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Ryan aims to revive career with rebuilding Red Wings

DETROIT (AP) — Bobby Ryan was looking for a fresh start and a place to revive his career after it was stunted in part by alcohol issues. Ryan was sold on that happening with the Detroit Red Wings. A long conversation with general manager Steve Yzerman sealed the deal even though it was ...

Whitey Ford, Yankees’ Hall of Fame ace, dies at 91

NEW YORK (AP) — During an era when the Yankees won the World Series so routinely it was joked that rooting for them was like rooting for General Motors, their ace pitcher owned the most fitting nickname: "The Chairman of the Board." Whitey Ford, the street-smart New Yorker who had the best ...

Kiffin has chance to end Saban’s streak against former assistants

Lane Kiffin gets the chance to snap one of the more interesting streaks in college football. The new Mississippi coach faces his old boss, Nick Saban, when the Rebels take on No. 2 Alabama on Saturday in Oxford. Saban last week improved to 20-0 when facing teams led by one of his his former ...

Braves sweep Marlins, on to NLCS

HOUSTON (AP) — Not since the days of John Smoltz, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine had the Atlanta Braves pitched like this in the playoffs. And even those future Hall of Famers didn't throw the way these Braves have this postseason. "What those guys did on the mound is almost mind-blowing," ...

Astros sink A’s, advance to ALCS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three years after a sign-stealing scheme propelled the Astros to their first championship, Houston's star-studded lineup did little during the regular season to quiet criticism it could only hit when cheating. Back in the postseason, they're banging away as well as ever ...

Red Wings agree to extensions with Erne, Hirose

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings agreed to terms Thursday on one-year contract extensions with forwards Adam Erne and Taro Hirose. Erne had two goals and three assists in 56 games this past season. Detroit acquired him from Tampa Bay in August 2019. He played in three previous seasons ...

Former FSU coach Bowden hospitalized with COVID-19

Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden was hospitalized Tuesday for treatment of COVID-19. Family friend Kim Shiff, Bowden's former publicist, told the AP in a text message that the 90-year-old college football Hall of Famer was "very fatigued," but had no other symptoms. Bowden was ...

Blackhawks part with Crawford

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks will not re-sign goaltender Corey Crawford in free agency, parting with a key member of its Stanley Cup-winning core and potentially signaling a more extensive rebuild for one of the NHL's marquee franchises. General manager Stan Bowman said he had a ...

Coan’s injury provides opportunity for Wisconsin QB Mertz

From the moment he announced his college choice, Graham Mertz has received more attention than the typical Wisconsin quarterback. Mertz is about to get his chance to show he's worthy of all the acclaim that accompanied his arrival on campus last year. Now that foot surgery has sidelined ...

Pandemic limiting what NFL players can do on bye weeks

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers and his Green Bay Packers teammates won’t get a chance to celebrate their fast start by leaving town during their week off. The Packers (4-0) and Detroit Lions (1-3) don’t play this week and therefore are the first NFL teams to get a taste of how ...

Packers look more dominant entering bye

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Good health and good fortune helped the Green Bay Packers win the NFC North title and reach the conference championship game last season. The Packers haven’t been as healthy so far this year. They haven’t needed to be as lucky. Green Bay (4-0) heads into its bye ...

Arizona Coyotes draft MTU’s Bantle in 5th round

Carson Bantle hasn’t even played a game yet for the Michigan Tech Huskies, and he already has a path to the NHL. Bantle, an incoming 6-foot-4 freshman forward, was selected in the fifth round 142nd overall by the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday. It’s the highest in the draft a Husky was ...

NHL Draft: NY Rangers select Lafreniere with No. 1 pick

The New York Rangers selected Canadian forward Alexis Lafreniere with the No. 1 pick in the NHL draft on Tuesday night. Lafreniere was the NHL Central Scouting Bureau’s top-ranked North American skater. He becomes the first Canadian to go No. 1 since Connor McDavid was chosen by Edmonton in ...

A moment of rest finally arrives at the NBA Finals

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James got back to his hotel suite after Game 4 of the NBA Finals early Wednesday morning. At 6:30 a.m., he was already tweeting out images to announce to his 47.6 million followers that he was wide-awake. When the season’s ...

NFL looking at ‘several’ virus protocol incidents with Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The NFL’s investigation into how Tennessee turned into the league’s first COVID-19 outbreak found “several specific incidents” of the Titans possibly breaking protocols dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, according to a person with knowledge of the probe. ...

Legends: MacInnes arrived quietly before dominant reign at MTU

HOUGHTON — Unlike many of the high-level sports coaches of today, John MacInnes had a quiet start when he took over the Michigan Tech hockey coaching job. There were no bells and whistles when he arrived in Houghton in the summer of 1956. No major newspapers, television or radio networks ...

Packers could be without top 2 WRs against Falcons

Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur said Friday that Allen Lazard's core injury provides an opportunity for other wide receivers to step forward — an indication the Packers may be without their top two wideouts when they face the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night. Lazard didn't practice for ...

Avila says Tigers aren’t ruling out Hinch, Cora as manager

DETROIT (AP) — Tigers general manager Al Avila said Friday that Detroit is not ruling out the possibility of hiring A.J. Hinch or Alex Cora for its manager vacancy. Hinch and Cora were suspended through the 2020 postseason for their roles in the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal. The ...

Braves top Reds in 13-inning postseason opener

ATLANTA (AP) — Freddie Freeman singled home the winning run in the 13th inning, finally ending the longest scoreless duel in postseason history as the Atlanta Braves defeated the Cincinnati Reds 1-0 in the opener of their NL wild-card series on Wednesday. The East champion Braves won the ...

Virus outbreak pushes Steelers vs. Titans to Monday or Tuesday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have at least one more day to see if the team's coronavirus outbreak is under control before their game with the Steelers is rescheduled for Monday or Tuesday. Only one new positive test result came back Wednesday, a day after the Titans had three ...