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Nets slow down Harden, Rockets in 123-116 victory

NEW YORK (AP) — Taurean Prince had 27 points and 12 rebounds and the Brooklyn Nets slowed down James Harden and the Houston Rockets in a 123-116 victory Friday night. Two nights after scoring a franchise-record 159 points in a victory at Washington, the Rockets couldn’t get nearly enough ...

Nationals top Astros in Game 7 to win 1st World Series title

By BEN WALKER AP Baseball Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Stephen Strasburg paraded the MVP trophy for delirious fans packed behind the dugout. Max Scherzer tearfully hugged his teammates. Gerardo Parra did the Baby Shark chop, Sean Doolittle flapped snow angels next to the mound. Almost out of ...

No. 14 Michigan on road to face struggling Terrapins

By ERIC OLSON AP College Football Writer Here's what to watch in the Big Ten this week: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 14 Michigan at Maryland It's probably a stretch to call this a trap game for the Wolverines (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten), but it does come on the heels of an impressive win over Notre Dame and ...

Top-ranked Barty advances to semifinals at WTA Finals

By SANDRA HARWITT Associated Press SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Top-ranked Ash Barty reached the semifinals in her debut appearance at the WTA Finals, beating Petra Kvitova 6-4, 6-2 Thursday to finish with a 2-1 record in the Red Group. Barty, the first Australian woman to earn year-end No. 1 ...

Kansas City Royals hire Mike Matheny as manager

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals hired Mike Matheny on Thursday, bringing in a manager who took the cross-state Cardinals to the World Series six years ago before a three-season swoon cost him his job. The 49-year-old Matheny went 591-474 with the Cardinals from 2012-18 and was ...

Steelers LB Chickillo taken off exempt list

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Anthony Chickillo is back at practice after being taken off the commissioner's exempt list. The league made the move on Thursday, one day after misdemeanor chargers were withdrawn against Chickillo stemming from an incident with his girlfriend ...

Nationals top Astros, capture 1st World Series title

By Ben Walker AP Baseball Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Almost out of contention in May, champs in October. Howie Kendrick, Anthony Rendon and the Washington Nationals completed their amazing comeback journey — fittingly with one final, late rally on the road. In Game 7 of the World Series, ...

‘Frustrated’ Browns QB Mayfield storms away from interview

By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Baker Mayfield's frustration finally boiled over. The losing is beating him. Annoyed with a reporter's line of questioning about a drive at the end of the first half in last week's loss at New England, the Browns' fiery quarterback ...

Red Sox confirm Chaim Bloom is team’s new baseball boss

By JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have confirmed the hiring of Chaim Bloom as their chief baseball officer. The former Tampa Bay Rays executive says in a statement it is an honor to run Boston's baseball operations department. The hiring was first reported ...

For college basketball, a season begins on the brink

By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer For coaches and other leaders in college basketball, the approach of the upcoming season has been nothing like business as usual. Not in Indianapolis, where lawyers at the NCAA are busy trying to circumvent a newly passed law that threatens the foundation of ...