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JFK grad Kokrak in the hunt through two rounds

The wind was up at Winged Foot, the greens harder, the rough still gnarly. Jason Kokrak negotiated it all after a shaky start and now finds himself in contention at a major championship. Shaking off three early bogeys, the big-hitting PGA Tour veteran who graduated from John F. Kennedy High ...

Plesac, Hand share shutout vs. Tigers

DETROIT (AP) — Zach Plesac pitched impressively into the eighth inning, and Brad Hand worked out of a jam in the ninth to send the Cleveland Indians to a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night. Francisco Lindor drove in the game’s only run with a fifth-inning sacrifice fly, ...

Cardinals sweep doubleheader over Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Cardinals rookie Dylan Carlson’s three-run homer capped a six-run outburst in the sixth inning against the mistake-prone Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night, helping lift St. Louis to a 7-2 victory and a doubleheader sweep. The Cardinals took the opener 6-5 behind home ...

Blaney in difficult position to avoid elimination

With a bit of disbelief over his fast fall in the NASCAR standings, Ryan Blaney is determined to avoid elimination from the playoffs. It’s a daunting task and just might require an outright win tonight at Bristol Motor Speedway, where four drivers will be knocked from title contention. ...

Browns roar back

From staff, wire reports CLEVELAND — It was the running backs that had a big show for the Browns, scoring four of the team’s five touchdowns in a 35-30 win over Cincinatti Thursday night. The game opened with a 38-yard field goal by Bengals kicker Randy Bullock but the Browns responded ...

Steelers try to move on from justice advocacy flap

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers thought they had a plan for how to properly and respectfully make a public statement regarding social justice during their season opener against the New York Giants. Someone called an audible. Multiple someones, actually, leaving the organization ...

Ramirez helps Indians snap skid in 10-3 win

DETROIT — Jose Ramirez homered twice on his 28th birthday, Shane Bieber took a shutout into the eighth inning and the Cleveland Indians snapped their eight-game losing streak with a 10-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday night. Bieber (8-1) didn’t allow a run until his final ...

Pirates end eight-game skid

PITTSBURGH — Steven Brault pitched a two-hitter for his first career complete game, Gregory Polanco hit a three-run homer and the Pittsburgh Pirates snapped an eight-game skid with a 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night. St. Louis dropped to third place in the NL ...

Reverse: Big Ten will play fall football

Players were pumped. Coaches were stoked. Fans seemed relieved. Even the president was pleased. The Big Ten is giving fall football a shot after all. Less than five weeks after pushing fall sports to spring in the name of player safety during the pandemic, the conference ran a reverse ...

Biz not as usual

CLEVELAND — No band has plugged its guitars into the amplifiers on Wilbert’s stage since mid-March, and there’s usually an open bar stool or three these days at the music joint just a long relay throw outside the outfield walls of Progressive Field. It’s a sunny Sunday, and there’s ...