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’22 Boston Marathon, and more change, just 6 months away

BOSTON (AP) — First was the marathon. Now comes the sprint. A day after the only fall race in the Boston Marathon's 125-year history, organizers turned their attention to the 2022 event and whether to keep any of this year's pandemic-inspired changes. Complicating their planning: they have ...

Changed race, familiar result: Kenyans sweep Boston Marathon

BOSTON (AP) — With fall foliage replacing the blooming daffodils and mylar blankets sharing space with masks, the pandemic-delayed Boston Marathon returned Monday after a 30-month absence for a smaller, socially distanced race that ended in a very familiar way. Benson Kipruto and Diana ...

Indigenous Peoples Day marked with celebrations, protests

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Indigenous people across the United States marked Monday with celebrations of their heritage, education campaigns and a push for the Biden administration to make good on its word. The federal holiday created decades ago to recognize Christopher Columbus' sighting in ...

Herbert’s 398 yards, Ekeler 3 TDs lead Chargers over Browns

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers showed early in the season they can rally to win close games on the road. On Sunday, they won a wild shootout in front of their home fans. Herbert had his record 11th 300-yard game with 398 yards passing and tied a career ...

EXPLAINER: Rare automatic double ruling aids lucky Red Sox

BOSTON (AP) — The book of Official Baseball Rules covers a lot of ground in its nearly 200 pages. Even the plays nobody has seen before. Umpires didn't have to dig too deep to find a ruling for a bizarre bounce in Sunday's Red Sox-Rays AL Division Series Game 3, when Kevin Kiermaier's ...

White Sox reliever implies Astros may be stealing signs

CHICAGO (AP) — White Sox reliever Ryan Tepera implied that Houston may have been stealing signs in Games 1 and 2 of their AL Division Series after Chicago won the third game Sunday night. Houston was going for a sweep after it rolled to a pair of impressive victories at home. But it struck ...

Hendrick: NASCAR needs to halt Elliott and Harvick spat

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Kevin Harvick was going to get his revenge on Chase Elliott, believing somewhere and somehow, he'd even the score after Elliott cost him a win last month. When Harvick delivered his payback, it nearly knocked the reigning NASCAR champion out of the playoffs. But karma ...

Special teams were downright ugly in Week 5

Special teams were downright ugly Sunday. Mason Crosby and Evan McPherson missed five field goals in the fourth quarter and overtime before Crosby finally connected to give Green Bay a win over Cincinnati. Eight kickers combined to miss 11 extra points, increasing the total to 12 in Week 5 to ...

Marathon changes afoot: Rolling start, masks, leaf peeping

BOSTON (AP) — It all starts here. No, not in Hopkinton, where the Boston Marathon field crosses the starting line painted across Main Street, headed for the Back Bay. But 26.2 miles away, steps from the Copley Square finish, where runners will have to clear coronavirus protocols before their ...

Tyson Fury promises knockout finish to epic Wilder trilogy

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tyson Fury understands that the most memorable boxers are also talented promoters, and he has sold his heavyweight trilogy finale against Deontay Wilder with a showman's flair. The unbeaten British champion has taunted and tweaked Wilder throughout the buildup to their ...