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Minus owner Sarver, Suns return for another run at NBA title

PHOENIX (AP) — All-Stars Devin Booker and Chris Paul, along with freshly paid Deandre Ayton and coach Monty Williams, are back together for another run at an elusive NBA title. One man who apparently won't be along on the journey — team owner Robert Sarver. The Suns met in downtown ...

Injury-depleted Rams keep rolling with unlikely contributors

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams almost certainly wouldn't be such consistent winners if this team hadn't stayed relatively healthy over the past half-decade. The Rams' overall health is much worse than normal this September after a spate of early season injuries, yet it hasn't ...

Mariners believe rotation set for future after Castillo deal

SEATTLE (AP) — In the middle of putting the finishing touches on the largest and most complex contract in franchise history, the Seattle Mariners began discussions about another impact deal. Would newly acquired right-hander Luis Castillo be interested in talking about calling Seattle home ...

Texas Tech fined for field storming when Texas player shoved

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech was fined $50,000 and reprimanded Monday by the Big 12 Conference because fans stormed the field following an overtime victory against rival Texas, a celebration during which a video showed one of them shoving a Longhorns player. A post on Texas Tech's ...

Rangers RHP Dunning has hip surgery, spring status uncertain

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas Rangers right-handed starter Dane Dunning underwent arthroscopic hip surgery Monday and the team said his availability to pitch in spring training will be determined by the progress of his rehab. The Rangers will recall right-hander Tyson Miller from Triple-A ...

Saints racing to correct errors on offense, special teams

First-year Saints coach Dennis Allen might have liked to keep his focus on defense, an area he built into a strength of the club as a coordinator the past six-plus seasons. But while the unit he primarily oversees continues to perform well, costly breakdowns on offense and special teams are ...

Elder shuts out Nationals 8-0; Braves within 1 game of Mets

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Elder threw a six-hit shutout for his first career complete game, and the Atlanta Braves defeated Washington 8-0 Monday night to close within one game of the first-place New York Mets in the NL East and hand the Nationals their 100th loss of the season. Matt Olson and ...

Kings look to improve defense heading into training camp

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Mike Brown has history with De'Aaron Fox. The first-year Sacramento Kings coach, who spent the last six seasons with the Golden State Warriors as an assistant, first got a glimpse of Fox while helping at an Adidas Nations Camp. Fox was in high school at the ...

NFL ends Pro Bowl; skills competitions, flag game instead

The Pro Bowl got a major makeover. The NFL has eliminated its full-contact all-star game and is replacing it with weeklong skills competitions and a flag football game. The new event will be renamed "The Pro Bowl Games" and will feature AFC and NFC players showcasing their football and ...

Biden praises Braves’ ‘unstoppable, joyful run’ to 2021 win

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Monday the Atlanta Braves will be "forever known as the upset kings of October" for their improbable 2021 World Series win, as he welcomed the team to the White House for a victory celebration. Biden called the Braves' drive an "unstoppable, joyful ...

New York Liberty, WNBA players populate World Cup rosters

SYDNEY (AP) — New York has long been known as a melting pot, a city of diversity. That moniker also works for the city's WNBA franchise, the New York Liberty, which has seven players competing in the women's World Cup for five different countries. Overall, there are 27 players in Sydney who ...

Durant, Irving try to move on after Nets’ turbulent summer

NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant asked to leave, though figured he wouldn't. Kyrie Irving wanted to stay, but feared he might be gone. As the chaotic Brooklyn Nets' offseason was unfolding, even the key players struggled to make sense of things. "It's awkward," Irving recalled thinking. "Very ...

Frustration shows after Bills come up short in South Beach

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Forget the excuses of the Buffalo Bills being undermanned and overheated in the South Florida humidity. If there's one moment encapsulating the frustration of Buffalo's first loss of the season, it came via a 7-second CBS video clip showing offensive coordinator Ken ...

Wilson’s return could be spark, but Jets need more solutions

NEW YORK (AP) — Zach Wilson is on his way back to leading the New York Jets' huddle. It could be this week, or maybe next week — Robert Saleh wasn't sure yet what the doctors will say. But the key thing is it's soon, and that's good news for everyone in the franchise. "I think it's going ...

Cowboys’ Dalton Shultz, Giants’ Leonard Williams inactive

Dallas Cowboys starting tight end Dalton Shultz and top New York Giants defensive lineman Leonard Williams were inactive with knee injuries for the NFC East showdown on Monday night. Both were hurt last week. Shultz had been listed as questionable while Williams was doubtful after not ...

Knicks looking to build with newly signed Brunson, Barrett

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — It is a new day for the New York Knicks. That was the collective message by the Knicks on Monday during media day at the team's training center. Coming off a 2020-21 season in which New York compiled a 41-31 record and qualified for the playoffs for the first time ...

Jaguars silence most doubters with back-to-back blowouts

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars might still have some doubters, a few holdouts who view the past two weeks as more of a fluke than a factuality. It makes sense considering the Jaguars (2-1) had a league-low four wins combined the past two seasons and have long been among ...

Chargers OT Rashawn Slater likely to miss rest of season

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Rashawn Slater is likely to miss the rest of the season because of a torn left biceps, dealing another major blow to the Los Angeles Chargers offense. The left offensive tackle sustained the injury on the first drive of the third quarter of Sunday's 38-10 loss to ...

Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa not in concussion protocol

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is not in concussion protocol, according to coach Mike McDaniel, after appearing to slam his head against the ground in Miami's win over Buffalo on Sunday. Tagovailoa and McDaniel both said after the game that it was a back ...

Heat gather for training camp, with roster largely intact

Miami coach Erik Spoelstra's chair remained vacant at Heat media day on Monday, for the best possible reason. His family roster is growing. Spoelstra and his wife Nikki welcomed their third child into the world Monday — Ruby Grace, the couple's first daughter after two sons. That's one of ...