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Report: Pac-12 to play football The Pac-12 has decided to play football in the fall, reversing an August decision to postpone until spring because of concerns about COVID-19. Two people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Thursday that the conference’s presidents ...

Irish test positive, cancel their game

The Associated Press Notre Dame’s game at Wake Forest on Saturday has been postponed after positive COVID-19 tests landed 13 Fighting Irish players in isolation and another 10 in quarantine. The seventh-ranked Fighting Irish said Tuesday the game would be rescheduled. Both teams are off ...

Report: Broncos sign veteran backup QB

The Associated Press ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos are in the process of adding free agent Blake Bortles to serve as their backup quarterback, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because the ...

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AP likes Jags over Dolphins The idea has merit: Take teams you don’t expect to be in the playoff chase and stick them in prime time early in the schedule. That’s what the NFL has done by placing Cincinnati at Cleveland last week, and tonight, it’s Jacksonville hosting Miami. Denver ...

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Donovan gets Bulls’ job CHICAGO — Billy Donovan was hired by the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday, landing one of the top candidates on the market to lead a rebuilding team with an overhauled front office. The 55-year-old Donovan spent the past five seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He ...

Giants’ star RB done for year

The Associated Press EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley likely will miss the rest of the season with a major injury to his right knee. The Giants (0-2) said an MRI on Monday confirmed Barkley tore the anterior cruciate ligament in the knee on Sunday in a ...

DeChambeau blasts way to US Open title

MAMARONECK, N.Y. — What was supposed to be a typical U.S. Open produced a most unconventional champion. Bryson DeChambeau was not the least bit concerned by the narrow fairways or the ankle-deep rough that shape Winged Foot into historically the toughest of all U.S. Opens. With his extra 40 ...

Denver in familiar spot

PITTSBURGH — Drew Lock is getting a sense of deja vu. So are the Denver Broncos. And not in a good way. The second-year quarterback’s status is uncertain after his right shoulder was driven into the ground in the first quarter of a 26-21 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Lock was ...

Cowboys rally, stun Falcons

ARLINGTON, Texas — One gamble after another failed for coach Mike McCarthy in his home debut with the Dallas Cowboys. A successful onside kick made them all moot. Greg Zuerlein kicked a 46-yard field goal as time expired, and the Cowboys overcame four fumbles and a 20-point deficit in the ...

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Chiefs 23, Chargers 20, OT LOS ANGELES — Harrison Butker kicked a 58-yard field goal with 1:55 remaining in overtime, and the Chiefs survived a superlative first start by rookie Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert. Butker’s winner was his third field goal of the day and his second from ...

Cardinals make up ground with DH sweep of Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Dylan Carlson’s first taste of the big leagues didn’t go as planned. The St. Louis Cardinals’ top prospect hit just .169 in 23 games before being sent to the team’s alternate camp earlier this month in hopes of finding a reset. Consider it done. The 21-year-old ...

Reed beats wind, takes lead

MAMARONECK, N.Y. — This was the Winged Foot everyone has heard about. This is the U.S. Open everyone expected. Patrick Reed answered the first big test Friday when the wind arrived out of the north, bringing a little chill and a lot of trouble. He never got flustered by bogeys and made ...

Packers seem like a lock at home against Lions

The Associated Press The Green Bay Packers are coming off an impressive season-opening win at Minnesota. So jump on the Packers this week in your knockout pool, right? Detroit is coming off a heart-breaking loss at home in which it led, 23-6, in the fourth quarter before losing to Chicago. ...

Thomas takes lead on soft Foot

The Associated Press MAMARONECK, N.Y. — All that hype over how tough the U.S. Open can be at Winged Foot. All that history of so many scores over par. Thursday brought a surprise: All those red numbers. Justin Thomas led the way with six birdies and only one bogey from a bad lie in the ...

AAC tries to plant flag in Power Five turf

By Ralph D. Russo The Associated Press Last week was the Sun Belt’s time to shine. This week, the American Athletic Conference gets its chance to plant its flag. The conference that prides itself on being “Power Six’’ will get only a few opportunities to prove it this season. The ...

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Pens re-sign F McCann PITTSBURGH — Jared McCann is sticking with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The team announced Friday it has re-signed the 24-year-old forward to a two-year contract that runs through the 2021-22 season. The deal carries an average annual value of $2.94 million. McCann ...

History still on hold for Woods

The Associated Press MAMARONECK, N.Y. — The older he gets, the more difficult it gets for Tiger Woods. He is one victory away from setting the PGA Tour career record, and it’s been that way since January. Every major he plays this year is a chance to tie the mark for the most titles ...

NFL gamble pays off for first weekend

By Tim Dahlberg The Associated Press There’s a lot that can be said about an opening NFL week that featured a little of everything — except, perhaps, the positive COVID-19 tests that everyone feared most. There was plenty of football, played at a surprisingly high level considering the ...

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Capitals hire Laviolette WASHINGTON — The Washington Capitals hired Peter Laviolette, who won the Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006, as coach on Tuesday. Laviolette replaces Todd Reirden, who was fired last month after a second consecutive first-round exit in the ...

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Noon kickoffs for Panthers PITTSBURGH — Kickoff times for the Pitt Panthers football team’s ACC games for this Saturday and the following Saturday have been set. The Panthers (1-0) will host Syracuse at Heinz Field at noon. On Saturday, Sept. 26, another home game, this one with ...