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NHL tracking pucks this season, opening up gambling options

DETROIT (AP) — The latest generation of NHL pucks have six circles on both sides covering tubes that allow infrared cameras to constantly connect the vulcanized rubber with a puck and player tracking system. After a bumpy start last season with microchipped pucks that didn't slide right, the ...

Youthful energy lifts US in grueling World Cup qualifying

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Yunus Musah's place in the U.S. lineup wasn't certain until 24 hours before kickoff, when coach Greg Berhalter received a text message revealing the 18-year-old's COVID-19 test had come back negative. So the midfielder was inserted alongside 18-year-old Ricardo Pepi and ...

McVay’s Rams show adaptability, resilience in fast start

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fast starts to a season are nothing new for the Los Angeles Rams. They've never had a losing record at any point in coach Sean McVay's half-decade in charge, and their 26-17 win at Seattle on Thursday made them 4-1 or better for the third time in the last four years. But ...

NFL: Cowboys lineman Collins bribed drug-testing official

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The NFL accused Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman La'el Collins of trying to bribe a drug-testing official before the player was suspended five games for a violation of the substance-abuse policy, according to court documents released Friday. The allegation surfaced in a ...

Rookie QBs getting crash course in up-and-down life of NFL

NEW YORK (AP) — No one said this was going to be easy, rookie. Playing quarterback in the NFL is no simple task, and this year's class of newcomers is getting a crash course — filled with sacks, interceptions and losses — in how difficult it is to immediately succeed under ...

Irving could join Nets at practice after ruling from city

NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving could join the Brooklyn Nets at practice this weekend after a ruling that their practice facility doesn't fall under a New York coronavirus vaccination mandate. The Nets were told Friday that the training center is considered a private facility. The city's ...

Correa, Alvarez help Astros take 2-0 lead over Sox in ALDS

HOUSTON (AP) — Carlos Correa was aggressive at the plate. Same for Yordan Alvarez and Kyle Tucker. Jose Altuve turned in a couple of gems in the field. The Houston Astros are relentless — especially in the playoffs. Correa hit a two-run double during Houston's five-run seventh inning, and ...

Jin Young Ko leads LPGA Tour’s foggy Founders Cup

WEST CALDWELL, N.J. (AP) — Jin Young Ko had a three-stroke lead with four holes left Friday when second-round play in the LPGA Tour's Cognizant Founders Cup was suspended because of darkness. Play was delayed 2 1/2 hours at the start because of fog, the second straight day that fog forced a ...

Tellez HR, throw spark Brewers over Braves 2-1 in Game 1

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Rowdy Tellez fouled off Charlie Morton's pitch in a scoreless game, then headed toward the dugout for a deep breath and a new bat. Just the break the Milwaukee Brewers needed. Tellez spoiled Morton's gem by hitting a two-run homer in the seventh inning, leading the Brewers ...

Alex Ovechkin injured in Capitals’ preseason finale

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin left the Washington Capitals' preseason finale against Philadelphia on Friday night with what the team called a lower-body injury and is set to be examined further Saturday. Ovechkin bumped into Flyers forward Travis Konecny midway through the first period and ...

Seattle QB Russell Wilson has surgery on injured finger

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is expected to be sidelined for several weeks after he had surgery Friday to repair two injuries to his right middle finger. Wilson posted a photo Friday night following his surgery in Southern California. Wilson flew to Los ...

NFLPA leader DeMaurice Smith planning to work 1 more term

NFL Players Association leader DeMaurice Smith is planning to move on after he serves one more term with the union. The NFLPA's board of player representatives voted Friday to retain Smith as executive director, and union president JC Tretter said in a statement that the upcoming term would be ...

Ridder, Ford help No. 5 Cincinnati rout Temple 52-3

CINCINNATI (AP) — Desmond Ridder threw for 259 yards and three touchdowns and No. 5 Cincinnati routed Temple 52-3 on Friday night for its 23rd straight home victory. Jerome Ford ran for a career-high 149 yards and two scores to help the Bearcats (5-0, 1-0 American) avoid a letdown after ...

Durant, Harden lead Nets over Bucks; LeBron plays in loss

NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant and James Harden were on the court, so the Nets looked somewhat like the team Milwaukee remembers from its last trip to Brooklyn. The players who helped the Bucks win that game just watched this one. The Nets beat the Bucks 119-115 on Friday night in an ...

Taurasi leads Mercury past Aces to advance to WNBA Finals

LAS VEGAS (AP) — When Phoenix Mercury coach Sandy Brondello was asked what was the difference in the fourth quarter, she had a simple response: It was Diana Taurasi. Taurasi scored 14 of her 24 points in the fourth quarter, and Brittney Griner had 28 points and nine rebounds to lead the ...

Masterful Webb pitches Giants past Dodgers in playoff opener

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Logan Webb pumped his fists as he set down a star-studded Dodgers lineup all game long, then raised his pitching hand in appreciation after a masterful postseason debut. Webb struck out 10 while working into the eighth inning, Buster Posey hit a two-run homer that held ...

Jets’ Williams brothers represent during Crucial Catch month

For its current Crucial Catch initiative to bring awareness to the fight against breast cancer, the NFL has perfect spokesmen in Quinnen and Quincy Williams of the New York Jets. The brothers — Quinnen on the defensive line, Quincy at linebacker — are all too knowledgeable about the ...

Boston Marathon ironman Ben Beach eyeing extension of streak

BOSTON (AP) — Ben Beach has experienced a little bit of everything while running in a record 53 consecutive Boston Marathons. He has navigated minor hurdles, like New England's unpredictable spring weather patterns. He has experienced personal challenges, like confronting his 2002 diagnosis ...

Big Ten welcomes changes as new basketball era begins

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When Big Ten basketball returned to Indianapolis on Thursday, it seemed like a whole new world. Coaches openly embraced the branding power and benefits players received from the name, image and likeness rules changes. Players talked about how the extra money has ...

No more excuses: Deontay Wilder rejuvenated for Fury finale

World champion boxers have reacted to their first career losses in all sorts of dramatic ways while they scramble to cope after their mental armor of invincibility is punctured. Some fire their longtime trainers. Others make unbelievable, outlandish excuses. Nearly all insist the defeat was an ...