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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers intend to sign center Dwight Howard after he completes a buyout with Memphis, a person familiar with the decision says.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Sacramento Kings and the NBA have announced they are taking no action against Luke Walton after not finding enough evidence during an investigation into allegations that the coach sexually assaulted a woman.

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LONG PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The son of former NFL lineman Barry Bennett is accused of shooting Bennett and his wife multiple times, killing them, then driving out of state and boarding a flight to Mexico, according to criminal charges filed Friday.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wide receiver Quintez Cephus was declared eligible to play Friday, a year after he was suspended in the fallout from a sexual assault allegation that resulted in his acquittal by a jury at trial.

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STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State has received three years' probation from the NCAA after an investigation determined a part-time student tutor completed coursework for 10 football players and one men's basketball player in an online class.

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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Japan is just one win away from its eighth Little League World Series championship game appearance this decade. The Chofu City Little League team is continuing what has been a dominant run in South Williamsport for a country with a population of nearly 127 million.

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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Hawaii has played eight games at the Little League World Series over the last two years without a loss. This year's team, the first ever from the island of Maui, will need to pick up two more wins to capture back-to-back titles.

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HOUSTON (AP) — Amid criticism from Major League Baseball, the Houston Astros on Thursday defended the team's decision to deny a newspaper reporter access to the clubhouse until after ace pitcher Justin Verlander finished his postgame session with the media.

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PARIS (AP) — Rarely have French President Emmanuel Macron and superstar soccer players including Cristiano Ronaldo been on the same page, but when it comes to the fires that are devastating the Amazon, they're uniting in sounding the alarm.

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Billed as a chance to get Canadian football fans a close-up look at NFL superstars like Aaron Rodgers, Thursday night's exhibition between the Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers sure gave them something they've never seen.

Oil City's football team begins a new chapter tonight at the Oil Field as it plays host to Conneaut Area in a non-region affair to open the 2019 campaign. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

After taking a 4-1 loss Wednesday night to Greenville, the Oil City girls tennis squad took another one on the chin at home against non-region foe Hickory, 4-1, on Thursday.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Pirates are parting ways with veteran catcher Francisco Cervelli, who's worked his way back from another concussion and is hoping to catch on with a contender.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kiké Hernandez capped a three-run ninth inning by blooping a single to score Corey Seager and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 Thursday night after being one-hit through eight innings.

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BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles set the major league record for home runs allowed in a season, giving up drives to Austin Meadows and Willy Adames in a rain-delayed, 5-2 loss to Tampa Bay that ended shortly before 1 a.m. Friday.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Noah Syndergaard retired the first 16 hitters and allowed two hits over six dominant innings before a heavy storm interrupted him, and the New York Mets beat the Cleveland Indians 2-0 Thursday night in a rain-shortened game for their fifth straight win.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball says its players will be banned from participating in the Venezuelan Winter League because of recent U.S. economic sanctions against Venezuela.

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ATLANTA (AP) — Xander Schauffele had a 6-under 64 for the best opening round at East Lake by two shots. It was only worth a share of the lead Thursday in a Tour Championship where 30 players were given a head start based on their position in the FedEx Cup.

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CHICAGO (AP) — Kyle Hendricks pitched seven sharp innings and the Chicago Cubs won despite getting only two hits, edging the San Francisco Giants 1-0 Thursday for their fifth straight victory.

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BOSTON (AP) — Brock Holt hit an RBI single with one out in the 10th inning as the Boston Red Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 5-4 on Thursday to complete the weather-suspended game that began Aug. 7.

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Two people familiar with the case tell The Associated Press that gold-medal sprint contender Christian Coleman's Olympic prospects could be in jeopardy after three missed drug tests.

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 23 points and Myles Turner added 15 to give Team USA a 102-86 win over Australia on Thursday in a World Cup warm-up game.

Punxsutawney will get the first crack at the new look Clarion Bobcats at home on Friday night in the 2019 high school football season opener for both teams. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. for the District 9 Football League Large School Division matchup.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Patrick Corbin pitched eight scoreless innings to remain unbeaten in more than two months, and Asdrubal Cabrera's three-run home run capped a six-run third as the Washington Nationals rolled to an 11-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night.