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No. 12 LSU 22, No. 7 Auburn 21 AUBURN, Ala. — Cole Tracy kicked a 42-yard field goal on the final play to give No. 12 LSU a victory over No. 7 Auburn on Saturday in their Southeastern Conference opener. Joe Burrow led LSU (3-0) down the field in the final minutes with clutch plays and two ...

Crosby, Penguins return from long summer break

CRANBERRY — Sidney Crosby has been back in Pittsburgh for a few weeks, participating in several informal practices while his Penguins teammates returned from an unusually long offseason. Still, the first day of training camp felt different Friday. “It’s always an exciting time. You’re ...

OF Polanco could miss start of 2019

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco could be out until next June after having surgery on his left shoulder. The Pirates made the announcement on Friday, which was Polanco’s 27th birthday. Polanco leads the Pirates with a career-high 23 home runs, 81 RBIs and 61 ...

Brewers beat Archer, Bucs

MILWAUKEE — Christian Yelich, Travis Shaw and Mike Moustakas homered to lead the Milwaukee Brewers past the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-4 Friday night. Orlando Arcia drove in two runs with a bunt double for the Brewers, who stayed a game and a half behind first-place Chicago in the NL ...

Rizzo dons uniform on team flight

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Unusual scheduling spawned even more atypical travel attire for Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo. The three-time All-Star wore a uniform, complete with a blue jersey and gray pants, on the Cubs’ early Thursday morning flight for a makeup game ...

Taillon lifts Bucs to win over slowing Cardinals

ST. LOUIS — A small bump in the road. That’s what St. Louis Cardinals infielder Paul DeJong says Wednesday’s 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates was. “At this point we’re flushing this one,” DeJong said. “And getting ready for L.A.” The Cardinals begin a key four-game ...

Boise State gets big chance this week

The ceiling for teams outside the Power Five in the College Football Playoff race seems to be set pretty low — as any Central Florida fan will be quick to point out. Maybe Boise State can bust through it this year. To do so, Saturday’s game at No. 24 Oklahoma State will be crucial for the ...

Numbers make case for pitchers as NL MVP

By Jake Seiner The Associated Press NEW YORK — Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer and Aaron Nola are going pitch for pitch in the NL Cy Young Award race. Problem is, that prize might not do the trio justice. Not according to baseball’s advanced analytics. With 2¢ weeks left in the season, ...

Hurricane impacting ACC slate

RALEIGH, N.C. — While safety concerns at Atlantic Coast Conference schools are being addressed ahead of Hurricane Florence, the storm’s significant impact on this week’s schedule will have a lingering effect on scheduling obstacles, monetary implications and bowl considerations once it ...

AFC North could be tougher than 2017

The Associated Press Considering what happened in the rain at Cleveland last Sunday, the rugged AFC North looks like it will be wide open. So tonight’s visit to Cincinnati by Baltimore takes on an extra bit of importance, even in mid-September, after the division-favorite Steelers ...

Big Ben hopes he’s ready to go

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hopes his balky right elbow will be good to go Sunday against Kansas City. The 36-year-old says he banged his elbow on Pittsburgh’s next-to-last offensive snap during last week’s ugly tie in ...

Winning streak pumps life into playoff chase

The Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A snoozer of a NASCAR season got a huge jolt of energy right before the playoffs with back-to-back wins by Brad Keselowski. Keselowski wasn’t a championship contender before the two crown jewel victories — at the Southern 500 and the Brickyard ...

Woman sues MSU over alleged rape

EAST LANSING, Mich. — A woman has filed a lawsuit against Michigan State University, saying she became pregnant after she was drugged and raped by Larry Nassar when he was a medical student in 1992 but that campus police refused to investigate. The lawsuit was among dozens filed to meet a ...

Panthers lose 2 starters to injury

The Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers will be without three-time Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen and second-team All-Pro Bowl right tackle Daryl Williams for the foreseeable future. The team announced Tuesday that Olsen re-fractured the same right foot that kept him ...

Professional athletes paying their respect

The Associated Press NEW YORK — In a way, Don Mattingly was about as far from the hustle and bustle of downtown New York City as an ex-ballplayer could be on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. The former New York Yankees captain was cleaning out stalls on his horse farm in Indiana when he ...

Hurricane threat already cancels out weekend games

The Associated Press Hurricane Florence has forced the cancellation of several Top 25 games this weekend, including No. 13 Virginia Tech’s home game against East Carolina, No. 14 West Virginia’s trip to North Carolina State and No. 18 UCF’s game at North Carolina. The Category 4 ...

Everyone in Green Bay holding their breath

The Associated Press GREEN BAY, Wis. — Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy needs more information on the extent of Aaron Rodgers’ knee injury to determine the quarterback’s availability for next week’s game against Minnesota. Rodgers was sore when the team returned to Lambeau ...

Browns only part of busy first weekend

The Associated Press Browns tie! Browns tie! Browns tie! It’s not a win, but Cleveland will take it after going 0-16 last year and 1-15 in 2016. The Browns rallied from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter against the rival Steelers and snapped a 17-game losing streak with a 21-21 ...

Tennessee losing all-pro TE for year

The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Three-time Pro Bowl tight end Delanie Walker has been placed on injured reserve after the Tennessee Titans’ season opener. The Titans announced the move Monday before coach Mike Vrabel’s news conference. Tennessee signed tight end MyCole Pruitt ...

Jets’ rookie quarterback has solid debut

The Associated Press DETROIT — Sam Darnold made a stellar debut despite throwing a pick-6 on his first NFL pass and the New York Jets intercepted five passes while routing the Detroit Lions 48-17 in their season opener Monday night. The 21-year-old Darnold became the youngest quarterback ...