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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 ...

Top 25 roundup

No. 12 LSU 22, No. 7 Auburn 21 AUBURN, Ala. — Cole Tracy kicked a 42-yard field goal on the final play to give No. 12 LSU a victory over No. 7 Auburn on Saturday in their Southeastern Conference opener. Joe Burrow led LSU (3-0) down the field in the final minutes with clutch plays and two ...

Crosby, Penguins return from long summer break

CRANBERRY — Sidney Crosby has been back in Pittsburgh for a few weeks, participating in several informal practices while his Penguins teammates returned from an unusually long offseason. Still, the first day of training camp felt different Friday. “It’s always an exciting time. You’re ...

OF Polanco could miss start of 2019

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco could be out until next June after having surgery on his left shoulder. The Pirates made the announcement on Friday, which was Polanco’s 27th birthday. Polanco leads the Pirates with a career-high 23 home runs, 81 RBIs and 61 ...

Brewers beat Archer, Bucs

MILWAUKEE — Christian Yelich, Travis Shaw and Mike Moustakas homered to lead the Milwaukee Brewers past the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-4 Friday night. Orlando Arcia drove in two runs with a bunt double for the Brewers, who stayed a game and a half behind first-place Chicago in the NL ...

Rizzo dons uniform on team flight

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Unusual scheduling spawned even more atypical travel attire for Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo. The three-time All-Star wore a uniform, complete with a blue jersey and gray pants, on the Cubs’ early Thursday morning flight for a makeup game ...

Taillon lifts Bucs to win over slowing Cardinals

ST. LOUIS — A small bump in the road. That’s what St. Louis Cardinals infielder Paul DeJong says Wednesday’s 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates was. “At this point we’re flushing this one,” DeJong said. “And getting ready for L.A.” The Cardinals begin a key four-game ...

Boise State gets big chance this week

The ceiling for teams outside the Power Five in the College Football Playoff race seems to be set pretty low — as any Central Florida fan will be quick to point out. Maybe Boise State can bust through it this year. To do so, Saturday’s game at No. 24 Oklahoma State will be crucial for the ...

Numbers make case for pitchers as NL MVP

By Jake Seiner The Associated Press NEW YORK — Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer and Aaron Nola are going pitch for pitch in the NL Cy Young Award race. Problem is, that prize might not do the trio justice. Not according to baseball’s advanced analytics. With 2¢ weeks left in the season, ...

Hurricane impacting ACC slate

RALEIGH, N.C. — While safety concerns at Atlantic Coast Conference schools are being addressed ahead of Hurricane Florence, the storm’s significant impact on this week’s schedule will have a lingering effect on scheduling obstacles, monetary implications and bowl considerations once it ...

AFC North could be tougher than 2017

The Associated Press Considering what happened in the rain at Cleveland last Sunday, the rugged AFC North looks like it will be wide open. So tonight’s visit to Cincinnati by Baltimore takes on an extra bit of importance, even in mid-September, after the division-favorite Steelers ...

Big Ben hopes he’s ready to go

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hopes his balky right elbow will be good to go Sunday against Kansas City. The 36-year-old says he banged his elbow on Pittsburgh’s next-to-last offensive snap during last week’s ugly tie in ...

Winning streak pumps life into playoff chase

The Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A snoozer of a NASCAR season got a huge jolt of energy right before the playoffs with back-to-back wins by Brad Keselowski. Keselowski wasn’t a championship contender before the two crown jewel victories — at the Southern 500 and the Brickyard ...

Woman sues MSU over alleged rape

EAST LANSING, Mich. — A woman has filed a lawsuit against Michigan State University, saying she became pregnant after she was drugged and raped by Larry Nassar when he was a medical student in 1992 but that campus police refused to investigate. The lawsuit was among dozens filed to meet a ...

Panthers lose 2 starters to injury

The Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers will be without three-time Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen and second-team All-Pro Bowl right tackle Daryl Williams for the foreseeable future. The team announced Tuesday that Olsen re-fractured the same right foot that kept him ...