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Texans face off vs. undefeated Titans in AFC South showdown

By TERESA M. WALKER AP Pro Football Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Vrabel counts Romeo Crennel among his mentors, having been coached by the Texans' interim head coach and also having worked alongside him in Houston. For his part, Crennel sees Vrabel putting lessons learned as both ...

Mickelson begins his Masters prep on the PGA Tour Champions

By HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Phil Mickelson will begin his preparation for the Masters in earnest on Friday at a place, and on a tour, not typically associated with the regimen required to win a major. The lefthander is making his second start on the PGA Tour ...

Djokovic deals with arm issue in Paris; gets Tsitsipas in semis

By HOWARD FENDRICH and JOHN LEICESTER AP Sports Writers PARIS (AP) — Novak Djokovic overcame a bothersome left arm and an early deficit to reach the French Open semifinals for the 10th time. The top-seeded Djokovic kept flexing and stretching that arm and got off to a slow start Wednesday ...

Air Tide: Alabama, SEC teams cranking up passing games

By JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writer Quarterbacks and receivers have been the big stars in the Southeastern Conference through two weekends of games. A look around the league once known for its mighty running games shows only five SEC running backs with 150-plus rushing yards. There are 14 players ...

Pandemic limiting what NFL players can do on their off weeks

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers and his Green Bay Packers teammates won't get a chance to celebrate their fast start by leaving town during their week off. The Packers (4-0) and Detroit Lions (1-3) don't play this week and therefore are the first NFL ...

College Football Picks: Tennessee, Miami take big swings

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Enough talking about whether Texas is back. Time to talk about whether Tennessee and Miami are back! Like the Longhorns, the Volunteers and Hurricanes are programs with national championship pedigrees that have been lost in the college football ...

TCU stuns No. 9 Texas; Iowa States topples No. 18 Oklahoma

By The Associated Press undefined AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — TCU quarterback Max Duggan ran for the go-ahead score with 4 minutes left and the Horned Frogs' defense made it stand with a goal-line fumble recovery to stun No. 9 Texas 33-31 on Saturday in a game that had 26 penalties and ended when ...

Tulsa snaps No. 11 UCF’s 21-game home winning streak, 34-26

COREY LONG Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Zach Smith threw three touchdown passes and Tulsa erased an 18-point first-half deficit to beat No. 11 UCF 34-26, snapping the Knights' 21-game home winning streak Saturday night. The Golden Hurricane (1-1) made it two straight wins over UCF ...

Brennan throws 4 TD passes, No. 20 LSU beats Vanderbilt 41-7

By TERESA M. WALKER AP Sports Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The LSU Tigers proved they could protect their quarterback, and Myles Brennan showed what he could do with some time to throw. Brennan threw for 337 yards and four touchdowns and No. 20 LSU bounced back to beat Vanderbilt 41-7 on ...

Doc is in: 76ers expect Rivers to lead them to NBA title

By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Doc Rivers takes over a team tasked not with leading a Process-type rebuild or massaging the egos of two talented — yet frustrating — All-Stars. He's in Philadelphia to bring accountability to an oft-apathetic roster — and win ...