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Rays have commanding lead

The Associated Press SAN DIEGO — Manuel Margot hit a three-run home run one batter after a crucial Houston error and made a spectacular catch in right field in his former home ballpark, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Astros 4-2 Monday to take a 2-0 lead in the AL Championship ...

NFL does juggling of games

The NFL has juggled its regular-season schedule due to coronavirus outbreaks with the Tennessee Titans and New England Patriots. Nine teams are being affected, some over a period of weeks through Nov. 22: New England, Tennessee, Denver, Buffalo, Kansas City, Miami, the Los Angeles Chargers, ...

Injury ends Prescott’s year

ARLINGTON, Texas — After Dak Prescott’s season ended on a gruesome ankle injury, his running mate for all five of their seasons with the Dallas Cowboys had a hard time getting through the post-game interview. Ezekiel Elliott sounded crushed, even after backup Andy Dalton led a drive to ...

NFL roundup

Raiders 40, Chiefs 32 KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Derek Carr threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns, outplaying Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes along the way, and the Las Vegas Raiders nearly shut out the potent Kansas City offense in the second half to rally for a 40-32 victory Sunday that ended ...

Nadal overwhelms Djokovic to tie mark

PARIS — All the years of work, all the many wins, led to this moment, with Rafael Nadal preparing to serve against Novak Djokovic, one point from a 13th French Open championship, one point from a 20th Grand Slam trophy to tie Roger Federer’s record for men. Nadal swept his right foot ...

Elliott prevails; Busch bounced

CONCORD, N.C. — Kyle Busch, leading a race he had to win, not once believed he was driving toward a season-saving victory. He doesn’t even think he can get to victory lane this year. “Do we even have a shot to win? I don’t think we have a shot,” Busch said after he was eliminated ...

Lakers capture 17th NBA title

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The ultimate anguish. The ultimate joy. This season, for LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, had it all. And it ended in the only fashion that they deemed would be acceptable, with them back atop the basketball world. For the first time since Kobe Bryant’s ...

Heat force Game 6, stave off elimination

The Associated Press LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The trophy was ready. Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat delayed its appearance. The NBA Finals are not over, not after Butler and the Heat pulled off a virtuoso performance in Game 5 on Friday night. Butler had 35 points, 12 rebounds and 11 ...

Rays edge Yanks to advance

SAN DIEGO — Mike Brosseau homered off Aroldis Chapman with one out in the eighth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 2-1 Friday night to reach the AL Championship Series for the first time in 12 seasons. The first career postseason homer for the 26-year-old utilityman ...

No. 14 Vols, No. 7 Miami take big swings

By Ralph D. Russo The Associated Press Enough talking about whether Texas is back. Time to talk about whether Tennessee and Miami are back! Like the Longhorns, the Volunteers and Hurricanes are programs with national championship pedigrees that have been lost in the college football ...

Rodrigues returns to Pens

PITTSBURGH — Evan Rodrigues is back to where he once belonged. The Pittsburgh Penguins signed the 27-year-old forward to a one-year deal worth $700,000 on Friday, less than two months after Pittsburgh shipped him to Toronto as part of a trade that brought Kasperi Kapanen to ...

Rested Steelers have an advantage over Eagles

By Barry Wilner The Associated Press For the NFL knockout pool, add the Rams to the Bills, Packers and Colts who have come through for us. Now, we turn to the Ravens against the Bengals this week. The picks: No. 21 Los Angeles Chargers (+7.5) at No. 11 New Orleans, Monday night: The ...

Sports at a glance

Djokovic set to face Nadal PARIS — Novak Djokovic seemed well on his way to yet another ho-hum victory, yet another French Open final, yet another matchup against rival Rafael Nadal. And then, suddenly, what had been a gallop became a grind. Slightly more than two hours into his semifinal ...

COVID forces rescheduling

The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Bills-Titans game has been moved from Sunday to Tuesday night as long as Tennessee has no more positive tests for COVID-19 in the interim, a person with direct knowledge of the switch tells The Associated Press. The NFL also is rescheduling ...

Yanks win, force final game

The Associated Press SAN DIEGO — Luke Voit and Gleyber Torres hit impressive home runs, Jordan Montgomery and three relievers combined on a three-hitter and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 Thursday night to force a deciding fifth game in their AL Division Series. The ...

Brady gets another shot at Foles on Thursday Night Football

The Philly Special. OK, we got that out of the way. Now don’t expect Tom Brady to bring it up if he chats with Nick Foles before Tampa Bay’s game with Chicago tonight. Of course, Brady now works for the Buccaneers, not the Patriots who lost to Foles — now a Bear, then an Eagle — for ...

Sports at a glance

MiLB transition moves forward NEW YORK — Major League Baseball is moving ahead with planning to eliminate the separate governing body of minor league baseball as part of a project to shrink affiliations from 160 to 120. MLB said Wednesday it had retained Peter B. Freund and Trinity Sports ...

College football acting too lax over its game

By Paul Newberry The Associated Press C’mon, college football, you’ve got to do better. Coaches must set an example by wearing their masks. Fans shouldn’t be cheering from their seats or mugging for the cameras without face coverings. Schools must mandate safety checks for anyone ...

Braves ride Acuna to victory

The Associated Press HOUSTON — Ronald Acuna Jr. made history with a leadoff home run to start things off for the Atlanta Braves in their NL Division Series opener against Miami. And another hit — once more by the Marlins, this time with Sandy Alcantara’s fastball to the left hip — ...

Sports at a glance

Big Ten hockey will have season CHICAGO — The Big Ten says its hockey season will have a 24-game conference schedule and will begin as soon as Nov. 13. Each Big Ten team also will have an additional four games against Arizona State. The Big Ten tournament will have a one-weekend, ...