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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 ...

Harrah’s to become 4th Atlantic City casino with sports bets

By WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — An Atlantic City casino will become the fourth in New Jersey to offer sports betting. Harrah's casino plans to start taking sports bets at 11 a.m. Wednesday, two days after its sister property, Bally's, did. So far, the Borgata, ...

Big Ten Preview: Rugged East race; Wisconsin flexes in West

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer The Big Ten features maybe the most interesting division in college football and one of the biggest divisional favorites The AP Top 25 College Football Podcast previews the Big Ten this week, with Dave Revsine of the Big Ten Network . In the East ...

Dalton’s aim: Put the big play back in Bengals’ offense

By Joe Kay AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Bill Lazor’s statistical study of the Bengals’ offense during the offseason left him feeling the same as he did on all those discouraging game days. The numbers confirmed what his eyes had seen so many times. Some mighty small numbers ...

Phillies get All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos from Rays

BOSTON (AP) — The NL East-leading Philadelphia Phillies have acquired All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos from the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named or cash. Ramos is batting .297 with 14 homers and 53 RBIs but is on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain. He’ll upgrade an offense ...

Pirates bolster rotation, add Tampa Bay’s Archer at deadline

By Will Graves AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The surging Pittsburgh Pirates are intent on making a run at a playoff spot. The Pirates bolstered the front end of their rotation at the non-waiver deadline on Tuesday, adding Tampa Bay's Chris Archer while sending the Rays a couple of ...