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Steelers, Raiders hoping to prove Week 1 wins were no fluke

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin spent four years on Jon Gruden's staff in Tampa Bay in the early 2000s, helping mold a defense that won a Super Bowl and gleaning what he could from his fiery boss. Nearing two decades later, the lessons Tomlin — now in his ...

WVU hosts No. 15 Hokies at sold-out Mountaineer Field

By The Associated Press undefined No. 15 Virginia Tech (2-0) at West Virginia (1-1), Saturday at noon EDT (FS1). Line: Virginia Tech by 2 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Series record: West Virginia leads 28-23-1. WHAT'S AT STAKE? The Black Diamond Trophy. Virginia Tech has won three ...

No. 10 Penn State to draw on crowd against No. 22 Auburn

By TRAVIS JOHNSON Associated Press STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Sean Clifford's confidence has grown with each play this fall, and Penn State's quarterback is about to get a big ego boost. It'll come from the more than 107,000 fans who'll pack Beaver Stadium on Saturday night for a rare Big ...

No. 19 Arizona State, No. 23 BYU meet for 1st time since ’98

By The Associated Press undefined No. 19 Arizona State (2-0) at No. 23 BYU (2-0), Saturday at 10:15 p.m. EDT (ESPN). Line: Arizona State by 3½, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Series record: Arizona State leads 20-7. WHAT'S AT STAKE? The Cougars have a chance to go 3-0 against the Pac-12 ...

No. 21 Tar Heels host Cavaliers in key ACC division matchup

By The Associated Press undefined Virginia (2-0, 0-0 ACC) at No. 21 North Carolina (1-1, 0-1), Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EDT (ACC Network) Line: UNC by 8 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Series record: The schools disagree. UNC says it leads 64-57-4. Virginia says UNC leads 63-58-4. WHAT'S ...

AP source: Seattle Mariners to host 2023 MLB All-Star Game

By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The Seattle Mariners will host baseball's 2023 All-Star Game at T-Mobile Park. The team announced a news conference for Thursday at Seattle's Space Needle with baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred. The purpose of the news conference is to ...

Slugger Ryan Braun retires after 14-year career with Brewers

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Ryan Braun, the Milwaukee Brewers' home run leader whose production was slowed by injuries during the second half of his 14-year career, announced his retirement on Tuesday. Braun hasn't played all season and said during spring training that he was leaning toward retirement. ...

Column: Making money in boxing means not saying you’re sorry

By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist Making money in boxing means never having to say you're sorry. Not for allowing Evander Holyfield to risk his life at the age of 58 just to make a few bucks. Certainly not for stealing money from gullible fans for a farce of a pay per view show that would ...

Cantlay wins PGA Tour player of the year award over Rahm

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer Patrick Cantlay closed out another victory, this time without hitting a shot. Cantlay was voted PGA Tour player of the year by his peers, capturing the Jack Nicklaus Award that could be seen as a referendum on how players value winning the FedEx Cup. His solid ...

Ravens’ defense a question mark after late leads slip away

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer Marlon Humphrey was beaten so badly on the winning touchdown that he slowed to a jog while the pass was still in the air. It was that kind of night for Baltimore's secondary. The Ravens arrived in Las Vegas determined to show that they could still play to ...

Ravens’ defense a question mark after late leads slip away

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer Marlon Humphrey was beaten so badly on the winning touchdown that he slowed to a jog while the pass was still in the air. It was that kind of night for Baltimore's secondary. The Ravens arrived in Las Vegas determined to show that they could still play to their ...

Medvedev overcomes pressure, Djokovic to win U.S. Open

By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Daniil Medvedev had outplayed the man he considers the best ever in tennis for about two hours. Then it was time to finish off Novak Djokovic. That's when Medvedev's serve and his body started to falter. He double-faulted on his first match ...

Top 25 Reality Check: Assessing voters after volatile weeks

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Two weeks into the regular season and already 12 ranked teams have lost, including five to unranked teams. That's a fair amount of upheaval to the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank so early in the season. Six teams that were ranked in the ...

Stafford leads LA Rams past Bears 34-14 in dynamic debut

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Matthew Stafford's second pass for the Los Angeles Rams traveled 53 majestic yards through the air and dropped right into the hands of Van Jefferson, who fell down untouched, stood up and scored. The Rams have bet their future on ...

Analysis: Rocky debuts and uplifting ones in NFL’s 1st week

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer How difficult is achieving a successful debut in the NFL? Ask Urban Meyer and Arthur Smith, new head coaches whose teams looked as if they were still in spring workouts. Compounding that, Meyer's Jaguars and Smith's Falcons were routed by Houston and ...

Mercedes calls for change after crash between title rivals

By DANIELLA MATAR Associated Press MONZA, Italy (AP) — Two of Formula One's top drivers have been involved in two potentially life-threatening crashes in as many months. Something needs to change. At the British Grand Prix in July, Max Verstappen ended up in the hospital after tangling ...

Robinson, Pepi, US flip WCup qualifier, beat Honduras 4-1

By RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (AP) — The United States was skidding to another World Cup qualifying failure when Antonee Robinson entered, quickly tied the score and celebrated with a backward somersault. The entire game soon flipped. Ricardo Pepi put the U.S. ...

Set down, Djokovic tops Berrettini at Open, nears The Grand Slam

By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Never fazed, rarely flummoxed, Novak Djokovic is so collected in best-of-five-set matches — even when falling behind, as he has done repeatedly at the U.S. Open. No opponent, or the prospect of what's at stake, has been too much to ...

State of Iowa steps into Big Ten spotlight for Cy-Hawk game

By ERIC OLSON AP College Football Writer Things to watch during Week 2 of play in the Big Ten Conference: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 10 Iowa at No. 9 Iowa State This is the most anticipated Cy-Hawk game since the series began in 1884. ESPN's College GameDay will be in Ames for what marks the ...

Big 12 This Week: No. 9 Iowa State biggest rivalry game yet

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer Some things to watch in Week 2 of the Big 12 Conference: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 9 Iowa State vs. No. 10 Iowa. The Cyclones' instate rivalry game has never been so big. Both teams are ranked in the Top 25 for the first time when meeting in the Cy-Hawk rivalry ...