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Panthers’ Reid motivated vs. 49ers: ‘I just don’t forget’

By The Associated Press Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid makes his return Sunday to San Francisco, where he and Colin Kaepernick were teammates and made headlines while kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial and social injustices in America. Reid said he isn’t bitter about ...

SEC showing off most promising crop of 1st-round NFL talent

By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Southeastern Conference produces more NFL talent than any other league. It's not even close. The football powerhouse had a record 64 players drafted in 2019, and dozens more made rosters and practice squads as undrafted ...

Harbaugh tells players’ parents he’s not leaving Michigan

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has sent an email to parents of players on his team, refuting a report saying representatives are working on his departure from his alma mater. "I am reaching out to let you know that the recent claims that I ...

Jim Boeheim starts 44th season at Syracuse with young roster

By JOHN KEKIS AP Sports Writer SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim has seen it all in his long career, so retooling the lineup is old hat as he gears up for his 44th season at his alma mater. "It's the same every year. You're starting new," said Boeheim, who got a head start on ...

Duke expects balanced talent in 1st year after Zion

By JOEDY McCREARY AP Sports Writer DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Mike Krzyzewski describes his latest Duke team as old-fashioned — with an emphasis on old. Sure, the Blue Devils will be heavy on freshmen again after replacing one batch of one-and-done players with another. But surrounding them will ...

Soto, Nationals top Cole, Astros 5-4 in World Series opener

By BEN WALKER AP Baseball Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Juan Soto and the Washington Nationals quickly derailed the Cole Express. A 20-year-old prodigy with a passion for the big moment, Soto homered onto the train tracks high above the left field wall and hit a two-run double as the Nationals ...

Long wait over for some Astros, Nationals at World Series

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Baseball Writer HOUSTON (AP) — What a relief for Houston Astros pitcher Joe Smith that manager AJ Hinch was only joking about his team's makeup for the World Series. "I would bring (him) in my office and pretend like he's not going to make the roster, just to get a ...

Winston, Howard top AP preseason All-America men’s team

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer Cassius Winston had a long list of accomplishments at Michigan State. He led the Spartans to Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles and into the Final Four. He was the Big Ten player of the year, an Associated Press All-American, one of the nation's ...

NFL cracks down on internal dissent over officiating

By ARNIE STAPLETON AP Pro Football Writer The NFL threw yellow flags on Rams linebacker Clay Matthews, Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and Lions safety Tracy Walker, fining each $12,500 for criticizing officials. Matthews was disciplined for a tweet he posted after the Lions lost to his ...

Patriots blitz Darnold, Jets 33-0 to remain undefeated

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. AP Pro Football Writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Tom Brady set the tone and the New England Patriots' blitz-happy defense took over from there. Bill Belichick's bunch is still undefeated after another absolutely dominant performance. Brady threw a TD pass to Phillip ...