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Cole, Astros have no room for error left in ALDS vs Rays

By MARK DIDTLER Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Zack Greinke got hit hard. So did Justin Verlander. And all of a sudden, the Houston Astros and their heavyweight rotation have only one chance left to knock out the pesky Rays. It's up to Gerrit Cole in Game 5. Verlander gave up ...

Bruins top Golden Knights 4-3, off to best start in 18 years

By W.G. RAMIREZ Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — The defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Bruins won't play their first home game until Saturday. That hasn't stopped them from opening on a rampage in Western Conference cities, clearly putting last season's Game 7 loss in the ...

USC frosh QB Kedon Slovis returns to start at Notre Dame

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis will return from an apparent concussion to start for Southern California at No. 9 Notre Dame on Saturday night. USC coach Clay Helton made the announcement Tuesday night after practice. The Trojans (3-2) ...

Messi says he considered leaving Barcelona after tax problem

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi says he considered leaving Barcelona after being targeted by Spanish tax authorities in the early 2010s. Messi says in an interview with Catalan radio station RAC1 he felt he wasn't treated well in Spain and didn't want to stay in the country after being ...

Streak stretches on: Twins take 16th straight playoff loss

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The night began with Torii Hunter throwing the ceremonial first pitch to Joe Mauer, energizing the over-capacity crowd gathered for the first postseason game at Target Field since 2010, the year the ballpark opened. The evening ended in ...

Torres leads Yankees to 5-1 win and sweep of Twins

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The last time the New York Yankees won the World Series, a full decade ago, Gleyber Torres was not yet a teenager in Venezuela. Boosted by an age-defiant performance by their 22-year-old star second baseman, the Yankees moved one step ...

NBA Commissioner says league will support freedom of speech

By STEPHEN WADE and TIM REYNOLDS AP Sports Writers TOKYO (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the league is not apologizing for Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's since-deleted tweet showing support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, even after China's state ...

Not much goes right in Browns’ 31-3 loss to 49ers

By MICHAEL WAGAMAN Associated Press SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The Cleveland Browns punted on their first series. It was one of the few things that Freddie Kitchens' team did right all night. In a game where Kitchens and offensive coordinator Todd Monken pulled out all the stops, trying ...

Texas tailback Johnson emerges from ’emergency’ role

By JIM VERTUNO AP Sports Writer AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Roschon Johnson arrived at Texas expecting a season of learning how to be a college quarterback, not being the Longhorns' emergency fix at running back. Yet five games into the season, the freshman is arguably the No. 11 Longhorns' most ...

Adesanya floors middleweight champion Whittaker at UFC 243

By GREG BUCKLE Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Israel Adesanya defeated UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker with a stunning knockout in the second round of their highly anticipated 185-pound unification bout which headlined UFC 243 on Sunday. New Zealand-based, ...