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Davis’ ‘dream’ hire of Gruden turns into Raiders nightmare

When Jon Gruden returned to the Raiders back in 2018 he was greeted with a pep rally news conference, owner Mark Davis calling it a "dream come true" and the "biggest day of his life." There was much less pomp and circumstance surrounding the coach's rapid departure, with Davis sending out a ...

NBC’s Tirico expresses disappointment in Gruden’s behavior

NBC's Mike Tirico, who was Jon Gruden's partner for seven years on ESPN's "Monday Night Football," expressed disappointment with Gruden's behavior after more emails came out on Monday showing a repeated pattern of racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments. Gruden stepped down as Las Vegas ...

Who stung JR? Hornets nest puts sting in Smith’s golf debut

BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) — J.R. Smith stepped into a hornets nest in his first college golf tournament and it had nothing to do with his high score. The 36-year-old two-time NBA champion was literally stung by hornets while completing his round Tuesday for North Carolina A&T on the second ...

‘Punting Is Winning’ shirts symbolize No. 2 Hawkeyes’ season

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Tory Taylor is selling a T-shirt for charity that bears the three-word slogan "Punting Is Winning." Yes, it is. No. 2 Iowa enters its home game against Purdue on Saturday with records of 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the Big Ten in large part because of the field-position ...

Cardinals, Bills tied for top spot in latest AP Pro32 poll

NEW YORK (AP) — It's a tie. And unlike multiple games this past weekend, this one won't be decided by a 10-minute extra period as this week's AP Pro32 poll has two teams sharing top billing: the Arizona Cardinals and Buffalo Bills. Each team received six of the 12 first-place votes for 375 ...

Retirements, bumpy NCAAs part of ACC ‘transitional period’

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner is still savoring his program's Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament championship even as he excitedly looks ahead to no longer playing games in empty arenas due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "It's going to be nice having people back in some ...

US soccer has Jekyll & Hyde personality ahead of Costa Rica

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. soccer team has a Jekyll and Hyde personality that makes it difficult to determine which will show for Wednesday night's World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica. During last weekend's 1-0 loss at Panama, the Americans were as stagnant as ships backed up outside ...

Fallout continues from Gruden resignation over emails

The NFL is not planning to make public any of the hundreds of thousands of emails it obtained as part of an investigation of the Washington Football Team, some of which led to the resignation of Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden. "Based on the material that we have reviewed, we haven't ...

Bats finally wake up but Hader falters, Brewers eliminated

ATLANTA (AP) — At least the Milwaukee Brewers went down swinging. Eliminated from the NL Division Series following a 5-4 loss to the Atlanta Braves in Game 4 on Tuesday, the Brewers were 0 for 20 with runners in scoring position until RBI singles by Omar Narváez and Lorenzo Cain put them up ...

Jarry has 26 saves, Penguins beat Lightning 6-2 in opener

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tristan Jarry had 26 saves, Danton Heinen and Brian Boyle scored early second-period goals, and the short-handed Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2 in the regular-season opener on Tuesday night. Dominik Simon, Teddy Blueger, Bryan ...