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Vikings get big pass-rush boost with Hunter’s healthy return

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Danielle Hunter became the youngest player in NFL history to reach 50 sacks, an athletic marvel for the Minnesota Vikings who was as durable as they come in this violent sport. About 2 1/2 years later, with his gaudy sack total stalled out from consecutive injury-wrecked ...

McDavid, Gaudreau get playoff taste of “Battle of Alberta”

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Brett Kulak has a confession to make. While the veteran NHL defenseman might have grown up less than 200 miles away from Calgary, he never paid much attention to the Flames until they selected him in the 2012 draft. No offense or anything. It's just that Kulak grew up ...

‘Lots of fire’ left in Bowness at end of his Stars contract

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Rick Bowness has been on an NHL bench for a record 2,562 regular-season games as a head coach or an assistant over nearly four decades. The 67-year-old coach is not ready to be done yet even though he is at the end of his contract with the Dallas Stars. "The playoffs ...

Leafs staying the course after another 1st-round loss

TORONTO (AP) — Brendan Shanahan got his housekeeping out of the way quickly. In the wake of another playoff failure, the president of the Toronto Maple Leafs told reporters at the team's annual post-elimination media availability — once again far earlier on the calendar than anyone ...

Packers defense ready to deal with heightened expectations

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — As they chase their fourth consecutive NFC North title and first Super Bowl berth in more than a decade, the Green Bay Packers may rely on a different formula than usual. The trade of All-Pro receiver Davante Adams could force the Packers to lean more on a defense that ...

Bears try to prove they can support QB Justin Fields

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — From his work ethic to understanding a new offense, quarterback Justin Fields has convinced his new coaches with the Chicago Bears that he is making progress. The real question facing the Bears is whether they have made enough progress supporting Fields. "I've seen ...

Clevinger, 2 relievers lead Padres past Phillies 3-0

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mike Clevinger's first major milestone after a year off from elbow surgery was simply getting back to the big leagues. Next was to pitch without restrictions and become a trusted member of San Diego's rotation. Clevinger seems back to form — and poised to help the ...

Reds blow lead, hit into 5 double plays and edge Guardians

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds made unwanted history two days ago by not allowing a hit and losing. On Tuesday night, they hit into five double plays, blew the lead in the ninth inning and scored the winning run without making contact. "That's baseball, man," said rookie starter Connor ...

Berríos sharp as Jays blank Mariners behind Springer triple

TORONTO (AP) — José Berríos and two relievers combined on a six-hitter, George Springer provided all the offense with a bases-loaded triple and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Seattle Mariners 3-0 Tuesday. Berríos (3-2) stopped a two-start losing streak and matched his season-high of seven ...

Kiermaier, Phillips, Arozarena homer, Rays beat Tigers 8-1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Kevin Kiermaier, Brett Phillips and Randy Arozarena homered and drove in two runs each, Shane McClanahan struck out seven in seven innings and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Detroit Tigers 8-1 on Tuesday night. Ji-Man Choi also drove in two runs for the Rays, who ...