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Darlington throwback: Keselowski relishes NASCAR celebration

By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Brad Keselowski can't wait to get to Darlington Raceway — and it's not just because he won the last time NASCAR's best showed up. This the fifth year the Southern 500 is NASCAR's throwback weekend, kind of an Old Timer's Day for ...

Big Ten brotherhood: Family ties run deep across conference

By ERIC OLSON AP College Football Writer Football players often refer to their teammates as brothers. In the Big Ten, a lot of them truly are. On Nebraska's defensive line, twins Carlos and Khalil Davis are starting ends and Darrion Daniels and little brother Damion are the top two nose ...

No. 2 Alabama’s defense absorbs tough hits before opener

By JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writer TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The hits keep on coming for Alabama's defense in 2019. The latest blow to the second-ranked Crimson Tide defenders was Tuesday's knee injury to star middle linebacker Dylan Moses that likely sidelined the defensive play caller and ...

Virginia-Pittsburgh opener highlights Week 1 in ACC

By The Associated Press Things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 1: GAME OF THE WEEK Virginia at Pittsburgh. So much for tiptoeing into the season: The Coastal Division favorite Cavaliers open against a Pitt team that won it last year before being blown out in the title game ...

European soccer weekend: Liverpool bids to keep 100% start

By The Associated Press What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend: ITALY It's only the second round of Serie A and already there are two high-profile matches. Eight-time defending champion Juventus hosts perennial runner-up Napoli and Roma and Lazio meet in the Rome ...

FANTASY PLAYS: Winston, Darnold could be sleepers in drafts

By Joe Gallina RotoExperts Quarterbacks Sleepers Jameis Winston, Buccaneers Per consensus ADP Winston is QB15, but there’s reason for optimism. New Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians has helped develop QBs such as Peyton Manning. Winston has excellent options in WRs Mike Evans, Chris ...

No. 8 Florida, Miami embrace spotlight as they start season

By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida and Miami have the college football stage to themselves for 3 ½ hours Saturday, a new chapter in their once-heated and storied rivalry. The eighth-ranked Gators and the rebuilding Hurricanes will usher in the 2019 season inside a ...

Unbeaten Japan takes on Curacao in Little League semifinal

By TYLER KING Associated Press SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Japan is just one win away from its eighth Little League World Series championship game appearance this decade. The Chofu City Little League team is continuing what has been a dominant run in South Williamsport for a country with ...

Raiders edge Packers on 80-yard field in Winnipeg

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Daniel Carlson kicked a 33-yard field goal with 8 seconds remaining, and the Oakland Raiders earned a bizarre 22-21 preseason victory over the Green Bay Packers on a field shortened to 80 yards for player safety. End zones were marked by bright orange pylons at the ...

Alabama QB Tagovailoa absorbs lessons from title game

By JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writer TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Tua Tagovailoa has been studying men from the Bible, incluiding Joseph, Moses and David. The Alabama quarterback believes he can draw from their successes and failures and the fact that they each had some of both. Tagovailoa can relate ...

Ex-NFL lineman Bennett, wife found dead; son sought

LONG PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in Minnesota are investigating the deaths of a former NFL lineman and his wife and say the couple's son is a suspect. The bodies of 63-year-old Barry Bennett and his wife, Carol, were found Wednesday after a friend went to their home in Long Prairie for ...

Baseball fan born in 1908 celebrates her 111th birthday

SUNAPEE, N.H. (AP) — A woman has celebrated her 111th birthday in New Hampshire with a bunch of cupcakes and a tribute from singers. Hazel Nilson was born Aug. 21, 1908, in Chicago. A lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, she likes to say she was born the last time the team won the World Series before ...

Ex-pitcher says he’s interested in running for House seat

PHOENIX (AP) — If former major league pitcher Curt Schilling runs for Congress in Arizona, he said it might be for Democratic U.S. Rep. Tom O'Halleran's seat. Schilling announced last week that he's thinking about a bid for a U.S. House seat, and he has reached out to the Arizona Republican ...

Smith-Schuster now a youthful leader of Steelers’ receivers

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Still a wide-smiling 22-year-old, JuJu Smith-Schuster vows not to change the youthful, fun-loving persona that helped make him one of the NFL's most recognizable young stars by his second season. But that doesn't mean he lacks the wisdom to recognize that he is now a ...

LA Wildcats, DC Defenders among teams in new XFL

By Joe Reedy AP Sports Writer The XFL has names for its eight teams, now it needs players. The league, which begins play in February, revealed team logos and names Wednesday. The teams are the Los Angeles Wildcats, New York Guardians, DC Defenders, Dallas Renegades, Houston Roughnecks, St. ...

For Celtics, USA World Cup camp is a preseason bonus

By Tim Reynolds AP Basketball Writer Red, white and blue. The colors of USA Basketball. Except this summer, green — Celtics green, to be precise — would work on that palette as well. The Boston Celtics will have at least three and possibly four players on the final 12-man roster that ...

Stidham rallies Patriots to 22-17 victory over Titans

By Teresa M. Walker AP Pro Football Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jarrett Stidham threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Damoun Patterson with 4:12 left, rallying the New England Patriots to a 22-17 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Saturday night. Stidham picked up where he left off in ...

MLS roundup: Castellanos, Héber lead NYCFC to 4-1 win over FC Cincinnati

CINCINNATI (AP) — Héber Araujo dos Santos and Valentín Castellanos each scored twice and New York City FC beat FC Cincinnati 4-1 on Saturday night. Héber scored in first-half stoppage time to give NYCFC (11-5-8) a 2-1 lead. Maximiliano Moralez, on the left side, played a low cross that ...

QB Josh McCown joins Eagles, ends retirement

By Rob Maaddi AP Pro Football Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Josh McCown’s retirement lasted two months. The Philadelphia Eagles signed the 40-year-old quarterback to a one-year deal on Saturday. He is coming out of retirement to join his 11th team and play his 17th season. McCown ...

NFL conditionally reinstates Patriots WR Josh Gordon

By Kyle Hightower AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Josh Gordon’s winding career has included several second chances following a trail of multiple drug suspensions that cast doubt whether the talented but troubled playmaker would ever get on an NFL field again. He’s getting yet another ...