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National Sports

Track plans to end greyhound racing

The Associated Press LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An east Arkansas track agreed Thursday to phase out greyhound racing over the next three years, citing a decline in dog racing nationally and fears that the state’s voters would approve ending the practice. The Arkansas Racing Commission ...

Healthy Colts team will defeat Houston

The Associated Press Both Jacoby Brissett and Deshaun Watson have managed to outduel reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes in consecutive weeks — on his home turf no less. Now it’s time for the young quarterbacks to face off against each other for the first time since Brissett took over as ...

Eagles getting back a few healthy bodies

The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby were back at practice Wednesday, boosting Philadelphia’s depleted secondary. The team’s starting cornerbacks haven’t played together in a game since last Oct. 28. They could be on the field Sunday night when the Eagles ...

Unpredictable Pac-12 back in the spotlight

The Pac-12 has slipped into the background of the college football season. Again. The conference is still providing plenty of highlights and intrigue. No conference is more unpredictable from top to bottom. In the College Football playoff era, those are not necessarily good qualities. Being ...

Steelers will go on minus DL Tuitt

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers will have to dig their way out of an early season hole without defensive end Stephon Tuitt. The team placed Tuitt on injured reserve on Tuesday, two days after Tuitt tore a pectoral muscle in the first quarter of a 24-17 victory ...

Rams acquire CB Ramsey for 3 picks

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Rams acquired star cornerback Jalen Ramsey from the Jacksonville Jaguars on Tuesday night in exchange for two first-round picks and a fourth-rounder. Jacksonville gets first-round picks from the Rams in 2020 and 2021, and a fourth-round pick in 2021. Ramsey ...

Cole remains unbeatable for Astros in Game 3 win

NEW YORK — Far from his best, Gerrit Cole was still unbeatable. Heck, he didn’t even give up a run. A gritty Cole held the New York Yankees scoreless without his sharpest stuff, Jose Altuve sparked Houston at the plate and the Astros locked down a 4-1 victory Tuesday to take a 2-1 lead in ...

Nationals headed to World Series

WASHINGTON — It was merely the first inning, yet fans kept rising out of their seats to applaud or yell or twirl their red towels, to chant “Let’s go, Nats!” and “M-V-P!” and various players’ names, enjoying every moment of a seven-run outburst that would, eventually, propel their ...

LeBron part of NBA-China rift

The Associated Press EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — LeBron James has stepped into the spotlight of the now-strained relationship between the NBA and China with his comments about the league executive who started the ongoing fallout with what James derided as a “misinformed” tweet. Politicians, ...

Snapshot moments include last-second heroics, tricks and good deeds

The Associated Press The Southeastern Con-ference’s West Division has the top two teams in the country in Alabama and LSU, defending national champion Clemson is right behind them and a host of others are lurking at the midway point of the season. Jalen Hurts has made the most of his ...

Gymnast Biles now the face of Olympics

STUTTGART, Germany — Next stop Tokyo for Simone Biles. With Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps both retired since the last Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the U.S. gymnast will be the face of the games for much of the world. In gymnastics, no one else comes close. Biles won five of the six gold ...

Several coaches on hot seats

Halfway through the season there has already been a coaching change in major college football. Rutgers fired Chris Ash before the calendar flipped to October. Who else is a candidate to join Ash in buyout life? Clay Helton, USC The Trojans (3-3) are about where they figured to be with a ...

Seahawks’ starting tight end suffers injury again

The Associated Press Seahawks tight end Will Dissly, whose 2018 season ended after four games when he tore his right patellar tendon, was seriously hurt again, suffering an Achilles injury in Seattle’s 32-28 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Dissly, who went down untouched in ...

Darnold leads Jets’ upset

The Associated Press EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Sam Darnold returned — and so did the New York Jets’ hopes to turn around a season that was quickly unraveling without him. Darnold gave the Jets’ struggling offense a huge boost by throwing two touchdown passes in his return from ...

Around the NFL

Texans 31, Chiefs 24 KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Deshaun Watson threw for 280 yards and a touchdown while running for two more, outdueling Chiefs counterpart Patrick Mahomes in a matchup of former first-round picks and leading the Houston Texans to a victory over Kansas City. Carlos Hyde added 116 ...

Nats look to take 3-0 series lead

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Thanks to some superb pitching, the countdown is on to the Washington Nationals’ first World Series appearance in franchise history. Up 2-0 on the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Championship Series after near no-hitters from Anibal Sanchez and Max ...

Sports at a glance

Bottas gets win in Japan SUZUKA, Japan — Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas surged into the lead at the start and held on to win the typhoon-hit Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday for his third Formula One victory of the season and first since April. Bottas, who started third on the grid, ...

Rain gives drivers extra day to think

The Associated Press TALLADEGA, Ala. — When rain stopped NASCAR’s playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway, a gaggle of Chevrolet drivers headed into a private room for a meeting about alliances. That strategy session was a Sunday bonus in the battle of the manufacturers. NASCAR was ...

WVU has trouble with Cyclones’ back

The Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Breece Hall may have given Iowa State the dependable option at running back the Cyclones have been looking for since star David Montgomery left. The freshman rushed for 132 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead Iowa State to a 38-14 victory ...

No. 8 Badgers post fourth shutout of season

MADISON, Wis. — Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said he knew the Spartans were going to have to stop Jonathan Taylor if they were going to have any shot at stealing a win at No. 8 Wisconsin on Saturday. The Spartans’ defense limited Taylor to just 80 yards on 26 carries, marking the ...