A look at what's happening around the majors today:
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — This time, the calls went Shohei Ohtani's way.
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — Unlike a lot of old racetracks past their primes, there are not crumped up tickets strewn all over the grounds of Arlington Park. And the mood around the track is festive.
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — They’re on the road, without their fans, facing an opponent with almost as much firepower and only slightly less favored than Mike Tyson in his prime. Europe’s perennial Ryder Cup underdogs have the Americans exactly where they want them.
CLEVELAND (AP) — There's no more debate or decisions forthcoming. There's still some anger and disbelief, but also the excitement that comes along with change.
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — A few things have changed since the last time Europe and the United States gathered for the Ryder Cup.
The Southwest Classic between longtime rivals Arkansas and Texas A&M has been one-sided, with the Aggies having won nine straight. Before the season, the teams' SEC opener looked like just another game Saturday.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans got a solid performance from rookie quarterback Davis Mills in his first career start Thursday night.
MADRID (AP) — Six minutes after making his debut with Real Madrid, young midfielder Eduardo Camavinga was already celebrating his first goal with the Spanish club.
ROME (AP) — Height. Speed. Skill. A willingness to lend a hand in defense.
If it seems as if the Packers have transferred to the NFC West or the 49ers moved to the NFC North, blame the schedule makers at league headquarters.
HOUSTON (AP) — Thanks to another efficient performance from Sam Darnold and continued dominant play by their defense, the Carolina Panthers are 3-0 for the first time since 2015, when they reached the Super Bowl.
PHOENIX (AP) — Sophie Cunningham hit 6 of 9 3-pointers for a career-high 21 points and Brianna Turner made the winning free throw with less than a second to play, giving the Phoenix Mercury an 83-82 win over the New York Liberty in a first-round WNBA playoff game on Thursday night.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays were relieved when surging left fielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. escaped a freak play in the outfield without serious injury.
CHICAGO (AP) — Kahleah Copper scored 23 points, Candace Parker had a double-double and the Chicago Sky beat the Dallas Wings 81-64 in a first-round WNBA playoff game on Thursday night.
NEW YORK (AP) — A former St. John's assistant basketball coach is suing the university and head coach Mike Anderson, claiming he was fired because of a health issue.
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers kept Aaron Donald off the stat sheet last season.
PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) — Felix Harper threw for three touchdowns and ran for another and Alcorn State rallied to defeat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 39-38 in the Southwest Athletic Conference opener on Thursday night.
BOONE, N.C. (AP) — Camerun Peoples ran for three touchdowns and Nate Noel rushed for 87 of his 187 yards on a game-saving drive and Appalachian State defeated Marshall 31-30 on Thursday night.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — J.T. Realmuto homered and drove in four, Ronald Torreyes hit a go-ahead, three-run home run in the sixth inning and the Philadelphia Phillies erased a six-run deficit to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 12-6 Thursday night and pick up ground in the NL East.
PHOENIX (AP) — Carson Kelly hit a tying three-run homer in a five-run seventh inning, Daulton Varsho followed with a go-ahead double and the last-place Arizona Diamondbacks beat the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves 6-4 Thursday.
BALTIMORE (AP) — A seemingly inconsequential game between two last-place teams provided rookie pitcher Zac Lowther an indelible memory and a morale-booster to carry with him into the offseason.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt homered twice, and the St. Louis Cardinals overcame a five-run deficit to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-5 Thursday and extend their longest winning streak in 39 years to 12 games.
CINCINNATI (AP) — National League batting leader Juan Soto homered in consecutive innings, and the Washington Nationals pushed the Cincinnati Reds further from playoff contention with a 3-2 win Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres can have a say over the NL West race even as they appear headed toward what would be the biggest collapse in franchise history.
HOUSTON (AP) — Carolina running back Christian McCaffrey left Thursday night's game against the Houston Texans with a hamstring injury and will not return.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Tony La Russa stood in the dugout, soaking in the moment as the Chicago White Sox celebrated winning their first AL Central title since 2008.
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is experimenting with pre-tacked baseballs at some Triple-A games during the last stretch of the minor league season.
DENVER (AP) — The ever-reliable Max Scherzer just couldn't get his usual grip on the baseball in the thin air at Coors Field. He licked his hand. He held the ball tighter. But nothing seemed to work.
A look at what's happening around the majors Friday:
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Toronto Blue Jays reliever Ryan Borucki has been suspended for three games by Major League Baseball for intentionally hitting Tampa Bay's Kevin Kiermaier with a pitch in the latest salvo in a spat between the two AL East competitors.
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — Matt Fitzpatrick's Ryder Cup debut wasn't great.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Washington State signed coach Kyle Smith to a contract extension Thursday that goes through the 2026-27 season and adds two years to the original contract he was given when he was hired.
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — The sea of red that fills the galleries every time the United States hosts the Ryder Cup will have fewer European blue dots than usual this year.
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — The Americans are running out of excuses in the Ryder Cup.
PHOENIX (AP) — With a little over a week left in the season and his team tied for the worst record in the major leagues at 48-104, Arizona manager Torey Lovullo was given a one-year contract extension through 2022.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Protesters, including some of the hundreds of people who survived sexual abuse by a University of Michigan sports doctor, gathered outside a meeting of the school's governing board Thursday and called for more accountability by campus leaders.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Chris Bassitt pitched three scoreless innings less than a month after surgery to repair facial fractures, but the Seattle Mariners rallied against Oakland's bullpen for a 6-5 victory Thursday and a four-game sweep that damaged the Athletics' wild-card hopes.
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston safety Justin Reid and Carolina cornerback A.J. Bouye were among the players inactive Thursday night.
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — British actor Tom Felton, known for his portrayal of Draco Malfoy in the “Harry Potter” movies, collapsed while playing a celebrity golf exhibition Thursday at the Ryder Cup.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Take a look at NFL teams losing games, and the average fan probably can come up with a half dozen quick reasons for the losses.
MADRID (AP) — Barcelona's ongoing crisis keeps getting worse, with the team unable to win on the field and the club's players, coach and president growing increasingly at odds.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Monomoy Girl, a champion who won the Breeders’ Cup Distaff and Eclipse Award as a filly and mare in a stellar racing career, has been retired after sustaining an injury at Churchill Downs.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — So long, Brady and Brees. Hello Mac and Jameis.
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — In many ways, Jon Rahm's biggest steps forward in 2021, to say nothing of his setbacks, came off the golf course.
Virginia Tech is looking to begin a four-game homestand looking with a win when the Hokies play Richmond for the first time since 1986.
SEATTLE (AP) — It didn’t take long for Mark Giordano to get years of seeing red out of his system. The former longtime Calgary Flames defenseman didn’t even flinch Thursday while pulling on the jersey of a different team for the first time in his career.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jack Eichel was stripped of his captaincy by the Sabres on Thursday, raising further questions about his future in Buffalo due to a widening rift over how to treat a neck injury that has sidelined the center for six months.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Julian Edelman will soon return to the field where his NFL career began and ultimately ended.
NEW YORK (AP) — William C. Steinman, the longtime sports information director of Columbia University, has died. He was 76.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Kliff Kingsbury kept a straight face for several seconds when asked about the parallels between himself and Urban Meyer.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott's first home game since the star Dallas quarterback's gruesome ankle injury at AT&T Stadium last October is the second chance for Philadelphia's Jalen Hurts to beat the Cowboys in his home state.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos added another pass rusher Thursday when they signed outside linebacker Aaron Patrick off the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad.
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the Ryder Cup, the golf showdown between the United States and Europe (all times CDT):
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — When two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning walked away from the New York Giants in January 2020 after a 16-year career, he really had no plans.