruff as Pirates beat Brewers 5-1

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Josh Bell has joked for years during batting practice at Miller Park about hitting the promotional vehicle parked well above the wall in right-center field. Bell finally did it Sunday. His towering shot in the ...

Tigers finish sweep of Twins, pull back to .500 with 3-2 win

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT (AP) — Jonathan Schoop hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth inning, and the Detroit Tigers finished off a three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins with a 3-2 victory Sunday. Tyler Alexander (2-1) pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief for ...

Ineos riders’ dominance under threat at Tour de France

By SAMUEL PETREQUIN AP Sports Writer NICE (AP) — The dominant force at the Tour de France for most of the last decade, the Ineos team of defending champion Egan Bernal is seeing its dominance challenged, and this year's race could well be the one marking a major shift of power in ...

Multi-position players boost options in pandemic season

By AARON BEARD AP Sports Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's Trey Morrison entered preseason camp set to play nickelback, only to start working at free safety with the goal of being ready to play anywhere in the secondary on short notice. That's because the 18th-ranked Tar Heels, ...