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Angels’ Skaggs remembered and praised at memorial service

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney urged those at a private memorial service to remember a gift fallen teammate Tyler Skaggs gave to them. “Take a moment, close your eyes and think of a story or even an image that reminds you of all the good times you had ...

Falcons face questions after hiring Durkin

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Looking for a positive vibe after a disappointing season, the Atlanta Falcons instead faced scrutiny Monday over a coaching decision that would normally attract scant attention. Shortly after taking the field for their first practice, the Falcons announced former ...

Nipping bullying in the bud

Dear Annie: My son is 7 years old and is attending a soccer camp this summer. He is an average player and loves the game, and he has made friends at the camp. The problem is that one of the boys is a bully, and he targets my son all the time, calling him “a bad player” and kicking the ...

Patients: Take charge of following up on lab, scan results

Dear Dr. Roach: Recently I was in the hospital. I had a CT scan and was told that I have a “mass” on my kidney (unrelated to my hospital stay). One doctor said they would probably do an aspiration to determine what was in it, and another doctor told me not to worry, that it was just a ...

Broncos’ Fangio a mix of old-fashioned, newfangled

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Vic Fangio’s first training camp in Denver has been rather quiet. That’s by design. The Broncos’ new coach isn’t a big fan of yelling, so he mothballed the giant speakers that used to thrum throughout practice, requiring everybody to shout over the music to ...

Physicians can prescribe PPI use longer than 14 days

Dear Dr. Roach: What’s the story with Prilosec? Doctors routinely tell people with GERD or acid stomach to take this forever. Yet it clearly describes only a 14-day treatment on the box. A physician assistant told me that because of a rare infrequent condition some users have that the ...

A slippery slope — with a beer chaser

Dear Annie: I work in a big city. After work, I enjoy going to the local bar. I’ve been doing this for three years, and everything was fine — with occasional problems — until the past few months. Now it is what I seem to be living for. My work is not very challenging, but I consider ...

Ohio State, other Big Ten East powers face uncertainty

CHICAGO (AP) — The two most important spots on a football team are the coach and the quarterback. Ohio State has questions at both. The Buckeyes aren’t the only powerhouse program with uncertainty in the Big Ten’s East Division. Michigan and Michigan State each have a new offensive ...

Holmes, Lowry tied at top after Day 2

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — Everyone in the massive grandstand rose to cheer and celebrate a bold performance by Rory McIlroy, who longed for such support and affection on his walk toward his final hole at Royal Portrush in the British Open. Except this was Friday. And now McIlroy ...

Texting a lost loved one

Dear Annie: I have been dating my boyfriend for two years now. He had lost his fiancee three years before we began dating. The problem I am having is he still has his deceased fiancee’s phone number saved in his phone. He sometimes texts her, but, of course, it goes nowhere. I did ask him ...

McDowell makes the cut before home crowd at Royal Portrush

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — Graeme McDowell knows pressure, from delivering the winning point for Europe in the Ryder Cup to winning the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. All he was trying to do Friday in the British Open was make the cut. And he felt it. “Anytime you’re trying to make ...

Bauer strikes out 10, Indians win 11th straight over Tigers

CLEVELAND (AP) — Trevor Bauer struck out 10 in 6 2/3 innings, JosÈ RamÌrez hit a go-ahead home run in the sixth and the Cleveland Indians beat the Detroit Tigers for the 11th straight time, 6-3 on Thursday night. Cleveland swept the four-game series and moved to 12-1 against Detroit this ...

Delany says old mistakes to blame for college woes

CHICAGO (AP) — Outgoing Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany kicked off his final Big Ten football media days Thursday by saying he thinks some serious mistakes made in the 1970s created problems today in college athletics. Delany, who is in his 31st and final year as commissioner, said the loss ...

McIlroy has a rough homecoming

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — The opening tee shot Rory McIlroy could live with, even after it went out of bounds and shattered the screen of a woman's mobile phone. He had, after all, spent the last five years anticipating a homecoming like no other and the first shot was always going to ...

Yellow lenses to the rescue for macular degeneration

Dear Dr. Roach: I have an elderly friend who’s becoming blind from macular degeneration. After hearing of a particularly frustrating event she experienced due to vision loss, I remembered the great clarity that the yellow-lens (to reduce glare) glasses gave me, not just at night, but daytime ...

No longer accepting negative talk

Dear Annie: I am writing because I’m seeking your help about my relationship with my 30-year-old granddaughter, “Nadia.” Our relationship is more of a mother-daughter type relationship, because my husband and I were involved in raising her. Our son had custody of his children because the ...

Koepka contending, Tiger crumbles at Portrush

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — An emotional opening shot by Darren Clarke. A shocking one by Rory McIlroy. Tiger Woods had his worst score to start a British Open. Brooks Koepka quickly got into contention again. Emiliano Grillo made a 1. David Duval made a 14. The Open returned to ...

Not just an Open for McIlroy

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — On the final day of practice for the final major of the year, Rory McIlroy ripped a shot out of the light rough and began walking toward the green when he stopped in the middle of the fairway for a quick interview with Sky Sports. That’s normal for ...

Clevinger strikes out 12 as Indians continue to dominate against Tigers

CLEVELAND (AP) — Mike Clevinger matched his career high with 12 strikeouts in six innings, Oscar Mercado drove in two runs and the Cleveland Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 7-2 Wednesday night. Clevinger (3-2) struck out the side in the first two innings and had nine strikeouts through four ...

BC’s Dillon, Clemson’s Etienne among top runners in ACC Atlantic Division

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Boston College’s AJ Dillon was so good last year that he ranked among the nation’s best rushers despite hobbling through an injury that sidelined him during stretches of multiple games. Travis Etienne was right with him near the top of the rankings, providing the ...