• Blazers spoil LeBron's Lakers debut
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    Blazers spoil LeBron's Lakers debut

    Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 49 points, and Nik Stauskas matched his career high with 24 points in his first appearance in a Portland uniform, leading the Trail Blazers past the visiting Los Angeles Lakers 128-119 Thursday night in the season opener for both teams. LeBron James collected

  • NHL roundup: Avalanche hand Devils first loss
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    NHL roundup: Avalanche hand Devils first loss

    Gabriel Landeskog recorded his third career hat trick by scoring the tiebreaking goal with 3:22 remaining on Thursday, and the visiting Colorado Avalanche recorded a 5-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils, who became the last NHL team to lose a game this season. Landeskog completed his first hat trick

  • Price-less: Red Sox KO Astros to reach World Series
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    Price-less: Red Sox KO Astros to reach World Series

    J.D. Martinez and Rafael Devers clubbed home runs, David Price twirled six scoreless innings, and the Boston Red Sox eliminated the defending champion Houston Astros with a 4-1 victory in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series on Thursday. The Red Sox claimed the final four games of the series

  • Broncos pound Cardinals, end four-game losing streak
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    Broncos pound Cardinals, end four-game losing streak

    The visiting Denver Broncos returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the first quarter and coasted to a 45-10 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night in Glendale, Ariz. Emmanuel Sanders caught six passes for 102 yards and a touchdown and threw for another, as Denver (3-4) snapped a

  • Riley: Heat 'pulling the plug' on Butler trade talks
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    Riley: Heat 'pulling the plug' on Butler trade talks

    Miami Heat president of basketball operations Pat Riley told the team's players that he is "pulling the plug" on trade talks involving Jimmy Butler, multiple media outlets reported Thursday. Butler, the disgruntled Minnesota Timberwolves star, requested a trade before finally reporting

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    Holdout Steelers RB Bell supports teammates from afar

    Le'Veon Bell likely has more than a few detractors in the Pittsburgh Steelers' front office. The veteran running back has not reported to the team this season as he seeks a more lucrative contract -- a demand the Steelers have not yet been willing to meet. Conner, the replacement starter, said

  • Pacquiao plans to fight Broner in U.S. return
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    Pacquiao plans to fight Broner in U.S. return

    Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao is ready to get back in the ring in the United States for the first time since 2016 -- against American Adrien Broner. Pacquiao announced Thursday in a news conference in Manila that he wants to defend his secondary welterweight world title in January. The fight

  • Jury deliberations to begin Monday in basketball corruption trial
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    Jury deliberations to begin Monday in basketball corruption trial

    Kansas coach Bill Self was aware of -- and requested -- an improper payment to at least one recruit, an attorney representing one of three men charged in a pay-for-play scheme reiterated in closing arguments on Thursday. In his statement that lasted one hour and 10 minutes, attorney Michael S. Schachter

  • Take 5: Battle in Baltimore highlights Week 7
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    Take 5: Battle in Baltimore highlights Week 7

    Sunday brings the second matchup in three weeks featuring the league's best scoring offense and best scoring defense, this time when the New Orleans Saints (36 points per game) visit the Baltimore Ravens (12.8 allowed per game). This one should look entirely different than the Jaguars-Chiefs clash

  • New city, same goal for LeBron: a championship
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    New city, same goal for LeBron: a championship

    LeBron James had a message for his new coach, Luke Walton, after the Los Angeles Lakers' shootaround Thursday morning: He doesn't want to rest. "I'm always fresh," James said in advance of the team's season opener in Portland, per ESPN. Walton said earlier this week that James

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    ATP roundup: Isner put to test at Stockholm

    Top-seeded American John Isner was put through the wringer before ultimately defeating compatriot Bradley Klahn 7-6 (2), 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5) and advancing to the quarterfinals at the Intrum Stockholm Open in Sweden. Isner, playing in his first ATP match since losing in the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open

  • Hamilton: Crazy to match F1 'godfather' Fangio's five
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    Hamilton: Crazy to match F1 'godfather' Fangio's five

    Fangio was, until Michael Schumacher won seven titles, the man with the most and the 1950s champion remains revered as possibly the greatest driver of all time and certainly of his deadly era. Hamilton can equal the South American's haul on Sunday with three races to spare, the 33-year-old Mercedes

  • Lakers must choose between winning now and building for future: Barkley
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    Lakers must choose between winning now and building for future: Barkley

    James, who in July signed a four-year, $154 million contract with the Lakers, joins a roster that includes promising but untested players like 20-year-old Lonzo Ball, 21-year-old Brandon Ingram and 23-year-olds Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart. Friction between the two groups will hurt team chemistry and hold

  • Motor racing: Perez sees bright future for reborn Force India
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    Motor racing: Perez sees bright future for reborn Force India

    "We have very promising times ahead of us." Force India have yet to name their other driver but there is no doubt it will be Canadian Lance Stroll, whose billionaire father Lawrence heads a consortium that now controls the Silverstone-based outfit. Perez, whose extension effectively means

  • Motor racing: I should have done better, says Vettel
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    Motor racing: I should have done better, says Vettel

    The German is 67 points behind Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton, who can instead become a five-time champion in Texas on Sunday. Asked at the U.S. Grand Prix whether he accepted Mercedes had done a better job than Ferrari, Vettel was clear: "So far, yes. Hamilton went on to win.

  • Tennis: Kyrgios ends season after pulling out of Kremlin Cup
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    Tennis: Kyrgios ends season after pulling out of Kremlin Cup

    Australian Nick Kyrgios has called time on his season after pulling out of the Kremlin Cup on Thursday with a recurrence of an elbow injury. Kyrgios, seeded fifth at the Moscow event, had been due to face Bosnia-Herzegovina's Mirza Basic. "Sorry guys, I won't be able to play today, this

  • Blackhawks G Crawford to start on Thursday
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    Blackhawks G Crawford to start on Thursday

    Corey Crawford will be between the pipes for the first time in nearly 10 months when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night. Crawford hasn't been in the net since suffering a concussion on Dec. 23. "I'm sure he's looking forward to it, and we're all excited

  • Bulls PG Dunn absent for 'personal matter'
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    Bulls PG Dunn absent for 'personal matter'

    Chicago Bulls point guard Kris Dunn will miss the team's season opener Thursday night at Philadelphia to attend to a "personal matter," coach Fred Hoiberg announced. Forward Lauri Markkanen sprained his elbow in training camp and isn't expected back until late November. Hoiberg did

  • NFL notebook: Dolphins' Tannehill not facing surgery
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    NFL notebook: Dolphins' Tannehill not facing surgery

    Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill faces an "uphill challenge" in his recovery from a shoulder injury and is unlikely to play next Thursday against the Houston Texans, according to a report by ESPN. Tannehill was ruled out of Miami's Week 7 game against the Detroit Lions by coach

  • Cowboys WR Williams suspended three games
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    Cowboys WR Williams suspended three games

    The NFL has suspended Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams for three games, presumably because of his offseason DUI arrest. Williams is on the injured reserve list with a foot injury, so that means the Cowboys won't have to pay him his salary during the three weeks of suspension. The

  • U.S. sports leagues could reap $4.2 billion a year from legal betting: survey
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    U.S. sports leagues could reap $4.2 billion a year from legal betting: survey

    The findings could fuel a long-simmering feud between the gaming industry and American sports leagues, who want a share of the gambling revenue as U.S. states begin to legalize sports betting. The National Football League is likely to make the most, with a projected $2.33 billion of additional annual

  • Alonso hails Hamilton as one of the F1 greats
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    Alonso hails Hamilton as one of the F1 greats

    The pair were fractious team mates at McLaren in Hamilton's 2007 debut season, with the youngster ending that campaign as runner-up and ahead of the double world champion Spaniard who then left. "I'm happy for him because he showed the talent from day one," Alonso told reporters at

  • Mick Schumacher '100 percent' will be in F1, says Hamilton
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    Mick Schumacher '100 percent' will be in F1, says Hamilton

    The 19-year-old German won the European Formula Three championship with a Mercedes-powered team last weekend and is now qualified to race in Formula One, although he is expected to move to Formula Two next year. Schumacher senior remains the sport's most successful driver, with a record seven world

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    Tennis: Sevastova battles past Zvonareva into Moscow semis

    Latvian Anastasija Sevastova rallied from a set down to defeat qualifier Vera Zvonareva 4-6 7-5 6-3 in the quarter-finals of the Kremlin Cup on Thursday. Sevastova, who endured tough three-setters in the previous two rounds, kept alive her hopes of breaking into the world's top 10 for the first

  • Former USA Gymnastics boss arrested for Nassar evidence-tampering
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    Former USA Gymnastics boss arrested for Nassar evidence-tampering

    Steve Penny, the former USA Gymnastics president, was arrested on Wednesday night in Tennessee on charges he tampered with evidence in the case of Larry Nassar, the disgraced team doctor convicted of sexually assaulting athletes, the U.S. Marshals Service said. Penny is due to be extradited to Walker