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Monsters of middle relief: Best bets from October bullpens

By JAKE SEINER AP Sports Writer It's been three years since Andrew Miller led the Cleveland Indians to the brink of a World Series championship by coming out of the bullpen early and often, and bulk work from relievers has been an October staple since. Whether it's Brewers All-Star Josh Hader ...

AP Top 25 Reality Check: Field closes in on Tide and Tigers

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football The college football season started with the general consensus that Clemson and Alabama, winners of the last four national champions, were a cut above the rest of college football. Georgia, Oklahoma and Ohio State were the most likely challengers, but how ...

MLB finishes with 6,776 homers, 11% above previous record

By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Major league batters finished with 6,776 home runs, shattering the previous record of 6,105 set two years ago. Dominic Smith hit the final long ball of the season, a three-run drive in the 11th inning Sunday off Atlanta's Grant Dayton that ...

Brewers clinch playoff spot; Twins win AL Central

By The Associated Press undefined CINCINNATI (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers wrapped up their second straight postseason appearance Wednesday night, with Ryan Braun's grand slam sparking a 9-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds that also tightened the NL Central race. The Brewers have won six in ...

No. 24 K-State into Big 12 opener undefeated under Klieman

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer Some things to watch on the fifth weekend of Big 12 Conference play: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 24 Kansas State at Oklahoma State (3-1, 0-1 Big 12). The Wildcats have their first 3-0 start since 2015, and that season they lost their fourth game in a Big 12 ...

Unexpected Edman suddenly crucial to Cardinals’ success

By DAVID BRANDT AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — Tommy Edman was up at the plate on Monday night, barely 24 hours after his St. Louis Cardinals had finished an emotional four-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Now, the Cardinals were in Phoenix, still locked in a tight pennant ...

Virginia-Notre Dame matchup headlines ACC’s Week 5

By JOEDY McCREARY AP Sports Writer Here are things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 5: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 18 Virginia at No. 10 Notre Dame. The Cavaliers (4-0) will try to do something no Atlantic Coast Conference team has ever done — beat a ranked Notre Dame team in ...

Kyrgios handed suspended 16-week ban by ATP Tour

LONDON (AP) — Nick Kyrgios has been handed a suspended 16-week ban from the ATP Tour following an investigation into his abusive behavior in a tournament in Cincinnati last month. The Australian player insulted a chair umpire and left the court to smash two rackets during a second-round loss ...

Vargas hits game-winner in 19th, D-backs top Cards 3-2

By DAVID BRANDT AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona had ample reasons to be a beaten-down ballclub one day after being officially eliminated from the National League playoff race. Instead, the Diamondbacks powered through 19 innings of baseball, used 13 pitchers and earned an unlikely ...

LEADING OFF: Brewers, Twins on brink of some bubbly

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: BREWING SOME BUBBLY The Brewers are on the verge of another postseason berth. Milwaukee can lock up an NL wild card with a win over Cincinnati or losses by the Cubs and Mets. Just like last season, when the ...