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Bullpens looming large again for this year’s postseason

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer Around this time last year, the Cleveland Indians were providing a preview of the American League postseason. Manager Terry Francona was using newly acquired reliever Andrew Miller in all sorts of situations, and for more than one inning if necessary. It ...

US beats Europe in Solheim Cup 16 1/2-11 1/2 in Iowa

By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Four years ago, Team Europe celebrated the most decisive win in Solheim Cup history — on American soil, no less. Captain Annika Sorenstam and her team will likely spend their trip back across the Atlantic wondering when ...

NFL, Electronic Arts unveil Madden ’18 competition

NEW YORK (AP) — NFL fans and gamers can play their way to the Super Bowl — if they're good enough at the newest edition of "Madden NFL 18." Electronic Arts and the NFL on Monday announced they're teaming up to create an online tournament involving all 32 teams. It makes the NFL the first ...

LEADING OFF: Royals all set to watch eclipse on day off

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE PARK The Kansas City Royals are off, and several of them already have big plans for their day away from Kauffman Stadium — they're going to watch the eclipse. Manager Ned Yost says he ...

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 ...