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College Football Picks: Neutral sites for 2 ranked matchups

Last week, college football gave fans one of its tastiest, and unfortunately rare, treats when Auburn visited Penn State. Good teams. Great setting. Entertaining game. What college football is all about. This week, not so much. The weekend's two matchups of ranked teams — No. 12 Notre Dame ...

Rookie NFL quarterbacks struggling through 1st 2 weeks

The rookie class of quarterbacks that entered the season full of fanfare is finding the adjustment to the NFL is not very easy. Top two picks Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson lead the league with five interceptions after opening the season with back-to-back losses, Trey Lance has barely seen ...

Panthers, off to 2-0 start, visit Texans in prime time

In an effort to get every team a Thursday game, NFL schedule makers often take some of the likely tail-enders and stick them in early season games. Sort of a "let's get them out of the way before they've lost a lot" philosophy. It's unlikely those folks expected an undefeated Carolina ...

Fangio: Meyer says ‘every week it’s like playing Alabama’

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Vic Fangio says Urban Meyer told him coaching in the NFL is "like playing Alabama" every week. Denver's coach relayed his conversation from last weekend with the embattled Jacksonville Jaguars coach to illustrate a point about parity in the NFL. Asked on Wednesday ...

Mike Schmidt: Harper is clear MVP, he’s Pete Rose with power

It's that time of the baseball year again, the individual award season. Who's the MVP? Who's the Cy Young winner? Rookie of the Year? Does the MVP have to come from a team in the postseason? Does MVP mean "most valuable player to a team" or "best player in the league"? There's never been a ...

Matt Ryan says he loves Atlanta, not worried about future

Matt Ryan has watched Joe Montana, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady switch teams, so he knows there's a possibility he won't finish his career with the Atlanta Falcons. Save that speculation for talk shows and columns. Ryan is too focused on this season and too smart to say otherwise. "The one ...

Long Beach opens up for grand prix return, IndyCar closer

One of the crown jewels of both motorsports and the North American street festival scene opened Thursday for the first time in 17 months after the pandemic snapped a 45-year run for the Grand Prix of Long Beach. The annual event was one of the longest continuously run street events in auto ...

‘We want to get back to life’: Most NHL players get vaccine

Sporting a mask, Toronto Maple Leafs winger William Nylander opened his news conference at the start of training camp by informing reporters he was not yet fully vaccinated. "Had couple medical things to take care of," he said. "I'll be fully vaccinated by the beginning of the season." The ...

Sabres’ Jack Eichel fails physical, stripped of captaincy

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jack Eichel was stripped of his captaincy by the Sabres on Thursday, raising further questions about his future in Buffalo due to a widening rift over how to treat a neck injury that has sidelined the center for six months. With the two sides at a stalemate, general ...

Packers-Niners renew now familiar NFL rivalry on Sunday

If it seems as if the Packers have transferred to the NFC West or the 49ers moved to the NFC North, blame the schedule makers at league headquarters. When Green Bay (1-1) visits San Francisco (2-0) on Sunday, it will be the fourth trip to the Bay Area for the Cheeseheads in 22 months. The ...