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Raptors rest Leonard among others in win

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The Toronto Raptors rested Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry, Danny Green and Serge Ibaka in their final game of the preseason. Their teammates made sure they could enjoy the break with a victory. Malachi Richardson and Pascal Siakim each scored 21 points, and the Raptors beat the New Orleans ...

Matthews ties NHL record in leading Toronto to victory

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DETROIT (AP) — Auston Matthews scored twice for an NHL-leading nine goals — tying a league record after five games — and Toronto beat Detroit, 5-3, for its third straight victory. Matthews joined Alex Ovechkin, Patrick Marleau, Mario Lemieux and Mike Bossy as the players in league ...

Former FSU coach dies

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FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — Longtime Fairmont State University men’s basketball coach Joe Retton, whose name is on the university basketball arena, has died. He was head men’s coach for the Falcons from 1963 to 1982, with a record of 478-95 in 19 seasons, 12 West Virginia Conference ...

Springer super for Astros as they look to repeat as champs

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HOUSTON (AP) — Ask Houston manager AJ Hinch to name the best thing about George Springer and he rattles off a laundry list of qualities he admires in the outfielder. When he finishes that list, he adds a final thought. “I’m not sure there’s a perfect player,” Hinch said. “But ...

Red Sox hope home-field advantage makes difference

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BOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox hope home-field advantage makes a difference after consecutive Division Series eliminations. Boston began the postseason 0-2 on the road at Cleveland in 2016 and again at Houston last year. By winning a club-record 108 games this season, the Red Sox ensured ...

Atkinson’s late goal sends CBJ to victory

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SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets overcame a shaky second period, scoring twice in the third and spoiling the home opener for Florida. Cam Atkinson’s goal with 2:46 left lifted the Blue Jackets to a 5-4 victory over the Panthers on Thursday night. With traffic in front of ...

Brewers, Dodgers open NLCS tonight in Los Angeles

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Build an early lead, get five good innings out of the starter and bring in the bullpen. The Milwaukee Brewers used that formula to win 11 straight games going into the NL Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Clayton Kershaw could be the ace that finally ...

Texas Tech defeats TCU

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Jett Duffey scored on a 38-yard quarterback draw with seven minutes left, holding on to the ball just long enough for the go-ahead score in Texas Tech’s 17-14 victory over TCU on Thursday night. Duffey took off on the first play after a punt, and the touchdown ...

Big Ten’s Delany: ‘Storm clouds’ hang over college sports

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ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said Thursday significant “storm clouds” are hanging over college athletics because of a basketball recruiting scandal displaying what many see as the sleazy side of the sport. Delany cited a federal trial that began in New York last ...

Shadyside, Bellaire seek pivotal win

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SHADYSIDE — Although both Bellaire and Shadyside have explosive offenses, points should be at a premium when a pair of 6-1 state-ranked high school football teams collide Friday night at Fleming Field. The Tigers, ranked No. 6 in Division VI, Region 23, are yielding a mere 11.7 points, ...

Ferry set to visit Wheeling CC

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WHEELING - Week after week when Coach Mike Young and his Wheeling Central football team look at the schedule they are seeing a formattable foe waiting for them that weekend. This Friday night will be no different as the unbeaten and highly-touted Maroon Knights (6-0) welcome 5-2 Martins ...

Barnesville bids to snap skid against Monroe Central

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Half-a-dozen high school football teams will be playing for pride as the season enters week 8. None of the local squads will be playing in the postseason. Of the seven games on tap, five are set for Friday night. Kickoffs are scheduled for 7 p.m. unless noted. Barnesville (2-5) at Monroe ...

Buckeyes receivers have been impressive

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COLUMBUS — Urban Meyer hasn’t removed the interim tag from Brian Hartline’s job. But he could soon. And who could blame him after the way Ohio State’s corp of receivers of performed this season. Through six games — all wins — the Buckeyes boast one of the top receiving units in ...

Ohio State secondary sticking with man-to-man approach

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COLUMBUS — There was no getting around it. During the first half of Ohio State’s 49-26 Homecoming victory against Indiana, the Hoosiers’ wide outs did a number on the OSU secondary. The Buckeyes (6-0) improved mightily in the second half, but Urban Meyer recognized that pass defense ...

Shazier providing guidance

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — At least one portion of Ryan Shazier’s daily routine hasn’t changed much from the previous time the Pittsburgh Steelers were preparing to face Cincinnati, even if the rest of the injured linebacker’s life is hardly the same. Shazier still makes his way to the ...

Tribe begins process of reflection

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Terry Francona’s emotions are still raw and real. The postseason pain hasn’t subsided just yet. Still feeling a “sting” after another successful season for Cleveland ended in disappointment and well short of a World Series title, Francona tried to explain on ...

Browns are a forgotten team no longer

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BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Their days as a pitiful punching bag appear to be over for the Browns. They’re swinging back, picking up wins and even attracting celebrities. On Wednesday, superstar rapper Snoop Dogg pulled up in his tour bus and made a surprise visit to practice. Bow wow! But ...

LeBron-less Cavs starting anew with Love as leader

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Love wore a pair of LeBron James’ signature sneakers on media day. It’s the last time he’ll try to fill them. Four years after aligning with James and Kyrie Irving to form a Big Three of stars that ended Cleveland’s five-decades-long championship drought by ...

Pair of struggling NFC East teams meet

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — After turning over half their roster, it’s not surprising the New York Giants are losing. The defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles are another story. They were expected to make a run at being the first team to repeat since the New England Patriots ...

Champs claim Stanley Cup rematch

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Evgeny Kuznetsov is dancing with the puck and celebrating when it’s in the net just like last June. Kuznetsov continued his wizardry against the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday night, scoring a goal and assisting on three more as part of a 5-2 Washington Capitals ...