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No. 9 Irish have plenty of work and short week for Toledo

By JOHN FINERAN Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Coach Brian Kelly knows his No. 9 Fighting Irish need to improve in several areas. A difficult season opener on the road was all the proof he needed. Notre Dame blew an 18-point lead at Florida State on Sunday night before regrouping ...

Jonnu Smith, Henry ready to help QB Jones in opener for Pats

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — One thing that was apparent watching the Patriots offense last season was the lack of dependable pass catching options quarterback Cam Newton had at his disposal. It was a point of emphasis in the offseason, one that coach Bill Belichick sought to improve with the ...

AP source: Pats cut Newton, clearing way for Jones to start

By KYLE HIGHTOWER AP Sports Writer FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Mac Jones era in New England has begun. The Patriots released Cam Newton on Tuesday, clearing the way for the rookie to open the season as New England's quarterback, according to a person with knowledge of the move. The person ...

Rams, 49ers seek QBs to match Seahawks’ Wilson in NFC West

By JOSH DUBOW AP Pro Football Writer SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — With trips to the Super Bowl still in their recent memories, the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers made the decision this offseason that they needed more dynamic quarterback play to remain contenders in the long ...

South Carolina names former grad assistant its starting QB

By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — One-time South Carolina graduate assistant Zeb Noland will be the Gamecocks' starting quarterback when they open the season against Eastern Illinois this week. Noland was listed first on South Carolina's depth chart released Tuesday. ...

Tailgaters cautiously optimistic but wary as season starts

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer This usually is the time of year that Mississippi alumnus Sid Seal is putting the final plans in place for the pregame tailgate parties he has organized for the last two decades. Ole Miss bills itself as the school that offers "the most iconic tailgating in ...

Jakobsen wins Vuelta’s 16th stage, Eiking keeps overall lead

SANTA CRUZ DE BEZANA, Spain (AP) — Fabio Jakobsen celebrated his 25th birthday with his third stage win at this year's Spanish Vuelta on Tuesday, with Odd Christian Eiking holding on to the overall lead. Jakobsen prevailed along with his Deceuninck-Quick Step teammates through the twisty ...

MLB to end 70-year partnership with Topps trading cards

By MICHELLE CHAPMAN AP Business Writer Major League Baseball is ending a 70-year relationship with trading card company Topps after signing a new partnership with a rival company. The loss of the MLB partnership immediately scuttled a deal announced earlier this year that would have made ...

PICK SIX: Brooks tops list of players back after opting out

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer Most of the top college football players who opted out of the 2020 season because of the pandemic decided to leave school and launch pro careers. Players who sat out the entire 2020 season and were drafted in the first round include Cincinnati Bengals wide ...

Newton, Jones star at QB for Patriots in 35-0 rout of Eagles

By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Cam Newton resumed his habit of tossing the ball to fans after New England scored touchdowns. It's his way of showing appreciation to fans, especially after a season where most were forced to stay home. "Hopefully, there will be a lot of ...

Nadal out of US Open, ends season because of injured foot

MADRID (AP) — The U.S. Open lost some more star power Friday — Rafael Nadal is gone, undone by a chronic foot injury that will sideline him for the rest of the season. His announcement further depletes the year's last major tennis tournament, with Roger Federer already out as well as last ...

“It’s time”: Star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist retires at 39

WASHINGTON (AP) — Henrik Lundqvist, one of the greatest goaltenders of his generation, announced his retirement Friday less than nine months after heart surgery. The 39-year-old Swede starred for years for the New York Rangers, where he piled up 459 wins along with a a 2.43 goals-against ...

LEADING OFF: Yanks’ Rizzo tests positive, Peralta vs Cubs

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ RIZZO OUT Newcomer Anthony Rizzo has become the latest Yankees player to test positive for the coronavirus. Rizzo is the fourth New York player within the past week to be sidelined because of ...

Bulls finalize sign-and-trade deal for Ball with New Orleans

By ANDREW SELIGMAN AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls have finalized a sign-and-trade deal for point guard Lonzo Ball with with the New Orleans Pelicans. The announcement Sunday night comes after Ball agreed last week to a four-year, $85 million contract with Chicago. The ...

Mexico’s Abraham Ancer wins WGC event for 1st PGA Tour title

By The Associated Press undefined MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Abraham Ancer of Mexico won the FedEx St. Jude Invitational on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title, beating Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama and Sam Burns with a 6-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole of a playoff. Ancer won ...

Peyton’s Place is Hall of Fame, with Woodson, Megatron, Faneca

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Peyton's Place is now in Canton at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The only five-time NFL MVP and a two-time Super Bowl winner who left the game five years ago with a slew of passing records was enshrined Sunday night with other ...

Fewer medals, more heart for US at a most unusual Olympics

By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer TOKYO (AP) — Kara Winger is the American record-holder in the javelin throw who just wrapped up her fourth Olympics. She has never finished higher than sixth place. When she got the call over the weekend telling her she would be carrying the flag Sunday for ...

Bowden remembered as coaching legend on and off the field

By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer Clemson coach Dabo Swinney called Bobby Bowden a "model" that other college coaches should follow. "He was such a great example of not losing sight of the main thing: a man of faith, a great husband, a great father," Swinney said in a statement posted on ...

Gane stops Lewis, wins interim heavyweight title at UFC 265

HOUSTON (AP) — Ciryl Gane stopped Derrick Lewis with a flurry of ground-and-pound strikes in the third round at UFC 265 on Saturday night, winning an interim UFC heavyweight title and the next shot at champion Francis Ngannou. Just over three years after Gane (10-0) made his mixed martial ...