Alonso hits 50th homer; deGrom, Mets beat Reds 8-1
CINCINNATI (AP) — Pete Alonso hit his major league-leading 50th home run, Jacob deGrom pitched shutout ball for seven innings and the New York Mets beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-1 Friday night.
Art Rooney II remembers NFL's greatest play
Part of the lore emanating from the Immaculate Reception is built around Steelers founder Art Rooney heading down to the locker room and missing the greatest play in NFL history.
Immaculate: Franco Harris' TD catch voted greatest NFL play
Immaculate indeed. Pittsburgh running back Franco Harris' scoop of a deflected pass and subsequent run for the winning touchdown in a 1972 playoff victory against Oakland — forever known as the "Immaculate Reception" — has been voted the greatest play in NFL history.
Braves clinch 2nd straight NL East title, eliminate Giants
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves clinched their second straight NL East title as Ronald Acuña Jr. hit his 41st homer in a 6-0 win over San Francisco on Friday night that eliminated the Giants from postseason contention in Bruce Bochy's last year as San Francisco manager.
AP Source: Altered doping data could restart Russian scandal
The Russian anti-doping agency could face suspension again based on information indicating data from the Moscow drug-testing lab had been manipulated before being delivered to the World Anti-Doping Agency earlier this year, a person familiar with the case told The Associated Press.
Amazing Amy changing lives on and off the golf course
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — There are times in life, maybe a handful, when everything changes. A moment, simple or world shattering, slanting the past, shaping all still to come.
Molina, Cardinals hold off fading Cubs again, 2-1
CHICAGO (AP) — Yadier Molina and the St. Louis Cardinals are taking charge of the NL Central by grinding out tough, ugly wins. And bouncing back after absorbing some unpleasant blows.
IndyCar touts positive gains as season heads to climax
MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) — When a 19-year-old rookie paces the field at an unfamiliar and technically demanding race track, it catches the attention of veterans who wonder if the kid is fearless or foolish whipping around historic Laguna Seca Raceway.
Is Antonio Brown's NFL career over? Likely for 2019 at least
So many factors went into Antonio Brown's release by the Patriots on Friday. It would be stunning if he draws interest from any other teams as the league's investigation continues.
AP source: Yanks' Germán checked for alleged home incident
NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees pitcher Domingo Germán is being investigated for an alleged domestic violence incident involving his girlfriend at home this week, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Friday.
Ex-staffer: Michigan St, Dantonio was warned about recruit
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A former football recruiter who is suing Michigan State says he urged coach Mark Dantonio to reject a player who subsequently was convicted of sexual assault.
Column: Still a lot to love in sports _ and reasons to watch
The bad news comes almost daily, a reminder if anyone still needs it that sports is not all fun and games. The worst comes from off the field, where Antonio Brown is accused of rape by his former trainer in a lawsuit, and Pirates closer Felipe Vázquez is jailed and charged with attempting to have sex with an underage girl in 2017.
AP source: Jaguars prefer to keep, not trade, Jalen Ramsey
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars aren't giving up on disgruntled defender Jalen Ramsey. The Jags would prefer to keep their star cornerback after several days of trade talks with other NFL teams, according to a person close to the situation.
NBA teams approve stiffer penalties for tampering
The NBA's board of governors was unanimous Friday in its approval of a plan to stiffen potential penalties for tampering with players and employees under contract with other clubs, hoping for increased compliance in existing league rules.
Giants' Shepard played after concussion, says wanted to win
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard said he knew he had a concussion in the season opener against Dallas but played to try to help the team win.
Panthers QB Newton ruled out for Sunday's game vs Arizona
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers will be counting on second-year quarterback Kyle Allen to help them climb out of an 0-2 hole to start the season.
NHL goaltenders getting concussions at an alarming rate
Filip Chytil beat the last defender to the net, snapped the shot past Tuukka Rask and barreled over the goaltender he had just scored on.
Stanford looks to bounce back vs. No. 16 Oregon
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Stanford coach David Shaw believes he speaks for most of the rest of the Pac-12 coaches when he talks about his lack of excitement over the fact that Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert decided to return to school rather than enter the NFL draft as a probable first-round pick.
No. 8 Auburn faces big road test at No. 17 Texas A&M
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — After playing their first big game of the season on the road at top-ranked Clemson, the No. 17 Texas A&M Aggies get their next test in front of their home crowd when they host eighth-ranked Auburn on Saturday.
Ex-Rangers, Lightning D Dan Girardi retires after 13 seasons
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Former New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi will retire from the NHL after 13 seasons.
A look at the first decade of the NFL, the 1920s
A look at the NFL's first decade, the 1920s: FRANCHISES: The first season, 1920, the American Professional Football Association had 14 teams, including two Tigers (Cleveland and Chicago).
'Hopalong' Cassady, Ohio State Heisman winner, dies at 85
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Howard "Hopalong" Cassady, the 1955 Heisman Trophy winner at Ohio State and running back for the Detroit Lions, died Friday.
Super showdown: No. 3 Georgia takes on No. 7 Notre Dame
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Two years ago, this was the game that signaled Georgia's return to national prominence. Now, it's a chance to solidify the Bulldogs' standing as a perennial championship contender.
Russian anti-doping CEO says track team set to miss worlds
MOSCOW (AP) — The CEO of the Russian anti-doping agency has predicted that the country's track team won't be reinstated in time for the upcoming world athletics championships.
Von Miller still searching for season's first sack
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Von Miller has dealt with sack droughts before, but never this early in the season. "I always get them at the end of the year," Miller told The Associated Press following his unusually somber weekly appearance at the podium Wednesday.