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Panther run game bests 1975 outing

The Panthers’ 484 yards on the ground in Saturday’s win over visiting Duke was the second-most rushing yards in a game in school history. The last time a Pitt team ran for more yards was against Army in 1975 and the feature back was Tony Dorsett. It was no surprise that Pitt’s leading ...

No. 3 Irish keep on winning

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Ian Book threw for 330 yards and two touchdowns, Dexter Williams ran for 142 yards and three scores and No. 3 Notre Dame overwhelmed Navy 44-22 on Saturday night to remain undefeated and in the playoff picture. JaFar Armstrong added a rushing touchdown for the Fighting ...

Stewart-Haas aiming to rule

By Jenna Fryer The Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tony Stewart passionately believed in Aric Almirola when others dismissed the racecar driver as a journeyman with nothing more to offer than the backing of a bacon company sponsor. Stewart had a chance to replace Danica Patrick in ...

Top 25 roundup

No. 2 Clemson 59, Florida State 10 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Trevor Lawrence threw four touchdown passes, and No. 2 Clemson handed Florida State its worst home loss in program history with a victory Saturday. Lawrence completed 20 of 37 passes for 314 yards before leaving late in the third ...

Elliot on hot streak; eyes title

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Chase Elliott first had to figure out how to stop losing races before he could find his way to victory lane. It took probably a dozen defeats in NASCAR’s Cup Series before Elliott stepped up on the road course at Watkins Glen to finally close out his first win. That ...

Yelich hopes Brewers use NLCS for motivation

LOS ANGELES — Christian Yelich made it to the World Series, just not in the manner he had hoped. The Milwaukee Brewers slugger accepted the Hank Aaron Award prior to Game 3 between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. Boston’s J.D. Martinez was the American League recipient of the ...

Finau overcomes wild break at HSBC

SHANGHAI — Tony Finau has enjoyed such a good year that he wasn’t about to let one bad break get him down Friday in the HSBC Champions. Finau had just built a three-shot lead as Patrick Reed began to stumble when Finau hit an approach from the rough on the 11th hole toward the green at ...

LA hopes home will be tonic

BOSTON — Fenway Park gave the Los Angeles Dodgers the cold shoulder. No wonder they were California Dreamin’ about Thursday’s flight home. “I think all the players are happy about going back to LA, but obviously we have some games to win,” pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu said through a ...

Haley ‘on same page’ with Jackson

The Associated Press BEREA, Ohio — Browns offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s vast experience as an NFL coach — and kid — has taught him not to overreact. Stay calm, stay the course. So when coach Hue Jackson said following last week’s overtime loss in Tampa Bay that he wanted ...

ACC players balance football, marriage

PITTSBURGH — The question arises regularly, usually after a Pittsburgh home game. And even though Dennis Briggs’ teammates know the answer that’s coming from the senior defensive back they jokingly and reverentially call “old man,” they ask anyway because respect must be paid. So ...

Montoyo, Blue Jays agree to deal

TORONTO — Charlie Montoyo, a bench coach for the Tampa Bay Rays this season, was hired as manager of the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday. He succeeds John Gibbons, who was let go after the team finished 73-89. Montoyo has a three-year contract with a club option for 2022. He is to be ...

Houston, Miami now both 4-3

The Houston Texans began the season 0-3 despite high expectations. They’ve now won four in a row, and those high expectations have returned. Miami had a good start, going 3-0, but now has faltered and stands 4-3 with an uncertain situation at quarterback. Things are looking up for AFC ...

Red Sox halfway to title

BOSTON — From playoff flop to World Series ace in one legacy-changing October, David Price earned his second postseason victory in a row Wednesday night and delivered the Boston Red Sox their second straight World Series win. The Red Sox left-hander pitched six innings of three-hit ball, ...

CB Haden enjoying career renaissance

PITTSBURGH — The end came quickly in Cleveland for Joe Haden, a stark reminder that the NFL is a business. The Browns were rebuilding again in the summer of 2017, and having a cornerback in his late 20s making eight figures didn’t exactly fit the plan, fiscally or otherwise. For the first ...

Road tests upcoming before committee’s first rankings

For many ranked teams, the last chance to influence the College Football Playoff selection committee before its first ranking of the season will come away from home. Thirteen ranked teams are playing road games this weekend, from No. 2 Clemson to No. 25 Appalachian State, and only two are ...

Boston bats get best of Dodgers

The Associated Press BOSTON — Andrew Benintendi, J.D. Martinez and the Boston Red Sox came out swinging in the World Series opener, seizing every advantage in their quirky ballpark to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 on a chilly, windy Tuesday night. Benintendi delivered four hits, ...

Jackson to ‘help’ struggling offense

BEREA, Ohio — Hue Jackson only wants to help. Honestly. A day after Cleveland’s embattled coach strongly suggested he might take control of his team’s sputtering offense following an overtime loss at Tampa Bay, Jackson said he was merely offering assistance to coordinator Todd Haley and ...

Giants trade CB Apple to New Orleans

The Associated Press The New York Giants have sent “the other Eli” to the New Orleans Saints. Not Eli Manning. Eli Apple. The Giants on Tuesday traded the cornerback who was the 10th pick overall in the 2016 draft to the Saints for a fourth-round pick in 2019 and a seventh-rounder ...

Koepka’s biggest feat as No. 1 is getting there

Reaching No. 1 in the world felt even sweeter to Brooks Koepka because of how he got there. Golf is about winning, and the world ranking is merely a result of that. For all the math involved in a formula that tries to measure performance over two years, it’s a lot easier to understand when ...

Edwards headlines preseason All-America team

Carsen Edwards went through the NBA draft combine and multiple workouts before deciding to return for his junior season at Purdue. The Boilermakers are sure happy he did after losing four seniors and most of their scoring. The prolific guard was the leading vote getter in The Associated ...