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Steelers dominate early, hold off Titans for 27-24 win

By TERESA M. WALKER AP Pro Football Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers stand alone as the AFC's last undefeated team thanks to a dominant start and a bit of late luck. Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes to Diontae Johnson, and the Steelers remained perfect by ...

Garoppolo shines in return to NE; Niners crush Patriots 33-6

By KYLE HIGHTOWER AP Sports Writer FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Jimmy Garoppolo was once considered to be the man in waiting to take over at quarterback in New England for Tom Brady. Now he's the guy who helped hand the Patriots their worst home loss under Bill Belichick. Jeff Wilson Jr. ...

Kershaw, LA stars shine, Dodgers top Rays 8-3 in WS opener

By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Clayton Kershaw, Cody Bellinger, Mookie Betts — the Los Angeles Dodgers stars all shined. Nothing out of the ordinary there, even if the setting was surreal. Baseball's best team during the pandemic-shortened season showed off its ...

Pandemic World Series draws smallest crowd in over century

By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Julie and Lance Smith walked through the mostly empty concourse of Globe Life Field. Tampa Bay infielder Joey Wendle is married to one of their cousins, and they weren't going to miss his World Series debut. "It's so weird," said ...

NFL teams going for 2 at record-setting rate

By JOSH DUBOW AP Pro Football Writer Never before have NFL teams gone for 2-point conversions as often as they have this season, even if the decision sometimes has backfired. The 58 attempts through six weeks are the most at this juncture of the season since the NFL adopted the 2-point ...

Flores: Decision to replace Fitzpatrick with Tua was tough

By STEVEN WINE AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores says he regrets that his players found out about the team's switch to quarterback Tua Tagovailoa through social media rather than from him. And Flores says the decision to bench popular veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick ...

No. 1 Clemson has new faces on defense and still dominating

By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer Clemson once again has a dominating defense that delivers crunching hits and game-changing interceptions that has helped the Tigers ascend to the top of college football. That seems to be an annual summary of Clemson, it's just the names that change from ...

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 ...