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King Felix moving to the bullpen

The Associated Press HOUSTON — Felix Hernandez vowed Saturday that his first-ever stint in Seattle’s bullpen won’t last long. “I’ll be a starter before the end of the year,” Hernandez told The Associated Press. “No question about it.” The struggling Mariners ace has made ...

Spartans trying to learn from scandal

By Noah Trister The Associated Press EAST LANSING, Mich. — Every now and then, when the Michigan State football team won’t be together for a little while, it’s a good time for another reminder. Safety Khari Willis explained the message: “It’s me, Joe (Bachie), Brian (Lewerke), ...

Bulldogs gaining attention

The Associated Press STARKVILLE, Miss. — If Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald is going to have a storybook ending to his college career, first-year coach Joe Moorhead has to get off to a fantastic start. The Bulldogs are a popular pick to contend for the Southeastern Conference ...

Millionaire pick seeks Oklahoma QB spot

The Associated Press NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray insists he hasn’t changed, yet there are constant reminders that his life will never be the same. Before June, he was merely a gifted two-sport college athlete. But once the Oakland Athletics took him with the ninth ...

Harvick gets NASCAR-high 7th win of year

By Larry Lage The Associated Press BROOKLYN, Mich. — Kevin Harvick capped off his father-son weekend by dominating a race and putting 6-year-old son Keelan in the passenger seat to hold the flapping, checkered flag out of the window. “That was definitely way up there on the bucket ...

Maryland suspends head coach

The Associated Press Maryland placed head coach DJ Durkin on administrative leave on Saturday while the school scrutinizes allegations of poor behavior by the football staff, apparent misdeeds that came to light following the death of a player on the practice field. In an open letter, ...

Top three racers dominating Monster Cup

BROOKLYN, Mich. — NASCAR’s Big 3 has essentially lapped the competition. Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. have combined to win 16 of 22 races and haven’t allowed the field to win consecutive races with points at stake this year. Of the other 56 drivers who have started a ...

Giants retire Bonds’ No. 25

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Barry Bonds had his No. 25 jersey retired by the San Francisco Giants, 11 years after he broke Hank Aaron’s home run record in his 22nd and final major league season. The Giants held a ceremony at AT&T Park on Saturday night before a game against his other team, ...

Fowler finally back with Jags’ defense

The Associated Press JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars have removed defensive end Dante Fowler from the physically unable to perform list. Fowler missed the first two weeks of training camp while recovering from a shoulder injury sustained late last season. Coach Doug ...

Jets’ competition getting interesting

The Associated Press EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Jets’ already intriguing quarterback competition just got a lot more interesting. Thanks to a poised Sam Darnold. And a sharp and healthy Teddy Bridgewater. Josh McCown is still No. 1 on the depth chart, but the other two ...

Houston QB happy to be back on field

The Associated Press HOUSTON — Deshaun Watson was back in a game this week for the first time since surgery to repair a right knee injury in November, and although he didn’t play long, he relished his return. “I just played five snaps, handed the ball off, threw one pass,” Watson ...

Koepka leads after third round

ST. LOUIS — Two-time U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka took a step toward adding a third major to his short list of victories. Koepka bullied rain-softened Bellerive on Saturday on the front nine and built a four-shot lead, only to run into bad patch that brought a strong list of contenders ...

Tiger struggles on the green

ST. LOUIS — Tiger Woods knew the shot was good. He struck it pure from 240 yards on the 17th hole and started strutting down the fairway, watching the ball land 20 feet from the pin — one good putt away from an eagle that would have vaulted him into second place. And Woods knew the putt ...

One bad season can potentially doom coaches

A potentially quiet silly season for coaching moves can quickly turn into whirlwind of big openings. That was the case last year when Nebraska and Florida descended into tumultuous seasons and fired third-year coaches who had winning records in 2016. Multimillion dollars buyouts be ...

Talented linemen running into trouble during Hawkeyes’ camp

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Sophomores Alaric Jackson and Tristan Wirfs each possess the potential to finish their Iowa careers ranked among the best tackles the lineman-rich Hawkeyes have ever produced. They’ve just got to stay out of trouble. Jackson, who was suspended for last season’s ...

Offense backs Nova; Bucs hand Giants loss

By Michael Wagaman The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — Ivan Nova had little problem extending Pittsburgh’s streak of strong road starts. Three home runs, including a milestone shot by David Freese, gave the right-hander all the cushion he needed. Nova allowed two runs in six ...

Deflated ball just defective

PHILADELPHIA — No investigation or federal case needed this time. The NFL says a bad football used in a preseason game Thursday night was simply defective. The league said in a statement Friday that a ball was removed from play during the third quarter of the Steelers-Eagles game in ...

Woodland sets PGA mark

ST. LOUIS — Sirens blared across Bellerive, putting the second round of the PGA Championship on hold and ending a day of scoring rarely seen in a major. Gary Woodland set the 36-hole record — for now, anyway — after a round where his driver wasn’t as reliable, he didn’t see many ...

Hamlin on pole in Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich. — Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch swept the front row in qualifying at Michigan International Speedway. Kevin Harvick, neck-and-neck with Busch all season, was right behind in third. Hamlin went 202.794 mph in Friday’s session to win a pole for the second consecutive week. The ...

Wake Forest assistant place on leave

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Wake Forest University has placed an assistant basketball coach on leave after police said he punched a New York City tourist who later died. Athletic director Ron Wellman said in a statement Friday that he spoke with assistant Jamill Jones and the coach ...