Athlete health

Southern California quarterback Matt Fink (19) pitches to running back Vavae Malepeai (29) during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Utah on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
September 21, 2019 - 1:47 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Fink decided to stay at Southern California even after finishing third in the Trojans' four-man quarterback competition in training camp last month. A few weeks later, Fink found himself passing for 351 yards, leading a victory over No. 10 Utah at the roaring Coliseum, and...
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Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) looks to pass against the Los Angeles Rams during the first half an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)
September 20, 2019 - 4:01 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers will be counting on second-year quarterback Kyle Allen to help them climb out of an 0-2 hole to start the season. Allen was named Carolina's starter for Sunday's game at Arizona after Cam Newton was ruled out with a mid-foot sprain. It will be the second career...
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Atlanta Braves center fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (13) follows through on a solo home run in the third inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Atlanta. The homer was Acuna's 40th of the season. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
September 19, 2019 - 11:53 pm
A look at what's happening around the majors Friday: POPPIN' Ronald Acuña Jr. and the Braves are poised to break out the bubbly, with a magic number of one to clinch their second straight NL East title. They can celebrate when Mike Foltynewicz (7-5, 4.80 ERA) starts at SunTrust Park against San...
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Atlanta Braves center fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (13) gestures after reaching second base during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
September 19, 2019 - 10:01 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Ronald Acuña Jr. was pumped to join a very exclusive club. He's even more thrilled about the chance to properly celebrate a division title. Acuña became the second-youngest player in baseball history to hit 40 homers in a season, Freddie Freeman also drove in two runs and the Atlanta...
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New York Yankees' Brett Gardner gestures from second base after hitting an RBI-double during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
September 19, 2019 - 9:33 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The resilient New York Yankees powered their way to the club's first AL East title since 2012, routing the Los Angeles Angels 9-1 Thursday night behind three RBIs each from old mainstay Brett Gardner and newcomer DJ LeMahieu. A day after wasting a chance to clinch first place, the...
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Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo (44) celebrates with Nicholas Castellanos, left, after Rizzo hit a home run against the St. Louis Cardinals during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)
September 19, 2019 - 8:46 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo hit a tying home run in his surprise return to the lineup Thursday night for the opener of a crucial four-game series against the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals. Four days after suffering a sprained right ankle that threatened his status for the...
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Tampa Bay Rays' Willy Adames, left, scores on a throwing error by Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger after a single by Jesus Aguilar, as catcher Will Smith goes after the ball during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
September 19, 2019 - 2:07 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — With the Dodgers having twice erased their lead, the Tampa Bay Rays were staring at a third straight loss and a precipitous drop in the AL wild-card race. But they tied it up in the bottom of the ninth inning and got a home run from Austin Meadows leading off the 11th to rally...
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Los Angeles Angels' Michael Hermosillo (21) slides past New York Yankees catcher Kyle Higashioka to score on a throwing error by relief pitcher Adam Ottavino during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
September 18, 2019 - 11:38 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — An hour after the Yankees missed a chance to clinch the AL East without help out West, reliever Adam Ottavino was back on the field with a ball and glove, standing solemnly halfway between the mound and the plate. It may still be unofficial, but the Yankees are preparing for October...
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Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) celebrates after he recovered a ball fumbled by Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
September 18, 2019 - 9:18 pm
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Derek Watt and J.J. Watt have played against each other in the yard of their parents' home in Waukesha, Wisconsin. There will be bigger stakes on Sunday when Derek and the Los Angeles Chargers host the Houston Texans and his All-Pro older brother. It will be the first time...
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PSG's Angel Di Maria, center, celebrates with his teammates PSG's Juan Bernat, left, and PSG's Mauro Icardi after scoring his side's opening goal during the Champions League group A soccer match between PSG and Real Madrid at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
September 18, 2019 - 6:09 pm
GENEVA (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City succeeded where storied rivals failed in their opening Champions League games. Even with its star forwards absent, PSG eased to a 3-0 win Wednesday over 13-time European champion Real Madrid, which missed the influence of suspended defender...
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