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Mercedes calls for change after crash between title rivals

By DANIELLA MATAR Associated Press MONZA, Italy (AP) — Two of Formula One's top drivers have been involved in two potentially life-threatening crashes in as many months. Something needs to change. At the British Grand Prix in July, Max Verstappen ended up in the hospital after tangling ...

Robinson, Pepi, US flip WCup qualifier, beat Honduras 4-1

By RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (AP) — The United States was skidding to another World Cup qualifying failure when Antonee Robinson entered, quickly tied the score and celebrated with a backward somersault. The entire game soon flipped. Ricardo Pepi put the U.S. ...

Set down, Djokovic tops Berrettini at Open, nears The Grand Slam

By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Never fazed, rarely flummoxed, Novak Djokovic is so collected in best-of-five-set matches — even when falling behind, as he has done repeatedly at the U.S. Open. No opponent, or the prospect of what's at stake, has been too much to ...

State of Iowa steps into Big Ten spotlight for Cy-Hawk game

By ERIC OLSON AP College Football Writer Things to watch during Week 2 of play in the Big Ten Conference: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 10 Iowa at No. 9 Iowa State This is the most anticipated Cy-Hawk game since the series began in 1884. ESPN's College GameDay will be in Ames for what marks the ...

Big 12 This Week: No. 9 Iowa State biggest rivalry game yet

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer Some things to watch in Week 2 of the Big 12 Conference: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 9 Iowa State vs. No. 10 Iowa. The Cyclones' instate rivalry game has never been so big. Both teams are ranked in the Top 25 for the first time when meeting in the Cy-Hawk rivalry ...

LEADING OFF: Dodgers’ Urías seeks MLB-leading 17th win

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ COUNTING UP Dodgers lefty Julio Urías (16-3, 3.11 ERA) tries to add to his major league-leading win total when he pitches at St. Louis. The 25-year-old is 7-0 in his last 12 starts. In that span, he ...

NFL QB youth movement features 13 starters 25 or younger

By JOSH DUBOW AP Pro Football Writer There's a quarterback youth movement that has hit the NFL. With five QBs drafted in the first round for the second time in the past four seasons, the NFL has a staggering number of young quarterbacks led by the three projected rookie starters: Trevor ...

College Football Picks: Big week for No. 12 Oregon, Pac-12

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer UCLA won't be around to bail out the Pac-12 this weekend. The Bruins' victory against LSU was the highlight of an otherwise unimpressive Week 1 for the West Coast's Power Five conference. The Pac-12 North was especially bad, going 1-5 with losses ...

Roethlisberger on T.J. Watt’s contract status: Pay the man

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Steelers All-Pro linebacker T.J. Watt has an ally in his contract negotiations: Ben Roethlisberger. The veteran quarterback said Wednesday he believes Watt "should get whatever he wants" as he tries to lock down a new deal before Sunday's opener at Buffalo. Watt, a ...

Soccer leagues resist FIFA plan for World Cup every 2 years

ZURICH (AP) — The global group of national soccer leagues said Wednesday it will oppose FIFA's plans to play the men's World Cup every two years. "A biennial World Cup would negatively disrupt the football economy and undermine players' welfare in a calendar that is already overloaded," the ...