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Falcons G Mayfield returns to practice after injuring back

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Atlanta Falcons left guard Jaylen Mayfield returned to practice Monday after missing time with a lower back injury. It's not known if Mayfield will be able to play Friday night in Atlanta's first preseason game at Detroit. "It was good to have him back out there," ...

Mercury’s Taurasi out for rest of season with quad injury

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi will miss the remainder of the season with a quadriceps strain. Taurasi missed the last two games with the injury and the team announced Monday that the WNBA's all-time leading scorer will not be available as the Mercury fight for a 10th ...

Ravens reach 4-year extension with All-Pro K Justin Tucker

BALTIMORE (AP) — Justin Tucker made his new contract sound about as routine as one of his clutch kicks. "I joked to (head coach John Harbaugh) one day out at practice," Tucker said. "We were just kind of just generally talking about the idea. I said, 'I think something could get done in like ...

Where’s Parsons? Opponents will be looking for Cowboys’ star

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Micah Parsons might not lobby for playing time in the preseason this month the way the Dallas linebacker did last year in one of the "Hard Knocks" highlights for the Dallas Cowboys. The reigning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year wants to be clear. Parsons still wants to ...

Rangers expect to win in ’23, also expected to be better now

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers expect to win in 2023, which has long been part of their plan. There was also an expectation to be better this season. "We've said pretty clearly we expect to take a step forward this year," team president Jon Daniels said. "We had hoped that we ...

NFL: Rodgers’ use of ayahuasca didn’t violate drug policy

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' use of the hallucinogenic drink ayahuasca during an offseason retreat isn't considered a violation of the NFL's drug policy. Rodgers discussed on "The Aubrey Marcus Podcast" last week how he went on an ayahuasca retreat to ...

Cubs to cut OF Jason Heyward after the season

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs will cut ties with right fielder Jason Heyward after this season, ending one of baseball's most expensive and unproductive free-agent signings with a year left on his contract. "We're not going have him with the team next year," Cubs President of Baseball ...

Serena Williams earns first win of season in Toronto

TORONTO (AP) — Serena Williams hadn't won in so long, she said she couldn't even remember the feeling. She picked up her first victory since the 2021 French Open on Monday, beating Nuria Parrizas-Diaz 6-3, 6-4 at the women's National Bank Open. "I'm just happy to get a win. It's been a very ...

Giants practice disrupted by a string of fights

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — With the New York Giants ramping up practices in the middle of a heat advisory days before their first preseason game, it was only a matter of time before tempers erupted. In a span a four plays Monday, running back Saquon Barkley plowed over cornerback Aaron ...

Jets OT Becton’s knee injury more serious than first thought

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The injury to New York Jets offensive tackle Mekhi Becton's surgically repaired right knee is more serious than initially believed after he left early in practice Monday. A person with direct knowledge of the injury told The Associated Press that Becton will ...

Dallas clinches playoff berth behind Mabrey’s career-high 31

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Marina Mabrey scored a career-high 31 points, Teaira McCowan had 16 points and nine rebounds, and the Dallas Wings beat the New York Liberty 86-77 on Monday night to clinch a playoff berth. Dallas (17-16), which has won five straight games for the first time since the ...

AP source: Durant reiterates desire to be traded by Brooklyn

Kevin Durant has again told Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai that he wants to be traded, reiterating a request he first made nearly six weeks ago, a person with knowledge of the matter confirmed Monday night. Durant also told Tsai that he has concerns about the Nets' direction under coach Steve ...

Harvick win complicates NASCAR playoff spots in final weeks

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — NASCAR just got more interesting down the stretch. Kevin Harvick won his first Cup race in nearly two years at Michigan International Speedway over the weekend — a result that could mean a driver who has a win getting knocked out of the playoffs. "It creates a big ...

PGA Tour says players knew consequences of joining LIV Golf

The PGA Tour asked a federal judge in San Francisco to deny the appeal of three suspended players who joined Saudi-backed LIV Golf and now want to compete in the tour's lucrative postseason, arguing the players knew the consequences two months ago. Talor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford ...

Alabama No. 1 in preseason coaches’ poll; Ohio St. 2, UGA 3

Alabama was voted No. 1 in the preseason USA Today coaches' poll released Monday, with Ohio State second and defending national champion Georgia third. The Associated Press preseason Top 25 will be released Aug. 15. The Crimson Tide received 54 first-place votes from a panel of 66 major ...

Jayhawks’ Lance Leipold settled in, optimistic about Year 2

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Lance Leipold first walked into the head coach's office at Kansas, arguably the worst program in Division I football, amid terrible circumstances and during a time of the year that only made everything worse. The Jayhawks were coming off a winless 2020 season under Les ...

Hall of Famer Eckersley to leave Red Sox booth after season

BOSTON (AP) — Hall of Fame pitcher Dennis Eckersley said Monday that he will be leaving the Boston Red Sox broadcasts at the end of the season, his 50th in Major League Baseball. Eckersley, who was drafted by Cleveland as a California high schooler in 1972, went on to pitch 24 seasons as ...

Bruins bring back captain Bergeron, and David Krejci, too

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins are getting the gang back together, signing captain Patrice Bergeron and center David Krejci — both members of their 2011 Stanley Cup championship team — to one-year deals on Monday. Almost three months after he left the ice without any certainty that he ...

Gilmore appears to have found right landing spot in Indy

WESTFIELD, Ind. (AP) — Stephon Gilmore arrived at training camp two weeks ago with an impressive resume — and something to prove. After two injury-filled subpar seasons in New England and Carolina, the 31-year-old cornerback chose Indianapolis to revive his career. So far, it looks like a ...

Judon focused on being himself heading into Year 2 with Pats

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — When Matt Judon isn't on the sideline for the New England Patriots, it's noticeable. That's because during his six NFL seasons, the 6-foot-3, 275-pound linebacker's outsized personality and the trademark red sleeves he wears under his jersey, have stood out as much ...