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Navy linebacker Nicholas Straw, top, collides with Cincinnati tight end Josh Whyle, bottom, while going for a tackle of Whyle during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, in Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

No. 2 Cincinnati stays unbeaten with 27-20 win over Navy

- Associated Press

The unbeaten Bearcats actually led by 17 at one point, but victory wasn’t secure until Arquon Bush intercepted a pass with 25 seconds left to wrap up a 27-20 victory over Navy on Saturday.

Washington Wizards' Russell Westbrook shouts instructions during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Saturday, May 8, 2021, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) **FILE**

NBA reveals top 75 — plus 1 — players in league history

- Associated Press

The top 75 players in NBA history — and one more because of a tie in the voting — have been revealed, a group that has combined to win 158 NBA championships, earn 730 NBA All-Star selections and score more than 1.5 million points.

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Atlanta Braves' Adam Duvall celebrates his solo home run in the second inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 4 of baseball's National League Championship Series Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Braves blast 4 HRs, beat Dodgers 9-2 for 3-1 lead in NLCS

- Associated Press

Eddie Rosario homered twice in his second four-hit game of the series and six pitchers combined on a four-hitter, giving the Atlanta Braves a 9-2 victory Wednesday night over the Los Angeles Dodgers and a commanding 3-1 lead in the NL Championship Series.

In this Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007, file photo , former Pittsburgh Steelers player Najeh Davenport is shown in Pittsburgh. Lawyers for the NFL and retired players filed proposed changes to the $1 billion concussion settlement on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, to remove race-norming in dementia testing, which made it more difficult for Black players to qualify for payments. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) **FILE**

NFL agrees to end race-based brain testing in $1 billion settlement

- Associated Press

The NFL agreed to end race-based adjustments in dementia testing that critics said made it difficult for Black retirees to qualify for awards in the $1 billion settlement of concussion claims, according to a proposed deal filed Wednesday in federal court.

In this July 27, 2021, file photo, Timontre Graham, 21, a senior at Jackson State University and defensive lineman with the school's football team, receives his COVID-19 vaccination at the Rose E. McCoy Auditorium on the Jackson State University campus in Jackson, Miss. Several months since COVID-19 vaccinations were made widely available in the U.S., the subject continues to disrupt  professional and college sports. ( AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File) **FILE**

To jab or not to jab? Vaccinations still hot topic in sports

- Associated Press

U.S. sports have successfully forced more athletes and staff to get vaccinated than many other industries, in part because the threat of losing pay is so severe. Yet, the outliers have and will continue to get more attention and generate outrage from fans who want to see stars play.

Houston Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez celebrates in the dugout after the eighth inning in Game 5 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Astros' Valdez goes eight innings, beats Red Sox for 3-2 ALCS lead

- Associated Press

Framber Valdez was perfect through four, took a two-hit shutout into the seventh and became the first pitcher in the 2021 postseason to finish eight innings on Wednesday as the Houston Astros beat Boston 9-1 in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series and moved one win from a second straight trip to the World Series.

Portland Thorns fans hold signs during the first half of the team's NWSL soccer match against the Houston Dash in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. Players stopped on the field in the first half of Wednesday night's National Women’s Soccer League games and linked arms in a circle to demonstrate solidarity with two former players who came forward with allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct against a prominent coach. (AP Photo/Steve Dipaola) **FILE**

NWSL to work with players' union on accountability demands

- Associated Press

National Women's Soccer League interim CEO Marla Messing has announced an agreement with the players' association to address demands made in the wake of abuse and harassment scandals that have shaken the league.

In this Feb. 8, 2021, file photo, Gonzaga head coach Mark Few shouts to his team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against BYU in Provo, Utah. Few will miss two exhibition games and the first game of the regular season after he was arrested last month on suspicion of driving under the influence, the school announced Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) **FILE**

Gonzaga coach Mark Few pleads guilty to DUI, fined $1,000

- Associated Press

Gonzaga coach Mark Few has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor driving under the influence in Idaho and must pay a fine of $1,000 in lieu of spending four days in jail, according to court documents.

In this Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, file photo, Washington State coach Nick Rolovich watches during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Stanford in Pullman, Wash. The NHL suspending San Jose's Evander Kane 21 games for submitting a fake vaccination card and Washington State firing football coach Nick Rolovich for failing to comply with a vaccine mandate Monday provided two more reminders of the impact the coronavirus is still having on professional and college sports. (AP Photo/Young Kwak, File) **FILE**

Rolovich lawyer calls coach's firing 'unjust and unlawful'

- Associated Press

Former Washington State coach Nick Rolovich's termination for refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccination was unlawful and an attack on his Catholic faith, his attorney said Wednesday.

Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski, left, touches the helmet of quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) after an injury during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard) **FILE**

Browns' Mayfield out with shoulder injury, Keenum starting

- Associated Press

Cleveland starting quarterback Baker Mayfield, who has played the past four weeks with a torn labrum in his left shoulder, will sit out Thursday's game against the Denver Broncos and backup Case Keenum will start.

UAB quarterback Tyler Johnston III (17) throws a pass against Southern Mississippi during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Hattiesburg, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. (Dominic Gwinn/Hattiesburg American via AP) **FILE**

Six Conference USA schools apply for AAC membership

- Associated Press

Six schools from Conference USA -- UAB, UTSA, Rice, North Texas, Charlotte and Florida Atlantic -- have applied for membership with the American Athletic Conference and are expected to be accepted by the end of the week, according to two people with knowledge of the process who spoke with The Associated Press.

Former NFL players Ken Jenkins, right, and Clarence Vaughn III, center right, along with their wives, Amy Lewis, center, and Brooke Vaughn, left, carry tens of thousands of petitions demanding equal treatment for everyone involved in the settlement of concussion claims against the NFL, to the federal courthouse in Philadelphia, in this Friday, May 14, 2021, file photo. Lawyers for the NFL and retired players are due to file proposed changes to the $1 billion concussion settlement on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, to remove race-norming in dementia testing, which made it more difficult for Black players to qualify for payments. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

NFL set to propose fix to race-norming in dementia testing

- Associated Press

The NFL is set to propose changes to the $1 billion concussion settlement on Wednesday after an outcry over test score adjustments known as "race-norming," which make it harder for retired Black players to win dementia awards that average $500,000 or more.

Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92) scores past Colorado Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper (35) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Kuznetsov scores twice, Capitals beat Avalanche

- Associated Press

Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his first two goals of the season, Alex Ovechkin added the 734th of his NHL career into an empty net and the Washington Capitals beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-3 Tuesday night.

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, displays the trophy after winning the CJ Cup golf tournament, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker) **FILE**

McIlroy rediscovers the art of winning

- Associated Press

Mostly it's about moving forward in a game known to throw careers into reverse every now and again, and McIlroy has not been immune from that.

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) dribbles the ball during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the New York Knicks, Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Beal's future looms over new Wizards season. As usual.

- The Washington Times

Bradley Beal called catching the coronavirus a few months ago a "blessing in disguise." Yes, the positive test cost him a shot at winning a gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics. But looking back, the Washington Wizards guard said he was able to redirect his focus -- and come to terms with the whirlwind of change that the franchise experienced over the summer.