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Tight games this weekend, with one upset projected

By Barry Wilner AP Pro Football Writer Aaron, meet Aaron. And Aaron. Aaron Donald, the unanimous All-Pro defensive tackle who owns a couple of Defensive Player of the Year awards, certainly hopes to meet fellow All-Pro Aaron Rodgers on Saturday — in the Packers' backfield. Donald hopes ...

AP source: LeMahieu, Yanks work on $90 million, 6-year deal

By Ronald Blum AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees and AL batting champion DJ LeMahieu worked Friday to put in place a six-year contract worth about $90 million, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity ...

NBA fines Irving $50,000 for health, safety violations

By Brian Mahoney AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving's absence from the Brooklyn Nets has cost him nearly $1 million. The NBA fined the point guard $50,000 on Friday for violating its health and safety protocols, and said he could return to team activities Saturday. The ...

Judge, Yankees agree at to $10,175,000, 1-year contract

NEW YORK (AP) — Slugging outfielder Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees avoided arbitration when they agreed Friday to a one-year contract worth $10,175,000. Judge had his third straight injury-interrupted season since winning the 2017 AL Rookie of the Year award, hitting .257 with nine ...

Bills’ dynamic Allen-Diggs duo ‘just scratching the surface’

By John Wawrow AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Receiver Stefon Diggs isn't altogether content with how he and quarterback Josh Allen have teamed up to rewrite several pages of the Buffalo Bills' single-season record book. Acquired in a trade with Minnesota in March, Diggs ...

A wearable tech defense vs COVID-19 in world juniors bubble

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — What looks like a thin pack of gum is attached to Braden Schneider's event credential at the world junior hockey championship. It's a beacon providing both contact tracing capability should the Canadian defenseman test positive for COVID-19 and a warning if he stands ...

Padres acquire Darvish in blockbuster trade with Cubs on Tuesday night

By Jay Cohen AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — San Diego Padres general manager A.J. Preller reunited with an old friend in another blockbuster move Tuesday night. The aggressive Padres got Yu Darvish in a trade with the Chicago Cubs, adding another ace to their rotation after announcing a ...

Florida-Oklahoma in Cotton Bowl dozen years after title game

By Stephen Hawkins AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dan Mullen has been part of two national championships with Florida, the last for the Gators coming in a win over Oklahoma in his final game as their offensive coordinator before leaving for his first head coaching job. That BCS ...

No preseason, no problem: NFL rookies shine in strange year

By Mark Long AP Pro Football Writer Facing fourth-and-goal at the 1 in the third quarter against the Los Angeles Rams, the New York Jets turned to veteran Frank Gore — along with rookie Mekhi Becton. The critical play called for Gore to run behind Becton, a 6-foot-7, 363-pound left ...

Arizona men’s basketball self-imposes 1-year postseason ban

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona men's basketball program has self-imposed a one-year postseason ban related to its long-running NCAA rules infractions case. Arizona was accused of nine counts of misconduct, including five Level I violations, in a Notice of Allegations sent by the NCAA in ...