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No. 5 Penn St., No. 13 Minnesota set for clash of unbeatens

By ERIC OLSON AP College Football Writer What to watch in the Big Ten this week: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 5 Penn State at No. 13 Minnesota The Nittany Lions (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten, No. 4 CFP) and Gophers (8-0, 5-0, No. 17) play in what Minnesota coach PJ Fleck is calling one of the biggest games in ...

Hunt eligible to play for Browns after 8-game NFL suspension

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Kareem Hunt can play again after serving his eight-game NFL suspension. The Cleveland Browns running back, who fell from one of the NFL's rising young stars to a violent offender, will play this week against the Buffalo Bills. Hunt has ...

College Football Picks: Monster matchups to shake CFP race

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer The starting positions have been set for the College Football Playoff race. They will get an immediate makeover this weekend. For the first time in college football history, there will be two games matching teams that are at least 8-0 on the same ...

UConn to play exhibition against US national team on Jan. 27

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The UConn women's basketball team has announced it will play an exhibition in January against the U.S. women's national team. Coach Geno Auriemma says it's a great opportunity to play against some of the best in the world. The U.S. team is playing various exhibitions ...

Longtime backup Hoyer prepares for 1st start with Colts

By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Brian Hoyer bounced around the NFL for more than a decade. He's suited up for seven different franchises, made starts with five different teams and mastered the art of excelling as a longtime backup quarterback. The job requires picking ...

Strasburg, Soto share postseason MVP from New York writers

NEW YORK (AP) — Washington pitcher Stephen Strasburg and Nationals outfielder Juan Soto have been selected as joint winners of the Babe Ruth award as postseason MVP in voting by the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. They will be honored at the chapter's 97th ...

Chiefs enter another wait-and-see week with Mahomes

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs will continue to split first-team reps in practice between Patrick Mahomes and backup Matt Moore this week, leaving open the possibility the league's MVP could be back for Sunday's game at Tennessee. Mahomes has ...

Georgia vs Florida an elimination game for SEC East, playoff

By Mark Long AP Sports Writer JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The "Cocktail Party" has become an elimination game — and not just in the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division. No. 9 Georgia and No. 6 Florida will play for the second straight year with higher stakes than usual. The loser ...

Nets slow down Harden, Rockets in 123-116 victory

NEW YORK (AP) — Taurean Prince had 27 points and 12 rebounds and the Brooklyn Nets slowed down James Harden and the Houston Rockets in a 123-116 victory Friday night. Two nights after scoring a franchise-record 159 points in a victory at Washington, the Rockets couldn’t get nearly enough ...

Nationals top Astros in Game 7 to win 1st World Series title

By BEN WALKER AP Baseball Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Stephen Strasburg paraded the MVP trophy for delirious fans packed behind the dugout. Max Scherzer tearfully hugged his teammates. Gerardo Parra did the Baby Shark chop, Sean Doolittle flapped snow angels next to the mound. Almost out of ...

No. 14 Michigan on road to face struggling Terrapins

By ERIC OLSON AP College Football Writer Here's what to watch in the Big Ten this week: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 14 Michigan at Maryland It's probably a stretch to call this a trap game for the Wolverines (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten), but it does come on the heels of an impressive win over Notre Dame and ...

Top-ranked Barty advances to semifinals at WTA Finals

By SANDRA HARWITT Associated Press SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Top-ranked Ash Barty reached the semifinals in her debut appearance at the WTA Finals, beating Petra Kvitova 6-4, 6-2 Thursday to finish with a 2-1 record in the Red Group. Barty, the first Australian woman to earn year-end No. 1 ...

Kansas City Royals hire Mike Matheny as manager

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals hired Mike Matheny on Thursday, bringing in a manager who took the cross-state Cardinals to the World Series six years ago before a three-season swoon cost him his job. The 49-year-old Matheny went 591-474 with the Cardinals from 2012-18 and was ...

Steelers LB Chickillo taken off exempt list

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Anthony Chickillo is back at practice after being taken off the commissioner's exempt list. The league made the move on Thursday, one day after misdemeanor chargers were withdrawn against Chickillo stemming from an incident with his girlfriend ...

Nationals top Astros, capture 1st World Series title

By Ben Walker AP Baseball Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Almost out of contention in May, champs in October. Howie Kendrick, Anthony Rendon and the Washington Nationals completed their amazing comeback journey — fittingly with one final, late rally on the road. In Game 7 of the World Series, ...

‘Frustrated’ Browns QB Mayfield storms away from interview

By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Baker Mayfield's frustration finally boiled over. The losing is beating him. Annoyed with a reporter's line of questioning about a drive at the end of the first half in last week's loss at New England, the Browns' fiery quarterback ...

Red Sox confirm Chaim Bloom is team’s new baseball boss

By JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have confirmed the hiring of Chaim Bloom as their chief baseball officer. The former Tampa Bay Rays executive says in a statement it is an honor to run Boston's baseball operations department. The hiring was first reported ...

For college basketball, a season begins on the brink

By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer For coaches and other leaders in college basketball, the approach of the upcoming season has been nothing like business as usual. Not in Indianapolis, where lawyers at the NCAA are busy trying to circumvent a newly passed law that threatens the foundation of ...

Bon Voyage: Road teams win 1st 5 Series games for 3rd time

By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The highlight film of this year's World Series could be a double feature with all those Bob Hope/Bing Crosby movies: "On the Road." For just the third time in Series history, the visiting team has won the first five games. "We play the ...

ICYMI in NFL Week 8: Pats D finds end zone again

By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer Big news: The Patriots defense allowed a touchdown. Not big news: The Patriots defense scored one, too. Impressive as the entire New England operation has looked in reaching the halfway point of the NFL season at 8-0, the defense is playing at a level rarely ...