Yankees' Germán on leave under MLB domestic violence policy
NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees star pitcher Domingo Germán was placed on administrative leave under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy on Thursday, casting doubt over whether New York's top winner this season will be available for the playoffs.
Yankees clinch 1st AL East title since 2012, reach 100 wins
NEW YORK (AP) — Aroldis Chapman got Albert Pujols to swing over a slider in the dirt, and the New York Yankees jogged to the infield to exchange handshakes and hugs after clinching their first AL title since 2012.
LEADING OFF: Braves set to clinch, Red Sox near elimination
A look at what's happening around the majors Friday: POPPIN' Ronald Acuña Jr. and the Braves are poised to break out the bubbly, with a magic number of one to clinch their second straight NL East title.
Acuña hits 40th HR, Braves clinch tie for first in NL East
ATLANTA (AP) — Ronald Acuña Jr. was pumped to join a very exclusive club. He's even more thrilled about the chance to properly celebrate a division title.
Ramsey on podcast says trade request stems from disrespect
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — In his first game since demanding a trade from the Jacksonville Jaguars, two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Jalen Ramsey jogged out of the tunnel and onto the field Thursday night to a smattering of cheers.
Cubs' Rizzo homers in surprise return vs Cardinals
CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo hit a tying home run in his surprise return to the lineup Thursday night for the opener of a crucial four-game series against the NL Central-leading St.
Column: Time for Notre Dame to start making new memories
The echoes have been slumbering at Notre Dame for more than two decades. The Fighting Irish really need to make some new memories.
Pats' Brown not distracted by sexual assault accusations
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Patriots receiver Antonio Brown declined to answer questions about allegations of sexual assault and rape against him and says he's keeping his focus on football.
AP source: Rosen to start at QB for Dolphins against Cowboys
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Desperate for help, the Miami Dolphins are turning to Josh Rosen. The second-year pro will replace Ryan Fitzpatrick this week as the starting quarterback and try to jump-start a team that has been outscored 102-10 in the first two games.
Salary cap economics squeezing out NHL's middle class
Stanley Cup-winning experience isn't worth what it used to be. Neither is experience of any kind. As NHL teams move toward paying their stars more money and relying on young players to fill the gaps, hockey's middle class is being squeezed out.
Newgarden seeks 2nd title in 3 years in battle of Americans
MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) — Josef Newgarden, clad head-to-toe in solid black, was the last championship contender to arrive at an IndyCar event already underway.
Big Ten has some of nation's top punters, and 4 Australians
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — The Big Ten Conference knows the value of having good punters, and it is willing to go a long way to get them.
Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer returns with new outlook
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — C. Vivian Stringer is back with a new outlook on life after stepping away at the end of last season because of exhaustion.
Win of the Century: No. 10 Utes try to end epic skid at USC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California's home winning streak against Utah is older than the 96-year-old Coliseum. The last time USC lost a home game to the Utes was in 1916, when the school whose unofficial nickname had recently changed from the Methodists to the Trojans played downtown at long-gone Fiesta Park.
FIFA boss hopeful Iran will lift ban on women soccer fans
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA president Gianni Infantino has raised hopes that Iran will lift a ban on women entering soccer stadiums before a World Cup qualifying game next month.
US keeps top spot in FIBA men's world rankings; Spain No. 2
USA Basketball has kept its No. 1 spot in the FIBA world men's rankings, even after a disappointing seventh-place showing in the World Cup that ended earlier this week.
Gustafson chronicles her pro basketball journey for the AP
DALLAS (AP) — I have been playing the game of basketball since I was basically in diapers. For some reason, even back then I thought that putting an orange ball in a basket was quite entertaining.
Some teams are already fighting uphill battles
DENVER (AP) — Last week, cornerback Chris Harris Jr. mentioned how critical it was for the Broncos to beat the Bears because "there's not a lot of 0-2 teams that make the playoffs."
Cole reaches 300 Ks for season, Astros beat Rangers 3-2
HOUSTON (AP) — Gerrit Cole wanted to get his milestone strikeout at home, and he accomplished the feat in an important win for the Houston Astros.
Ottavino botches throw, Yankees miss chance to clinch
NEW YORK (AP) — An hour after the Yankees missed a chance to clinch the AL East, reliever Adam Ottavino was back on the field with a ball and glove, standing solemnly halfway between the mound and the plate.
LEADING OFF: Yanks try to clinch AL East, Cards-Cubs rivalry
A look at what's happening around the majors today: SO CLOSE The Yankees can clinch their first AL East title since 2012 with a win over the Angels in the Bronx.
Meadows homers in 11th, Rays rally past Dodgers 8-7
LOS ANGELES (AP) — With the Dodgers having twice erased their lead, the Tampa Bay Rays were staring at a third straight loss and a precipitous drop in the AL wild-card race.
Saints QB Brees has surgery on hand, teammates move on
SEATTLE (AP) — As Drew Brees underwent surgery on his injured throwing hand Wednesday afternoon in Los Angeles, his New Orleans Saints teammates went about business mostly as usual preparing for their first game without the star quarterback.
AP sources: 1 of Brown's accusers has met with NFL
Two people with knowledge of the investigation into Antonio Brown being accused of sexual assault tell The Associated Press that one of the accusers has met with NFL investigators and that there is no timetable for concluding the probe.
Jaguars could enter AFC South race with win over Titans
The AFC South is shaping up as quite a division race. Should the Jaguars win at home Thursday night against the Titans, it would tighten up things early in the season.