Butler leads T-wolves with 33 points in 131-123 win vs. Cavs
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jimmy Butler brushed off some early jeers from the jaded home crowd, scoring 33 points in 36 minutes to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves past the Cleveland Cavaliers 131-123 on Friday night.
Kawhi Leonard scores 31 points, Raptors beat Celtics 113-101
TORONTO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard had 31 points and 10 rebounds, Serge Ibaka added 21 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the Boston Celtics 113-101 on Friday night in an early matchup between Eastern Conference contenders.
Aching Astros miss chance to repeat after ALCS defeat
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros entered the AL Championship Series aching. Jose Altuve was playing on just one good knee, Carlos Correa's back was never right and Lance McCullers was pitching through an injury that will likely require surgery.
Freese leads off for Dodgers with Brewers LHP Miley on mound
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Left-hander Wade Miley will have to face to a right-handed hitter right away in Game 6 as the Milwaukee Brewers try to stave off elimination in the NL Championship Series.
AP Source: Raiders RB Lynch to miss month with groin injury
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch will miss at least a month because of a groin injury. A person familiar with the injury said Friday that an MRI this week determined the severity of the injury.
APNewsBreak: Kickoff fair catches not catching on
The new college football rule rewarding teams for making fair catches on kickoffs has not caught on like officiating supervisors expected and more changes could be made in 2019 to further reduce kick returns or make them safer.
Jaguars acquire RB Hyde from Browns in trade for draft pick
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars traded for Cleveland running back Carlos Hyde on Friday, adding a proven starter while Leonard Fournette progresses slowly from a strained right hamstring.
Cardinals offensive coordinator gone after blowout loss
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals fired offensive coordinator Mike McCoy a day after the team was blown out at home by the Denver Broncos on national television.
Beckham doesn't like losing, questions on owner or H2O
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — There are a lot of things Odell Beckham Jr. doesn't like these days. It starts off with losing and the New York Giants' 1-5 record.
Kip Keino innocent but reputation has suffered, lawyer says
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kip Keino's reputation has been damaged unfairly in the Kenyan Olympic corruption scandal, his lawyer said Friday as he pushes for charges against the running great to be dropped.
Iowa basketball coach admits to sexually exploiting 400 boys
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A prominent Iowa youth basketball coach faces potentially decades in prison after admitting to a yearslong pattern of sexually exploiting and abusing at least 400 boys, including former players, their friends and other young athletes.
Chargers duo Rivers, Gates back in London 10 years later
Ten years after their first trip to London, Los Angeles Chargers veterans Phillip Rivers and Antonio Gates are keen to see how much the British audience has learned about the American version of football.
Who's hockey's best? McDavid, Matthews, Crosby stir debate
TORONTO (AP) — Connor McDavid or Auston Matthews? Auston Matthews or Connor McDavid? With debate ramping up about which player sits atop hockey's throne — after some remarkable early performances — Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock's goes in a different direction — Sidney Crosby.
NFL giddy right now, must watch for storm clouds
NFL owners were almost giddy about the state of their game as they departed their fall meetings on Wednesday. So was Commissioner Roger Goodell.
New technology only adds to baseball's culture of paranoia
It probably felt like a cutting-edge caper at the time: The New York Giants, using an elaborate spyglass-and-buzzer system, would have the opposing team's signs relayed from their center-field clubhouse at the Polo Grounds to the bullpen and then to the batter, passing along valuable information during the team's pursuit of the 1951 pennant.
Jamie Greubel Poser, 2014 Olympic bobsled medalist, retires
Jamie Greubel Poser, who won a bronze medal at the 2014 Sochi Games and was a two-time member of the U.S. Olympic women's bobsled team, retired Friday.
Pats' Gronkowski tops AP's list of top NFL tight ends
NEW YORK (AP) — Rob Gronkowski is a difficult man to stop. Just ask the Kansas City Chiefs. The latest example was Sunday night, when the Patriots tight end had two key catches in the fourth quarter as New England edged the Chiefs 43-40.
Kansas native Bowyer plans for plenty of racing Sunday
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — One of the first things Kansas City Chiefs general manager Brett Veach did when he learned their game against Cincinnati had been moved to Sunday night was pick up his phone and dial Clint Bowyer.
Eagles fan hit with fame after hitting pole gets some glory
The moment in the spotlight isn't over yet for a Philadelphia Eagles fan who stumbled into fame as a viral video star after running into a subway pillar earlier this year.
Power failure: Leading teams struggle across European soccer
Glance across the European soccer standings and there is an unfamiliar look. At least one powerhouse team in each of the five biggest domestic leagues is finding it much tougher to challenge for the title two months into the season.
Wimbledon to introduce final-set tiebreakers in 2019
LONDON (AP) — That epic 70-68 fifth set at Wimbledon will never be matched or surpassed, or even challenged. The All England Club said Friday it will introduce final-set tiebreakers next year, starting when the score reaches 12-12 in the decider.
Red Sox sail into World Series, set for ace Sale's return
HOUSTON (AP) — David Price, at last, looked like a postseason ace. Craig Kimbrel pitched a lockdown inning. And much-maligned Jackie Bradley Jr.
Lots of Broncos fans on hand to watch rout of Cardinals
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — There were a lot of orange-clad Denver fans in the stands in Arizona. They must have loved watching the Broncos beat down the host Cardinals 45-10 Thursday night.
Week 8 Preview: ACC showdown; Heisman Herbert; Auburn slump
Follow-ups can be difficult in college football. Backing up a big victory with another one the next week is usually the sign of a true championship contender.
Red Sox finish off Astros in 5 games, head to World Series
HOUSTON (AP) — What a birthday present for rookie manager Alex Cora. He's taking the Boston Red Sox back to the World Series. David Price put his postseason woes behind him, pitching the Red Sox past the defending champion Houston Astros 4-1 Thursday night in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series.

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