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Since losing ’18 final, Golden Knights look more like Caps

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer Almost 18 months since the Vegas Golden Knights' improbable inaugural season ended, they look much more like the team that vanquished them in the Stanley Cup Final. If you can't beat 'em, be more like 'em. Once a ragtag group relying on more will than skill, ...

Much-admired Tour de France cyclist Poulidor dies at age 83

By SAMUEL PETREQUIN AP Sports Writer BRUSSELS (AP) — Raymond Poulidor, known as the "eternal runner-up" behind five-time Tour de France winners Jacques Anquetil and Eddy Merckx, has died. He was 83 years old. Arguably France's most popular cyclist, Poulidor secured a record eight podium ...

Raiders rally to beat Chargers 26-24

By Josh Dubow AP Pro Football Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Josh Jacobs scored on an 18-yard run with 1:02 remaining and the Oakland Raiders had a late winning touchdown drive for the second time in five weeks, beating the Los Angeles Chargers 26-24 on Thursday night. Derek Carr led the ...

Celtics beat Hornets 108-87 in Walker’s return to Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jayson Tatum scored 23 points, and Kemba Walker got a win in an emotional return to Charlotte as the Boston Celtics defeated the Hornets 108-87 on Thursday night. Walker had an off night shooting the ball and finished with 14 points and six assists, but the Celtics won ...

Pelicans’ Williamson projects return before mid-season

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Zion Williamson says he expects his absence from New Orleans Pelicans because of his knee injury to be less than half of the regular season but is offering no specific timetable for a return. "It's going very well, day by day, getting better," the No. 1 overall pick said ...

LSU tries to end its recent frustrating history with Alabama

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer Here are some things to watch during the 11th week of the Southeastern Conference football season. GAME OF THE WEEK No. 1 LSU (No. 2 College Football Playoff ) at No. 2 Alabama (No. 3 CFP): LSU (8-0, 4-0 SEC) is trying to end an eight-game skid in this ...

No. 11 Virginia’s stellar defense beats Syracuse 48-34

By JOHN KEKIS AP Sports Writer SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Virginia picked up right where it left off in April — showcasing its Pack-Line defense in impressive fashion. Mamadi Diakite scored 12 points, Jay Huff added 11 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 11 Virginia shut down Syracuse 48-34 on ...

Alonso, Álvarez honored as top rookies by Baseball Digest

NEW YORK (AP) — Mets first baseman Pete Alonso and Houston Astros slugger Yordan Álvarez have been picked as this year's top rookies by Baseball Digest. Alonso was a unanimous choice in the National League, and Álvarez received six of seven first-place votes to take the AL honor. The other ...

No. 5 Penn St., No. 13 Minnesota set for clash of unbeatens

By ERIC OLSON AP College Football Writer What to watch in the Big Ten this week: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 5 Penn State at No. 13 Minnesota The Nittany Lions (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten, No. 4 CFP) and Gophers (8-0, 5-0, No. 17) play in what Minnesota coach PJ Fleck is calling one of the biggest games in ...

Hunt eligible to play for Browns after 8-game NFL suspension

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Kareem Hunt can play again after serving his eight-game NFL suspension. The Cleveland Browns running back, who fell from one of the NFL's rising young stars to a violent offender, will play this week against the Buffalo Bills. Hunt has ...