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LEADING OFF: Strasburg vs Braves, Lorenzen does it all

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: STRAS TEST Stephen Strasburg (16-5, 3.47 ERA) starts as Washington begins a four-game series at NL East-leading Atlanta. Strasburg is 4-1 with a 3.21 ERA in five career starts at SunTrust Park. Max Fried ...

Falcons expecting boost from return of 3 defensive stalwarts

By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — For most of last season, all they could do was watch. Watch as the Atlanta Falcons tried desperately to fill their spots. Watch as the team tumbled to a losing record. When Deion Jones, Ricardo Allen and Keanu Neal take the ...

Patriots start season at No. 1 in AP Pro32 poll

By Simmi Buttar AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL’s final four teams at the end of last season will start off as the top four going into the start of the 2019 season. Which is not all that surprising. Even less so is the team at the top: the defending champion New England ...

15-year-old American Gauff’s US Open run ends against Osaka

By Howard Fendrich AP Tennis Writer NEW YORK (AP) — First, the tears came from Coco Gauff, as the 15-year-old American's U.S. Open came to an end against defending champion and No. 1 seed Naomi Osaka. Then it was Osaka's turn to cry, moments after comforting Gauff with a hug and some ...

Medvedev encourages US Open fans to boo, and they respond

By Brian Mahoney AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Daniil Medvedev extended his arms toward the crowd, then motioned for the fans to keep raining down the boos. In New York, they don't wait to be asked. The crowd had been letting him have it since early in his third-round matchup with ...

AP sources: Seahawks close to landing Clowney from Texans

By Tim Booth AP Sports Writer RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks are on the verge of acquiring standout pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney from the Houston Texans, two people with knowledge of the deal said Saturday. Such a move would bolster one of Seattle's biggest needs heading into ...

Unhappy with kickers, Falcons recall 44-year-old Matt Bryant

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons are bringing back 44-year-old kicker Matt Bryant after failing to find his successor during preseason. The team has agreed to terms with Bryant, who made 20 of 21 field-goal attempts in 2018. Bryant holds the franchise record with 1,122 points ...

Coroner: Angels’ Tyler Skaggs died of accidental overdose

By Schuyler Dixon AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died from a toxic mix of the powerful painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone along with alcohol in an accidental overdose, a medical examiner in Texas said in a report released Friday. The ...

Packers defeat Chiefs 27-20 in preseason finale

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — One play stood out during the Packers’ 27-20 win over the Chiefs on Thursday night in the teams’ preseason finale. It happened on a dead ball in the fourth quarter. After Packers running back Dexter Williams scored the deciding touchdown with 6:24 to play and Sam ...

Packers agree to trade OLB Reggie Gilbert to Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have agreed to send outside linebacker Reggie Gilbert to the Tennessee Titans in exchange for a conditional 2020 draft pick. The move is pending a physical. Gilbert played all 16 games for Green Bay last season and had 15 quarterback pressures ...

Teammates mourn slayings of pitcher’s family in Va. town

KEELING, Va. (AP) — Blake Bivens was inconsolable as the 24-year-old minor league pitcher flew from a road trip back to southern Virginia, where his wife, 1-year-old son and mother-in-law were slain. “It was awful,” said Montgomery Biscuits manager Morgan Ensberg, who traveled with ...

Luck-less Colts finish preseason with win over Bengals

By Joe Kay AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — The Colts wrapped up an unsettling preseason Thursday, moving on from Andrew Luck with a 13-6 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in a game missing starters and fans. Luck retired a week earlier after a 27-17 loss to Chicago, frustrated by ...

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 ...