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USA cruises in first FIBA game

The Associated Press SHANGHAI — The first big celebratory reaction from the U.S. bench in this World Cup came just a couple of minutes after tipoff, when Myles Turner blocked a shot at the rim. And with that, the tone was set. There is an emphasis on defense with this U.S. team, and it ...

Tigers get win in final seconds

The Associated Press ARLINGTON, Texas — Auburn true freshman quarterback Bo Nix threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Seth Williams with 9 seconds remaining and the 16th-ranked Tigers opened the season with a 27-21 comeback win over No. 11 Oregon on Saturday night. Nix barely converted a ...

Top 25 roundup

No. 2 Alabama 42, Duke 3 ATLANTA — Tua Tagovailoa threw for 336 yards and four touchdowns as No. 2 Alabama overcame a sluggish start to blow out Duke Saturday in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. Returning to the stadium where they won the Southeastern Conference title last December and the ...

Pryor, Marshall among cuts

Several NFL teams got a head start on their cuts Friday, a day before they have to trim their 90-man rosters to 53. Notable names among the early-bird casualties included Broncos safety Su’a Cravens, Jaguars receiver Terrelle Pryor, Raiders linebacker Brandon Marshall, Rams QB Brandon Allen ...

Aquino sets rookie mark

MIAMI — The Reds’ Aristides Aquino has broken the National League rookie record for homers in a month with his 14th in August. Aquino hit a two-run homer in the first inning Thursday night against the Marlins’ Robert Dugger. Aquino broke the rookie mark of 13 in a month set by the ...

Etienne leads No. 1 to easy ACC victory

The Associated Press CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Travis Etienne ran for a career-high 205 yards and three touchdowns, including one from 90 yards out, and No. 1 Clemson overpowered Georgia Tech 52-14 Thursday night for its 16th straight victory. On an offense filled with stars, it was Etienne ...

Surgery scheduled for Browns’ Hunt

The Associated Press CLEVELAND — Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt will spend part of his NFL suspension rehabbing after surgery. Hunt, who will serve an eight-game ban for two physical off-field altercations in 2018 while he played for Kansas City, had a sports hernia operation ...

Hurricane coming; game is moving

The Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The college football season opener for Boise State and Florida State will kick off a few hours sooner and a little further inland with discounted ticket prices because of the threat of Hurricane Dorian. Officials announced Thursday that the game ...

Throwback weekend at Darlington track

The Associated Press DARLINGTON, S.C. — Brad Keselowski can’t wait to get to Darlington Raceway — and it’s not just because he won the last time NASCAR’s best showed up. This the fifth year the Southern 500 is NASCAR’s throwback weekend, kind of an Old Timer’s Day for fans and ...

Football participation declining in America

The Associated Press Led by a decline in football for the fifth straight year, participation in U.S. high school sports dropped in 2018-19 for the first time in 30 years, according to an annual survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations. The 2018-19 total ...

Gauff, Osaka to square off

NEW YORK — Coco Gauff pumping her fists and screaming “Come on!” to celebrate a Grand Slam victory is already becoming a regular occurrence. At 15, she’s now the youngest player to reach the U.S. Open’s third round since 1996, quickly proving her captivating run to Week 2 at Wimbledon ...

Can Oregon give Pac-12 a boost?

College football starts better than it ends. The sport has evolved through numerous postseason systems that have clumsily crowned champions, and while the College Football Playoff does a better job than its predecessors it has also spawned a month's worth of tedious debate over the importance ...

Flyers open door to TV show

When NHL officials approached the Philadelphia Flyers about appearing on their latest behind-the-scenes show, they faced almost no resistance. “There weren’t many reservations,” general manager Chuck Fletcher said. “There really aren’t any negatives as far as I’m ...

Youngster Gauff saves her best for last

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Here’s how new all of this is to Coco Gauff: She didn’t quite realize she only has to play every other day at the U.S. Open. “I’m still used to playing juniors,” the American said with a chuckle, “so I forgot about the day off.” She’s ...

Spain will go with seasoned veterans at Cup event

USA schedule Team USA will take on the Czech Republic Sunday at 8:30 a.m on ESPN-Plus. The Associated Press SHANGHAI — Marc Gasol is 34 years old, which means he’s particularly fond of offseasons. He didn’t get much of one this year. There’s a very good reason for that — a ...

Season in peril for Pats’ Andrews

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — With time growing short before their season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the New England Patriots suddenly have an unexpected hole in the middle of their offensive line following the weekend hospitalization of starting center David Andrews because of blood clots ...

Notre Dame defense features leaders

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — For a guy who generally holds his cards close to the vest, Clark Lea may have a couple aces up his sleeve. The defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for No. 9 Notre Dame said he sees leaders everywhere on his side of the ball with the season opener at Louisville ...

Moorhead likes improved Stevens

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Mississippi State quarterback Tommy Stevens and coach Joe Moorhead are counting on their shared background to benefit them. Stevens was a backup quarterback at Penn State, and Moorhead was the Nittany Lions’ offensive coordinator before taking over as the Bulldogs’ ...

Win means more than money

ATLANTA — Rory McIlroy never felt richer than when he knocked in a 6-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win the FedEx Cup. Only it had nothing to do with the money. It was never about $15 million. Even before he teed off in the Tour Championship — facing a five-shot deficit before ...

Football too costly for Luck

The Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Luck was unique. He loved football. He loves life even more. So when the 29-year-old Luck thought another long, laborious comeback journey jeopardized his future plans, he believed walking away from the sport and potentially hundreds of ...