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The NBA at 75: From a very modest beginning, to a behemoth

It started in 1946 with 11 teams and 160 players. The shot clock was nearly a decade away, the 3-point line was a couple generations away. Buildings were smaller. So were the players. And it wasn't even called the National Basketball Association. The NBA, 75 years ago, was different in almost ...

AP Top 25 Reality Check: Blue bloods chasing No. 2 Bearcats

A look at the top of The Associated Press college football poll might produce this reaction: One of these things is not like the other. Cincinnati sits at No. 2 in the latest AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank, right behind top-ranked Georgia and ahead of No. 3 Oklahoma, No. 4 Alabama and No. ...

NBA preview: Silver says he hopes Irving gets vaccinated

Adam Silver, the basketball fan, would prefer to see Kyrie Irving on the court again with the Brooklyn Nets as soon as possible. Adam Silver, the NBA commissioner, would prefer to see Irving vaccinated. Silver said Monday he hopes Irving — one of the few players in the league who has not ...

NHL suspends Evander Kane 21 games for COVID violations

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The NHL has suspended San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane for 21 games for submitting a fake COVID-19 vaccination card. The league on Monday announced the suspension without pay and said Kane will not be eligible to play until Nov. 30 at New Jersey. Kane will forfeit ...

Prescott says calf injury not an issue as Cowboys enter bye

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott promised not to miss any time after straining his right calf on the touchdown pass in overtime that gave the Dallas Cowboys their first win at New England since 1987. The star quarterback believes he can deliver on that vow because the team is going into its ...

Down 2-0, Dodgers have Braves where they want them at home

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Trailing 2-0 in the NL Championship Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers have the Atlanta Braves right where they want them. At their house. The Braves' last win at Dodger Stadium was June 9, 2018. They've lost nine straight in Los Angeles, getting swept in a three-game series ...

Schwarber, Red Sox slam Astros 12-3, lead ALCS 2-1

BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodríguez walked off the mound with a six-run lead and a message for Carlos Correa and the rest of the Houston Astros: Now it's Boston's time. Tapping his wrist to mimic Correa's Game 1 celebration, Rodriguez rode four more Boston homers — including ...

NBA 2021-22: 10 things to follow throughout the season

In the opening seconds of Stephen Curry's NBA career he got an assist on the first possession, a steal on the second and then tried a 3-pointer for the first time at the professional level. It missed. In that moment, there probably were not very many people expecting he would become the most ...

Fill-ins lead first-place, unrattled Cards & Raiders to wins

DENVER (AP) — The first-place Arizona Cardinals and Las Vegas Raiders each conquered pestilence and hardship as longtime assistants rallied their resilient teams to road victories in Week 6. The sickness the Cardinals had to conquer was COVID-19. The Raiders' scourge was bigotry. Defensive ...

Staying a Sixer: Simmons’ fate looms large in Philadelphia

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers coach Doc Rivers and the team he led to the best record in the Eastern Conference last season put their hands together in the middle of a huddle at the end of practice and counted off, "1-2-3! Together!" Lingering outside the huddle, holding a ...

Washington State coach Rolovich fired for refusing vaccine

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington State fired football coach Nick Rolovich and four of his assistants on Monday for refusing a state mandate that all employees get vaccinated against COVID-19, making him the first major college coach to lose his job over vaccination status. Washington Gov. ...

Late-night magic: Braves beat Dodgers 5-4, lead NLCS 2-0

ATLANTA (AP) — More late-night magic has the Atlanta Braves just two wins away from the World Series. Eddie Rosario delivered Atlanta's second straight walk-off hit in the ninth inning, giving the Braves a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday and a commanding 2-0 lead in the NL ...

AP Top 25: Cincinnati up to No. 2; Purdue snaps poll drought

Cincinnati moved up to No. 2 behind Georgia in The Associated Press college football poll Sunday, the first time a team from outside the traditional power conferences has been ranked that high since 2010. The Bulldogs remained a unanimous No. 1 with 63 first-place votes in the AP Top 25 ...

Jags end 20-game skid with 53-yard FG to beat Dolphins 23-20

LONDON (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have a championship pedigree at coach and quarterback. However it took a software engineer-turned-kicker to finally end the misery of a 20-game losing streak. Matthew Wright's 53-yard field goal as time expired gave the Jags a 23-20 victory over the ...

Mahomes, Chiefs bounce back to beat Washington 31-13

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Teammates approached Patrick Mahomes after his second interception in the first half and maybe the worst of his NFL career. They told him to keep being himself. Mahomes found himself in the second half, engineering three touchdown drives to make up for the giveaways, ...

Ravens shut down Herbert, Chargers in 34-6 victory

BALTIMORE (AP) — This Baltimore victory ended with the backup quarterback taking a knee. No overtime, no last-second kick. No late drama, period. Lamar Jackson threw for 167 yards and a touchdown, and the Ravens frustrated Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers in a 34-6 win Sunday. ...

Joe Burrow throws 3 TDs as Bengals rout winless Lions 34-11

Joe Burrow was able to rest his voice on the road with a rout, quieting frustrated fans at Ford Field, a week after getting sent to the hospital after taking a hit to the throat. Burrow tied a career high with three touchdown passes and he helped the Cincinnati Bengals match last year's ...

Rodgers throws 2 TDs, runs for 1 as Packers beat Bears 24-14

CHICAGO (AP) — Aaron Rodgers didn't need to say it. He couldn't resist. Rodgers turned toward the crowd after running for a touchdown to help secure yet another win for Green Bay over Chicago. Then, he yelled, "I still own you! I still own you!" Who would argue? Rodgers threw for two ...

Cousins throws TD pass in OT; Vikings beat Panthers 34-28

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — So much for the Minnesota Vikings' second-half scoring woes. Kirk Cousins threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns against the league's top-ranked pass defense, including a 27-yard touchdown pass to K.J. Osborn on the first possession of overtime to lift the Minnesota ...

Larson wins at Texas for 1st spot in NASCAR’s championship 4

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Kyle Larson was willing to play it smart in the closing laps at Texas. He also had a fast car that stayed in front through all of the restarts to secure the first of the four championship-contending spots in NASCAR's season finale. Larson led 256 of 334 laps at the 1 ...