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Alabama starts atop AP poll for 2nd straight year
No need to overthink it: Alabama is No. 1 in the AP preseason Top 25....

AP source: NFL, Goodell working on 5-year contract extension
Commissioner Roger Goodell is on track to maintain his prominent place at the table for the next round of collective bargaining between NFL owners and players, a process that's sure to be contentious....

Baseball fans flock to minor league stadiums to see eclipse
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Baseball fans in more than a half-dozen cities from Oregon to South Carolina crowded into minor league ballparks Monday to watch the solar eclipse at game-day viewing parties....

Column: Purists eager for fight after Mayweather-McGregor
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Look at any boxing website, and the comments will largely all be the same....

Column: NASCAR needs to speak up amid US turmoil
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Fans turn to sports for entertainment, a respite from the stress of the real world. They say they don't want politics mixed in with sports, they just want to enjoy the show....

Boldin turns focus from NFL to bridging racial divisions
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- A deadly, racially charged conflict in Charlottesville, Virginia, caused Anquan Boldin to re-assess his priorities and led to the Buffalo Bills receiver's decision to retire after 14 NFL seasons....

Man who shot judge was father of player convicted of rape
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A man who shot and wounded a judge outside a county courthouse before being gunned down by a probation officer was the father of a high school football player who was convicted of rape in 2013, authorities said Monday....

Azarenka withdraws from US Open amid child custody dispute
NEW YORK (AP) -- Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka withdrew from the U.S. Open on Monday because she was unable to resolve a custody dispute with her infant son's father....

NBA investigating Lakers amid George tampering allegation
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NBA is investigating whether the Los Angeles Lakers tampered with All-Star forward Paul George while he was under contract with the Indiana Pacers....

Trevor Siemian wins Broncos quarterback job again
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- Vance Joseph was admittedly enamored of the idea of a towering, chuck-it-or-tuck-it quarterback with first-round pedigree and a lightning bolt for a right arm leading the Denver Broncos in 2017....

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