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Johan Oviedo tied his career high with seven strikeouts in seven innings, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs 6-0 to snap an eight-game losing streak. Oviedo (4-2) retired the final 16 batters he faced, allowing just three hits on 82 pitches without issuing a walk. The right-hander went at least seven innings for the first time this season and second time in 24 career starts. The Pirates (56-96) ended Chicago’s four-game winning streak, and now must win at least seven of their final 10 games to avoid reaching 100 losses for the 10th time. Wade Miley (1-2) gave up one hit over the next three innings before leaving with left oblique tightness in the fifth.

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Tailback Israel Abanikanda rushed for four touchdowns and quarterback Kedon Slovis returned from injury to help No. 24 Pitt defeat Rhode Island 45-24. Abanikanda had 19 carries for 177 yards. That tied for second-most TDs in a game in program history and matched Darrin Hall's four against North Carolina in 2017. Marquis DeShields scored a pair of touchdowns for Rhode Island, the alma mater of Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi. The Rams, playing their first-ever game against a ranked FBS opponent, trailed by 10 points at halftime before Pitt pulled away after the break.

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Esteban Quiroz hit a go-ahead single in the eighth, his second in three innings, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 for their fourth straight win. Quiroz lined a two-out hit off Yohan Ramirez (1-1) to left in the eighth, driving in Jared Young. Two innings earlier, he chopped an infield single to cap a three-run sixth for the Cubs, who have won eight of 11. The Pirates (55-96) have lost eight straight, and must win at least eight of their final 11 to avoid reaching 100 losses for the 10th time.

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The matches were close at the end. The outcome was not. Max Homa delivered two late birdies for another U.S. win. The Americans won another session at the Presidents Cup by a 4-1 margin. That makes the lead 8-2 going into the weekend. And it makes another U.S. victory in these one-sided matches start to look inevitable. Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush were on hand for the action. The lone International point came from two ties. It's the second time on American soil they have a mathematical chance to end it on Saturday.

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Cleveland Browns starting linebacker and team captain Anthony Walker Jr. will miss the rest of the season after tearing a quadriceps tendon in Thursday night’s win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Walker is one of the Browns' emotional leaders and the defensive signal caller. Walker was injured while defending a screen pass. His legs buckled awkwardly under him as he was blocked by Steelers right tackle lineman Chukwuma Okorafor, who then fell on Walker as he laid face down. Walker re-signed as a free agent for a second season with Cleveland in March. Jacob Phillips will move into the starting lineup and take over play calls.

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Greg Lee, who helped UCLA to consecutive national basketball championships in 1972 and ’73, has died. Lee's wife, Lisa, told the school that her husband died at a San Diego hospital from an infection related to an immune disorder. Lee was a starting guard alongside Bill Walton and Jamaal Wilkes playing for coach John Wooden. The Bruins went 30-0 during both of those championship seasons. Lee averaged 5.8 points and 1.8 rebounds in 88 career varsity games. Lee later played in the ABA and the NBA, where he briefly reunited with Walton on the Portland Trail Blazers. Greg Lee was 70.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers defense is struggling following a 29-17 loss to Cleveland that dropped them to 1-2. The Browns ran for 177 yards on the ground, including 113 by star Nick Chubb. Pittsburgh has allowed each of its first three opponents to run for at least 124 yards and appears to be little improved over a group that finished dead last in the NFL against the run in 2021. The Steelers are playing without All-Pro linebacker T.J. Watt, who is out indefinitely with a left pectoral injury. Pittsburgh is now 0-6 without Watt since he entered the NFL in 2017.

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Chris Buescher's win at Bristol last week marked the first time in this version of NASCAR's playoffs that drivers who are not racing for the championship swept the three races of the first round. Buescher wants to play spoiler again Sunday. The second round of the playoffs start at Texas Motor Speedway, and that is the home track for Buescher. Chase Elliott opens the second round as the points leader. Austin Cindric is ranked last in the 12-driver field. The field will be trimmed by four drivers after this three-race round.

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J.T. Daniels threw for 203 yards and a touchdown to lead West Virginia to a 33-10 win over Virginia Tech. CJ Donaldson rushed for 106 yards and West Virginia (2-2) got a strong performance from its defense to win its second straight game after losing the first two. The Mountaineers, who beat Virginia Tech for the second consecutive season, scored on five straight possessions spanning the first and second half. Daniels’ 24-yard touchdown pass to Sam James with 11 seconds left in the first half gave the Mountaineers a 13-7 lead, and they never trailed again.

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Jacoby Brissett threw two touchdown passes, Nick Chubb ran for a score and the Cleveland Browns bounced back from their epic meltdown four days earlier to beat the rival Pittsburgh Steelers 29-17. The Browns built a nine-point lead early in the fourth on Chubb’s 1-yard run and then held on for dear life. On Sunday, Cleveland blew a 13-point lead in the final two minutes and lost by a point to the New York Jets. The Steelers pulled within 23-17 on Chris Boswell’s 34-yard field goal with 1:48 left but couldn't recover an onside kick. The Browns concluded the game with a meaningless defensive touchdown.

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Rookie Hayden Wesneski had an immaculate inning in his second major league start to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 3-2 victory over the skidding Pittsburgh Pirates. Wesneski (2-1) gave up two runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings while striking out six and walking two in sending Pittsburgh to its seventh straight loss. It was his fourth appearance in the majors. Acquired from the New York Yankees at the trade deadline, Wesneski had an immaculate inning in the fifth when he struck out the side on nine pitches. The Cubs have a three-game winning streak.

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The Americans have the stronger team and they looked the part at the Presidents Cup. Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay improved to 5-0 in foursomes. They won the opening match and set the tone. Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth won the next match, and the Americans were on their way. They wound up with a 4-1 lead over an outmanned International team. The lone point for the visitors came from Si Woo Kim and Cameron Davis. Max Homa and Tony Finau won the final hole in the final match to add to the American lead at Quail Hollow.

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College Football Hall of Fame coach Darrell Mudra has died at age 93. The National Football Foundation says Mudra died Wednesday in Tallahassee, Florida. Mudra won better than 70% of his games in a career spanning the 1950s through 1980s. He won the College Division national title at North Dakota State in 1965 and the Division II championship at Eastern Illinois in 1978. He retired from coaching in 1988 with a career record of 200-81-4. Mudra broke from football norms and coached his college games from the press box instead of on the sidelines.

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Jonathan Heasley pitched six effective innings, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 4-1 to complete a three-game sweep. Edward Oliveras and Drew Waters homered for Kansas City. Salvador Perez also drove in a run for the Royals, extending his streak to seven straight games with an RBI. Caleb Hamilton drove in the only run for the Twins, who limp home to wrap up the season having lost 17 of their last 20 road games.

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After a summer of uncertainty, the Pittsburgh Penguins have returned to work with plenty of familiar faces. The team opted to re-sign franchise icons Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang during the offseason rather than let them leave in free agency. The moves will keep the core of Malkin, Letang and longtime captain Sidney Crosby together through at least 2025. The 36-year-old Malkin says he is eager to prove he is still an elite player after spending most of last season recovering from knee surgery. The Penguins have three weeks to get ready for the regular season, which begins on Oct. 13 against Arizona.

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Penn State defensive end Adisa Isaac is becoming a force for the No. 14 Nittany Lions. He had three tackles for loss, including a sack, and two quarterback hurries against Auburn last week in a game the Nittany Lions dominated at the line of scrimmage, winning 41-12. He’ll look to add to his totals when Penn State hosts Central Michigan on Saturday. Nittany Lions coach James Franklin says he thinks Isaac will continue as the year goes on to be more consistent. Last season was supposed to be a breakout campaign for Isaac, but Penn State’s top defensive end spent it on the sideline with a busted ankle.

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Pitt football coach Pat Narduzzi will face his alma mater when the 24th-ranked Panthers host Rhode Island on Saturday. Narduzzi played linebacker for the Rams in the late 1980s and later served as an assistant coach for the program. Narduzzi says he knew he wanted to be a coach in college. He jokes that he was one of the few players who had a film projector in his dorm room to go over game tape. Pitt is 2-1 after a decisive road win last week at Western Michigan. The Rams are also 2-1 after a loss to Delaware a week ago.

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Training camps open around the NHL this week less than 90 days since Colorado won the Stanley Cup. Players are used to the short summers by now after the pandemic squeezed the past two offseasons. But this is the return to the normal calendar of meaningful hockey from October through mid-June. A full camp for teams with new coaches and those who took over last season also has its benefits.

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Mitch Trubisky will make his debut in the Steelers-Browns rivalry. At this point, his second appearance isn't so certain. Given the job as Pittsburgh's starting quarterback in training camp over rookie Kenny Pickett mostly because of his experience, Trubisky isn't making enough plays. He has struggled to connect with Pittsburgh’s receivers through two games and is ranked No. 32 in yards per attempt. He'll now take aim at a Browns secondary plagued by communication breakdowns that have resulted in big plays. Cleveland's trying to bounce back on a short week after an epic collapse at home Sunday, when the Browns gave up 14 points in the final two minutes and lost to the New York Jets 31-30.

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Aaron Judge disappointed fans by staying stuck at 60 homers but doubled twice and scored on Oswaldo Cabrera’s first-inning grand slam that started the New York Yankees to a 14-2 rout of the Pittsburgh Pirates. A day after hitting home run No. 60 to spark a stunning five-run, ninth-inning rally capped by Giancarlo Stanton’s game-ending slam, Judge doubled on the first pitch to him in the first and fifth innings. Judge leads the AL in average, home runs and RBIs, in position to become the first Triple Crown winner in a decade. Cabrera and Gleyber Torres had five RBIs each.

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Pinch-hitter Mike Brosseau greeted Drew Smith with a grand slam in the pitcher’s return from two months on the injured list, and the New York Mets squandered a chance to boost their NL East lead with a 6-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. Willy Adames hit a go-ahead home run in the sixth against Taijuan Walker, and the Brewers closed within two games of Philadelphia for the third wild-card berth. The Mets, already assured of at least a wild card, maintained a one-game NL East. Three Mets were hit by pitches, raising their total to a record 106.

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The New York Mets set a major league record with 106 hit batters this season when Mark Canha was plunked twice and Luis Guillorme once in a 6-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. New York has been hit one more time than the 2021 Cincinnati Reds. Canha was hit near the hip in the third and the ribs in the fifth. He has been hit a big league-high 24 times this year and tied Seattle’s Ty France for last year’s high with 27.

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Greg Norman says he has been asked not to attend the QBE Shootout in December. That's the PGA Tour-sanctioned event he started in 1989 as the Shark Shootout. It's held at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Florida. It isn't clear who asked Norman not to be there. The tournament director says it was a collective decision to keep the focus on charities. Norman says perhaps it's because he is giving golf an alternative with his Saudi-funded LIV Golf league. He says he disagrees with those who believe it is disruptive because evolution is a positive change.

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Two former Big East rivals with a long and tense rivalry will square off at Lane Stadium when West Virginia plays at Virginia Tech. The Mountaineers enter with one of the nation's most potent offenses and will face one of the stingiest defenses and a highly charged crowd. The Hokies are 13-5 in their history at home on Thursday nights and 23-10 on Thursday nights overall. West Virginia won 27-21 last year at home with a late goal-line stand. The Mountaineers also lead the all-time series 29-23-1.

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Through three games, freshman running back Nick Singleton has been the flashiest Penn State player on the field. Behind an offensive line that is playing more physical each week, the speedy Singleton has broken tackles and outrun defenders to give the No. 14 Nittany Lions (3-0, 1-0 Big Ten) the big-play potential in the running game they’re striving for this season. They host Central Michigan on Saturday.

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Nine home teams are underdogs in Week 3. Behind the Dawg Pound, the Cleveland Browns aren’t among them. The Browns host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night to kick off a week featuring more road favorites than home. Both teams are aiming for a 2-1 start and coming off disappointing losses. The Browns, with Jacoby Brissett filling in for Deshaun Watson, are rolling on the ground behind Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. The Steelers, with Mitchell Trubisky replacing the retired Ben Roethlisberger, still haven’t found a rhythm on offense despite a talented receiving corps. The Browns are 4 1/2-point favorites over the Steelers, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. That’s too many points in a matchup between bitter AFC North rivals.

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Joe Haden will finish where he started. A three-time Pro Bowl cornerback for seven seasons with Cleveland, Haden will sign a one-day contract with the Browns so he can retire as a member of the team that drafted him in the first round in 2007. The Browns will honor the 33-year-old Haden at a game later this season. Haden was a productive and popular player during his time in Cleveland. He made 81 starts, played in 90 games and made 19 interceptions before the Browns released him before the 2017 season. After he was cut by the Browns, Haden quickly signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers and played in 68 games for Cleveland's biggest rival.

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Aaron Judge hit his 60th home run and Giancarlo Stanton followed minutes later with a game-ending grand slam, completing the New York Yankees’ stunning five-run, ninth-inning rally to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-8. Judge moved within one of Roger Maris’ American League record when he turned on a sinker from right-hander Wil Crowe and drove it 430 feet into the left-field bleachers, pulling New York within 8-5. Judge matched the 60 home runs Babe Ruth hit for the 1927 Yankees to set a big league record that stood for 34 years.

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Rookie Miguel Vargas drove in the go-ahead run with an infield single in a five-run eighth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-5 in the first game of a doubleheader. It was the Dodgers' MLB-leading 44th comeback win of the year. They won their fifth in a row after having one run and seven hits through the first seven innings. They left 12 runners stranded through seven. Arizona got home runs by Daulton Varsho and Christian Walker in losing for the 20th time in 21 games at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles shortstop Trea Turner exited in the fifth inning. He was hit in the side by a ball that ricocheted off a runner's helmet.

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The Americans are big favorites in the Presidents Cup. And it might be a matter of protecting against overconfidence. Captain Davis Love III doesn't see that as an issue. He mentions all the winning photos of past U.S. teams and how this group wants to be in the next picture. Loves says this 12-man squad doesn't have a record because it has never played together. International captain Trevor Immelman looks forward to what he sees as an uphill battle. He lost a lot of players to LIV Golf. But he likes the 12 who have rallied around the underdog label.

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Harrison Bader is finally making his New York Yankees debut, batting seventh and playing center field in a series opener against Pittsburgh. The 28-year-old Gold Glove winner had not appeared in a big league game since June 26 for St. Louis because of plantar fasciitis in his right foot. Bader was acquired from the Cardinals on Aug. 2 for left-hander Jordan Montgomery. He was hitting .256 with five homers, 21 RBIs and 15 stolen bases at the time of the injury.