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Ironman World Championship leaves Hawaii for 1st time

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — The Ironman World Championship will be held outside Hawaii for the first time in four decades because of uncertainty over whether the Big Island will be able to host the triathlon as scheduled in February during the coronavirus pandemic. Competitors will head to ...

Tiger Woods’ text helps inspire U.S. team in Ryder Cup

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — Tiger Woods isn't at Whistling Straits, but several U.S. players say he helped inspire them to a big lead in the first day of the Ryder Cup. Woods sent a group text through captain Steve Stricker to American players, saying he was behind them in their battle to regain ...

Former UFC champ Jon Jones jailed in Vegas battery incident

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former UFC champion Jon Jones was jailed in Las Vegas early Friday after an incident at Caesars Palace that police said led to his arrest on charges of domestic battery and damaging a vehicle. Details of the incident that led to Jones' 5:45 a.m. arrest at the Las Vegas Strip ...

Haener rallies No. 22 Fresno State to 38-30 win over UNLV

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — When the game was on the line, Fresno State kept going to a familiar formula. Jake Haener threw four TD passes in the second half to Jalen Cropper and No. 22 Fresno State rallied from a 12-point deficit to beat winless UNLV 38-30 on Friday night. The Bulldogs (4-1, 1-0 ...

Yanks’ opening 6-2 lead at Ryder Cup could’ve been bigger

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — Americans hit three unforgettable shots on the opening day of the Ryder Cup and two went for naught. Turns out they didn't need them. Captain Steve Stricker's young squad patiently built the biggest U.S. opening-day lead since 1975, pummeling defending champion Europe ...

LEADING OFF: Cardinals seek franchise-best 15th straight win

A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ RED-HOT REDBIRDS The soaring Cardinals will try for a franchise-record 15th consecutive victory when they play the Cubs at Wrigley Field. St. Louis swept a doubleheader from Chicago on Friday, equaling a 14-game run by the team in July ...

LEADING OFF: Angels’ Ohtani might not pitch again this year

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ ONE WAY TO GO? Two-way star Shohei Ohtani was scratched from his scheduled start for the Angels against Oakland because of a sore right arm that could sideline him as a pitcher for the rest of the ...

RYDER CUP ’21: A capsule look at the American team

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer A capsule look at the U.S. team for the Ryder Cup matches on Sept. 24-26 at Whistling Straits in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Listed in order of how they qualified for the team: COLLIN MORIKAWA Age: 24. World ranking: 3. Ryder Cup record: Rookie. Career victories: ...

Hendrick stars dodging playoff elimination at Bristol

By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer A surprisingly strong start to the playoffs for Joe Gibbs Racing — two races, two wins and two drivers locked into the second round — has put Hendrick Motorsports in a precarious position headed into the first elimination race. Alex Bowman and William ...

The disrupter: DeChambeau brings game, baggage to Ryder Cup

By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer It's one thing for Bryson DeChambeau to try to change golf when he's doing it only for himself. Now comes the Ryder Cup, where the world will get to see how his single-minded pursuit of non-conformity and power fits in the realm of a team competition. When ...

Hopkins converts 2nd chance, Washington beats Giants 30-29

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Taylor Heinicke and Dustin Hopkins made the most of their second chances. Washington needed every last second — and then some — to earn a long-awaited win over the New York Giants. Hopkins made a 43-yard field goal on an untimed ...

Steelers, Raiders hoping to prove Week 1 wins were no fluke

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin spent four years on Jon Gruden's staff in Tampa Bay in the early 2000s, helping mold a defense that won a Super Bowl and gleaning what he could from his fiery boss. Nearing two decades later, the lessons Tomlin — now in his ...

WVU hosts No. 15 Hokies at sold-out Mountaineer Field

By The Associated Press undefined No. 15 Virginia Tech (2-0) at West Virginia (1-1), Saturday at noon EDT (FS1). Line: Virginia Tech by 2 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Series record: West Virginia leads 28-23-1. WHAT'S AT STAKE? The Black Diamond Trophy. Virginia Tech has won three ...

No. 10 Penn State to draw on crowd against No. 22 Auburn

By TRAVIS JOHNSON Associated Press STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Sean Clifford's confidence has grown with each play this fall, and Penn State's quarterback is about to get a big ego boost. It'll come from the more than 107,000 fans who'll pack Beaver Stadium on Saturday night for a rare Big ...

No. 19 Arizona State, No. 23 BYU meet for 1st time since ’98

By The Associated Press undefined No. 19 Arizona State (2-0) at No. 23 BYU (2-0), Saturday at 10:15 p.m. EDT (ESPN). Line: Arizona State by 3½, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Series record: Arizona State leads 20-7. WHAT'S AT STAKE? The Cougars have a chance to go 3-0 against the Pac-12 ...

No. 21 Tar Heels host Cavaliers in key ACC division matchup

By The Associated Press undefined Virginia (2-0, 0-0 ACC) at No. 21 North Carolina (1-1, 0-1), Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EDT (ACC Network) Line: UNC by 8 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Series record: The schools disagree. UNC says it leads 64-57-4. Virginia says UNC leads 63-58-4. WHAT'S ...

AP source: Seattle Mariners to host 2023 MLB All-Star Game

By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The Seattle Mariners will host baseball's 2023 All-Star Game at T-Mobile Park. The team announced a news conference for Thursday at Seattle's Space Needle with baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred. The purpose of the news conference is to ...

Slugger Ryan Braun retires after 14-year career with Brewers

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Ryan Braun, the Milwaukee Brewers' home run leader whose production was slowed by injuries during the second half of his 14-year career, announced his retirement on Tuesday. Braun hasn't played all season and said during spring training that he was leaning toward retirement. ...

Column: Making money in boxing means not saying you’re sorry

By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist Making money in boxing means never having to say you're sorry. Not for allowing Evander Holyfield to risk his life at the age of 58 just to make a few bucks. Certainly not for stealing money from gullible fans for a farce of a pay per view show that would ...

Cantlay wins PGA Tour player of the year award over Rahm

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer Patrick Cantlay closed out another victory, this time without hitting a shot. Cantlay was voted PGA Tour player of the year by his peers, capturing the Jack Nicklaus Award that could be seen as a referendum on how players value winning the FedEx Cup. His solid ...