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Pitt transfer WR Mack eligible to play

PITTSBURGH — Prior to practice for the Pitt football team on Friday, coach Pat Narduzzi announced that sophomore wide receiver Taysir Mack will be immediately eligible for the 2018 season after receiving a waiver from the NCAA after transferring from Indiana. Mack, who found out on Friday ...

Larson wins pole yet again

The Associated Press BRISTOL, Tenn. — Kyle Larson won his third pole of the season as he eyes his first NASCAR Cup Series victory of the year. Larson turned a lap at 127.792 mph Friday in qualifying at Bristol Motor Speedway. Chase Elliott was second at 127.665. Kyle Busch was third on ...

Benches clear after slugger is hit

Benches clear after slugger is hit ATLANTA (AP) — Slugging rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. was hit by a pitch before he could take the Marlins deep again, but Dansby Swanson filled the power void for Atlanta, hitting a two-run homer that led the Braves to a 5-2 win over Miami on Wednesday. Acuna, ...

Pats win Super Bowl rematch

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady moved the New England Patriots with ease in their Super Bowl rematch against the penalty-prone Eagles, with a little help from running back James White and fifth-round draft choice Ja’Whaun Bentley. In his first action since losing in the NFL title game to ...

More freshmen expected to make bigger impact

Freshmen should play a bigger role than ever in college football this season, thanks to an NCAA rule change. The NCAA is allowing players to participate in up to four games and still qualify for a redshirt season that would enable them to maintain four years of eligibility. That rule change ...

Eagles play Patriots; Steelers look at QBs

It’s not exactly a Super Bowl rematch, especially in the preseason. But the Philadelphia Eagles will face the New England Patriots on Thursday night for the first time since the Eagles won their first Super Bowl with a 41-33 victory in February in Minneapolis. And just like at the Super ...

Meyer probe costs $500K

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Urban Meyer investigation is costing Ohio State $500,000, but whether the superstar football coach keeps his job still comes down to whether the university wants to stick with him based on how he’s already been tainted by the scandal. Meyer is on paid leave while Ohio ...

University takes blame for mistakes

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The University of Maryland acknowledged Tuesday that the football player who collapsed during practice and subsequently died did not receive proper medical care and the school must accept “legal and moral responsibility for the mistakes.” Maryland has parted ways ...

Adolph gets MVP, keys win for South in All-Star game

From Mirror reports UNIVERSITY PARK — Ross Adolph of the Brooklyn Cyclones earned Bush’s New York-Penn League All-Star MVP honors with a home run and three RBI, and Nick Dunn led the charge for the home State College Spikes contingent as the South All-Stars defeated the North squad, 7-1, ...

Ex-wife of fired coach speaks to OSU officials

The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio — The ex-wife of fired Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith has talked to university investigators about domestic abuse allegations. An attorney for Courtney Smith says Smith was interviewed Monday. Smith was accompanied by her lawyers and “welcomed ...

Looking for the right path to follow with NFL protests

The players kneel. The president tweets. And the great divide over protests during the national anthem at NFL games grows even wider. So far the players — at least a handful of them — aren’t backing down. A few took a knee in the first weekend of exhibition ...

Nassib needs to clean it up

By Tom Withers The Associated Press BEREA, Ohio — Cleveland Browns defensive end Carl Nassib needs to work on more than his pass rushing skills in training camp. His grandma wants him to clean up his language. Nassib became a breakout star of the first episode this season of HBO’s ...

Giants’ Barkley tweaks hamstring

The Associated Press EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants had a hold-your-breath moment with rookie running back Saquon Barkley during practice Monday. It turned out to be only a minor scare. The No. 2 overall draft pick caught a swing pass out of the backfield from fellow rookie ...

Is QB following Mayfield’s plan?

By Joe Reedy The Associated Press Washington’s Jake Browning is hoping to repeat what Baker Mayfield did last year. Mayfield was a Heisman Trophy longshot in the preseason, but ended up winning the award while leading Oklahoma to the College Football Playoff for the second time in three ...

Things getting tight for NY

On deck Tonight: Pittsburgh Pirates at Minnesota Twins, 8:10 p.m. Pitching matchup: Pirates RHP Jameson Taillon (9-8) vs. Twins RHP Jake Odorizzi (4-7) TV: AT&T SportsNet The Associated Press NEW YORK — Jacob deGrom struck out 12 and the New York Mets backed him in a big ...

Furyk stays quiet about Tiger’s spot on team

The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — The upside to Jim Furyk finishing so early at the PGA Championship was being able to watch the final round on television, partly as a player but mostly as the Ryder Cup captain. And that meant seeing plenty of Tiger Woods. “I really wanted to see kind ...

Lawyer wants Maryland coach fired

By David Ginsburg The Associated Press BALTIMORE — The attorney for the family of the University of Maryland offensive lineman who died after a strenuous offseason workout is calling for Terrapins football coach DJ Durkin to be fired, citing the abusive culture of the program and the ...

Koepka keeps Woods at bay

The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — The roars were unlike anything Brooks Koepka had ever heard, and he knew exactly what they meant. They got louder for each birdie by Tiger Woods that moved him closer to the lead Sunday in the PGA Championship, and Koepka could hear a ripple effect of ...

Browns will stick with their plan at QB

The Associated Press BEREA, Ohio — He’s still Baker the backup. Despite rookie Baker Mayfield’s stellar performance in his NFL preseason debut, the Cleveland Browns are not moving the No. 1 overall pick into the starting lineup ahead of Tyrod Taylor. “National hype,” ...

Former Penn State quarterback signs with Philly

The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles have signed quarterback Christian Hackenberg and waived rookie offensive lineman Ian Park. Hackenberg was selected in the second round of the NFL draft by the New York Jets in 2016 but didn’t play in a game. He was traded to ...