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Canada beats US 3-1 in pre-Olympic women’s hockey game

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Coach Troy Ryan could overlook how Canada's women's hockey team sagged in the second period in resuming its cross-border rivalry against the United States on Friday night. What mattered, is how his team responded with Emily Clark scoring twice in the third period to ...

Red Sox run out of fight, fall to Astros in ALCS Game 6

HOUSTON (AP) — Backs against the wall — occasionally by their own doing — these Boston Red Sox proved hard to pin down. The Houston Astros finally got them for good Friday night. Boston's bats went quiet for the third straight game and the Red Sox bowed out of the AL Championship Series ...

Alvarez returns from double knee surgery to win ALCS MVP

HOUSTON (AP) — Two years after winning an AL Rookie of the Year Award, Yordan Alvarez has an AL Championship Series MVP to add to his trophy case. The 24-year-old Cuban was 4—for-4 with two doubles and a triple for the Houston Astros in Friday night's pennant-winning 5-0 victory over the ...

Dwight, AD downplay confrontation in Lakers’ loss to Suns

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dwight Howard and Anthony Davis both say their physical confrontation on the Los Angeles Lakers' bench was a momentary disagreement that has already been resolved. Even if their big men are getting along again, the Lakers have a whole lot more repairing to do. Chris Paul ...

W Series makes American debut at F1’s US Grand Prix

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Catherine Bond Muir has heard the critics complain that the W Series racing league she created wasn't boosting female drivers but segregating them from the best competition. Here is what she sees: Young drivers in aggressive, wheel-to-wheel racing, crashing and ...

AP College Picks: Clemson, Iowa St look to redirect seasons

For the first time this season, there are no games on the college football schedule matching two ranked teams. That doesn't mean there aren't some intriguing matchups. In the spotlight are a handful of teams that stumbled early and fell out of the rankings, but now have a chance to get their ...

Meet Max: Low-key Verstappen heads to Texas atop F1

The lineups were set in advance: Red Bull teammates Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez vs. Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Kevin Harvick and Aric Almirola in a pit stop competition at the ExxonMobil headquarters. When it came time to loosen and then tighten a set of lug nuts, Verstappen reconfirmed ...

Gonzaga coach Mark Few pleads guilty to DUI, fined $1,000

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gonzaga coach Mark Few has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor driving under the influence in Idaho and must pay a fine of $1,000 in lieu of spending four days in jail, according to court documents. He must also perform 24 hours of community service and his driver's license ...

Reeling Broncos, Browns meet with seasons headed off-course

CLEVELAND (AP) — One starting quarterback is limping, the other has his arm in a sling. There are injuries up and down both rosters, and the two coaches are feeling some external pressure — one for the first time. The Denver Broncos are banged up, reeling and desperate for a win. Ditto for ...

AP sources: 6 C-USA schools apply for AAC membership

The American Athletic Conference's latest rebuild leaves Conference USA in a precarious position. Six schools from C-USA — UAB, UTSA, Rice, North Texas, Charlotte and Florida Atlantic — have applied for membership with the American and are expected to be accepted by the end of the week, ...

A perfect example of the difficulties of NFL short weeks

For those who oppose Thursday night NFL games, be it players, coaches, fans or bettors, this week is a perfect example of why. It's difficult enough to prepare for a Sunday game when you have key injuries, particularly at quarterback. And when both teams are uncertain about their quarterback ...

Rolovich lawyer calls coach’s firing ‘unjust and unlawful’

Former Washington State football coach Nick Rolovich's termination for refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccination was unlawful and an attack on his Catholic faith, his attorney said Wednesday. Attorney Brian Fahling also said in a statement that Rolovich intends to take legal action and that the ...

Eovaldi looks to save Red Sox season after bats go quiet

BOSTON (AP) — Following two weak performances at the plate, the Boston Red Sox now turn to Nathan Eovaldi to try to save their season on just two days' rest. The Red Sox were held hitless for four innings Wednesday by left-hander Framber Valdez and managed only three hits in a 9-1 loss to ...

Knicks withstand Brown’s 46, outlast Celtics 138-134 in 2 OT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks never could contain Jaylen Brown and on the last play of regulation completely lost track of Marcus Smart. More mistakes than they'd like, but not enough to ruin their season opener. "At the end of the day, we found a way to win a game," Julius Randle ...

Brice, Appalachian State upset No. 14 Coastal Carolina 30-27

BOONE, N.C. (AP) — Chase Brice is determined to make the most of what is left of his roller-coaster college career. He took a big step forward Wednesday night. Brice threw for 347 yards and two touchdowns, Chandler Staton kicked a 24-yard field goal as time expired and Appalachian State ...

Boone returns on 3-year contract, Yankees demand success

NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Boone will be back with the New York Yankees next year, their first manager since Miller Huggins in 1922 to return for a fifth season after failing to win a title during his first four. "A manager is only as good as the players he's got," general manager Brian Cashman ...

Analysis: At midseason, No. 1 Georgia a rock amid the upsets

There is no defensive revolution in college football this season. Just at Georgia. The dominant defense of the top-ranked Bulldogs has been one of the biggest storylines in the first half of a season that has been highlighted by upsets and unpredictability. Simply, 2021 has been all sorts of ...

Browns’ Mayfield expects to play again with shoulder injury

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Baker Mayfield wants to tough it out. The Browns quarterback said he expects to play Thursday night against the Denver Broncos despite a painful left shoulder injury that has worsened since he hurt it a month ago while trying to make a tackle. Asked if he expects to play, ...

Washington St coach says focus remains on supporting players

Washington State acting head coach Jake Dickert said Tuesday that his immediate focus in his new role is providing support and stability for players who were left hurting and shocked after Nick Rolovich and other coaches were fired for refusing to comply with the state's vaccine mandate. He ...

Messi, Salah score 2 each in Champions League goal rush

There was a goal rush in the Champions League on Tuesday and it was hardly a surprise to see Lionel Messi and Mohamed Salah among the scorers. By converting coolly taken penalties late in their games, Messi and Salah sealed 3-2 wins for Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool, respectively, on a ...