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Texans face off vs. undefeated Titans in AFC South showdown

By TERESA M. WALKER AP Pro Football Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Vrabel counts Romeo Crennel among his mentors, having been coached by the Texans' interim head coach and also having worked alongside him in Houston. For his part, Crennel sees Vrabel putting lessons learned as both ...

Mickelson begins his Masters prep on the PGA Tour Champions

By HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Phil Mickelson will begin his preparation for the Masters in earnest on Friday at a place, and on a tour, not typically associated with the regimen required to win a major. The lefthander is making his second start on the PGA Tour ...

Djokovic deals with arm issue in Paris; gets Tsitsipas in semis

By HOWARD FENDRICH and JOHN LEICESTER AP Sports Writers PARIS (AP) — Novak Djokovic overcame a bothersome left arm and an early deficit to reach the French Open semifinals for the 10th time. The top-seeded Djokovic kept flexing and stretching that arm and got off to a slow start Wednesday ...

Air Tide: Alabama, SEC teams cranking up passing games

By JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writer Quarterbacks and receivers have been the big stars in the Southeastern Conference through two weekends of games. A look around the league once known for its mighty running games shows only five SEC running backs with 150-plus rushing yards. There are 14 players ...

Pandemic limiting what NFL players can do on their off weeks

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers and his Green Bay Packers teammates won't get a chance to celebrate their fast start by leaving town during their week off. The Packers (4-0) and Detroit Lions (1-3) don't play this week and therefore are the first NFL ...

College Football Picks: Tennessee, Miami take big swings

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Enough talking about whether Texas is back. Time to talk about whether Tennessee and Miami are back! Like the Longhorns, the Volunteers and Hurricanes are programs with national championship pedigrees that have been lost in the college football ...

TCU stuns No. 9 Texas; Iowa States topples No. 18 Oklahoma

By The Associated Press undefined AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — TCU quarterback Max Duggan ran for the go-ahead score with 4 minutes left and the Horned Frogs' defense made it stand with a goal-line fumble recovery to stun No. 9 Texas 33-31 on Saturday in a game that had 26 penalties and ended when ...

Tulsa snaps No. 11 UCF’s 21-game home winning streak, 34-26

COREY LONG Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Zach Smith threw three touchdown passes and Tulsa erased an 18-point first-half deficit to beat No. 11 UCF 34-26, snapping the Knights' 21-game home winning streak Saturday night. The Golden Hurricane (1-1) made it two straight wins over UCF ...

Brennan throws 4 TD passes, No. 20 LSU beats Vanderbilt 41-7

By TERESA M. WALKER AP Sports Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The LSU Tigers proved they could protect their quarterback, and Myles Brennan showed what he could do with some time to throw. Brennan threw for 337 yards and four touchdowns and No. 20 LSU bounced back to beat Vanderbilt 41-7 on ...

Doc is in: 76ers expect Rivers to lead them to NBA title

By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Doc Rivers takes over a team tasked not with leading a Process-type rebuild or massaging the egos of two talented — yet frustrating — All-Stars. He's in Philadelphia to bring accountability to an oft-apathetic roster — and win ...

Early bird Thiem, Nadal, Halep reach French 4th round

By JOHN LEICESTER AP Sports Writer PARIS (AP) — Waking up early Friday for his third-round match at the French Open, Dominic Thiem was surprised to see the morning skies were still dark. Yup, Roland Garros in autumn, when the sun is slower to rouse itself than during the usual May-June ...

Lack of O-line mistakes has helped propel Patriots offense

By KYLE HIGHTOWER AP Sports Writer FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Dante Scarnecchia is no longer patrolling the sidelines for the New England Patriots. That doesn't mean the retired offensive line coach's presence isn't very much a part of their success on offense this season. Even with starting ...

Unbeaten Steelers try to take unexpected bye in stride

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin's met his team's unexpected week off with typical bluntness. The NFL's decision to reschedule the Pittsburgh Steelers' visit to Tennessee due to a COVID-19 outbreak among the Titans means the Steelers will play 13 straight games ...

Art Collector is biggest threat to Authentic in Preakness

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — Trainer Tommy Drury and Art Collector get another chance at Triple Crown glory this weekend. Drury will start his first horse in a Triple Crown race when he saddles Art Collector in Saturday's Preakness, which will be the final leg of the ...

Titans have NFL’s first COVID-19 outbreak, with 8 positives

By TERESA M. WALKER AP Pro Football Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans suspended in-person activities through Friday after the NFL says three Titans players and five other personnel tested positive for the coronavirus. The NFL issued a statement Tuesday saying both the ...

French Open: Mladenovic collapses again but blames umpire

By JEROME PUGMIRE AP Sports Writer PARIS (AP) — Kristina Mladenovic's first match since her nightmarish end to the U.S. Open produced another collapse and a controversial umpire's call at the French Open on Tuesday. The French player lost to Laura Siegemund of Germany 7-5, 6-3 after serving ...

LEADING OFF: Playoffs begin, Bieber vs Cole in prime matchup

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: MARQUEE MATCHUP Shane Bieber dominated this year for Cleveland, leading the American League in wins (8), ERA (1.63) and strikeouts (122). He didn't allow a run in six of his 12 starts. Gerrit Cole ...

‘No moral victories here’: Tie disgusts Burrow, Bengals

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals didn't lose Sunday, but the 23-23 tie with the Philadelphia Eagles was just as difficult to take. Quarterback Joe Burrow was sacked eight times, and the Bengals (0-2-1) offensive line still can't give him enough ...

Mahomes outplays Jackson to lead Chiefs past Ravens 34-20

By DAVID GINSBURG AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — It wasn't just that Patrick Mahomes threw for a ton of yards and four touchdowns. Most impressive was how he did it. Mahomes juked, danced, and jumped in and out of the pocket. Sometimes he just dropped back and fired pinpoint throws ...