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NFL cracks down on internal dissent over officiating

By ARNIE STAPLETON AP Pro Football Writer The NFL threw yellow flags on Rams linebacker Clay Matthews, Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and Lions safety Tracy Walker, fining each $12,500 for criticizing officials. Matthews was disciplined for a tweet he posted after the Lions lost to his ...

Patriots blitz Darnold, Jets 33-0 to remain undefeated

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. AP Pro Football Writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Tom Brady set the tone and the New England Patriots' blitz-happy defense took over from there. Bill Belichick's bunch is still undefeated after another absolutely dominant performance. Brady threw a TD pass to Phillip ...

Clemson player who punched opponent faces no more discipline

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says reserve defensive back Andrew Booth Jr. will face no additional punishment for punching a Louisville player last week. The freshman punch ed Trenell Troutman during the second half of Clemson's 45-10 victory. Booth will miss the opening ...

Mahomes hurts knee in Chiefs’ win over Denver

By Arnie Stapleton AP Pro Football Writer DENVER (AP) — Reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes injured his right knee in a pileup near the goal line before his Kansas City teammates rallied around their fallen superstar for a 30-6 thrashing of Denver on Thursday night. Backup Matt Moore threw a ...

LEADING OFF: Strasburg, Nats lead Cards 2-0, Stanton hurt

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: MAKING THEIR PITCH Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals try to move within a win of the World Series. They lead St. Louis 2-0 in the NL Championship Series after dominant starts by Max Scherzer ...

Mariota, Winston may have cloudy futures with shaky showings

By SCHUYLER DIXON AP Pro Football Writer Marcus Mariota might be out as the starting quarterback in Tennessee, while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers might have to decide how many more interceptions they can afford from Jameis Winston. For the top two picks in the 2015 draft, the future might not be ...

Correa HR in 11th as Astros top Yankees 3-2; ALCS tied at 1

By KRISTIE RIEKEN AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — In a battle of the bullpens, Carlos Correa felt the greatest relief. Injured down the stretch and slumping this month, Correa hit a leadoff home run in the 11th inning that lifted the Houston Astros over the New York Yankees 3-2 Sunday ...

Jarry makes 27 saves, Penguins rout Jets 7-2

By The Associated Press undefined WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Zach Aston-Reese, Sam Lafferty and Jake Guentzel each had two goals to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 7-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday night. Dominik Simon also scored and Aston-Reese also had an assist for the Penguins. ...

Steelers’ Conner scores 2 TDs, Hodges wins first start

By JOE REEDY AP Sports Writer CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Pittsburgh's Devlin Hodges walked into the stadium properly attired for his first NFL start. He was wearing a T-shirt with a duck on it that read "I'm The Boss," befitting his nickname and quiet confidence. The rookie quarterback directed ...

LEADING OFF: Paxton vs Verlander in ALCS, day off for NLCS

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: Justin Verlander starts for Houston in Game 2 of the AL Championship Series, trying to even the best-of-seven matchup with the Yankees. New York won the opener 7-0 at Minute Maid Park behind Gleyber Torres' ...

Burrow brings No. 5 Tigers back to beat No. 7 Florida 42-28

By The Associated Press undefined BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Joe Burrow passed for 293 yards and three touchdowns, and fifth-ranked LSU scored three straight touchdowns after falling behind early in the second half to beat No. 7 Florida 42-28 Saturday night. Facing a Florida defense that came ...

Boxer Patrick Day transported to hospital after vicious KO

CHICAGO (AP) — Boxer Patrick Day was taken to a hospital after getting viciously knocked out in the 10th round by Charles Conwell on Saturday night. Fighting at super welterweight on the undercard of Oleksandr Usyk's heavyweight debut against Chazz Witherspoon, Conwell landed a right hand ...

Torres, Tanaka lead Yankees over Astros 7-0 in ALCS opener

By KRISTIE RIEKEN AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — The youngest Baby Bomber is all grown up. Any surprise Gleyber Torres is doing so well in October? "I mean, not really," he said. The 22-year-old Torres kept up his postseason surge with a homer and five RBIs, Masahiro Tanaka polished his ...

No. 9 Irish ride Jones’ 176 yards to 30-27 victory over USC

By JOHN FINERAN Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — No. 9 Notre Dame survived upset-minded Southern California by staying grounded in chilly Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday night. Tony Jones Jr. rushed for a career-high 176 yards, Ian Book scored on an 8-yard run with 3:33 left and ...

Sánchez shines as Nationals beat Cards 2-0 in NLCS opener

By Jay Cohen AP Sports Writer ST. LOUIS (AP) — It turns out Washington’s Big Three is a Big Four. Don’t forget about Aníbal Sánchez. The right-hander carried a no-hit bid into the eighth inning, Howie Kendrick had two more big swings and the Nationals beat the St. Louis Cardinals ...

Delle Donne leads Mystics to first WNBA championship

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Mystics have won their first WNBA championship, getting 22 points from Emma Meesseman and 21 from banged-up league MVP Elena Delle Donne to beat the Connecticut Sun 89-78 in Game 5 of the Finals on Thursday night. It was a fitting conclusion to an ...

Cole, Astros beat Rays 6-1 in ALDS Game 5

By Kristie Rieken AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Gerrit Cole pitched another playoff masterpiece and the Houston Astros jumped to a quick lead, turning back the Tampa Bay Rays 6-1 Thursday night in Game 5 to set up a titanic showdown with the New York Yankees in the AL Championship ...

LEADING OFF: Nats-Dodgers and Cards-Braves set for Game 5

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors Wednesday: NOW OR NEVER A pair of winner-take-all Game 5s will decide the two NL Division Series. First, the Atlanta Braves host the St. Louis Cardinals at 5:02 p.m. EDT. Then, it's the Washington Nationals at ...

Cole, Astros have no room for error left in ALDS vs Rays

By MARK DIDTLER Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Zack Greinke got hit hard. So did Justin Verlander. And all of a sudden, the Houston Astros and their heavyweight rotation have only one chance left to knock out the pesky Rays. It's up to Gerrit Cole in Game 5. Verlander gave up ...

Bruins top Golden Knights 4-3, off to best start in 18 years

By W.G. RAMIREZ Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — The defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Bruins won't play their first home game until Saturday. That hasn't stopped them from opening on a rampage in Western Conference cities, clearly putting last season's Game 7 loss in the ...