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Sayers, Bears Hall of Fame running back, dies at 77

CHICAGO (AP) — Gale Sayers, the dazzling and elusive running back who entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame despite the briefest of careers and whose fame extended far beyond the field for decades thanks to a friendship with a dying Chicago Bears teammate, has died. He was 77. Nicknamed ...

Stamkos scores, leaves, Lightning beat Stars 5-2

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Steven Stamkos scored on his first shot since February, left with injury and the Tampa Bay Lightning kept dominating without him, blowing the Dallas Stars out of an empty arena with a 5-2 rout in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night to take the lead in ...

Packers’ Adams unsure of his status for Saints game

Green Bay wide receiver Davante Adams says he doesn’t know yet whether he’ll be able to play Sunday night at New Orleans after leaving the Packers’ previous game early with a hamstring injury. “It’s too early to tell,” Adams said Wednesday. “It’s feeling better. I think ...

Budget shortfall forces deep cuts in Ohio State sports program

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State's athletic department will cut 25 jobs, furlough hundreds of other employees and ask coaches and others to take 5% pay cuts to help grapple with a projected $107 million budget deficit due to the COVID-19 pandemic, athletic director Gene Smith said ...

Vanessa Bryant sues LA sheriff over photos

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vanessa Bryant, the widow of basketball star Kobe Bryant, has filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles County sheriff claiming deputies shared unauthorized photos of the crash that killed her husband, their 13-year-old daughter and seven others. After the Jan. 26 crash, ...

Cup notebook: Seguin’s goal drought at 11 games

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — With 76 seconds left in a game last round and the Dallas Stars clinging to a one-goal lead, Tyler Seguin laid out in front of a slap shot to block it and help preserve a victory. It was one of those plays that showed the other things Seguin is doing when not putting ...

Heat say they’ve got to be better at start against Celtics

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The formula that the Miami Heat had backed themselves into using throughout this postseason wasn't exactly ideal. They were losing almost every first quarter, and winning almost every game anyway. It's not a sustainable plan, and the Boston Celtics finally ...

Lions embattled coach Patricia backed by players

DETROIT (AP) — The Matt Patricia-led Detroit Lions lost another double-digit lead and an 11th straight game, putting even more pressure on an embattled coach. Some of Patricia’s players attempted to take some heat off him on Monday. “I think it comes down to the players,” Lions ...

Oilers’ Draisaitl is first German to win Hart as NHL’s MVP

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Stanley Cup Final is in Edmonton, and Oilers star Leon Draisaitl made history Monday night. Only it had more to do with his home country than his home arena. Draisaitl became the first German player to win the Hart Trophy as MVP after leading the league in ...

Back to work: Celtics, Heat start getting ready for Game 4

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Getting angry worked wonders for the Boston Celtics. Their first win in these Eastern Conference finals just happened to come two nights after Marcus Smart sparked a loud and emotional series of shouting matches inside the Celtics' locker room, all of that ...

Packers come back to beat Lions, 42-21

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Jones wanted to do a Lambeau Leap even without fans in the stands. He gave himself plenty of opportunities. Jones rushed for a career-high 168 yards and scored three touchdowns, including a 75-yard breakaway, as the Green Bay Packers rallied from an early ...

Lightning seek early spark against Stars in Game 2

Blake Coleman and the Tampa Bay Lightning are going to have to focus on having faster starts to games if they're going to count on enjoying better finishes against the Dallas Stars in the Stanley Cup Final. A Lightning team that led the NHL in scoring for a third straight season is suddenly ...

Football: Kingsford grabs late lead, beats Calumet in opener 17-16

CALUMET — Kingsford took a late lead and forced two turnovers in beating Calumet 17-16 in the season opener Friday night at Agassiz Field. The Flivvers (1-0) took their first lead of the game when Carter Kreski dove over the pile for a 1-yard score and Diego Przeslakowski kicked the point ...

Reed takes lead at US Open

MAMARONECK, N.Y. (AP) — Every shot required full attention. Every hole was a test. Every par was valued. Patrick Reed embraced every aspect of it Friday when the U.S. Open lived up to its reputation as the toughest test in golf, and so did Winged Foot. “I love the grind,” Reed said, ...

Whitmer: Mask order applies to Big Ten, but may be changed

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office said Thursday her requirement that athletes wear masks applies to Big Ten football in Michigan, but a face shield will suffice for players and the administration is open to potentially changing the order. Her office said it will talk to the ...

Cardinals Hall of Fame safety Wilson dies at 82

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Larry Wilson, a former Cardinals safety and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, has died. He was 82. Wilson died Thursday evening, according to a news release from the team. Wilson spent more than 43 years in the Cardinals’ organization as a player and an ...

Big Ten will try to play fall football

Players were pumped. Coaches were stoked. Fans seemed relieved. Even the president was pleased. The Big Ten is going to give fall football a shot after all. Less than five weeks after pushing fall sports to spring in the name of player safety during the pandemic, the conference ran a reverse ...

Manning, Woodson among 2021 Hall of Fame candidates

Peyton Manning and Charles Woodson are among 14 first-year eligible candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Joining the two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback and the star cornerback/safety on the ballot are receivers Calvin Johnson, Wes Welker and Roddy White; running back Steven ...

Braun hits 350th career HR, Brewers-Cardinals split twinbill

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brent Suter and three relievers combined on a two-hitter, Ryan Braun hit his 350th career homer and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-0 Wednesday night to split a doubleheader. The Cardinals took the opener 4-2 behind Adam Wainwright’s ...

World Series at Arlington, 1st time at one site since ‘44

NEW YORK (AP) — The World Series will be played entirely at the Texas Rangers' new ballpark in Arlington, Texas, and Major League Baseball hopes fans can attend. The Division Series, League Championship Series and World Series all will be part of a bubble designed to minimize exposure to ...