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Fewer medals, more heart for US at a most unusual Olympics

By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer TOKYO (AP) — Kara Winger is the American record-holder in the javelin throw who just wrapped up her fourth Olympics. She has never finished higher than sixth place. When she got the call over the weekend telling her she would be carrying the flag Sunday for ...

Bowden remembered as coaching legend on and off the field

By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer Clemson coach Dabo Swinney called Bobby Bowden a "model" that other college coaches should follow. "He was such a great example of not losing sight of the main thing: a man of faith, a great husband, a great father," Swinney said in a statement posted on ...

Gane stops Lewis, wins interim heavyweight title at UFC 265

HOUSTON (AP) — Ciryl Gane stopped Derrick Lewis with a flurry of ground-and-pound strikes in the third round at UFC 265 on Saturday night, winning an interim UFC heavyweight title and the next shot at champion Francis Ngannou. Just over three years after Gane (10-0) made his mixed martial ...

Cabrera remains at 498 homers, Tigers edge Indians 2-1

By BRIAN DULIK Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Miguel Cabrera remained two home runs shy of 500, but Tyler Alexander tossed a season-high 5 1/3 scoreless innings as the Detroit Tigers edged the Cleveland Indians 2-1 on Saturday night. Cabrera went 0 for 3 with a walk, keeping his career ...

Lamb, Jackson shine in spirited Rams-Cowboys joint practice

By DAN GREENSPAN Associated Press OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — CeeDee Lamb looks as if he'll be frustrating the NFC East for many years to come, filling the role DeSean Jackson held in seasons past. Although they were working on opposite fields, the two wide receivers for the Dallas Cowboys and ...

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine tallies more than $4B in Q2 sales

Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine brought in more than $4 billion in second-quarter sales, helping to push the vaccine developer into a profit. The company also said Thursday an analysis showed that its vaccine remains 93% effective as much as six months after the second dose. Moderna's announcement ...

AAC’s Aresco: Did not plot with ESPN to poach other leagues

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco vehemently denied that his league has ever "plotted" with ESPN to undermine another conference by poaching its schools. Aresco addressed conference realignment Wednesday during the AAC's ...

Packers’ Rodgers: Relationship with GM ‘work in progress’

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said his relationship with general manager Brian Gutekunst is a "work in progress," but he has nothing but affection for the man Gutekunst drafted as his possible replacement: backup Jordan Love. Rodgers returned ...

Lions defense a work in progress, has nowhere to go but up

By JEREMY REISMAN Associated Press ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Defensively, the Detroit Lions have nowhere to go but up as head coach Dan Campbell prepares for his first season. Last year's squad finished last in the NFL in both points (519) and yards (6,716) allowed, the worst marks in the ...

DoorDash to the NFL: How 2 Washington players made ends meet

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Sports Writer ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Sammis Reyes got in his car, put on podcasts and tried to learn something while he was driving. Sam Cosmi borrowed his sister's car to make the most out of the mileage. The destination was a stranger's front step. Long before they ...

Indy 500 winner Castroneves pumped for return at Nashville

By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Helio Castroneves exhausted himself sprinting down Indianapolis Motor Speedway in celebration and then tacked on another -- a fourth at Indy! -- fence climb that left the Brazilian wanting more. An Indy record tied, Castroneves was ...

Golden eagle populations struggling in Utah and the West

SNOWVILLE, Utah (AP) — Dustin Maloney is in sagebrush country in remote northern Utah west of Snowville on a grueling hiking trip full of dust and heat and sweat. He's got one eye looking for snakes and the other on the ground so he doesn't lose his step and take a perilous fall. A team is ...

New commissioners thrust into conference realignment chaos

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Conference realignment is back on the table in college sports just as three Power Five conferences are breaking in relatively new commissioners. While the Big 12 is trying to keep Oklahoma and Texas from being poached by the ...

Adam Hadwin, Ryan Armour shoot 65s to share 3M Open lead

By BRIAN HALL Associated Press BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Adam Hadwin missed the weekend cuts in his last three tournaments, continuing a disappointing stretch as he dropped to 120th in the FedEx Cup standings. The 33-year-old Canadian has put himself in position to get back in contention for the ...

Bettman: Plan is to hold ’22 NHL draft in person in Montreal

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) — Commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday night the plan is to hold the 2022 NHL draft at Bell Centre in Montreal, which is where the 2020 event was scheduled to take place before the pandemic forced the festivities online. The 2021 draft ...

Guardians chosen as new name for Cleveland’s baseball team

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — While riding his bike over a bridge across the Cuyahoga River near Progressive Field, Indians owner Paul Dolan rarely paid much attention to the eight giant stone figures that seem to guard the city. They have new meaning, After more than ...

Number of NFL players in vaccination process up to 80%

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer The number of NFL players in the COVID-19 vaccination process has reached 80%, with nine teams having 90% or more of their players in that category. Dr. Allen Sills, the league's medical director, said Friday that nearly all Tier 1 and Tier 2 team ...

Sweden stuns US 3-0 in women’s soccer at Olympics

By ANNE M. PETERSON AP Sports Writer TOKYO (AP) — Sweden didn't have to bunker down on defense against the Americans this time. Stina Blackstenius scored a pair of goals and the Swedes stunned the United States at the Olympics with a 3-0 victory Wednesday in the women's soccer ...

LaVine cleared, USA Basketball awaits 3 NBA Finals players

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer USA Basketball expects to have its full 12-man roster available for Sunday's matchup against France, the first game for both teams in the Tokyo Olympics. Zach LaVine has been cleared to exit the health and safety protocols that stemmed from a coronavirus ...