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Saban calls out Texas A&M for using NIL deals to buy players

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama coach Nick Saban called out Texas A&M on Wednesday night for "buying" players in its top-ranked recruiting class with name, image and likeness deals, saying Crimson Tide football players earned more than $3 million last year "the right way." "I know the ...

Black club pro hopes to thrive, inspire at PGA Championship

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The numbers are not in his favor at Southern Hills, which is nothing Wyatt Worthington II hasn't faced before. Worthington, who spends his working hours giving lessons at The Golf Depot in central Ohio, is among the 20 club professionals who qualified for the PGA ...

Raise makes Ohio State’s Day one of highest-paid coaches

Ohio State is hiking Ryan Day's annual salary to $9.5 million as part of a two-year contract extension that will put him among the nation's highest-paid college football coaches. Day's raise makes him the latest coach to crack $9 million per year, making him one of the highest-paid coaches ...

Central Michigan’s top scorer Molly Davis transfers to Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — All-Mid-American Conference first-team pick Molly Davis of Central Michigan is transferring to Iowa, Hawkeyes coach Lisa Bluder announced Wednesday. The 5-foot-7 guard from Midland, Michigan, was a three-year starter for the Chippewas and led the team last season with ...

Jets sign Garrett Wilson; all 3 1st-rounders under contract

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets signed wide receiver Garrett Wilson to a four-year, $20.55 million deal Wednesday, the last of the team's three first-round draft picks to get under contract. Wilson was the No. 10 overall pick last month out of Ohio State. He's expected to be an immediate ...

Francona back managing Guardians following COVID-19 outbreak

CLEVELAND (AP) — Guardians manager Terry Francona missed so much time over the past two seasons that even a four-game absence was difficult. "This was forced retirement," he said. "It wasn't very fun." Francona and two of his coaches cleared health and safety protocols and returned to the ...

Occidental’s Shwayder, SFSU’s Jackson receive CalHOPE award

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Julia Shwayder and Breyon Jackson's battles to overcome adversity throughout their college careers and the examples they set for others are being recognized. Shwayder, a lacrosse player at Occidental College in Los Angeles, and Jackson, a basketball player at San Francisco ...

Jimmy Butler, Heat seeking to take a 2-0 lead over Celtics

MIAMI (AP) — Jimmy Butler doesn't like being a called a scorer. Never mind that the moniker seems appropriate. He's averaging nearly 30 points per game in this postseason, has reached the 40-point mark three times in his last 10 games after having zero such regular season games since 2017, ...

Pivetta tosses 2-hitter to lead Red Sox past Astros 5-1

BOSTON (AP) — The Astros littered the seats of Fenway Park with home runs during their rout of the Red Sox on Tuesday. A day later, Boston pitcher Nick Pivetta barely allowed Houston to put the ball in play. Pivetta pitched a two-hitter, Xander Bogaerts hit a solo home run, Rafael Devers ...

Former Bears RB Tarik Cohen injured during streamed workout

Former Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen, now a free agent, apparently suffered an injury during a training session being live-streamed on his Instagram account. The hard-luck player, released in March by the Bears due to past injuries, grabbed the back of his leg after going down during ...