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Mets lose INFs Jeff McNeil, Eduardo Escobar to injuries

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mets infielders Jeff McNeil and Eduardo Escobar left Friday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies with injuries. The Mets said McNeil had a right thumb laceration and Escobar suffered tightness in his left side that will require an MRI. McNeil tried to duck under ...

Liberty beat Dream to remain in hunt for a playoff spot

ATLANTA (AP) — Crystal Dangerfield scored a season-high 18 points, Betnijah Laney added 17 points and the New York Liberty held off the Atlanta Dream 80-70 on Friday night. New York (15-20) entered the game in a four-way tie with Minnesota, Atlanta and Phoenix for the final two playoff ...

Jets QB Wilson injures knee in preseason game against Eagles

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson injured his right knee in the first quarter in Friday night's preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles. After going back to pass, Wilson was flushed out of the pocket and scrambled to his right for 7 yards, but went down after ...

Halep beats Gauff 6-4, 7-6 (2) to reach Toronto semifinals

TORONTO (AP) — Two-time champion Simona Halep beat Coco Gauff 6-4, 7-6 (2) on Friday to reach the National Bank Open semifinals. Halep, the 30-year-old from Romania, won the event in Montreal in 2016 and 2018. She will face seventh-seeded Jessica Pegula, a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Yulia ...

Farewell, Syl: Fowles exit fueling Lynx in push for playoffs

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Clarity about the end of her exceptional WNBA career came for Sylvia Fowles last year through a feeling of resistance familiar to everyone from elite athletes to average fans. The 2017 league MVP who helped the Minnesota Lynx win two WNBA titles knew her interest in ...

Bills place trust in Dorsey to drive high-powered offense

PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — While most are focused on how the Buffalo Bills' Josh Allen-led attack will function under Ken Dorsey, the newly promoted offensive coordinator can be found pacing the sideline at practice. Dorsey is a man in constant motion during team drills. Stopping long enough to ...

Titans have competition for backup QB job thanks to Willis

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have a competition for the job backing up Ryan Tannehill, and coach Mike Vrabel has made it very clear they want rookie Malik Willis throwing more. Vrabel pulled Willis two plays into Tennessee's first drive of the third quarter after the ...

Sabbatini gets another year on tour with help from LIV Golf

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Rory Sabbatini can get a full PGA Tour card for next season, courtesy of the players who have signed up with Saudi-funded LIV Golf and have been suspended. The circumstances evolve from the PGA Tour's decision to make sure suspended players do not affect the eligibility ...

Browns’ Watson apologizes ‘to all the women I have impacted’

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson apologized Friday "to all the women I have impacted" after being accused by two dozen women of sexual misconduct during massage therapy sessions. Watson, who is facing a potential year-long NFL suspension, spoke before Cleveland's exhibition opener ...

Pats rookies Strange, Thornton solid in preseason debut

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — With most of their starters watching from the sideline after being given the night off, the Patriots used their first exhibition outing on Thursday night to evaluate the newest faces on their roster. After struggling to find productive contributors via the draft in ...

Marlins end Phillies’ 7-game streak; Schwarber strains calf

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kyle Schwarber coped with a nagging calf injury through the last few weeks — "the old grind of baseball," he said — and still helped the Phillies reel off a near-perfect homestand and a run at an NL wild-card spot. But as his right calf felt "tighter, tighter, tighter" ...

Guardians top Tigers in 10 innings, extend win streak to 5

DETROIT (AP) — Rookie Oscar Gonzalez knocked in the go-ahead run with a two-out single in the 10th inning and the Cleveland Guardians extended their winning streak to five games, beating the Detroit Tigers 4-3 on Thursday. Gonzalez's hit off Gregory Soto (2-7) allowed the Guardians to escape ...

Valdez throws 7 scoreless, AL-best Astros beat Rangers 7-3

HOUSTON (AP) — After moving one-half game ahead of the slumping New York Yankees for the AL's best record with a win over the Texas Rangers, the Houston Astros were already looking ahead to their next challenge. They are determined to play better against the visiting Athletics this weekend ...

Greinke helps Royals beat Cease, White Sox 5-3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Zack Greinke worked out of trouble to hold Chicago scoreless into the seventh inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat Dylan Cease and the White Sox 5-3 on Thursday. Greinke allowed nine hits but didn't walk a batter, striking out five while throwing 95 pitches in 6 ...

Rodgers, McMahon go deep, Rockies top Goldschmidt, Cards 8-6

DENVER (AP) — Brendan Rodgers and Ryan McMahon hit back-to-back home runs in a six-run seventh inning, and the Colorado Rockies held off the St. Louis Cardinals 8-6 on Thursday to secure their first series win since the All-Star break. The Rockies overcame three more hits from Paul ...

Diamondbacks blow open close game in 7th to beat Pirates 9-3

PHOENIX (AP) — Emmanuel Rivera homered and hit a two-run double in the seventh inning to help blow open a close game, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-3 on Thursday. Rivera started the season with Kansas City before being traded to Arizona at the deadline for ...

Hosmer’s double in sixth sends Red Sox past Orioles, 4-3

BOSTON (AP) — Eric Hosmer hit a go-ahead RBI double in the sixth inning just after Baltimore rallied to tie it, and the Boston Red Sox held on for a 4-3 victory over the Orioles on Thursday night to snap a four-game losing streak. Tommy Pham and Alex Verdugo also had RBI doubles for Boston, ...

Late FG gives Giants, Daboll 23-21 victory over Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New York Giants hired Brian Daboll in the hopes he could get more production out of quarterback Daniel Jones and the offense. The first preseason game of Daboll's tenure revealed signs they may be heading in the right direction. Graham Gano hit a 24-yard field ...

Ravens top Titans 23-10 for 21st straight preseason win

BALTIMORE (AP) — Tyler Huntley went 16 of 18 for 110 yards and a touchdown in the first half, and the Baltimore Ravens extended their record streak of preseason victories to 21 with a 23-10 win over the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night. Rookie quarterback Malik Willis ran for a touchdown ...

Smyly stars as Cubs beat Reds in 2nd ‘Field of Dreams’ game

DYERSVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Standing among rows of Iowa cornstalks, Nico Hoerner had Johnny Bench on his left and Billy Williams right next to him. "Pretty incredible," Hoerner said. For sure. Even for a "Field of Dreams." Led by Drew Smyly and a 10-hit attack, the Chicago Cubs beat the ...