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Oldies but goodies: The Lakers may be ones to catch in West

It may be a roster like none other. The Los Angeles Lakers have four of the NBA's top seven active scorers. The top three leading active rebounders. Three of the top four active leaders in assists. Three of the top five in blocks. Three of the top five in wins. Four of the top six in steals. ...

Top ACC contenders counting on veteran talent in league race

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Georgia Tech coach Nell Fortner has reason for confidence after bringing back nearly the entire roster from the program's first NCAA Sweet 16 team in nearly a decade. She's not alone in the Atlantic Coast Conference, either. "Yeah, we have a lot of experience coming ...

Now question in NFL is: Does Gruden reflect broader culture?

When Shad Khan set out more than a decade ago to become the first member of an ethnic minority to own an NFL team, the Pakistani-American heard the scuttlebutt. "The conjecture was, 'You will never get approved, because you're not white,'" Khan, now the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars, told ...

Playoff series for the ages as Dodgers, Giants go to Game 5

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Everybody expected a playoff series for the ages between the century-old rival Dodgers and Giants, and now they've got it. Anything less than a winner-take-all Game 5 would have been a baseball travesty, leaving the sport short-changed on the October stage. It's the ...

Red Sox ride home run laundry cart to ALCS against Astros

BOSTON (AP) — It was the middle of the pandemic, the Boston Red Sox stunk, and with major league ballparks empty in 2020, they couldn't even count on the crowd to get them going. During one especially humdrum road game at the Rays' Tropicana Field, coach Jason Varitek suggested they needed to ...

Interim head coach Rich Bisaccia ready to guide Raiders

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — Derek Carr walked onto the practice field Wednesday waiting to hear one voice. "I was waiting for him to click in the headset and start talking to me. Make a joke, make me laugh, get me going, fire me up." But there's an abrupt new era in Las Vegas, where Jon Gruden ...

Ray Fosse, barreled by Rose at ’70 All-Star Game, dies at 74

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Ray Fosse, the strong-armed catcher whose career was upended when he was bowled over by Pete Rose at the 1970 All-Star Game, has died. He was 74. Carol Fosse, his wife of 51 years, said in a statement online that Fosse died Wednesday after a 16-year bout with ...

Ovechkin scores twice, Capitals beat Rangers 5-1 in opener

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin moved a couple of steps closer to Wayne Gretzky's goals record, Hendrix Lapierre scored the first of his NHL career and the Washington Capitals made their season opener a great one for scoring instead of fighting. The fisticuffs never materialized against the ...

Irving: Refusal to get vaccinated about ‘what’s best for me’

NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving said Wednesday he didn't want to lose salary or a chance to compete for a championship with the Brooklyn Nets, but was doing "what's best for me" by refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The Nets decided Tuesday that Irving wouldn't be with the team because he ...

Mercury even WNBA Finals with 91-86 overtime win over Sky

PHOENIX (AP) — Diana Taurasi spent most of the night being hounded by Chicago's Allie Quigley, an exhausting exercise in an already-tough game, particularly for a 39-year-old. As Game 2 of the WNBA Finals wound toward a tight finish, the Phoenix Mercury looked to the player recently named ...

US pairs skater Calalang cleared of drug violation

In elite figure skating, makeup can be as important a tool as a boot and blade. It also can sideline an Olympic contender. Jessica Calalang, a U.S. pairs skater and potential member of the team for next February's Winter Games in Beijing, recently had a suspension from the sport overturned. ...

Gabe Kapler, nerves and all, has been right fit for Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gabe Kapler repeatedly blew bubbles with his gum and popped them during his postseason managerial debut against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and oh does Dave Roberts remember his division counterpart doing that during their playing days in Double-A. Kapler absolutely gets ...

Rivers: 76ers still want disgruntled guard Simmons back

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The 76ers and representation for disgruntled All-Star Ben Simmons have neared a resolution of the guard's holdout that could potentially see him rejoin the team this week. The first step was in motion Monday night: Simmons was in Philadelphia and coach Doc Rivers did not ...

NFL picks 3 German cities to bid for regular-season game

LONDON (AP) — The NFL selected the cities Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich on Tuesday to enter a final bidding stage to host a regular-season game in Germany. Next season is the target for Germany to host its first game, though it could also debut in 2023 because of potential scheduling ...

Tom Brady plans to play despite heavily wrapped right hand

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady says his heavily wrapped throwing hand is sore but he expects to play when the Buccaneers visit the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night. Brady injured his right hand in the first half of Tampa Bay's 45-17 win over Miami on Sunday. He finished off his first ...

USGA, R&A provide rule for tours to limit driver length

The length of Phil Mickelson's driver he used in winning the PGA Championship won't be allowed. Bryson DeChambeau can only use a 48-inch driver when he's competing in Long Drive Association events. Golf's governing bodies announced a new "model local rule" available Jan. 1 that would limit the ...

Lakers chasing 18th title with seasoned roster around LeBron

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers spent the summer gutting the roster of a championship contender and restocking it with seasoned NBA talents committed to making an immediate title run together. Now that everybody is in uniform, the Lakers are talking like they've got all the time in ...

Davis’ ‘dream’ hire of Gruden turns into Raiders nightmare

When Jon Gruden returned to the Raiders back in 2018 he was greeted with a pep rally news conference, owner Mark Davis calling it a "dream come true" and the "biggest day of his life." There was much less pomp and circumstance surrounding the coach's rapid departure, with Davis sending out a ...

NBC’s Tirico expresses disappointment in Gruden’s behavior

NBC's Mike Tirico, who was Jon Gruden's partner for seven years on ESPN's "Monday Night Football," expressed disappointment with Gruden's behavior after more emails came out on Monday showing a repeated pattern of racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments. Gruden stepped down as Las Vegas ...

Who stung JR? Hornets nest puts sting in Smith’s golf debut

BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) — J.R. Smith stepped into a hornets nest in his first college golf tournament and it had nothing to do with his high score. The 36-year-old two-time NBA champion was literally stung by hornets while completing his round Tuesday for North Carolina A&T on the second ...