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Giants’ defense hits lowest point in 51-17 loss to Rams

By ERNIE PALLADINO, Associated Press EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants' defense has hit rock bottom, at least for now. It allowed four passes of 35 yards or more, two runs in excess of 20 yards, and 473 yards of total offense in an awful 51-17 loss to the surprising Los ...

LeBron James scores 57, Cavaliers top Wiz 130-122, end skid

WASHINGTON (AP) — LeBron James scored 57 points — the second-highest total of his career and an NBA-best this season — and the Cleveland Cavaliers stopped a four-game slide with a 130-122 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday night. James hadn’t scored this much since getting a ...

Pirates exercise $14.75M option on OF Andrew McCutchen

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have exercised their $14.75 million option on star outfielder Andrew McCutchen. The 31-year-old, a five-time All-Star and the 2013 NL Most Valuable Player, signed a $51.5 million, six-year deal in 2012 that included the option, which had a $1 million ...

Broncos star receiver Thomas hasn’t scored in nearly a year

By Arnie Stapleton AP Pro Football Writer ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Demaryius Thomas is on pace for his usual 1,000-yard season but the Denver Broncos’ star receiver is closing in on another landmark that’s both unwanted and unfathomable. It’s been nearly a year since Thomas’ last ...

LSU gets its chance to topple Alabama in marquee SEC matchup

By The Associated Press Here are some things to watch in Week 10 of the Southeastern Conference football season: GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 19 LSU at No. 1 Alabama. LSU (No. 19 CFP) has done an impressive job resurrecting its season after a stunning home loss to Troy on Sept. 30. The Tigers have ...

No. 7 Penn St., No. 24 Spartans both are in bounce-back mode

By ERIC OLSON, AP College Football Writer Here's what to watch in the Big Ten this week: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 7 Penn State (No. 7 CFP) at No. 24 Michigan State (No. 24 CFP). Both teams are looking to bounce back from losses while playing for the Land Grant Trophy. The winner will be a game ...

Bedlam to start November in Big 12; maybe more in December

By The Associated Press Some things to watch during Week 10 of the Big 12 Conference, with five games Saturday: GAME OF THE WEEK Bedlam to start November, and maybe more to come a month later. For only the second time in 13 years, No. 8 Oklahoma (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) and No. 11 Oklahoma State ...

Who’s next? 7 MLB teams await their 1st title

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Who's next? The Houston Astros won their first World Series crown in their 56th season since starting play as the Colt .45s. And they did it Wednesday night with a 5-1 victory at Dodger Stadium, which opened on April 10, 1962 — the same day Houston beat the Chicago Cubs ...

2 Rings! Astros’ Carlos Correa makes post-title proposal

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carlos Correa and Daniella Rodriguez both left Dodger Stadium with rings. The Astros shortstop proposed to his girlfriend on live television moments after Houston earned its World Series title with a 5-1 victory in Game 7 on Wednesday ...

Astros win 1st World Series in Game 7

By Ben Walker AP Baseball Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — From laughingstock to lift off. George Springer and the Houston Astros rocketed to the top of the baseball galaxy Wednesday night, winning the first World Series championship in franchise history by romping past the Los Angeles Dodgers ...

NFL grants Browns WR Josh Gordon conditional reinstatement

CLEVELAND (AP) — Suspended Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has been conditionally reinstated by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Gordon, who hasn’t played since the 2014 season, met in New York on Wednesday with Goodell. Gordon can immediately join the team for meetings, engage in ...

New York does have winning football team: the Buffalo Bills

By Barry Wilner AP Pro Football Writer New York’s only NFL team — yes, that would be the Buffalo Bills — are on the longest playoffs schneid in any major pro sport. The previous time they made the postseason, the calendar was turning from the 20th century to the 21st. This year, the ...

Spurs bring back Tony Parker after rehab stint in G-League

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs have recalled Tony Parker from their G-League affiliate. The move comes one week after the veteran point guard started working out with the Austin Spurs as part of his rehab program. Parker is working his way back from a ruptured left quadriceps ...

All those wins add up: Under new rule, Dodgers host Game 7

By BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — All you fans who hated the rule that linked the All-Star Game to home-field advantage in the World Series, guess what? This is your year. The Los Angeles Dodgers are set to host the Houston Astros in Game 7 on Wednesday night, thanks to ...

Georgia, Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson top 1st CFP rankings

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A couple of games played during week two of the season had a major effect on the first College Football Playoff rankings. Georgia, Alabama, Notre Dame and Clemson were the top four teams in the selection committee's initial top ...

Winter Olympics secret for success? Working hard in summer

By JOHN LEICESTER, AP Sports Writer ARCON, France (AP) — The term "Winter Olympian" is something of a misnomer — given how hard these athletes train in summer. Although there is no telling who will scoop up medals at the Winter Games in South Korea, it's already pretty clear who won't: ...

Astros blast by Dodgers 13-12 in 10th, lead World Series 3-2

By BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer HOUSTON (AP) — When the winning run finally came sliding across home plate on Alex Bregman's single, more than five unforgettable hours after the first pitch, a frantic Carlos Correa sprinted toward his Houston Astros teammates in the middle of the ...

Astros, Dodgers set Series HR record amid juiced ball buzz

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Home runs kept flying over the wall at Minute Maid Park, on line drives up toward the train tracks, on fly balls that just dropped over the fence. Seven more were hit in Game 5, raising the total to a World Series record 22 — with two ...

Steelers lean on D, Smith-Schuster in 20-15 win over Lions

By LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — JuJu Smith-Schuster made an inside move like a veteran and used his young legs to do the rest. The rookie receiver scored on a 97-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger late in the third quarter, and the Pittsburgh Steelers forced the ...