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LEADING OFF: Nats-Dodgers and Cards-Braves set for Game 5

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors Wednesday: NOW OR NEVER A pair of winner-take-all Game 5s will decide the two NL Division Series. First, the Atlanta Braves host the St. Louis Cardinals at 5:02 p.m. EDT. Then, it's the Washington Nationals at ...

Cole, Astros have no room for error left in ALDS vs Rays

By MARK DIDTLER Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Zack Greinke got hit hard. So did Justin Verlander. And all of a sudden, the Houston Astros and their heavyweight rotation have only one chance left to knock out the pesky Rays. It's up to Gerrit Cole in Game 5. Verlander gave up ...

Bruins top Golden Knights 4-3, off to best start in 18 years

By W.G. RAMIREZ Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — The defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Bruins won't play their first home game until Saturday. That hasn't stopped them from opening on a rampage in Western Conference cities, clearly putting last season's Game 7 loss in the ...

USC frosh QB Kedon Slovis returns to start at Notre Dame

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis will return from an apparent concussion to start for Southern California at No. 9 Notre Dame on Saturday night. USC coach Clay Helton made the announcement Tuesday night after practice. The Trojans (3-2) ...

Messi says he considered leaving Barcelona after tax problem

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi says he considered leaving Barcelona after being targeted by Spanish tax authorities in the early 2010s. Messi says in an interview with Catalan radio station RAC1 he felt he wasn't treated well in Spain and didn't want to stay in the country after being ...

Streak stretches on: Twins take 16th straight playoff loss

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The night began with Torii Hunter throwing the ceremonial first pitch to Joe Mauer, energizing the over-capacity crowd gathered for the first postseason game at Target Field since 2010, the year the ballpark opened. The evening ended in ...

Torres leads Yankees to 5-1 win and sweep of Twins

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The last time the New York Yankees won the World Series, a full decade ago, Gleyber Torres was not yet a teenager in Venezuela. Boosted by an age-defiant performance by their 22-year-old star second baseman, the Yankees moved one step ...

NBA Commissioner says league will support freedom of speech

By STEPHEN WADE and TIM REYNOLDS AP Sports Writers TOKYO (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the league is not apologizing for Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's since-deleted tweet showing support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, even after China's state ...

Not much goes right in Browns’ 31-3 loss to 49ers

By MICHAEL WAGAMAN Associated Press SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The Cleveland Browns punted on their first series. It was one of the few things that Freddie Kitchens' team did right all night. In a game where Kitchens and offensive coordinator Todd Monken pulled out all the stops, trying ...

Texas tailback Johnson emerges from ’emergency’ role

By JIM VERTUNO AP Sports Writer AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Roschon Johnson arrived at Texas expecting a season of learning how to be a college quarterback, not being the Longhorns' emergency fix at running back. Yet five games into the season, the freshman is arguably the No. 11 Longhorns' most ...

Adesanya floors middleweight champion Whittaker at UFC 243

By GREG BUCKLE Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Israel Adesanya defeated UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker with a stunning knockout in the second round of their highly anticipated 185-pound unification bout which headlined UFC 243 on Sunday. New Zealand-based, ...

Perine, defense lift No. 10 Florida past No. 7 Auburn, 24-13

By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Lamical Perine was too slow to play for Auburn four years ago, a hurtful evaluation that's stuck with him. He showed plenty of speed while running away from the Tigers — and a few guys he played against in high school — in the Swamp ...

Cole fans 15, Bregman homers as Astros top Rays 3-1

By KRISTIE RIEKEN AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Houston's pair of aces dealt the Astros a pair of wins. Gerrit Cole carried his splendid September into an outstanding October with a 15-strikeout performance and Alex Bregman handed fans chanting MVP the mighty swing they craved. The Astros ...

Fromm helps No. 3 Georgia trounce Tennessee 43-14

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Georgia came from behind for a second straight game and continued its recent domination of division rivals. Jake Fromm threw two touchdown passes, Georgia's defense delivered a dominant second-half performance and the No. 3 Bulldogs ...

Hanging on: US sets past aside, wins men’s 4×100 gold medal

By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Noah Lyles let out a huge scream and kept right on running — through the finish line and straight toward his teammate, Christian Coleman. After a quick hug, Lyles stuck the baton out and Coleman grabbed hold, too. Nobody was letting it ...

Jets QB Darnold ruled out vs. Eagles, Falk to start

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Sam Darnold's return will have to wait at least another week. The New York Jets quarterback was ruled out for the team's game at Philadelphia on Sunday as he continues to recover from mononucleosis. Darnold was originally ...

New International Swimming League debuts with cash prizes

By BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer The International Swimming League debuts this weekend, with some of the sport's biggest names competing for cash prizes in a team format that culminates in a splashy finale in Las Vegas. Four of the league's eight teams will swim on Saturday and Sunday in ...

Remembering Nick: Miami Project gala to honor Buoniconti

By The Associated Press undefined Pro Football Hall of Famer Ed Reed and such sports stars as Dwyane Wade, Wladimir Klitschko, Chase Utley, Matt Biondi, Christian Vieri, Amy Van Dyken-Rouen and Meghan Duggan will be honored by The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis on Monday night at the ...

Johnson’s sponsor stays on Hendrick 48 car through 2023

By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer DOVER, Del. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson has a winless streak that's hit 88 races. He missed the playoffs for the first time in his career and lost any shot at winning a record eighth NASCAR championship. The driver who once seemingly won at Dover International ...

Browns’ Beckham fined by NFL for fighting with Ravens

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns star Odell Beckham Jr. was fined an undisclosed amount by the NFL for fighting Baltimore's Marlon Humphrey. The wide receiver said the penalty would have been harsher if he had retaliated. Beckham wouldn't disclose how much he was ...