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  • Pittsburgh Pirates' Pedro Alvarez, center, is congratulated by teammates after hitting a home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
    Cole gets 15th win, Pirates top Marlins 2-1

    MIAMI (AP) — Gerrit Cole snapped the longest winless drought of his career, Pedro Alvarez homered and the Pittsburgh Pirates held on to beat the Miami Marlins 2-1 on Thursday night. Catcher Francisco Cervelli tripled and scored in the second inning for the Pirates, who took three out of four in the series. Alvarez made […]

  • Baltimore Orioles left fielder Steve Pearce (28) calls for help after center fielder Adam Jones, left, hit the wall while chasing a fly ball during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
    LEADING OFF: Orioles CF Jones gets checked, Kershaw starts

    A look at what’s happening all around the major leagues today: ___ ARE YOU OK? Orioles star center fielder Adam Jones will get checked out before the game at Texas. He ran into the wall chasing a fly ball in Kansas City on Thursday, and left the game soon after that with whiplash. X-rays on […]

  • Philadelphia Eagles' Sam Bradford looks to pass during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
    Identifying zone-read plays makes it tough to protect QBs

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — If Chip Kelly, Pete Carroll and other NFL coaches want to run zone-read plays, their quarterbacks are fair game — even when they don’t have the ball. The league’s competition committee has made it clear quarterbacks won’t get special protection until they establish a passing posture. The rules aren’t changing this year […]

  • FILE- In this Dec. 29, 2014, file photo, Texas A&M quarterback Kyle Allen (10) passes during the second half of the Liberty Bowl NCAA college football game against West Virginia in Memphis, Tenn. Heisman Trophy winners no longer need preseason hype and this season even the players considered the front-runners are not quite the household names that Mariota was going into his junior year, including Allen. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
    Pick 6: Heisman hopefuls short on preseason hype

    Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota broke a Heisman Trophy trend last season by winning the award after being considered the preseason favorite. Heisman winners no longer need preseason hype — just ask Johnny Manziel, Jameis Winston and Cam Newton who won it as first-time starters — and this season even the players considered the front-runners are […]

  • U.S. Open tennis defending champion Serena Williams gestures during a press conference at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015.  Williams is in position to win a Grand Slam this year if she wins the U.S. Open tennis tournament. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
    A look at Serena Williams’ possible path to true Grand Slam

    Shortly after the draw for the U.S. Open set up Serena Williams’ path to completing a Grand Slam, she offered her own analysis. “It’s not anything simple or easy to go through,” Williams said. Actually, judging by her head-to-head records against many possible opponents, it might be. Still, there are sure to be tests for […]

  • FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2011, file photo, Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster against Wake Forest during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Winston-Salem, N.C. Foster found out quickly that just because his players have extra cash in the form of stipends, it does not mean he can fine them when they screw up. Coaches cannot take away scholarship money, but they can withhold things like tickets, bowl gifts and per diems. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)
    Programs run into pitfalls with fining college players

    Take away game tickets for missing class. Hold back a bowl gift for being late. Maybe even dock a player his $15 per diem for skipping study hall. For years, college football coaches have been coming up with creative ways within NCAA rules to punish players for relatively minor missteps — sometimes hitting them in […]

  • Arbitrator rules against Bonds in collusion case

    NEW YORK (AP) — An arbitrator has ruled against Barry Bonds in a collusion case stemming from his final season in the majors. Major League Baseball was informed this week that arbitrator Fredric Horowitz had ruled in its favor. first reported the decision. Bonds had sought compensation after no teams would take him following […]

  • Jordan Spieth lines up a putt during the first round of The Barclays golf tournament, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Edison, N.J. (Chris Pedota/ via AP)
    Spieth tries to make the cut and stay No. 1

    EDISON, N.J. (AP) — In his first tournament at No. 1 in the world, Jordan Spieth posted his worst score in three months with a 74. Bubba Watson saw the whole thing at The Barclays and offered a simple explanation. “It’s golf,” Watson said Thursday after a 5-under 65 for a four-way tie for the […]

  • Arizona Diamondbacks' Aaron Hill, top, jumps over St. Louis Cardinals' Jason Heyward (22) as Hill throws to first base to get Cardinals' Jhonny Peralta out to turn the double play during the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Phoenix. The Cardinals won 5-3. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
    Sedona Red Recap: Diamondbacks strand runners late, get swept by Cardinals

    For the Arizona Diamondbacks, the best news to come out of Thursday’s game is that they won’t have to face the St. Louis Cardinals anymore this season.

  • Goodyear retiring blimps, rolling out new cigar-shaped craft

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The fabled Goodyear Blimp is retiring. But don’t fret, blimp fans. That big, cigar-shaped thing you’ve seen floating over sports events all your life will still be there. It will also remain instantly recognizable with its blue-and-gold Goodyear logo emblazoned across the side. It just won’t be, well, technically, a blimp. […]