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Astros get first ever Series victory at home

HOUSTON (AP) — George Springer and the Houston Astros broke out their bats in a four-run second inning, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 Friday night for a 2-1 World Series lead. Lance McCullers Jr. allowed three runs and four hits over 5 1/3 innings for the win and Brad Peacock followed ...

Angry Ravens say QB Flacco’s concussion was on ‘dirty play’

By David Ginsburg AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens are angry and calling for a review of the rule book after watching Joe Flacco being helped off the field, bleeding and disoriented following a late hit. Flacco sustained a concussion Thursday night against Miami ...

Rainbow resurgence: Bright Astros jerseys now a fan favorite

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Once mocked, now fashionable, those rainbow jerseys of the Houston Astros are back in full bloom at the World Series. The Astros won't be sporting them Friday night for Game 3 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. But they've become a fan ...

Tight end becoming focal point of NFL offenses

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer If you were watching NFL games last weekend — and for much of the season — and didn't notice Zach Ertz and Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis and Rob Gronkowski, well, you probably weren't watching very carefully. Tight end, not too long ago almost an ...

Tiger Woods due in court with plea deal to resolve DUI case

By CURT ANDERSON and TERRY SPENCER, Associated Press PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Superstar golfer Tiger Woods is due in court to resolve a driving under the influence case, expected to plead guilty to reckless driving and agree to enter a diversion program. The 41-year-old Woods was ...

Houston Texans CEO apologizes over ‘inmates’ comment

HOUSTON (AP) — The chairman and chief executive of the Houston Texans has apologized after a report said he declared "we can't have the inmates running the prison" during a meeting of NFL owners over what to do about players who kneel in protest during the national anthem. The comment was ...

Girardi pushed out by Yankees after 10 seasons as manager

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer Joe Girardi's tenure as New York Yankees manager ended Thursday after a decade that produced just one World Series title for a team that expects to win every year. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman made the announcement five days after the Yankees lost ...

Explosive Joshua values entertainment as much as wins

By STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports Writer Anthony Joshua's goal in boxing extends beyond the ambitious task of unifying the world heavyweight titles. He wants to put on a show while doing so. Joshua is leading the resurgence of a heavyweight division that suffered for at least a decade amid the ...

Springer’s HR in 11th gives Astros 7-6 win, ties Series 1-1

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — George Springer screamed with joy as he circled the bases after hitting a two-run homer in the 11th inning. Would it be enough? Was this the final plot twist on one of the wildest nights in postseason history? Yes, it was — barely — ...

Campbell’s culture change leads to success for Cyclones

By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer AMES, Iowa (AP) — This year — like every year — Iowa State fans scoured the schedule before the season in hopes of finding a path to the six wins needed for bowl eligibility. It's such exceedingly low expectations that second-year coach Matt Campbell ...

Canada beats USA 5-1 on pre-Olympic women’s hockey tour

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — In a women's hockey rivalry that has seen medals turn from gold to silver in a matter of seconds, or a few inches, the United States and Canada just aren't sure what to make of the recent spate of blowouts. Three days after the Americans won ...

David Stern calls for NBA changes of marijuana rules

NEW YORK (AP) — Former NBA Commissioner David Stern believes medicinal marijuana use by players should be allowed, but the league says it won't allow it for recreational use. Stern was interviewed by ex-NBA player Al Harrington for the website Uninterrupted's documentary "Concept of ...

Buckeyes aim for payback when Penn State visits Horseshoe

By ERIC OLSON, AP College Football Writer Here's what to watch in the Big Ten this week: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 2 Penn State at No. 6 Ohio State. The Buckeyes have had this one circled on their calendars since Grant Haley — he of the 60-yard blocked field goal return — and an unranked ...

Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins 34-24

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carson Wentz tossed four touchdown passes, and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame losing nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters in a 34-24 win over the Washington Redskins on Monday night. Wentz threw for 268 yards and ran for a ...

World Series: How the Astros and Dodgers match up

By MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer A position-by-position look at the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers going into the World Series, starting Tuesday evening at Dodger Stadium: ___ First Base: Astros: Yuli Gurriel. The 33-year-old rookie from Cuba has made a pretty smooth ...

Baseball is hot! World Series opens in LA with high temps

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — The fastballs aren't the only things hitting triple digits at the World Series. This Fall Classic is going to feel like summer. The Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros will meet on what's expected to be a 100-degree Tuesday at Dodger ...

Simmons’ triple-double lifts 76ers over Pistons 97-86

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — Four games into his NBA career, Ben Simmons already has a triple-double to his credit. And with some help from Joel Embiid, he finally led the Philadelphia 76ers to a victory. Simmons had 21 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, and Embiid ...

Fresh faces Correa, Altuve, Bellinger in World Series

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carlos Correa is such a fresh face, his first big league hit was assisted by technology. When he made his debut for Houston on June 8, 2015, Correa hit a three-hopper off White Sox ace Chris Sale and was called out by first base umpire ...

Andersen makes 36 saves as Maple Leafs top Kings 3-2

TORONTO (AP) — Matt Martin thinks his offensive statistics might be helped by his new linemate. Mitch Marner played on Toronto's fourth line for the third straight game and set up goals by Martin and Tyler Bozak, and the Maple Leafs handed the Los Angeles Kings their first regulation loss of ...

Super Bowl rematch doesn’t have a real super look

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer The rematch of the Super Bowl with a historic finish doesn't have much of a super look right now. The Patriots are 4-2 and have not cruised in any game, mainly because of a leaky defense. The Falcons are 3-2 and easily could have one win. Still, NBC ...