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Cousins, Diggs fly past Eagles

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two weeks ago, Stefon Diggs was a dissatisfied star with a decreasing role for a Minnesota team in a mini-crisis on the passing attack. Patience was all Diggs needed, as it turned out, to re-establish himself as a prominent receiver for Kirk Cousins and the ...

Strasburg starts for Nats, up 2-0 on Cards

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thanks to some superb pitching, the countdown is on to the Washington Nationals’ first World Series appearance in franchise history. Up 2-0 on the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Championship Series after near no-hitters from Anibal Sanchez and Max Scherzer, the Nationals ...

Kenya’s Kosgei sets women’s marathon record

CHICAGO (AP) — Brigid Kosgei of Kenya won the Chicago Marathon on Sunday in 2 hours, 14 minutes, 4 seconds to break the world record in the event. The 25-year-old Kosgei bested the previous mark of 2:15:25 set by Paula Radcliffe in London 16 years ago. Kosgei won in Chicago last year in ...

Jets top Cowboys for first win of the season

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Sam Darnold gave the Jets’ struggling offense a huge boost by throwing two touchdown passes in his return from mononucleosis, and New York held on to beat Dallas 24-22 for its first win of the season. The Jets led 21-9 in the fourth quarter, but Dak Prescott ...

ALCS tied 1-1

HOUSTON (AP) — In a battle of the bullpens, Carlos Correa felt the greatest relief. Injured down the stretch and slumping this month, Correa hit a leadoff home run in the 11th inning that lifted the Houston Astros over the New York Yankees 3-2 Sunday night, tying the AL Championship Series ...

Leafs beat Wings 5-2

DETROIT (AP) — Ilya Mikheyev scored in the final minute of the second period when goalie Jimmy Howard's gamble backfired, and the Toronto Maple Leafs went on to beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-2 on Saturday night. With the game tied at 1, Toronto's Kasperi Kapanen flipped the puck up the ice, ...

Gymnastics: Most medals

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Simone Biles broke the all-time record for most medals by any gymnast at the world championships by winning the balance beam and floor exercise Sunday. Biles won her 24th medal on the beam, breaking a tie on 23 with the Belarusian men’s gymnast Vitaly Scherbo, ...

Baseball: Freese retires

LOS ANGELES (AP) — David Freese retired Saturday after an 11-year career in the majors in which he shone brightest in the postseason, winning a World Series title with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011 when he was MVP. The 36-year-old infielder made the announcement on Twitter. He was a ...

Boxer expected to survive crash

DALLAS (AP) — Welterweight boxing champion Errol Spence crashed a speeding Ferrari in Dallas early Thursday and was badly injured but is expected to survive, police said. The crash happened just before 3 a.m., when Spence’s Ferrari crossed a median into oncoming traffic and flipped over ...

Pats force four turnovers, beat NY

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Under coach Bill Belichick, the Patriots have made a habit of besting young quarterbacks. They can add Giants rookie Daniel Jones to that list. Tom Brady had two touchdown runs and moved ahead of Peyton Manning for second place on the NFL’s all-time passing ...

Astros to face Yankees in ALCS

HOUSTON (AP) — All season long, it seemed inevitable. Yankees-Astros for the American League pennant. “It’s the matchup that we wanted,” Houston shortstop Carlos Correa said. “It’s the matchup that everybody wants to watch. It’s must-see TV right there. So everybody is going ...

Pro hoops: Mystics title

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Mystics won their first WNBA championship, getting 22 points from Emma Meesseman and 21 from banged-up league MVP Elena Delle Donne to beat the Connecticut Sun 89-78 in Game 5 of the Finals on Thursday night. This was the seventh series in league history ...

Baseball: Kapler fired

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Phillies fired Gabe Kapler, nearly two weeks after a disappointing finish to a season of big expectations. Kapler was dismissed Thursday after going 161-163 in two seasons. Philadelphia failed to live up to the hype following an offseason spending spree highlighted by ...

It’s all on the line for Rays, Astros

HOUSTON (AP) - Houston Astros ace Gerrit Cole has won a franchise-record 17 straight decisions heading into the deciding Game 5 of their AL Division Series against visiting Tampa Bay. The winner meets the New York Yankees in the AL Championship Series starting Saturday. Cole is 17-0 in 23 ...

Nationals slam into NLCS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Howie Kendrick and the Washington Nationals got down again but were never out — and they finally ended their streak of playoff series futility in grand fashion. Kendrick hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the 10th inning and the Nationals, boosted by a lightning rally ...

Pro hockey: Rookie record

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres rookie forward Victor Olofsson has tied an NHL record in becoming the fourth player to score each of his first six career goals on the power play. Olofsson made it six in a row with a one-timer off Jack Eichel’s pass into the right circle to open the ...

Baseball: Braves respond

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves did not distribute their traditional red foam tomahawks to fans before Wednesday’s Game 5 of their NL Division Series against the Cardinals following criticism by St. Louis pitcher Ryan Helsley. The foam cutouts are used when Braves fans perform their ...

Pro football: Burfict denied

Oakland Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict’s appeal to overturn his suspension for the rest of the season for a helmet-to-helmet hit was denied. Appeals officer Derrick Brooks ruled he would not reduce the longest suspension ever handed down for an on-field infraction after the latest hit ...

Milwaukee trips Jazz

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee with 22 points, 11 rebounds and four assists. Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez each added 14 points for the Bucks (2-0) in a 133-99 thrashing of Utah Wednesday evening. Tony Bradley had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz (1-1). PISTONS ...

Record first inning sends Cardinals to next round

ATLANTA (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals turned the diamond into a giant pinball machine, dinging hits all over SunTrust Park. By the time the Atlanta Braves finally got the third out, it was the most productive first inning in postseason history. The Cardinals scored 10 runs their first ...