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Alabama falls to fifth after loss to LSU

Alabama is fifth in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, behind LSU, Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia, which took over the fourth spot in the selection committee’s second top 25. LSU replaced Ohio State as No. 1 on Tuesday night after the Tigers won at Alabama on Saturday. The ...

Shildt, Baldelli named as top managers

NEW YORK — Mike Shildt began his life in baseball at his mom’s side, tagging along for her shifts at a Double-A ballpark and picking up odd jobs around the clubhouse. When Shildt was recognized Tuesday night for the career that has followed, the late Lib Shildt was the first thing on ...

Kakko scores second goal in overtime to lift Rangers past the Penguins

NEW YORK (AP) — Kaapo Kakko scored his second goal of the game 2:36 into overtime to give the New York Rangers a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night. Adam Fox had a goal in regulation and set up Kakko’s winner as New York recovered after blowing a two-goal lead and ...

Kentucky takes over No. 1 spot

Memphis and Michigan State face tough matchups amid difficult off-court situations to headline college basketball’s second week. The 13th-ranked Tigers traveled to face 14th-ranked Oregon on Tuesday night amid eligibility concerns for star freshman James Wiseman. Two nights later, the ...

Charles Rogers dies at age 38

DETROIT (AP) — Former Michigan State star and Detroit Lions receiver Charles Rogers has died at the age of 38. A woman who identified herself as Cathy Rogers, his mother, confirmed the death Monday in a phone call from The Associated Press. Other details were not immediately known. ...

Bills offense shows signs of regressing

ORCHARD PARK — Ultimately, it makes no difference to Bills coordinator Brian Daboll what identity his offense adopts. Run, pass or dogsled, for that matter, now that the first snowfall hit Buffalo this week: Daboll’s lone objective is for the Bills to start reaching the end zone ...

Colin Kaepernick plans to audition for NFL teams

Colin Kaepernick plans to audition for NFL teams on Saturday in a private workout arranged by the league to be held in Atlanta. The exiled former Pro Bowl quarterback posted on Twitter: “I’m just getting word from my representatives that the NFL league office reached out to them ...

Impeachment hearings going public

WASHINGTON — The closed doors of the Trump impeachment investigation are swinging wide open. When the gavel strikes at the start of the House hearing Wednesday morning, America and the rest of the world will have the chance to see and hear for themselves for the first time about ...

Nike will look into Cain’s allegations of abuse

Nike will look into runner Mary Cain’s allegations of abuse while she was part of Alberto Salazar’s training group. The runner says it reached the point where she started having suicidal thoughts and cutting herself. Cain joined the disbanded Nike Oregon Project run by Salazar in 2013, ...

8 years later, it’s No. 1 LSU vs. No. 2 Alabama again

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama and LSU are ready for another 1 versus 2 November get-together. It took eight years, seismic offensive shifts and two Heisman Trophy-contending quarterbacks, but they’re back for another massive meeting between the nation’s two top-ranked teams in the ...

Pass interference reviews get stiff-armed

MINNEAPOLIS — When the yellow flag flew for defensive pass interference on Minnesota Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes in a recent game, coach Mike Zimmer immediately contested the call. His newfound right to seek a replay, however, went unexercised. The email Zimmer received earlier in ...

Governor: Students’ plot to attack school was foiled

Three middle-school students have been charged with plotting to kill multiple people at their upstate New York school with guns and explosives, authorities said Friday. The Albion Middle School students were arrested Thursday after investigators determined a threat that started on an ...

Ivanka Trump rejects notion family profits from presidency

RABAT, Morocco — Ivanka Trump brushed off criticism that her family has profited off the presidency and said Friday a big difference between her family and Democrat Joe Biden’s is that President Donald Trump amassed his fortune before he entered politics while Biden’s wealth is ...

Bloomberg to pass on Iowa, NH, focus on Super Tuesday states

WASHINGTON — Michael Bloomberg plans to skip early voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire if he launches a presidential bid and instead focus his efforts on the crush of states that vote on Super Tuesday and beyond. It’s a strategy that acknowledges the limitations of entering the ...

US officials identify ‘strong culprit’ in vaping illnesses

NEW YORK — U.S. health officials announced a breakthrough Friday into the cause of a mysterious outbreak of vaping illnesses, reporting they have a “very strong culprit.” The same chemical compound was found in fluid taken from the lungs of 29 patients across the country, the ...

Yellow flags, red flags, black eyes for NFL’s 100th season

The NFL’s 100th season has not been worth celebrating even if the history of the league is. Several teams are tanking, penalties are wrecking the flow of games, some of the biggest stars have been sidelined, the new pass interference rule appears to have been adapted only to quiet the ...

LSU-Alabama holds high stakes for QBs in Heisman race

BATON ROUGE, La. — Another high stakes tilt between LSU and Alabama could once again prove pivotal in Heisman Trophy voting. While the winner of the game will have an inside track to the College Football Playoff, the matchup also features top Heisman hopefuls at the same position for ...

Hedman hopes to play for Tampa against Sabres in Sweden

STOCKHOLM — Victor Hedman has ample motivation to get his banged-up body ready for a regular season game that feels different from any he’s played before. Hedman was racing against the clock to recover from a lower-body injury in time not to miss a possibly once-in-a-lifetime ...

Yellow flags, red flags, black eyes for NFL’s 100th season

The NFL’s 100th season has not been worth celebrating even if the history of the league is. Several teams are tanking, penalties are wrecking the flow of games, some of the biggest stars have been sidelined, the new pass interference rule appears to have been adapted only to quiet the ...