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Analysis: Enough taunting - from social media and fans, too

Sep. 24, 2021 15:07 PM EDT

Stop the taunting already. That's not just meant for NFL players. The overreaction on social media and among broadcast pundits to the NFL's point of emphasis on the topic has been, well, as nasty as some of the deeds and comments on the field. Yes,...

SEC officials under microscope after high-profile mistakes

Sep. 22, 2021 17:10 PM EDT

Mississippi State coach Mike Leach was still being asked his thoughts Wednesday about the bizarre punt play in the fourth quarter of last week's loss to Memphis, and two apparent mistakes — one of them acknowledged — by SEC officials. Leach still wasn't sure he wanted...

Luring defenders into fouls won't be easy in NBA this year

Sep. 21, 2021 16:21 PM EDT

There was a play early last season that generated much attention around the NBA. Atlanta’s Trae Young used his speed to dribble past Brooklyn’s Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot. And as Luwawu-Cabarrot tried to catch up, Young slammed on the brakes. Collision. Whistle. ...

Padres' Machado screams at Tatis in dugout after ump dispute

Sep. 18, 2021 23:19 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Manny Machado screamed at All-Star teammate Fernando Tatis Jr. in the dugout during the fifth inning of the San Diego Padres’ crucial game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night. Machado shouted and cursed at Tatis, telling him “it’s...

Memphis uses rally, unusual punt return to defeat Miss. St.

Sep. 18, 2021 22:00 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Calvin Austin scored three second-half touchdowns including a questionable 94-yard punt return in the fourth quarter as Memphis rallied for a 31-29 victory over Mississippi State on Saturday. The victory and Austin’s punt return were part of a...

MLB ERA leader Scherzer dominates again, Dodgers beat Reds

Sep. 18, 2021 18:17 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Max Scherzer pitched seven shutout innings in another dominant performance for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who kept up their push in the NL West with a 5-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday. Scherzer (15-4) improved to 7-0 in nine starts since...

Tarp or tossed? Ump says he didn't 'eject' O's grounds crew

Sep. 16, 2021 02:45 AM EDT

Even for baseball fans who've seen everything, this was a bizarre sight: The entire Baltimore Orioles' grounds crew, perched behind the tarp and poised to spring into action as a storm approached, suddenly got told by an umpire to scram. That's how it looked Wednesday...

AP Analysis: Manning Bros. talk as big a game as they played

Sep. 14, 2021 02:49 AM EDT

“They're all going to be like this,” Peyton Manning exclaimed after the thrilling climax to the NFL's wildest of opening weekends. “Yeah," replied baby brother Eli, “this was fun, bro.” And not just for America's first family of football,...

The Latest: Mahomes rallies Chiefs to win over Browns

Sep. 12, 2021 19:38 PM EDT

The Latest on Week 1 in the NFL (all times EDT): ___ 7:40 p.m. The Kansas City Chiefs started slowly on Sunday but did more of what they've done quite a bit over the past few years — win. Patrick Mahomes...

MLB upholds suspension of Arizona pitcher Caleb Smith

Sep. 11, 2021 19:22 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Caleb Smith has lost his appeal and will serve a 10-day suspension for the use of a foreign substance in a game. Smith is the second major league pitcher to serve a suspension under umpires’ increased emphasis on enforcing...