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OSU trustee quits over Meyer ordeal

The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio State University trustee who thought football coach Urban Meyer deserved more than a three-game suspension and resigned from the board over it said Thursday that he was alone in advocating a stiffer penalty when trustees discussed the ...

Kaepernick case will go to trial

PHILADELPHIA — Colin Kaepernick and his legal team are driving inside NFL territory, forcing the league and its 32 teams to brace for a defensive stand. An arbitrator is sending Kaepernick’s grievance with the NFL to trial, denying the league’s request to throw out the ...

Longhorns coach willing to talk about strip club

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas football coach Tom Herman said Thursday he’s willing to talk to the NCAA about a 2014 visit to a Florida strip club with Zach Smith when both were Ohio State assistants. Ohio State this week identified Herman as the assistant with Smith at the club, a visit that ...

Umpire criticized after talk with player

NEW YORK — Nick Kyrgios was losing big at the U.S. Open on Thursday, and barely even trying. Didn’t move while so-so serves flew by for aces. Casually put groundstrokes into the net. Double-faulted without caring. The crowd began booing. The chair umpire, Mohamed Lahyani, decided to ...

Rodgers gets record-size deal

The Associated Press MILWAUKEE — Before he became the NFL’s highest-paid player again, Aaron Rodgers wore a denim suit and cowboy hat that made him look as if he were going to serve as a chaperone at a square dance. For Rodgers, it’s kind of a big deal either way. The two-time NFL ...

Michigan, Auburn start year fast

By Ralph D. Russo The Associated Press After a quiet offseason in college football, the final month leading up to kickoff was dominated by scandals. As lousy as off-the-field issues can be in the sport, and the topics were unsettling in August, the games rarely disappoint and are the ...

Morales falls short of record

The Associated Press BALTIMORE — Kendrys Morales had his home run streak snapped at seven games by the Baltimore Orioles, who ended an eight-game skid by defeating the Toronto Blue Jays 7-0 on Monday night. Striving to tie the major league record of homering in eight straight games, ...

Davis a huge part of A’s success story

The Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. — Khris Davis has become known as Oakland’s other superstar “KD.” The Athletics slugger is having a special season right next door to where Kevin Durant led the Golden State Warriors to a second straight NBA championship two months ago. Davis ...

Kong, Holt lead Hawaii to Little League title

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT — It only took one pitch for Mana Lau Kong to deliver Hawaii its first Little League World Series title in a decade. Against a South Korea team that hadn’t surrendered a home run in the tournament, Kong drove the first pitch his team saw over the center field fence. As ...

Experts: Erasing texts illegal

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Any attempt by Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to eliminate work-related text messages on his university-issued phone to hide information would be illegal, open records experts said following a two-week investigation into his handling of domestic violence allegations against an ...

Wisconsin defense must come together quickly

MADISON, Wis. — The bar is set high for the Wisconsin defense. The roster might turn over, but the fourth-ranked Badgers’ D rarely crumbles. Since 2013, Wisconsin is second nationally in both scoring defense (16.1 points) and total defense (282.6 yards). But to return to that level this ...

At 37, Federer still believes he can win US Open

NEW YORK — Even with all the times Roger Federer held the U.S. Open trophy, he still can’t forget the time it slipped through his fingers. He had won five titles in a row in Flushing Meadows and was a game away from a sixth in 2009 when Juan Martin del Potro pulled out a fourth-set ...

Petersen focused on Auburn

SEATTLE — Chris Petersen wanted to make clear that No. 6 Washington is not carrying the weight of the entire Pac-12 into its opening matchup against No. 9 Auburn. He also made certain to emphasize the Huskies aren’t facing the entire Southeastern Conference when they travel to ...

DeChambeau gets important win

PARAMUS, N.J. — To his right was the silver trophy Bryson DeChambeau won Sunday at The Northern Trust, a victory that felt comfortable to everyone but him. To his left was the silver FedEx Cup trophy, a reminder of the ultimate prize in the PGA Tour season. Missing was the gold Ryder Cup ...

Ex-Jet WR Decker says he’s retiring

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Receiver Eric Decker says he is retiring from the NFL after an eight-year career with the Broncos, Jets and Titans. Decker had been in training camp with the Patriots this summer, but it wasn’t clear he would make the roster. He said on Instagram on Sunday, “This has ...

Vettel survives Belgian Grand Prix, cuts into deficit

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium — Sebastian Vettel made a crucial early overtaking move on Lewis Hamilton to win the crash-marred Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday and trim his rival’s overall lead. Hamilton started from pole position for a record fifth time at Spa, and a record-extending 78th in ...

Hawaii to represent US in championship game

By Patrick Burns The Associated Press SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT — After striking out his 15th batter to end the game, Hawaii’s Aukai Kea pumped his fists and let out a shout for all to hear. Within seconds, Kea’s teammates sprinted to the pitcher’s mound to congratulate their team’s ...

Staying up late costly for Pirates

The Associated Press MILWAUKEE — Orlando Arcia’s RBI single with two outs in the 15th inning lifted the Milwaukee Brewers to a 7-6 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night. Arcia was mobbed on the field by his teammates after he put an end to the 5-hour, 36-minute ...

Humboldt Cup trip emotional for citizens

The Associated Press HUMBOLDT, Saskatchewan — A small Saskatchewan city devastated by a fatal bus crash involving its junior hockey team welcomed a trophy on Friday that fans no doubt hoped would one day be hoisted by one of their boys. Washington Capitals forward Chandler Stephenson ...

Injured IndyCar driver’s condition improving

The Associated Press MADISON, Ill. — IndyCar driver Robert Wickens was breathing without medical assistance and began speaking with his family Saturday for the first time since his harrowing wreck at Pocono Raceway. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports made the announcement shortly before the ...