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Packers left tackle Bakhtiari taken off the field on cart

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari was taken off the field on a cart, dampening the spirits Saturday at Family Night at Lambeau Field. Bakhtiari walked to the cart with his left shoe removed. Asked if Bakhtiari’s injury was a major concern, Packers coach ...

Randy Moss: Pro Football Hall of Famer

By The Associated Press NFL receivers usually are tall or fast. Randy Moss was both, making him the most dangerous pass catcher in the game, and now a Pro Football Hall of Famer. A first-year nominee, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound Moss brought the perfect combination of height, speed, soft hands ...

Conor is back: UFC says McGregor will fight Oct. 6 in Vegas

By Greg Beacham AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Conor McGregor will return to mixed martial arts on Oct. 6 in Las Vegas for a title bout against UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. The UFC dramatically announced the matchup Friday with a promotional video to close a news ...

Porcello’s 1-hitter leads Red Sox over Yankees

By Doug Alden Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Rick Porcello pitched a one-hitter, Steve Pearce homered for the fourth time in two nights and the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 4-1 Friday after manager Alex Cora’s ejection to open a season-high 7½-game lead in the AL ...

Rodgers gets Packers up to speed in practice

By Genaro C. Armas AP Sports Writer GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers’ no-look touchdown pass is still the talk of Green Bay Packers training camp. The defense was called for offsides to give Rodgers a free play during a two-minute drill in practice Thursday. The play was going ...

Meyer says he followed protocol for 2015 abuse allegations

By Ralph D. Russo AP College Football Writer Urban Meyer defended himself Friday, admitting he was not forthright with reporters when questioned about 2015 allegations of domestic violence against one of his assistant coaches, but also insisting he handled the situation properly at the ...

Not Kids’ games! Dodgeball, Quidditch, mini golf go pro

By TERRIN WAACK, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Dodgeball is not just a Ben Stiller movie or anxiety-inducing gym class activity. It's a professional sport. That's no Vince Vaughn joke. The World Dodgeball Association , founded in 2013, is holding its second World Cup — this weekend in ...

Bellinger, Pederson, Puig power Dodgers in rout of Brewers

By DOUG PADILLA, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — It took 56 years for Dodger Stadium to see a game like this. Cody Bellinger hit a grand slam, Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig hit two homers each, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 21-5 on Thursday night. Brian Dozier ...

Pearce hits 3 homers, Red Sox boost AL East lead over Yanks

By The Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Steve Pearce homered three times, the second a three-run drive in an eight-run fourth inning as the Boston Red Sox rallied from an early deficit to beat the New York Yankees 15-7 on Thursday night and take a season-high 6½-game lead in the AL East. In ...

Rangers score 10 in first 2 innings, beat Orioles 17-8

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Jurickson Profar helped the Texas Rangers get a big win in a matchup of retooling teams, and hand the struggling Baltimore Orioles another low this season. Jurickson Profar hit a three-run home run and a run-scoring single as Texas scored 10 runs during the first two ...

Hedges, Erlin lead Padres past Cubs 6-1 to stop 7-game slide

By MATT CARLSON, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres may be at the bottom of the National League, but Austin Hedges is at the top of his game. Hedges hit a go-ahead, three-run homer, Robbie Erlin pitched two-hit ball over five innings in a spot start and the Padres beat the ...

Ravens and Bears show off D, Baltimore wins 17-16

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The goals were to let the backups play and learn, and to be inspired. Missions accomplished. The Ravens and Bears honored their great linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher with some defense to make them proud in the Hall of ...

COLLEGE FOOTBALL ’18: New redshirt rule in place for coaches

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer For years college football coaches have labored, even agonized, over whether to play a freshman who might be able contribute immediately or hold him out of games to preserve a year of eligibility and hopefully cash in greater rewards down the ...

Decades-long wait for Hall of Fame over for Jerry Kramer

By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer Jerry Kramer has basked in the attention on his key block on the winning play in the Ice Bowl for more than half a century. He sure was uneasy, though, when Vince Lombardi told Bart Starr to run "31 Wedge" from a yard out, the Green Bay Packers' ...

Nationals set team scoring record, rout Reyes, Mets 25-4

By HARVEY VALENTINE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The New York Mets have been searching for any reason to smile during a miserable season. This laugher wasn't exactly what they had in mind. In the highest-scoring game in Nationals franchise history, Daniel Murphy hit two early home ...

LEADING OFF: Dozier, Hamels, Archer settle in, Springer hurt

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: STARTING OUT Brian Dozier could make his first start for the Los Angeles Dodgers when they host Milwaukee. The power-hitting Minnesota second baseman was traded Tuesday, shortly before the deadline for making deals ...

Encarnacion, Ramirez lead Indians past Twins, 6-2

By TYLER MASON, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Trevor Bauer is his own toughest critic — even when victorious. The Cleveland right-hander had some choice words to describe his performance Tuesday against Minnesota. Though Bauer struggled by his standards, he pitched deep enough to ...

Pirates cap eventful deadline day with 5-4 win over Cubs

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jameson Taillon spent the hours before the trade deadline doing some detective work. The Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher scoured Twitter for updates, asked team trainers if they were scanning medical records and touched base with acquaintances of ...

Boyd throws 8 scoreless innings, Tigers beat Cincinnati 2-1

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer DETROIT (AP) — Once Matthew Boyd escaped a couple early jams, the Detroit left-hander found a groove. "Early in the game, he had a couple guys on and it got real slow," Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He picked up the pace." Boyd allowed four hits ...

Trade tornado: Dozier, Archer among 15 swaps on deadline day

By BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer For Brian Dozier, getting traded meant a dash to the airport and a long trip to Dodger Stadium. For Jake Diekman, it was a lot easier — he simply rode the bullpen cart from one clubhouse to the other at Chase Field. Chris Archer, Jonathan Schoop and a bunch ...