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Detroit Lions’, Chicago Bears’ coaches among several on NFL hot seats

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK — The heat is on — and the games haven’t even kicked off yet. That’s life in the NFL for some coaches who enter the regular season knowing they need to guide their squads through what will be a most unusual regular season, and at ...

NFL stunner: Jags waive Fournette after failing to trade him

By MARK LONG AP Pro Football Writer JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have waived running back Leonard Fournette, a stunning decision that gets the team closer to purging Tom Coughlin's tenure. The team spent months trying to trade the fourth overall pick in the 2017 NFL ...

Kentucky Derby, Louisville prepare for weekend without fans

By GARY B. GRAVES AP Sports Writer LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The fastest two minutes in sports will also be the quietest in Kentucky Derby history. Churchill Downs scraped plans earlier this month for 23,000 physically distanced, masked fans to attend Saturday's rescheduled Tripled Crown race ...

LEADING OFF: Trade deadline, A’s sidelined by COVID-19

A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ DEADLINE DAY The Padres, Cubs and Braves were among the clubs that added players in a burst of deals a day before Monday's trade deadline. San Diego added first baseman Mitch Moreland from Boston, Chicago picked up slugger Jose ...

Isles beat Flyers 3-2, move within win of conference final

By The Associated Press undefined TORONTO (AP) — Jean Gabriel Pageau scored the go-ahead goal 7:18 into the third period and the New York Islanders moved within one win of advancing to the Eastern Conference finals with a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday night. Brock ...

Bell, Polanco homer off Woodruff as Pirates beat Brewers 5-1

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Josh Bell has joked for years during batting practice at Miller Park about hitting the promotional vehicle parked well above the wall in right-center field. Bell finally did it Sunday. His towering shot in the ...

Tigers finish sweep of Twins, pull back to .500 with 3-2 win

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT (AP) — Jonathan Schoop hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth inning, and the Detroit Tigers finished off a three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins with a 3-2 victory Sunday. Tyler Alexander (2-1) pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief for ...

Ineos riders’ dominance under threat at Tour de France

By SAMUEL PETREQUIN AP Sports Writer NICE (AP) — The dominant force at the Tour de France for most of the last decade, the Ineos team of defending champion Egan Bernal is seeing its dominance challenged, and this year's race could well be the one marking a major shift of power in ...

Multi-position players boost options in pandemic season

By AARON BEARD AP Sports Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's Trey Morrison entered preseason camp set to play nickelback, only to start working at free safety with the goal of being ready to play anywhere in the secondary on short notice. That's because the 18th-ranked Tar Heels, ...

9 NFL teams cancel practice in response to Blake shooting

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. AP Pro Football Writer FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Empty practice fields made for loud and powerful statements at nine facilities across the NFL. The Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Chargers, New York ...

Reds sweep Brewers as teams resume play following protest

By JIM HOEHN Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wade Miley allowed one hit over four scoreless innings to help the Cincinnati Reds to a 6-0 victory and doubleheader sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night, one day after both teams opted not to play to protest racial injustice. The ...

Cam Newton slowly making his way into Patriots’ culture

By KYLE HIGHTOWER AP Sports Writer FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Cam Newton isn't concerned with whether he's the front-runner to be the Patriots' starting quarterback. For now, strengthening the bonds he's building with his new teammates and getting a deeper grasp of the playbook is what's ...

NCAA probe of LSU’s Wade includes offers to 11 players

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — NCAA enforcement officials say LSU basketball coach Will Wade is suspected of offering or providing "impermissible benefits" to 11 prospective recruits or people associated with them. The allegation is detailed in documents made public Wednesday by LSU. The documents ...

Myers scores early in OT, Flyers even series with Islanders

TORONTO (AP) — Phillippe Myers scored 2:40 into overtime to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders on Wednesday, tying the second-round playoff series at a game apiece. The Islanders overcame a 3-0 first-period deficit, with Jean-Gabriel Pageau getting the ...

Reds-Brews, M’s-Padres games off in wake of Kenosha shooting

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) — A pair of Major League Baseball games were postponed Wednesday as players across the sports landscape reacted in the wake of the weekend shooting by police of Jacob Blake, a Black man, in Wisconsin. Games between the Cincinnati Reds and ...

Freeman’s 2-run HR lifts Braves to sweep of slumping Yankees

By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Freddie Freeman hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning off Chad Green and the Atlanta Braves rallied to beat the New York Yankees 2-1 on Wednesday night to sweep a doubleheader. The Yankees have lost five straight. In the opener, Ian ...