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Tokyo Olympic officials talk of test events early next year

By STEPHEN WADE AP Sports Writer TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympics organizers on Tuesday said they were encouraged by a gymnastics meet over the weekend and are now ready to hold test events early next year. The Sunday meet featured 22 Russian, Chinese and American athletes entering Japan and ...

Jets blow lead, fall to 0-9 for first time in team history

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. AP Pro Football Writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Joe Flacco and the rest of the New York Jets could feel it. Their first victory of a brutal season was there for the taking. They had a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter against a struggling New England Patriots team ...

South Carolina No. 1 in AP preseason women’s basketball poll

By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Dawn Staley already has accomplished so much at South Carolina. Now she can add the first preseason No. 1 ranking in school history to the list of achievements. The Gamecocks received 29 of the 30 first-place votes in The Associated ...

A quiet start to empty week at Augusta National for Masters

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Take away a few white scoreboards in their usual places behind the greens, and the green television stands behind the 12th tee and a few other strategic locations, and this is what Augusta National looks like in November. It looks bigger ...

No. 1 Clemson turns to Uiagalelei with Lawrence sidelined

By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer Clemson coach Dabo Swinney always planned for talented freshman quarterback DJ Uiagalelei to take over for Trevor Lawrence, just not this weekend against Boston College. That's the situation for the Tigers, however, after Lawrence tested positive for ...

Maryland shocks Minnesota 45-44 in OT on missed conversion

By DAVID GINSBURG AP Sports Writer COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A back-and-forth game that featured comebacks by both teams, a dozen touchdowns and more than 1,100 yards in offense seemed destined to reach a second overtime before ending abruptly on — of all things — a botched conversion ...

Indians decline options on closer Hand, 1B Santana for 2021

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Brad Hand's solid season didn't earn him another one with the Indians. Feeling the financial pinch from a shortened season, Cleveland declined Hand's $10 million contract option on Friday and also chose not to exercise options for either ...

NFL recommends some sideline players wear masks during games

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer The NFL is recommending that players on the sidelines who are not participating in a game or about to go on the field wear protective masks. In a memo obtained by The Associated Press on Friday, the league's management council also suggested the 32 teams ...

Jon Lester option declined by Cubs, lefty becomes free agent

CHICAGO (AP) — Jon Lester's $25 million mutual option for 2021 was declined Friday by the Chicago Cubs, completing a $155 million, six-year contract and allowing the 36-year-old left-hander to become a free agent. Lester is owed a $10 million buyout: $2 million on each Dec. 31 from 2022 ...

Steelers survive Titans rally after missed FG, move to 6-0

By The Associated Press Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes to Diontae Johnson, and the Pittsburgh Steelers remained perfect by holding off Tennessee for a 27-24 victory Sunday in a game originally postponed when the Titans came down with the NFL's first COVID-19 outbreak of the ...