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MLB whistleblower deserves applause, not criticism

By Paul Newberry AP Sports Columnist When future generations are documenting baseball history, Mike Fiers will surely be remembered as one of the game’s most significant figures. Not necessarily for what he did on the field, though tossing a pair of no-hitters is certainly a worthy ...

Harbaugh expects Ravens to add talent, mature and improve

By David Ginsburg AP Sports Writer OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — John Harbaugh believes the Ravens have all the ingredients in place to make a Super Bowl run next season. That hasn’t made it any easier for Baltimore’s coach to cope with the abrupt fashion in which this season ended. The ...

Panthers’ Brady says offense must continue to evolve in NFL

By Steve Reed AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Joe Brady’s offensive system worked wonders at LSU this past season, helping the Tigers lead the nation in yards and points en route to a unbeaten season that culminated in a 42-25 win over Clemson in the national championship ...

James, Lakers lead NBA jersey, merchandise sales rankings

NEW YORK (AP) — Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, Boston’s Jayson Tatum and Dallas’ Luka Doncic are seeing their jerseys sell more briskly than ever, the NBA said Friday when announcing its latest list of most popular merchandise. LeBron James still has the most popular jersey, part ...

Chiefs’ Mahomes still starring with big money on horizon

By Dave Skretta AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs had just lost to the Tennessee Titans, their fourth defeat in the first 10 games of the season, and much of the optimism that surrounded the defending AFC champions had begun to evaporate amid the barbecue ...

WNBA expands to 36-game schedule adds Commissioner’s Cup

NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA season is expanding to a 36-game schedule and adding the Commissioner’s Cup tournament the league announced Thursday. The league had a 34-game schedule since 2003. The season begins on May 15 and ends on Sept. 20. Each team will play 10 Cup games during the season ...

49ers, Packers look to go from losing seasons to Super Bowl

By Josh Dubow AP Pro Football Writer SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers are one win away from accomplishing a turnaround that’s been done only once before in the Super Bowl era. With a victory in the NFC championship game at home on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, ...

Crosby, Penguins rip Wild 7-3

By Will Graves AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby watched the Pittsburgh Penguins thrive in his absence. The longtime captain pledged he would simply focus on doing his part to keep the Penguins rolling in his return from a two-month layoff. Crosby held up his end of the ...

Red Sox manager Alex Cora fired in sign stealing scandal

By Jimmy Golen AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox fired manager Alex Cora on Tuesday, a day after baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred implicated him in the sport’s sign-stealing scandal. Cora was the bench coach for the Houston Astros when they won the 2017 World Series ...

Day Won: Browns’ Stefanski impresses in roll out by Browns

By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Like so many Browns coaches before him, Kevin Stefanski won the news conference. As he’ll soon find out, the games will be so much tougher. The former Vikings offensive coordinator was introduced Tuesday as Cleveland’s new coach, the ...