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Get a place: NHL tradition holds value for young players

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — It may be the best phrase a young NHL player can hear, even better than being told he has made the team. Get a place. Making the opening night roster is certainly an accomplishment, though it can be fleeting. The time-honored ...

No charges in UK cycling doping case over lack of records

By ROB HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LONDON (AP) — No charges will be brought over the doping investigation that cast a cloud over the reputation of British cycling and Bradley Wiggins, the former Tour de France champion and the country's most decorated Olympian. But Britain's anti-doping agency ...

AP Top 25 Heat Check: Highs and lows of ranking 2-loss teams

BY RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer At its best, Ohio State has looked about as good as any team in the country.  The Buckeyes' bad days, though, have been very bad. The peculiar case of Ohio State's season has been an oddly shaped piece of the puzzle for AP Top 25 voters to manage ...

Beltran retires at 40 after winning 1st World Series title

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Carlos Beltran is retiring at age 40 after winning his first World Series title in his 20th major league season. The outfielder made the announcement Monday, 12 days after the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the World Series. Beltran is a ...

Ramped up security at Las Vegas marathon after mass shooting

By REGINA GARCIA CANO, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas ramped up security for the annual Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, which was the first major outdoor event on the Strip since the mass shooting. The city posted snipers and used a helicopter to watch for danger as tens of thousands ...

AP Top 25: Miami jumps to No. 2 behind Alabama; Oklahoma 3rd

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Miami is back at No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll , the Hurricanes' best ranking since 2003. The undefeated Hurricanes leaped five spots from No. 7 after routing Notre Dame on Saturday night. Alabama remained No. 1, where it has ...

Tomlin looking to clean up things after Steelers beat Colts

By MICHAEL MAROT, AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Mike Tomlin liked what he saw. The Pittsburgh Steelers were gritty and gruff  Sunday. They dug down, fought back and rallied for a 20-17 victory at Indianapolis. And Tomlin thought they showed what they're capable of doing over the ...

With Elliott out, Cowboys falter in 27-7 loss to Falcons

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys knew it would be tough to get by without Ezekiel Elliott. Turns out, they missed Tyron Smith even more. With their starting left tackle sidelined by back and groin injuries, the Cowboys surrendered six sacks to Adrian ...

AP Top 25 Takeaways: 3 top-10 blowouts reshape playoff race

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer On a Saturday that reshaped the College football Playoff race, three top-10 matchups produced three lopsided games that left Auburn, Miami and Oklahoma with well-defined paths to the final four. Out: Speculation about two SEC teams making the ...

Mayfield, Anderson lead No. 5 Oklahoma past No. 8 TCU

By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Baker Mayfield used his tried-and-true November formula of making spectacular plays and taking advantage of his running game to claim yet another big win. Mayfield threw three touchdown passes, Rodney Anderson had 290 yards from ...