Ex-USA Gymnastics head indicted in Texas on tampering charge
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Former USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny was arrested Wednesday after a Texas grand jury indicted him, alleging he tampered with evidence in the sexual assault investigation of now-imprisoned gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.
LEADING OFF: Sale on hold, Astros under scrutiny, NLCS shift
A look at what's happening around the majors Thursday: SALE ON HOLD Red Sox ace Chris Sale is still feeling weak and trying to regain lost weight after a stomach illness forced him to spend a night in the hospital after he started the ALCS opener against the Astros.
MLB says Astros doing surveillance, not spying in dugouts
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Houston Astros didn't cheat. They didn't want to get cheated. That's their story, and Major League Baseball agrees.
Knicks overwhelm Young, Hawks 126-107 in Fizdale's debut
NEW YORK (AP) — The nervous Knicks had missed their first nine shots and just needed somebody to make one to get them started. Turned out to be a fan.
Kershaw dominant, Dodgers beat Brewers 5-2, lead NLCS 3-2
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw put his previous flop behind him and pushed the Los Angeles Dodgers forward — one victory from a return trip to the World Series.
Fan interference wipes out possible homer for Altuve in ALCS
HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve was denied a potential two-run homer for the Houston Astros in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series when umpires ruled at least one fan interfered with Mookie Betts' attempt at a leaping catch above the right-field wall Wednesday night.
Sale not ready to pitch for Red Sox in Game 5 of ALCS
HOUSTON (AP) — Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale was still feeling weak Wednesday and won't start Game 5 of the AL Championship Series.
Animation film fest rescinds Kobe Bryant invite after outcry
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant was dropped Wednesday from the jury of an animated film festival after calls for the former NBA star's ouster over a 2003 rape allegation.
Smith, Carlos set fear aside as they raised their fists
Tommie Smith and John Carlos insist fear was not a factor in their thinking when they reached the medals stand at the Mexico City Olympics.
Jury hears closing arguments at college hoops fraud trial
NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers at a trial exploring corruption in big-time college basketball clashed in closing arguments Wednesday over the question of whether major programs were harmed by an alleged scheme to give secret cash payments to the families of top recruits.
Canelo Alvarez inks $365M deal with streaming service DAZN
NEW YORK (AP) — Canelo Alvarez is boxing's new $365 million man. Alvarez has signed an 11-fight deal that his promotional company says is the richest athlete contract in sports history, guaranteeing the Mexican middleweight champion at least that much money to have his fights shown on the sports-streaming service DAZN, beginning with his next bout.
Yanks SS Gregorius has Tommy John surgery, return uncertain
NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius has undergone Tommy John surgery on his right elbow that is expected to keep him out of action for much of next season.
Dodgers' Machado fined by MLB for kicking Brewers 1B Aguilar
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dodgers star Manny Machado has been fined by Major League Baseball for kicking Milwaukee first baseman Jesus Aguilar in the NL Championship Series.
NFL officiating not a hot topic in formal owners meetings
NEW YORK (AP) — NFL officiating was not a hot topic in the formal owners meetings that ended Wednesday, Commissioner Roger Goodell noted.
Broncos, Cardinals in Thursday matchup of struggling teams
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals can't run the football. The Denver Broncos can't stop the run. So maybe the ground game will be the deciding factor when these two struggling teams meet on Thursday night.
Bellinger hitting leadoff for Dodgers vs Brewers in Game 5
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cody Bellinger is leading off for the Dodgers in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series on Wednesday, hours after his game-winning single pulled Los Angeles into a 2-all tie with Milwaukee in the best-of-seven series.
Colorado receiver honors late father with play, dreadlocks
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Away from the field, he's just Laviska Shenault Jr. — a mild-mannered, soft-spoken person who doesn't like the spotlight.
AP sources: NFL looking into Tannehill injury
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase described quarterback Ryan Tannehill's worsening injury last week as unusual, and now it has drawn the interest of the NFL.
AP Top 25 Podcast: Best offensive lines in college football
The best offensive lines are greater than the sum of their parts. Former Notre Dame star offensive lineman Aaron Taylor, now an analyst for CBS Sports, is one of the driving forces behind the Joe Moore Award, which honors the best offensive line in the college football.
College Football Picks: ACC showcase could be first and last
The Atlantic Coast Conference has yet to have a big game this season and might not have another one after Saturday until its conference championship game.
Spiraling Broncos head to Arizona on Thursday night
Things are spiraling in Denver. At least the Broncos won't have to worry about the cold and the snow when they journey to Arizona for a Thursday night game.
Dabo Swinney, Ryan Finley among ACC's first-half winners
ATLANTA (AP) — This has not been a run-of-the-mill first half of the season for the Atlantic Coast Conference. Sure, No. 3 Clemson looks as strong as ever, but who saw a change coming at quarterback while the Tigers were undefeated? That's only one of the ACC's surprises that set the pace for some unlikely highlights and low points midway through the season.
All current US champions to compete at Skate America
For the season following an Olympics, when the world's best figure skaters tend to take a break, Skate America certainly is packed with top U.S.
APNewsBreak: Commish: 1 women's hockey league 'inevitable'
Players want a single North American women's professional hockey league. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman does, too. And now National Women's Hockey League founder and Commissioner Dani Rylan is on record saying she is working toward that objective.
Wickenheiser, Pegula reflect NHL's trend toward diversity
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — With a laugh, Kim Pegula's competitive nature kicked in when the subject of the Toronto Maple Leafs hiring Hayley Wickenheiser was broached.

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