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Hughes scores 2, lifts Devils past Blackhawks in OT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Not only did defenseman Dougie Hamilton pay instant dividends for the New Jersey Devils, Jack Hughes had a game worthy of a No. 1 overall pick. Hughes scored his second goal of the game less than a minute into overtime, the high-priced Hamilton scored on his first shot as ...

Finally: The preseason winds down, and regular season awaits

Let the (real) games begin. The NBA preseason finales were Friday night, the end of a two-week slate of exhibitions featuring more than 500 players — from 18-year-old Josh Primo in San Antonio, to 41-year-old Udonis Haslem in Miami — and some relatively unusual events. — A game in ...

Chicago uses stellar defensive effort to rout Phoenix 86-50

CHICAGO (AP) — Kahleah Copper provided the offense and the Chicago Sky used a dominant defensive effort to move within a win of the franchise's first WNBA championship. Copper scored 20 of her 22 points in the first half and Chicago routed the Phoenix Mercury 86-50 on Friday night in Game 3 ...

No. 9 Oregon holds off tenacious California 24-17

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Quarterback Anthony Brown shut out the noise to lead Oregon to a fourth-quarter comeback, then let the defense seal a victory over California. Brown scored on an 11-yard keeper with 4:50 left and the ninth-ranked Ducks held off surprisingly tenacious Cal 24-17 on Friday ...

Dodgers beat Giants 2-1 in playoff thriller, advance to NLCS

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Cody Bellinger hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning and prized midseason acquisition Max Scherzer came out of the bullpen for his first career save, sending the Los Angeles Dodgers past the San Francisco Giants 2-1 in a thrilling winner-take-all Game 5 on Thursday ...

Braves plan to be without OF Soler in NL Championship Series

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves are preparing to play without outfielder Jorge Soler in the NL Championship Series as they await his clearance following his positive COVID-19 test. The Braves worked out Thursday at Truist Park without Soler, who was pulled from the lineup for Game 4 of the ...

Cardinals fire Mike Shildt over ‘philosophical differences’

The Cardinals fired former National League manager of the year Mike Shildt over organizational differences Thursday, just one week after St. Louis lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers on a walk-off homer in the wild-card game. Cardinals president John Mozeliak said the firing was "something that ...

Pelicans’ Williamson out at first week of regular season

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Pelicans forward Zion Williamson is now expected to miss at least the first week of the regular season because his recovery from surgery to repair a right foot fracture is taking longer than anticipated. "Nothing has gone wrong and there is no setback," Pelicans basketball ...

Robert Streb leads a day of low scoring in CJ Cup at Summit

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Robert Streb went from making putts to wondering if he would ever miss Thursday in the CJ Cup at Summit. It led to his best start to any tournament and his lowest score on the PGA Tour. And on this day at The Summit Club, his 11-under 61 was only good for a one-shot lead. A ...

Carr confident with Olson calling Raiders’ offensive plays

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — The Las Vegas Raiders have been operating with a "next man up" mentality since the start of the season while dealing with injuries throughout the lineup. Sunday in Denver, the same mantra will apply with their coaching staff against the Denver Broncos. With Jon Gruden ...

Palat scores, lifts Lightning to 7-6 OT win over Red Wings

DETROIT (AP) — Ondrej Palat scored with 2:17 left in overtime, lifting the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 7-6 comeback victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night. Tyler Bertuzzi scored a career-high four goals, including three in the second period, to help the Red Wings take a three-goal ...

Cora meets former team again with Red Sox vs Astros in ALCS

HOUSTON (AP) — Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora was already counting on a rematch with his former team even before the Houston Astros advanced to their fifth straight AL Championship Series. "He told me (Monday), 'see you soon,'" Houston star Carlos Correa said. The Astros assured their ...

Kraken post 1st NHL victory, spoiling Preds’ opener 4-3

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Seattle Kraken wound up having to wait longer to play their first regular-season game on home ice than they did their first victory. Brandon Tanev scored his second goal into an empty net with 1:21 left, and the Kraken beat the Nashville Predators 4-3 Thursday ...

Tom Brady throws 2 TD passes, Buccaneers beat Eagles 28-22

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers keep losing key players and stockpiling victories. Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes, Leonard Fournette ran for two scores and the Buccaneers beat the Philadelphia Eagles 28-22 on Thursday night. The defending Super Bowl champion Buccaneers ...

CJ Cup in Vegas perhaps a last chance for Johnson to get win

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Dustin Johnson hasn't played much golf since becoming the first American in more than 40 years to win all five of his matches in the Ryder Cup. He still remembers the basics. "You try to keep it in the grass and not the desert," he said Wednesday as he stood on the eighth ...

Will Brady’s bad hand hold back Bucs at Philly? Not likely

Tom Brady has a boo-boo. Well, a bit more than that: Brady's right hand — the one he throws with — was wrapped up earlier this week after he injured it while demolishing Miami's defense on Sunday. Will it impact his play on Thursday night at Philadelphia? Not likely. In fact, the joke ...

Oldies but goodies: The Lakers may be ones to catch in West

It may be a roster like none other. The Los Angeles Lakers have four of the NBA's top seven active scorers. The top three leading active rebounders. Three of the top four active leaders in assists. Three of the top five in blocks. Three of the top five in wins. Four of the top six in steals. ...

Top ACC contenders counting on veteran talent in league race

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Georgia Tech coach Nell Fortner has reason for confidence after bringing back nearly the entire roster from the program's first NCAA Sweet 16 team in nearly a decade. She's not alone in the Atlantic Coast Conference, either. "Yeah, we have a lot of experience coming ...

Now question in NFL is: Does Gruden reflect broader culture?

When Shad Khan set out more than a decade ago to become the first member of an ethnic minority to own an NFL team, the Pakistani-American heard the scuttlebutt. "The conjecture was, 'You will never get approved, because you're not white,'" Khan, now the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars, told ...

Playoff series for the ages as Dodgers, Giants go to Game 5

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Everybody expected a playoff series for the ages between the century-old rival Dodgers and Giants, and now they've got it. Anything less than a winner-take-all Game 5 would have been a baseball travesty, leaving the sport short-changed on the October stage. It's the ...