Champion Patriots open vs. Steelers; 5 international games
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL's 100th season will begin with its most classic rivalry and feature the Super Bowl champion Patriots hosting Pittsburgh in the first Sunday night game.
Ticket sales: The least understood side of the Olympics
TOKYO (AP) — It's Olympic ticket sales time again, perhaps the least understood side of the games. "Time flies," said Kosuke Kitajima, a four-time Olympic swimming gold medalist from Japan.
Garoppolo recovering well from major left knee injury
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Jimmy Garoppolo has resumed throwing and taking drop backs as he rehabilitates from a major knee injury that derailed his first full season as San Francisco's starting quarterback.
Network bosses pleased with NFL TV packages for this season
Howard Katz has the most unenviable task in the National Football League. As the league's senior vice president of broadcasting and media operations, he is the point person for formulating the schedule and trying to make the executives of the league's four broadcast partners happy.
Pelicans' Griffin: Gentry staying, and perhaps Davis, too
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The Pelicans newly hired top basketball executive said he's keeping coach Alvin Gentry and wouldn't rule out the possibility of talking six-time All-Star Anthony Davis into rescinding his trade request and committing to New Orleans long-term.
Gardner slam lifts Yanks over Red Sox 5-3 for 2-game sweep
NEW YORK (AP) — Brett Gardner smiled through the fog left from a gaudy celebration in the New York Yankees clubhouse, part of the new postgame routine that includes the razzle-dazzle of a smoke machine and strobe lights.
Antetokounpo leads Bucks past Pistons for 2-0 series lead
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Saddled with early foul trouble and faced with an aggressive defensive scheme that kept him in check for the first two quarters, Giannis Antetokounmpo set the tone immediately in the second half.
Pastrnak scores twice, Bruins beat Maple Leafs to tie series
TORONTO (AP) — With the Maple Leafs buzzing and Scotiabank Arena rocking after Toronto tied it early in second period, the Boston Bruins needed a push from their dormant stars.
Price criticizes MLB for teams idle on Jackie Robinson Day
NEW YORK (AP) — Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price thinks Major League Baseball made a mistake by having just 10 games Monday on Jackie Robinson Day.
Irving scores 37, Celtics beat Pacers 99-91 for 2-game lead
BOSTON (AP) — A poor third quarter did the Indiana Pacers in during Game 1 of their first-round series with the Boston Celtics. In Game 2, Boston seized on a fourth-quarter collapse by Indiana.
Anderson spikes bat, gets drilled; Royals top Chisox in 10
CHICAGO (AP) — Tim Anderson says he isn't sure what he did to rile up the opposing pitcher or get ejected from the game. But he's certain of this much: He's not changing his ways.
Judge bars release of Kraft massage videos before hearing
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors can't release undercover video of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and others allegedly receiving sex acts at a Florida massage parlor until a Florida judge rules later this month.
Lillard, Westbrook, Beverley playing with intensified edge
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard stared intently well after his deep, buzzer-beating 3-pointer fell to close out Portland's third quarter against the Thunder.
Golden Knights one win from advancing to 2nd round again
The Vegas Golden Knights are on the brink of reaching the second round for the second time in their two-year history. A year after advancing all the way to the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season, the Golden Knights are one win away from moving past the San Jose Sharks in the postseason again as the teams head into Game 5 (10 p.m.
Warriors, Spurs try to forget blown chances for 2-0 leads
The Golden State Warriors are trying to regain the lead in a series they probably still can't believe is tied. Same with the San Antonio Spurs, who like the Warriors know they are facing an opponent who won't stay down no matter how far they fall down.
Wacha, Cardinals cool off Yelich, beat Brewers 6-3
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Michael Wacha effectively cooled off NL MVP Christian Yelich, and the St. Louis Cardinals finally broke through against the reigning division champs.
'We're excited': Knicks have hopes for lottery, free agency
NEW YORK (AP) — The first big stop for James Dolan's plane will be to pick up Patrick Ewing, if the Hall of Famer wants a lift to Chicago to represent the Knicks at the draft lottery.
Injured DeMarcus Cousins unlikely to return this postseason
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Center DeMarcus Cousins is unlikely to return this postseason for the Golden State Warriors yet won't require surgery on his torn left quadriceps muscle.
Royals hit Anderson after ChiSox SS flips bat; benches clear
CHICAGO (AP) — White Sox youngster Tim Anderson was drilled by a fastball two innings after emphatically spiking his bat to celebrate a home run, sparking a benches-clearing fracas with the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.
Arrieta pitches into 9th, Phillies hold off Mets 3-2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jake Arrieta looks like an ace again. Arrieta pitched neatly into the ninth inning, Scott Kingery and Cesar Hernandez hit solo homers and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets 3-2 Wednesday.
AP Top 25 Podcast: New coaches facing toughest challenges
Not all new coaches face the same challenges in college football. Who has the toughest task ahead of him in 2019? On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports joins AP's Ralph Russo to talk about which first-year coaches have their work cut out for them.
WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart tears Achilles tendon in right leg
NEW YORK (AP) — Reigning WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart is expected to miss the upcoming season after she ruptured the Achilles tendon in her right ankle.
LeBron James to be executive producer of boxing series
NEW YORK (AP) — LeBron James is getting into the boxing business. James is an executive producer of "40 Days," a documentary series about the buildup to big fights that will debut with a focus on the middleweight unification bout between Canelo Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs.
Fun and exciting, Ajax back in Champions League semifinals
MILAN (AP) — Ajax is a team that many soccer fans around the world just love to love, especially when they win with flair in a competition like the Champions League.
Olympic silver medalist also has testosterone condition
Caster Semenya's closest rival also has a condition that gives her high levels of naturally occurring testosterone and would be affected if track and field's governing body implements a contentious rule to control hormone levels.