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Robinson the engine behind the Texas offense

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Bijan Robinson spent far too much of last season watching others play football. No more. The Longhorns' running back is getting the ball a lot in 2021, early in games and late. That's just what new coach Steve Sarkisian Sarkisian promised when the season ...

John Harbaugh not sorry; Urban Meyer can’t apologize enough

DENVER (AP) — Victory formation is for losers. The Baltimore Ravens wanted the rushing record. So, John Harbaugh isn't one bit sorry for not having Lamar Jackson take a knee to close out their rout at Denver. Harbaugh explained enthusiastically and unapologetically after Baltimore's 23-7 ...

MLB draws 45.3M as fans return, down from 68.5M before COVID

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball drew 45.3 million fans this year as fans gradually were allowed to return, down from 68.5 million over 2019 in the last season before the coronavirus pandemic. The Los Angeles Dodgers led the major leagues in home attendance at 2.8 million. They did not ...

WNBA playoff semifinals all even, shifts to Chicago, Phoenix

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — The WNBA semifinal playoff series are knotted at a game apiece and both could go the full five games based on the historic and gritty performances thus far. Diana Taurasi and the Phoenix Mercury put on a shooting clinic as they scored the most points in a regulation ...

No. 5 Iowa forces 7 turnovers in 51-14 rout of Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Spencer Petras barely had time to exhale in the second quarter. The Iowa quarterback would come off the field following a scoring drive — then immediately return after the defense forced yet another turnover. "You sit on the bench for two seconds, you're right back ...

Angels deliver blow to Mariners’ playoff hopes with 2-1 win

SEATTLE (AP) — After all the one-run games they've played this season, the Seattle Mariners were waiting for their next late-game hero to emerge. That clutch hit was never delivered for the Mariners. And now Seattle finds itself needing help from others to see its 20-year postseason drought ...

Trea Turner slam, solo HR; Kershaw hurt, Dodgers beat Brews

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers still have something to play for, although they may be doing it without Clayton Kershaw. The three-time Cy Young Award winner got hurt before Trea Turner hit a grand slam and solo home run as Los Angeles extended the NL West race for at least another day, ...

Tyler Allgeier, No. 13 BYU run past Utah State 34-20

LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Tyler Allgeier ran for a career-high 218 yards and three touchdowns to help No. 13 BYU beat Utah State 34-20 on Friday night. BYU (5-0) beat Utah State (3-2) for the second straight time in the Battle for the Old Wagon Wheel rivalry series. Baylor Romney threw for 187 ...

Frank Thomas heads group that buys Field of Dreams site

DYERSVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Frank Thomas has found his Field of Dreams. The Hall of Famer has headed a venture that bought controlling interest in Go the Distance Baseball's stake of All-Star Ballpark Heaven and the Field of Dreams Movie Site. The company said Thursday that This is Heaven LLC, ...

AP source: NBA vaccination rate climbing, now to 95%

MIAMI (AP) — The NBA has seen a rise in vaccination rates in recent days when factoring in those players who have received at least one of the necessary shots, a person with direct knowledge of the situation said Thursday. The leaguewide rate is now around 95% when counting those who are now ...

Theegala finds an easy path to 64 and lead in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — California rookie Sahith Theegala carved his tee shots into play and made it look easy from there Thursday for an 8-under 64 and a one-shot lead over Nick Watney and Harold Varner III in the Sanderson Farms Championship. Theegala missed three fairways but was out of ...

Correa, Astros clinch AL West, open playoffs vs White Sox

HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve got straight to the point when asked what Carlos Correa means to the Houston Astros after his mighty swing launched them into the playoffs Thursday night. "We are where we are because of him," the star second baseman said. Correa hit his career-high 25th homer ...

Beasts of NL East: Braves beat Phils for 4th straight title

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have done it all before — many, many times before — but this one felt a bit different. More satisfying, for sure. After all, the Braves floundered under .500 much of the season. They endured devastating injuries and grim legal issues. They had to ...

Record night for Taurasi, Mercury in Game 2 rout over Aces

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Diana Taurasi scored a playoff career-high 37 points and the Phoenix Mercury overwhelmed the Las Vegas Aces 117-91 on Thursday night to even the best-of-five WNBA semifinal series at a game apiece. Taurasi, the 39-year-old guard who has been dealing with a left ankle injury, ...

AP Top 25 Reality Check: Preseason perception v small sample

A month into the season, 12 teams that were ranked in the preseason are unranked, including two preseason top 10s, and a total of 38 teams have spent at least one week in The Associated Press college football poll. The number of ranked teams to lose through four weeks increased to 25 when six ...

Hot Harper carries Phillies into NL East title contention

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bryce Harper waited for the "MVP!" chants to fade as he stepped to the microphone at the Phillies' home finale to thank fans for sticking by them in the pennant race. The National League MVP contender who bows every game to fans in right field — he might even play catch ...

Chiefs’ Reid released from hospital, plans to see team soon

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs coach Andy Reid was released from the hospital Monday after he felt ill and was taken by ambulance to be treated for dehydration following their 30-24 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers the previous day. Chiefs spokesman Ted Crews said that Reid was "in great ...

Umpire provides explanation for wild play in Cardinals-Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) — Umpire Bill Miller provided an explanation Monday for a wild sequence during St. Louis' 4-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs that added another layer of drama to the Cardinals' 16th straight win. A request was made for an explanation after Sunday's game, but a spokesman for the ...

Chiefs blaming only themselves for turnover-prone 1-2 start

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs fumbled away a chance to beat the Baltimore Ravens two weeks ago. They threw away a chance to beat the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. Now, the two-time defending AFC champions find themselves in the strangest of circumstances: They're last in ...

Troubled Tigers: Clemson sliding from ACC, national picture

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — The early warning signs at Clemson have turned into a desperate call for help for the 25th-ranked Tigers. The team which opened at No. 3 in the preseason has lost twice in September for the first time since 2014 — all but ending its bid for a seventh straight berth in ...