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Browns, Bryant meet as sides try to see if there's a future

Aug. 16, 2018 10:50 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Dez Bryant and the Browns are still in the courtship phase. Their future together is uncertain. The three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver and his agent, Kim Maile, met with team officials at the Browns' headquarters in Berea, Ohio, on Thursday. The sides got to know each other better, and they...

Giants' Beckham: 'Back in love with what I've always loved'

Aug. 16, 2018 2:37 PM EDT

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr. looks as if he has fully recovered from ankle surgery. The New York Giants star receiver sounds like it, too. "Just to be back in the swing of things, I just feel like I'm back in love with what I've always loved," he said Thursday. Giants coach Pat Shurmur...

'Really cool feeling': Brandt Snedeker shoots 59 at Wyndham

Aug. 16, 2018 2:13 PM EDT

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Brandt Snedeker predicted low scores at the Wyndham Championship — but not this low. Snedeker shot an 11-under 59 on Thursday, falling one shot shy of matching the PGA Tour record. He made a 20-foot putt on his final hole to become the 10th player in tour history to break 60....

Olympic gymnasts Ross and Kocian: we were abused by Nassar

Aug. 16, 2018 9:23 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Madison Kocian and Kyla Ross watched the women they won Olympic gold with step forward one by one over the last 18 months to detail their abuse at the hands of disgraced former USA Gymnastics national team doctor Larry Nassar. The more their Olympic teammates talked, the more Kocian and Ross...

Braves' rookie Acuna back in lineup, fails to homer in loss

Aug. 17, 2018 12:22 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Rookie star Ronald Acuna Jr. was back in the lineup for the Atlanta Braves on Thursday, one day after being plunked in the left arm with a pitch that sparked a national debate about whether it's ever acceptable to throw at a hitter intentionally. Acuna said his elbow felt fine less than 24...

Column: Suspend Urena for rest of season for plunking Acuna

Aug. 16, 2018 2:58 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Ronald Acuna Jr. is good for baseball. Jose Urena and his defenders are not. Jose, take the rest of the season off. And while you're at it, take Keith Hernandez with you. In a nod to the bad ol' days when it was apparently acceptable to plunk a guy who was playing too well, Urena unleashed a...

Jordan McNair's dad: Maryland should fire suspended coach

Aug. 16, 2018 10:39 AM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The parents of offensive lineman Jordan McNair say suspended University of Maryland coach DJ Durkin should be fired. McNair collapsed during a preseason conditioning drill May 29 and died two weeks later. Durkin was placed on administrative leave Saturday after ESPN reported that...

Even with Meyer sidelined, expectations high for Ohio State

Aug. 16, 2018 10:55 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Coach Urban Meyer's future at Ohio State might be in doubt, but the talent level on the field for the Buckeyes certainly isn't a question. Meyer was put on paid leave Aug. 1 — two days before preseason practice opened — while the university investigates his handling of...

AP Interview: Wilder to announce next fight _ if Fury wins

Aug. 16, 2018 1:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is on a business trip this weekend in Belfast. He'll be ringside as a TV commentator for Saturday's fight between Tyson Fury and Francesco Pianeta. But even Wilder has something riding on the outcome of this matchup. If Fury wins, Wilder plans to...

Titans, Saints use new ways to keep NFL players cool in camp

Aug. 16, 2018 5:48 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Titans running back Dion Lewis has been so focused on football with his new team that he didn't realize until a few days into training camp just how special the benches on each sideline really are. Now he takes a couple of minutes whenever possible during practice to sit...

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Cubs turn record-tying 7 double plays, edge Pirates 1-0

Aug. 18, 2018 12:23 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Chicago Cubs tied a major league record by turning seven double plays Friday night, including a game-ending effort by rookie third baseman David Bote on a grounder by David Freese to finish off a 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Cubs got six double plays on grounders —...

QB scramble: McCarron injured as Bills down Browns 19-17

Aug. 18, 2018 12:22 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Buffalo's quarterback situation is more scrambled than ever. AJ McCarron sustained a potentially serious right shoulder injury, throwing the Bills' three-way quarterback race into chaos, during a 19-17 win over the Cleveland Browns on Friday night. McCarron, who signed with Buffalo as a...

Griner, Taurasi lead Mercury over Dream 104-95

Aug. 18, 2018 12:22 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Brittney Griner had 33 points, 18 rebounds and seven blocks, and Diana Taurasi added 27 points and a career-high-tying 14 assists to help the Phoenix Mercury beat the Atlanta Dream 104-95 on Friday night. Phoenix (19-14) clinched a first-round home game in the playoffs. Atlanta (22-11) is...

Mauer pinch-hit homer helps Twins to 5-4 win over Tigers

Aug. 18, 2018 12:20 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Joe Mauer disagreed with two called strikes by Laz Diaz and offered as much objection as the mild-mannered veteran will provide by looking back at the plate umpire following the second one that forced a full count. Mauer, pinch-hitting in the seventh inning, shook off the frustration and...

Rougned Odor drives in 3 for Rangers in 6-4 win over Angels

Aug. 18, 2018 12:15 AM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rougned Odor and the Texas Rangers quickly got after yet another new Angels pitcher. Odor's two-run single capped a five-run outburst in the second inning off recently acquired Odrisamer Despaigne, the 14th starting pitcher used by Los Angeles this season, and the Rangers went on to...

Stewart has double-double, Storm secure top seed in playoffs

Aug. 18, 2018 12:13 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Breanna Stewart had 22 points and 15 rebounds and the Seattle Storm beat the New York Liberty 85-77 on Friday night to secure the top seed in the WNBA playoffs. Seattle (25-8) has won 15 of its last 18 games and has home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. Sue Bird had 13 points and six...

Racket-smashing Djokovic reaches Cincinnati semifinals

Aug. 18, 2018 12:10 AM EDT

MASON, Ohio (AP) — Novak Djokovic destroyed a racket to get on track, and took another step toward the title that has eluded him. Roger Federer stayed on course to add to his record haul in Cincinnati. Enraged by his poor play at the outset, Djokovic slammed his racket on the court and rallied for a 7-5,...

Bogaerts rallies Red Sox to 7-3 win over Rays

Aug. 17, 2018 11:56 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — An early stumble did little to slow down the Boston Red Sox. Boston scored seven straight runs after falling behind 3-0 in the first and beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-3 on Friday night. "We had a good night. Guys put in quality at-bats from the first hitter on," said Xander Bogaerts, who led the...

Cardinals beat Brewers 5-2, pull closer in wild-card race

Aug. 17, 2018 11:42 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Kolten Wong and Marcell Ozuna drove in two runs apiece, Jack Flaherty pitched six shutout innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 on Friday night. The Cardinals won for the ninth time in 10 games and pulled within a half-game of the Brewers for the National...

Davis Webb bounces back and helps Giants beat Lions 30-17

Aug. 17, 2018 11:42 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Davis Webb took a step toward restoring confidence that he can be a capable backup quarterback for the New York Giants. Webb took advantage of his opportunity to play for Eli Manning, throwing a go-ahead touchdown in the second quarter to help the New York Giants beat the Detroit Lions 30-17...