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Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) briefly loses control of the ball as Atlanta Hawks forward Kent Bazemore (24) defends in the first half on an NBA basketball game Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Wizards fall in season opener to Dwight Howard, Hawks

- Associated Press

Dwight Howard dominated the boards in his Atlanta debut, Paul Millsap scored 28 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. ignited the new-look Hawks to a 114-99 victory over the Washington Wizards in their season opener Thursday night.

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2016, file photo, Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman (24) reacts after a play during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Buffalo Bills in Landover, Md. After signing a $75 million, 5-year deal, the spotlight is on Norman. who is expected to match up significantly against Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night, Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys in Week 2 and rival Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants in Week 3.  (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

Norman, Reed cleared to fly to London

- The Washington Times

Coach Jay Gruden announced that cornerback Josh Norman and tight end Jordan Reed will travel to London for Sunday’s Redskins game against the Cincinnati Bengals — though it’s still not clear if either will play.

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2016, file photo, Chicago Cubs fans celebrate outside  Wrigley Field after the Cubs defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 in Game 6 of baseball's National League Championship Series in Chicago. Not since Oct. 10, 1945, has a World Series game been played at Wrigley Field in Chicago. As the World Series shifts to Chicago this weekend, all eyes are on the second-oldest ballpark in the major leagues. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP File)

World Series returns to Wrigley for first time in 71 years

- Associated Press

The Fall Classic returns to one of baseball’s iconic ballparks on Friday when the Cubs and Indians face off in Game 3 after splitting the first two nights in chilly Cleveland. It’s the first World Series game at Wrigley since Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg helped the Detroit Tigers to a 9-3 victory in Game 7 on October 10, 1945 .

FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2016, file photo, former Penn State University assistant football coach Mike McQueary leaves the Centre County Courthouse Annex for lunch in Bellefonte, Pa. Lawyers for the former Penn State assistant football coach are urging jurors to find the university liable for how it treated him after it became public that his testimony helped prosecutors charge Jerry Sandusky with child molestation. Both sides in the defamation and whistleblower lawsuit filed by McQueary made closing arguments Thursday, Oct. 27. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) **FILE**

Jury hands ex-Penn St. assistant over $7M in defamation case

- Associated Press

A jury awarded a former Penn State assistant football coach $7.3 million in damages Thursday, finding the university defamed him after it became public that his testimony helped prosecutors charge Jerry Sandusky with child molestation.

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, briefly invoking Don Larsen's name, before the Indians touched him for two hits and a run. (Associated Press)

Arrieta deals, Cubs awaken, top Indians to even Series at 1

- Associated Press

Jake Arrieta made a teasing run at history, Kyle Schwarber drove in two runs and the Chicago Cubs brushed off a shutout to even the World Series with their first Fall Classic win in 71 years, 5-1 over the Cleveland Indians in Game 2 on Wednesday night.

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Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli takes a shot during the English Premier League soccer match between AFC Bournemouth and Tottenham Hotspur at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth, England, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. (Steve Paston/PA via AP)

Pulis gets 1-year contract extension at West Brom

Associated Press

West Bromwich Albion's new Chinese ownership group has handed manager Tony Pulis a one-year extension to his contract, tying him to the club until the end of next season.

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2002, file photo, Buffalo Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe (11) looks to pass during an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins in Orchard Park, N.Y. Bills safety Corey Graham was attending high school in Buffalo and has only a vague recollection of the blockbuster trade his hometown team made to acquire Bledsoe from New England in April 2002. (AP Photo/David Duprey, File)

Brady's back with chance to extend dominance over Bills

- Associated Press

Bills safety Corey Graham was attending high school in Buffalo and has only a vague recollection of the blockbuster trade his hometown team made to acquire Drew Bledsoe from New England in April 2002.

In this photo taken Oct. 27, 2012, then Guangzhou Evergrande coach Marcello Lippi walks by a sign of the club's badge after winning the championship of China's top soccer league in Guangzhou in south China's Guangdong province. Lippi was hired Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 to take over the Chinese national football team in the latest sign of China's commitment to becoming a serious force in world soccer. (Chinatopix Via AP)

Lippi urges China to unite in 'improbable' World Cup run

- Associated Press

Marcello Lippi has urged his China team and the nation to pull together to accomplish the "improbable" task of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup before he begins a thorough overhaul of the struggling football program.

FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2015, file photo, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio, runs on to the Michigan Stadium field with his team before an NCAA college football game against Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. Dantonio believes Michigan State will upset No. 2 Michigan and he's not afraid to say it. In fact, Dantonio said in an interview with The Associated Press the Spartans' chances of winning Saturday are better than they were with 10 seconds left in last year's game at Michigan Stadium. (AP Photo/Tony Ding, File0

Michigan State motivated to spoil No. 2 Michigan's season

- Associated Press

Jim Harbaugh has Michigan marching toward a special season, winning its first seven games and climbing to No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll for the first time in a decade.

Stone County High School in Wiggins, Miss., is seen Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. The state NAACP says white students at Stone County High School threw a noose around the neck of a black student and "yanked backward".  Ayana Kinnel, spokeswoman for the civil-rights group, says Monday that the incident took place the afternoon of Oct. 13 at the Stone County High School field house in Wiggins. The civil-rights group is calling on the school to expel the white students. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)

Mom: Noose leaves emotional scar on her 15-year-old son

- Associated Press

A black 15-year-old in Mississippi shook in fear as he described how white schoolmates put a noose around his neck and pulled it tight, leaving no physical scars but perhaps a life-changing emotional wound, his mother said.