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Russell Wilson looks to maintain dominance against 49ers

Denver Broncos new quarterback Russell Wilson faces a familiar foe Sunday night when the San Francisco 49ers visit Empower Field. Wilson beat the Niners 16 times in 20 tries while with the Seattle Seahawks. And Wilson owns an 8-2 mark against 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan who is 38-35 against every ...

Kane, Toews have no plans to leave the Blackhawks — yet

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Blackhawks stars Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews haven't started making plans to leave the only NHL team they've ever played for. At least, not yet. The franchise's marquee names said they aren't even thinking about it as rebuilding Blackhawks opened training camp ...

Ovechkin, banged-up Capitals return to ice for start of camp

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The Washington Capitals opened training camp Thursday without two of the team's top players. Longtime Alex Ovechkin running mate Nicklas Backstrom and big winger Tom Wilson are expected to miss at least the first portion of the season recovering from injuries. Wilson ...

No. 19 BYU looks to reignite stagnant run attack vs Wyoming

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Running the ball has turned into a tough task for BYU after a promising start to the season. The 19th-ranked Cougars and their ground game have struggled in back-to-back weeks against No. 15 Oregon and No. 17 Baylor. BYU (2-1) has generated only 144 total yards rushing ...

Falcons’ Mariota and Seahawks’ Smith on similar NFL paths

SEATTLE (AP) — Marcus Mariota and Geno Smith are living similar NFL lives these days. Both have been cast off and discarded by other teams in the past. Both are currently with franchises in some mode of rebuild. And both are trying to prove they are more than just stopgap options until the ...

Commanders’ Wentz faces Eagles for 1st time as Hurts thrives

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Jalen Hurts is in a far different place as an NFL quarterback since a rocky rookie year in 2020 when he usurped Carson Wentz as Philadelphia's starter. Wentz is geographically and professionally in a different place after trades to Indianapolis and then ...

Bears look to bounce back against Smith, winless Texans

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears were riding high after a surprising victory over San Francisco in a rain-soaked season opener at Soldier Field, only to get taken down by Aaron Rodgers and the rival Green Bay Packers yet again. They will try to bounce back when Lovie Smith — ...

No. 7 USC faces challenge in determined Oregon State

While coach Lincoln Riley has USC back on a winning path, Oregon State presents perhaps the biggest challenge so far of his first season with the Trojans. The No. 7 Trojans and the Beavers are undefeated heading into Saturday's game at Reser Stadium. In years past, Oregon State might not be a ...

Breakout Lions star St. Brown will give Vikings another test

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Jared Goff's pass on the last play of the game in Detroit last year sailed across the goal line and landed in the arms of a rookie named Amon-Ra St. Brown to stick Minnesota with a stunning defeat, the identity of the receiver seemed rather insignificant at the ...

Heasley shuts down Twins, Royals win 4-1 to finish sweep

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jonathan Heasley pitched six innings of two-hit ball, Edward Oliveras and Drew Waters homered, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 4-1 on Thursday to complete their three-game series sweep. Salvador Perez also drove in a run for Kansas City, extending ...

Cardinals, Rams meet Sunday for 4th time in calendar year

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — There aren't many secrets between the Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams, teams that will face each other Sunday for the fourth time in the past calendar year. There's also no secret the Rams have had a huge advantage of late. The defending Super Bowl champions ...

Bears’ Smith misses second straight practice with hip injury

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears star linebacker Roquan Smith missed his second consecutive practice Thursday because of a hip injury, leaving his status for this week's game in question. The Bears are scheduled to host former coach Lovie Smith and the Houston Texans on Sunday. Smith ...

No. 1 Georgia goes for another blowout vs visiting Kent St.

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — No. 1 Georgia' was all about defense a season ago. Now, the reigning national champions are packing quite an offensive punch. The Bulldogs have outscored their three opponents 130-10. More of the same is expected Saturday when they host Kent State as a 44 1/2-point favorite ...

Seager’s eighth-inning homer pushes Rangers past Angels 5-3

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Corey Seager hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth inning, helping the Texas Rangers top the Los Angeles Angels 5-3 on Thursday. Seager drove a 1-1 fastball from José Quijada (0-5) deep to left-center for his 32nd homer, extending his career best in his first ...

Relieved Wild welcome Kaprizov back after summer in Russia

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Last summer, a long contract negotiation between Kirill Kaprizov and the Minnesota Wild — plus the complication of international travel and COVID-19 protocols — put the star left wing's arrival for the start of training camp in question. That process turned out to ...

Texas Tech LB Ramirez back home after gruesome injury

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech linebacker Bryce Ramirez is back in Texas five days after breaking his left leg in a gruesome injury sustained during a game at North Carolina State. Ramirez returned to Lubbock on Thursday, greeted at the airport by coach Joey McGuire and others as he was ...

Utah student charged for terrorism threat over football game

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A University of Utah student was arrested and charged with making terrorist threats on Wednesday after police said she threatened to detonate a nuclear reactor if the school's football team failed to win a game last Saturday. Charging documents filed in Salt Lake City ...

Rodríguez leaves with back tightness, Mariners beat A’s 9-5

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Julio Rodríguez doubled and scored before leaving with lower back tightness, and the Seattle Mariners overcame the loss of the rookie center fielder to beat the Oakland Athletics 9-5 on Thursday and avoid a three-game sweep. Rodríguez slowly walked off the field with ...

Donovan’s grand slam carries Cardinals over Padres 5-4

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Lars Nootbaar provided St. Louis' first run in four games with a solo homer, and then rookie Brendan Donovan gave the NL Central leaders an even bigger lift. Donovan hit his first career grand slam slam in the seventh inning to lead Albert Pujols and the Cardinals to a 5-4 ...

US builds 4-1 lead over Internationals in Presidents Cup

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — American red numbers filled the electronic scoreboards Thursday in the Presidents Cup, an outcome that surprised no one for these one-sided matches. "Somebody came on the radio and said, 'Yeah, but we're 1 up in three matches and those can flip real quick,'" U.S. ...