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Fowler, Day make early bid in Memphis to keep season going

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Rickie Fowler and Jason Day faced enough stress just to make sure they got into the PGA Tour's postseason. Now that they're here, they want to keep going. Fowler had a change of caddies and putters and finally started to see some putts fall, though still not enough to ...

Saints preseason opener features 1st-rounders Olave, Penning

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints top draft choice Chris Olave senses that the bursts of speed and sudden changes in direction that served him well in college will translate well in the NFL. Fellow New Orleans first-round pick Trevor Penning has been exhibiting the same nasty streak as a blocker ...

Connecticut secures No. 3 seed in WNBA playoffs

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alyssa Thomas had 18 points, nine rebounds and five assists, Jonquel Jones had 17 points and eight rebounds and the Connecticut Sun beat the Los Angeles Sparks 93-69 on Thursday night. Connecticut (24-11) clinched the No. 3 seed in the WNBA playoffs, with Las Vegas (25-10) ...

James White, hero in Patriots’ Super Bowl rally, retires

AP Sports Writer (AP) — James White, who scored the game-winning touchdown in the New England Patriots' historic comeback win over Atlanta in Super Bowl 51, announced his retirement on Thursday. White won three Super Bowls in eight seasons — all with the Patriots. "This chapter has been ...

Russell’s No. 6 being retired across NBA, a 1st for league

Bill Russell's No. 6 jersey is being retired across the NBA, a first for the league. The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association announced Thursday that the number worn by the 11-time champion, civil rights activist and person good enough to be enshrined in the Basketball Hall of ...

McTavish has 4 goals, 2 assists in Canadian junior victory

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Captain Mason McTavish had four goals and two assists and Canada routed Slovakia 11-1 on Thursday night to improve to 2-0 in the world junior hockey championship. McTavish, the 19-year-old Anaheim Ducks prospect, matched the Canadian record for goals in a game in the ...

Dad gets home detention for bribing Georgetown coach

BOSTON (AP) — A Pennsylvania man who pleaded guilty to bribing a Georgetown University tennis coach to get his daughter into the school was sentenced Thursday to about a month in home detention. Robert Repella, a former pharmaceutical executive, agreed to pay then-Georgetown tennis coach ...

Police: Marshawn Lynch was asleep, car damaged before arrest

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former NFL running back Marshawn Lynch was asleep and smelled of alcohol when Las Vegas police found him in his damaged sports car and arrested him on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, according to an arrest report made public Thursday. Lynch's attorneys, David ...

Alabama WR Earle to miss start of season with foot injury

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama wide receiver JoJo Earle is expected to miss the first month of the season with a broken foot. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Wednesday that Earle sustained a Jones fracture in practice "a couple of days ago". Saban said recovery typically takes 6-8 weeks ...

Hoerner, Cubs top power-hitting rookie Meneses, Nationals

CHICAGO (AP) — Nico Hoerner homered to ignite a four-run rally in the seventh inning that sent the Chicago Cubs over power-hitting rookie Joey Meneses and the Washington Nationals 4-2 Wednesday. Hoerner's seventh home run ended a shutout bid by Nationals starter Josiah Gray and enabled the ...

Tellez hits tying HR, Adames winning single, Brews beat Rays

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Rowdy Tellez hit a tying homer in the ninth inning and made a key defensive play in the 10th, setting up Willy Adames' game-ending RBI single that gave the Milwaukee Brewers a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday. Adames had struck out in his previous three at-bats ...

Sierra RBI double in 12th, Angels beat A’s 5-4 for sweep

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Magneuris Sierra hit an RBI single in the 10th inning, then doubled home the go-ahead run in the 12th that lifted the Los Angeles Angels over the Oakland Athletics 5-4 on Wednesday for a three-game sweep. "It feels great," Sierra said through a translator. "I feel very ...

Santana’s homer rallies Mariners for 4-3 win over Yankees

SEATTLE (AP) — In a clubhouse with little experience of being in a playoff chase, Carlos Santana is the old guy that can be turned to for advice and guidance. And sometimes he comes up with a clutch hit or two as a reminder he's still pretty good player. Santana snapped an 0-for-17 slump ...

Realmuto, Phils rally past Alcantara, Marlins; 7th W in row

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — J.T. Realmuto hit an RBI single that capped a three-run rally in the eighth inning off NL ERA leader Sandy Alcantara, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Miami Marlins 4-3 Wednesday night for their seventh straight win. Kyle Schwarber had three hits and drove in two ...

Guardians beat Tigers 3-2 after Detroit fires GM Al Avila

DETROIT (AP) — Steven Kwan hit a leadoff triple and scored to help Cleveland Guardians get off to a solid start and beat the Detroit Tigers 3-2 Wednesday night. A few hours before the first pitch, the Tigers fired general manager Al Avila to end his seven-year tenure without a postseason ...

Prospect Grissom homers in debut, Braves beat Red Sox 8-4

BOSTON (AP) — Vaughn Grissom was rounding third when it sank in. He had just cleared the Green Monster for his first big league hit, and he gave himself an emphatic clap before finishing his home run trot. "That was like a 'We made it' moment, I guess," the Braves' top prospect said after ...

Drury, Nola homer in big rally, Padres beat Giants 13-7

SAN DIEGO (AP) — This is the team the San Diego Padres envisioned having when they acquired Juan Soto, Josh Bell and Drury at last week's trade deadline. Yes, there was a five-game losing streak, including losing three games at the rival Los Angeles Dodgers last weekend and a flummoxing ...

Taveras career-high 5 RBIs, Rangers beat Astros 8-4 in 10

HOUSTON (AP) — Leody Taveras drove in a career-high five runs, including a bases-clearing double as part of a five-run 10th inning as the Texas Rangers beat the Houston Astros 8-4 on Wednesday night. Marcus Semien hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly off Phil Maton (0-2) to put Texas ahead 4-3 ...

Royals rookie Melendez delivers in 8-3 win over White Sox

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — MJ Melendez hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning to send the Kansas City Royals past the Chicago White Sox 8-3 on Wednesday night. Melendez and Salvador Perez both had three hits and two RBIs for the Royals. Kyle Isbel drove in two runs and scored ...

Castro ditches phone, brings bat, Pirates beat D-backs 6-4

PHOENIX (AP) — Rodolfo Castro had two hits to spark the offense one night after a smartphone faux pas, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 on Wednesday. The 23-year-old Castro mistakenly left his phone in the back pocket of his baseball pants during Tuesday's game, ...