Author: The Associated Press


Conference realignment makes another seismic shift
July 1, 2022
Conference realignment in college sports has been going on since 1984, when the Supreme Court invalidated the NCAA’s national television contract for football.

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Former Dallas Cowboys standout Daryl Johnston is executive vice president of football operations of the USFL.
Despite title game, USFL already focusing on next season
The USFL accomplished what the last two attempts at spring football failed to do: make it through its first season.

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Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp makes a catch at the team’s practice facility Monday, May 23, 2022, in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Super Bowl MVP Cooper Kupp gets contract extension from Rams
June 8, 2022
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Super Bowl MVP Cooper Kupp agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Rams on Wednesday after a spectacular season in which he led the NFL in every major receiving category.

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The Giants’ Saquon Barkley participates in a practice Wednesday at the team’s training facility in East Rutherford, N.J.
A healthy Saquon Barkley getting ready for Giants ’22 season
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Julian Love has not only seen a different Saquon Barkley on the field in recent months, the New York Giants safety is excited what the star running back is showing in the locker room.

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Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (left) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Rangers with teammate Steven Stamkos during the second period in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals Tuesday, June 7, 2022.
Rangers in familiar spot, back home after 2 road losses
The New York Rangers have been in a similar position before in this postseason: looking to reverse the momentum back home after dropping two games on the road.

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Jason Day hits off the 18th tee during the second round of the Wells Fargo Championship on Friday, May 6, 2022, at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm golf club in Potomac, Md.
Jason Day handles rain, expands lead at Wells Fargo
May 6, 2022
POTOMAC, Md. — Jason Day shook his head vigorously after holing an 11-footer for birdie on his ninth hole at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm — not out of disgust, but to whip the excess water off his cap. For the rest of the round, Day shed the hat entirely.

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Flyers goalie Martin Jones blocks a shot by Ottawa’s Brady Tkachuk during the first period of an April 29 game.
Flyers GM Fletcher wants to find right fit in new coach
May 3, 2022
PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Flyers need a new coach. And they need to get younger. Find more talent. Spark interest in a sagging fanbase.

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Seattle Kraken center Yanni Gourde skates against the San Jose Sharks during the first period of an April 29 game.
Kraken hope to build after disappointing inaugural campaign
SEATTLE — For all the excitement and anticipation leading up to the first puck drop, the inaugural season for the Seattle Kraken ended up looking like nearly every other NHL expansion season from the past 30 years.

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Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner is the most prominent American citizen known to be jailed by a foreign government. As a crucial hearing approaches next month, the case against her remains shrouded in mystery, with little clarity from the Russian prosecutors.
WNBA to honor Brittney Griner with league-wide floor decals as she languishes in Russia
The WNBA will honor Phoenix star Brittney Griner with a floor decal and allow the Mercury to pay her without it counting against the team’s salary cap, the league announced Tuesday.

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Chase Elliott ended a winless streak of 26 races with his win Monday at Dover.
Chase Elliott wins at Dover to snap 26-race winless streak
May 2, 2022
DOVER, Del. — Chase Elliott snapped a 26-race winless streak when the 2020 NASCAR champion pulled away down the stretch to win the Cup Series race Monday at Dover Motor Speedway.

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Jon Rahm putts on the sixth hole during the third round of the Mexico Open on Saturday, April 30, 2022.
Rahm closes with birdie to build 2-shot lead in Mexico Open
April 30, 2022
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico — Jon Rahm birdied the last two par 5s and got some help from a couple of poor chips by Cameron Champ to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Mexico Open.

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NASCAR chases holiday TV audience with Easter dirt race
April 16, 2022
BRISTOL, Tenn. — Kevin Harvick was on his annual family beach vacation when he was forced to cut it short early by three days to return to work for the first time in his career on Easter Sunday.

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Nationals allow 29 runs in spring game vs Cardinals
March 30, 2022
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Washington Nationals fans have reasons to doubt 2022 will be their year. They got 29 more of them Wednesday.

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Penn State hits 13 3-pointers, beats Northwestern
February 25, 2022
UNIVERSITY PARK — Dallion Johnson made five 3-pointers for all 15 of his points, John Harrar had 11 points and a career-high 20 rebounds and Penn State beat Northwestern, 67-60, on Friday night.

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Daniel Berger watches his shot from the 16th tee during the second round of the Honda Classic.
Daniel Berger shoots another 65, moves atop Honda leaderboard
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Daniel Berger no longer needs to answer questions about how his back is feeling. The scorecard is telling the story.

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Fox Sports analyst Troy Aikman (right) works in the broadcast booth before a preseason game Aug. 22, 2019.
Troy Aikman expected to leave Fox for ESPN ‘Monday Night’ booth
February 24, 2022
NFL free agency doesn’t begin for a few more weeks, however business is about to pick up when it comes to shuffling among the network broadcast teams with perhaps the biggest surprise of them all.

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Maryland guard Fatts Russell shoots against Penn State guard Dallion Johnson during the second half Monday.
Fatts Russell helps Maryland hold off Penn State men
February 21, 2022
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Fatts Russell scored eight of his 18 points at the free-throw line with less than a minute to play, and Maryland held off Penn State, 67-61, on Monday night.

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Former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III makes an initial appearance in Las Vegas Justice Court on Wednesday. Ruggs is facing charges relating to a fiery vehicle crash early Tuesday in Las Vegas that left a woman dead and Ruggs and his female passenger injured.
Column: NFL’s terrible week: tragedy, silliness, selfishness
November 5, 2021
No one spins things like the NFL, but not even its mighty PR machine can make this past week go away.

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The Chiefs traded offensive guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif to the Jets on Tuesday.
Jets acquire OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif from Chiefs for TE
November 2, 2021
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The New York Jets added some depth to the offensive line, acquiring guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif from the Kansas City Chiefs for tight end Daniel Brown ahead of the NFL’s trade deadline Tuesday.

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks Saturday in Seattle.
NHL defends disciplinary decisions in Blackhawks scandal
November 1, 2021
Commissioner Gary Bettman on Monday defended the NHL’s decisions and discipline meted out following an investigation into the Chicago Blackhawks’ handling of sexual assault allegations in 2010.

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Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby reacts against the Denver Broncos during the first half Sunday.
Las Vegas Raiders galvanized by Jon Gruden’s downfall
October 17, 2021
DENVER — The Las Vegas Raiders were determined not to let Jon Gruden’s undoing lead to their own downfall.

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Kyle Larson celebrates after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday.
Kyle Larson wins at Texas for 1st spot in NASCAR’s final 4
FORT WORTH, Texas — Kyle Larson claimed the first of four championship-contending spots in NASCAR’s season finale with a dominating victory at Texas on Sunday to start the round of eight in the playoffs.

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Browns running back Nick Chubb is second in the NFL in rushing yards.
Browns RB Nick Chubb out, WR Jarvis Landry could return vs. Arizona
October 15, 2021
BEREA, Ohio — Star running back Nick Chubb will miss the Cleveland Browns’ game Sunday against the undefeated Arizona Cardinals, but wide receiver Jarvis Landry could return to action.

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The United States’ Sergino Dest (2) celebrates his goal against Costa Rica during the first half of a World Cup qualifying match Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio.
Tim Weah, Sergino Dest spark U.S. to win over Costa Rica in World Cup qualifier
October 13, 2021
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Tim Weah scored on a shot that deflected off the goalkeeper in the 66th minute after Sergiño Dest started the comeback from a first-minute deficit, and the United States rallied past Costa Rica 2-1 on Wednesday night to ease pressure as World Cup qualifying neared the halfway point.

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The Dodgers’ Julio Urias pitches against the Giants during the second inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in San Francisco.
Playoff series for the ages as Dodgers, Giants go to Game 5
SAN FRANCISCO — Everybody expected a playoff series for the ages between the century-old rival Dodgers and Giants, and now they’ve got it.

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North Carolina A&T powers past Robert Morris
October 2, 2021
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Jalen Fowler threw two touchdown passes and Jah-Maine Martin ran for 105 yards and two scores to lead North Carolina A&T to a 41-14 victory over Robert Morris in a Big South Conference opener Saturday.

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This Date in Sports History: April 7
April 7, 2021
1940 — Jimmy Demaret wins the Masters with a four-stroke triumph over Lloyd Mangrum. Mangrum shoots an opening-round 64, a course record by two strokes, which stands for 46 years. Demaret parred the first 14 holes, added a two-putt birdie at the 15th, then parred the final three holes to sew up his victory. Mangrum could do no better than 74 and finished second.

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Baylor players and coaches celebrate after winning the NCAA championship against Gonzaga.
NCAA may consider single site for part of future tourneys
April 6, 2021
INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA used the single-site concept for its marquee championship out of necessity.

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Lee Westwood practices for the Masters golf tournament Monday.
Lee Westwood, at 47, still seeking his Masters victory moment
AUGUSTA, Ga. — Lee Westwood made his Masters debut in 1997 and went out for a Saturday night shopping excursion when he realized he would play the final round the following day with Jack Nicklaus.

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Muhammad Ali beat Jean-Pierre Coopman to defend his world heavyweight title Feb. 20, 1976, at Roberto Clemente Coliseum in Puerto Rico.
This Date in Sports History: Feb. 20
February 20, 2021
1887 — The International Association, the first minor league baseball association, is organized in Pittsburgh.

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Southern Cal forward Evan Mobley shoots against Washington on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, in Seattle.
Explainer: A trickier NCAA bracket in this unusual season
February 19, 2021
There’s no need to worry about geography in this year’s NCAA Tournament.

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Students arrive for in-person classes outside a school, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in New York.
Covid-19 cases rising among U.S. children as schools reopen
September 29, 2020
After preying heavily on the elderly in the spring, the coronavirus is increasingly infecting American children and teens in a trend authorities say appears driven by school reopenings and the resumption of sports, playdates and other activities.

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Appalachian League leads off in minor league contraction
NEW YORK — Major League Baseball started the process of contracting minor league affiliates Tuesday, with the Appalachian League converted to a college summer circuit for rising freshmen and sophomores.

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People rally for gun rights on the rainy steps of the Pennsylvania Capitol on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Harrisburg.
Rally brings gun rights advocates to Pennsylvania Capitol
HARRISBURG — A smaller than usual crowd of a few hundred people rallied for gun rights on the steps of Pennsylvania’s Capitol on Tuesday, an annual event that also was attended by a few dozen state lawmakers.

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A statue of Stephen Douglas stands in front of the east entrance to the Illinois State Capitol, in Springfield, Ill.
Douglas statue coming down in Illinois, but Lincoln had racist views, too
September 20, 2020
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — With the nation racing to come to grips with centuries of racial sins, officials plan to remove the Capitol lawn statue of Stephen A. Douglas, whose forceful 19th century politics helped forge modern-day Illinois but who also profited from slavery.

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Rochester police look over the area of a home after a fatal shooting at a backyard house party, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Rochester, N.Y.
Deadly party shooting adds new layer to Rochester’s grief
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Already roiled by this month’s revelation of Daniel Prude’s police suffocation death, the city of Rochester, N.Y., was further traumatized Saturday when gunfire at a backyard party killed two teenagers and wounded 14 others.

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A Corpus Christi police office places a barricade to close Laguna Shores Boulevard due to flooding on Sunday in Corpus Christi, Texas. Forecasters say Tropical Storm Beta is slowly churning through the Gulf of Mexico toward Texas and Louisiana, stirring worries that it could bring heavy rain, flooding and storm surge to a storm-weary stretch of the Gulf Coast.
Tropical Storm Beta churns slowly toward Texas and Louisiana
HOUSTON — Tropical Storm Beta trudged toward the coasts of Texas and Louisiana on Sunday, threatening to bring more rain, wind and stress to a part of the country that has already been drenched and battered during this year’s unusually busy hurricane season.

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Mail delivery vehicles are parked outside a post office in Boys Town, Neb, on Aug. 18, 2020.
U.S. judge blocks Postal Service changes that slowed mail
September 17, 2020
SEATTLE — A U.S. judge on Thursday blocked controversial Postal Service changes that have slowed mail nationwide, calling them “a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service” before the November election.

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Dawn Wooten, a nurse at Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia, speaks at a Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 news conference in Atlanta protesting conditions at the immigration jail.
Nurse questions medical care at immigration jail in Georgia
September 15, 2020
OCILLA, Ga. — An immigration detention center in Georgia performed questionable hysterectomies, refused to test detainees for covid-19 and shredded medical records, according to a nurse quoted in a complaint filed Monday.

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Bishop Edward C. Malesic conducts a farewell mass on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg.
Former Greensburg Bishop Edward Malesic installed in Cleveland’s Catholic Diocese
September 14, 2020
CLEVELAND — Cleveland’s nearly 700,000 Roman Catholics on Monday were welcoming a new bishop from Pennsylvania during an installation Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.

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Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay yells out instructions during a game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif.
NFL reminds teams to follow sideline rules on face coverings
The NFL on Monday reminded team personnel on the sidelines about the covid-19 requirements for wearing face coverings, saying such carelessness or disregard could put the season “at risk.”

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Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden
Trump, Biden facing off on wildfires, climate change
WILMINGTON, Del. — President Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden are focusing the presidential campaign on the wildfire-scorched West Coast, with Trump meeting fire officials in California on Monday while Biden declares the fires underscore an urgent need to address climate change.

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This May 2016 photo provided by researcher Jane Greaves shows the planet Venus, seen from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Akatsuki probe.
Astronomers see possible hints of life in Venus’ clouds
Astronomers have found a potential sign of life high in the atmosphere of neighboring Venus: hints there may be bizarre microbes living in the sulfuric acid-laden clouds of the hothouse planet.

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A policeman handcuffs Paul Rusesabagina, right, whose story inspired the film “Hotel Rwanda”, before leading him out of the Kicukiro Primary Court in the capital Kigali, Rwanda Monday, Sept. 14, 2020.
‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero charged with terrorism in Rwanda court
KIGALI, Rwanda — A Rwandan court on Monday charged Paul Rusesabagina, whose story inspired the film “Hotel Rwanda,” with terrorism, complicity in murder, and forming an armed rebel group.

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Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Alec Mills is swarmed by teammates after throwing a no-hitter against the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Milwaukee.
Cubs’ Mills throws MLB’s 2nd no-hitter in 12-0 win over Brewers
MILWAUKEE — From college walk-on to major league starter, Chicago Cubs right-hander Alec Mills had to earn most every break he got.

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Louisiana-Lafayette linebacker Tyler Guidry celebrates on the sideline during the second half against Iowa State, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Ames, Iowa.
La.-Lafayette leads 10 new teams in AP Top 25 rankings
September 13, 2020
Louisiana-Lafayette and Appalachian State were among 10 new teams ranked Sunday in first regular-season Associated Press college football poll, which was stripped of the teams not yet scheduled to play a fall season.

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Kay Orzechowicz poses Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, for a portrait at her Griffith, Ind., home. After 35 years of teaching, Orzechowicz said covid-19 “pushed her over the edge” to retire from northwest Indiana’s Griffith High School at the end of July.
Teacher departures leave schools scrambling for substitutes
INDIANAPOLIS — With many teachers opting out of returning to the classroom because of the coronavirus, schools around the U.S. are scrambling to find replacements and in some places lowering certification requirements to help get substitutes in the door.

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In this Sept. 11, 2017, file photo, the Tribute in Light illuminates in the sky above the Lower Manhattan area of New York, as seen from across the Hudson River in Jersey City, N.J.
In a year of social distancing, coronavirus alters Sept. 11 remembrances
September 10, 2020
NEW YORK — In a year when the coronavirus pandemic has reshaped countless American rituals, even the commemoration of 9/11 could not escape unchanged.

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Actress Diana Rigg poses for photographers during a press conference at the Hilton Hotel, London on Nov. 8, 1967.
‘Avengers,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ star Diana Rigg dies at 82
LONDON — Diana Rigg, a commanding British actress whose career stretched from iconic 1960s spy series “The Avengers” to fantasy juggernaut “Game of Thrones,” has died. She was 82.

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Ohio mother gets 25-year term for leaving her 2 dead babies in cars
TOLEDO, Ohio — The mother of two infants whose remains were left in separate abandoned cars was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

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EA Sports announced that they have partnered with quarterback Colin Kaepernick and are including him in the latest version of “Madden 21.”
EA Sports adds Kaepernick to latest version of ‘Madden 21’
September 8, 2020
LOS ANGELES — Madden NFL players will have the opportunity to see how Colin Kaepernick might fare if he was back on the field.

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This undated photo provided by the Woodson family shows Cpl. Waverly B. Woodson Jr.
Bill would give Black WWII medic posthumous Medal of Honor
Waverly B. Woodson Jr., a Black army medic who saved dozens of wounded troops on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day despite being severely wounded himself, deserves the Medal of Honor, said members of Congress on Tuesday as they announced legislation to posthumously award it to him.

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Michael Cohen in 2019
Michael Cohen’s memoir casts him as ‘star witness’ against Trump
September 5, 2020
NEW YORK — Michael Cohen’s tell-all memoir makes the case that President Donald Trump is “guilty of the same crimes” that landed his former fixer in federal prison, offering a blow-by-blow account of Trump’s alleged role in a hush money scandal that once overshadowed his presidency.

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Fort Cherry lineman hit the sled during workouts earlier this month.
GOP bill that would leave sports decisions to school districts clears state House committee
August 20, 2020
Republican-sponsored legislation that would give Pennsylvania school districts the final say over whether to hold sports and other activities during the pandemic cleared a House committee Thursday, one day before the governing body for interscholastic sports was to decide the fate of the fall season.

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Edwin Encarnacion leads the American League with 21 home runs. He was traded from the Seattle Mariners to the New York Yankees on Saturday.
Slugger Edwin Encarnacion to join Yankees on Monday
June 16, 2019
CHICAGO — Edwin Encarnacion will find himself in a familiar spot after he joins the New York Yankees on Monday.

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FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2017, file photo, Lambeau Field is seen during the first half of an NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Cincinnati Bengals, in Green Bay, Wis. Opened in 1957 and eventually named for the famed franchise’s first head coach, Lambeau Field was considered the NFL’s first football-specific facility. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)
NFL stadiums come long way from Lambeau Field
May 31, 2019
Next summer, the Raiders are slated to relocate to Las Vegas and begin playing in a sleek $1.8 billion dome with a transparent roof, a black glass exterior to match their boldest uniform color and retractable doors to frame an 80-foot-tall by 215-foot wide view of the casinos on the strip.

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Michigan’s Juwan Howard latest NBA player to coach college
Michigan had a multitude of options to replace longtime coach John Beilein.

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Japan’s Naomi Osaka celebrates winning her second round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in three sets, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Thursday, May 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
Another close call for Naomi Osaka at French Open
May 30, 2019
PARIS — Naomi Osaka screamed “Oh, my God!” after one shanked shot. Mouthed something and clasped her hands together, as if praying, after another. There were plenty of deep sighs and exaggerated eyerolls, too.

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Mamiko Higa of Japan, hits out of the bunker for a birdie on the 9th green during the first round of the U.S. Women’s Open golf tournament, Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
Lowest debut at U.S. Women’s Open for Mamika Higa
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Looks like experience might not matter at the U.S. Women’s Open, at least not in Thursday’s opening round.

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Tiger Woods hits from the sand on the 13th hole during the first round of the Memorial golf tournament Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Ryan Moore leads strong Memorial field; shaky start for Tiger Woods
DUBLIN, Ohio — Tiger Woods got off to a slower start than he would have liked Thursday at the Memorial.

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Tottenham Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino arrives at his hotel in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, May 29, 2019, ahead of the Champions League final against Liverpool.
Champions League finalists on opposite ends of financial, success spectrums
MADRID — Familiar territory for Liverpool. So very unfamiliar for Tottenham.

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FILE- This April 5, 2018, file photo shows part of the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019.
Consumer goods companies lead modest rebound in U.S. stocks
February 19, 2019
U.S. stock indexes turned modestly higher in early afternoon trading Tuesday as solid earnings from Walmart encouraged investors to bid up other retailers and consumer goods companies.

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West Virginia House tables bill that prompted teacher strike
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — This time the teachers’ strike was only hours old when lawmakers acted.

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Conference realignment makes another seismic shift
July 1, 2022
Conference realignment in college sports has been going on since 1984, when the Supreme Court invalidated the NCAA’s national television contract for football.

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Former Dallas Cowboys standout Daryl Johnston is executive vice president of football operations of the USFL.
Despite title game, USFL already focusing on next season
The USFL accomplished what the last two attempts at spring football failed to do: make it through its first season.

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Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp makes a catch at the team’s practice facility Monday, May 23, 2022, in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Super Bowl MVP Cooper Kupp gets contract extension from Rams
June 8, 2022
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Super Bowl MVP Cooper Kupp agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Rams on Wednesday after a spectacular season in which he led the NFL in every major receiving category.

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The Giants’ Saquon Barkley participates in a practice Wednesday at the team’s training facility in East Rutherford, N.J.
A healthy Saquon Barkley getting ready for Giants ’22 season
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Julian Love has not only seen a different Saquon Barkley on the field in recent months, the New York Giants safety is excited what the star running back is showing in the locker room.

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Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (left) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Rangers with teammate Steven Stamkos during the second period in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals Tuesday, June 7, 2022.
Rangers in familiar spot, back home after 2 road losses
The New York Rangers have been in a similar position before in this postseason: looking to reverse the momentum back home after dropping two games on the road.

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Jason Day hits off the 18th tee during the second round of the Wells Fargo Championship on Friday, May 6, 2022, at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm golf club in Potomac, Md.
Jason Day handles rain, expands lead at Wells Fargo
May 6, 2022
POTOMAC, Md. — Jason Day shook his head vigorously after holing an 11-footer for birdie on his ninth hole at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm — not out of disgust, but to whip the excess water off his cap. For the rest of the round, Day shed the hat entirely.

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Flyers goalie Martin Jones blocks a shot by Ottawa’s Brady Tkachuk during the first period of an April 29 game.
Flyers GM Fletcher wants to find right fit in new coach
May 3, 2022
PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Flyers need a new coach. And they need to get younger. Find more talent. Spark interest in a sagging fanbase.

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Seattle Kraken center Yanni Gourde skates against the San Jose Sharks during the first period of an April 29 game.
Kraken hope to build after disappointing inaugural campaign
SEATTLE — For all the excitement and anticipation leading up to the first puck drop, the inaugural season for the Seattle Kraken ended up looking like nearly every other NHL expansion season from the past 30 years.

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Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner is the most prominent American citizen known to be jailed by a foreign government. As a crucial hearing approaches next month, the case against her remains shrouded in mystery, with little clarity from the Russian prosecutors.
WNBA to honor Brittney Griner with league-wide floor decals as she languishes in Russia
The WNBA will honor Phoenix star Brittney Griner with a floor decal and allow the Mercury to pay her without it counting against the team’s salary cap, the league announced Tuesday.

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Chase Elliott ended a winless streak of 26 races with his win Monday at Dover.
Chase Elliott wins at Dover to snap 26-race winless streak
May 2, 2022
DOVER, Del. — Chase Elliott snapped a 26-race winless streak when the 2020 NASCAR champion pulled away down the stretch to win the Cup Series race Monday at Dover Motor Speedway.

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Jon Rahm putts on the sixth hole during the third round of the Mexico Open on Saturday, April 30, 2022.
Rahm closes with birdie to build 2-shot lead in Mexico Open
April 30, 2022
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico — Jon Rahm birdied the last two par 5s and got some help from a couple of poor chips by Cameron Champ to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Mexico Open.

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NASCAR chases holiday TV audience with Easter dirt race
April 16, 2022
BRISTOL, Tenn. — Kevin Harvick was on his annual family beach vacation when he was forced to cut it short early by three days to return to work for the first time in his career on Easter Sunday.

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Nationals allow 29 runs in spring game vs Cardinals
March 30, 2022
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Washington Nationals fans have reasons to doubt 2022 will be their year. They got 29 more of them Wednesday.

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Penn State hits 13 3-pointers, beats Northwestern
February 25, 2022
UNIVERSITY PARK — Dallion Johnson made five 3-pointers for all 15 of his points, John Harrar had 11 points and a career-high 20 rebounds and Penn State beat Northwestern, 67-60, on Friday night.

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Daniel Berger watches his shot from the 16th tee during the second round of the Honda Classic.
Daniel Berger shoots another 65, moves atop Honda leaderboard
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Daniel Berger no longer needs to answer questions about how his back is feeling. The scorecard is telling the story.

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Fox Sports analyst Troy Aikman (right) works in the broadcast booth before a preseason game Aug. 22, 2019.
Troy Aikman expected to leave Fox for ESPN ‘Monday Night’ booth
February 24, 2022
NFL free agency doesn’t begin for a few more weeks, however business is about to pick up when it comes to shuffling among the network broadcast teams with perhaps the biggest surprise of them all.

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Maryland guard Fatts Russell shoots against Penn State guard Dallion Johnson during the second half Monday.
Fatts Russell helps Maryland hold off Penn State men
February 21, 2022
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Fatts Russell scored eight of his 18 points at the free-throw line with less than a minute to play, and Maryland held off Penn State, 67-61, on Monday night.

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Former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III makes an initial appearance in Las Vegas Justice Court on Wednesday. Ruggs is facing charges relating to a fiery vehicle crash early Tuesday in Las Vegas that left a woman dead and Ruggs and his female passenger injured.
Column: NFL’s terrible week: tragedy, silliness, selfishness
November 5, 2021
No one spins things like the NFL, but not even its mighty PR machine can make this past week go away.

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The Chiefs traded offensive guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif to the Jets on Tuesday.
Jets acquire OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif from Chiefs for TE
November 2, 2021
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The New York Jets added some depth to the offensive line, acquiring guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif from the Kansas City Chiefs for tight end Daniel Brown ahead of the NFL’s trade deadline Tuesday.

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks Saturday in Seattle.
NHL defends disciplinary decisions in Blackhawks scandal
November 1, 2021
Commissioner Gary Bettman on Monday defended the NHL’s decisions and discipline meted out following an investigation into the Chicago Blackhawks’ handling of sexual assault allegations in 2010.

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Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby reacts against the Denver Broncos during the first half Sunday.
Las Vegas Raiders galvanized by Jon Gruden’s downfall
October 17, 2021
DENVER — The Las Vegas Raiders were determined not to let Jon Gruden’s undoing lead to their own downfall.

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Kyle Larson celebrates after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday.
Kyle Larson wins at Texas for 1st spot in NASCAR’s final 4
FORT WORTH, Texas — Kyle Larson claimed the first of four championship-contending spots in NASCAR’s season finale with a dominating victory at Texas on Sunday to start the round of eight in the playoffs.

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Browns running back Nick Chubb is second in the NFL in rushing yards.
Browns RB Nick Chubb out, WR Jarvis Landry could return vs. Arizona
October 15, 2021
BEREA, Ohio — Star running back Nick Chubb will miss the Cleveland Browns’ game Sunday against the undefeated Arizona Cardinals, but wide receiver Jarvis Landry could return to action.

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The United States’ Sergino Dest (2) celebrates his goal against Costa Rica during the first half of a World Cup qualifying match Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio.
Tim Weah, Sergino Dest spark U.S. to win over Costa Rica in World Cup qualifier
October 13, 2021
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Tim Weah scored on a shot that deflected off the goalkeeper in the 66th minute after Sergiño Dest started the comeback from a first-minute deficit, and the United States rallied past Costa Rica 2-1 on Wednesday night to ease pressure as World Cup qualifying neared the halfway point.

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The Dodgers’ Julio Urias pitches against the Giants during the second inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in San Francisco.
Playoff series for the ages as Dodgers, Giants go to Game 5
SAN FRANCISCO — Everybody expected a playoff series for the ages between the century-old rival Dodgers and Giants, and now they’ve got it.

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North Carolina A&T powers past Robert Morris
October 2, 2021
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Jalen Fowler threw two touchdown passes and Jah-Maine Martin ran for 105 yards and two scores to lead North Carolina A&T to a 41-14 victory over Robert Morris in a Big South Conference opener Saturday.

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This Date in Sports History: April 7
April 7, 2021
1940 — Jimmy Demaret wins the Masters with a four-stroke triumph over Lloyd Mangrum. Mangrum shoots an opening-round 64, a course record by two strokes, which stands for 46 years. Demaret parred the first 14 holes, added a two-putt birdie at the 15th, then parred the final three holes to sew up his victory. Mangrum could do no better than 74 and finished second.

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Baylor players and coaches celebrate after winning the NCAA championship against Gonzaga.
NCAA may consider single site for part of future tourneys
April 6, 2021
INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA used the single-site concept for its marquee championship out of necessity.

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Lee Westwood practices for the Masters golf tournament Monday.
Lee Westwood, at 47, still seeking his Masters victory moment
AUGUSTA, Ga. — Lee Westwood made his Masters debut in 1997 and went out for a Saturday night shopping excursion when he realized he would play the final round the following day with Jack Nicklaus.

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Muhammad Ali beat Jean-Pierre Coopman to defend his world heavyweight title Feb. 20, 1976, at Roberto Clemente Coliseum in Puerto Rico.
This Date in Sports History: Feb. 20
February 20, 2021
1887 — The International Association, the first minor league baseball association, is organized in Pittsburgh.

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Southern Cal forward Evan Mobley shoots against Washington on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, in Seattle.
Explainer: A trickier NCAA bracket in this unusual season
February 19, 2021
There’s no need to worry about geography in this year’s NCAA Tournament.

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Students arrive for in-person classes outside a school, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in New York.
Covid-19 cases rising among U.S. children as schools reopen
September 29, 2020
After preying heavily on the elderly in the spring, the coronavirus is increasingly infecting American children and teens in a trend authorities say appears driven by school reopenings and the resumption of sports, playdates and other activities.

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Appalachian League leads off in minor league contraction
NEW YORK — Major League Baseball started the process of contracting minor league affiliates Tuesday, with the Appalachian League converted to a college summer circuit for rising freshmen and sophomores.

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People rally for gun rights on the rainy steps of the Pennsylvania Capitol on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Harrisburg.
Rally brings gun rights advocates to Pennsylvania Capitol
HARRISBURG — A smaller than usual crowd of a few hundred people rallied for gun rights on the steps of Pennsylvania’s Capitol on Tuesday, an annual event that also was attended by a few dozen state lawmakers.

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A statue of Stephen Douglas stands in front of the east entrance to the Illinois State Capitol, in Springfield, Ill.
Douglas statue coming down in Illinois, but Lincoln had racist views, too
September 20, 2020
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — With the nation racing to come to grips with centuries of racial sins, officials plan to remove the Capitol lawn statue of Stephen A. Douglas, whose forceful 19th century politics helped forge modern-day Illinois but who also profited from slavery.

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Rochester police look over the area of a home after a fatal shooting at a backyard house party, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Rochester, N.Y.
Deadly party shooting adds new layer to Rochester’s grief
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Already roiled by this month’s revelation of Daniel Prude’s police suffocation death, the city of Rochester, N.Y., was further traumatized Saturday when gunfire at a backyard party killed two teenagers and wounded 14 others.

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A Corpus Christi police office places a barricade to close Laguna Shores Boulevard due to flooding on Sunday in Corpus Christi, Texas. Forecasters say Tropical Storm Beta is slowly churning through the Gulf of Mexico toward Texas and Louisiana, stirring worries that it could bring heavy rain, flooding and storm surge to a storm-weary stretch of the Gulf Coast.
Tropical Storm Beta churns slowly toward Texas and Louisiana
HOUSTON — Tropical Storm Beta trudged toward the coasts of Texas and Louisiana on Sunday, threatening to bring more rain, wind and stress to a part of the country that has already been drenched and battered during this year’s unusually busy hurricane season.

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Mail delivery vehicles are parked outside a post office in Boys Town, Neb, on Aug. 18, 2020.
U.S. judge blocks Postal Service changes that slowed mail
September 17, 2020
SEATTLE — A U.S. judge on Thursday blocked controversial Postal Service changes that have slowed mail nationwide, calling them “a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service” before the November election.

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Dawn Wooten, a nurse at Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia, speaks at a Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 news conference in Atlanta protesting conditions at the immigration jail.
Nurse questions medical care at immigration jail in Georgia
September 15, 2020
OCILLA, Ga. — An immigration detention center in Georgia performed questionable hysterectomies, refused to test detainees for covid-19 and shredded medical records, according to a nurse quoted in a complaint filed Monday.

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Bishop Edward C. Malesic conducts a farewell mass on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg.
Former Greensburg Bishop Edward Malesic installed in Cleveland’s Catholic Diocese
September 14, 2020
CLEVELAND — Cleveland’s nearly 700,000 Roman Catholics on Monday were welcoming a new bishop from Pennsylvania during an installation Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.

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Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay yells out instructions during a game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif.
NFL reminds teams to follow sideline rules on face coverings
The NFL on Monday reminded team personnel on the sidelines about the covid-19 requirements for wearing face coverings, saying such carelessness or disregard could put the season “at risk.”

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Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden
Trump, Biden facing off on wildfires, climate change
WILMINGTON, Del. — President Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden are focusing the presidential campaign on the wildfire-scorched West Coast, with Trump meeting fire officials in California on Monday while Biden declares the fires underscore an urgent need to address climate change.

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This May 2016 photo provided by researcher Jane Greaves shows the planet Venus, seen from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Akatsuki probe.
Astronomers see possible hints of life in Venus’ clouds
Astronomers have found a potential sign of life high in the atmosphere of neighboring Venus: hints there may be bizarre microbes living in the sulfuric acid-laden clouds of the hothouse planet.

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A policeman handcuffs Paul Rusesabagina, right, whose story inspired the film “Hotel Rwanda”, before leading him out of the Kicukiro Primary Court in the capital Kigali, Rwanda Monday, Sept. 14, 2020.
‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero charged with terrorism in Rwanda court
KIGALI, Rwanda — A Rwandan court on Monday charged Paul Rusesabagina, whose story inspired the film “Hotel Rwanda,” with terrorism, complicity in murder, and forming an armed rebel group.

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Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Alec Mills is swarmed by teammates after throwing a no-hitter against the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Milwaukee.
Cubs’ Mills throws MLB’s 2nd no-hitter in 12-0 win over Brewers
MILWAUKEE — From college walk-on to major league starter, Chicago Cubs right-hander Alec Mills had to earn most every break he got.

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Louisiana-Lafayette linebacker Tyler Guidry celebrates on the sideline during the second half against Iowa State, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Ames, Iowa.
La.-Lafayette leads 10 new teams in AP Top 25 rankings
September 13, 2020
Louisiana-Lafayette and Appalachian State were among 10 new teams ranked Sunday in first regular-season Associated Press college football poll, which was stripped of the teams not yet scheduled to play a fall season.

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Kay Orzechowicz poses Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, for a portrait at her Griffith, Ind., home. After 35 years of teaching, Orzechowicz said covid-19 “pushed her over the edge” to retire from northwest Indiana’s Griffith High School at the end of July.
Teacher departures leave schools scrambling for substitutes
INDIANAPOLIS — With many teachers opting out of returning to the classroom because of the coronavirus, schools around the U.S. are scrambling to find replacements and in some places lowering certification requirements to help get substitutes in the door.

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In this Sept. 11, 2017, file photo, the Tribute in Light illuminates in the sky above the Lower Manhattan area of New York, as seen from across the Hudson River in Jersey City, N.J.
In a year of social distancing, coronavirus alters Sept. 11 remembrances
September 10, 2020
NEW YORK — In a year when the coronavirus pandemic has reshaped countless American rituals, even the commemoration of 9/11 could not escape unchanged.

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Actress Diana Rigg poses for photographers during a press conference at the Hilton Hotel, London on Nov. 8, 1967.
‘Avengers,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ star Diana Rigg dies at 82
LONDON — Diana Rigg, a commanding British actress whose career stretched from iconic 1960s spy series “The Avengers” to fantasy juggernaut “Game of Thrones,” has died. She was 82.

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Ohio mother gets 25-year term for leaving her 2 dead babies in cars
TOLEDO, Ohio — The mother of two infants whose remains were left in separate abandoned cars was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

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EA Sports announced that they have partnered with quarterback Colin Kaepernick and are including him in the latest version of “Madden 21.”
EA Sports adds Kaepernick to latest version of ‘Madden 21’
September 8, 2020
LOS ANGELES — Madden NFL players will have the opportunity to see how Colin Kaepernick might fare if he was back on the field.

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This undated photo provided by the Woodson family shows Cpl. Waverly B. Woodson Jr.
Bill would give Black WWII medic posthumous Medal of Honor
Waverly B. Woodson Jr., a Black army medic who saved dozens of wounded troops on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day despite being severely wounded himself, deserves the Medal of Honor, said members of Congress on Tuesday as they announced legislation to posthumously award it to him.

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Michael Cohen in 2019
Michael Cohen’s memoir casts him as ‘star witness’ against Trump
September 5, 2020
NEW YORK — Michael Cohen’s tell-all memoir makes the case that President Donald Trump is “guilty of the same crimes” that landed his former fixer in federal prison, offering a blow-by-blow account of Trump’s alleged role in a hush money scandal that once overshadowed his presidency.

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Fort Cherry lineman hit the sled during workouts earlier this month.
GOP bill that would leave sports decisions to school districts clears state House committee
August 20, 2020
Republican-sponsored legislation that would give Pennsylvania school districts the final say over whether to hold sports and other activities during the pandemic cleared a House committee Thursday, one day before the governing body for interscholastic sports was to decide the fate of the fall season.

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Edwin Encarnacion leads the American League with 21 home runs. He was traded from the Seattle Mariners to the New York Yankees on Saturday.
Slugger Edwin Encarnacion to join Yankees on Monday
June 16, 2019
CHICAGO — Edwin Encarnacion will find himself in a familiar spot after he joins the New York Yankees on Monday.

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FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2017, file photo, Lambeau Field is seen during the first half of an NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Cincinnati Bengals, in Green Bay, Wis. Opened in 1957 and eventually named for the famed franchise’s first head coach, Lambeau Field was considered the NFL’s first football-specific facility. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)
NFL stadiums come long way from Lambeau Field
May 31, 2019
Next summer, the Raiders are slated to relocate to Las Vegas and begin playing in a sleek $1.8 billion dome with a transparent roof, a black glass exterior to match their boldest uniform color and retractable doors to frame an 80-foot-tall by 215-foot wide view of the casinos on the strip.

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Michigan’s Juwan Howard latest NBA player to coach college
Michigan had a multitude of options to replace longtime coach John Beilein.

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Japan’s Naomi Osaka celebrates winning her second round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in three sets, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Thursday, May 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
Another close call for Naomi Osaka at French Open
May 30, 2019
PARIS — Naomi Osaka screamed “Oh, my God!” after one shanked shot. Mouthed something and clasped her hands together, as if praying, after another. There were plenty of deep sighs and exaggerated eyerolls, too.

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Mamiko Higa of Japan, hits out of the bunker for a birdie on the 9th green during the first round of the U.S. Women’s Open golf tournament, Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
Lowest debut at U.S. Women’s Open for Mamika Higa
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Looks like experience might not matter at the U.S. Women’s Open, at least not in Thursday’s opening round.

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Tiger Woods hits from the sand on the 13th hole during the first round of the Memorial golf tournament Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Ryan Moore leads strong Memorial field; shaky start for Tiger Woods
DUBLIN, Ohio — Tiger Woods got off to a slower start than he would have liked Thursday at the Memorial.

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Tottenham Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino arrives at his hotel in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, May 29, 2019, ahead of the Champions League final against Liverpool.
Champions League finalists on opposite ends of financial, success spectrums
MADRID — Familiar territory for Liverpool. So very unfamiliar for Tottenham.

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FILE- This April 5, 2018, file photo shows part of the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019.
Consumer goods companies lead modest rebound in U.S. stocks
February 19, 2019
U.S. stock indexes turned modestly higher in early afternoon trading Tuesday as solid earnings from Walmart encouraged investors to bid up other retailers and consumer goods companies.

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West Virginia House tables bill that prompted teacher strike
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — This time the teachers’ strike was only hours old when lawmakers acted.

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