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Bucks’ Middleton likely to miss beginning of the season

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton probably won't be available for the beginning of the season after undergoing surgery on his left wrist this summer. "Hopefully soon after that." the three-time All-Star said Sunday at the Bucks' Media Day event. Middleton said he ...

AP Exclusive: Jimmie Johnson to retire from full-time racing

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson is retiring from full-time racing and will turn his focus toward spending time with family. He figures his future schedule will include no more than 10 bucket-list events, but the 47-year-old had no idea Monday what that will ...

Fury rules out fighting Joshua after deadline expires

LONDON (AP) — Tyson Fury has ruled out fighting fellow British heavyweight Anthony Joshua after his self-imposed deadline expired. Fury set Joshua's camp an ultimatum on Friday night, insisting he would walk away from the long-anticipated fight if a deal could not be done by Monday. In a ...

76ers’ Harden, Embiid healthy, happy and chasing a title

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — James Harden leaned into a microphone and deadpanned that he lost 100 pounds over the summer. Joel Embiid's summer vacation — at least, according to the NBA scoring champion — was spent entirely in bed. And what of that NBA investigation into the Philadelphia 76ers ...

Versatile Scottie Barnes is Raptors’ ‘player of the future’

TORONTO (AP) — The reigning NBA Rookie of the Year is ready to run the offense a lot more often in his second season. Raptors star Scottie Barnes, who stands 6-foot-7 and weighs 225 pounds, is listed as a guard/forward on Toronto's training camp roster and projects to be one of several ...

In the interim, Thomson leads Phillies to brink of playoffs

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rob Thomson has the sparse office decor of a manager who still has interim in his title. He also has the Philadelphia Phillies on the brink of their first playoff berth in 11 years. Get there -- and end the longest postseason drought in the National League -- and maybe ...

Wentz, Commanders don’t think sky is falling after 1-2 start

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Carson Wentz is not channeling his inner Chicken Little after the Washington Commanders fell to 1-2 on the season. "We've got to fix some things," Wentz said. "I don't think it's anything major. I don't think it's anything like 'Oh boy, the sky is falling.'" In the ...

Mayfield, Panthers passing game a concern despite 1st win

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — While the Carolina Panthers finally got their first victory of the season with a 22-14 win over the New Orleans Saints, the passing game remains a major issue. Baker Mayfield has struggled since his arrival in Carolina, completing just 51.9% of his passes for 550 yards ...

Column: Johnson will chase challenges long into retirement

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — There is a scene in Jimmie Johnson's coffee table book "One More Lap" in which the seven-time NASCAR champion and future Hall of Famer gives a dramatic reading of an excerpt from a biography of the late journalist Hunter S. Thompson. The author, Robert Sullivan, notes ...

Young Houston Rockets focused on growth and improvement

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets still have a long way to go after finishing with the league's worst record for the last two seasons as they embarked on a complete rebuild. This season is likely to be another tough one for this extraordinarily young team, but one of its rising stars issued ...

Holmgren, Gilgeous-Alexander injuries affect Thunder camp

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The injury bug usually waits until midseason to start bothering the Oklahoma City Thunder. This time, it attacked in the offseason. No. 2 overall draft pick Chet Holmgren was ruled out for the season after suffering a foot injury last month. Now, top returning scorer ...

No. 2 Alabama faces 3-game stretch of ranked foe

Alabama has mostly breezed through the first month of the season, with one big scare and three games that were frightfully but predictably easy. How good is 'Bama, really? Check back in a few weeks. The second-ranked Crimson Tide (4-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) start a three-game stretch ...

Pistons guard Cade Cunningham bulked up for 2nd NBA season

DETROIT (AP) — Cade Cunningham packed on about 10 pounds of muscle in his first NBA offseason, hoping the added weight will help him lift his game and the Detroit Pistons to another level. The 6-foot-6, 228-pound guard put in a lot of work and it shows. "I didn't recognize him," Pistons ...

Young Grizzlies still cocky, hungrier after semifinals loss

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — All-Star point guard Ja Morant borrowed a professional camera for photos of his teammates, even turning the lens on reporters covering the Memphis Grizzlies' media day Monday. Ziaire Williams, going into his second NBA season, used a disposable camera from the podium ...

Doncic on short rest as Mavs seek replay of deep playoff run

DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic didn't really have time to get out of playing shape after leading Slovenia at the EuroBasket tournament coming off a trip to the Western Conference finals with the Dallas Mavericks. Therefore, the topic on the eve of training camp was how to ease the young superstar ...

Jokic has supporting cast back with healthy Murray, Porter

DENVER (AP) — Jamal Murray spotted his two-time reigning MVP teammate in the open and quickly hollered out to him. "Grab me a grape," the Denver Nuggets point guard said with Nikola Jokic breaking toward a fruit tray Monday at media day. With that, Jokic dished out his first assist of the ...

Hornets enter training camp; Miles Bridges’ future uncertain

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Miles Bridges' future with the Charlotte Hornets remains uncertain as the team prepares to open training camp on Tuesday. Bridges, the team's leading scorer last season, was charged with three counts of felony domestic violence in June. According to the Los Angeles ...

Jays’ Manoah honored for defending Kirk after weight barbs

TORONTO (AP) — Blue Jays right-hander Alek Manoah has been honored with a sportsmanship award for defending teammate Alejandro Kirk after the catcher was criticized online for his weight. Manoah received a roughly $73,000 ($100,000 Canadian) sponsorship prize and immediately donated it to ...

Westbrook back with Lakers after offseason of trade rumors

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Several months after the basketball world collectively assumed Russell Westbrook and the Los Angeles Lakers were definitely headed for a breakup, the guard reported to training camp Monday wearing the same gold jersey. Westbrook's return to the Lakers is among the ...

New-look Utah Jazz focused on new, competitive identity

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A dramatic roster overhaul has left the Utah Jazz with a load of new faces entering this season. Utah traded Royce O'Neale, Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell, and Bojan Bogdanovic in separate deals over the summer, effectively tearing down a team that endured a series of ...