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Ravens perfection in red zone ends Broncos’ perfect record

By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens have been perfect inside the opponent's 20-yard line this season, scoring 12 touchdowns on a dozen trips in the red zone. Denver still hasn't quite got the hang of it yet. Baltimore (2-1) went 3 for 3 in the red zone ...

Bengals run defense stumbles in 31-21 loss to Panthers

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals had limited their first two opponents to 141 rushing yards. That made what happened in their third game all the more surprising. Christian McCaffrey ran for a career-best 184 yards and the Panthers piled up 230 ...

Rams rack up big numbers to beat Bolts in 1st fight for LA

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jared Goff made pinpoint throws and Todd Gurley pounded away on the ground behind their dominant line. The Rams' offense racked up more than 500 yards for the first time since 2006. And Los Angeles' first crosstown NFL showdown in nearly ...

AP Top 25 Heat Check: Basketball schools storm football poll

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer The AP college football poll had a basketball feel this week. Kentucky and Duke moved into the Top 25 for the first time this season Sunday. For the Blue Devils (4-0) it is their first appearance since October 2015. It has been a lot longer for ...

Cowboys’ offense can’t do enough in 24-13 loss to Seahawks

By TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer SEATTLE (AP) — Jerry Jones is trying to remain supportive of a Dallas Cowboys offense that has shown only fleeting moments of promise through three weeks of the season. Eight points in the opener and 13 points on Sunday won't be enough to get victories on the ...

‘We want Wilder’: Team Joshua eager to fix unification fight

By STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports Writer LONDON (AP) — No sooner had Anthony Joshua brutally dispatched another pretender to his heavyweight titles than attention turned to who the British fighter would face next as he seeks to clean up boxing's most glamorous division. An eagerly anticipated ...

Army nearly stuns No. 5 Oklahoma; falls 28-21 in OT

By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Army couldn't have played much better against Oklahoma. The Black Knights, more than four-touchdown underdogs on the road, held on to the ball for nearly 45 minutes and ran 87 plays to Oklahoma's 40. They had a goal-line stand in the ...

No. 10 Washington holds off rally, beats Arizona State 27-20

By TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer SEATTLE (AP) — Jake Browning spent the first three weeks earning his share of criticism for the kind of miscues not expected of a fourth-year starting quarterback. Saturday night was a return to Browning looking more like the quarterback Washington has come to ...

Saturday’s best in College Football

By The Associated Press STARS —Blake LaRussa, Old Dominion, came off the bench to throw for 495 yards and four TDs to lead the Monarchs to a 49-35 upset of No. 13 Virginia Tech. —Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama, passed for 387 yards and four TDs and ran for another score to lead the No. 1 ...

No. 7 Stanford rallies for 38-31 OT win over No. 20 Oregon

By ANNE M. PETERSON, AP Sports Writer EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Stanford quarterback K.J. Costello watched as his overtime pass tumble in midair for an agonizing moment after it was tipped by tight end Colby Parkinson. "I saw the ball go in the air, held my breath, and then for Colby to come down ...

Cullen powers Penguins past Blue Jackets

By The Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Matt Cullen scored two goals and had an assist to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 7-3 preseason win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. Zach Trotman, Garrett Wilson, Adam Johnson, Juuso Riikola and Kris Letang also scored for Pittsburgh. ...

AP Top 25 Takeaways: When good isn’t good enough, switch QBs

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Making a quarterback switch with a good team can be a tricky maneuver. But sometimes good isn't good enough. No. 8 Notre Dame made the move Saturday at Wake Forest. No. 21 Miami did the same, with the relative ease you might expect against ...

Braves clinch NL East crown; Yankees claim AL wild card spot

ATLANTA (AP) — The Braves capped a most surprising season by clinching their first NL East crown since 2013, with Mike Foltynewicz taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning Saturday in a 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. A year after going 70-92, manager Brian Snitker and his Baby ...

Passed up: Darnold can show Browns what they’re missing

By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Sam Darnold once thought he'd be wearing an orange helmet just a few shades brighter than his hair color. But the former USC star wasn't precisely what the Browns were looking for in a franchise quarterback in the NFL draft. Darnold ...

Judge throws out lawsuit by ex-wrestlers over concussions

By Dave Collins Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal judge in Connecticut has dismissed a lawsuit by 60 former professional wrestlers, many of them stars in the 1980s and 1990s, who claimed World Wrestling Entertainment failed to protect them from repeated head trauma ...

Rams, Jaguars take top 2 spots in latest AP Pro32 poll

By SIMMI BUTTAR, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — And the winner is .... the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams, who have looked dominant in the first two weeks of the regular season, have grabbed the top spot from the New England Patriots in the latest AP Pro32 poll on Tuesday. The Rams received ...

LEADING OFF: Rockies-Dodgers duel, Red Sox try to clinch

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: LAST CHAPTER Locked in a tight race for the NL West title, the Rockies and Dodgers meet for the final time in the regular season. Los Angeles leads by 1½ games and will go for a three-game sweep at Dodger Stadium ...

Yankees top Red Sox 3-2, deny Boston a division clincher

By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Neil Walker hit a three-run homer, Zach Britton started a game-ending double play on New York's third try in the ninth inning and the Yankees kept the Boston Red Sox from a bubbly celebration in the Bronx for at least another night with a 3-2 victory ...

Jones leads backfield trio reshaping No. 8 Irish offense

By JOHN FINERAN, Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — There doesn't seem to be a load that Notre Dame running back Tony Jones Jr. cannot handle. The junior shed more than 10 pounds from his 5-foot-11 frame over the summer after playing at 230 pounds during an injury-plagued 2017 season. ...

Lavarnway drives in winning run, Pirates top Royals in 11

By ALAN SAUNDERS, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ryan Lavarnway was an unlikely candidate to get a big hit in a pressure situation for the Pirates. The 30-year-old fourth-string catcher was playing his 142nd career game, spread out over seven seasons with five teams, and spent most of ...