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NBA diversity study finds job gains by minorities, women

A diversity report found the NBA posting nearly across-the-board gains in hiring of minorities and women after a small, one-year dip in its overall grade. Wednesday's report card from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida gave the NBA an ...

Braves call up top prospect Grissom, bring back RHP Yates

BOSTON (AP) — The Atlanta Braves called up prized prospect Vaughn Grissom to play second base Wednesday and brought back former Padres closer Kirby Yates from a rehab assignment — nearly two years after he last pitched in the big leagues. The 21-year-old Grissom was in the lineup, batting ...

Canada opens world junior hockey with 5-2 win over Latvia

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Connor Bedard had a goal and an assist and Canada opened play in the postponed world junior hockey championship with a 5-2 victory over Latvia on Wednesday night. The tournament was rescheduled after being called off Dec. 29 after four days as rising COVID-19 cases ...

Stidham relishing role with Raiders, playing for McDaniels

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — Jarrett Stidham knows who's the starting quarterback in Las Vegas. That hasn't stopped him from performing like an incoming starter for the Raiders. After all, when you might understand a new offensive system better than anybody coming into training camp, there's an ...

Minus All-Star SS Anderson, White Sox split twinbill with KC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Lenyn Sosa hit his first major league home run and Yoan Moncada also connected as the Chicago White Sox, minus injured All-Star shortstop Tim Anderson, beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Tuesday night to split a doubleheader. The Royals won the first game 4-2. Vinnie ...

Bieber’s strong outing leads Guardians past Tigers, 5-2

DETROIT (AP) — Shane Bieber pitched seven dominant innings, Oscar Gonzalez drove in two runs and the Cleveland Guardians beat the Detroit Tigers 5-2 Tuesday night for their third straight win. Bieber (7-6) allowed just four singles and a walk while striking out eight. Amed Rosario had three ...

Reds-Mets series another happy reunion for Díaz family

NEW YORK (AP) — Family reunion at Citi Field. New York Mets closer Edwin Díaz and his brother, Cincinnati Reds rookie reliever Alexis Díaz, exchanged the lineup cards at home plate before Tuesday's game between the teams. With several family members watching and wearing split Mets/Reds ...

Fauci receives honorary Hutch Award before Mariners game

SEATTLE (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci was presented with an honorary Hutch Award on Tuesday night prior to the Seattle Mariners' game against the New York Yankees. The Hutch Award has been awarded by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center based in Seattle and typically to a Major League Baseball ...

PGA Tour postseason begins in Memphis in chase for FedEx Cup

It's time for the postseason on the PGA Tour. The FedEx Cup playoffs get started with the FedEx St. Jude Championship in Memphis, Tennessee. The tournament used to be a regular PGA Tour event. Then it became one of the World Golf Championships. And now the TPC Southwind is site of the opening ...

Cam Rising evolving entering first full season as starter

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Unlike last season, Cam Rising isn't facing a battle to become Utah's starting quarterback heading into a new year. Rising cemented his spot atop the depth chart when he led the Utes to their first Pac-12 championship and first Rose Bowl berth a season ago. Now, he's ...

Georgia plans $68.5M overhaul of football stadium

ATLANTA (AP) — A year after the University of Georgia's football team won a national championship, UGA is starting a $68.5 million project to overhaul its football stadium, making it easier for Bulldogs fans to get around and building more suites for premium donors. University System of ...

AP sources: ESPN out of Big Ten TV rights negotiations

As the Big Ten prepares to become a 16-team, coast-to-coast superconference with the additions of USC and UCLA in 2024, it is ending a 40-year relationship with ESPN and moving toward partnerships with two new networks. Two people familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on ...

Felix Rosenqvist clarifies contract situation with McLaren

The strange motorsports silly season has knocked IndyCar driver Felix Rosenqvist into limbo, with the Swede now desperately trying to hold onto his current seat and avoid being shipped to McLaren Racing's new Formula E team. McLaren and Rosenqvist said in June they'd agreed to a deal in which ...

Bears star LB Smith requests trade after breakdown in talks

Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Poles plans to continue to work for a contract extension with linebacker Roquan Smith instead of his request to be traded. Smith, who is under contract through the 2022 season, is staging a "hold-in" and attending practices without actually practicing until ...

Titans add pair of safeties in Adrian Colbert, Elijah Benton

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans signed a pair of safeties Tuesday, adding Adrian Colbert and Elijah Benton. The Titans also waived cornerback Kenneth George and waived injured safety Michael Griffin II. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Colbert has started 22 of 39 games over five NFL ...

Highsmith seeks to make bigger impact on Steelers defense

LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Alex Highsmith wants to make an even bigger impact on the defense this season. Highsmith starred on the right side during his first full season as a starter. This year, Highsmith wants to cause greater havoc opposite teammate T.J. ...

Cowboys give Turpin shot at NFL amid backdrop of TCU assault

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — KaVontae Turpin is getting his first chance in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys nearly four years after the receiver and kick returner was accused of assaulting his girlfriend, ending his career at TCU. Turpin was kicked off the team at TCU in part because the school was ...

Packers experimenting on O-line with Bakhtiari, Jenkins out

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The uncertain status of their top two blockers has caused the Green Bay Packers to experiment with different offensive line combinations in training camp. That shuffling could continue right up to the start of the season. David Bakhtiari still isn't practicing as he ...

Lauren Jackson officially back in international basketball

SYDNEY (AP) — As expected, Lauren Jackson has been named on her fifth FIBA World Cup roster for Australia in her comeback to international basketball. Not so expected were the tears that came when the 41-year-old Jackson was officially informed of her place in the 12-player team by head ...

Broncos sale to Walton group unanimously OKed by NFL owners

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — The record $4.65 billion sale of the Denver Broncos to Walmart heir Rob Walton and his daughter and son-in-law was unanimously approved Tuesday by NFL owners, the expected final step in the transfer from the family of the late Pat Bowlen. The vote was taken at a ...