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No. 3 Clemson’s offense needs to ‘bring it’ vs Louisville

By PETE IACOBELLI, AP Sports Writer Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant believes the third-ranked Tigers are ready for a shootout at No. 14 Louisville, even if his offense didn't look that way in last week's victory against Auburn. The Tigers (2-0) trailed much of the first half against ...

Column: Relationships forged among players who make US team

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer Kevin Kisner began to appreciate the value of playing in the Presidents Cup two months before the matches even started. All because of a text message. He was at the Bridgestone Invitational last month when he received a group text sent to players who were ...

Another sluggish Seahawks opener brings up old questions

By TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer RENTON, Wash. (AP) — It took just a few minutes of the season opener against Green Bay for preseason fears about the Seattle Seahawks' offensive line and its ability to protect quarterback Russell Wilson to re-emerge as legitimate concerns. There wasn't much ...

LEADING OFF: Indians eye No. 20 to match “Moneyball” A’s

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ SO MONEY Cleveland goes for its 20th consecutive victory in a game against Detroit, a mark that would match the 2002 "Moneyball" Athletics for the best streak this century. Corey Kluber (15-4, 2.56 ERA) ...

Stephens tops Keys in US Open final for 1st Grand Slam title

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Sloane Stephens never looked shaken by the setting or the stakes in her first Grand Slam final. Her opponent, Madison Keys, most definitely did. Stephens easily beat her close friend Keys 6-3, 6-0 to win the U.S. Open on Saturday, ...

Rules, habits, passion keep NFL aging quarterbacks around

By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer Tom Brady didn't get things started on a strong note for the growing group of graybeard quarterbacks when the Chiefs spoiled the Patriots' latest Super Bowl celebration with a big comeback of their own Thursday night in the NFL opener. Few doubt ...

US Open: Nadal-Anderson seems a mismatch, but upsets happen

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Open finalists Rafael Nadal and Kevin Anderson are both professional tennis players who were born in 1986. Not much else in common. Heading into Sunday's match — well, mismatch, apparently — Nadal owns 15 Grand Slam titles, ...

Man City routs Liverpool 5-0

By ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer Writer LONDON (AP) — Liverpool went from dishing out a humiliation to being on the receiving end of one. A 5-0 loss at Manchester City on Saturday handed Juergen Klopp his biggest loss in two years managing Liverpool. And it quickly punctured the optimism ...

Perfect partnership: Hingis, Murray win US Open mixed title

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Martina Hingis and Jamie Murray have been the perfect partnership. The question now is whether it will continue. Hingis and Murray won the U.S. Open mixed doubles title Saturday, beating Michael Venus of New Zealand and Chan Hao-Ching ...

Raiders place K Sebastian Janikowski on IR with back injury

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Pro Football Writer ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders placed long-time kicker Sebastian Janikowski on injured reserve Saturday with an injured back and promoted Giorgio Tavecchio to the active roster. The team made the move a day before the season opener against ...

No. 13 Auburn faces defending national champ No. 3 Clemson

By The Associated Press Here are a few things to watch during the second week of the Southeastern Conference football season: GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 13 Auburn at No. 3 Clemson: Auburn is considered one of the favorites to challenge league favorite Alabama and the Tigers looked solid in their ...

WNBA attendance grows to highest level since 2011

By DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — WNBA metrics are strong again, with attendance up for the second straight year. The league had nearly 1.6 million fans this season and averaged 7,716 per game, the highest total since 2011. "The success of the 2017 WNBA regular ...

D-backs beat Dodgers 3-1 for club-record 13th win in a row

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers were cruising along with a 21-game lead in the NL West. Now, it's been cut in half. What a difference a week and a half made, all at the hands of the Diamondbacks. Pinch-hitter Adam Rosales doubled in the go-ahead run in ...

Pitt-Penn State, Auburn-Clemson headline ACC’s Week 2

By The Associated Press Things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 2: GAME OF THE WEEK: Pittsburgh at No. 4 Penn State. The muted Panthers renew one of their most heated rivalries and can give the ACC a shot of credibility after an opening weekend in which the league largely ...

Science Says: How repeated head blows affect the brain

By LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Researchers are tackling fresh questions about a degenerative brain disease now that it has been detected in the brains of nearly 200 football players after death. The suspected cause is repeated head blows, an almost unavoidable part of ...

Digging the long ball: Arizona’s Martinez hits 4 home runs

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hall of Famers Willie Mays, Lou Gehrig and Mike Schmidt did it. So did All-Star sluggers Josh Hamilton, Carlos Delgado and Gil Hodges. Add J.D. Martinez's name to the list of players with four home runs in a game. Martinez's power show ...

Bolt predicts his world records could stand for 15-20 years

By JIM ARMSTRONG, AP Sports Writer KYOTO, Japan (AP) — Usain Bolt is feeling no pressure in retirement, confident his best times can remain world records for decades. The only sprinter to capture the 100- and 200-meter track titles at three consecutive Olympics, Bolt retired last month ...

Lara Gut targets North American races for comeback

GENEVA (AP) — Former overall World Cup champion Lara Gut has targeted races in North America to make her comeback from a serious knee injury at the world championships. "I'm back on the snow" Gut wrote in an Instagram post that included video of herself skiing again. She heads to Chile next ...

Twins erupt for 17-0 win vs. Royals

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Joe Mauer went 4 for 4 with two RBIs and Eduardo Escobar hit two home runs while driving in six runs, as the Minnesota Twins erupted for a 17-0 victory against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night. Brian Dozier added a three-run ...

No. 11 Michigan gets kicks in 33-17 win vs. No. 17 Florida

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Quinn Nordin became the first Michigan kicker to make two 50-yard field goals in the same game, one of them in a quick go-ahead spurt after halftime, and the 11th-ranked Wolverines won 33-17 Saturday to hand 17th-ranked Florida its first season-opening loss in nearly ...