Athlete injuries

FILE - In this Sept. 31, 2019, file photo, Southern California quarterback Kedon Slovis is shown during an NCAA college football game against Fresno State, in Los Angeles. Slovis couldn't believe he woke up last Sunday as Southern California's starting quarterback. With J.T. Daniels out for the season, the freshman backup is improbably in charge when the Trojans face No. 23 Stanford's tough defense. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong, File)
September 04, 2019 - 4:37 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kedon Slovis enrolled early at Southern California this year as an unheralded recruit expected to provide quarterback depth in the seasons ahead. Slovis quietly wanted a whole lot more for himself, and he wanted it to happen a whole lot quicker. He never imagined it quite this...
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FILE - In this March 31, 2019, file photo, injured Washington Wizards center Dwight Howard practices before the Wizards face the Denver Nuggets in an NBA basketball game in Denver. Dwight Howard says he is returning to the Los Angeles Lakers with a new outlook on basketball and his place in it. Howard called it “a very big blessing” to re-sign with the Lakers, who chose him as the improbable replacement for injured center DeMarcus Cousins, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
September 04, 2019 - 2:45 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dwight Howard says he is returning to the Los Angeles Lakers with a new outlook on basketball and his place in it. The veteran center hopes the Lakers fans— and a couple of retired Lakers superstars — who learned to loathe the old Dwight over the past six years will give him...
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FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is shown before an NFL preseason football game against the Detroit Lions, in Cleveland. Browns coach Freddie Kitchens said wide receiver Odell Beckham is “ready to go” for the season opener against Tennessee after not playing in any exhibition games. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)
September 04, 2019 - 2:34 pm
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr. didn't play in the preseason as the Browns were extra careful with their prized new superstar. But the three-time Pro Bowler, famous for one-handed catches, fashion risks and theatrics, practiced and showed his teammates why he's one of the NFL's highest-paid...
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FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2018, file photo, Tennessee Titans kicker Ryan Succop takes a quiet moment on the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, in Orchard Park, N.Y. The Titans have placed kicker Ryan Succop on injured reserve and have added veteran Cairo Santos to take over for him. Succop hadn’t missed a game in five seasons with the Titans but had been recovering from offseason knee surgery. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus, File)
September 04, 2019 - 1:26 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ryan Succop thought his leg had recovered enough for him to kick in the Tennessee Titans' season opener at Cleveland. Turns out the veteran needs a few more weeks. The Titans placed Succop on injured reserve Wednesday and signed veteran Cairo Santos to replace a veteran who...
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FILE - In this Friday, July 26, 2019, file photo, Washington Redskins running backs Derrius Guice (29) and Adrian Peterson (26) run drills during the NFL football training camp in Richmond, Va. Adrian Peterson told Derrius Guice to grab some ice cubes and wrap them around his surgically repaired left knee. Guice chuckled a bit. “You're really old school,” Guice said. “We got all this Cryotherapy and stuff, and you're talking about bags of ice.” Old school, meet new school in the Redskins backfield headlined by a 34-year-old climbing the all-time rushing list and a 22-year-old itching to make his NFL debut 13 months after a torn ACL. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
September 04, 2019 - 10:38 am
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Adrian Peterson told Derrius Guice to grab some ice cubes and wrap them around his surgically repaired left knee. Guice chuckled a bit. "You're really old school," Guice said. "We got all this Cryotherapy and stuff, and you're talking about bags of ice." Old school, meet new...
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Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt watches from the sideline in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Georgia State, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
September 04, 2019 - 8:01 am
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — With several SEC teams reeling from opening-week flops the Southeastern Conference didn't look like "top to bottom" the best league in the country as its coaches have long proclaimed. Only the top teams did their part. SEC teams in the bottom portion of the standings are...
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FILE - At left, in a May 22, 2019, file photo, Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy smiles during NFL football practice in Lake Forest, Ill. At right, in an Aug. 8, 2019, file photo, Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur walks onto the field before an NFL preseason football game against the Houston Texans, in Green Bay, Wis. The NFL's most ancient rivals open the league's 100th season with a flipped script: A year after the Bears went to Green Bay to open the season with a new look under coach Matt Nagy, the Packers are trying to do the same at Chicago under coach Matt LaFleur, a drastic change for quarterback Aaron Rodgers going against Khalil Mack and the Bears' defense. (AP Photo/File)
September 04, 2019 - 7:37 am
CHICAGO (AP) — The NFL's oldest rivalry takes on a different look to open the league's 100th season. It's a role reversal for the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers. A year after new coach Matt Nagy took quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears to Lambeau Field to kick off the season, the...
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United States' Jayson Tatum reacts after scoring against Turkey for the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. The United States beat Turkey 93:92.(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
September 04, 2019 - 3:09 am
SHANGHAI (AP) — U.S. forward Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics will miss at least the Americans' next two games at the World Cup because of a sprained left ankle. Tatum will not play against Japan on Thursday or in the Americans' first second-round game on Saturday. He will be re-evaluated Monday...
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New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz, right, walks off the field as Washington Nationals' Juan Soto scores on Kurt Suzuki's game-winning three-run home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in Washington. Washington won 11-10. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
September 03, 2019 - 11:52 pm
A look at what's happening around the majors today: SHAKE IT OFF The Mets and Nationals are set for a matinee in Washington after playing a wild one Tuesday night. The Mets scored five runs in the top of the ninth to lead 10-4 before the Nats rallied all the way back in the bottom of the inning,...
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FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2018, file photo, Washington Mystics head coach Mike Thibault gestures during the second half of Game 3 of a WNBA basketball playoffs semifinal against the Atlanta Dream, in Washington. The Mystics hold a half-game lead on Connecticut for the top spot. With a few games to play. The Sun hold the tiebreaker between the teams. “We’re still playing for something,” Thibault said by phone Monday. “It’s a big deal to have homecourt all the way through and have a potential Game 5 in the finals at your home.” (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
September 03, 2019 - 10:57 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Playoff-bound teams usually would be able to potentially rest players before the postseason with a week left in the regular season. With nothing really wrapped up as far as playoff positioning, that won't be happening for most teams — not even current No. 1 seed Washington. The...
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