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Rising Again: Fueled by culture, South winning football race

Aug. 18, 2019 11:42 AM EDT

Sonny Dykes has spent most of his career coaching and recruiting football players in his home state of Texas and around the South. When he became a head coach in the Pac-12, he found an unfamiliar environment at some high school games in California. "Kids have their phones during warmup and they're Instagramming,...

Pick 6: Minnesota, Baylor among dark horse league contenders

Aug. 18, 2019 11:05 AM EDT

College football is a chalky sport. Parity is usually found in the middle class. The favorites usually win the championships. For some teams, though, simply being in contention late in the season or reaching the conference title game is a huge accomplishment. Just ask fans of Northwestern or Pitt, both of which...

Miocic stops Cormier, reclaims heavyweight belt at UFC 241

Aug. 18, 2019 2:55 AM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Stipe Miocic waited over a year to face Daniel Cormier again, and his plan for the rematch didn't start to work until they were deep in the fourth round. That's when the patient, determined firefighter from Cleveland finally got his revenge — and suddenly reclaimed his UFC...

Thames' HR in 14th, Yelich's 2 help Brewers beat Nats 15-14

Aug. 18, 2019 1:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After witnessing two dozen runs and multiple comebacks over nine innings, Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell knew he had never seen something quite like the Brewers' game against the Washington Nationals. He couldn't have guessed there would be another five innings of back-and-forth...

Boone, Gardner, Yanks again hammer umps, beat Indians 6-5

Aug. 17, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Again, again and again, the New York Yankees kept hammering away. At the umpires — and the Cleveland Indians, too. Manager Aaron Boone, Brett Gardner and the Yankees threw another severe temper tantrum Saturday, this time in prolonged rants that brought several members of the team...

Braves use homers, better bullpen to beat Ryu, Dodgers 4-3

Aug. 18, 2019 12:16 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Braves reliever Luke Jackson summed up his team's mindset against the Los Angeles Dodgers. "They're kind of like our David and Goliath, you know?" Jackson said. "Whenever we've gone out there it's been rough. They're a good team, we're a good team, 1-2, just duking it out. It's nice to pull...

Hamlin wins at Bristol to spoil DiBenedetto's upset bid

Aug. 17, 2019 11:44 PM EDT

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — The winner climbed from his car and immediately apologized for denying an underdog his first career victory. The runner-up, in tears over his near miss, was raucously embraced by the crowd for his oh-so-close effort. Bristol Motor Speedway was a bizarre mix of emotions Saturday night...

Justin Thomas crushes Medinah with 61 for 6-shot lead

Aug. 17, 2019 8:50 PM EDT

MEDINAH, Ill. (AP) — Winless over the last 12 months, Justin Thomas knew he was playing well and he was due for a low round. Saturday at the BMW Championship was more than he might have imagined. Thomas smashed the course record at Medinah with an 11-under 61 that gave him a six-shot lead over Patrick...

ESPN documentary shows Bleier's emotional return to Vietnam

Aug. 18, 2019 3:15 AM EDT

Rocky Bleier thought he made peace with what happened in a rice paddy in Vietnam on Aug. 20, 1969. What the former Pittsburgh Steelers running back didn't have though was closure until a trip back there last year. Bleier's visit to Vietnam — the first time he had been back since being injured in battle...

LEADING OFF: Cubs-Pirates in Williamsport, CC faces Indians

Aug. 18, 2019 2:59 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors today: LITTLE BIG LEAGUE Kris Bryant and the Chicago Cubs take on Josh Bell and the Pittsburgh Pirates in prime time at the MLB Little League Classic in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Cubs left-hander José Quintana (10-7, 4.11 ERA) is 6-0 in eight starts since his...

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Mickelson late to the course after lightning hits hotel

Aug. 18, 2019 12:15 PM EDT

MEDINAH, Ill. (AP) — Phil Mickelson had a wild Sunday, and that was before he showed up for the BMW Championship. Mickelson said on Twitter that lightning struck the hotel where he was staying, leading to an evacuation. One problem: He was staying on the top floor, his clubs were in his room and his tee...

Ohio State's Dobbins says he's the best back in the nation

Aug. 18, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Despite running for 1,053 yards and 10 touchdowns, J.K. Dobbins says last season was a frustrating personal failure. "I didn't make defenses fear me as I should," the Ohio State tailback said while vowing to bounce back in 2019. After he set a freshman school rushing record in 2017...

Pieters becomes 1st golfer to win Czech Masters twice

Aug. 18, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

VYSOKY UJEZD, Czech Republic (AP) — Thomas Pieters shot a 3-under 68 on Sunday to become the first golfer to win the Czech Masters for the second time. Overnight leader by one stroke, Pieters took a three-shot lead after a birdie on the 7th only to bogey the 8th. He added a birdie and a bogey on the back...

Rising Again: Fueled by culture, South winning football race

Aug. 18, 2019 11:42 AM EDT

Sonny Dykes has spent most of his career coaching and recruiting football players in his home state of Texas and around the South. When he became a head coach in the Pac-12, he found an unfamiliar environment at some high school games in California. "Kids have their phones during warmup and they're Instagramming,...

Obama's high school basketball jersey sells for $120,000

Aug. 18, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A basketball jersey believed to have been worn by former President Barack Obama while he was at a Honolulu prep school has sold at auction for $120,000. Heritage Auctions said the jersey sold Saturday night in Dallas to a collector of American and sports artifacts who didn't wish to be...

New challenge to hunters: Take along someone new to hunting

Aug. 18, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska officials are challenging hunters to pledge that they'll introduce someone new to hunting in the coming seasons. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and several partners on Thursday announced the Take 'Em Hunting Challenge. People who take prospective hunters along can...

Pick 6: Minnesota, Baylor among dark horse league contenders

Aug. 18, 2019 11:05 AM EDT

College football is a chalky sport. Parity is usually found in the middle class. The favorites usually win the championships. For some teams, though, simply being in contention late in the season or reaching the conference title game is a huge accomplishment. Just ask fans of Northwestern or Pitt, both of which...

Inaugural Aurora Games ready to kick off in Albany, NY

Aug. 18, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — When former UCLA gymnastics coach Valorie Kondos Field was asked to be part of the inaugural Aurora Games, she jumped at the chance. Celebrating the female athlete is right up her alley. "The thing that really struck me is that we do celebrate these high-level athletes so infrequently...

Lawrence Tech turns former meeting room into esports arena

Aug. 18, 2019 9:13 AM EDT

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — A university in suburban Detroit has turned a former meeting room into a high-tech haven for video game players. Lawrence Technological University says the new LTU eSports arena in Southfield features 12 computers with monitors; a coach's station; and a large TV for spectators to...

Hampton University looks to train black esports players

Aug. 18, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — Kyle Giersdorf, a 16-year-old from Pennsylvania, found himself $3 million richer this summer. He won the money after beating 99 other players in the online fighting game Fortnite Battle Royale during the Fortnite World Cup finals on July 28. For comparison, golfer Gary Woodland took...