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Blue Jays hire Don Mattingly as bench coach

TORONTO (AP) — Don Mattingly was expecting to spend a summer at home with his family. A call from the Toronto Blue Jays convinced him to get back into baseball. Mattingly, who left his job as Miami Marlins manager at the end of last season, is joining Toronto's staff as bench coach to ...

Tulane RB and coach take top AAC awards with Cincinnati LB

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Tulane running back Tyjae Spears was chosen as the offensive player of the year in the American Athletic Conference on Wednesday, with Green Wave coach Willie Fritz also taking a top honor. The American awards were determined by the vote of the league's 11 coaches, who ...

49ers DE Nick Bosa provides reason for concern for Dolphins

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Miami coach Mike McDaniel spent enough time with Nick Bosa during his time as an assistant in San Francisco to know what he'll be dealing with on Sunday when he faces his former team for the first time. Bosa has developed into one of the top pass rushers in the ...

Florida QB Kitna arrested on child pornography charges

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida backup quarterback Jalen Kitna, the son of retired NFL quarterback Jon Kitna, was arrested Wednesday on two charges of distribution of child exploitation material and three charges of possession of child pornography. Gainesville police said the 19-year-old ...

Young, Hawks stop 3-game skid with 125-108 win over Magic

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Trae Young had 30 points and 14 assists and the Atlanta Hawks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 125-108 win over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night. Dejounte Murray added 27 points and Clint Capela finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds after a dominating ...

Edey scores 25 points, No. 5 Purdue beats FSU 79-69

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Zach Edey scored 25 points on 11-of-14 shooting as No. 5 Purdue fought off Florida State 79-69 on Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Edey, who came in averaging 21.7 points on 61.5% shooting, recorded his sixth straight game scoring 20 or more for the ...

Miami rallies to top Rogers 68-61 in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Jordan Miller scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Norchad Omier had 17 with nine and Miami scored the final seven points of the game to defeat Rutgers 68-61 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Wednesday night. The Hurricanes (7-1) trailed by as many as 11 in the ...

Florida Atlantic wins 84-59 over South Alabama

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Michael Forrest scored 17 points as Florida Atlantic beat South Alabama 84-59 on Wednesday night. Forrest shot 7 for 12, including 3 for 5 from beyond the arc for the Owls (6-1). Brandon Weatherspoon was 6 of 8 shooting (4 for 5 from distance) to add 16 points. ...

Tatum scores 49, Celtics hold off hot-shooting Heat 134-121

BOSTON (AP) — Jayson Tatum had eight 3-pointers and scored a season-high 49 points, and the Boston Celtics held off the hot-shooting Miami Heat for a 134-121 victory on Wednesday night. It was the All-Star's third 40-point game this season as he continues to pace the league's top-rated ...

UNC’s Maye rides star-making season into ACC title game

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Drake Maye has put up big numbers all season for No. 24 North Carolina. Now he has a chance to lead the Tar Heels to something more: an Atlantic Coast Conference championship. The second-year passer has played so well that he stirred national buzz as a potential ...

College Football Picks: AAC title is glimpse into CFP future

There is one game this championship weekend that truly feels like winner takes all. No. 18 Tulane hosst No. 22 UCF in the American Athletic Conference title game Saturday. The winner is all but guaranteed a spot in a New Year's Six bowl; that would be the Cotton this year. The loser, of ...

What To Watch: Playoff picture already close to settled

Rarely does a college football season enter the weekend of conference championship games with its playoff picture this clearly in focus. No. 1 Georgia (No. 1 College Football Playoff ) and No. 2 Michigan (No. 2 CFP) figure to have playoff bids locked up no matter how they fare this weekend. ...

Buckeyes’ Stroud repeats as Big Ten offensive player of year

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud has been named the Big Ten's offensive player of the year for the second straight season and Penn State's Nicholas Singleton is freshman of the year. The conference announced its offensive awards on Wednesday, with Stroud extending to ...

Deshaun Watson practicing, not talking ahead of Browns debut

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — As Deshaun Watson walked toward his locker, staying behind the sizable media contingent awaiting his first interview in three months, Browns linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah spotted his teammate. "There he goes right now if you want to flip the camera on him," Koramoah ...

Fields’ status for Bears still in question with Packers next

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Justin Fields threw lightly on the field prior to the Chicago Bears' game last week, hoping he would be able to play through an injury to his nonthrowing shoulder after being listed as questionable on the team's final report. It didn't work out that way. Whether ...

UAB to hire ex-NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer as head coach

UAB has hired former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer as its next head coach on the eve of his high school team's state championship game. The 50-year-old Dilfer won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens in 2000 during a 14-year NFL career. He's making a big leap to the college ranks after ...

Walk-ons pave way for Purdue to capture Big Ten West title

Tight end Payne Durham took the traditional path to Purdue. The former high school lacrosse star played one season of prep football in Georgia and convinced Jeff Brohm to make a scholarship offer. Durham quickly accepted. Aidan O'Connell and Devin Mockobee faced a more daunting journey — ...

After AD hired, West Virginia gives Brown another chance

West Virginia football coach Neal Brown will keep his job for the time being, a decision made Wednesday soon after new athletic director Wren Baker's hiring was announced. Brown has a 22-25 record, the worst four-year stretch at West Virginia since the football team went 17-27 under Frank ...

Athlete flipped the bird, lost scholarship, now wins appeal

A federal appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit brought by a former University of Connecticut women's soccer player who lost her scholarship after she gave the middle finger to a television camera as the Huskies celebrated winning a conference championship. The former student athlete, Noriana ...

WNBA teams to play record 40-game schedule

NEW YORK (AP) — WNBA teams will play a record 40-game schedule this upcoming season that begins on May 19 the league announced Wednesday. All 12 teams will have games the opening weekend, starting with New York playing Washington and Connecticut facing Indiana. The regular season concludes ...