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Kershaw, LA stars shine, Dodgers top Rays 8-3 in WS opener

By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Clayton Kershaw, Cody Bellinger, Mookie Betts — the Los Angeles Dodgers stars all shined. Nothing out of the ordinary there, even if the setting was surreal. Baseball's best team during the pandemic-shortened season showed off its ...

Pandemic World Series draws smallest crowd in over century

By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Julie and Lance Smith walked through the mostly empty concourse of Globe Life Field. Tampa Bay infielder Joey Wendle is married to one of their cousins, and they weren't going to miss his World Series debut. "It's so weird," said ...

NFL teams going for 2 at record-setting rate

By JOSH DUBOW AP Pro Football Writer Never before have NFL teams gone for 2-point conversions as often as they have this season, even if the decision sometimes has backfired. The 58 attempts through six weeks are the most at this juncture of the season since the NFL adopted the 2-point ...

Flores: Decision to replace Fitzpatrick with Tua was tough

By STEVEN WINE AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores says he regrets that his players found out about the team's switch to quarterback Tua Tagovailoa through social media rather than from him. And Flores says the decision to bench popular veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick ...

No. 1 Clemson has new faces on defense and still dominating

By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer Clemson once again has a dominating defense that delivers crunching hits and game-changing interceptions that has helped the Tigers ascend to the top of college football. That seems to be an annual summary of Clemson, it's just the names that change from ...

Cardinals rising in NFC thanks to much-improved defense

By DAVID BRANDT AP Sports Writer Kyler Murray had some big moments in his return to Texas, throwing a couple of touchdown passes and running for another score. Even so, Arizona's young quarterback knew he wasn't the star of Monday night's dominant 38-10 win over the Dallas Cowboys. That ...

Spillane’s shot: Steelers LB primed to replace injured Bush

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Robert Spillane doesn't have Devin Bush's pedigree. He doesn't have Bush's speed or game experience either. That doesn't mean, however, that Spillane or the rest of the Pittsburgh Steelers believe he can't fill in capably while Bush recovers ...

Rays, Dodgers set lineups for Game 1 of the World Series

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Cody Bellinger was in his normal spot in the starting lineup for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of the World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays. Bellinger was batting sixth and playing center field Tuesday night, two days after knocking his right shoulder out of ...

Astros’ Garcia, Rays’ Curtiss start Game 5 of ALCS

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Houston Astros tapped rookie right-hander Luis Garcia to start Game 5 of the AL Championship Series while the Tampa Bay Rays chose to go with opener John Curtiss. Houston faced elimination for the second straight game. The Astros won 4-3 Wednesday night to cut Tampa ...

Same old Browns? Cleveland can quiet critics in Pittsburgh

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The trappings of a rivalry between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns have lingered even as the results have grown remarkably one-sided. Bad blood. Trash talk. Emotionally charged games. The only thing the long-running series has ...