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Helton leads coaches on hot seat entering season

Can a coach really be on the “hot seat” in Year 2? We might find out this season at Florida State. Willie Taggart is trying to turn things around after a rough debut with the Seminoles, who failed to make a bowl game for the first time since 1981. Taggart walked into a bigger ...

Cephus attorney says UW doesn’t want football player back

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin-Madison officials are sending a “clear message” they don’t want former Badgers wide receiver Quintez Cephus to return despite his acquittal in a sexual assault case, his attorney said Monday. Cephus, 21, of Macon, Georgia, was suspended ...

Woodstock memories 50 years later

BETHEL — They helicoptered over crowds into the Woodstock festival and hiked in past abandoned cars. They danced at dawn on a muddy hillside and dodged drenching rain. They barely slept, phoned Mom to say they were OK and marveled at their sheer numbers. They left behind sodden socks and ...

Exit leaves trail of tears in Oakland

SAN DIEGO — The slow, agonizing demise of the Oakland Raiders will continue for at least one more season. There will be one more “final” home game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, on Dec. 15 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. There have been possible “final” home games ...

Georgia leads SEC pack in hot pursuit of Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama is still king in the Southeastern Conference, if not nationally. Nothing that happened in the national championship game changed that, beyond serving as a heartening reminder that Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide isn’t in fact invulnerable. The pursuit ...

Torres continues to rip Orioles

NEW YORK — Gleyber Torres hit three more home runs, including a pair of three-run drives in the night game that gave him 13 of New York’s record 59 long balls against Baltimore this season, and the Yankees completed a doubleheader sweep with an 11-8 win on Monday night that stretched their ...

Bristol needs ‘cage rattling’ to spark playoff push

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It was 20 years ago when Dale Earnhardt Sr. spun Terry Labonte to win a Saturday night race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Earnhardt was chasing the trophy — the playoffs didn’t exist, no stages, no bonus points — and The Intimidator simply wanted the victory. ...

Crew from New York goes to help fight wildfires in Northwest

ALBANY (AP) — A crew from New York will be helping fight wildfires in the Northwest. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that a crew of 20 employees and volunteers from the state Department of Environmental Conservation are traveling west to fight the fires for two weeks. Wildfires are ...

Epstein’s guards were working extreme OT shifts

NEW YORK — Guards on Jeffrey Epstein’s unit were working extreme overtime shifts to make up for staffing shortages the morning of his apparent suicide, a person familiar with the jail’s operations told The Associated Press. The person said that the Metropolitan Correctional ...

Epstein suicide sparks fresh round of conspiracy theories

Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide Saturday morning in a federal jail launched new conspiracy theories online in a saga that has provided fodder for them for years, fueled by Epstein’s ties to princes, politicians and other famous and powerful people. Online theorists Saturday ...

Numerous old abuse lawsuits expected to be filed this week

ALBANY — Hundreds, if not thousands of people who say they were molested as children in New York state are expected to go to court this week to sue their alleged abusers and the institutions they say failed them, including the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts, public schools and ...

Candidates take aim at insurer, pharma profits

WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders and other progressives seeking the Democratic presidential nomination are zeroing in on pharmaceutical and insurer profits, money they say would be better spent providing health care for everyone under “Medicare for All.” Their idea: Health care ...

Warren wows in Iowa as Dem candidates begin sprint to caucuses

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The chant — “2 cents, 2 cents, 2 cents” — started in the back of a massive crowd that packed sidewalks at the Iowa State Fair. Elizabeth Warren, basking in the spontaneous adulation of her proposed wealth tax, prompted roars as she called on the ultra-wealthy ...

Biden is still the Democrat to beat, but rivals see weakness

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In a barn down a gravel road in Iowa, Joe Biden tore into President Donald Trump’s moral character, declaring in one of the fiercest speeches of his campaign that the words of the American president matter. The next day, Biden’s own words tripped him up. He ...

No chaos this time as Woodstock concert site preps for 50th

BETHEL — Woodstock will be celebrated on its 50th anniversary, but it won’t be your hippie uncle’s trample-the-fences concert. While plans for a big Woodstock 50 festival collapsed after a run of calamities, the bucolic upstate New York site of the 1969 show is hosting a long ...

Cabrera stings Mets, Nationals triumph 7-4 to end NY’s streak

NEW YORK (AP) — Nationals closer Sean Doolittle became a favorite at Citi Field after blowing a three-run lead Friday night. Mets fans cheered the All-Star closer when he went to the bullpen Saturday, and on Sunday, they clapped and hollered when his name was announced to pitch the ...

Bills Munnerlyn eager for Panthers

ORCHARD PARK — Turns out, the Carolina Panthers may not have heard the last from cornerback Captain Munnerlyn. Cut by the Panthers in February, the 10-year veteran signed with the Buffalo Bills on Saturday and required no reminder after his first practice Sunday that next up on ...

Jets kicker retires after shaky start

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Chandler Catanzaro got to the New York Jets’ facility early Friday morning and headed to Adam Gase’s office to deliver his surprising news. The 28-year-old kicker chose to retire from playing football after a shaky start to training camp. “He came in ...

Women’s soccer match draws record crowd

A National Women’s Soccer League record 25,218 fans watched the Portland Thorns beat the North Carolina Courage 2-1 at Providence Park on Sunday. The game featured numerous stars from the U.S. national team that won the Women’s World Cup this summer in France. Among them was Crystal ...

Trump fundraiser puts billionaire host on defensive

WASHINGTON — A billionaire New York investor and owner of the Miami Dolphins who is hosting a high-dollar fundraiser for Donald Trump on Friday also has a financial interest in the president’s business empire — including his iconic Manhattan tower. Shortly after Trump’s election, ...