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Ohio State’s Meyer put on leave, investigation opened

Urban Meyer's job appears to be in jeopardy. Ohio State placed Meyer, one of the most successful coaches in college football history, on paid administrative leave Wednesday while it investigates claims that his wife knew about allegations of domestic violence against an assistant coach years ...

Pettine sees Packers’ defense grasping scheme amid injuries

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — As first-year Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine installs his playbook, he's got one of the best to deliver the daily tests: two-time MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Through a week of training camp, Pettine's defense is passing those early ...

Lions CB Slay insists he wasn’t frightened by injury scare

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Darius Slay lost his footing in coverage and landed on the grass. He limped off the field, trying to keep weight off his right leg. The Detroit Lions cornerback was evaluated on the sideline and after rubbing and pointing to his right knee, he returned to practice ...

Packers GM looks to young players after injuries on D

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers may have shown a greater willingness this offseason to sign veteran free agents under first-year general manager Brian Gutekunst, but the team is standing pat for now after injuries to key contributors on defense. One day after inside linebacker ...

Boyd, Tigers beat Cincinnati 2-1

DETROIT (AP) — Once Matthew Boyd escaped a couple early jams, the Detroit left-hander found a groove. "Early in the game, he had a couple guys on and it got real slow," Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He picked up the pace." Boyd allowed four hits in eight scoreless innings, and Niko ...

Trade tornado: Dozier, Archer among 15 swaps on deadline day

For Brian Dozier, getting traded meant a dash to the airport and a long trip to Dodger Stadium. For Jake Diekman, it was a lot easier — he simply rode the bullpen cart from one clubhouse to the other at Chase Field. Chris Archer, Jonathan Schoop and a bunch of relievers moved on deadline ...

Decades-long wait for Hall of Fame over for Jerry Kramer

Jerry Kramer has basked in the attention on his key block on the winning play in the Ice Bowl for more than half a century. He sure was uneasy, though, when Vince Lombardi told Bart Starr to run "31 Wedge" from a yard out, the Green Bay Packers' dynasty dangling by a thread with 16 seconds ...

Vikings, Diggs reach deal on 5-year extension

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have secured yet another core player with a long-term contract, signing wide receiver Stefon Diggs to a five-year extension and moving the star of the "Minneapolis Miracle" pass into the NFL's top 10 highest-paid players at his position. Diggs has ...

Injuries to Brice, Ryan make for tough day at Packers camp

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Blake Martinez gathered his fellow inside linebackers together after a tough day at Green Bay Packers practice. It's difficult to see two key members of the defense go down with injuries on just the fourth day of training camp. Inside linebacker Jake Ryan, one of ...

Thames, Yelich lead Brewers over Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dodgers fans nearly filled their home stadium Monday night for a reboot of "Mannywood," and then the Milwaukee Brewers stepped in to spoil the party. Eric Thames hit a three-run home run and Christian Yelich extended his hitting streak to 14 games as the Milwaukee Brewers ...

Users share player tweets to expose ‘toxic’ baseball culture

A pair of Twitter users whose posts exposing offensive tweets by baseball players went viral over the weekend say their aim was not malicious but to give fans a fuller picture of who they're cheering for, and to expose the sport's "toxic" culture. In exclusive interviews with The Associated ...

Indians rout Tigers 8-1, lead Central by 9

DETROIT (AP) — Terry Francona sounds confident that Corey Kluber will have another big second half for the Cleveland Indians. Yonder Alonso, Melky Cabrera and Edwin Encarnacion all homered for Cleveland, and Kluber pitched into the eighth inning in an 8-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on ...

No extension, no big deal for Rodgers

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers sounds as if he's more worried about swimming with sharks than a new contract. Starting training camp without an extension from the Green Bay Packers is not really that big a deal to the two-time NFL MVP. "I've seen a lot of stuff you guys have either ...

Bote, Rizzo homer in 9th to beat Diamondbacks

CHICAGO (AP) — A day that began with Kris Bryant’s return to the disabled list ended with a late power surge by the Chicago Cubs. David Bote hit a tying, two-run homer off Brad Boxberger with one out in the ninth inning, Anthony Rizzo followed two pitches later with a winning home run and ...

Stafford entering his 10th season

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Matthew Stafford has a lot of numbers on his side, supporting the case the Detroit Lions drafted the right guy No. 1 overall in 2009 and were wise to give him a $135 million, five-year extension last summer. The strong-armed quarterback has completed 62 percent of ...

Tigers’ bats spark in 8-4 win over Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — When the Kansas City Royals return to Kauffman Stadium on Aug. 6 after a 10-game trip, Mike Moustakas may not be with them. Moustakas had two hits, including a run-scoring double, in what might have been his final home game for the Royals, an 8-4 loss to the Detroit ...

Jerry Jones: Cowboys can’t stay in locker room for anthem

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones doubled down Wednesday on insisting that his players stand for the national anthem, declaring that he wouldn't support anyone who chose to stay in the locker room. Speaking at his annual news conference to open training camp in ...

Packers report, eager to erase sting of ‘17 season

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers are jumping right into a midseason-like practice schedule in the first week of training camp. Right back into a routine as they seek to erase the sting of an unusual season without the playoffs. Players reported to camp Wednesday for physicals, ...

Triple Crown winner Justify retired

Triple Crown winner Justify was retired from racing Wednesday because of fluid in his left front ankle. Trainer Bob Baffert and Justify's owners said caution over the horse's ankle condition made it impossible to tell if he'd be healthy enough to race by the fall. "What a way to go out: ...

CAS confirm 2 Russians to be stripped of 2008 Olympic medals

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Russian athletes Tatyana Lebedeva and Maria Abakumova lost their appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Thursday and were stripped of three silver medals for doping at the 2008 Olympic Games. CAS confirmed the IOC decisions in 2016 to disqualify the ...