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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 ...

Unexpected Edman suddenly crucial to Cardinals’ success

By DAVID BRANDT AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — Tommy Edman was up at the plate on Monday night, barely 24 hours after his St. Louis Cardinals had finished an emotional four-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Now, the Cardinals were in Phoenix, still locked in a tight pennant ...

Virginia-Notre Dame matchup headlines ACC’s Week 5

By JOEDY McCREARY AP Sports Writer Here are things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 5: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 18 Virginia at No. 10 Notre Dame. The Cavaliers (4-0) will try to do something no Atlantic Coast Conference team has ever done — beat a ranked Notre Dame team in ...

Kyrgios handed suspended 16-week ban by ATP Tour

LONDON (AP) — Nick Kyrgios has been handed a suspended 16-week ban from the ATP Tour following an investigation into his abusive behavior in a tournament in Cincinnati last month. The Australian player insulted a chair umpire and left the court to smash two rackets during a second-round loss ...

Vargas hits game-winner in 19th, D-backs top Cards 3-2

By DAVID BRANDT AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona had ample reasons to be a beaten-down ballclub one day after being officially eliminated from the National League playoff race. Instead, the Diamondbacks powered through 19 innings of baseball, used 13 pitchers and earned an unlikely ...

LEADING OFF: Brewers, Twins on brink of some bubbly

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: BREWING SOME BUBBLY The Brewers are on the verge of another postseason berth. Milwaukee can lock up an NL wild card with a win over Cincinnati or losses by the Cubs and Mets. Just like last season, when the ...

Turner’s slam helps Nats sweep Phils, clinch wild card

By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Dave Martinez's words were drenched with emotion as he stood in a booze-soaked clubhouse, Washington Nationals players celebrating all around after clinching an NL wild card exactly four months after they woke up with a 19-31 record and ...

NCAA suspends response deadlines in hoops corruption cases

By AARON BEARD AP Basketball Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The NCAA is suspending its deadlines for schools to respond to charges levied by the governing body in the wake of college basketball's corruption scandal. In a letter obtained by The Associated Press in a public-records request, ...

Pats, Chiefs, Rams, Cowboys are top 4 in AP Pro32 poll

By SIMMI BUTTAR AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Through three weeks, the NFL's big four are as dominant as ever. The New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys, all division winners last year, are undefeated so far and occupy the top four spots in ...

When Tom Brady talks, the NFL listens — and acts

By ARNIE STAPLETON AP Pro Football Writer Tom Brady has clout, and his indignation may have saved the NFL's 100th season from being ruined by the refs even though he backtracked like he was avoiding Shaq Barrett . Yellow flags flew at an alarming rate over the first two weeks of the season, ...

LEADING OFF: Yost begins final homestand with Royals

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: ALL THOSE KS Major League Baseball's season strikeout record likely will be broken Tuesday for the 12th straight year — with five days to spare. Batters enter play with 41,098 strikeouts. There were ...

NHL teams aim to fill arenas, drawing fans away from screens

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Red Wings season-ticket holder Matt Larson pays about $74 for two of the cheapest seats in Little Caesars Arena. The 32-year-old fan gets a pair of high top chairs set up behind a counter, giving him plenty of space for food and drink, in ...

Trubisky, Bears get offense on track, beat Redskins 31-15

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Sports Writer LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — After the Chicago Bears' offense was slow to get going this season, Mitchell Trubisky was excited to speed things up. Trubisky and the Bears used a no-huddle, hurry-up tempo to snap out of their offensive funk and score 28 first-half ...

Roethlisberger undergoes elbow surgery, plans 2020 return

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had surgery to repair his right elbow on Monday. Team spokesman Burt Lauten said Roethlisberger underwent the procedure at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles. The surgery was performed by Dr. Neal ...

STAT WATCH: No. 4 LSU has nation’s highest-scoring offense

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer LSU has earned a reputation the last decade or so as a program that relies on defense and usually does just enough on offense. That's what makes it such a surprise to see the fourth-ranked Tigers emerge as the nation's highest-scoring team so far this ...

AP Top 25: Wisconsin into top 10; Cal makes big move to 15

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Wisconsin moved into the top 10 for the first time this season, landing at No. 8 in The Associated Press college football poll after a weekend during which seven ranked teams lost. The top of the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank remained mostly ...

NFL ICYMI: Maybe the Giants found a new QB in Daniel Jones

By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Pro Football Writer So maybe all those fans and media members blasting the choice of Daniel Jones with the No. 6 overall pick in the NFL draft were being a little hasty in their judgment of him and New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman. And maybe, just maybe, so ...

NFL Today, Week 3

By The Associated Press undefined SCOREBOARD Monday, Sept. 23 Chicago at Washington, 8:15 p.m. EDT. Mitchell Trubisky has won his past four road starts for the Bears (1-1), but the Chicago quarterback has struggled in the first two games while going 42 of 72 for 348 yards with an ...

AP Top 25 Reality Check: Are there quality losses?

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer The value of a loss can be tricky to quantify for AP Top 25 voters. For the first time this season, the AP college football poll presented by Regions Bank was given a good shake. Seven ranked teams lost, a season-high, including three in Saturday's ...