11:34 PM ET EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Emboldened by his terrific Week 6 performance, New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold entered Monday night playing and talking like a true franchise quarterback. By the second quarter of the Jets’ 33-0 loss to the New England Patriots, he was talking like a beaten man. “I’m seeing ghosts,”
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11:18 PM ET HOUSTON — The Houston Astros issued a statement late Monday denying a Sports Illustrated report regarding the behavior of a team executive in the aftermath of the club’s pennant-clinching win in the ALCS on Saturday. According to the report, during the postgame celebration in the Houston clubhouse after the Astros’ 6-4 win
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10:31 PM ET Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Southern California running back Markese Stepp needs surgery and could miss up to five weeks due to an ankle injury suffered last weekend against Arizona. Trojans coach Clay Helton said Monday that Stepp will need surgery to repair a torn ligament and is out at least three
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9:59 PM ET Mikko Rantanen will not return to the Avalanche’s game Monday night against the Blues in St. Louis due to a lower-body injury suffered early in the second period. The All-Star right winger was skating up ice near the boards when his skate appeared to get caught in the ice, causing his left
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4:47 PM ET Andrew LopezESPN Zion Williamson‘s first dance with the New Orleans Pelicans will have to wait. The team announced on Monday afternoon that Williamson had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to treat a torn meniscus. The Pelicans expect Williamson will miss six to eight weeks. Williamson would miss approximately 20 games on
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4:13 PM ET PITTSBURGH — Mason Rudolph remembers feeling Earl Thomas III and Brandon Carr closing in. He remembers thinking it would be like any other hit he’d taken in the pocket. And then, nothing. In his first interview since sustaining the concussion on a hit from Thomas against the Baltimore Ravens, the Pittsburgh Steelers‘
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4:14 PM ET Associated Press BASEL, Switzerland — Playing in his 1,500th tour-level match, Roger Federer needed just 53 minutes to cruise past German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk 6-2, 6-1 Monday at his hometown Swiss Indoors event. The nine-time Basel champion hit 12 aces in the first-round match to extend his winning streak at St. Jakobhalle
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3:58 PM ET Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown has agreed to a four-year, $115 million contract extension, agent Jason Glushon told ESPN. Brown, 22, is part of the NBA’s draft class of 2016 that is eligible to sign rookie extension deals prior to a 6 p.m. ET Monday deadline. Glushon and Celtics general manager Danny
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