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Theegala finds an easy path to 64 and lead in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — California rookie Sahith Theegala carved his tee shots into play and made it look easy from there Thursday for an 8-under 64 and a one-shot lead over Nick Watney and Harold Varner III in the Sanderson Farms Championship. Theegala missed three fairways but was out of ...

Correa, Astros clinch AL West, open playoffs vs White Sox

HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve got straight to the point when asked what Carlos Correa means to the Houston Astros after his mighty swing launched them into the playoffs Thursday night. "We are where we are because of him," the star second baseman said. Correa hit his career-high 25th homer ...

Beasts of NL East: Braves beat Phils for 4th straight title

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have done it all before — many, many times before — but this one felt a bit different. More satisfying, for sure. After all, the Braves floundered under .500 much of the season. They endured devastating injuries and grim legal issues. They had to ...

Record night for Taurasi, Mercury in Game 2 rout over Aces

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Diana Taurasi scored a playoff career-high 37 points and the Phoenix Mercury overwhelmed the Las Vegas Aces 117-91 on Thursday night to even the best-of-five WNBA semifinal series at a game apiece. Taurasi, the 39-year-old guard who has been dealing with a left ankle injury, ...

AP Top 25 Reality Check: Preseason perception v small sample

A month into the season, 12 teams that were ranked in the preseason are unranked, including two preseason top 10s, and a total of 38 teams have spent at least one week in The Associated Press college football poll. The number of ranked teams to lose through four weeks increased to 25 when six ...

Hot Harper carries Phillies into NL East title contention

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bryce Harper waited for the "MVP!" chants to fade as he stepped to the microphone at the Phillies' home finale to thank fans for sticking by them in the pennant race. The National League MVP contender who bows every game to fans in right field — he might even play catch ...

Chiefs’ Reid released from hospital, plans to see team soon

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs coach Andy Reid was released from the hospital Monday after he felt ill and was taken by ambulance to be treated for dehydration following their 30-24 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers the previous day. Chiefs spokesman Ted Crews said that Reid was "in great ...

Umpire provides explanation for wild play in Cardinals-Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) — Umpire Bill Miller provided an explanation Monday for a wild sequence during St. Louis' 4-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs that added another layer of drama to the Cardinals' 16th straight win. A request was made for an explanation after Sunday's game, but a spokesman for the ...

Chiefs blaming only themselves for turnover-prone 1-2 start

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs fumbled away a chance to beat the Baltimore Ravens two weeks ago. They threw away a chance to beat the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. Now, the two-time defending AFC champions find themselves in the strangest of circumstances: They're last in ...

Troubled Tigers: Clemson sliding from ACC, national picture

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — The early warning signs at Clemson have turned into a desperate call for help for the 25th-ranked Tigers. The team which opened at No. 3 in the preseason has lost twice in September for the first time since 2014 — all but ending its bid for a seventh straight berth in ...

Changing places: Hyman to Edmonton, Chara to Isles

One call from Connor McDavid was all Zach Hyman needed to put unfinished business with the Toronto Maple Leafs behind him upon joining the Edmonton Oilers. Hyman left his hometown team to sign a $38.5 million, seven-year contract with McDavid and the Oilers, who are similarly trying to get ...

Shohei Ohtani ends his brilliant season hungry for winning

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani pitched seven innings of one-run ball in his final game at Angel Stadium this season, striking out 10 Mariners amid the serenades of "M-V-P!" that have been the soundtrack to his summer. Yet he left the mound with the score tied because his Los Angeles ...

At NBA media days, COVID and vaccines remain dominant topics

Utah center Rudy Gobert revealed that after much deliberation, he decided to become vaccinated. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich has gotten his booster shot already. Boston coach Ime Udoka had his shots and tested positive for COVID-19 anyway. And Brooklyn guard Kyrie Irving is keeping ...

Saints finally return home, and with an evolving identity

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It wasn't so long ago that Saints coach Sean Payton was designing and calling some of the most prolific passing offenses the NFL had ever seen. That was the Saints' identity for most of the past 15 years, when Drew Brees was their quarterback. Not now. The 2021 Saints ...

Depth shows up for Cardinals during 16-game win streak

It's Paul Goldschmidt, Adam Wainwright, Yadier Molina and Nolan Arenado. But it's also Giovanny Gallegos, Andrew Knizner, Jake Woodford and Kodi Whitley. The St. Louis Cardinals are proving to be a lot more than their biggest stars — a Lars Nootbaar more. The soaring Cardinals have won 16 ...

SEC showdowns loom: Mississippi-Alabama, Arkansas-Georgia

Alabama and Georgia, the top-ranked teams in the country and the favorites to win their Southeastern Conference divisions, are preparing to face the league's biggest early season surprises. No. 12 Mississippi is heading to Alabama to take on the top-ranked Crimson Tide while No. 8 Arkansas ...

Boston Marathon paying tribute to 2-time Indigenous champion

BOSTON (AP) — Organizers of the Boston Marathon publicly apologized for running the 125th edition of the planet's most celebrated footrace on Indigenous Peoples Day. Now they're seeking to make amends by throwing the spotlight on a member of Rhode Island's Narragansett tribe who won the race ...

Tucker’s 66-yarder sets record, gives Ravens win at Detroit

By The Associated Press undefined DETROIT (AP) — Justin Tucker set an NFL record with a 66-yard field goal, bouncing it through off the crossbar as time expired to lift the Baltimore Ravens to a 19-17 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday. The kick topped the 64-yard field goal Matt Prater ...

Americans win back Ryder Cup with a record margin of victory

By The Associated Press SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — The Americans won back the Ryder Cup and perhaps a whole lot more Sunday, sending a strong message to Europe with a powerful performance from their youngest team in history. The Americans won back the Ryder Cup and perhaps a whole lot more ...

Hamlin holds off Elliott, takes first NASCAR win in Vegas

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Denny Hamlin earned his first career victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday night, holding off Chase Elliott and kicking off the second round of the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs with his second win in September. Hamlin got his first ...