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Ineos riders’ dominance under threat at Tour de France

By SAMUEL PETREQUIN AP Sports Writer NICE (AP) — The dominant force at the Tour de France for most of the last decade, the Ineos team of defending champion Egan Bernal is seeing its dominance challenged, and this year's race could well be the one marking a major shift of power in ...

Multi-position players boost options in pandemic season

By AARON BEARD AP Sports Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's Trey Morrison entered preseason camp set to play nickelback, only to start working at free safety with the goal of being ready to play anywhere in the secondary on short notice. That's because the 18th-ranked Tar Heels, ...

9 NFL teams cancel practice in response to Blake shooting

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. AP Pro Football Writer FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Empty practice fields made for loud and powerful statements at nine facilities across the NFL. The Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Chargers, New York ...

Reds sweep Brewers as teams resume play following protest

By JIM HOEHN Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wade Miley allowed one hit over four scoreless innings to help the Cincinnati Reds to a 6-0 victory and doubleheader sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night, one day after both teams opted not to play to protest racial injustice. The ...

Cam Newton slowly making his way into Patriots’ culture

By KYLE HIGHTOWER AP Sports Writer FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Cam Newton isn't concerned with whether he's the front-runner to be the Patriots' starting quarterback. For now, strengthening the bonds he's building with his new teammates and getting a deeper grasp of the playbook is what's ...

NCAA probe of LSU’s Wade includes offers to 11 players

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — NCAA enforcement officials say LSU basketball coach Will Wade is suspected of offering or providing "impermissible benefits" to 11 prospective recruits or people associated with them. The allegation is detailed in documents made public Wednesday by LSU. The documents ...

Myers scores early in OT, Flyers even series with Islanders

TORONTO (AP) — Phillippe Myers scored 2:40 into overtime to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders on Wednesday, tying the second-round playoff series at a game apiece. The Islanders overcame a 3-0 first-period deficit, with Jean-Gabriel Pageau getting the ...

Reds-Brews, M’s-Padres games off in wake of Kenosha shooting

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) — A pair of Major League Baseball games were postponed Wednesday as players across the sports landscape reacted in the wake of the weekend shooting by police of Jacob Blake, a Black man, in Wisconsin. Games between the Cincinnati Reds and ...

Freeman’s 2-run HR lifts Braves to sweep of slumping Yankees

By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Freddie Freeman hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning off Chad Green and the Atlanta Braves rallied to beat the New York Yankees 2-1 on Wednesday night to sweep a doubleheader. The Yankees have lost five straight. In the opener, Ian ...