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Leading the way: Wayne Rooney puts DC United in MLS playoffs

By IAN QUILLEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — All of the doubters were wrong. About what Wayne Rooney could still do. About, more specifically, what he could do for D.C. United. Now the English striker and his American club are headed to the Major League Soccer playoffs. When reports ...

Guilty verdicts set precedent in fighting shady recruiting

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP College Basketball Writer A federal jury found three men guilty of fraud charges for channeling secret payment to the families of top-tier recruits to influence their choices of schools, apparel companies and agents. Wednesday's verdicts place the blame firmly on the men ...

2 is the new 1 in the NFL; 2-point conversion tries are up

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer Two is the new one. NFL teams are going for 2-point conversions more than ever this season. Teams have tried it 59 times through the first seven weeks, converting 35. They're on pace to break the record of 115 attempted in 1994, the year the NFL adopted ...

Fresh QBs for Texas Tech, Iowa State with Big 12 win streaks

By The Associated Press Some things to know about Week 9 in the Big 12 Conference, the start of five consecutive weeks through the end of the regular season when every team plays every week: GAME OF THE WEEK Texas Tech (5-2, 3-1) at Iowa State (3-3, 2-2). The Red Raiders and Cyclones have ...

Price pitches Red Sox past Dodgers 4-2 for 2-0 Series lead

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — From playoff flop to October ace in two legacy-shifting starts, David Price earned his second postseason victory in a row and moved the Boston Red Sox halfway to yet another World Series title. The Red Sox left-hander pitched six innings of ...

LeBron James gets 1st win as a Laker in romp over Suns

By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — In his fourth game, LeBron James finally got his first victory as a Los Angeles Laker. James flirted with what would have been his 74th career triple-double, finishing with 19 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds before sitting out the fourth ...

Pedroia, Utley embrace elder role for Red Sox, Dodgers

By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Don't look for Dustin Pedroia and Chase Utley to be turning any double plays during this World Series between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. But the presence of both has already had an impact on the clubhouses of the two teams ...

Spurs rally to keep Lakers winless with LeBron, 143-142

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James hit the tying 3-pointer late in regulation. He led a Lakers lineup of three second-year pros and a rookie making his NBA debut to a 142-136 lead with 55 seconds left overtime. James was then reminded in spectacular fashion ...

LEADING OFF: Kershaw, Sale set for Game 1 of World Series

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the major leagues today: FENWAY FRESHMAN Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will pitch at Fenway Park for the first time when he starts Game 1 of the World Series against the Red Sox. The oldest park in the majors has a lot of quirks that ...

Odd call at odd time dooms Dallas in loss at Washington

By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer DENVER (AP) — The "snap infraction " that doomed Dallas to a 20-17 loss at Washington capped a wild Week 7 that began with Von Miller's kept promise to kick some Cardinals booty. It also included a flexed flop in Kansas City, a gamble that backfired ...

Fielding respecting but not fearing Canelo in title match

By BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — When Rocky Fielding enters Madison Square Garden on Dec. 15, it won't be his first time in the big arena. It will be his initial visit for a boxing event — his fight against Canelo Alvarez. The WBA super middleweight champion will put his ...

Ovechkin has 2 goals, 2 assists as Caps beat Canucks 5-2

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Travis Green thinks the Vancouver Canucks can learn a thing or two from how the Washington Capitals played against them Monday night. Vancouver's head coach said the Capitals came out fast and strong in the 5-2 win, showcasing highly skilled athletes who ...

Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant lead Warriors past Suns 123-103

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors got back to their pass-happy ways and coach Steve Kerr could smile again about all those assists, fewer fouls and a better night taking care of the ball. "We understand what the keys to ...

Ryan throws for 379 yards, Falcons beat Giants 23-20

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Matt Ryan is putting up MVP-like numbers, even on a team that hasn't lived up to expectations. Matty Ice turned in another brilliant performance in prime time Monday, throwing for 379 yards and completing his final 18 passes to lead the ...

Donald dominates in Rams 39-10 victory over 49ers

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Pro Football Writer SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Aaron Donald ripped the ball out of Matt Breida's hands to set up one touchdown. He harassed C.J. Beathard with four sacks and several other hits that helped shut down San Francisco's offense. Donald's dominance helped improve ...

Former NFL player Rae Carruth out of prison after 18 years

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer Rae Carruth is a free man. The former NFL wide receiver was released from prison Monday after serving more than 18 years for conspiring to murder the mother of his unborn child. The Carolina Panthers' 1997 first-round draft pick was released from Sampson ...

Kershaw works out in shorts on chilly night at Fenway

BOSTON (AP) — Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw got an early look at Fenway Park, working out in shorts in the bullpen ahead of Tuesday night's World Series opener. The Dodgers arrived in Boston on Sunday, a day after winning the NL pennant. Kershaw tossed a perfect ninth inning in a 5-1 Game 7 ...

Several 2017 playoff teams are underachieving this year

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer If anyone figured the 2018 NFL season would emulate 2017, they have positive proof through seven weeks that just isn't so. Sure, the Patriots are an AFC power, even though they aren't overpowering anybody, and the Chiefs again won their first five games ...

OSU’s Haskins racks up big yardage in big loss to Purdue

By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins set career highs in completions and passing yards, and he even connected on 67.1 percent of his throws. That Haskins did all that in a 49-20 loss at Purdue was further proof that trying to win by going almost exclusively through ...

Browns lose another close one, this time to Buccaneers

By FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Hue Jackson figured there was no way the Cleveland Browns were going to lose. Not on a 59-yard field goal in overtime. The coach was surprised the Tampa Bay Buccaneers even gave Chandler Catanzaro the opportunity, risking giving his team ...