Hernandez had severe CTE; daughter sues NFL, Pats

FILE - In this April 1, 2015 file photo, former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez is led into the courtroom at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass., for his murder trial in the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd. Hernandez's lawyer said Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, the former New England Patriots tight end's brain showed severe signs of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy. (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool, File)

BOSTON (AP) — Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez had a severe case of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, researchers said on Thursday. His lawyer announced a lawsuit against the NFL and the team, accusing them of hiding the true dangers of the sport.

Chiefs QB Smith airing it out during 2-0 start

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alex Smith saw the Chiefs move up in the first round of April’s draft to select Patrick Mahomes II, and he was keenly aware the organization viewed the young gunslinger out of Texas Tech as the man who’d eventually take his job.

Sporting KC wins 4th U.S. Open Cup title

Sporting Kansas City forward Latif Blessing (9) celebrates his goal with teammate Roger Espinoza, left, during the first half in the final of the U.S. Open Cup soccer tournament against the New York Red Bulls in Kansas City, Kan., Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Latif Blessing hoisted the U.S. Open Cup as high as he possibly could, which meant the bottom of the silver trophy just about scraped the ground as he pranced around the field.

Peralta, Diamondbacks rally to beat Padres 13-7

Arizona Diamondbacks' A.J. Pollock looks back as he heads home on a two-run single by Archie Bradley during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The ball was flying out of Petco Park like never before on Wednesday night, helping the Arizona Diamondbacks get back on track even as the San Diego Padres made some history.

Schultz’s OT goal lift Penguins over Red Wings

Pittsburgh Penguins' Justin Schultz scores the game winning goal against Detroit Red Wings' Tom McCollum in overtime of an NHL preseason hockey game Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Fred Vuich)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Justin Schultz scored 27 seconds into overtime, sending the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 6-5 preseason win against the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.

Two trophies on the line as PGA Tour season ends

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2016, file photo, Rory McIlroy poses with the trophies after winning the Tour Championship golf tournament and the FedEX Cup at East Lake Golf Club, in Atlanta. Along with revamping the PGA Tour schedule in two years, this would be a great time to change the format for the FedEx Cup. One plan under discussion with the players is to separate the Tour Championship from one final day worth $10 million to the winner. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

ATLANTA (AP) — Two trophies are better than one, especially when one of them comes with $10 million.

Broncos’ Siemian starting to make believers in NFL

FILE - At left, in a Sept. 17, 2017, file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) throws against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half of an NFL football game, in Denver. At right, in a Sept. 11, 2017, file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) celebrates against the Los Angeles Chargers during the second half of an NFL football game, in Denver. Entrenching himself as the Broncos' starter, Siemian is starting to get some love from around the NFL.(AP Photo/File)

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Trevor Siemian is finally starting to get some love around the NFL.

LaMotta, immortalized in ‘Raging Bull,’ dies at 95

In this June 18, 1949, file photo, newly crowned World Middleweight Boxing Champion Jake LaMotta, accompanied by his wife Vicky, arrives at Grand Central Terminal in New York after defeating Marcel Cerdan in Detroit on June 16. LaMotta, whose life was depicted in the film “Raging Bull,” died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, at a Miami-area hospital from complications of pneumonia. He was 95. (AP Photo/File)

MIAMI (AP) — Jake LaMotta, the former middleweight champion whose life in and out of the ring was depicted in the film “Raging Bull,” for which Robert DeNiro won an Academy Award, has died, his fiancee said Wednesday. He was 95.

Rockies lose early lead, fall to Giants 4-3

San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik, left, throws to first base after forcing out Colorado Rockies' Charlie Blackmon at second base on a double play hit into by DJ LeMahieu during the fifth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Carlos Gonzalez could have let the ball drop and watched Hunter Pence end the game with a hit. Instead, with the Rockies playing five infielders, Gonzalez ran down a difficult fly ball in center field and Pence had a sacrifice fly.

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