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CJ Cup in Vegas perhaps a last chance for Johnson to get win

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Dustin Johnson hasn't played much golf since becoming the first American in more than 40 years to win all five of his matches in the Ryder Cup. He still remembers the basics. "You try to keep it in the grass and not the desert," he said Wednesday as he stood on the eighth ...

Will Brady’s bad hand hold back Bucs at Philly? Not likely

Tom Brady has a boo-boo. Well, a bit more than that: Brady's right hand — the one he throws with — was wrapped up earlier this week after he injured it while demolishing Miami's defense on Sunday. Will it impact his play on Thursday night at Philadelphia? Not likely. In fact, the joke ...

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 ...