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Elliott nabs another playoff ‘W’

The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Chase Elliott first had to figure out how to win at NASCAR’s top level. Now that he’s got that handled, the son of 1988 champion Bill Elliott is chasing a title of his own. Elliott won at Kansas Speedway on Sunday for his second victory in ...

CJ Cup victory gives Koepka No. 1 ranking

The Associated Press JEJU ISLAND, South Korea — Brooks Koepka took the No. 1 spot in the world ranking from Dustin Johnson, finishing his victory in the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges with a 25-foot eagle putt. Koepka won by four strokes, playing the back nine in 7-under 29 for an 8-under 64 and ...

Boston, Los Angeles share rich history

By Ben Walker The Associated Press Sandy Koufax, Jackie Robinson and the Boys of Summer. Ted Williams to Yaz and the Impossible Dream. Manny Ramirez. Pedro Martinez. Bill Buckner. Fenway Franks and Dodger Dogs. Ebbets Field, the Green Monster. “Sweet Caroline” or “I Love ...

Reds pick Giants’ VP as manager

The Associated Press CINCINNATI — David Bell was hired as manager of the Cincinnati Reds, tasked with helping turn around a team that skidded to a 67-95 record and last-place finish in the NL Central. The Reds said Sunday he has been given a three-year contract that includes a team option ...

Burfict fined $112K

NEW YORK — The NFL has been fined Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict $112,000 for multiple unnecessary roughness penalties in Cincinnati’s loss to Pittsburgh last Sunday. The third-quarter plays involved Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back James Conner. Burfict, who has ...

Koepka surging toward No. 1 status

JEJU ISLAND, South Korea — Brooks Koepka has improved his chances of taking over as No. 1 golfer in the world, shooting a bogey-free 5-under 67 Saturday for a four-stroke lead after three rounds of the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges. Koepka had a three-round total of 13-under 203. Ian Poulter, who ...

Purdue upsets Ohio State

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — D.J. Knox rushed for 128 yards and three touchdowns, David Blough threw for three more scores and Purdue shook up the College Football Playoff chase with a 49-20 blowout of No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday. The Boilermakers (4-3, 3-1 Big Ten) won their fourth straight ...

Michigan knocks off Spartans

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan had plenty of reasons to be motivated to beat Michigan State, barely defeating its in-state rival over the last decade and losing to every ranked team on the road for a dozen years. The Wolverines, though, were even more fired up to win after a pregame spat ...

Kansas elimination race gives bubble drivers hope

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Ryan Blaney felt good about his chances of advancing to the next round of NASCAR’s playoffs even before he qualified fourth for the elimination race at Kansas Speedway. Yes, he is 22 points outside the cutoff line. Yes, he has to leapfrog a couple of other guys to make ...

Jaguars acquire Hyde from Browns

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars traded for Cleveland running back Carlos Hyde on Friday, adding a proven starter while Leonard Fournette progresses slowly from a strained right hamstring. The Browns (2-3-1) will get a 2019 fifth-round draft pick from the Jaguars in exchange ...

Brewers force Game 7 with Dodgers

MILWAUKEE — Ryan Braun slid across home plate and raised his arms in sheer joy. A big lead, a bruising bullpen and a boisterous crowd have the Milwaukee Brewers all set up for Game 7. Jesus Aguilar sparked Milwaukee’s slumping lineup with three RBIs on a pair of two-out hits, and the ...

Clutch Bradley Jr. wins ALCS MVP

HOUSTON — Jackie Bradley Jr. had only three hits in the AL Championship Series. He certainly made them count. Batting at the bottom of the order, Bradley homered twice and drove in nine runs to win Most Valuable Player honors as the Boston Red Sox powered their way past Houston and into the ...

Logano earns pole at Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Joey Logano hopped out of his car and jokingly thanked his Penske Racing team for all the wise adjustments that they made before he qualified on the pole for Sunday’s race at Kansas Speedway. The truth was they changed absolutely nothing. “We made zero changes from ...

Big game, and a big decision for Kershaw

Even before he took the mound to twirl a playoff masterpiece, the talk was it could be the last time Clayton Kershaw — who has an opt-out clause in the contract that will pay him $65 million the next two years — wears the Dodgers home whites. That would be bad for the Dodgers on two ...

Red Sox advance to World Series

HOUSTON — David Price put his postseason woes behind him, pitching the Boston Red Sox back into another World Series with a 4-1 victory over the defending champion Houston Astros on Thursday night. Rafael Devers hit a three-run homer as the Red Sox stunned Justin Verlander and the Astros in ...

Kershaw, Dodger bats come alive

LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw bounced back from one of his worst postseason starts with one of his best, pitching the Los Angeles Dodgers past the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 Wednesday to move one win from a return trip to the World Series. The Dodgers took a 3-2 lead in the NL Championship ...

Spiraling Broncos head to Arizona tonight

Things are spiraling in Denver. At least the Broncos won’t have to worry about the cold and the snow when they journey to Arizona for a Thursday night game. The Broncos have dropped four straight after opening with two wins. Their defense is dead last against the run and 27th overall. With ...

ACC showcase could be the first and last

The Atlantic Coast Conference has yet to have a big game this season and might not have another one after Saturday until its conference championship game. No. 16 North Carolina State visits No. 3 Clemson in a matchup of the only remaining unbeaten teams in the ACC. It seems early to declare ...

Wounded Eagle won’t miss a start

The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia Eagles nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters isn’t expected to miss a game despite tearing his biceps. The 36-year-old Peters was limited in Wednesday’s practice, but coach Doug Pederson says “there’s no concern with injuring ...

Bradley’s slam helps Red Sox gain lead

By Kristie Rieken The Associated press HOUSTON — Jackie Bradley Jr. didn’t let his demeanor change this season, even as fans begged Boston to trade him during a miserable first-half slump. Stayed steady after the biggest swing of his career, too. Bradley belted a grand slam for his ...