NEW YORK (AP) — Zack Britton prepared to walk out to the bullpen for his first major league game in 13 months. He was hoping Aaron Judge would send home run No. 61 into the New York Yankees bullpen in right-center.

"I'm thinking if I catch the next one or something, it might go for a pretty penny," Britton said before Thursday night's 5-4, 10-inning win over Boston. “I’ll be out there with the glove on.”

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President Joe Biden says the Atlanta Braves will be “forever known as the upset kings of October” for their improbable 2021 World Series win. He called the series an “unstoppable, joyful run.” Biden welcomed the champs for a packed East Room ceremony on Monday. They got in their White House visit with just over a week left before the 2022 regular season wraps up and playoffs begin again. The Braves are just two wins behind first place in the National League East. Chief Executive Officer Terry McGuirk says he hopes they’ll be back to the White House again soon.

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A 4-0 start put Kansas atop the others receiving votes pile in The Associated Press college football poll, 41 points behind No. 25 Kansas State. The Jayhawks have not been ranked since mid-October 2009, a dry spell of nearly 13 years that is currently the longest among Power Five conference programs. Getting stuck behind the Sunflower State rivalry must have been particularly annoying to Kansas fans. Kansas’ resume has a similar look to No. 24 Pittsburgh’s. Reality Check says advantage KU. The voters are going to make the Jayhawks do more.

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The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sep. 25, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:

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Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson tells The Associated Press that he is retiring from full-time racing and will turn his focus toward spending time with family. He figures his future schedule will include no more than 10 bucket-list events. The 47-year-old says he has no idea what his racing schedule will look like, or whether he'll run any IndyCar races next season. He wants to do the 24 Hours of Le Mans with NASCAR and Hendrick Motorsports, and has interest in “The Double” of the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 on the same day. But he also wants to travel with his family and perhaps spend a year living abroad.

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The NFL is replacing the Pro Bowl with weeklong skills competitions and a flag football game. The new event will be renamed “The Pro Bowl Games” and will feature AFC and NFC players showcasing their football and non-football skills in challenges over several days. The 2023 Games will be held in Las Vegas, and the flag football game at Allegiant Stadium is Sunday, Feb. 5. Peyton Manning and his Omaha Productions company will help shape programming and promote the event’s content throughout the week. Manning, a 14-time Pro Bowl pick during his Hall of Fame career, will provide his perspective, and will also be a part of the coaching staff for flag game.

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Fifth-ranked Clemson is hoping improved play from the offense and quarterback DJ Uiagalelei has the Tigers ready for what's ahead. They won a wild double-overtime shootout on Saturday at Wake Forest behind a big game from Uiagalelei, who threw for five touchdowns t…

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UNDATED (AP) — Tennessee and North Carolina State have broken into the top 10 of The Associated Press college football poll. Florida State is back in the rankings for the first time in four years. Georgia remained No. 1 and received 55 of 63 first-place votes in the Top 25. No. 2 Alabama, No…

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Stradivarius, one of the most famous racehorses in Britain and Ireland, has been retired to stud. He was best known for winning the Gold Cup at Ascot three times. Bjorn Nielsen is the owner of Stradivarius and said he felt it would be unfair to make the horse come back next season as a 9-year-old after time away with a bruised foot. Nielsen told British newspaper The Racing Post that “it has been a fairytale from start to finish.” Stradivarius was bred in Ireland and is the son of Sea The Stars. He won 20 of his 35 races including seven Group One races. He earned almost 3.5 million pounds (now $3.8 million) in prize money.

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Shohei Ohtani vs. Aaron Judge for the American League MVP figures to be the most hotly debated postseason award this season. Judge is closing in on Roger Maris’ AL record of 61 homers and might also win the Triple Crown. He’s done it while playing quite a bit of center field for a team that’s nearing a division title. Ohtani is pitching better than he did when he was the unanimous MVP last year. He may even be putting himself in the Cy Young conversation — to go along with his 34 homers.

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The 334 laps at Texas Motor Speedway provided quite a tumultuous start to the NASCAR playoff round of 12. There were a lot of tire issues that contributed to a track-record 16 cautions. There was also a 56-minute red flag for lightning, and a record 36 lead changes among 19 drivers. Chase Elliott entered as the points leader, and was ahead in the race around the midway part when he had hard contact and a fiery finish. Playoff contender Christopher Bell also got knocked out after a tire issue. And there were some bumping between William Byron and Denny Hamlin.

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Jimmy Garoppolo felt a little out of step in his first start of the season. A misstep that took him out of the back of the end zone for a safety only epitomized his problems. Even with tight end George Kittle back after missing the opening two games with a groin injury, the 49ers just couldn’t sustain any sort of rhythm in an 11-10 loss to Denver. They turned the ball over three times and went 1 of 10 on third-down conversions. It was a recipe to keep the Broncos hanging around until Russell Wilson led a game-winning drive, culminating with a short Melvin Gordon score.

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The NFL’s quarterback carousel may start spinning a bit faster. Mac Jones, Tua Tagovailoa and Josh Allen got banged-up Sunday. Justin Herbert and Jameis Winston played hurt. Already, Dak Prescott and Trey Lance have gone down. Backups, be ready. Jones’ leg injury appears most serious. The second-year pro hopped off the field late in the fourth quarter of New England’s 37-26 loss to Baltimore, and he appeared to be in extreme pain in photos showing him being assisted to the locker room. Backup quarterbacks are always one play away from entering the game. They have to be prepared.