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Szmyt’s 5 field goals help Syracuse overcome Virginia 22-20

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Andre Szmyt knocked in five field goals, including the 31-yard game-winner with just over a minute left, and Syracuse held off Virginia's second-half comeback to beat the Cavaliers 22-20 on Friday night. Syracuse led 16-0 at halftime, but Virginia recorded three ...

Mets beat Athletics 9-2 to extend division lead over Braves

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Eduardo Escobar has found his hitting stroke at just the right time for the New York Mets. Escobar hit a grand slam, Chris Bassitt pitched eight sharp innings in his return to Oakland, and the Mets extended their lead in the NL East by beating the Athletics 9-2 on ...

Chargers QB Herbert listed as questionable vs. Jaguars

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Justin Herbert stood at the podium Friday answering questions about his rib injury and his recovery. Whether the Los Angeles Chargers quarterback will be able to perform in the pocket on Sunday remains to be seen. Herbert was listed as questionable on the injury ...

Garrett throws 6 strong innings, Marlins beat Nationals 5-2

MIAMI (AP) — Braxton Garrett pitched six effective innings in his first major league start in a month, and the Miami Marlins beat the Washington Nationals 5-2 on Friday night. Garrett allowed one run — Lane Thomas' leadoff homer in the first — and five hits. The left-hander struck out ...

Arozarena 6 RBIs, Rays beat Blue Jays, tie for AL WC lead

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Randy Arozarena hit his 20th homer and drove in six runs as the Tampa Bay Rays beat Toronto 10-6 Friday night, tying the Blue Jays at the top of the AL wild-card standings. The win clinched the season series — and the tiebreaker — for the Rays, who have won 10 ...

Bowling Green’s Loeffler to miss game with ‘health matter’

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — Bowling Green coach Scot Loeffler will miss Saturday's game at Mississippi State because of "a personal health matter," the school said Friday. The school gave no details about Loeffler's condition, but did say he was expected to return to the sideline for the ...

Wilson, Gray lead US to 77-63 win over China in World Cup

SYDNEY (AP) — A'ja Wilson admitted she was tired. The WNBA MVP had just gotten to Australia less than 24 hours ago, fresh off a championship and the U.S. was playing its toughest opponent of the World Cup. After a slow start, Wilson was clutch in the fourth quarter, finishing with 20 points ...

Tom Brady’s TB12 Method is in schools. Experts have doubts.

In some Tampa Bay-area schools, students use foam rollers and vibrating spheres to massage their muscles as they work toward goals for strength and flexibility. It's all part of a new physical education curriculum from quarterback Tom Brady, whose vision for healthy living is fueling a fitness ...

Celtics’ Williams out 8-12 weeks after latest knee surgery

BOSTON (AP) — Celtics center Robert Williams III is expected to miss at least two months after undergoing surgery Friday on the left knee that caused him to miss time during Boston's NBA Finals run last season. The team said the arthroscopic procedure to remove loose bodies and address ...

Celtics: Udoka suspended for ‘multiple’ policy violations

BOSTON (AP) — The reigning Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics suspended coach Ime Udoka after a months-long investigation by an outside law firm that found multiple violations of team policies but did not point to a larger cultural problem of sexual misconduct, owner Wyc Grousbeck ...

Judge stuck at 60 home runs, Yankees beat Red Sox 5-4

NEW YORK (AP) — It's only been a few days since Aaron Judge went deep. It just feels like more, with history hanging on his every swing. Judge was held without a home run for the third straight game, keeping him at 60 for the season and one shy of Roger Maris' American League record, but the ...

McLaren hires Barnhart, considering Kyle Busch for Indy 500

The head of McLaren Racing held a town hall Thursday at its IndyCar shop to introduce new hire Brian Barnhart and quell any concerns over this week's sudden departure of the team president. Zak Brown did not give a title for Barnhart, an industry veteran who spent the past season as strategist ...

Duke heads to Kansas in matchup of surprising 3-0 teams

Duke and Kansas will try to extend their perfect starts another week when the two traditional basketball powers meet on the gridiron Saturday in Lawrence. The Blue Devils are 3-0 under Mike Elko. The Jayhawks have won their first three games to begin Lance Leipold's second year in charge. Both ...

Panthers know third downs critical vs. division rival Saints

The Carolina Panthers know they'll need to win third downs against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday if they hope to snap a league-long nine-game losing streak. Carolina is converting a meager 26.1% of its third down conversions, which ranks 29th in the league. The Saints won't make it easy. ...

Unbeaten Chiefs trying to stay hot against winless Colts

The Kansas City Chiefs won two games in five days then got a long weekend to watch everyone else. Now, they're ready to play — Sunday in Indianapolis. While the Chiefs have lived up to the preseason hype as they chase a fifth straight appearance in the AFC championship game, the Colts have ...

Rutgers faces Iowa, looking for first 4-0 start since 2012

Rutgers willl try to open the season with four straight wins for the first time since 2012 when it hosts to Iowa in the Big Ten Conference opener for both schools Saturday night. Rutgers is coming off a 16-14 win at Temple. Iowa blanked Nevada 27-0 to improve to 2-1. This will be the third ...

No. 24 Pitt wraps up nonconference play against Rhode Island

No. 24 Pittsburgh wraps up nonconference play when the Panthers host Rhode Island. Pitt is coming off a 34-13 road win over Western Michigan. The Panthers hope to have USC transfer Kedon Slovis back at quarterback. Slovis did not play last week after being injured late in the first half of an ...

Falcons face Seahawks, look to avoid another 0-3 start

SEATTLE (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons know this is a rebuilding season, but would like to avoid facing another 0-3 start. That means Atlanta needs to find a way to win in Seattle on Sunday against the Seahawks. Atlanta lost its opener at home against New Orleans and fell to 0-2, losing last week ...

Smith returns to Soldier Field as Texans seek win over Bears

Lovie Smith makes another return to Soldier Field, and the Houston Texans try to pick up their first win when they visit the Chicago Bears. Smith led the Bears to an 81-63 record and a Super Bowl appearance from 2004-12. He is 0-2 against Chicago, with losses coaching Tampa Bay in 2014 at ...

Pittman, No. 10 Arkansas seek 4-0 again vs No. 23 Texas A&M

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Arkansas coach Sam Pittman fondly remembers that feeling in the locker room after the Razorbacks' first-in-a-decade victory, and finally beating longtime rival Texas A&M in a Southeastern Conference game. "We were 4-0 at the time and it felt awful good ... we had ...