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NFL teams going for 2 at record-setting rate

By JOSH DUBOW AP Pro Football Writer Never before have NFL teams gone for 2-point conversions as often as they have this season, even if the decision sometimes has backfired. The 58 attempts through six weeks are the most at this juncture of the season since the NFL adopted the 2-point ...

Flores: Decision to replace Fitzpatrick with Tua was tough

By STEVEN WINE AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores says he regrets that his players found out about the team's switch to quarterback Tua Tagovailoa through social media rather than from him. And Flores says the decision to bench popular veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick ...

No. 1 Clemson has new faces on defense and still dominating

By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer Clemson once again has a dominating defense that delivers crunching hits and game-changing interceptions that has helped the Tigers ascend to the top of college football. That seems to be an annual summary of Clemson, it's just the names that change from ...

Cardinals rising in NFC thanks to much-improved defense

By DAVID BRANDT AP Sports Writer Kyler Murray had some big moments in his return to Texas, throwing a couple of touchdown passes and running for another score. Even so, Arizona's young quarterback knew he wasn't the star of Monday night's dominant 38-10 win over the Dallas Cowboys. That ...

Spillane’s shot: Steelers LB primed to replace injured Bush

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Robert Spillane doesn't have Devin Bush's pedigree. He doesn't have Bush's speed or game experience either. That doesn't mean, however, that Spillane or the rest of the Pittsburgh Steelers believe he can't fill in capably while Bush recovers ...

Rays, Dodgers set lineups for Game 1 of the World Series

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Cody Bellinger was in his normal spot in the starting lineup for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of the World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays. Bellinger was batting sixth and playing center field Tuesday night, two days after knocking his right shoulder out of ...

Astros’ Garcia, Rays’ Curtiss start Game 5 of ALCS

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Houston Astros tapped rookie right-hander Luis Garcia to start Game 5 of the AL Championship Series while the Tampa Bay Rays chose to go with opener John Curtiss. Houston faced elimination for the second straight game. The Astros won 4-3 Wednesday night to cut Tampa ...

Same old Browns? Cleveland can quiet critics in Pittsburgh

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The trappings of a rivalry between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns have lingered even as the results have grown remarkably one-sided. Bad blood. Trash talk. Emotionally charged games. The only thing the long-running series has ...

Texans face off vs. undefeated Titans in AFC South showdown

By TERESA M. WALKER AP Pro Football Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Vrabel counts Romeo Crennel among his mentors, having been coached by the Texans' interim head coach and also having worked alongside him in Houston. For his part, Crennel sees Vrabel putting lessons learned as both ...

Mickelson begins his Masters prep on the PGA Tour Champions

By HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Phil Mickelson will begin his preparation for the Masters in earnest on Friday at a place, and on a tour, not typically associated with the regimen required to win a major. The lefthander is making his second start on the PGA Tour ...