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Streak stretches on: Twins take 16th straight playoff loss

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The night began with Torii Hunter throwing the ceremonial first pitch to Joe Mauer, energizing the over-capacity crowd gathered for the first postseason game at Target Field since 2010, the year the ballpark opened. The evening ended in ...

Torres leads Yankees to 5-1 win and sweep of Twins

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The last time the New York Yankees won the World Series, a full decade ago, Gleyber Torres was not yet a teenager in Venezuela. Boosted by an age-defiant performance by their 22-year-old star second baseman, the Yankees moved one step ...

NBA Commissioner says league will support freedom of speech

By STEPHEN WADE and TIM REYNOLDS AP Sports Writers TOKYO (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the league is not apologizing for Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's since-deleted tweet showing support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, even after China's state ...

Not much goes right in Browns’ 31-3 loss to 49ers

By MICHAEL WAGAMAN Associated Press SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The Cleveland Browns punted on their first series. It was one of the few things that Freddie Kitchens' team did right all night. In a game where Kitchens and offensive coordinator Todd Monken pulled out all the stops, trying ...

Texas tailback Johnson emerges from ’emergency’ role

By JIM VERTUNO AP Sports Writer AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Roschon Johnson arrived at Texas expecting a season of learning how to be a college quarterback, not being the Longhorns' emergency fix at running back. Yet five games into the season, the freshman is arguably the No. 11 Longhorns' most ...

Adesanya floors middleweight champion Whittaker at UFC 243

By GREG BUCKLE Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Israel Adesanya defeated UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker with a stunning knockout in the second round of their highly anticipated 185-pound unification bout which headlined UFC 243 on Sunday. New Zealand-based, ...

Perine, defense lift No. 10 Florida past No. 7 Auburn, 24-13

By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Lamical Perine was too slow to play for Auburn four years ago, a hurtful evaluation that's stuck with him. He showed plenty of speed while running away from the Tigers — and a few guys he played against in high school — in the Swamp ...

Cole fans 15, Bregman homers as Astros top Rays 3-1

By KRISTIE RIEKEN AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Houston's pair of aces dealt the Astros a pair of wins. Gerrit Cole carried his splendid September into an outstanding October with a 15-strikeout performance and Alex Bregman handed fans chanting MVP the mighty swing they craved. The Astros ...

Fromm helps No. 3 Georgia trounce Tennessee 43-14

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Georgia came from behind for a second straight game and continued its recent domination of division rivals. Jake Fromm threw two touchdown passes, Georgia's defense delivered a dominant second-half performance and the No. 3 Bulldogs ...

Hanging on: US sets past aside, wins men’s 4×100 gold medal

By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Noah Lyles let out a huge scream and kept right on running — through the finish line and straight toward his teammate, Christian Coleman. After a quick hug, Lyles stuck the baton out and Coleman grabbed hold, too. Nobody was letting it ...