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Eric Reid: 49ers won’t force players to stand for anthem

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers won't be forcing their players to stand during the national anthem, safety Eric Reid said Wednesday. Reid, the first player to join Colin Kaepernick in protest last season, said he had a conversation recently with 49ers CEO Jed York, who ...

AP sources: NCAA to release ruling in UNC case Friday

By AARON BEARD, AP Sports Writer The NCAA infractions committee panel handling North Carolina's multi-year academic case plans to release its ruling Friday, three people with knowledge of the investigation said. The people said the NCAA notified parties involved in the case Thursday morning. ...

Unbeaten KC looking to get even as Steelers roll into town

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alex Smith lived through last year's playoff loss to Pittsburgh, then relived it countless times on video, trying in vain to learn how the Chiefs lost to a team that didn't even score a touchdown. With the Steelers rolling into town ...

LEADING OFF: Yankees-Indians in Game 5, Cubs try to zap Nats

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ HIGH-5 It's all or nothing when the Cleveland Indians host the New York Yankees in the decisive Game 5 of the AL Division Series (8:08 p.m. EDT). Corey Kluber, considered the favorite for the AL Cy Young ...

Golden Knights try to play role in healing Vegas with opener

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Hockey fans arrived on the Las Vegas Strip in the crisp desert afternoon, gathering in jovial groups outside the rink. Many wore the striking, multicolored jerseys of the Vegas Golden Knights, the NHL expansion team playing its historic ...

Molitor happy to put uncertainty behind him, stay with Twins

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A bleary-eyed Paul Molitor walked into a season-ending meeting with executives Derek Falvey and Thad Levine less than 10 hours after the Minnesota Twins fell to the New York Yankees in the AL wild-card game. Molitor built a Hall of ...

Offseason overhaul complete, new era begins for Celtics

By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving turned the NBA world upside down multiple times this summer. It happened the first time after news leaked out that he had asked the Cleveland Cavaliers front office to trade him from the team he helped lead to a championship in ...

Georgia Tech’s Marshall ready for huge test at No. 11 Miami

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Four starts into his college career, TaQuon Marshall already has the look of a star. In the end, though, games like this will determine how he's remembered at Georgia Tech. On the road. Against No. 11 Miami. "I'm really excited," Marshall ...

World Cup picture takes shape on global day of drama

By GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer GENEVA (AP) — The World Cup is truly taking shape. A dramatic day of qualifying matches ended with 23 of the 32-team lineup confirmed to play next year in Russia. Lionel Messi will be there. Cristiano Ronaldo, too. The United States will not, for the ...

Rain-soaked field obstacle for US reaching World Cup

By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer COUVA, Trinidad (AP) — The final path to the World Cup involved an unexpected water crossing for the United States. Heavy rain on this Caribbean island 7½ miles off the coast of Venezuela left the center of Ato Boldon Stadium's field soggy, the flanks ...

NFL Overreactions: Big Ben finished, Jets getting started

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer Big Ben is cooked. Maybe Ben Roethlisberger should've retired when he contemplated hanging up his cleats in the offseason. He suddenly turned into Ryan Fitzpatrick, tossing a career-high five interceptions in Pittsburgh's 30-9 loss to Jacksonville on ...

Texas rises to top of Big 12 early with rival Sooners next

By JIM VERTUNO, AP Sports Writer AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas fans have seen this before: a modest two-game win streak and a hot young quarterback giving the offense some desperately needed juice. The question heading into the annual rivalry game with No. 12 Oklahoma is, are these Longhorns ...

D-backs with “good bricks” for building after NLDS sweep

By JOSE M. ROMERO, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Archie Bradley walked off the mound after another scoreless relief outing and tried to appreciate the moment. Arizona's season ended in a 3-1 defeat Monday night to the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 3 of an NL Division Series, and Bradley ...

Astros beat Red Sox 5-4 in Game 4, advance to ALCS

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros poured back onto the field after advancing to their first AL Championship Series, posing for pictures with the Green Monster as a backdrop before a few players bellyflopped in the puddles in the infield dirt. No matter, they ...

Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. has surgery for broken left ankle

By TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Three-time Pro Bowl receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has had surgery for a broken left ankle. The Giants announced Tuesday that Beckham had the surgery on Monday night in New York. Beckham was hurt Sunday in the fourth quarter of a ...

Dolphins assistant resigns following video, is seeking help

By STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Chris Foerster resigned Monday and said he was seeking medical help after a social media video surfaced appearing to show him snorting three lines of a white powdery substance at a desk. Hours after the ...

STAT WATCH: Arizona backup Khalil Tate sets QB rushing mark

By ERIC OLSON, AP College Football Writer Arizona's Khalil Tate turned in the top rushing performance of the season in the Football Bowl Subdivision, piling up 327 yards on just 14 carries against Colorado. In all, nine of the top 27 rushing games came this past weekend. Tate, who entered the ...

AP Top 25 Heat Check: Why is Michigan State behind Michigan?

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Time to start talking about head-to-head results. Michigan State entered the AP Top 25 at No. 21 on Sunday after beating a Michigan team that has been ranked no worse than 11th all season. So it was surprising and confusing to many, including Heat ...

ICYMI in NFL Week 5: Trump, Pence, Jones keep anthem in news

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Pro Football Writer From Vice President Mike Pence's own protest of national anthem protests — labeled a "PR stunt" by one player — to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' claim he won't let members of his team play if they "are disrespecting the flag" to retired ...