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New York Yankees' Didi Gregorius points to the dugout after hitting a two-run home run off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber in the third inning of Game 5 of an American League Division series on Wednesday on in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)

Yanks complete comeback, beat Indians 5-2 in Game 5 of ALDS

CLEVELAND (AP) — These young Yankees were unshaken, resilient and as tough as the city they represent. The baby Bronx Bombers have grown up fast. Didi Gregorius, following in the October footprints left by Derek Jeter, homered twice off Corey Kluber as New York beat the Cleveland Indians ...

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson plays catch before a game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Green Bay, Wis. (Adam Niemi/Iron Mountain Daily News)

Jordy Nelson back at practice after minor back injury

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A minor back injury kept receiver Jordy Nelson off the field for the Green Bay Packers' winning drive in the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys. Nelson was a full participant when the Packers returned to practice on Wednesday. The NFL leader with six touchdown ...

United States' Matt Besler, looks on after losing 2-1 against Trinidad and Tobago during a 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match in Couva, Trinidad on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

US misses World Cup for 1st time since 1986 with loss

COUVA, Trinidad (AP) — Twenty-eight years after the United States ended a four-decade World Cup absence with a stunning victory at Trinidad, the Americans' chances for the 2018 tournament in Russia ended on this island nation off the coast of Venezuela in even more astonishing ...

Detroit Red Wings right wing Anthony Mantha (39) pressures as Dallas Stars' Ben Bishop (30) blocks a shot with help from defenseman Marc Methot (33) on Tuesday in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Stars hold off Red Wings

DALLAS (AP) — The first win for the Dallas Stars this season was No. 782 of Ken Hitchcock's career. And that's a significant figure for NHL coaches. Now in his second stint with Dallas, Hitchcock tied Al Arbour for third place on the all-time wins list Tuesday night. John Klingberg and ...

Michigan State recovers a fumble from Michigan running back Ty Isaac on Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Stakes suddenly higher now for No. 21 MSU

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Mark Dantonio is 8-3 against Michigan since taking over as Michigan State's coach — a mark that has done plenty to endear him to the fans in East Lansing. This week, however, it's another part of Dantonio's resume that's front and center. "We've actually ...

Minnesota Vikings free safety Harrison Smith (22) and strong safety Andrew Sendejo (34) tackle Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen (29) on Monday in Chicago. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Keenum bails Vikings in win over Bears

CHICAGO (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings know they have an insurance policy if Sam Bradford's knee remains a problem. Case Keenum has proven this before and did it again Monday against the Chicago Bears in a 20-17 victory. "I've tried to prepare like I've been the starter," Keenum said. "I ...

Chicago Cubs' Albert Almora Jr. hits an RBI single during the seventh inning of Game 3 of a National League Division Series game against the Washington Nationals Monday in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Cubs rally past Scherzer, Nationals

CHICAGO (AP) — Moments after his go-ahead hit, Anthony Rizzo walked across the infield at frenzied Wrigley Field and shouted "Respect me! Respect me!" A year after their historic championship, Rizzo and the Chicago Cubs are fighting for another memorable October. Rizzo blooped a ...

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) scrambles away from Dallas Cowboys defensive end Damontre Moore (58) on Sunday in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

Rodgers leads Packers late over Cowboys

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys already have as many losses as they did last season. And it’s only Week 5. While Elliott leaped over the top for a fourth-down conversion before Prescott scored a go-ahead touchdown with 1:13 left, they just left ...

Michigan State running back Madre London, center, dives over Michigan defensive back Tyree Kinnel, bottom, to score a touchdown in Ann Arbor, Mich. on Saturday. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)

Michigan St beats No. 7 Michigan, 14-10

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Mark Dantonio has done what seemed improbable a decade ago and in the previous century, figuring out a way to help Michigan State have its way with Michigan on a consistent basis. Brian Lewerke ran for a touchdown and threw for a score in the first half and the ...

Earnhardt crashes in practice

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s final weekend as a full-time driver at Charlotte Motor Speedway got off to a rough start when he crashed moments into Friday's opening practice. Earnhardt drove into the high line of the track and slipped in the grippy substance Charlotte officials ...

Detroit Red Wings' Anthony Mantha (39) celebrates his goal with Henrik Zetterberg, of Sweden (40) against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Red Wings win opener at new arena

DETROIT (AP) — The first two goals at Detroit's new arena came from young standouts the team is trying to build around. When that wasn't enough to shake the Minnesota Wild, grizzled veteran Henrik Zetterberg put the Red Wings back ahead to stay. Zetterberg and Martin Frk scored in the ...

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams runs with the ball against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Green Bay, Wis. (Adam Niemi/Iron Mountain Daily News)

Green Bay’s Adams back at practice after vicious hit

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Receiver Davante Adams was back on his feet, in uniform, bouncing around the practice field and joking with teammates. It was a welcome sight for the Green Bay Packers. Adams returned to practice Wednesday after absorbing a helmet-to-helmet hit from Chicago Bears ...

Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate (15) looks on before a Sept. 18 game against the New York Giants in East Rutherford, N.J. The mass shooting in Las Vegas has affected Lions receiver Golden Tate. While playing for the Seattle Seahawks, Tate survived a night at a bar that was sprayed with bullets. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)

Las Vegas shooting giving Lions’ Tate flashbacks

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The mass shooting in Las Vegas is bringing back uncomfortable memories for Detroit Lions receiver Golden Tate. Tate, his wife and some Seattle Seahawks teammates survived a night at a bar that was sprayed with bullets in 2012. A 30-year-old man was killed and ...

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo is sprayed by his team after the National League wild-card game against the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

D-backs outslug Rockies, 11-8

PHOENIX (AP) — Three bags, four times. And you wouldn't believe who got in on all the fun for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Spirited reliever Archie Bradley hit a stunning triple in the seventh inning, driving in two runs with one of four three-baggers by Arizona that sent the Diamondbacks ...

Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke throws a pass against Iowa during the first quarter on Sept. 30 in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

Michigan up next as Spartans try to build credibility

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Mark Dantonio is happy to skip the platitudes when it comes to Michigan State's biggest rivalry. Other coaches may play it cool before a game of this magnitude, but who are they fooling? "I think that's all coach talk, personally. I think coaches know what games ...

Detroit Tigers hitter Nicholas Castellanos flips his bat after striking out against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday in Minneapolis. Minnesota won 5-1. (AP Photo/John Autey)

Rebuilding begins for 98-loss Tigers

DETROIT (AP) — The bottom finally fell out for the Detroit Tigers this season. After years of spending lavishly and chasing a World Series title, the Tigers are now firmly in a rebuilding mode after finishing tied for the worst record in baseball. Detroit was always prepared to reduce ...

Wisconsin's Isaiahh Loudermilk (97) and Leon Jacobs celebrate after a sack of Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson (18) on Saturday in Madison, Wis. Ninth-ranked Wisconsin is turning up the pressure. After swarming Northwestern for eight sacks, the Badgers have their sights set on Nebraska this weekend. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

No. 9 Wisconsin’s defense turns up the pressure

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — No. 9 Wisconsin is turning up the pressure. After swarming Northwestern for eight sacks, the Badgers have their sights set on Nebraska this weekend. The Badgers (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) are averaging 4 sacks per game, tied for fourth nationally and second in the conference. ...

Michigan quarterback John O'Korn (8) looks to pass on Sept. 23 against Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind.  Seventh-ranked Michigan has lost quarterback Wilton Speight for multiple weeks with an undisclosed injury. Coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday O'Korn will start Saturday night when the Wolverines play against Michigan State.(AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

O’Korn in for No. 7 Michigan vs. MSU

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — John O'Korn has his first chance to take extended snaps at Michigan. O'Korn will get the start for the seventh-ranked Wolverines against Michigan State on Saturday night because injured quarterback Wilton Speight is out indefinitely with an undisclosed ...

Detroit Lions running back Ameer Abdullah, left, runs from Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen, right, on Sunday in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

Lions carve out 14-7 victory over Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The identity of these Detroit Lions has been undeniably forged through the air, on the strength of Matthew Stafford's right arm and all his fourth-quarter rallies. The Lions sure enacted a different formula to finish the first quarter of their schedule tied for first ...

Seattle Seahawks' J.D. McKissic, left, makes a catch behind Indianapolis Colts inside linebacker Jon Bostic (57) for a touchdown on Sunday in Seattle. The Seahawks won 46-18. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Seahawks blow out Colts

SEATTLE (AP) — It's a script that's become too familiar for the Seattle Seahawks. Look awful for the first half. Look like one of the best teams in football in the second half. "It's the same thing that always happens. Slow start out of the gate and for whatever reason we pick it up the ...