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Packers ride Rodgers' hot start to 21-16 win over Vikings

Sep. 15, 2019 6:54 PM EDT

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — All that mattered to Aaron Rodgers on Sunday was that the Packers won. That's it. Rodgers threw two early touchdowns and Green Bay held on for a 21-16 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. "The biggest thing is that we're 2-0," he said. "I know we owe a lot of that to our defense and...

Saints sign Payton to extension through 2024

Sep. 15, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Saints have signed coach Sean Payton to an extension running through the 2024 season. The club, which announced the extension before Sunday's game against the Rams in Los Angeles, did not disclose financial details. Payton had been earning about $9 million per year in a contract that...

AP Top 25 Takeaways: Helton's hot seat; Narduzzi's bad call

Sep. 15, 2019 12:24 AM EDT

The first step toward Southern California making a coaching change that seems inevitable occurred earlier this week when athletic director Lynn Swann stepped down. USC will hire an experienced AD it can trust to hire a new coach if necessary. On Saturday, the 24th-ranked Trojans (2-1) lost in overtime at BYU and...

Votto, VanMeter go deep, Reds beat sinking Diamondbacks 4-3

Sep. 14, 2019 1:31 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Joey Votto turned 36 years old earlier this week and has battled a bad back that sent him to the injured list for a decent chunk of August. But if age is starting to catch up with him, it's hard to tell. Votto and Josh VanMeter both hit two-run homers, Luis Castillo pitched five solid...

Diamondbacks give contract extension to GM Mike Hazen

Sep. 13, 2019 10:20 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have extended the contract of general manager Mike Hazen. The team didn't release details of the extension, which was announced before Friday night's game against the Cincinnati Reds. The 43-year-old was hired in 2016 and has helped the Diamondbacks stay competitive...

This time Fangio knows Mack all too well

Sep. 12, 2019 7:08 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — This time, Vic Fangio knows exactly what he's getting in Khalil Mack's arrival. The Denver Broncos first-year head coach swears he didn't know much about the superstar pass rusher a year ago when he was coordinating Chicago's defense and the Bears acquired Mack in a blockbuster trade on the...

Quartet of new Big 12 coaches face statement games

Sep. 12, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State rolled past Nicholls to begin Chris Klieman's tenure with the Wildcats in style, then trounced Bowling Green last weekend to keep the momentum going. Time for the first big test of the season. The Wildcats head to Mississippi State for a Big 12-SEC showdown on Saturday....

Report: Recalled California judge fired from coaching job

Sep. 12, 2019 2:03 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A California judge who was recalled for his handling of a sexual assault case against a former Stanford University swimmer has been fired from his new job as a high school tennis coach, a newspaper reported. Fremont Union High School District said Wednesday that ex-judge Aaron...

Seminoles hire former South Florida coach Leavitt as analyst

Sep. 12, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former South Florida coach Jim Leavitt has been hired by Florida State as a senior defensive analyst. Coach Willie Taggart announced the hire on Thursday before the Seminoles' practice. Leavitt was the defensive coordinator on Taggart's staff at Oregon in 2017. Leavitt was USF's...

AP Source: FSU's Taggart hiring Leavitt as defensive analyst

Sep. 11, 2019 9:39 PM EDT

Florida State coach Willie Taggart is hiring former Oregon defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt as an analyst to help fix a flailing defense, a person involved with the decision told The Associated Press on Wednesday night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the hiring was still being finalized....