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Column: NFL still riding high, despite issues

By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Columnist The narratives themselves are easy enough to craft. Anyone searching for signs the NFL is in trouble doesn't need to look far to document the league's woes. Television ratings are up and down, in a league long accustomed to them being only up. In Los ...

The 10 things to know going into this NBA season

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer Happy New Year, NBA. The 72nd regular season starts Tuesday night, when Boston heads to Cleveland and Houston goes to Golden State. Fans in Cleveland will boo Kyrie Irving, fans in Oakland will cheer the Warriors' latest championship banner, and the march ...

LEADING OFF: Astros, Yanks try to get bats going in New York

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ GOING BATTY The two highest-scoring teams in the majors this season have combined for all of six runs in the first two games of the AL Championship Series. Houston, which totaled 896 runs to 858 for the ...

Steelers’ ‘Killer Bs’ back on track in win over Chiefs

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was so disheartened after his five-interception performance against Jacksonville last week that he half-jokingly talked about having lost it. Running back Le'Veon Bell subtly criticized the ...

Welcome, Rook: Ball, Tatum, Fultz and more making NBA debuts

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — If there was one takeaway from Lonzo Ball's first training camp and preseason, it was this: He doesn't sound like his dad. There's no humility in Ball's game. The confidence of the Los Angeles Lakers' rookie point guard is through the roof ...

FIFA confirms 8 top-seeded teams in World Cup draw

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has confirmed the seven highest-ranked nations joining host Russia as top-seeded teams in the World Cup finals draw. France rises one place to No. 7 to edge out Spain, as defending champion Germany heads an unchanged top six. After a busy qualifying program last week, ...

ICYMI in NFL Week 6: A-Rod’s out; Kaep vs. NFL; what’s a TD?

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Pro Football Writer Aaron Rodgers might be done for the season with a broken collarbone . Colin Kaepernick filed a grievance , saying NFL owners colluded to keep him out of the league because he knelt during the national anthem. And a play that looked like a touchdown ...

AP Top 25 Heat Check: Georgia gives SEC the power its lacked

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer The Southeastern Conference is not the behemoth it was when the league dominated college football for almost a decade, but for the first time in a few years, it has a team other than Alabama that could threaten to win a national ...

STAT WATCH: Marshall punter’s 92-yarder longest since 1972

By ERIC OLSON, AP College Football Writer Marshall's Kaare Vedvik knew he hit a good punt out of his own end zone. Once the ball landed, it kept going and going, farther than any other punt in a Football Bowl Subdivision game in 45 years. His 92-yard punt against Old Dominion on Saturday was, ...

AP Top 25 Takeaways: 4 top-10 teams fall in wild weekend

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer The college football weekend started with a freaky Friday that had two top-10 teams being upset, including the defending national champions, and pretty much ended with another top-five team going down to a big underdog. When it was all done, four ...

Altuve’s dash lifts Verlander, Astros over Yanks in Game 2

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — With each stinging line drive, Jose Altuve is putting his stamp on this October. Same with every pitch from Justin Verlander, no matter the inning or score. Houston's longest tenured player and its durable new ace — an incomparable pair ...

Taylor, Puig power Dodgers past Cubs 5-2 in NLCS Game 1

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Although Clayton Kershaw once again failed to dominate in a postseason start, these Los Angeles Dodgers don't need one guy to carry them. With a relentless lineup, flawless relief pitching and a collective charisma epitomized by the ...

New version of football targets falling youth participation

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — Nobody is keeping track of the score or exactly how much time is left in the game. Then again the Colts and Cougars have been playing in the rain for about an hour and a coach still has to remind the official that a fumble is a ...

LEADING OFF: No Seager in NLCS, but Puig a party for Dodgers

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ BACKING OUT The Dodgers will have to get through the Cubs without star shortstop Corey Seager in the NL Championship Series. Seager was left off the NLCS roster due to a back injury, a surprise omission ...

LSU stuns No. 10 Auburn, riding clutch defense to 27-23 win

By BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports Writer BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU coach Ed Orgeron didn't want the game ball, turning down a chance to stick it in the faces of so many critics who think he is in over his head. Across Tiger Stadium, Auburn fans clustered in the stands near the visitor's locker ...

No. 12 Oklahoma tops Texas 29-24 after blowing 20-point lead

DALLAS (AP) — Baker Mayfield threw 59 yards to Mark Andrews for the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter after Oklahoma had blown a 20-point lead, and the 12th-ranked Sooners held on to beat Texas 29-24 on Saturday. Mayfield's second TD throw of more than 50 yards came 68 seconds after ...

Altuve’s dash lifts Verlander, Astros over Yanks in Game 2

HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve raced home on Carlos Correa’s double in the ninth inning, Justin Verlander struck out 13 in a complete game and the Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees 2-1 Saturday for a 2-0 lead in the AL Championship Series. Correa also homered, but Houston needed a ...

Nats add another bizarre chapter to playoff disappointments

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Max Scherzer emerged from the bullpen to protect a lead, and Bryce Harper batted with the bases loaded. Again and again, the Nationals had the defending World Series champions on the ropes. For Washington's tortured fans, it was all just ...

Finals MVP Durant keeps launching shots, eager to be better

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Fatigued after a long flight home from China, Kevin Durant knocked down one baseline 3-pointer after another — making 21 of 22 and 19 straight before finally another miss had him hollering in frustration over the blaring music ...

James Neal driving force behind Knights’ remarkable start

By W.G. RAMIREZ, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Golden Knights haven't wasted any time in making an impact on the NHL. Fans in large part can thank James Neal for that. Neal has scored the game-winning goal in all three of the Knights' victories, making them the first team in NHL ...