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Dodgers’ Kershaw on IL with low back pain; Taylor activated

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers placed left-hander Clayton Kershaw on the 15-day injured list Friday, one day after he left a start with lower back pain. This marks the 34-year-old Kershaw's second trip to the injured list this season. He was previously sidelined with inflammation ...

Chiefs’ Frank Clark arrives at camp with new outlook on life

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — Frank Clark arrived at training camp with the Kansas City Chiefs last month noticeably trimmer, and with that menacing scowl that somehow seemed so befitting of a menacing defensive end replaced by a joyful smile. His attitude? That was better, too. The changes in ...

Kremlin says Griner swap must be discussed without publicity

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin said Friday that it's open to talking about a possible prisoner exchange involving American basketball star Brittney Griner but strongly warned Washington against publicizing the issue. Griner, a two-time U.S. Olympic champion and an eight-time all-star with the ...

Fillies may win Hambletonian for 3rd time in 5 years

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Fillies have won two of the last four Hambletonians and the trend might continue Saturday with Jiggy Jog S and Joviality S both making the final of trotting's biggest race of the year for 3 year olds. Joviality S and Jiggy Jog S are the second-and-third choices, ...

Mims motivated to be ‘on top’ of Jets’ receiver depth chart

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Denzel Mims was the New York Jets' exciting new playmaker two summers ago, a potential game-changing wide receiver for years to come. A lot has happened since. And not a lot good. The 2020 second-round pick out of Baylor dealt with hamstring issues as a rookie, an ...

Former big league slugger Dietrich suspended for 50 games

NEW YORK (AP) — Former big league slugger Derek Dietrich has been suspended for 50 games for testing positive for a stimulant. Dietrich, 33, is on the roster of the New York Yankees' Triple-A affiliate, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He last appeared in the majors with Texas in 2020. Dietrich's ...

Injured WR Godwin back on practice field for Buccaneers

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Seven months after undergoing knee surgery, Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Chris Godwin is back in pads on the practice field. Godwin, who signed a three-year, $60 million contract in March, worked out in full uniform at training camp Friday — running and catching passes ...

Column: NFL lets bad boy owners get off with slap on wrist

After Donald Sterling's racist ramblings were exposed to the world, the NBA moved quickly to banish him from the league. Sure, the forced sale of the Los Angeles Clippers made Sterling even richer, but it sent a clear signal that such behavior would not be tolerated, even from the guys with ...

Heat, humidity test Freeman’s Irish at first practice

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame coach Marcus Freeman isn't wasting any time. Not with the Irish's season opener against the coach's alma mater coming up on the horizon. Following a two-hour practice Friday morning in hazy, humid conditions, the 36-year-old Freeman told his players they ...

Pro Bowl guard Teller aiming for Browns turnaround

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Right guard Wyatt Teller firmly established himself as one of the NFL's top offensive linemen last season, earning his first Pro Bowl selection. The Cleveland Browns rewarded him with a $56.8 million, four-year contract extension. Accolades and big money only go so far, ...

Union files brief replying to NFL’s appeal in Watson case

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The NFL Players Association has filed a brief replying to the league's appeal in Deshaun Watson's discipline case. Former New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey now has the necessary paperwork to issue a ruling. The players' union announced the reply brief shortly ...

Pro Football Hall of Fame recognizes women’s impact

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — A 15-year-old boy made his way through the the Pro Football Hall of Fame museum on Friday, checking out the memorabilia and bronze busts before stopping to take a picture of Jen Welter's blue-and-pink jersey to send to his younger sister. "She will love this," said Zach ...

Flowers blooming at BC into one of ACC’s best receivers

BOSTON (AP) — To Zay Flowers, unfinished business means getting his degree from Boston College — and more. "Win the division, go out the right way," the BC receiver said on Friday after the Eagles opened training camp on a blistering day in Chestnut Hill. "I feel like we can be one of the ...

JC Jackson quickly fitting into new-look Chargers defense

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Less than two weeks into training camp, J.C. Jackson is proving to be a quick study of the Los Angeles Chargers defense. The 26-year-old cornerback, one of the top defensive signings in the league during the offseason, has been making life difficult for wide ...

Kershaw leaves with low back pain, Dodgers sweep Giants 5-3

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Clayton Kershaw left his start with low back pain and the Los Angeles Dodgers went on to beat the San Francisco Giants 5-3 on Thursday to complete a four-game sweep. Kershaw felt discomfort while he was warming up before the bottom of the fifth inning. The three-time NL ...

McMahon has homer, 5 RBIs as Rockies beat Soto, Padres 7-3

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Ryan McMahon hit a three-run homer off Joe Musgrove and drove in five runs for the Colorado Rockies, who beat Juan Soto and the San Diego Padres 7-3 Thursday to avoid a five-game sweep. The Padres didn't give the crowd a lot to cheer about compared to Wednesday night, when a ...

Rams’ McVay calls Stafford’s elbow pain “abnormal” for a QB

Coach Sean McVay says Matthew Stafford's continuing elbow pain is unusual for a football player, and the Los Angeles Rams are trying to determine whether it will hamper their starting quarterback in the regular season. Stafford has been throwing in individual drills and 7-on-7 setups while ...

Rangers introduce Rocker same day that 2 past No. 1s debut

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Kumar Rocker will spend a few more days around the Texas Rangers before going to Arizona, where the third overall draft pick is expected to make his organizational debut in the fall instructional league. "Getting through this process is the starting line," Rocker said ...

Angels tie MLB record with 7 solo HRs but lose to Athletics

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — In a season that has turned into a titanic struggle for the Los Angeles Angels, they suffered another pain-staking defeat Thursday. The Halos tied a major league record with seven solo home runs, including two by Shohei Ohtani, but still lost to the Oakland Athletics ...

Raducanu into Washington quarterfinals; Fritz stops in heat

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reigning U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu found herself completely exhausted, physically and mentally, after playing a pair of tiebreakers across nearly three hours on a hot and humid afternoon at the Citi Open on Thursday. "Everything," the second-seeded Raducanu said ...