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Irving has 50 points in Brooklyn debut, Nets fall to Wolves

NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving scored 50 points in a record-setting Nets debut, but lost his balance and missed a potential winning shot that allowed the Minnesota Timberwolves to pull out a 127-126 victory over Brooklyn in overtime Wednesday night. Karl-Anthony Towns had 36 points and 14 rebounds for Minnesota, and Andrew Wiggins added […]
Anthony Duclair scores twice, Senators beat Red Wings 5-2

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Anthony Duclair scored twice and the Ottawa Senators beat Detroit 5-2 on Wednesday night to snap a four-game skid and extend the Red Wings’ losing streak to six. Chris Tierney, Mark Borowiecki and Jean-Gabriel Pageau also scored to help the Senators improve to 2-6-1. Anders Nilsson made 34 saves for his […]
Irving scores 50 but misses last shot, Wolves top Nets in OT

NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving scored 50 points in a record-setting Nets debut, but lost his balance and missed a potential winning shot that allowed the Minnesota Timberwolves to pull out a 127-126 victory over Brooklyn in overtime Wednesday night. Karl-Anthony Towns had 36 points and 14 rebounds for Minnesota, and Andrew Wiggins finished […]
76ers top Celtics 107-93 in 1st battle of East favorites

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid had 15 points and 13 rebounds, Ben Simmons scored 24 points and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Boston Celtics 107-93 on Wednesday night. The Sixers and Celtics are expected to compete for the top spot in the Eastern Conference this season and the opener had a May feel. Embiid was […]
Flamengo beats Gremio 5-0 to reach Copa Libertadores final

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s Flamengo outclassed compatriots Gremio 5-0 on Wednesday and will play the Copa Libertadores final against defending champions River Plate of Argentina. The Rio de Janeiro side opened the scoring at the Maracana Stadium with Bruno Henrique in the 42nd minute. But the best entertainment for more than 70,000 home […]
Andre Drummond helps Pistons beat Pacers in opener

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andre Drummond scored 32 points and had 23 rebounds, and Luke Kennard made three 3-pointers in the final six minutes to help the Detroit Pistons pull away for a season-opening 119-110 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night. Kennard scored 30 points, a career best, and matched his career high with […]
Magic, Vucevic beat Cavaliers in season opener

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Nikola Vucevic had 21 points and nine rebounds, and the Orlando Magic beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 94-85 on Wednesday night in the season opener for each team. Evan Fournier scored 16 points for Orlando, and Markelle Fultz had 12 points and six assists. It was Fultz’s first game with the Magic […]
Pozuelo scores twice, Toronto advances to conference final

NEW YORK (AP) — Alejandro Pozuelo converted a penalty kick in the 90th minute for his second goal of the game and Toronto FC beat top-seeded New York City FC 2-1 on Wednesday night in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Playing without striker Jozy Altidore (quad) and defender Omar Gonzalez (hamstring), Toronto advanced to face the […]
Trubisky insists he has Nagy’s support, offense will click

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — An edgy and almost defiant quarterback Mitchell Trubisky insisted he has the support he needs from coach Matt Nagy and the Chicago Bears’ struggling offense will not be torn apart by outside criticism. He said Nagy has “my back no matter what.” And he was adamant the offense is sticking […]
Patriots’ Bennett ready to move forward after suspension

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Patriots defensive end Michael Bennett is back with the team after serving a one-game suspension for what he said was a “philosophical disagreement” with defensive line coach Bret Bielema. But whether the suspension will improve his standing on a defense in which he’s seen his playing time diminish throughout the season […]
Bolts’ versatile Ekeler is bright spot for dismal offense

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Ever since Austin Ekeler joined the Chargers as an undrafted free agent two seasons ago, the remarkable running back has consistently found unexpected new ways to contribute to Los Angeles’ offense. The newest wrinkle last weekend: Lining up outside as a receiver and running slant routes. “We ran it twice,” […]
MLB wants minors to upgrade some ballparks, cut travel

HOUSTON (AP) — Major League Baseball wants the minor leagues to upgrade ballparks and decrease long travel. Negotiations have started on a new Professional Baseball Agreement to replace the deal between MLB and the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues that expires after the 2020 season. “There’s an economic system in minor league baseball where […]
Goff’s versatility outside the pocket sparks Rams’ offense

ATLANTA (AP) — Jared Goff loved getting a chance to throw on the run last week and the two-time Pro Bowl year quarterback hopes it’s a new trend for the Rams’ offense. Heading into this week’s game in London against winless Cincinnati, Goff is ready to prove again he’s more than just a pocket passer. […]
Manfred discounts drop in home runs during postseason

HOUSTON (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred discounts the drop in home runs during the postseason and expects to receive a new report from scientists on baseballs by the end of the year. Batters finished the regular season with 6,776 home runs, shattering the previous record of 6,105 set two years ago. The average of […]
All Blacks, England set to unveil World Cup semifinal squads

TOKYO (AP) — Tension starts building again at the Rugby World Cup when New Zealand coach Steve Hansen and his England counterpart Eddie Jones unveil their squads for the semifinals. The two-time defending champion All Blacks go into Saturday’s knockout game at Yokohama as favorites after remaining unbeaten at the World Cup since 2007. England’s […]
Bills CB Tre’Davious White keeps coming up with big saves

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Cornerback Tre’Davious White occasionally enjoys parading around the Buffalo Bills facility in goaltending gear while claiming to have been the best hockey player in his native Louisiana history. It’s all fiction, including The Tre’Davious White Goalie Academy, where he supposedly taught Buffalo Sabres starter Carter Hutton all he knows. White, […]
Raiders rookie Mullen prepares for reunion vs. Watson

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Raiders rookie cornerback Trayvon Mullen spent his freshman year in college trying to knock down passes from Deshaun Watson during practice while both were at Clemson. The two will meet again Sunday when Mullen makes his first NFL start against Watson and the Houston Texans. The 40th overall pick in […]
Undefeated 49ers go all-in with deal for Emmanuel Sanders

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have raced out to six straight wins to open the season despite lacking a dynamic receiver who could change a game in a single play. So when the opportunity to acquire a player like Emmanuel Sanders presented itself, the Niners didn’t hesitate to make a move, […]
Late call: Springer phones Hinch, rehashes baserunning play

HOUSTON (AP) — Before going to sleep, George Springer wanted to put to bed what happened on the bases. So the Astros star phoned manager AJ Hinch well after a 5-4 loss to Washington on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the World Series to rehash what went wrong. “He called me. He initiated the […]
Do It For Tuitt? Steelers D-line regroups minus injured star

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Tyson Alualu was well aware of the nickname long before the veteran defensive tackle arrived in Pittsburgh in 2017. “It was always, this is ‘Blitzburgh,'” Alualu said on Wednesday. “You’re going to see a lot of blitzes.” No matter who is in the lineup, something Alualu doesn’t expect to change with defensive […]
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