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Falcons’ lost season features injured QB

The Associated Press Matt Ryan became the latest star quarterback to go down in a rugged season for passers, injuring his right ankle when he was sacked by the Los Angeles Rams’ Aaron Donald in the Atlanta Falcons’ blowout loss on Sunday. The 2016 MVP had been his usual consistent self ...

Jets hoping to shock Patriots

The Associated Press FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets have been looking up at the New England Patriots in the AFC East for nearly two decades. Since 2002, actually. That’s the previous time the Jets won the division that Tom Brady’s bunch has had a stranglehold on for ...

Elliott helps Dallas roll

The Associated Press ARLINGTON, Texas — Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys are back in control of the NFC East after beating Philadelphia with the division lead on the line. Elliott ran over safety Malcolm Jenkins on his way to 111 yards and a touchdown, Dak Prescott threw an easy ...

Around the NFL

Packers 42, Raiders 24 GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers had his best game by far under new Packers coach Matt LaFleur, throwing for 429 yards and five touchdowns and running for another as Green Bay beat Oakland. Rodgers completed 25 of 31 passes to eight different targets and finished ...

Gimmick ‘D’ coming back?

It’s NBA time The National Basketball Association’s 2019-20 season opens Tuesday night with two games, New Orleans at Toronto and the Clippers and Lakers in Los Angeles. Both games are on ESPN. The Associated Press Atlanta guard Kevin Huerter saw gimmick defenses throughout high school ...

France correct to bring playoffs

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Spoilers, tension, a sense of urgency. Heroes, villains. The NASCAR playoffs are playing out with all the drama Brian France envisioned for the elimination-style playoff system he helped launch in 2004. After multiple tweaks and changes since then, the NASCAR postseason ...

Georgia new hotbed of collegiate football talent

By Ralph D. Russo The Associated Press MILTON, Ga. — The lawn in front of Milton High School looks big enough for a football field and provides a grand welcome mat to a building that would fit right in on the campus of a prestigious college, with its colonnade leading to an entrance of ...

Sports at a glance

Annual XC meet is today The annual Blair/Huntingdon Day Cross Country Meet will be held this afternoon at the Logan Elementary School. The girls meet will begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by the boys at 5 p.m. and the middle school race at 5:25 p.m. No team scores will be kept and the ...

Altuve homers off Yanks’ closer in 9th, sends team to Series

The Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve hit a game-ending homer off Aroldis Chapman with two outs in the ninth inning and the Houston Astros outlasted the New York Yankees 6-4 Saturday night to advance to the World Series for the second time in three years. In a bullpen game ...

Hemric beats playoff drivers

The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Daniel Hemric wasn’t exactly fired. David Ragan isn’t quite yet retired. Yet the two off-the-radar drivers bested 12 playoff drivers and the rest of the Cup Series field to land on the front row for today’s race at Kansas Speedway. Hemric ...

WVU has no answers on ‘D’

The Associated Press NORMAN, Okla. — After No. 5 Oklahoma downed rival Texas last week, coach Lincoln Riley said a true test for the Sooners would be how they bounced back from that emotional game to face West Virginia as the heavy favorite. Riley was pleased with the results. Jalen Hurts ...

Titans’ No. 1 pick activated

The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans have activated first-round draft pick Jeffery Simmons, giving him a chance to make his NFL debut today against the Los Angeles Chargers. The team moved him from the non-football injury list to the 53-man roster Saturday. The ...

Texas needs FG to beat KU

The Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas — Cameron Dicker made a 33-yard field goal as time expired and No. 15 Texas survived Kansas’ desperate upset bid 50-48 after the teams exchanged six touchdowns in the fourth quarter Saturday night. Kansas took a 48-47 lead on Carter Stanley’s 2-point ...

Alabama QB injured, leaves game

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa left in the first half against Tennessee with an ankle injury. Tagovailoa walked off the field and was taken to the sideline medical tent during the second quarter Saturday night. The 2018 Heisman Trophy runner-up then was escorted to ...

LSU offense on a roll with Burrow

The Associated Press STARKVILLE, Miss. — Joe Burrow didn’t necessarily show his best side Saturday. While being dragged to the ground by his pants during his third sack of the game, the LSU quarterback’s rear end was briefly exposed. “I heard there was supposed to be a full moon in ...

Top 25 roundup

No. 3 Clemson 45, Louisville 10 LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Trevor Lawrence overcame two early interceptions to throw three touchdown passes, Travis Etienne ran for 192 yards and a score and Clemson routed Louisville for its 22nd consecutive victory. Darien Rencher and Chez Mellusi added rushing ...

Illini shock Badgers in 24-23 upset

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The plan was for Wisconsin to roll into a showdown with Ohio State next week unbeaten, with a defense putting up historic numbers and a Heisman Trophy contender at running back. Illinois had other plans. James McCourt kicked a 39-yard field as time expired and the Illini ...

Gophers keep on rolling with Rutgers rout

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — No. 20 Minnesota won its first game as a ranked team in five years and suddenly it has the lead in the West Division and a clear path to the Big Ten title game . It all fell into place Saturday as Rodney Smith ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns and the Gophers improved ...

Buckeyes continue to make national statement through dominant play

EVANSTON, Ill. — Eyeing a playoff spot and a shot at the national championship, No. 4 Ohio State sure is locked in at the moment. Justin Fields threw for four touchdowns, J.K. Dobbins rushed for 121 yards and the Buckeyes pounded Northwestern 52-3 on Friday night. Ohio State (7-0, 4-0 Big ...

Not giving up his shot: Simmons’ jumper could lift 76ers

PHILADELPHIA — The crowd screamed for Ben Simmons to shoot as he dribbled near the perimeter in a preseason game against a team from China. Joel Embiid motioned for him to let it fly. Simmons took a couple more steps, stopped and popped. Swish. Fans celebrated Simmons’ first career ...