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Dillon leads 1-2 RCR finish

FORT WORTH, Texas — Austin Dillon stayed in front after a restart with two laps to go and beat rookie teammate Tyler Reddick to the checkered flag at Texas, giving Richard Childress Racing its first 1-2 NASCAR Cup finish in nine years. With spectators spread out in the stands on a scorching ...

Rahm wins Memorial

DUBLIN, Ohio — The drama was more than Jon Rahm wanted. The result was what he always imagined. Rahm became the No. 1 player in the world Sunday with a victory in the Memorial in which he watched an eight-shot lead at the turn shrink to three shots with three holes to play, and then hit ...

Fake noise for game on horizon

The Associated Press Big league players will still hear the roar of the crowd even though the stands will be empty when the baseball season opens next week. Taking a cue from two European soccer leagues, Major League Baseball will play crowd noise from its official video game through ...

Tiger just hanging on at Memorial

The Associated Press DUBLIN, Ohio — Tony Finau figured he was on the right track when he shot 59 at Victory Ranch last week in Utah. That kind of score isn’t happening at Muirfield Village, where the greens are getting faster by the hour. No matter. Finau took enough confidence from ...

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Cardinals sign ex-Steeler OL TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals have signed offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum to a one-year deal. The 31-year-old Beachum is an eight-year veteran who played the last three seasons with the New York Jets. He started all 45 games he played at left tackle. ...

NCAA: COVID tests 72 hours before game

The Associated Press The NCAA says college football players should be tested for COVID-19 at least 72 hours before a game, players with high-risk exposures to the coronavirus should be quarantined for 14 days and everybody on the sideline should wear a mask. The nation’s largest governing ...

MLB close to starting season

The Associated Press With the start of Major League Baseball’s shortened season a week away, games in empty stadiums and strange extra-inning rules are on the verge of becoming reality. Now that the players have gotten used to COVID-19 tests, social distancing and wearing masks in the ...

Tiger Woods quietly returns

The Associated Press DUBLIN, Ohio — Tiger Woods was back on the PGA Tour for the first time in five months Thursday and saw Muirfield Village like never before. It was practically empty. Woods opened with a 10-foot birdie and there was silence. He finished with a 15-foot birdie for a ...

30,000 at Bristol track

The Associated Press BRISTOL, Tenn. — Chase Elliott put his face mask on and went into the grandstands at Bristol Motor Speedway to watch the qualifying event before NASCAR’s All-Star race, briefly becoming a part of the largest group of spectators at a U.S. sporting event since March. ...

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Titans sign their star RB NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Derrick Henry wanted the assurance of a long-term contract with the Tennessee Titans rather than risk playing this season under the franchise tag, and the NFL rushing leader said his new deal is a win-win for him and the team. Helping the ...

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Equine legend is suspended LOS ANGELES — Two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert was suspended for 15 days on Wednesday by the Arkansas Racing Commission and two of his horses were disqualified after testing positive for a banned substance. The commission said in a ruling that ...

Dallas QB must play with tag on him

The Associated Press Dak Prescott will play whatever becomes of the 2020 season under the one-year franchise tag after the Dallas Cowboys and their star quarterback couldn’t agree on a long-term contract. Clubs had until Wednesday afternoon to reach multiyear deals with players given the ...

Elliott family loves Bristol track

The Associated Press BRISTOL, Tenn. — Cue the siren at the Dawsonville Pool Room — another Elliott is an All-Star winner. Chase Elliott joined his father, Hall of Famer “Awesome” Bill Elliott, as winner of NASCAR’s annual All-Star race, earning the $1 million prize Wednesday in ...

Woods’ return doesn’t mean return to normal

By Doug Ferguson The Associated Press DUBLIN, Ohio — The PGA Tour has been back for five weeks and already has delivered a tournament scoring record one week, a former No. 1 winning another week, two sudden-death playoffs and a player who grew by two shirt sizes to try to change the ...

Garrett nearing big money

The Associated Press CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns are closing in on a contract extension with star defensive end Myles Garrett, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Garrett, the No. 1 overall pick in 2017 and one of the NFL’s top edge ...

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AP: Braves will sign Puig ATLANTA — Free agent outfielder Yasiel Puig and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a one-year deal, a person with knowledge of the deal said Tuesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the agreement is not official ...

Redskins in search of new name

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Washington NFL franchise announced Monday it is dropping the “Redskins” name and Indian head logo, bowing to recent pressure from sponsors and decades of criticism that they are offensive to Native Americans. A new name must still be selected for ...

Rookie Custer triumphs at Kentucky

SPARTA, Ky. — Cole Custer saw an opening and, with help from a friend, squeezed through for the most fulfilling moment of his young racing career. Custer became the first rookie regular to win in the NASCAR Cup Series in nearly four years, surging to the lead in a four-wide, final-lap ...

Morikawa delivers

DUBLIN, Ohio — Collin Morikawa figured his tournament was over if he didn’t make a 5-foot par putt on the 15th hole at Muirfield Village. He couldn’t have imagined all the fun was just starting. Still three shots behind Justin Thomas with three holes to play, Morikawa made only one ...

Ripple effects coming

The Big Ten and Pac-12 became the first Power Five leagues to shift to an all-conference fall schedule as the college sports world faces difficult decisions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. More Power Five conferences could follow, causing a ripple effect on small-conference schools across ...