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A perfect example of the difficulties of NFL short weeks

For those who oppose Thursday night NFL games, be it players, coaches, fans or bettors, this week is a perfect example of why. It's difficult enough to prepare for a Sunday game when you have key injuries, particularly at quarterback. And when both teams are uncertain about their quarterback ...

Rolovich lawyer calls coach’s firing ‘unjust and unlawful’

Former Washington State football coach Nick Rolovich's termination for refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccination was unlawful and an attack on his Catholic faith, his attorney said Wednesday. Attorney Brian Fahling also said in a statement that Rolovich intends to take legal action and that the ...

Eovaldi looks to save Red Sox season after bats go quiet

BOSTON (AP) — Following two weak performances at the plate, the Boston Red Sox now turn to Nathan Eovaldi to try to save their season on just two days' rest. The Red Sox were held hitless for four innings Wednesday by left-hander Framber Valdez and managed only three hits in a 9-1 loss to ...

Knicks withstand Brown’s 46, outlast Celtics 138-134 in 2 OT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks never could contain Jaylen Brown and on the last play of regulation completely lost track of Marcus Smart. More mistakes than they'd like, but not enough to ruin their season opener. "At the end of the day, we found a way to win a game," Julius Randle ...

Brice, Appalachian State upset No. 14 Coastal Carolina 30-27

BOONE, N.C. (AP) — Chase Brice is determined to make the most of what is left of his roller-coaster college career. He took a big step forward Wednesday night. Brice threw for 347 yards and two touchdowns, Chandler Staton kicked a 24-yard field goal as time expired and Appalachian State ...

Boone returns on 3-year contract, Yankees demand success

NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Boone will be back with the New York Yankees next year, their first manager since Miller Huggins in 1922 to return for a fifth season after failing to win a title during his first four. "A manager is only as good as the players he's got," general manager Brian Cashman ...

Analysis: At midseason, No. 1 Georgia a rock amid the upsets

There is no defensive revolution in college football this season. Just at Georgia. The dominant defense of the top-ranked Bulldogs has been one of the biggest storylines in the first half of a season that has been highlighted by upsets and unpredictability. Simply, 2021 has been all sorts of ...

Browns’ Mayfield expects to play again with shoulder injury

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Baker Mayfield wants to tough it out. The Browns quarterback said he expects to play Thursday night against the Denver Broncos despite a painful left shoulder injury that has worsened since he hurt it a month ago while trying to make a tackle. Asked if he expects to play, ...

Washington St coach says focus remains on supporting players

Washington State acting head coach Jake Dickert said Tuesday that his immediate focus in his new role is providing support and stability for players who were left hurting and shocked after Nick Rolovich and other coaches were fired for refusing to comply with the state's vaccine mandate. He ...

Messi, Salah score 2 each in Champions League goal rush

There was a goal rush in the Champions League on Tuesday and it was hardly a surprise to see Lionel Messi and Mohamed Salah among the scorers. By converting coolly taken penalties late in their games, Messi and Salah sealed 3-2 wins for Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool, respectively, on a ...