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NFL: Newcomer Garoppolo set to watch as 49ers host Cardinals

After eight straight losses to open the Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch era in San Francisco, the 49ers finally won at something this week.

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NAZ Suns fall to expansion-Clippers 126-118 in opener

Booker, Gray score 28 points apiece, but defensive woes haunt Suns

Askia Booker and Josh Gray each scored 28 points, hitting nine of the club’s 17 3-pointers, Shaquille Harrison chipped in with 26 but the Northern Arizona Suns surrendered 54 points in the paint in a 126-118 loss to Agua Caliente to open the season Saturday night.

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Preview: NAZ Suns tipoff ‘Year 2’ in Prescott Valley on Saturday

Coaching change, new roster additions not phasing Suns’ focus

For as hectic as the beginning of the inaugural Northern Arizona Suns season was a year ago, coaches, players and front-office staff likely expected a smoother transition into year two.

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Porzingis scores 37, leads Knicks past Suns

NEW YORK — Kristaps Porzingis scored 37 points and the New York Knicks beat the Phoenix Suns 120-107 on Friday night, giving Jeff Hornacek his first victory over his former team.

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Toppert named next head coach of NAZ Suns

As assistant coach, Toppert helped lead Vipers to 2016-17 G League Finals

After spending the past two seasons as an assistant coach for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Cody Toppert was named the next head coach of the Northern Arizona Suns on Thursday afternoon.

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NFL: ‘America’s game’ takes 5-percent ratings hit

NEW YORK — Midway through a season remembered for its protests by some players during the national anthem as much as bone-crunching hits, viewership for NFL football games is down 5 percent from last year.

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Report: Violation of sports agent laws tough for states to prosecute

RALEIGH, N.C. — The complex schemes to get first dibs on teenage athletes with pro potential can resemble the drug trade.

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Career backup Stanton takes over sputtering Cardinals

TEMPE — These are Drew Stanton’s Cardinals now.

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Cardinals expected defense to be a strength; it hasn’t been

TEMPE — The Arizona Cardinals expected their defense to be a strength this season. It hasn’t been. That’s been particularly apparent lately. In their last six quarters, the Cardinals have allowed 66 points (and scored seven).

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Sports in Brief: Red Sox hire Tony La Russa as special assistant

BOSTON — Tony La Russa and Dave Dombrowski have been talking about working together again since meeting more than three decades ago.

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She’s got next: In the G League, female refs can make a name

MIAMI — The NBA Gatorade League season opens Friday night, and there will be someone on the court in places like Grand Rapids or Greensboro or Des Moines whose next job will be in the NBA.

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NBA: Warren’s 40-point night helps Suns to huge rally

Phoenix came back from a 22-point deficit

There’s a renewed belief around the Phoenix Suns. It’s no wonder why, the way T.J. Warren is playing.

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Dodgers’ title drought reaches 30 years with Series loss

Even Clayton Kershaw couldn’t save the Dodgers in Game 7 of the World Series. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner pitched four scoreless innings of relief when starter Yu Darvish fell into a five-run hole after 1 2/3 innings Wednesday night.

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World Series Game 7: Astros romp past Dodgers for 1st title

LOS ANGELES — From laughingstock to lift off.

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World Series: Dodgers rally, force Game 7

Teams square off tonight to decide champion

LOS ANGELES — Joc Pederson sliced a drive over the left-field wall, pounded his chest and danced around the bases, taking as many twists and turns as this World Series itself. Of course, the Los Angeles Dodgers forced the Houston Astros to Game 7.

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NBA: Booker scores 32, Suns rally late

Phoenix goes on 24-8 run in fourth quarter

NEW YORK — Devin Booker scored 32 points, Mike James added 24 and the Phoenix Suns rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Brooklyn Nets 122-114 on Tuesday night.

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NHL: Red Wings start fast to defeat the Coyotes

Arizona struggles with second game in two nights

DETROIT — As his team prepared to play the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night, Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill placed two salient points at the top of the game plan.

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Coyotes get 1st win, beat Flyers in OT

PHILADELPHIA — The struggling Arizona Coyotes finally got their first win of the season — but it sure didn’t come easy.

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MNF: Chiefs force 5 TOs, beat Broncos in AFC West showdown

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Harrison Butker kicked five field goals, Marcus Peters returned a fumble 45 yards for a touchdown and the Kansas City Chiefs beat the turnover-prone Denver Broncos 29-19 on Monday night.

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NFL Roundup: Philadelphia improves to league-best 7-1

PHILADELPHIA — Carson Wentz tossed two touchdown passes, Jalen Mills had a pick-6 and the NFL-leading Philadelphia Eagles beat the winless San Francisco 49ers 33-10 on a sloppy, rainy Sunday.

NASCAR: Busch to race for title

2015 champion gets a shot at winning it again

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — There should be no confusion about the intensity of NASCAR’s playoffs after Sunday’s show at Martinsville Speedway.

NASCAR Roundup: Earnhardt interested in penning book on concussion recovery

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s to-do list during retirement continues to grow. NASCAR’s most popular driver is interested in writing a book about his recovery from multiple concussions.

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MLB: Gurriel banned 5 games in 2018 for racist gesture at Darvish

HOUSTON — Yuli Gurriel will have to sit out for making a racist gesture toward Yu Darvish — but not during the World Series.

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Lillard, McCollum help Blazers beat Suns 114-107

PORTLAND, Ore. — Damian Lillard scored 25 points, C.J. McCollum had 23 and the Portland Trail Blazers outlasted the persistent Phoenix Suns, 114-107 on Saturday night.