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Matthews, Maple Leafs beat Senators in opener

TORONTO (AP) — Auston Matthews scored twice in Toronto’s four-goal second period in the Maple Leafs’ 5-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night in the opener for both teams. Matthews gave Toronto a 3-2 lead at 8:02 of the second and made it 4-2 on a power play with 5:10 left ...

Barkley may be back sooner than expected

By Tom Canavan AP Sports Writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Don’t be surprised if New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley is back in the lineup a lot sooner than expected. Just 10 days after sustaining a high sprain to his right ankle, Barkley worked out with a trainer on the ...

NFL ICYMI: Bills, Bears latest to see QB problem get worse

By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Pro Football Writer The NFL has a quarterback problem and it's only getting worse by the week. There are not very many people, among the world's billions, who are capable of playing the most important position in professional football well — and the number available to ...

Analysis: Road teams dominate in Week 4 and in September

By ROB MAADDI AP Pro Football Writer Losing at home in September could force some teams to have to win on the road in January. There was no home-field advantage in Week 4 in the NFL. Road teams are 10-3 entering Monday night's Bengals-Steelers game. Three of those 10 teams were at least 6 ...

Monsters of middle relief: Best bets from October bullpens

By JAKE SEINER AP Sports Writer It's been three years since Andrew Miller led the Cleveland Indians to the brink of a World Series championship by coming out of the bullpen early and often, and bulk work from relievers has been an October staple since. Whether it's Brewers All-Star Josh Hader ...

AP Top 25 Reality Check: Field closes in on Tide and Tigers

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football The college football season started with the general consensus that Clemson and Alabama, winners of the last four national champions, were a cut above the rest of college football. Georgia, Oklahoma and Ohio State were the most likely challengers, but how ...

MLB finishes with 6,776 homers, 11% above previous record

By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Major league batters finished with 6,776 home runs, shattering the previous record of 6,105 set two years ago. Dominic Smith hit the final long ball of the season, a three-run drive in the 11th inning Sunday off Atlanta's Grant Dayton that ...

Brewers clinch playoff spot; Twins win AL Central

By The Associated Press undefined CINCINNATI (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers wrapped up their second straight postseason appearance Wednesday night, with Ryan Braun's grand slam sparking a 9-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds that also tightened the NL Central race. The Brewers have won six in ...

No. 24 K-State into Big 12 opener undefeated under Klieman

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer Some things to watch on the fifth weekend of Big 12 Conference play: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 24 Kansas State at Oklahoma State (3-1, 0-1 Big 12). The Wildcats have their first 3-0 start since 2015, and that season they lost their fourth game in a Big 12 ...

Unexpected Edman suddenly crucial to Cardinals’ success

By DAVID BRANDT AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — Tommy Edman was up at the plate on Monday night, barely 24 hours after his St. Louis Cardinals had finished an emotional four-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Now, the Cardinals were in Phoenix, still locked in a tight pennant ...

Virginia-Notre Dame matchup headlines ACC’s Week 5

By JOEDY McCREARY AP Sports Writer Here are things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 5: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 18 Virginia at No. 10 Notre Dame. The Cavaliers (4-0) will try to do something no Atlantic Coast Conference team has ever done — beat a ranked Notre Dame team in ...

Kyrgios handed suspended 16-week ban by ATP Tour

LONDON (AP) — Nick Kyrgios has been handed a suspended 16-week ban from the ATP Tour following an investigation into his abusive behavior in a tournament in Cincinnati last month. The Australian player insulted a chair umpire and left the court to smash two rackets during a second-round loss ...

Vargas hits game-winner in 19th, D-backs top Cards 3-2

By DAVID BRANDT AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona had ample reasons to be a beaten-down ballclub one day after being officially eliminated from the National League playoff race. Instead, the Diamondbacks powered through 19 innings of baseball, used 13 pitchers and earned an unlikely ...

LEADING OFF: Brewers, Twins on brink of some bubbly

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: BREWING SOME BUBBLY The Brewers are on the verge of another postseason berth. Milwaukee can lock up an NL wild card with a win over Cincinnati or losses by the Cubs and Mets. Just like last season, when the ...

Turner’s slam helps Nats sweep Phils, clinch wild card

By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Dave Martinez's words were drenched with emotion as he stood in a booze-soaked clubhouse, Washington Nationals players celebrating all around after clinching an NL wild card exactly four months after they woke up with a 19-31 record and ...

NCAA suspends response deadlines in hoops corruption cases

By AARON BEARD AP Basketball Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The NCAA is suspending its deadlines for schools to respond to charges levied by the governing body in the wake of college basketball's corruption scandal. In a letter obtained by The Associated Press in a public-records request, ...

Pats, Chiefs, Rams, Cowboys are top 4 in AP Pro32 poll

By SIMMI BUTTAR AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Through three weeks, the NFL's big four are as dominant as ever. The New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys, all division winners last year, are undefeated so far and occupy the top four spots in ...

When Tom Brady talks, the NFL listens — and acts

By ARNIE STAPLETON AP Pro Football Writer Tom Brady has clout, and his indignation may have saved the NFL's 100th season from being ruined by the refs even though he backtracked like he was avoiding Shaq Barrett . Yellow flags flew at an alarming rate over the first two weeks of the season, ...

LEADING OFF: Yost begins final homestand with Royals

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: ALL THOSE KS Major League Baseball's season strikeout record likely will be broken Tuesday for the 12th straight year — with five days to spare. Batters enter play with 41,098 strikeouts. There were ...

NHL teams aim to fill arenas, drawing fans away from screens

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Red Wings season-ticket holder Matt Larson pays about $74 for two of the cheapest seats in Little Caesars Arena. The 32-year-old fan gets a pair of high top chairs set up behind a counter, giving him plenty of space for food and drink, in ...