MLB

Hall of Famer Larkin's postseason bat labels promote healing

NEW YORK (AP) — Barry Larkin is gladly giving Major League Baseball a helping hand in these playoffs. Two of them, actually. Look closely at the bats being swung and you might notice …

Column: A season like no other gets playoffs like no other

The playoffs are here, and there’s no better way to start than by throwing out the first ball Tuesday in Minnesota with the cheating Astros and their 29-31 record. It’s entirely possible, if …

Despite virus-related obstacles, baseball reaches postseason

The 2020 baseball season began with Juan Soto testing positive for COVID-19. Now, he's a 21-year-old batting champion — after beating out another player who went through his own ordeal with the …
NFL

Titans shut down facility until Saturday after 8 positive virus tests, putting Sunday's game vs. Steelers in jeopardy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans shut down facility until Saturday after 8 positive virus tests, putting Sunday's game vs. Steelers in jeopardy.

Don't be sorry: History says Pederson right to go for tie

Doug Pederson is having second thoughts about playing for the tie, but he might end up thankful he didn’t risk falling to 0-3 by going for it on fourth-and-long or trying the long field …

Chiefs DE Alex Okafor inactive for KC against Ravens

BALTIMORE (AP) — Chiefs injured defensive end Alex Okafor has been placed on the inactive list for Monday night's game against the Baltimore Ravens. Okafor played only 10 snaps in Kansas City's …
NBA

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Doc Rivers says on social media he is no longer the coach of the Los Angeles Clippers, thanks fans for their support.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — It was June 30, 2019. The Miami Heat had an evening all planned out for their recruitment of free agent Jimmy Butler, down to every detail. They greeted him with music …
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Miami Heat advance to NBA Finals against Los Angeles Lakers, beating Boston Celtics 125-113 in Game 6 of Eastern finals.
Golf

Three weeks into the new PGA Tour season, Tyler McCumber might be the first example of how the COVID-19 pandemic that shut down golf for three months can provide second chances. McCumber had the …

MAMARONECK, N.Y. (AP) — The power grabbed everyone's attention, tee shots launched so far that it reduced a big golf course into what seemed like a pitch and putt. Thoughts quickly turned to the …
College sports

There was no way this was going to turn out anything but odd, and it's not going to get easier going forward. The college football season will not have all 10 FBS conferences playing until the …

NEW YORK (AP) — POLL ALERT: No. 6 Ohio St, No. 10 Penn St jump back into Top 25; LSU, Oklahoma fall; Clemson, Alabama, Florida top poll.
PROVO, Utah (AP) — Zach Wilson threw for a career-high 392 yards and two touchdowns, leading No. 18 BYU to a 48-7 victory over Troy on Saturday night. Wilson’s previous career high was 317 …
CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — Tyler Hudson had a 7-yard touchdown reception and scored on a 57-yard punt return as Central Arkansas scored the last 21 points to beat Missouri State 27-20 on Saturday …
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Quincy Patterson II came off the bench to throw two touchdown passes and run for another score, leading No. 20 Virginia Tech to a 45-24 victory over NC State on Saturday …
NHL

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Blake Coleman tied it 15 seconds after the New York Islanders took the lead, Ondrej Palat scored the go-ahead goal 12 seconds later and the Tampa Bay Lightning moved within …

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Anton Khudobin made three of his 32 saves on a crucial 5-on-3 penalty kill late, Joe Pavelski and Jamie Benn scored in the second period and the Dallas Stars are a victory …
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Brock Nelson broke a tie with 3:25 left, Semyon Varlamov made 34 saves and the New York Islanders beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 in Game 3 of the NHL’s Eastern …
Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — A consulting company working for the Tokyo Olympic bid committee paid about $370,000 to the son of then-influential IOC member Lamine Diack before — and after — the Japanese …

TOKYO (AP) — The CEO of the Tokyo Olympics and the IOC member in charge of Japan's games have dismissed a new study from the University of Oxford that finds Tokyo is the most expensive Summer Games …
Other sports
Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos (91) is presented the Stanley Cup from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman as they celebrate after defeating the Dallas Stars in the NHL Stanley Cup hockey finals, in Edmonton, Alberta, on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Tampa Bay's Stamkos in rare company as injured Cup captain

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Steven Stamkos greeted Game 4 overtime hero Kevin Shattenkirk with a hug in the tunnel after the game. After the Tampa Bay Lightning missed out on their first chance to win …
FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2018, file photo, Kyle Busch, left, and Kurt Busch, right, greet fans as they are introduced before a NASCAR Daytona 500 Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. The Busch family hobby came full circle at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where Kurt finally won for the first time in his career Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. The victory came about 24 hours after his nephew, Brexton Busch, won his first race at a track in North Carolina. The 5-year-old son of reigning Cup champion Kyle is being developed by Tom Busch, who molded his own two sons into NASCAR champions. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Column: Busch family hobby goes full circle at home in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The racing bug hit the Busch family long before the NASCAR champion brothers were born. Their father attended the first Daytona 500 in 1959 with his parents, and later, while …
FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2012, file photo, National Hockey League Players' Association executive director Donald Fehr, center, is joined by players George Parros , left, and Kevin Westgath after meeting with NHL officials in New York. The NHL is rapidly approaching the finish line of completing the season and awarding the Stanley Cup after holding an expanded playoff in quarantined bubbles. Do not expect bubbles to be an option for the 2020-21 season. Fehr said exactly replicating the playoff quarantine environment is not something players are interested in doing for an entire season. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Bubble won't be back for full 2020-21 NHL season

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The 64 days spent in the NHL playoff bubble feel like six months to Barclay Goodrow. “It’s tough,” the Tampa Bay Lightning forward said. “It’s been a …
FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2020, file photo, Serena Williams walks to her bench with a trainer for a medical timeout during a semifinal match of the U.S. Open tennis championships, against Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

FRENCH OPEN 2020: Serena wants more; Djokovic under scrutiny

Serena Williams won her first Grand Slam title at age 17 and now that she’s pushing 40, she’s still making it to the late stages of major tournaments. Impressive as that might be, it’s not …

Russia given 5 more months to fix 'deficient' doping plan

Russia has been given five more months to fix a “seriously deficient” plan to combat doping in track and field, World Athletics said Saturday. Track's world governing body said Russia's …