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Bats finally wake up but Hader falters, Brewers eliminated

ATLANTA (AP) — At least the Milwaukee Brewers went down swinging. Eliminated from the NL Division Series following a 5-4 loss to the Atlanta Braves in Game 4 on Tuesday, the Brewers were 0 for 20 with runners in scoring position until RBI singles by Omar Narváez and Lorenzo Cain put them up ...

Jarry has 26 saves, Penguins beat Lightning 6-2 in opener

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tristan Jarry had 26 saves, Danton Heinen and Brian Boyle scored early second-period goals, and the short-handed Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2 in the regular-season opener on Tuesday night. Dominik Simon, Teddy Blueger, Bryan ...

’22 Boston Marathon, and more change, just 6 months away

BOSTON (AP) — First was the marathon. Now comes the sprint. A day after the only fall race in the Boston Marathon's 125-year history, organizers turned their attention to the 2022 event and whether to keep any of this year's pandemic-inspired changes. Complicating their planning: they have ...

Changed race, familiar result: Kenyans sweep Boston Marathon

BOSTON (AP) — With fall foliage replacing the blooming daffodils and mylar blankets sharing space with masks, the pandemic-delayed Boston Marathon returned Monday after a 30-month absence for a smaller, socially distanced race that ended in a very familiar way. Benson Kipruto and Diana ...

Indigenous Peoples Day marked with celebrations, protests

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Indigenous people across the United States marked Monday with celebrations of their heritage, education campaigns and a push for the Biden administration to make good on its word. The federal holiday created decades ago to recognize Christopher Columbus' sighting in ...

Herbert’s 398 yards, Ekeler 3 TDs lead Chargers over Browns

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers showed early in the season they can rally to win close games on the road. On Sunday, they won a wild shootout in front of their home fans. Herbert had his record 11th 300-yard game with 398 yards passing and tied a career ...

EXPLAINER: Rare automatic double ruling aids lucky Red Sox

BOSTON (AP) — The book of Official Baseball Rules covers a lot of ground in its nearly 200 pages. Even the plays nobody has seen before. Umpires didn't have to dig too deep to find a ruling for a bizarre bounce in Sunday's Red Sox-Rays AL Division Series Game 3, when Kevin Kiermaier's ...

White Sox reliever implies Astros may be stealing signs

CHICAGO (AP) — White Sox reliever Ryan Tepera implied that Houston may have been stealing signs in Games 1 and 2 of their AL Division Series after Chicago won the third game Sunday night. Houston was going for a sweep after it rolled to a pair of impressive victories at home. But it struck ...

Hendrick: NASCAR needs to halt Elliott and Harvick spat

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Kevin Harvick was going to get his revenge on Chase Elliott, believing somewhere and somehow, he'd even the score after Elliott cost him a win last month. When Harvick delivered his payback, it nearly knocked the reigning NASCAR champion out of the playoffs. But karma ...

Special teams were downright ugly in Week 5

Special teams were downright ugly Sunday. Mason Crosby and Evan McPherson missed five field goals in the fourth quarter and overtime before Crosby finally connected to give Green Bay a win over Cincinnati. Eight kickers combined to miss 11 extra points, increasing the total to 12 in Week 5 to ...

Marathon changes afoot: Rolling start, masks, leaf peeping

BOSTON (AP) — It all starts here. No, not in Hopkinton, where the Boston Marathon field crosses the starting line painted across Main Street, headed for the Back Bay. But 26.2 miles away, steps from the Copley Square finish, where runners will have to clear coronavirus protocols before their ...

Tyson Fury promises knockout finish to epic Wilder trilogy

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tyson Fury understands that the most memorable boxers are also talented promoters, and he has sold his heavyweight trilogy finale against Deontay Wilder with a showman's flair. The unbeaten British champion has taunted and tweaked Wilder throughout the buildup to their ...

Worry about Wilson overshadowed by Seattle’s defensive woes

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — All the focus will be on the health of Russell Wilson's right middle finger and whether the injury that knocked him out of Seattle's 26-17 loss to Los Angeles Rams will keep him from starting for the first time in his career. In a league driven by quarterbacks, that is ...

All in: Panthers, Barkov agree on 8-year, $80M extension

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Aleksander Barkov was just a teenager when he arrived in Florida from Finland to start his NHL career back in 2013, spent a few weeks in his sunny new surroundings and came to the following conclusion. "I could live here," Barkov said. He hasn't left since. And ...

Broadcaster Kaat apologizes for “40-acre” comment

HOUSTON (AP) — MLB Network broadcaster Jim Kaat apologized during Friday's AL Division Series game between the Astros and White Sox after saying teams should try to "get a 40-acre field full of" players who look like Chicago infielder Yoán Moncada. Kaat, a former All-Star pitcher and ...

NHL tracking pucks this season, opening up gambling options

DETROIT (AP) — The latest generation of NHL pucks have six circles on both sides covering tubes that allow infrared cameras to constantly connect the vulcanized rubber with a puck and player tracking system. After a bumpy start last season with microchipped pucks that didn't slide right, the ...

Youthful energy lifts US in grueling World Cup qualifying

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Yunus Musah's place in the U.S. lineup wasn't certain until 24 hours before kickoff, when coach Greg Berhalter received a text message revealing the 18-year-old's COVID-19 test had come back negative. So the midfielder was inserted alongside 18-year-old Ricardo Pepi and ...

McVay’s Rams show adaptability, resilience in fast start

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fast starts to a season are nothing new for the Los Angeles Rams. They've never had a losing record at any point in coach Sean McVay's half-decade in charge, and their 26-17 win at Seattle on Thursday made them 4-1 or better for the third time in the last four years. But ...

NFL: Cowboys lineman Collins bribed drug-testing official

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The NFL accused Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman La'el Collins of trying to bribe a drug-testing official before the player was suspended five games for a violation of the substance-abuse policy, according to court documents released Friday. The allegation surfaced in a ...

Rookie QBs getting crash course in up-and-down life of NFL

NEW YORK (AP) — No one said this was going to be easy, rookie. Playing quarterback in the NFL is no simple task, and this year's class of newcomers is getting a crash course — filled with sacks, interceptions and losses — in how difficult it is to immediately succeed under ...