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Lapierre, Jarvis among the biggest surprises of NHL camps

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The hole in the middle of the Washington Capitals lineup with Niklas Backstrom out injured looked looked tailor made for 2019 first-round pick Connor McMichael, who impressed last season as a rookie in the American Hockey League. The spot still might be his. But 2020 ...

Police: Ex-driver killed in dispute involving estranged wife

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Former NASCAR driver John Wes Townley was shot to death over the weekend during a dispute that involved a hatchet after showing up at a house occupied by his estranged wife and another man, police said Monday. The 31-year-old Townley, who raced eight seasons, had the ...

MLB .244 batting average worst since ’68, up after crackdown

NEW YORK (AP) — The major league batting average dropped to .244 this season, its lowest since the year of the pitcher in 1968, though offense picked up markedly following baseball's midseason crackdown on grip-enhancing substances for pitchers. MLB's stricter enforcement had the desired ...

Luis Rojas out as Mets manager after 2 losing seasons

NEW YORK (AP) — For a while this summer, Luis Rojas was a potential Manager of the Year contender. Just a few months later, he's out of a job. Rojas was let go as New York Mets manager on Monday after two losing seasons. The team declined its option on his contract for 2022, making the ...

White Sox optimistic Rodon healthy enough for playoffs

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox think pitcher Carlos Rodón will be healthy enough to help them in the playoffs after the All-Star left-hander was limited down the regular-season stretch. "We remain optimistic that he's going to be able to contribute over the course of the next month," ...

Longtime rivals Red Sox, Yankees, back at it in AL wild card

BOSTON (AP) — Oh, it's on. A day before he is scheduled to face the Red Sox in the AL wild-card game, New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole dropped the name that dare not be spoken within the confines of Fenway Park — at least not since the last one-game playoff between the longtime rivals was ...

Raptors finally return to Toronto as Lowry begins in Miami

The Raptors finally returned home to Toronto on the night Kyle Lowry got going in Miami. The longtime star north of the border is now running the point in South Florida. The first full night of NBA preseason action started with the Raptors playing in their own arena for the first time since ...

Robinson the engine behind the Texas offense

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Bijan Robinson spent far too much of last season watching others play football. No more. The Longhorns' running back is getting the ball a lot in 2021, early in games and late. That's just what new coach Steve Sarkisian Sarkisian promised when the season ...

John Harbaugh not sorry; Urban Meyer can’t apologize enough

DENVER (AP) — Victory formation is for losers. The Baltimore Ravens wanted the rushing record. So, John Harbaugh isn't one bit sorry for not having Lamar Jackson take a knee to close out their rout at Denver. Harbaugh explained enthusiastically and unapologetically after Baltimore's 23-7 ...

MLB draws 45.3M as fans return, down from 68.5M before COVID

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball drew 45.3 million fans this year as fans gradually were allowed to return, down from 68.5 million over 2019 in the last season before the coronavirus pandemic. The Los Angeles Dodgers led the major leagues in home attendance at 2.8 million. They did not ...