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JGR has uneasy qualifier Saturday

The Associated Press LAS VEGAS — Stewart-Haas Racing surged into the opening race of NASCAR’s playoffs with a Clint Bowyer-led sweep of the front two rows at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Joe Gibbs Racing, meanwhile, struggled across the board in its preparation for today’s opening ...

Europe, United States tied after brutal day

GLENEAGLES, Scotland — After a day of extraordinary comebacks, tense 18th-hole finishes, and some of the most brutal weather conditions in Solheim Cup history, still nothing can separate Europe and the United States at Gleneagles. It’s 8-8 heading to the final-day singles and there’s no ...

Marrone rules out Bouye, Lee

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without starting cornerback A.J. Bouye and receiver Marqise Lee at Houston today. Coach Doug Marrone ruled out both players Saturday, downgrading their status from questionable and saying neither will make the trip to Houston. Bouye ...

QB keys Mountaineers’ win

The Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Austin Kendall and Kennedy McKoy made sure that West Virginia didn’t repeat a miserable offensive showing from its last game. Kendall threw three touchdown passes to lead West Virginia to a 44-27 victory over North Carolina State on ...

AB eligible, but will he play?

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Antonio Brown is said to be eligible to play against Miami. Whether he actually does after just three practices with the Patriots is still not clear. “We’re determining that,” coach Bill Belichick said Friday. “I’m not gonna hand out a copy of the game plan. ...

Jets face daunting task with starting QB out sick

The Associated Press FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Sam Darnold is sick and sidelined — likely for several weeks. New York Jets coach Adam Gase announced Thursday the second-year quarterback has mononucleosis and will miss at least the team’s game against the Cleveland Browns on Monday ...

Jags finalize trade for Dobbs

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars have acquired quarterback Josh Dobbs in a trade with Pittsburgh, giving them a backup while Nick Foles recovers from a broken collarbone. The Jaguars gave up a fifth-round pick in the 2020 draft for Dobbs, who was in his third season with the ...

Newton’s favorite foe in town

Cam Newton enjoys facing the Buccaneers. The only thing is, this might not be the same Panthers quarterback who has thrown for 29 touchdowns against Tampa Bay. Newton was so-so in the opening loss to the Rams, and his minus-2 yards rushing were a career low. He did go 25 for 38 for 239 yards, ...

Upsets may be on way

By Ralph D. Russo The Associated Press No ranked teams are playing each other this week in college football. This could go two ways: Very boring or totally batty. The last time there was a schedule like this was 23 months ago and the result was the latter. Seven ranked teams lost to ...

Belichick defends Patriots’ signing of Brown

By Kyle Hightower The Associated Press FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Bill Belichick isn’t concerned about Antonio Brown’s past. He’s even less concerned about anyone outside the Patriots organization who questions whether Brown can fit into New England’s system without being ...

Reynolds delivers against former team

SAN FRANCISCO — Bryan Reynolds finally made it to San Francisco, and he delivered. Reynolds hit a go-ahead single against his former team during a four-run rally in the ninth inning that sent the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-4 win over the Giants on Monday night. Down 4-2, the Pirates used ...

Rubio, Spain advance to World Cup semifinals

SHANGHAI — Ricky Rubio scored 19 points, including a pair of 3-pointers in a game-deciding 11-0 run in the final minutes, and Spain advanced to the World Cup semifinals by topping Poland 90-78 on Tuesday night. Willy Hernangomez scored 18 points, Rudy Fernandez added 16 and Rubio had a ...

Cueto gets the better of the Bucs

SAN FRANCISCO — Cap on backward, Johnny Cueto punctuated his pitches with confident head shakes and fist pumps. “Dia De Cueto,” read the sign held by one of his sons. The Day of Cueto, indeed. Cueto dazzled over five shutout innings in his long-awaited season debut for San ...

Raiders do just fine without AB

The Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. — Derek Carr threw a touchdown pass on the opening drive of the season, rookie Josh Jacobs ran for two scores and the Oakland Raiders responded to a tumultuous week surrounding former receiver Antonio Brown by beating the Denver Broncos 24-16 on Monday ...

Swimsuit is causing an uproar

The Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A race judge at an Alaska high school swim meet disqualified a state champion swimmer after concluding that that her team-issued swimsuit did not meet modesty requirements. The decision outraged a competing coach and the Anchorage School District ...

Sports at a glance

The Associated Press Brewers’ star done for year MIAMI — Milwaukee Brewers star Christian Yelich has broken his kneecap on a foul ball and will miss the rest of the season. The NL MVP fouled a ball off his right leg Tuesday night in the first inning against Miami. He was on the ground ...

WVU has a lot to improve

West Virginia coach Neal Brown calls his team a “work in progress,” one that isn’t progressing fast enough with a week left until the start of the Big 12 season. The blocking of the offensive line stinks. The running game is nonexistent and the quarterback play has been inconsistent. ...

Team USA ousted by France

DONGGUAN, China — No gold. No medal. No more winning streak. The U.S. reign atop international basketball has ended — this time, thwarted by France at the World Cup. For the first time since 2006, the U.S. sent NBA players to a major international tournament and won’t win gold. Evan ...

Americans clinch bid for Tokyo 2020 Games

SHENZHEN, China — The first mission for the U.S. is complete: The Americans are going to the Tokyo Olympics. And now the World Cup quarterfinals await. Kemba Walker and Myles Turner each scored 16 points, and the Americans earned a top seed for the quarterfinals by beating Brazil 89-73 on ...

Yankees’ Tauchman out 6-8 weeks

BOSTON — Mike Tauchman’s impressive first season with the New York Yankees might have come to an abrupt end. The outfielder is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks after sustaining a Grade 2 strain in his left calf while fielding a ball in Sunday night’s 10-5 win over the ...