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Moustakas, Reds top Tigers

CINCINNATI (AP) — Mike Moustakas drove in four runs in an emphatic first impression, teaming with fellow Cincinnati newcomers Shogo Akiyama and Nick Castellanos to turn the Reds’ long-delayed opener into a 7-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday. The Reds tried to make themselves ...

MSU suspends football workouts

LANSING (AP) — The Michigan State University football team suspended workouts Friday, and its players will quarantine for 14 days after a second staff member and a player tested positive for the coronavirus, the university said. "The university has designated areas available to house ...

NHL officials acknowledge long road

NHL officials acknowledged Friday there is a long way to go before celebrating hockey's return during the COVID-19 pandemic. Teams must submit rosters and full 52-person traveling parties Friday and travel to the hub cities of Toronto or Edmonton, Alberta, on Sunday. There are 12 exhibitions ...

Paratore shoots 66 to lead British Masters, still bogey-free

NEWCASTLE, England (AP) — Renato Paratore birdied the last hole to shoot 5-under 66 and retain his one-stroke lead on Friday after three rounds at the British Masters, where the Italian golfer has yet to drop a shot all week. On a day of low scoring that included a round of 61 by Sam ...

Cole, Stanton lead Yanks past Nats, 4-1

WASHINGTON (AP) — The pandemic-shortened Major League Baseball season finally started Thursday night, with zero fans, Nationals star Juan Soto sidelined by COVID-19 and a 4-1 storm-halted victory for the New York Yankees over reigning champ Washington behind Gerrit Cole, Giancarlo Stanton and ...

Release the Kraken: Seattle unveils name for NHL franchise

SEATTLE (AP) — The name Seattle Kraken seems to have had an air of inevitability around it even during the earliest days of the NHL expansion franchise. "The first time in our office, there's only 10 of us in our office, and we put up our NHL Seattle sign on the front door. And the very ...

MLB, players agree to expand playoffs

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball and the players' union agreed Thursday to expand the playoffs from 10 teams to 16 for the pandemic-delayed season, a decision that makes it likely teams with losing records will reach the postseason. The agreement was reached hours before the season ...

Michigan Tech announces eight incoming players for 2020-21

HOUGHTON — Michigan Tech head hockey coach Joe Shawhan announced eight incoming players for the 2020-21 season. The class consists of goaltenders Cayden Bailey and Mark Sinclair, defensemen Jed Pietila and Brett Thorne, and forwards Carson Bantle, Arvid Caderoth, Nick Nardella, and Blais ...

Pandemic can’t stop Uecker from 50th year in Brewers’ booth

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Bob Uecker describes the most unique season of his half century as a Milwaukee Brewers’ broadcaster with the wit that has helped make him one of the game’s most recognizable voices. “All of this stuff for me is totally new,” Uecker said Wednesday during a Zoom ...

NCAA football oversight asks board for time on fall sports

The NCAA football oversight committee is asking the association’s Board of Governors to avoid making a decision soon on whether to conduct fall championships as college sports tries to find a path to play through the pandemic. A letter dated July 21 was sent by committee chairman Shane ...

Draisaitl, MacKinnon, Panarin named MVP finalists

The NHL Hart Trophy voters agreed with NHL players in selecting Edmontonís Leon Draisaitl, Coloradoís Nathan MacKinnon and Artemi Panarin of the New York Rangers as MVP award finalists. The finalists were announced by the NHL on Tuesday, and determined by members of the Professional Hockey ...

Packers expect no more than 10,000-12,000 fans at home games

Green Bay Packers CEO Mark Murphy says he expects the team’s home games this season will have no more than 10,000-12,000 fans, if spectators are allowed at all. The Packers had announced two weeks ago that their 81,441-seat Lambeau Field would have a “significantly reduced” capacity this ...

NFLPA agrees with league on no preseason games

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL Players Association has agreed to the league’s plan to drop all preseason games for the 2020 season, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the offer had not been made public. The union ...

Baseball’s back: MLB holds first COVID-era exhibitions

NEW YORK (AP) — Didi Gregorius watched over the top of his face mask as his drive off Washington ace Max Scherzer sailed into empty outfield seats. Fake cheers — meant to encourage the hometown Nationals — accidentally piped through the stadium as the Philadelphia Phillies shortstop ...

Rahm’s wild day ends with Memorial win, No. 1 ranking

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Jon Rahm won the Memorial to join Seve Ballesteros as the only Spaniards to reach No. 1 in the world, a victory he finally wrapped up with a magical shot that would have made his idol proud. Rahm built an eight-shot lead at the turn, only to see it reduced to three shots ...

Dillon leads 1-2 RCR finish in Cup race before fans at Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Austin Dillon stayed in front after a restart with two laps to go and beat rookie teammate Tyler Reddick to the checkered flag at Texas, giving Richard Childress Racing a 1-2 NASCAR Cup finish and quite a show for spectators spread out in the stands on a scorching ...

Washington owner Snyder vows culture change amid allegations

Washington NFL owner Dan Snyder said Friday he’s committed to improving the culture inside the team after allegations of sexual harassment, while the league will wait for a law firm’s review before taking action. The Washington Post reported Thursday that 15 female former employees said ...

Finau, Palmer share lead at Memorial as Tiger hangs on

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Tony Finau figured he was on the right track when he shot 59 at Victory Ranch last week in Utah. That kind of score isn’t happening at Muirfield Village, where the greens are getting firmer by the hour. Finau still took enough confidence from playing with his kids at ...

No NBA: Livers returning to Wolverines

ANN ARBOR (AP) — Michigan’s Isaiah Livers announced Friday he was removing his name from NBA draft consideration and said he was excited to come back to Ann Arbor. “While it was a limited process due to COVID-19, I want to thank all the NBA teams who took the time to talk to me,” the ...

Three Vezina finalists named

Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning has been selected as a Vezina Trophy finalist for the third consecutive season, with a shot at becoming the first back-to-back winner of the NHL's top goalie award in 12 years. Winnipeg's Connor Hellebuyk and Boston's Tuukka Rask rounded out the ...