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Keselowski wins again

The Associated Press LOUDON, N.H. — Brad Keselowski won at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday for his third victory of the NASCAR season and 33rd of his career. Keselowski and Denny Hamlin swapped stage wins and had the lead a combined 18 times before Keselowski, who is in a contract ...

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Mets slugger opting out ATLANTA — When the New York Mets finally found out Yoenis Cespedes was OK, they suddenly learned something else: The slugger had opted out of playing the rest of this season. Hours after Cespedes didn’t report to the ballpark without explanation, the Mets ...

Opt out scenario sought by players

The Associated Press A group of Pac-12 football players on Sunday threatened to opt out of the coming season unless its concerns about competing during the COVID-19 pandemic and other racial and economic issues in college sports are addressed. The players posted a statement and list of ...

Thomas holds off Koepka to reclaim No. 1

The Associated Press MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Justin Thomas wants to make his second stint as No. 1 in the world last longer than the first time around. “I hope so,” Thomas said Sunday after winning the FedEx St. Jude Invitational to take the No. 1 spot for the first time since June 2018. “I ...

Is college football season worth it?

If college football somehow makes it to the field, all we’ll get is a shell of a season. Fewer games. Conference bubbles. A limited number of fans in the stadiums — or maybe none at all. Is it really worth risking the health of players, coaches and boosters for this? The mighty ...

Team-less Brown receives suspension

The Associated Press NEW YORK — The NFL suspended wide receiver Antonio Brown for the first eight regular-season games of the 2020 season. Brown, who does not have a contract with any team, was suspended Friday under the league’s personal conduct policy. Brown, who played one game last ...

Pac-12 sets Sept. 26 as its season opener

The Associated Press The Pac-12 set Sept. 26 as the start date Friday for its 10-game, conference-only football schedule, joining the Southeastern Conference in pushing back its season by three weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Pac-12 announced July 10 it would eliminate ...

Todd’s 65 good for 2-stroke lead at PGA event

he Associated Press MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Brendon Todd’s putter is more than making up for any lack of power off the tee at the World Golf Championship. Todd shot a 5-under 65 Friday and grabbed a two-stroke lead through 36 holes of the FedEx St. Jude Invitational. “I have not hit the ...

Six teams idled by pandemic

MIAMI — With six teams idled Friday by the COVID-19 pandemic, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke to union leader Tony Clark about the importance of players following the sport’s coronavirus protocols. Manfred and Clark talked about what needs to be done to finish the ...

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US Open still on schedule As coronavirus cases spike in other parts of the country a month before the U.S. Open is supposed to start in New York, the U.S. Tennis Association said Friday it “continues its plans” to hold its marquee event and another tournament beforehand. The U.S. Open — ...

Big Ben gives Steelers fans good feelings

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger is back and, to listen to the precious few who have seen the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback throw a football sometime in the past 10 months tell it, apparently as good as new. Even at 38. Even with a surgically ...

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No. 1 Barty says no thanks SYDNEY — No. 1-ranked Ashley Barty says she has withdrawn from the U.S. Open because she is not comfortable with traveling during the coronavirus pandemic. Barty is the biggest name yet to opt out of the Aug. 31-Sept. 13 Grand Slam tournament in New York because ...

SEC officially changing to conference-only slate

Penn State QB receives honor UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State junior quarterback Sean Clifford has been named to The Manning Award Watch List, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, it was announced on Thursday. The list includes 30 of the top quarterbacks in the nation heading into the 2020 ...

Pitt, ND teams will play 11 games

The Associated Press The Atlantic Coast Conference reworked its football schedule Wednesday to allow each team to play 11 games and to incorporate Notre Dame, which is giving up its storied independence in a year rocked by the coronavirus pandemic. The ACC’s university presidents approved ...

COVID forcing schedule manuevering

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Forget about printing a 2020 baseball schedule. Cyberspace is needed for all the backspaces and deletes. After Major League Baseball discarded the 162-game schedule due to the pandemic, the revised 60-game slate was intact for just four days due to positive ...

NHL playoffs will be a grind

On the ice Who: Pittsburgh vs. Montreal What: Best-of-5-game series When: Game 1, Saturday at 8 p.m. The Associated Press Fans counted down the seconds to the final buzzer, “Brass Bonanza” played over the speakers at Hartford Civic Center and Whalers players Dave Tippett, Joel ...

Steelers sign RB

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed running back Wendell Smallwood to a one-year deal, giving the backfield a bit of experienced depth heading into training camp. Smallwood joins a group that includes James Conner, Benny Snell Jr., Jaylen Samuels and rookie Anthony ...

Marlins done through weekend

MIAMI — Major League Baseball suspended the Miami Marlins’ season through Sunday, and the Philadelphia Phillies will remain idled by the coronavirus pandemic until Friday, while the rest of baseball forges ahead with trepidation. “There’s real fear, there’s real anxiety for me, for ...

Marlins’ virus outbreak forces MLB to cancel three games

The Associated Press MIAMI — The Marlins scrambled for roster replacements as they coped with a coronavirus outbreak. The New York Yankees had an unscheduled day off in Philadelphia while the home team underwent COVID-19 tests. The Baltimore Orioles were flying home from Miami without ...

Pens, NHL gets ready for reboot

The Associated Press When the Boston Bruins boarded their flight bound for Toronto, they thought of it as just another long road trip. Sure, they were spaced out and masked up on the plane, but they were en route to compete for the Stanley Cup that they fell one win short of earning last ...