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Braves clinch 1st NL East crown since 2013, top Phillies 5-3

Sep. 22, 2018 6:50 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Freddie Freeman stood soaked in champagne with music blaring and his teammates jamming in celebration. This was just how the longtime star first baseman envisioned it when the Atlanta Braves began spring training seven months ago. "You could tell after the first week of workouts that we had...

Cosby to fight 'sexually violent predator' tag at sentencing

Sep. 22, 2018 4:16 PM EDT

Bill Cosby's sentencing hearing Monday will begin with testimony about his sex offender evaluation and, presumably, a fierce debate over whether the 81-year-old actor should be branded a sexually violent predator. The stakes are high given the lifetime counseling, community alerts and public shaming the...

Some Democrats warn of dangers of election overconfidence

Sep. 22, 2018 12:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fight for the House majority is over. At least that's the sense from a growing number of Democrats who are increasingly confident in their quest to seize control of at least one chamber of Congress six weeks before Election Day. The surging optimism among Democrats, usually shared in...

Tavares scores twice as Maple Leafs down Sabres 5-3

Sep. 21, 2018 11:22 PM EDT

John Tavares scored his first two goals on home ice with the Maple Leafs and Toronto defeated the Buffalo Sabres 5-3 in preseason play on Friday night. Ron Hainsey, Pierre Engvall and Chris Mueller also scored for the Leafs. Curtis McElhinney stopped all 20 shots he faced after replacing Garret Sparks, who made...

Obama turns focus on Pennsylvania, hopes to boost Democrats

Sep. 21, 2018 6:00 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Barack Obama turned his political attention Friday to Pennsylvania — a state Donald Trump won in 2016. The former president campaigned in Philadelphia with two leading Democrats running for re-election, Gov. Tom Wolf and U.S. Sen. Bob Casey. At a campaign rally at the Dell Music...

Alzheimer's opera 'Sky on Swings' opens in Philadelphia

Sep. 21, 2018 4:10 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Frederica von Stade sat on a table singing, her face filled with fear and wonder, her character unsure where she was going and where she had been. Nearly a half-century after her professional debut, the 73-year-old teamed with fellow mezzo Marietta Simpson for a mesmerizing performance...

Philadelphia names street for controversial former mayor

Sep. 21, 2018 3:31 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former Philadelphia Mayor W. Wilson Goode Sr., who led the city in 1985 when police dropped a bomb on a rowhouse and caused an inferno that killed 11 people and destroyed more than 60 homes, defended his legacy against shouting protesters Friday as the city named a street in his honor....

Ajayi, Sproles out for Eagles, Clement questionable

Sep. 21, 2018 2:57 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Eagles won't have running backs Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles for Sunday's game against Indianapolis and Corey Clement is questionable. Ajayi missed practice all week because of a back injury suffered in last week's 27-21 loss at Tampa Bay. Sproles already missed one game with a...

76ers set to turn promising season into must-see TV

Sep. 21, 2018 2:55 PM EDT

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Ben Simmons is set to turn the 76ers into must-see TV. But he hopes to have another smash hit off the court. NBC has given a script commitment to "Brotherly Love," loosely based on the life of the Aussie-born NBA rookie of the year. Deadline described the pitch like this: "Brotherly...

Baker Mayfield Era begins as rookie leads Browns past Jets

Sep. 21, 2018 3:37 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — At some point, Baker Mayfield was going to assume Cleveland's starting job and become the franchise quarterback, the future. That moment arrived Thursday night. His days as a backup are over. Throwing a 14-yard dart to complete his first pass, Mayfield replaced an injured Tyrod Taylor and...