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Jets sign Garrett Wilson; all 3 1st-rounders under contract

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets signed wide receiver Garrett Wilson to a four-year, $20.55 million deal Wednesday, the last of the team's three first-round draft picks to get under contract. Wilson was the No. 10 overall pick last month out of Ohio State. He's expected to be an immediate ...

Francona back managing Guardians following COVID-19 outbreak

CLEVELAND (AP) — Guardians manager Terry Francona missed so much time over the past two seasons that even a four-game absence was difficult. "This was forced retirement," he said. "It wasn't very fun." Francona and two of his coaches cleared health and safety protocols and returned to the ...

Occidental’s Shwayder, SFSU’s Jackson receive CalHOPE award

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Julia Shwayder and Breyon Jackson's battles to overcome adversity throughout their college careers and the examples they set for others are being recognized. Shwayder, a lacrosse player at Occidental College in Los Angeles, and Jackson, a basketball player at San Francisco ...

Jimmy Butler, Heat seeking to take a 2-0 lead over Celtics

MIAMI (AP) — Jimmy Butler doesn't like being a called a scorer. Never mind that the moniker seems appropriate. He's averaging nearly 30 points per game in this postseason, has reached the 40-point mark three times in his last 10 games after having zero such regular season games since 2017, ...

Pivetta tosses 2-hitter to lead Red Sox past Astros 5-1

BOSTON (AP) — The Astros littered the seats of Fenway Park with home runs during their rout of the Red Sox on Tuesday. A day later, Boston pitcher Nick Pivetta barely allowed Houston to put the ball in play. Pivetta pitched a two-hitter, Xander Bogaerts hit a solo home run, Rafael Devers ...

Former Bears RB Tarik Cohen injured during streamed workout

Former Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen, now a free agent, apparently suffered an injury during a training session being live-streamed on his Instagram account. The hard-luck player, released in March by the Bears due to past injuries, grabbed the back of his leg after going down during ...

Pending free agents Malkin, Letang hope to stay with Pens

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Evgeni Malkin wants to stay in Pittsburgh. So does Kris Letang. There's comfort in the only NHL city they've ever called home. Success too. It's why neither three-time Stanley Cup champion has ever hit the open market during their long careers. Until now, anyway. While ...

Guardians manager Francona still sidelined with COVID-19

CLEVELAND (AP) — Guardians manager Terry Francona missed his fourth consecutive game on Tuesday after testing positive for COVID-19 last week. Francona and most of his coaching staff were forced to return from the team's trip to Chicago and Minnesota after an outbreak in Cleveland's ...

Fire’s Shaquiri becomes MLS’s highest-paid at nearly $8.2M

NEW YORK (AP) — Chicago Fire midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri is Major League Soccer's highest-paid player, jumping past Los Angeles FC attacker Carlos Vela and breaking Zlatan Ibrahimović's league record. The 30-year-old Swiss international, who joined Chicago this season from Lyon, has a base ...

Titans agree to terms with top draft pick Treylon Burks

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms on a multi-year contract with the 18th pick overall in wide receiver Treylon Burks. The Titans did not announce details of the contract Tuesday, but they now have five of their nine draft picks under contract. They drafted ...

Brewers pitcher Mejía banned 80 games for positive drug test

NEW YORK (AP) — Milwaukee pitcher J.C. Mejía was suspended for 80 games on Tuesday following a positive test for the performance-enhancing substance Stanozolol, the second Brewers player disciplined this season under Major League Baseball's drug program. A 25-year-old right-hander acquired ...

Cubs place Heyward on IL with no designation, recall Hughes

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs placed outfielder Jason Heyward on the injured list with no designation and selected left-handed pitcher Brandon Hughes from Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday. Manager David Ross said Heyward is "doing OK" and added "he had some real stuff" that included body aches and ...

Vikings get big pass-rush boost with Hunter’s healthy return

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Danielle Hunter became the youngest player in NFL history to reach 50 sacks, an athletic marvel for the Minnesota Vikings who was as durable as they come in this violent sport. About 2 1/2 years later, with his gaudy sack total stalled out from consecutive injury-wrecked ...

McDavid, Gaudreau get playoff taste of “Battle of Alberta”

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Brett Kulak has a confession to make. While the veteran NHL defenseman might have grown up less than 200 miles away from Calgary, he never paid much attention to the Flames until they selected him in the 2012 draft. No offense or anything. It's just that Kulak grew up ...

‘Lots of fire’ left in Bowness at end of his Stars contract

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Rick Bowness has been on an NHL bench for a record 2,562 regular-season games as a head coach or an assistant over nearly four decades. The 67-year-old coach is not ready to be done yet even though he is at the end of his contract with the Dallas Stars. "The playoffs ...

Leafs staying the course after another 1st-round loss

TORONTO (AP) — Brendan Shanahan got his housekeeping out of the way quickly. In the wake of another playoff failure, the president of the Toronto Maple Leafs told reporters at the team's annual post-elimination media availability — once again far earlier on the calendar than anyone ...

Packers defense ready to deal with heightened expectations

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — As they chase their fourth consecutive NFC North title and first Super Bowl berth in more than a decade, the Green Bay Packers may rely on a different formula than usual. The trade of All-Pro receiver Davante Adams could force the Packers to lean more on a defense that ...

Bears try to prove they can support QB Justin Fields

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — From his work ethic to understanding a new offense, quarterback Justin Fields has convinced his new coaches with the Chicago Bears that he is making progress. The real question facing the Bears is whether they have made enough progress supporting Fields. "I've seen ...

Clevinger, 2 relievers lead Padres past Phillies 3-0

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mike Clevinger's first major milestone after a year off from elbow surgery was simply getting back to the big leagues. Next was to pitch without restrictions and become a trusted member of San Diego's rotation. Clevinger seems back to form — and poised to help the ...

Reds blow lead, hit into 5 double plays and edge Guardians

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds made unwanted history two days ago by not allowing a hit and losing. On Tuesday night, they hit into five double plays, blew the lead in the ninth inning and scored the winning run without making contact. "That's baseball, man," said rookie starter Connor ...