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Reyes making the case for utility job in 2019

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates have opportunities for 2019, and theyáre having auditions in the last month of the 2018 season. The middle infield is likely to be different, and there are other openings as well. Pablo Reyes is making his case to compete for a utility job next season. Entering ...

Lavarnway bats in Marte for walk-off over Royals

PITTSBURGH — Ryan Lavarnway was an unlikely candidate to get a big hit in a pressure situation for the Pirates. The 30-year-old fourth-string catcher was playing his 142nd career game, spread out over seven seasons with five teams, and spent most of 2018 with Triple-A Indianapolis. In his ...

Cubs announce Morrow done for season with injured elbow

PHOENIX — The Chicago Cubs say closer Brandon Morrow will be shut down for rest of the year because of an injured right elbow that has been slow to heal. The NL Central leaders made the announcement before Tuesday night’s game at Arizona. Morrow, who tops the Cubs with 22 saves, has ...

McCoy in more trouble?

The Associated Press The mother of LeSean McCoy’s young son said in a court filing Tuesday that she agreed to defend the Buffalo Bills running back against an allegation that he abused the boy even though she said she knew the accusation was true. In a three-page document filed in Fulton ...

OSU’s Meyer talks Smith incident

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said he has sent letters and had conversations with families of players as a key step toward containing and repairing the scandal that led to his three-game suspension, a saga he describes as “a window in time I made an error.” He ...

FedEx Cup to offer $15 million

ATLANTA — The bonus pool for the PGA Tour postseason doubles next year to $70 million in a revamped system that gives a head start to top players at the Tour Championship and pays $15 million to the FedEx Cup champion. PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said Tuesday the changes were designed ...

Easier gambling has sports worried about fighting the fix

OCEANPORT, N.J. — It’s early in a college basketball game and Team A, playing methodically and using up most of the 30-second shot clock, falls behind 10-6. Scattered around the bleachers, several fans staring at their smartphones celebrate silently: they have bet on Team B to be the first ...

Old format shines bright

ZADAR, Croatia — Fans banging drums and blowing trumpets for hours on end. Colorful costumes. Chants more reminiscent of soccer games than tennis matches. Plus, a series of marathon matches featuring constant momentum changes and drama. The atmosphere at the best-of-five semifinal series ...

New England picks up Gordon in trade

The Associated Press CLEVELAND — Josh Gordon’s strange, stuttering career will start anew in New England. Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have a new offensive toy. The Browns severed ties for good with the problematic wide receiver by trading him to the Patriots for a fifth-round draft ...

Kicking causing many concerns among coaches

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Who needs a kicker? Apparently not the Los Angeles Rams. As for the Browns and Vikings, who are going with untested youngsters, well, maybe a new guy to handle field goals and extra points will be employed soon. Sure, it’s kind of early to panic about ...

Red Sox will hold breath while waiting on Betts

The Associated Press BOSTON — Boston Red Sox right fielder, and one of their MVP candidates, Mookie Betts left the game after hurting his left side making a throw to home plate during a 4-3 win over the New York Mets on Sunday that cut Boston’s magic number to two for a third straight AL ...

Meyer officially back with Ohio St.

By Stephen Hawkins The Associated Press ARLINGTON, Texas — No more acting for Ryan Day after more than a passing performance. Urban Meyer is back full time as Ohio State’s coach. Day can return his complete attention to being offensive coordinator and position coach for young ...

Wisconsin finds itself out of top 10; LSU No. 6

The Associated Press LSU surged to No. 6 in The Associated Press college football poll after its second victory of September against a highly ranked team, and Wisconsin tumbled to No. 18 after becoming the first top-10 team to be upset by an unranked team. Top-ranked Alabama strengthened ...

Keselowski garners playoff opener, No. 500 for Penske

The Associated Press LAS VEGAS — Brad Keselowski raced to his third consecutive NASCAR Cup victory Sunday, persevering through a wreck-filled Sunday afternoon and roaring away from the field in overtime to claim the playoff opener. Keselowski secured team owner Roger Penske’s 500th ...

Lockout looming? NHL one year from key labor deadline

The Associated Press Connor McDavid heard teammates talking about another potential lockout when he entered the NHL — in 2015. As he became one of hockey’s best players and signed the richest annual contract in the league, McDavid says he remains optimistic there will not be another ...

Close decision means it could happen again

The Associated Press LAS VEGAS — The fight was so close at the final bell that no one in the arena — including Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez — knew who would leave the ring with the middleweight title belts. It was Alvarez, though by the slimmest of margins. He won the last ...

Bortles leads Jags over Pats

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Eight months later and with much less on the line, the Jacksonville Jaguars found a way to close out Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Not even the bold, brash Jaguars would acknowledge it was anything more than a Week 2 win. Others would disagree. Blake ...

Around the NFL

Saints 21, Browns 18 NEW ORLEANS — Wil Lutz kicked a 44-yard field goal for New Orleans with 21 seconds left, Cleveland kicker Zane Gonzalez pushed the second of his two missed field goals wide right in the final seconds, and the Saints held on for a 21-18 victory that extended the ...

Browns waive troubled Gordon

CLEVELAND — Josh Gordon’s troubled tenure with the Cleveland Browns has ended. The team isn’t going to help him any longer. He’s again on his own. The Browns announced Saturday night that it intends to release the former Pro Bowl wide receiver, whose immense talent has been ...

Notre Dame ‘D’ saves the day

By John Fineran The Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Jalen Elliott knocked the ball loose from Vanderbilt receiver Kalija Lipscomb with 1:07 remaining to give Notre Dame a fourth-down stop and No. 8 Notre Dame held on for a 22-17 victory over the Commodores on Saturday. Kyle Shurmur ...