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Ovechkin scores twice, Capitals beat Rangers 5-1 in opener

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin moved a couple of steps closer to Wayne Gretzky's goals record, Hendrix Lapierre scored the first of his NHL career and the Washington Capitals made their season opener a great one for scoring instead of fighting. The fisticuffs never materialized against the ...

Irving: Refusal to get vaccinated about ‘what’s best for me’

NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving said Wednesday he didn't want to lose salary or a chance to compete for a championship with the Brooklyn Nets, but was doing "what's best for me" by refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The Nets decided Tuesday that Irving wouldn't be with the team because he ...

Mercury even WNBA Finals with 91-86 overtime win over Sky

PHOENIX (AP) — Diana Taurasi spent most of the night being hounded by Chicago's Allie Quigley, an exhausting exercise in an already-tough game, particularly for a 39-year-old. As Game 2 of the WNBA Finals wound toward a tight finish, the Phoenix Mercury looked to the player recently named ...

US pairs skater Calalang cleared of drug violation

In elite figure skating, makeup can be as important a tool as a boot and blade. It also can sideline an Olympic contender. Jessica Calalang, a U.S. pairs skater and potential member of the team for next February's Winter Games in Beijing, recently had a suspension from the sport overturned. ...

Gabe Kapler, nerves and all, has been right fit for Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gabe Kapler repeatedly blew bubbles with his gum and popped them during his postseason managerial debut against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and oh does Dave Roberts remember his division counterpart doing that during their playing days in Double-A. Kapler absolutely gets ...

Rivers: 76ers still want disgruntled guard Simmons back

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The 76ers and representation for disgruntled All-Star Ben Simmons have neared a resolution of the guard's holdout that could potentially see him rejoin the team this week. The first step was in motion Monday night: Simmons was in Philadelphia and coach Doc Rivers did not ...

NFL picks 3 German cities to bid for regular-season game

LONDON (AP) — The NFL selected the cities Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich on Tuesday to enter a final bidding stage to host a regular-season game in Germany. Next season is the target for Germany to host its first game, though it could also debut in 2023 because of potential scheduling ...

Tom Brady plans to play despite heavily wrapped right hand

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady says his heavily wrapped throwing hand is sore but he expects to play when the Buccaneers visit the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night. Brady injured his right hand in the first half of Tampa Bay's 45-17 win over Miami on Sunday. He finished off his first ...

USGA, R&A provide rule for tours to limit driver length

The length of Phil Mickelson's driver he used in winning the PGA Championship won't be allowed. Bryson DeChambeau can only use a 48-inch driver when he's competing in Long Drive Association events. Golf's governing bodies announced a new "model local rule" available Jan. 1 that would limit the ...

Lakers chasing 18th title with seasoned roster around LeBron

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers spent the summer gutting the roster of a championship contender and restocking it with seasoned NBA talents committed to making an immediate title run together. Now that everybody is in uniform, the Lakers are talking like they've got all the time in ...