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Foles shocks Falcons; Bears now 3-0

ATLANTA (AP) — Nick Foles rekindled that Super Bowl magic. The result was a stunning victory for the Chicago Bears. Taking over for the erratic Mitchell Trubisky in the third quarter, Foles threw three touchdown passes in the final 6 1/2 minutes Sunday to lead the Bears to a 30-26 triumph ...

Thomas out for Saints; Adams doubtful for Green Bay

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Both the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints will likely be missing their star receivers for their Sunday night matchup. The Saints have ruled out 2019 Offensive Player of the Year Michael Thomas, which means he will miss a second straight game with an ankle ...

Pirates beat slumping Cubs, 7-0

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Chad Kuhl pitched seven sharp innings and Colin Moran and Bryan Reynolds each homered in three-hit games in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 7-0 victory over the slumping Chicago Cubs on Thursday. Kuhl (2-3) retired the first nine batters and had a no-hitter until Anthony Rizzo ...

Packers reach for ‘own energy’ on defense

As long as the Green Bay Packers keep scoring 40-plus points every game, their defense can afford the occasional lapses that have marked their first two performances. But the reality of the situation is that Green Bay’s defense must improve because its offense can’t maintain this ...

Molina leads Cards over Brewers, 4-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Yadier Molina singled twice to reach 2,000 career hits and the St. Louis Cardinals began a five-game series between playoff contenders by beating the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 Thursday night. Rookie Dylan Carlson homered, doubled and drove in three runs as the Cardinals (28-26) ...

Tampa Bay takes momentum into back-to-back Cup games

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer The Dallas Stars have to fix some things in a hurry, or this Stanley Cup Final could be over quickly. After consecutive games with three-goal periods, Tampa Bay has all of the momentum and a 2-1 series lead. This most unusual Stanley Cup is now headed ...

Packers’ Davante Adams unsure of his status for Saints game

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer Green Bay wide receiver Davante Adams says he doesn’t know yet whether he’ll be able to play Sunday night at New Orleans after leaving the Packers’ previous game early with a hamstring injury. “It’s too early to tell,” Adams said Wednesday. ...

NHL/NBA playoff round up

Lightning beat Stars 5-2; lead series 2-1 EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Steven Stamkos scored on his first shot since February, left with injury and the Tampa Bay Lightning kept dominating without him, blowing the Dallas Stars out of an empty arena with a 5-2 rout in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup ...

Votto homers, Bauer sharp as surging Reds top Brewers, 6-1

CINCINNATI (AP) — The grounds crew that had been banging drums and raising a din in the stands all game long lined up and exchanged high-fives with exuberant Reds players. Felt like old times at Great American Ball Park — 2013, to be exact, the last time Cincinnati made the ...

Oilers’ Draisaitl is first German to win Hart as NHL MVP

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Stanley Cup Final is in Edmonton, and Oilers star Leon Draisaitl made history Monday night. Only it had more to do with his home country than his home arena. Draisaitl became the first German player to win the Hart Trophy as MVP after leading the league in ...

Trubisky throws 2 TD passes, Bears hold off Giants, 17-13

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears were happy with another close win, while the New York Giants have greater concerns than their 0-2 record: a potentially serious injury to star running back Saquon Barkley. Mitchell Trubisky threw two touchdown passes and the Bears hung on to beat the Giants ...

DeChambeau blasts way to US Open title

MAMARONECK, N.Y. (AP) — What was supposed to be a typical U.S. Open produced a most unconventional champion. Bryson DeChambeau was not the least bit concerned by the narrow fairways or the ankle-deep rough that shape Winged Foot into historically the toughest of all U.S. Opens. With his ...

Antetokounmpo wins 2nd straight NBA MVP award

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) —î Giannis Antetokounmpo’s historic year earned him a historic awards sweep. The Milwaukee forward is the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive season, receiving that award Friday. He got the Defensive Player of the Year award earlier in ...

Nottingham’s grand slam lifts Crew past Kansas City

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jacob Nottingham hit a grand slam and Orlando Arcia added a three-run shot as the Milwaukee Brewers rallied from an early four-run deficit and beat the Kansas City Royals 9-5 on Friday night. Nottingham’s two-out blast to left off Danny Duffy (3-4) capped a six-run rally ...

Indians hold on in 9th for 1-0 victory over Tigers

DETROIT (AP) — Zach Plesac pitched impressively into the eighth inning, and Brad Hand worked out of a jam in the ninth to send the Cleveland Indians to a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night. Francisco Lindor drove in the game's only run with a fifth-inning sacrifice fly, and ...

Lightning overtake Islanders in OT, 2-1, to reach Cup final

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer EDMONTON, Alberta — Five years after socially distancing from the Prince of Wales Trophy and losing in the Stanley Cup Final, the Tampa Bay Lightning got their hands on and arms around it to embrace their Eastern Conference championship. Anthony ...

Brewers, Cardinals split doubleheader

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brent Suter and three relievers combined on a two-hitter, Ryan Braun hit his 350th career homer and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-0 Wednesday night to split a doubleheader. The Cardinals took the opener 4-2 behind Adam Wainwright’s ...

Big 10 to start football on Oct. 23; will play nine games in nine weeks

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer The Big Ten is going to give fall football a shot after all. Less than five weeks after pushing fall sports to spring in the name of player safety during the pandemic, the conference ran a reverse Wednesday and said it plans to open its ...

Yelich, Braun lead Brewers to 18-3 romp over Cardinals

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Christian Yelich broke out of his slump with a home run and three hits, Ryan Braun also went deep and the Milwaukee Brewers romped to an 18-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night. Keston Hiura and Daniel Vogelbach also homered for the Brewers. Well after the ...

Big Ten changes course, will play fall football after all

Big Ten is going to give fall football a shot after all. Less than five weeks after pushing fall sports to spring in the name of player safety during the pandemic, the conference changed course Wednesday and said it plans to open its football season the weekend of Oct. 23-24. All 14 teams ...