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FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2020 file photo, San Diego Padres' Wil Myers, top, reacts after hitting a three-run walkoff home run to defeat the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game in San Diego. Wil Myers is back. While Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. have grabbed most of the attention on the playoff-bound Padres, Myers' comeback performance has also been instrumental in returning San Diego to postseason play for the first time since 2006. Myers is hitting .291 with 14 homers and 38 RBIs in 52 games. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Myers enjoying bounceback season with playoff-bound Padres

Sep. 25, 2020 2:26 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Wil Myers is back. While Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado have grabbed most of the attention on the playoff-bound Padres, Myers’ comeback performance has also been instrumental in returning San Diego to postseason play for the first time since 2006. Myers’ six-year...

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) congratulates wide receiver John Brown (15) after Brown scored a touchdown, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Bills defeated the Dolphins 31-28. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Matchup of unbeatens in Buffalo, of all places

Sep. 24, 2020 11:36 PM EDT

Not since the days of Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas, Jim Kelly and Marv Levy has there been this much optimism about football in Western New York. Can't blame the folks in Buffalo, either. Through two weeks, the Bills have been dynamic on offense and defense. “It’s super early,” says receiver...

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18)  runs a route against Indianapolis Colts safety Khari Willis (37) during an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Indianapolis. Vikings rookie Justin Jefferson isn't used to losing, coming from LSU, but the first two games of his NFL career have been decisive defeats. The struggling Vikings need their first-round draft pick wide receiver to develop quickly in a season that's already on the brink. (AP Photo/Zach Bolinger)

Struggling Vikings need rookie WR Jefferson to develop fast

Sep. 24, 2020 9:02 PM EDT

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Justin Jefferson is not used to losing, coming from college powerhouse LSU. His first two professional games with the Minnesota Vikings have been about as defeating as a player could experience in the sport. After going 34-7 in three years with the Tigers, who won the national...

Broncos officially sign Bortles, place Sutton on IR

Sep. 24, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos officially added quarterback Blake Bortles to their roster Thursday and the seventh-year veteran joined them at practice. With Drew Lock (shoulder) sidelined, Jeff Driskel will start Sunday when the Broncos (0-2) host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1). Brett Rypien...

Penguins trade 2-time Cup winner Hornqvist to Panthers

Sep. 24, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Patric Hornqvist's grit helped the Pittsburgh Penguins win a pair of Stanley Cups. To keep their championship window opened, they decided it was time to move on without him. The Penguins traded the 33-year-old forward to Florida on Thursday in exchange for Mike Matheson and forward Colton...

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) passes against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half of an NFL football game in Inglewood, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP)

Herbert gets full week of practice as Chargers host Panthers

Sep. 24, 2020 5:38 PM EDT

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Justin Herbert has had an entire week instead of just a couple minutes to prepare for his second NFL start. The Los Angeles Chargers rookie will be under center on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers after finding out less than an hour before kickoff that he was playing last week....

Boston College head coach Jeff Hafley, right, fistbumps a player on the sideline in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Duke, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Durham, N.C. (Nell Redmond/Pool Photo via AP)

Hafley, Jurkovec to make home debuts for Boston College

Sep. 24, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Alumni Stadium will be empty when new Boston College coach Jeff Hafley and quarterback Phil Jurkovec get their first look at a game day in Chestnut Hill. But if things keep going like this, they’ll be around for a lot more. BC began the Hafley era with a 26-6 victory over Duke last...

FILE - In this March 8, 2020, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan watches during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston. The Chicago Bulls hired Donovan as coach Tuesday, Sept. 22. The 55-year-old Donovan spent the last five seasons with the Thunder. He replaces Jim Boylen, who was fired after the Bulls finished 22-43 and were one of the eight teams that didn’t qualify for the NBA’s restart at Walt Disney World. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

For Donovan, job with Bulls 'came out of left field'

Sep. 24, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls weren't on Billy Donovan's radar when he and the Oklahoma City Thunder parted ways after five successful seasons. Things sure changed in a hurry. “I wasn’t looking at anything," Donovan said. "It was five great years in Oklahoma City. I think it’s...

Sabres sign Curtis Lazar to 2-year, $1.6 million contract

Sep. 24, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres signed forward Curtis Lazar to a two-year, $1.6 million contract Thursday. Lazar was a restricted free agent, who split last season between the NHL and the American Hockey League. He had five goals and five assists in 38 games with the Sabres. The 25-year-old has six...

Predators sign Yakov Trenin to 2-year, $1.45 million deal

Sep. 24, 2020 4:36 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed forward Yakov Trenin to a two-year contract worth $1.45 million. The Predators announced the deal Thursday. Trenin will be paid $700,000 for the 2020-21 season and $750,000 for 2021-22. Trenin, 23, skated in 21 games as a rookie this season for...