FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, file photo, Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister watches from the dugout during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers fired Banister on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Mike Stone, File)
September 21, 2018 - 3:49 pm
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers fired manager Jeff Banister on Friday after the team stumbled to its first consecutive losing records in 10 years after winning AL West titles in each of his first two seasons. Texas announced the move with 10 games left in Banister's fourth season. In a...
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FILE - In this April 24, 2018, file photo, Diana Taurasi motions during a practice for the U.S. national women's basketball team in Seattle. The U.S. women’s basketball roster is full of WNBA All-Stars and clearly the 12-member team led by Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart will be fun to watch. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
September 21, 2018 - 3:29 pm
TENERIFE, Spain (AP) — It would be easy to think it's a forgone conclusion that the U.S. women's basketball team will win a third straight World Cup. The Americans haven't lost a major international contest since falling to Russia in the semifinals of the 2006 world championship. That includes...
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Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield celebrates after scoring a 2-point conversion during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
September 21, 2018 - 2:55 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns coach Hue Jackson isn't ready to "officially" make Baker Mayfield his starting quarterback. Everyone else has. Jackson said Friday that he'll wait until talking to his players before publicly announcing a decision that seems inevitable after Mayfield replaced injured starter...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon (12) and Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Joe Haden (23) reach for the ball during an NFL football game in Cleveland. In a slopfest of an opener, the Steelers and Browns drew 21-21. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini, File)
September 21, 2018 - 2:50 pm
Two weeks, two ties. OK, let's get this out of the way now: Yes, the NFL is fit to be tied. Fit tighter than most folks might think, too. In a slopfest of an opener, the Steelers and Browns drew 21-21 . The first game of the season often can be messy and painful to watch, particularly when so many...
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FLE - In this Sept. 8, 2018, file photo, Stanford running back Bryce Love (20) rushes against Southern California during the second half of an NCAA college football game, in Stanford, Calif. Love returns to play against Oregon after sitting out a game with an undisclosed injury. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)
September 21, 2018 - 2:20 pm
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Two ranked teams. Two star players. The game between No. 7 Stanford and No. 20 Oregon on Saturday has plenty of hype. And deservedly so. The implications of the big game at Autzen Stadium could stretch beyond this weekend. It may play a part in the Pac-12 North, the league...
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Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell, right, flips the ball in the air after tagging out Arizona Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt, left, trying to steal second base for the final out during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, in Phoenix. The Cubs defeated the Diamondbacks 5-1. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
September 21, 2018 - 2:08 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell was placed on administrative leave Friday following fresh allegations of domestic violence by his ex-wife. Last year, Melisa Reidy posted a photo on her Instagram account with a caption suggesting her husband of about 18 months had been...
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FILE - At left, in a Jan. 14, 2018, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) plays in an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, in Pittsburgh. At right, in a Sept. 16, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley runs against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of an NFL football game, in Los Angeles. Todd Gurley of the Los Angeles Rams is the best running back in the league, as ranked by a panel of Associated Press NFL writers. Le'Veon Bell, though he has yet to sign his contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers this season, comes in second. (AP Photo/File)
September 21, 2018 - 1:47 pm
The role and value of the running back in the NFL has evolved as much as any position over the past decade, with a league-wide trend favoring versatile players who can contribute equally to the passing attack as to the ground game. Todd Gurley embodies the postmodern ball carrier as well as anyone...
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September 21, 2018 - 1:43 pm
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Spanish league's plan to play a regular-season match in the United States was put in serious doubt Friday after the national soccer federation refused to give its approval, according to a person with knowledge of the decision. The person told The Associated Press that...
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FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2016, file photo, Sergei Tetiukhin carries the flag of Russia during the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The World Anti-Doping Agency declared Russia's scandal-ridden drug-fighting operation back in business Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, a decision designed to bring a close to one of sports' most notorious doping scandals but one bitterly disputed by hundreds of athletes and described as "treachery" by the lawyer for the man who exposed the corruption. It also clears a major hurdle for Russia's track team to be declared compliant by that sport's international governing body (IAAF).(AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
September 21, 2018 - 1:42 pm
A leading anti-doping group hinted at changing the structure of the World Anti-Doping Agency, saying the decision to reinstate Russia's drug-fighting operation is a sign WADA leaders are saddled with "conflicting priorities." The Institute of National Anti-Doping Organizations said in a statement...
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September 21, 2018 - 12:17 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Herm Edwards arrived back on the Arizona State campus sometime around 3:30 a.m. last Sunday. Rather than going home and not sleeping, Edwards immediately went to work at finding the reasons behind the Sun Devils' first loss of the season. It was a quick assessment knowing the Sun...
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