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Texas tailback Johnson emerges from ’emergency’ role

By JIM VERTUNO AP Sports Writer AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Roschon Johnson arrived at Texas expecting a season of learning how to be a college quarterback, not being the Longhorns' emergency fix at running back. Yet five games into the season, the freshman is arguably the No. 11 Longhorns' most ...

Adesanya floors middleweight champion Whittaker at UFC 243

By GREG BUCKLE Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Israel Adesanya defeated UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker with a stunning knockout in the second round of their highly anticipated 185-pound unification bout which headlined UFC 243 on Sunday. New Zealand-based, ...

Perine, defense lift No. 10 Florida past No. 7 Auburn, 24-13

By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Lamical Perine was too slow to play for Auburn four years ago, a hurtful evaluation that's stuck with him. He showed plenty of speed while running away from the Tigers — and a few guys he played against in high school — in the Swamp ...

Cole fans 15, Bregman homers as Astros top Rays 3-1

By KRISTIE RIEKEN AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Houston's pair of aces dealt the Astros a pair of wins. Gerrit Cole carried his splendid September into an outstanding October with a 15-strikeout performance and Alex Bregman handed fans chanting MVP the mighty swing they craved. The Astros ...

Fromm helps No. 3 Georgia trounce Tennessee 43-14

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Georgia came from behind for a second straight game and continued its recent domination of division rivals. Jake Fromm threw two touchdown passes, Georgia's defense delivered a dominant second-half performance and the No. 3 Bulldogs ...

Hanging on: US sets past aside, wins men’s 4×100 gold medal

By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Noah Lyles let out a huge scream and kept right on running — through the finish line and straight toward his teammate, Christian Coleman. After a quick hug, Lyles stuck the baton out and Coleman grabbed hold, too. Nobody was letting it ...

Jets QB Darnold ruled out vs. Eagles, Falk to start

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Sam Darnold's return will have to wait at least another week. The New York Jets quarterback was ruled out for the team's game at Philadelphia on Sunday as he continues to recover from mononucleosis. Darnold was originally ...

New International Swimming League debuts with cash prizes

By BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer The International Swimming League debuts this weekend, with some of the sport's biggest names competing for cash prizes in a team format that culminates in a splashy finale in Las Vegas. Four of the league's eight teams will swim on Saturday and Sunday in ...

Remembering Nick: Miami Project gala to honor Buoniconti

By The Associated Press undefined Pro Football Hall of Famer Ed Reed and such sports stars as Dwyane Wade, Wladimir Klitschko, Chase Utley, Matt Biondi, Christian Vieri, Amy Van Dyken-Rouen and Meghan Duggan will be honored by The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis on Monday night at the ...

Johnson’s sponsor stays on Hendrick 48 car through 2023

By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer DOVER, Del. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson has a winless streak that's hit 88 races. He missed the playoffs for the first time in his career and lost any shot at winning a record eighth NASCAR championship. The driver who once seemingly won at Dover International ...

Browns’ Beckham fined by NFL for fighting with Ravens

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns star Odell Beckham Jr. was fined an undisclosed amount by the NFL for fighting Baltimore's Marlon Humphrey. The wide receiver said the penalty would have been harsher if he had retaliated. Beckham wouldn't disclose how much he was ...

Matthews, Maple Leafs beat Senators in opener

TORONTO (AP) — Auston Matthews scored twice in Toronto’s four-goal second period in the Maple Leafs’ 5-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night in the opener for both teams. Matthews gave Toronto a 3-2 lead at 8:02 of the second and made it 4-2 on a power play with 5:10 left ...

Barkley may be back sooner than expected

By Tom Canavan AP Sports Writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Don’t be surprised if New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley is back in the lineup a lot sooner than expected. Just 10 days after sustaining a high sprain to his right ankle, Barkley worked out with a trainer on the ...

NFL ICYMI: Bills, Bears latest to see QB problem get worse

By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Pro Football Writer The NFL has a quarterback problem and it's only getting worse by the week. There are not very many people, among the world's billions, who are capable of playing the most important position in professional football well — and the number available to ...

Analysis: Road teams dominate in Week 4 and in September

By ROB MAADDI AP Pro Football Writer Losing at home in September could force some teams to have to win on the road in January. There was no home-field advantage in Week 4 in the NFL. Road teams are 10-3 entering Monday night's Bengals-Steelers game. Three of those 10 teams were at least 6 ...

Monsters of middle relief: Best bets from October bullpens

By JAKE SEINER AP Sports Writer It's been three years since Andrew Miller led the Cleveland Indians to the brink of a World Series championship by coming out of the bullpen early and often, and bulk work from relievers has been an October staple since. Whether it's Brewers All-Star Josh Hader ...

AP Top 25 Reality Check: Field closes in on Tide and Tigers

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football The college football season started with the general consensus that Clemson and Alabama, winners of the last four national champions, were a cut above the rest of college football. Georgia, Oklahoma and Ohio State were the most likely challengers, but how ...

MLB finishes with 6,776 homers, 11% above previous record

By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Major league batters finished with 6,776 home runs, shattering the previous record of 6,105 set two years ago. Dominic Smith hit the final long ball of the season, a three-run drive in the 11th inning Sunday off Atlanta's Grant Dayton that ...

Brewers clinch playoff spot; Twins win AL Central

By The Associated Press undefined CINCINNATI (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers wrapped up their second straight postseason appearance Wednesday night, with Ryan Braun's grand slam sparking a 9-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds that also tightened the NL Central race. The Brewers have won six in ...

No. 24 K-State into Big 12 opener undefeated under Klieman

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer Some things to watch on the fifth weekend of Big 12 Conference play: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 24 Kansas State at Oklahoma State (3-1, 0-1 Big 12). The Wildcats have their first 3-0 start since 2015, and that season they lost their fourth game in a Big 12 ...