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Cam Newton slowly making his way into Patriots’ culture

By KYLE HIGHTOWER AP Sports Writer FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Cam Newton isn't concerned with whether he's the front-runner to be the Patriots' starting quarterback. For now, strengthening the bonds he's building with his new teammates and getting a deeper grasp of the playbook is what's ...

NCAA probe of LSU’s Wade includes offers to 11 players

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — NCAA enforcement officials say LSU basketball coach Will Wade is suspected of offering or providing "impermissible benefits" to 11 prospective recruits or people associated with them. The allegation is detailed in documents made public Wednesday by LSU. The documents ...

Myers scores early in OT, Flyers even series with Islanders

TORONTO (AP) — Phillippe Myers scored 2:40 into overtime to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders on Wednesday, tying the second-round playoff series at a game apiece. The Islanders overcame a 3-0 first-period deficit, with Jean-Gabriel Pageau getting the ...

Reds-Brews, M’s-Padres games off in wake of Kenosha shooting

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) — A pair of Major League Baseball games were postponed Wednesday as players across the sports landscape reacted in the wake of the weekend shooting by police of Jacob Blake, a Black man, in Wisconsin. Games between the Cincinnati Reds and ...

Freeman’s 2-run HR lifts Braves to sweep of slumping Yankees

By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Freddie Freeman hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning off Chad Green and the Atlanta Braves rallied to beat the New York Yankees 2-1 on Wednesday night to sweep a doubleheader. The Yankees have lost five straight. In the opener, Ian ...

Detroit Lions skip practice in protest of Wisconsin shooting of Jacob Blake

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer ALLEN PARK — The Detroit Lions decided not to practice on Tuesday, protesting after a Black man was shot by police in Wisconsin. “We came up with this one as a unit,” Detroit defensive end Trey Flowers said. Lions coach Matt Patricia opened the team’s ...

Detroit Tigers slam Chicag Cubs, 7-1, to even series 1-1

Detroit Tigers starter Spencer Turnbull throws against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning in Detroit on Tuesday. The Tigers won 7-1 as Turnbull got the win, going 5 2/3 innings without allowing a run on three hits as he struck out five and walked three. Detroit’s Jonathan Schoop hit a grand ...

Lakers, Bucks look to clinch second-round berths Wednesday

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer It was only a week ago when the sky was falling on the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers. The NBA's two best teams in the regular season, the top seeds in their respective conferences, both lost their playoff openers and looked vulnerable. Not so much ...

Defending champion Daniil Medvedev into quarterfinals in NY

NEW YORK (AP) — Defending champion Daniil Medvedev returned to the quarterfinals at the Western & Southern Open with a 6-3, 6-3 victory Tuesday over Aljaz Bedene, who accidentally hit a ball that struck a TV cameraman in the stands between second-set points. The cameraman did not appear ...

Jamaican official says Usain Bolt tests positive for COVID

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica's Minister of Health says legendary sprinter Usain Bolt has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Minister Christopher Tufton said Bolt was aware of the results and his recent contacts were being traced. "It is now public knowledge that Mr. Bolt has ...