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Cardinals rising in NFC thanks to much-improved defense

By DAVID BRANDT AP Sports Writer Kyler Murray had some big moments in his return to Texas, throwing a couple of touchdown passes and running for another score. Even so, Arizona's young quarterback knew he wasn't the star of Monday night's dominant 38-10 win over the Dallas Cowboys. That ...

Spillane’s shot: Steelers LB primed to replace injured Bush

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Robert Spillane doesn't have Devin Bush's pedigree. He doesn't have Bush's speed or game experience either. That doesn't mean, however, that Spillane or the rest of the Pittsburgh Steelers believe he can't fill in capably while Bush recovers ...

Rays, Dodgers set lineups for Game 1 of the World Series

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Cody Bellinger was in his normal spot in the starting lineup for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of the World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays. Bellinger was batting sixth and playing center field Tuesday night, two days after knocking his right shoulder out of ...

Astros’ Garcia, Rays’ Curtiss start Game 5 of ALCS

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Houston Astros tapped rookie right-hander Luis Garcia to start Game 5 of the AL Championship Series while the Tampa Bay Rays chose to go with opener John Curtiss. Houston faced elimination for the second straight game. The Astros won 4-3 Wednesday night to cut Tampa ...

Same old Browns? Cleveland can quiet critics in Pittsburgh

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The trappings of a rivalry between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns have lingered even as the results have grown remarkably one-sided. Bad blood. Trash talk. Emotionally charged games. The only thing the long-running series has ...

Texans face off vs. undefeated Titans in AFC South showdown

By TERESA M. WALKER AP Pro Football Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Vrabel counts Romeo Crennel among his mentors, having been coached by the Texans' interim head coach and also having worked alongside him in Houston. For his part, Crennel sees Vrabel putting lessons learned as both ...

Mickelson begins his Masters prep on the PGA Tour Champions

By HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Phil Mickelson will begin his preparation for the Masters in earnest on Friday at a place, and on a tour, not typically associated with the regimen required to win a major. The lefthander is making his second start on the PGA Tour ...

Djokovic deals with arm issue in Paris; gets Tsitsipas in semis

By HOWARD FENDRICH and JOHN LEICESTER AP Sports Writers PARIS (AP) — Novak Djokovic overcame a bothersome left arm and an early deficit to reach the French Open semifinals for the 10th time. The top-seeded Djokovic kept flexing and stretching that arm and got off to a slow start Wednesday ...

Air Tide: Alabama, SEC teams cranking up passing games

By JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writer Quarterbacks and receivers have been the big stars in the Southeastern Conference through two weekends of games. A look around the league once known for its mighty running games shows only five SEC running backs with 150-plus rushing yards. There are 14 players ...

Pandemic limiting what NFL players can do on their off weeks

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers and his Green Bay Packers teammates won't get a chance to celebrate their fast start by leaving town during their week off. The Packers (4-0) and Detroit Lions (1-3) don't play this week and therefore are the first NFL ...