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Sunday in the parks: The playoffs, NFL, a no-hitter and more

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Sports Writer LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — In a year where good days seem in short supply, sports delivered one. The NFL roared back to life, even if the roar was from fans who weren't in the stadiums. Baseball saw a no-hitter. The NBA and NHL playoffs continued. Men's ...

Djokovic says he learned a ‘big lesson’ from US Open default

By ANDREW DAMPF AP Sports Writer ROME (AP) — Novak Djokovic learned "a big lesson" after being disqualified from the U.S. Open for unintentionally hitting a line judge in the throat with a ball. The incident eight days ago marked a stunning end to Djokovic's 29-match winning streak and his ...

AP Top 25 Reality Check: When streaks end, but not really

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer For the first time since the end of the 2011 season, Ohio State is not ranked in the AP Top 25. The Buckeyes' streak of 132 straight poll appearances is the second-longest active streak in the country, behind Alabama's 198. Of course, in this ...

Detroit Lions collapse late in season-opening 27-23 home loss to Chicago Bears

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer DETROIT — If the Detroit Lions’ first game was any indication, their “Dagger Time” mantra could use some sharpening. For a second consecutive season, the Lions blew a big fourth-quarter lead in their opening game. This year was worse, however. Detroit ...

Chicago White Sox finish sweep of Detroit Tigers with 5-2 win Sunday

By JOHN JACKSON Associated Press CHICAGO — Eloy Jimenez homered, Yoan Moncada had three hits and the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 5-2 on Sunday for their fourth straight win. AL Central-leading Chicago tuned up for a big series against Minnesota with its ninth consecutive ...

Lower Peninsula tennis changes

EAST LANSING — The Executive Committee of the Michigan High School Athletic Association on Thursday approved an adjusted format for this fall’s Lower Peninsula boys tennis postseason to reduce the opportunity for spread of COVID-19 while still awarding team and No. 1 singles champions in ...

Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions hope to start strong after disappointing years

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer DETROIT — The Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions will kick off their seasons in the Motor City, desperately hoping to bounce back from disappointment. Chicago’s quest seems a little less challenging. The Bears did win eight games last year, but missed the ...

Detroit Tigers earn twinbill split after makeup games at St. Louis

By STEVE OVERBEY Associated Press ST. LOUIS — Jeimer Candelario capped off a two-homer day with a two-run, bases-loaded single in the seventh inning to help the Detroit Tigers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 on Thursday for a doubleheader split. “We needed that,” Detroit manager Ron ...