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All in: Panthers, Barkov agree on 8-year, $80M extension

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Aleksander Barkov was just a teenager when he arrived in Florida from Finland to start his NHL career back in 2013, spent a few weeks in his sunny new surroundings and came to the following conclusion. "I could live here," Barkov said. He hasn't left since. And ...

Broadcaster Kaat apologizes for “40-acre” comment

HOUSTON (AP) — MLB Network broadcaster Jim Kaat apologized during Friday's AL Division Series game between the Astros and White Sox after saying teams should try to "get a 40-acre field full of" players who look like Chicago infielder Yoán Moncada. Kaat, a former All-Star pitcher and ...

NHL tracking pucks this season, opening up gambling options

DETROIT (AP) — The latest generation of NHL pucks have six circles on both sides covering tubes that allow infrared cameras to constantly connect the vulcanized rubber with a puck and player tracking system. After a bumpy start last season with microchipped pucks that didn't slide right, the ...

Youthful energy lifts US in grueling World Cup qualifying

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Yunus Musah's place in the U.S. lineup wasn't certain until 24 hours before kickoff, when coach Greg Berhalter received a text message revealing the 18-year-old's COVID-19 test had come back negative. So the midfielder was inserted alongside 18-year-old Ricardo Pepi and ...

McVay’s Rams show adaptability, resilience in fast start

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fast starts to a season are nothing new for the Los Angeles Rams. They've never had a losing record at any point in coach Sean McVay's half-decade in charge, and their 26-17 win at Seattle on Thursday made them 4-1 or better for the third time in the last four years. But ...

NFL: Cowboys lineman Collins bribed drug-testing official

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The NFL accused Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman La'el Collins of trying to bribe a drug-testing official before the player was suspended five games for a violation of the substance-abuse policy, according to court documents released Friday. The allegation surfaced in a ...

Rookie QBs getting crash course in up-and-down life of NFL

NEW YORK (AP) — No one said this was going to be easy, rookie. Playing quarterback in the NFL is no simple task, and this year's class of newcomers is getting a crash course — filled with sacks, interceptions and losses — in how difficult it is to immediately succeed under ...

Irving could join Nets at practice after ruling from city

NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving could join the Brooklyn Nets at practice this weekend after a ruling that their practice facility doesn't fall under a New York coronavirus vaccination mandate. The Nets were told Friday that the training center is considered a private facility. The city's ...

Correa, Alvarez help Astros take 2-0 lead over Sox in ALDS

HOUSTON (AP) — Carlos Correa was aggressive at the plate. Same for Yordan Alvarez and Kyle Tucker. Jose Altuve turned in a couple of gems in the field. The Houston Astros are relentless — especially in the playoffs. Correa hit a two-run double during Houston's five-run seventh inning, and ...

Jin Young Ko leads LPGA Tour’s foggy Founders Cup

WEST CALDWELL, N.J. (AP) — Jin Young Ko had a three-stroke lead with four holes left Friday when second-round play in the LPGA Tour's Cognizant Founders Cup was suspended because of darkness. Play was delayed 2 1/2 hours at the start because of fog, the second straight day that fog forced a ...