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Turner’s slam helps Nats sweep Phils, clinch wild card

By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Dave Martinez's words were drenched with emotion as he stood in a booze-soaked clubhouse, Washington Nationals players celebrating all around after clinching an NL wild card exactly four months after they woke up with a 19-31 record and ...

NCAA suspends response deadlines in hoops corruption cases

By AARON BEARD AP Basketball Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The NCAA is suspending its deadlines for schools to respond to charges levied by the governing body in the wake of college basketball's corruption scandal. In a letter obtained by The Associated Press in a public-records request, ...

Pats, Chiefs, Rams, Cowboys are top 4 in AP Pro32 poll

By SIMMI BUTTAR AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Through three weeks, the NFL's big four are as dominant as ever. The New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys, all division winners last year, are undefeated so far and occupy the top four spots in ...

When Tom Brady talks, the NFL listens — and acts

By ARNIE STAPLETON AP Pro Football Writer Tom Brady has clout, and his indignation may have saved the NFL's 100th season from being ruined by the refs even though he backtracked like he was avoiding Shaq Barrett . Yellow flags flew at an alarming rate over the first two weeks of the season, ...

LEADING OFF: Yost begins final homestand with Royals

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: ALL THOSE KS Major League Baseball's season strikeout record likely will be broken Tuesday for the 12th straight year — with five days to spare. Batters enter play with 41,098 strikeouts. There were ...

NHL teams aim to fill arenas, drawing fans away from screens

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Red Wings season-ticket holder Matt Larson pays about $74 for two of the cheapest seats in Little Caesars Arena. The 32-year-old fan gets a pair of high top chairs set up behind a counter, giving him plenty of space for food and drink, in ...

Trubisky, Bears get offense on track, beat Redskins 31-15

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Sports Writer LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — After the Chicago Bears' offense was slow to get going this season, Mitchell Trubisky was excited to speed things up. Trubisky and the Bears used a no-huddle, hurry-up tempo to snap out of their offensive funk and score 28 first-half ...

Roethlisberger undergoes elbow surgery, plans 2020 return

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had surgery to repair his right elbow on Monday. Team spokesman Burt Lauten said Roethlisberger underwent the procedure at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles. The surgery was performed by Dr. Neal ...

STAT WATCH: No. 4 LSU has nation’s highest-scoring offense

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer LSU has earned a reputation the last decade or so as a program that relies on defense and usually does just enough on offense. That's what makes it such a surprise to see the fourth-ranked Tigers emerge as the nation's highest-scoring team so far this ...

AP Top 25: Wisconsin into top 10; Cal makes big move to 15

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Wisconsin moved into the top 10 for the first time this season, landing at No. 8 in The Associated Press college football poll after a weekend during which seven ranked teams lost. The top of the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank remained mostly ...

NFL ICYMI: Maybe the Giants found a new QB in Daniel Jones

By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Pro Football Writer So maybe all those fans and media members blasting the choice of Daniel Jones with the No. 6 overall pick in the NFL draft were being a little hasty in their judgment of him and New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman. And maybe, just maybe, so ...

NFL Today, Week 3

By The Associated Press undefined SCOREBOARD Monday, Sept. 23 Chicago at Washington, 8:15 p.m. EDT. Mitchell Trubisky has won his past four road starts for the Bears (1-1), but the Chicago quarterback has struggled in the first two games while going 42 of 72 for 348 yards with an ...

AP Top 25 Reality Check: Are there quality losses?

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer The value of a loss can be tricky to quantify for AP Top 25 voters. For the first time this season, the AP college football poll presented by Regions Bank was given a good shake. Seven ranked teams lost, a season-high, including three in Saturday's ...

Analysis: New QBs generally look like headliners stepping in

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer Oh, the moans and groans in Nawlins. The consternation in Steeltown. The woe is me refrains in Carolina's Queen City. The joke's on me attitude in Jax. And the tabloid screams in the Big Apple. Maybe all of that dread and disgust will quiet down, at ...

LEADING OFF: Wainwright streak, Snell starts, Freeman out

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: WRIGHT CALL After completing its first four-game sweep at Wrigley Field since 1921, NL Central-leading St. Louis sends Adam Wainwright to the mound for the opener of a three-game series at Arizona. The ...

Trick play helps Pitt upset No. 15 UCF 35-34

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Mark Whipple installed the play he dubbed "Pitt Special" during the second week of training camp. Whipple had his first-stringers run it once against the starting defense and it worked. So he made sure the ...

Pony Up: SMU beats No. 25 TCU 41-38, 1st 4-0 start since ’84

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — While SMU coach Sonny Dykes and new quarterback Shane Buechele are focused on this season, they do understand the historical context of a win over longtime rival TCU that has the Mustangs 4-0 for the first time since 1984. That ...

Akers, Hornibrook lead Florida St. past Louisville

By BOB FERRANTE Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Cam Akers scored three touchdowns and Alex Hornibrook came off the bench and threw a 60-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter as Florida State defeated Louisville 35-24 on Saturday. Akers ran 29 times for 112 yards for Florida ...

Nix helps No. 8 Auburn over No. 17 Texas A&M 28-20

By KRISTIE RIEKEN AP Sports Writer COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Auburn coach Gus Malzahn was pleased with the performance of Bo Nix in a victory at Texas A&M on Saturday. What made Malzahn even happier is that the freshman quarterback will likely be with him for a long time to ...

Taylor helps No. 13 Wisconsin trounce No. 11 Michigan 35-14

By KEITH JENKINS AP Sports Writer MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor needed only a quarter Saturday to improve upon his rushing total from the Badgers' lopsided loss to Michigan last season. Taylor ran for 203 yards and two touchdowns, Jack Coan added a career-high two rushing ...