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Big Ten welcomes changes as new basketball era begins

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When Big Ten basketball returned to Indianapolis on Thursday, it seemed like a whole new world. Coaches openly embraced the branding power and benefits players received from the name, image and likeness rules changes. Players talked about how the extra money has ...

No more excuses: Deontay Wilder rejuvenated for Fury finale

World champion boxers have reacted to their first career losses in all sorts of dramatic ways while they scramble to cope after their mental armor of invincibility is punctured. Some fire their longtime trainers. Others make unbelievable, outlandish excuses. Nearly all insist the defeat was an ...

Tom Brady faces another familiar face as Bucs are onto Miami

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady is facing another familiar opponent this week, minus the emotional element. When Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host Miami on Sunday, he'll see another coach on the opposite sideline who knows him very well. Dolphins coach Brian Flores spent 15 seasons with ...

NASCAR: Blaney given key role in search for new crew chief

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ryan Blaney wanted a leadership role at Team Penske, a request granted when Roger Penske invited the driver to participate in interviews for Blaney's new crew chief. Discussions were underway on who would replace Todd Gordon as leader of the No. 12 Ford when he retires ...

Montreal star Carey Price steps away for mental health help

MONTREAL (AP) — Canadiens goaltender Carey Price has voluntarily entered the NHL/NHL Players' Association joint player assistance program, a stunning announcement Thursday less than a week before start of the season and just three months after the former NHL MVP backstopped Montreal to the ...

Sung Kang eagles last hole for 61 and 2-shot lead in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Sung Kang found the missing piece to his game and put everything together Thursday in the Shriners Children's Open for a 10-under 61 that gave him a two-shot lead after the first round. Kang already had nine birdies against one bogey when he hit 7-wood from a fairway bunker ...

Rivals Dodgers, Giants prepare for instant playoff classic

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Mookie Betts is ready to throw out all the wins his Dodgers and the rival Giants piled up on the way to a frenetic regular-season finish. San Francisco edged the defending World Series champions by a single game for first place in the NL West, 107 victories to 106 — a ...

McCullers shines as Astros beat White Sox 6-1 in Game 1

HOUSTON (AP) — Lance McCullers Jr. was terrific. Yordan Alvarez delivered, and Jose Altuve scored on a nifty slide. The Houston Astros sure love October. McCullers pitched scoreless ball into the seventh inning, and the Astros beat Lance Lynn and the Chicago White Sox 6-1 in Game 1 of their ...

No. 15 Coastal Carolina beats Arkansas State 52-20

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Grayson McCall threw a 99-yard touchdown pass on his first attempt and No. 15 Coastal Carolina beat Arkansas State 52-20 on Thursday night for its 11th straight victory. McCall completed 18 of 23 passes for a career-high 365 yards and four touchdowns without an ...

Arozarena shines, Rays blank Red Sox 5-0 in ALDS opener

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Randy Arozarena is off and running in October again. The do-it-all rookie became the first player to hit a home run and steal home in a postseason game, propelling the Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox in their AL Division Series opener ...