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Myles Garrett, helmet a ‘weapon,’ banned for rest of season

By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Myles Garrett is done playing for the Cleveland Browns this season. The NFL isn’t saying when the star defensive end will play again. He was suspended for at least the rest of the regular season and postseason — if the Browns qualify. ...

NASCAR’s final 4 in fun mode ahead of championship race

By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Three contenders for the NASCAR championship have already given Kyle Busch a good run for the money three days before the race. Busch and teammates Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin were stuck in New York City traffic with Kevin ...

US military academy athletes can now delay service, go pro

By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper has issued new guidelines that will allow athletes attending the nation's military academies to seek waivers to delay their service and play professional sports immediately upon their graduation. A memo ...

Big 12’s top 2 meet with No. 10 Oklahoma at No. 12 Baylor

By The Associated Press undefined No. 10 Oklahoma (8-1, 5-1 Big 12, No. 10 CFP) at No. 12 Baylor (9-0, 6-0, No. 13), Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EST (ABC). Line: Oklahoma by 10 1/2. Series record: Oklahoma leads 25-3. WHAT'S AT STAKE A potential Big 12 championship game preview. The four-time ...

No. 9 Penn State hosts 24th-ranked Indiana

By The Associated Press undefined No. 24 Indiana (7-2, 4-2 Big Ten) at No. 9 Penn State (8-1, 5-1, No. 9 CFP), Saturday at 12 p.m. EST (ABC). Line: Penn State by 14 1/2. Series record: Penn State leads 21-1. WHAT'S AT STAKE? The Nittany Lions are coming off their first loss but are still ...

UCLA and No. 8 Utah meet in key Pac-12 South clash

By The Associated Press UCLA (4-5, 4-2 Pac-12) at No. 8 Utah (8-1, 5-1), on Saturday at 8 p.m. EST (FOX). Line: Utah by 21 1/2. Series record: UCLA leads 11-6. WHAT’S AT STAKE? UCLA can move into a first-place tie in the Pac-12 South with an upset win over Utah. The Utes look to bolster ...

Astros’ Verlander, Mets’ deGrom win 2nd Cy Young Awards

By Jake Seiner AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Verlander has a second AL Cy Young Award — and a clear path paved toward Cooperstown. Verlander beat out teammate Gerrit Cole in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America revealed Wednesday night. Verlander got 17 ...

Alabama 5th in CFP committee rankings after loss to LSU

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Alabama is fifth in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, behind LSU, Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia, which took over the fourth spot in the selection committee's second top 25. LSU replaced Ohio State as No. 1 on Tuesday night after the ...

Davis, James lead Lakers to best 10-game start since 2010

By The Associated Press undefined PHOENIX (AP) — Anthony Davis had 24 points and 12 rebounds, Kyle Kuzma added 23 points and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Phoenix Suns 123-115 on Tuesday night. The Lakers (8-2) are off to their best 10-game start since 2010 and bounced back from a home ...

Young scores season-high 42 as Hawks beat Nuggets 125-121

By MICHAEL KELLY Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Falling into a 12-0 hole less than three minutes in brought back unpleasant memories for the Atlanta Hawks. Trae Young rewrote the ending with another big game. The second-year point guard scored 15 of his season-high 42 points in the fourth ...

Fox-less Kings beat slumping Trail Blazers 107-99

By MICHAEL WAGAMAN Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — After a slow and sluggish start in their first game without leading scorer De'Aaron Fox, Sacramento eventually found a nice rhythm with Bogdan Bogdanovic running the offense. Luke Walton was even more impressed with his team's ...

Since losing ’18 final, Golden Knights look more like Caps

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer Almost 18 months since the Vegas Golden Knights' improbable inaugural season ended, they look much more like the team that vanquished them in the Stanley Cup Final. If you can't beat 'em, be more like 'em. Once a ragtag group relying on more will than skill, ...

Much-admired Tour de France cyclist Poulidor dies at age 83

By SAMUEL PETREQUIN AP Sports Writer BRUSSELS (AP) — Raymond Poulidor, known as the "eternal runner-up" behind five-time Tour de France winners Jacques Anquetil and Eddy Merckx, has died. He was 83 years old. Arguably France's most popular cyclist, Poulidor secured a record eight podium ...

Raiders rally to beat Chargers 26-24

By Josh Dubow AP Pro Football Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Josh Jacobs scored on an 18-yard run with 1:02 remaining and the Oakland Raiders had a late winning touchdown drive for the second time in five weeks, beating the Los Angeles Chargers 26-24 on Thursday night. Derek Carr led the ...

Celtics beat Hornets 108-87 in Walker’s return to Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jayson Tatum scored 23 points, and Kemba Walker got a win in an emotional return to Charlotte as the Boston Celtics defeated the Hornets 108-87 on Thursday night. Walker had an off night shooting the ball and finished with 14 points and six assists, but the Celtics won ...

Pelicans’ Williamson projects return before mid-season

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Zion Williamson says he expects his absence from New Orleans Pelicans because of his knee injury to be less than half of the regular season but is offering no specific timetable for a return. "It's going very well, day by day, getting better," the No. 1 overall pick said ...

LSU tries to end its recent frustrating history with Alabama

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer Here are some things to watch during the 11th week of the Southeastern Conference football season. GAME OF THE WEEK No. 1 LSU (No. 2 College Football Playoff ) at No. 2 Alabama (No. 3 CFP): LSU (8-0, 4-0 SEC) is trying to end an eight-game skid in this ...

No. 11 Virginia’s stellar defense beats Syracuse 48-34

By JOHN KEKIS AP Sports Writer SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Virginia picked up right where it left off in April — showcasing its Pack-Line defense in impressive fashion. Mamadi Diakite scored 12 points, Jay Huff added 11 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 11 Virginia shut down Syracuse 48-34 on ...

Alonso, Álvarez honored as top rookies by Baseball Digest

NEW YORK (AP) — Mets first baseman Pete Alonso and Houston Astros slugger Yordan Álvarez have been picked as this year's top rookies by Baseball Digest. Alonso was a unanimous choice in the National League, and Álvarez received six of seven first-place votes to take the AL honor. The other ...

No. 5 Penn St., No. 13 Minnesota set for clash of unbeatens

By ERIC OLSON AP College Football Writer What to watch in the Big Ten this week: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 5 Penn State at No. 13 Minnesota The Nittany Lions (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten, No. 4 CFP) and Gophers (8-0, 5-0, No. 17) play in what Minnesota coach PJ Fleck is calling one of the biggest games in ...