When Shad Khan set out more than a decade ago to become the first member of an ethnic minority to own an NFL team, the Pakistani-American heard the scuttlebutt.
“The conjecture was, ‘You will never get approved, because you’re not white,’” Khan, now the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview this week.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Everybody expected a playoff series for the ages between the century-old rival Dodgers and Giants, and now they've got it.
Anything less than a winner-take-all Game 5 would have been a baseball travesty, leaving the sport short-changed on the October stage.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Sixty seconds in, Costa Rica was celebrating and the U.S. World Cup campaign was spinning out of control.
Sergiño Dest and Tim Weah, two young Americans unscarred by the failure of four years ago, got them back on track.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin moved a couple of steps closer to Wayne Gretzky's goals record, Hendrix Lapierre scored the first of his NHL career and the Washington Capitals made their season opener a great one for scoring instead of fighting.
PHOENIX (AP) — Diana Taurasi spent most of the night being hounded by Chicago's Allie Quigley, an exhausting exercise in an already-tough game, particularly for a 39-year-old.
As Game 2 of the WNBA Finals wound toward a tight finish, the Phoenix Mercury looked to the player recently named the greatest in the WNBA's 25-year history.
HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — Derek Carr walked onto the practice field Wednesday waiting to hear one voice.
“I was waiting for him to click in the headset and start talking to me. Make a joke, make me laugh, get me going, fire me up.”
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Ray Fosse, the strong-armed catcher whose career was upended when he was bowled over by Pete Rose at the 1970 All-Star Game, has died. He was 74.
Carol Fosse, his wife of 51 years, said in a statement online that Fosse died Wednesday after a 16-year bout with cancer.
Tom Brady has a boo-boo. Well, a bit more than that: Brady’s right hand — the one he throws with — was wrapped up earlier this week after he injured it while demolishing Miami’s defense on Sunday.
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — This much is known: Ben Simmons is back in Philadelphia. But there’s no clear sign yet the All-Star guard is set to rescind his trade request and actually play for the 76ers.
Even coach Doc Rivers — publicly, at least — says he’s unsure of the status of the trade demand, the latest wrinkle in the on-again-off-again relationship between Simmons and the Sixers.
It may be a roster like none other.
The Los Angeles Lakers have four of the NBA’s top seven active scorers. The top three leading active rebounders. Three of the top four active leaders in assists.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn held its first “First Night” celebration in two years on Friday, filling Gampel Pavilion with students for the annual unofficial start to the basketball season after having to cancel the event last year because of the pandemic.
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Brittany Force made the quickest run in Bristol Dragway history Friday, powering to the provisional No. 1 spot in Top Fuel qualifying at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.
Force blistered the track record at Thunder Valley with a 3.682-second run at 328.94 mph.
CARY, N.C. (AP) — Scott Parel shot a bogey-free 7-under 65 on Friday to take the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions' SAS Championship.
The 56-year-old Parel birdied Nos. 5-7 and added four more on the back nine on Nos.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Only the San Francisco Giants themselves envisioned a season with success quite like this.
They were all but an afterthought given the defending World Series champion Dodgers and San Diego Padres had been heavy favorites to win the NL West out of spring training.
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Taylor Fritz beat No. 3 seed Alexander Zverev 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3) on Friday to reach the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open in front of a hometown crowd, scoring the biggest win of his young career.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Rory McIlroy was trying to illustrate how deep the talent pool is on the PGA Tour by sharing a story about how impressed he was with Keith Mitchell the first time they played together.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks placed quarterback Russell Wilson and running back Chris Carson on injured reserve Friday, a move that will keep both players out until at least mid-November.
The NFL has found no other current team or league personnel to have sent emails containing racist, homophobic or misogynistic language similar to messages written by Jon Gruden that led to his resignation as Las Vegas Raiders coach, according to a person familiar with the documents.
PANAMÁ (AP) — Panamá deberá disputar el próximo partido de la eliminatoria al Mundial sin público, luego que la FIFA impuso una sanción ante las expresiones homofóbicas coreadas por los aficionados durante los partidos de septiembre.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — It certainly was a big day for Dawn Staley. South Carolina's national championship coach thought it was just as important for women's basketball and gender equity.
Staley and the school announced a new, seven-year contract that will pay her $2.9 million this season and grow to $3.5 million in the final season.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills tight end Dawson Knox has established such a strong rapport with quarterback Josh Allen, the two have begun finishing each other's sentences.
“Just the little things you do start to add up,” Knox said following a 43-21 win over Washington in Week 3, referring to his sudden jump in production.
About a third of the starting quarterbacks have already missed time because of injuries, and Richard Sherman’s return to the NFL was hastened by Tampa Bay’s need at cornerback.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) —
At age 30 and after five suspensions handed out by the NFL for violations of the league’s substance abuse policies that cost him three full seasons, wide receiver Josh Gordon describes his landing with the Kansas City Chiefs as “a dream destination.”
HOUSTON (AP) — Astros ace Lance McCullers Jr. has been left off Houston's roster for the AL Championship Series against Boston because of a strained muscle in arm, a huge blow to a team looking to advance to the World Series for the second time in three seasons.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Six games into the season, the Philadelphia Eagles are still seeking an identity.
Nick Sirianni’s play-calling has been questionable, quarterback Jalen Hurts has been inconsistent and defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon’s unit struggles against elite teams.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Less than a week after sustaining a scary concussion against the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones has been cleared to play against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett is tackling quarterbacks on the field and burying them in his front yard.
The NFL sacks leader has decorated the lawn of his suburban home with mock gravestones of seven opposing quarterbacks, including Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger, Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson and Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith is questionable for Sunday's game at New England because of another neck issue for the seven-time Pro Bowler.
The team said results of an MRI were favorable, and general manager/owner Jerry Jones said on his radio show Friday he expected Smith to play.
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (4-1) at BALTIMORE (4-1)
Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, CBS
OPENING LINE: Ravens by 3 1/2, according to FanDuel SportsBook.
TCU (3-2, 1-1 Big 12) at Oklahoma (6-0, 3-0), Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EDT (ABC).
Line: Oklahoma by 13 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay’s injury-riddled defense has yet to hit its stride this season. However, the Buccaneers continue to thrive with an offense that’s become even more potent with the re-emergence of Leonard Fournette.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger is encouraged. The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, however, is not convinced his team's early offensive struggles are firmly in the rearview mirror.
Yes, there were signs of progress last week against Denver.
SOTOGRANDE, Spain (AP) — Jon Rahm’s woes back in Spain worsened when he failed to make the cut at the Andalucía Masters on Friday.
The top-ranked Rahm shot 3-over 74 through the second round, finishing with a share of 99th place and 14 strokes off the lead of Romain Langasque.
HOUSTON (AP) — Bill Miller will be the umpire crew chief for the AL Championship Series that starts Friday night in Houston and Jerry Meals will lead the crew for the NL Championship Series.
The Boston Red Sox visit the Astros for Game 1 of their best-of-seven matchup.
PARIS (AP) — Runaway French leader Paris Saint-Germain needed a late penalty from striker Kylian Mbappe to come from behind and scrape a 2-1 win against Angers on Friday.
PSG won its opening eight games but was soundly beaten by Rennes in its last game and looked out of sorts again without managing a shot on target in the first half.
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Wide receiver Mike Williams is questionable for the Los Angeles Chargers' key AFC matchup against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday due to a knee injury.
Coach Brandon Staley said Williams' knee had some swelling after last Sunday's 47-42 win over the Cleveland Browns.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee wide receiver Julio Jones practiced for a third straight day Friday. So too A.J. Brown.
The Titans will have their pair of Pro Bowl receivers available Monday night against the Buffalo Bills.
NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL suspended Detroit Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin for a game for roughing Tampa Bay forward Mathieu Joseph.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Zach Ertz had the unique opportunity to play one more game in Philadelphia, knowing he would be traded to the Arizona Cardinals.
He scored a touchdown, spiked the ball and cried for 30 minutes at his locker after the Eagles lost to Tampa Bay on Thursday night.
HOFFENHEIM, Germany (AP) — Ambitious Cologne came back to earth with a resounding thud as Hoffenheim turned on the style to win 5-0 in the Bundesliga on Friday.
Cologne was sixth before kickoff but its strong form came with a little weakness considering it had conceded at least one goal in every game, and Hoffenheim exploited that fully to prove it plays better against the leading sides.
ATLANTA (AP) — Max Scherzer is expected to throw the Los Angeles Dodgers' first pitch in the NL Championship Series only two days after delivering the final pitch in their NL Division Series-clinching win.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers aren’t striking gold as often as before whenever they get near the goal line. It’s been an entirely different story for Packers opponents.
Green Bay boasted the NFL’s best red-zone offense last season, though the Packers call that area the gold zone instead as a nod to offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett’s love for the Mike Myers movie “Austin Powers in Goldmember.”
BOSTON (AP) — Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy has big plans for his newfound money after signing an eight-year, $76 million contract extension.
“I might go get my dog a handful of bones,” he said Friday after agreeing to the deal that could keep him in Boston through 2030.
A capsule look at the best-of-seven American League Championship Series between the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros:
Schedule: (All times EDT) Game 1, Friday, at Houston, 8:07 p.m.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos are celebrating Mike Shanahan's coaching contributions this weekend.
The two-time Super Bowl winner who holds the franchise record with 146 victories between 1995 and 2008, including eight playoff wins, will go into the Broncos' Ring of Fame during halftime of the Raiders-Broncos game Sunday.