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Rays top Guardians 6-5 in 11, move up in AL wild-card race

CLEVELAND (AP) — With Hurricane Ian and the playoffs foremost on their minds, the Tampa Bay Rays started a season-ending trip with a gritty win. A wild-card spot is drawing near. Harold Ramírez's two-run double with two outs in the 11th inning pushed Tampa Bay past Cleveland 6-5 on Tuesday ...

Forward Johnny Gaudreau’s arrival energizes Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets pulled off the improbable, landing the hottest free agent on the market in winger Johnny Gaudreau. The 29-year old Gaudreau had a career-high 115 points last season in his ninth year with Calgary. He was lured to Columbus with a seven-year deal ...

Even in defeat, Terps took a step forward against Michigan

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — When the opening kick bounced off return man Tai Felton's helmet for a baffling turnover, Maryland seemed headed toward another face-plant against a top opponent. These Terrapins, however, have a chance to be different. Maryland ultimately lost 34-27 to No. 4 ...

Rainy season: Guardians postpone celebration due to forecast

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Guardians might as well keep umbrellas in their bat rack. Cleveland was forced to postpone a celebration and flag-raising ceremony Tuesday to honor its AL Central title before the opener of a three-game series against Tampa Bay due to a rainy weather forecast. The ...

Browns’ star Garrett suffers sprain, banged up in car crash

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Browns star defensive end Myles Garrett suffered a sprained shoulder, strained biceps and minor cuts when he flipped his Porsche in a frightening single-car accident on Monday. Garrett, who spent several hours being treated at a hospital, rolled his car on a rural ...

Smooth road for Kansas, K-State; Texas, Sooners last in B12

An eye-opening win by Kansas State over Oklahoma and strong starts by Kansas and other Big 12 teams on the road have thrown the early conference standings into an unfamiliar heap. Perennial basement dweller Kansas is 4-0 and on the cusp of its first ranking in 13 years. And look who's sharing ...

For Big Ten, ups and downs mark early portion of season

Northwestern was feeling pretty good about itself. Then, September rolled around. The Wildcats are reeling with three straight nonconference losses after opening with a win over Nebraska in Ireland. At least they're not the Cornhuskers. Nebraska fired coach Scott Frost just over two weeks ago ...

New coach, old captain: Bruins hoping for another run at Cup

BOSTON (AP) — For one day, they were all in the building: Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, Zdeno Chara, Tuukka Rask and other members of the Bruins' 2011 Stanley Cup championship team. What Boston fans can expect to see on the ice this season will be much different. Marchand, the team's No. ...

Celtics find some normalcy during 1st training camp practice

BOSTON (AP) — Joe Mazzulla didn't want his first practice as the Celtics interim coach to feel any different than his previous three years as an assistant. So when he arrived at the team's facility Tuesday for Boston's first training camp workout, he did his best to keep everything about his ...

Orioles waste 4 homers in 13-9 loss to slumping Red Sox

BOSTON (AP) — Baltimore wasted four homers, including two more by Anthony Santander, in a 13-9 loss to Triston Casas and the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night, hurting the Orioles' chances of earning an AL wild card. Adley Rutschman and Ramón Urías also went deep, but Baltimore (80-74) lost ...

Bucks’ Middleton likely to miss beginning of the season

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton probably won't be available for the beginning of the season after undergoing surgery on his left wrist this summer. "Hopefully soon after that." the three-time All-Star said Sunday at the Bucks' Media Day event. Middleton said he ...

AP Exclusive: Jimmie Johnson to retire from full-time racing

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson is retiring from full-time racing and will turn his focus toward spending time with family. He figures his future schedule will include no more than 10 bucket-list events, but the 47-year-old had no idea Monday what that will ...

Fury rules out fighting Joshua after deadline expires

LONDON (AP) — Tyson Fury has ruled out fighting fellow British heavyweight Anthony Joshua after his self-imposed deadline expired. Fury set Joshua's camp an ultimatum on Friday night, insisting he would walk away from the long-anticipated fight if a deal could not be done by Monday. In a ...

76ers’ Harden, Embiid healthy, happy and chasing a title

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — James Harden leaned into a microphone and deadpanned that he lost 100 pounds over the summer. Joel Embiid's summer vacation — at least, according to the NBA scoring champion — was spent entirely in bed. And what of that NBA investigation into the Philadelphia 76ers ...

Versatile Scottie Barnes is Raptors’ ‘player of the future’

TORONTO (AP) — The reigning NBA Rookie of the Year is ready to run the offense a lot more often in his second season. Raptors star Scottie Barnes, who stands 6-foot-7 and weighs 225 pounds, is listed as a guard/forward on Toronto's training camp roster and projects to be one of several ...

In the interim, Thomson leads Phillies to brink of playoffs

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rob Thomson has the sparse office decor of a manager who still has interim in his title. He also has the Philadelphia Phillies on the brink of their first playoff berth in 11 years. Get there -- and end the longest postseason drought in the National League -- and maybe ...

Wentz, Commanders don’t think sky is falling after 1-2 start

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Carson Wentz is not channeling his inner Chicken Little after the Washington Commanders fell to 1-2 on the season. "We've got to fix some things," Wentz said. "I don't think it's anything major. I don't think it's anything like 'Oh boy, the sky is falling.'" In the ...

Mayfield, Panthers passing game a concern despite 1st win

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — While the Carolina Panthers finally got their first victory of the season with a 22-14 win over the New Orleans Saints, the passing game remains a major issue. Baker Mayfield has struggled since his arrival in Carolina, completing just 51.9% of his passes for 550 yards ...

Column: Johnson will chase challenges long into retirement

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — There is a scene in Jimmie Johnson's coffee table book "One More Lap" in which the seven-time NASCAR champion and future Hall of Famer gives a dramatic reading of an excerpt from a biography of the late journalist Hunter S. Thompson. The author, Robert Sullivan, notes ...

Young Houston Rockets focused on growth and improvement

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets still have a long way to go after finishing with the league's worst record for the last two seasons as they embarked on a complete rebuild. This season is likely to be another tough one for this extraordinarily young team, but one of its rising stars issued ...