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Schwarber homers twice as Cubs pound Reds 10-1

CINCINNATI (AP) — With one massive drive in the ninth inning, Kyle Schwarber made history for the Chicago Cubs. Schwarber, Jason Heyward and Ian Happ became the first starting outfield to hit multiple homers in the same game, and the Cubs pounded the Cincinnati Reds 10-1 on Sunday for a ...

Bears looking to bounce back with Trubisky or Foles at QB

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears went into last season with soaring expectations, their sights set on a deep playoff run and even a trip to the Super Bowl. They went in the wrong direction. Instead of establishing themselves as a championship contender, the Bears were a major ...

Zimmer, remodeled Vikings defense not buying regression

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The defense has largely fueled Minnesota's success since Mike Zimmer was hired as head coach, a balanced, disciplined and intelligent unit that has annually ranked among the NFL's best. This virus-altered season will serve as a stiff test. Before the COVID-19 outbreak ...

Pro Bowl pass rusher Ngakoue headed to Vikings

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Disgruntled pass-rusher Yannick Ngakoue is headed north, far away from Jacksonville. A person familiar with the trade says the Jaguars agreed to send Ngakoue to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday for a second-round draft pick in 2021 and a conditional fifth-rounder in ...

US OPEN ‘20: Clijsters’ return, Serena, other things to know

NEW YORK (AP) — The first time Kim Clijsters entered the U.S. Open, all the way back in 1999, she faced a certain someone by the name of Serena Williams. All these years later, with play at Flushing Meadows set to begin Monday, three-time U.S. Open champion Clijsters is back on the scene, ...

Jon Rahm makes the biggest putt to win a thriller at BMW

OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. (AP) — Even with a pair of silver trophies in his possession, Jon Rahm still couldn’t believe what happened Sunday in the BMW Championship. And he only saw half of it. Rahm was on the range on the other side of the Olympia Fields clubhouse, preparing for a playoff ...

Packers believe continuity can help them get over the top

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers are counting on consistency to get them over the top after finishing a game away from the Super Bowl three of the last six years. Green Bay returns much of the nucleus of a team that went 13-3 and won the NFC ...

Lute Olson, Hall of Fame coach, Arizona icon, dies

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer TUCSON, Ariz — Lute Olson, the Hall of Fame coach who turned Arizona into a college basketball powerhouse and led the program to its lone national title in 1997, has died. He was 85. Olson’s family said he died Thursday evening. The cause of ...

General Manager Quinn and coach Patricia may be down to last chance

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer ALLEN PARK — The Detroit Lions are entering their fifth — and perhaps final — season of trying to build a winning organization with former New England executives, coaches and players. Lions ownership retained general manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt ...

Tigers shutting down prospects Manning, Faedo

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers are shutting down pitching prospects Matt Manning and Alex Faedo because of forearm issues. General manager Al Avila said Thursday the team isn't too concerned about the injuries, which he described as forearm muscle strains. Manning and Faedo were ...

Tigers beat Cubs 7-6; take 2 of 3 in the series

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT (AP) — Niko Goodrum hit a two-run double to cap Detroit's five-run sixth inning, and the Tigers held on for a 7-6 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night. Three major league games were postponed Wednesday as players reacted to the ...

Boycott: NBA playoff games called off amid players protesting

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Making their strongest statement yet in the fight against racial injustice, players from six NBA teams decided not to play postseason games on Wednesday in a boycott that quickly reverberated across other professional leagues. Also called off: Some games in ...

Bucks Antetokounmpo voted Defensive Player of the Year

By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Giannis Antetokounmpo figured somebody was in trouble. Even though the Milwaukee Bucks had just defeated Orlando for a 3-1 lead in their playoff series, Mike Budenholzer wanted to talk to them in the locker room ...

Woodruff leads Brewers to 3-2 win over Reds

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brandon Woodruff pitched six strong innings, Orlando Arcia snapped a 2-for-21 stretch with a go-ahead base hit in the fourth inning, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 on Tuesday night. Woodruff (2-2) allowed two runs on four hits and struck out eight ...

Schoop hits grand slam, Tigers hammer Cubs 7-1

DETROIT (AP) — Jonathan Schoop hit a grand slam in a five-run sixth inning as the Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago Cubs 7-1 on Tuesday night. The Tigers have won three of five since a nine-game losing streak dropped them out of serious postseason contention. Chicago still leads the NL ...

Milwaukee holds off Reds, 4-2

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Justin Smoak homered and drove in three runs as the Milwaukee Brewers cooled off Trevor Bauer and snapped a four-game skid with a 4-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night. Omar Narvaez added a solo shot to help the Brewers win their opener of a 10-game ...

Wings sign Fabbri to $5.9 million, 2-year contract

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings signed forward Robby Fabbri to a $5.9 million, two-year contract. Detroit announced Monday it retained the restricted free agent. The Red Wings acquired Fabbri early in the 2019-20 season from the St. Louis Blues and he scored twice in his debut with ...

Baez hits 2 HRs, Cubs beat Tigers for 11,000th victory

DETROIT (AP) — Javier Baez hit two home runs and the Chicago Cubs became the second franchise in major league history to post 11,000 wins, beating the Detroit Tigers 9-3 on Monday night. Only the Giants have won more, with 11,179 victories after starting in New York in 1883 and later moving ...

Bucks take 3-1 lead behind Middleton’s strong 4th quarter

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo offered some advice to teammate Khris Middleton before the fourth quarter of Monday's playoff game against the Orlando Magic: “Shoot until your arms fall off.” Middleton took the advice to heart. Antetokounmpo had 31 points, 15 ...