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Steelers, Raiders hoping to prove Week 1 wins were no fluke

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin spent four years on Jon Gruden’s staff in Tampa Bay in the early 2000s, helping mold a defense that won a Super Bowl and gleaning what he could from his fiery boss.
Nearing two decades later, the lessons Tomlin — now in his 15th season as the head coach in Pittsburgh — learned from Gruden endure.
“Gruden has no fear,” Tomlin said. “He doesn’t. He looks at an issue or a problem, and he sees it as an opportunity. I worked for him for four years. You can’t fake that. It’s every day from him.”
And so it is with Gruden’s former pupil, who will stand on the opposite sideline from one of his mentors when Tomlin and the Steelers (1-0) host Gruden and the Las Vegas Raiders (1-0) on Sunday.
One of the tenets of Tomlin’s coaching philosophy is the idea of not living in fear. His team embodied that philosophy during a season-opening win at Buffalo last week, rallying from 10 points down to stun the defending AFC East champions.
Even the veterans whooped it up after the Steelers sent a message that even with a rookie-laden offense and 39-year-old Ben Roethlisberger throwing on a rebuilt right elbow, they’re still relevant in the tough AFC North.
It was thrilling for Pittsburgh. It was also just one game out of 17. The same goes for Las Vegas, which surged past Baltimore on Monday night, suggesting the rebuild Gruden began when he returned to coaching in 2018 after a decade away may finally be taking hold.
It looked that way a season ago, too, before a 2-0 start faded to an 8-8 finish. So Gruden, quarterback Derek Carr and the rest of the Raiders are not getting too far ahead of themselves. Still, Las Vegas is heading east with a chance to send the same kind of message the Steelers sent at Buffalo.
“As a football fan, I’m honored that I get to even step on the field at Heinz Field and get to play against these guys,” Carr said. “It’s cool for me as a fan, but as a competitor, you want to do well and win the game.”
Las Vegas has done that lately against the Steelers. The Raiders are 5-2 against Pittsburgh since Roethlisberger arrived in 2004. All five wins came in seasons in which Las Vegas finished with a losing record and Pittsburgh was .500 or better.
Weird, right? Then again, weird always seems to come with the territory when the Raiders and Steelers meet. This is the rivalry that produced The Immaculate Reception, after all. The painful memory for the Raiders still resonates nearly 50 years later.
“Like I said that ball touched the ground (on the Immaculate Reception),” Carr said.
HARRIS IN A HURRY?
Steelers rookie running back Najee Harris endured a relatively quiet NFL debut, running for 45 yards on 16 carriers behind a new-look offensive line that needed a full half to start finding its footing.
Still, Harris didn’t miss any of Pittsburgh’s 58 snaps, a sign of how confident Tomlin is in both Harris’ conditioning and his potential. The sledding for Harris and the line could be a bit easier against the Raiders, who allowed Baltimore to run for 189 yards in the opener even with the Ravens decimated by injuries to their top three running backs.
CARR INSURANCE
The Raiders overhauled their offensive line this offseason and the early results weren’t overly impressive. New center Andre James and rookie right tackle Alex Leatherwood both had issues run blocking and in protection. Las Vegas also lost right guard Denzelle Good to a season-ending knee injury but is hoping to get left guard Richie Incognito back, which could be crucial against the Steelers.
“Very proud of those guys, but still, we’re in the process of getting better and playing more games together,” Carr said. “Every game that goes by is more experience together and so hopefully this game against a great defense and a great team like this will be a great challenge for us.”
WALLING UP WALLER
Carr targeted 6-foot-6 tight end Darren Waller 19 times in the opener, with Waller hauling in 10 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown. He presents a matchup problem for anyone, even a defense that held the high-powered Bills to 16 points in Week 1.
“You can describe him as a tight end, but I think that that seems less than appropriate, to be honest with you,” Tomlin said. “That’s putting him in a box.”
Tomlin figures the Steelers can’t truly stop Waller, just limit him the way they did Buffalo wide receiver Stefon Diggs in the opener. Diggs averaged 7.7 yards per reception against Pittsburgh’s swarming secondary that limited deep shots.
SHORT TURNAROUND
The Raiders have a tough task this week, heading on a long trip following an emotional win Monday night. They’ve lost the last six times they had to travel after a Monday night game. Last season, they got beat 36-20 by New England following a prime-time win at home over New Orleans in their first game ever in Las Vegas. Gruden gave the team a lighter week with just a walkthrough on Wednesday before two days of practice.
“You just try to adapt to the schedule,” he said. “Do the best you can.”
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WVU hosts No. 15 Hokies at sold-out Mountaineer Field

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No. 15 Virginia Tech (2-0) at West Virginia (1-1), Saturday at noon EDT (FS1).
Line: Virginia Tech by 2 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Series record: West Virginia leads 28-23-1.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
The Black Diamond Trophy. Virginia Tech has won three straight in the series. West Virginia hasn’t possessed the trophy since 2003. The name is a nod to the region’s rich history with coal. Virginia Tech has its highest ranking since it rose to No. 12 in 2018 and is looking to return to the top 10 for the first time since an 11-win season in 2011.
KEY MATCHUP
West Virginia RB Leddie Brown against the Hokies’ defense. A 1,000-yard rusher a year ago, Brown is supposed to be the centerpiece of West Virginia’s offense but has yet to get on track this season. The senior is averaging 3.3 yards per carry and was limited to 31 yards in a 66-0 win over Long Island, which had allowed 318 rushing yards in its opener.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Virginia Tech: QB Braxton Burmeister. The junior is 5-1 as the starting quarterback. He took a hit from Middle Tennessee safety Gregory Grate Jr. last week and went to the sidelines for seven plays before returning to the game. Burmeister has completed 61% of his passes for 311 yards and two TDs with one interception.
West Virginia: Winston Wright. The junior returned a kickoff 90 yards for a score last week and had a school-record 217 yards in kick returns in the season opener at Maryland.
FACTS & FIGURES
West Virginia quarterback Jarret Doege has surpassed 250 passing yards in each of the first two games … The Hokies have four interceptions, tied for fifth in the nation. Cornerback Jermaine Waller has one in each game. … Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock is a former assistant AD at West Virginia. … The Mountaineers will travel to Blacksburg, Virginia next season. … Both teams are among the national leaders in tackles for loss with West Virginia averaging 10.5 per game and Virginia Tech nine. But while the Hokies have amassed nine sacks, West Virginia has four … The Mountaineers allowed just 95 total yards and forced 10 punts last week.
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No. 10 Penn State to draw on crowd against No. 22 Auburn

By TRAVIS JOHNSON Associated Press
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Sean Clifford’s confidence has grown with each play this fall, and Penn State’s quarterback is about to get a big ego boost.
It’ll come from the more than 107,000 fans who’ll pack Beaver Stadium on Saturday night for a rare Big Ten-SEC regular-season showdown between the No. 10 Nittany Lions (2-0) and No. 22 Auburn (2-0).
When Clifford runs through the tunnel, he and his teammates will be greeted by the masses — clad in white for the program-dubbed Whiteout — for the first time since a 2019 win against Michigan.
“You can’t watch the Whiteout on TV and say that you’ve seen the Whiteout,” Clifford said. “You have to be here to experience it. It’s one of those experience that is jaw-dropping, inspiring, just a sense of community that you really can’t feel anywhere else.”
It’s a feeling the Nittany Lions missed when COVID-19 restrictions forced them to play in an empty stadium last year. It’s a scene the Tigers are looking forward to as well.
No Auburn squad has played a road Big Ten game in nine decades.
“That should be something that we all embrace and want to be a part of,” Auburn coach Bryan Harsin said. “And if you’re a guy that is worried about that, or shying away, don’t get on the plane. We’ll take somebody else. We’ll take the guys that have the mind-set to go play and do a job in this game and we’ll compete with them.”
The Tigers will bring an offense that steamrolled their first two non-Power 5 opponents and a defense that hasn’t been tested yet. The Nittany Lions figure to do so.
After opening with a defense-fueled road win at Wisconsin, Penn State’s offense did more, and showed glimpses of potential in last week’s win over Ball State.
Clifford is coming off one of his better recent games, having completed 21 of 29 passes for 230 yards with two total touchdowns. He hit 10 different receivers last week, fulfilling his preseason certitude that he’d have plenty of receivers to work with.
Penn State coach James Franklin wants his offense to be more explosive, however.
“I think for where we are in the season, if we just continue to get better and continue to take strides in really every area, running the ball, protection, explosive plays, I think we’ll like where we are,” Franklin said.
PROTECT THE BALL
Clifford’s primary focus under new offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich has been limiting turnovers.
Penn State’s 0-5 run to start last season was littered with interceptions and fumbles, and the Nittany Lions finished with a minus-8 turnover margin.
Penn State has not turned the ball over yet this season and Clifford hasn’t thrown an interception in 115 attempts dating to last season.
“I think that finding, getting through progressions faster, being smarter with the football, checking the ball down when I need to, finding the escape routes, just being a smarter football player,” Clifford said. “I feel extremely confident and extremely experienced when it comes to seeing looks, recognizing coverages and then making plays in the short amount of time that I have in the pocket.”
1-2 PUNCH
Auburn has already scored 122 points to lead the nation and racked up 1,151 yards. Most of the Tigers’ power comes from the run game where both Tank Bigsby and Jarquez Hunter have eclipsed 100 rushing yards in each game so far.
Bigsby, Southeastern Conference freshman of the year in 2020, has 241 yards on just 24 carries while Hunter, a freshman, has 257 and set a school record with a 94-yard touchdown run against Alabama State last week.
“They just want to set their tempo off of the run game like a lot of teams do and try to be physical,” Penn State linebacker Ellis Brooks said. “They’re a physical bunch, and we’ve got a clear challenge in front of us this week.”
WEAPONIZED FOOT
If the game settles into a defensive battle for field position, Franklin will be happy to deploy his do-it-all specialist Jordan Stout.
Stout, who’s punted and handled all field goals and kickoffs this season, is currently fifth in the country with a 53.1 yards per punt average, nearly 12 yards more than he averaged last year.
LONG DROUGHT
Auburn hasn’t beaten a top 10 team on the road since 2014. The Tigers have lost nine straight in that scenario since a 35-31 win at No. 7 Mississippi.
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No. 19 Arizona State, No. 23 BYU meet for 1st time since ’98

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No. 19 Arizona State (2-0) at No. 23 BYU (2-0), Saturday at 10:15 p.m. EDT (ESPN).
Line: Arizona State by 3½, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Series record: Arizona State leads 20-7.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
The Cougars have a chance to go 3-0 against the Pac-12 with wins already at Arizona and against rival Utah. These two teams used to be adversaries in the Western Athletic Conference. The last time they played was Sept. 12, 1998, when BYU beat No. 14 Arizona State 26-6 in Provo. On that Cougars team was a fullback by the name of Kalani Sitake, who ran once and caught a pass. Now the head coach, Sitake and the Cougars are looking to show they’ll be a force in a Power Five conference, which they are expected to join in 2023 after accepting a bid from the Big 12.
KEY MATCHUP
BYU’s offense has yet to turn the ball over this season. The team has won 16 straight when even or ahead in turnover margin. The Sun Devils are opportunistic and have forced 38 turnovers in 13 games dating to 2019. It’s the most in the country over that 13-game span.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Arizona State: LB Darien Butler. He has two interceptions and two sacks this season. He’s also 12 tackles away from reaching 200 in his career.
BYU: Tyler Allgeier and Lopini Katoa have formed a reliable 1-2 punch out of the backfield. Allgeier has 196 yards rushing and a score, while Katoa has 66. Allgeier finished eighth in the nation last season with 1,130 yards rushing.
FACTS & FIGURES
The Sun Devils have scored 23 rushing TDs in their last five games. That’s the most by any FBS team over the stretch, followed by Kent State (19), Buffalo (18) and TCU (17). … Arizona State is 5-5 under coach Herm Edwards against AP-ranked opponents. … Arizona State QB Jayden Daniels is 49 yards passing away from 4,000 for his career. … The Cougars are 4-2 over their last six games against ranked teams. … BYU has won 11 straight at LaVell Edwards Stadium. … The 29 wins over Power Five programs since 2003 are the most of any team not in the Power Five. … BYU has five TDs and two field goals in seven trips to the red zone. The team is one of 19 teams with seven or more trips into the red zone that remains perfect.
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No. 21 Tar Heels host Cavaliers in key ACC division matchup

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Virginia (2-0, 0-0 ACC) at No. 21 North Carolina (1-1, 0-1), Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EDT (ACC Network)
Line: UNC by 8 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Series record: The schools disagree. UNC says it leads 64-57-4. Virginia says UNC leads 63-58-4.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
North Carolina began the season as the league’s Coastal Division favorite, only to lose its opener at Virginia Tech. The Tar Heels likely can’t afford a second division loss in the opening month of the season if they want to remain a factor in the division race. Virginia is looking for a fifth straight win in the long-running series.
KEY MATCHUP
UNC’s offensive line against Virginia’s defensive front. The Tar Heels returned their entire offensive line from last year, but that unit hasn’t clicked yet. They were without center Brian Anderson for all but a handful of snaps at Virginia Tech, which sacked quarterback Sam Howell six times. Offensive coordinator Phil Longo pointed to some communication issues in the first game, then the Tar Heels didn’t have left guard Joshua Ezeudu against Georgia State. The Cavaliers are allowing 105 yards rushing through two games with five sacks.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Virginia: QB Brennan Armstrong. The junior accounted for four touchdowns in last year’s home win against the Tar Heels. He’s thrown for seven touchdowns against one interception in wins against William & Mary and Illinois.
UNC: WR Antoine Green. Coach Mack Brown had praised the senior coming into the season. He was quiet against Virginia Tech, but had three catches for 117 yards and a touchdown in last weekend’s win. The Tar Heels need Green or another receiver to emerge to complement rising talent Josh Downs.
FACTS & FIGURES
The Tar Heels haven’t beaten the Cavaliers since a 35-14 win in October 2016 under former coach Larry Fedora. … Virginia is 8-22 under sixth-year coach Bronco Mendenhall. The last road win came at UNC in October 2019. … The Cavaliers are seeking their first road win against a ranked opponent since 2011. … Downs has 16 catches for 196 yards and two touchdowns in two games for the Tar Heels. … The Cavaliers have yet to allow a red-zone score this season. … The neighboring-state teams have met every year since 1919. … Virginia said the difference in how the schools count the series record is tied to a 1956 game forfeited by UNC for using an ineligible player. Both schools count that year’s game as a win.
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AP source: Seattle Mariners to host 2023 MLB All-Star Game

By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — The Seattle Mariners will host baseball’s 2023 All-Star Game at T-Mobile Park.
The team announced a news conference for Thursday at Seattle’s Space Needle with baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred. The purpose of the news conference is to announce that Seattle will be the site of the 2023 All-Star Game, a person familiar with the planning told The Associated Press on Tuesday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the subject was not announced.
Seattle will host the All-Stars for the third time. The ballpark, then known as Safeco Field, opened in 1999 and was the site of the American League’s 4-1 victory in 2001, part of a streak of 12 AL wins around the 7-7 tie in 2002. The game marked the final All-Star appearances of Cal Ripken Jr., who homered, and of Tony Gwynn.
The 1979 All-Star Game was at the old Kingdome and was won 7-6 by the NL.
Hall of Famers Ken Griffey Jr. and Edgar Martinez are scheduled to attend the news conference along with Mariners chairman John Stanton and president of business operations Catie Griggs.
This year’s All-Star Game was moved to Denver’s Coors Field from Atlanta’s Truist Park over MLB’s objections to changes to Georgia voting laws that critics have said are too restrictive.
Next year’s All-Star Game will be at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on July 19. The Dodgers were to have hosted the 2020 All-Star Game, but it was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
MLB announced in 2019 that the 2026 All-Star Game will be at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia as part of the celebrations of the 250th anniversary of American independence.
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Slugger Ryan Braun retires after 14-year career with Brewers

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Ryan Braun, the Milwaukee Brewers’ home run leader whose production was slowed by injuries during the second half of his 14-year career, announced his retirement on Tuesday.
Braun hasn’t played all season and said during spring training that he was leaning toward retirement. The 2011 NL MVP made it official Tuesday in a video the Brewers posted on Twitter.
“While it’s impossible to summarize my emotions right now, what I feel most is one simple thing — gratitude,” Braun said.
Braun, 37, batted .296 with 352 homers and 1,154 RBIs. He ranks second among Brewers in RBIs (1,154), extra-base hits (809), total bases (3,525) and doubles (408). He ranks third in runs (1,080), hits (1,963), triples (49), stolen bases (216) and walks (586). He is fourth in games played (1,766).
Braun became a free agent after the Brewers declined to exercise a $15 million mutual option in his contract last October. The six-time All-Star batted a career-low .233 with eight homers and 26 RBIs in 39 games last season while dealing with a back issue.
“I have weighed this decision for many months,” Braun said in a statement released by the team. “While I still love this game very much, the time is right for me to retire from my playing days.”
Braun was one of baseball’s best hitters from 2007-12, but was never the same after he was suspended midway through the 2013 season for using performance-enhancing drugs. He acknowledged that he took banned substances while rehabilitating an injury and apologized.
From 2014 on, Braun never played more than 144 games in a season and reached the 30-homer mark once after topping 30 homers five times in his first six years, including an NL-leading 41 in 2012.
In his announcement, Braun thanked the Milwaukee fans for showing him “unconditional love” and making him and his Southern California-based family feel like “we truly belonged to this community.”
The Brewers selected Braun with the fifth overall pick in the 2005 amateur draft out of Miami. He was named NL Rookie of the Year in 2007 and ranked in the top 15 in the MVP voting every year from 2008-12. He finished second in the MVP balloting in 2012 and third in 2008.
“I am so fortunate to have enjoyed a 14-year career wearing the jersey of one team, and even more grateful that team is the Milwaukee Brewers,” Braun said.
The Brewers reached the postseason five times during Braun’s career (2008, 2011 and 2018-20).
“Ryan brought us many unforgettable moments on the field, from playoff-clinching, dramatic home runs to nearly 2,000 career hits,” Brewers owner Mark Attanasio said in a statement. “He is unquestionably one of the greatest players in Brewers history. Moreover, Ryan has become a good friend to our family, and his commitment of countless service hours and more than $1 million to community causes over the years has impacted many lives.”
The Brewers plan to honor Braun at a pregame ceremony Sept. 26 before they face the New York Mets in their regular-season home finale.
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Column: Making money in boxing means not saying you’re sorry

By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist
Making money in boxing means never having to say you’re sorry.
Not for allowing Evander Holyfield to risk his life at the age of 58 just to make a few bucks. Certainly not for stealing money from gullible fans for a farce of a pay per view show that would have done terrible damage to the sport if only the sport wasn’t so badly damaged already.
No one was apologizing — at least loud enough to hear — among the crew at Triller Fight Club, a fledging promotional outfit on the fringe of boxing. They managed to get Holyfield licensed in Florida and moved the entire card there on short notice from California after planned headliner Oscar De La Hoya pulled out with what he said was COVID-19.
Holyfield wasn’t apologizing, either, after being credited with landing just one punch before being stopped in the first round by a former MMA fighter. The Real Deal apparently now lives on the edge of reality as he suggested after the fight he wanted another bout — this one against Mike Tyson.
Somewhere else in boxing, though, there was an apology. An apology both rare and heartfelt from a judge who said he messed up.
The best thing about it? It came out of nowhere, like a perfect left hook.
Stephen Blea was one of three judges ringside Friday night in Tucson as hometown hero Oscar Valdez took on Robson Conceicao in a junior lightweight title bout. It was a familiar position for Blea, who estimated he had officiated more than 60 title fights as a judge for referee in rings around the world.
On this night, the sellout crowd was cheering — and cheering loudly — for Valdez. In his ringside seat, Blea also had to deal with photographers on one side of him and a camera crew in constant motion on the other.
Still, “I honestly thought I would be able to do my Job 100%, no excuses,” he said.
But the crowd noise influenced Blea early. He scored some rounds for Valdez that could have been scored even, or for Conceicao.
In the end, Blea got the winner right. But his 117-110 margin stood out in a fight that was extremely close (the other two judges had it 115-112 Valdez).
The predictable online outrage about his scoring started making Blea think maybe he did get it wrong. He watched a replay of the fight and concluded he should have scored the fight 115-112 or 114-113.
So he issued an apology that wasn’t just stunning, but unprecedented.
All the horrible decisions over the years. All the controversies over terrible scoring.
No one ever apologized for them.
But a judge in Arizona did.
“The 117-110 score is not accurate and does not represent the actions in the ring and I feel I have let down my federation, the NABF; my organization, the WBC; and most importantly our sport and the fighters inside the ring,” Blea wrote.
Hopefully the people at Triller are paying attention because they have some apologizing to do, too. Throwing a man just four years from collecting Social Security into the ring at the last moment wasn’t just about making a mockery of a sport that doesn’t need any more mockery.
It was also about the callousness of risking a man ‘s life — or scrambling his brain — just so the profit and loss ledger could be balanced.
Triller is hardly alone. Boxing has a long history of promoters and managers who have sacrificed fighters for the better good of their wallets. They’ve ruined careers, and they’ve ruined lives in a sport so fraught with danger that any punch can be your last.
It was hard to even watch the clips of Holyfield for the short time he was in the ring. The fighter who gave Tyson a beatdown a quarter century ago and then forced him to foul the second time they met looked slow and confused as he desperately tried to find some of the old magic.
Even sadder was Holyfield — who made $35 million in 1997 for the second Tyson fight — so desperate for cash that he was delusional enough to even enter the ring.
Contrast that with Blea, who was so upset about his judging that he plans to take time off and undergo a thorough retraining program before returning to ringside.
“I am an honorable man with profound love, knowledge and respect to the sport,” he said. “I am sorry for having a bad night and having brought unnecessary controversy to such a sensational fight.”
A real apology. In boxing, of all places.
Imagine that.
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Cantlay wins PGA Tour player of the year award over Rahm

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer
Patrick Cantlay closed out another victory, this time without hitting a shot.
Cantlay was voted PGA Tour player of the year by his peers, capturing the Jack Nicklaus Award that could be seen as a referendum on how players value winning the FedEx Cup.
His solid year became so much more over the final two weeks of the season when Cantlay won a six-hole playoff at the BMW Championship over Bryson DeChambeau and then captured the FedEx Cup with a one-shot victory over Jon Rahm in the Tour Championship.
“The fact that it’s voted on by my fellow PGA Tour players, I think that means a lot to me,” Cantlay said Tuesday. “It wasn’t something that I necessarily thought was on the radar middle of the year, but then I closed really well and played a lot of really nice golf towards the end.”
It presumably was a tight race over Rahm, the No. 1 player in the world who won the PGA Tour money title and the Vardon Trophy for the lowest scoring average.
The PGA Tour, however, does not reveal the final vote or even how many players voted, wanting the focus to be more on who won instead of who didn’t.
But it was hard to separate the two on the golf course and on paper.
Cantlay had four victories last season, twice as many as anyone else, and he wound up winning the FedEx Cup and its $15 million prize.
One of those victories was the Memorial, where Rahm tied the 54-hole tournament record and had a six-shot lead when he was notified he had a positive COVID-19 test and was forced to withdraw. Cantlay wound up beating Collin Morikawa in a playoff.
Another title was the Tour Championship, where Cantlay began at 10-under par with a two-shot lead because of his No. 1 seed in the FedEx Cup standings. Rahm began the tournament four shots behind and finished one back of Cantlay.
Cantlay’s other victory was against a strong field at the Zozo Championship, where he closed with a 65 at Sherwood Country Club to beat Rahm and Justin Thomas.
The BMW Championship was as memorable as any, particularly because of so many clutch putts Cantlay made over the final eight holes, six of them in a playoff at Caves Valley. He came away with the moniker “Patty Ice” that week, and it seems to have stuck.
“I obviously, going forward, will take a lot of those experiences and memories that I had from the last two weeks, because I think drawing on those victories is really powerful,” he said.
A year ago, Cantlay came up one putt short of being among the top 30 to reach the Tour Championship. He wrote that off to a strange season that featured no golf for three months because of the pandemic, and then followed with a breakthrough year.
His lone disappointment were the majors. He missed the cut in the Masters and British Open this year, with his best finish a tie for 15th at the U.S. Open.
Rahm became the first player to finish birdie-birdie and win by one shot in the U.S. Open, and he finished in the top 10 in the other three majors.
Because of the secrecy of the ballot, it’s hard to know how much weight players gave total victories, nature of the victories, overall statistical performances or the FedEx Cup.
Two years ago, Rory McIloy won the Jack Nicklaus Award with three victories, including The Players Championship and the FedEx Cup. He was up against Brooks Koepka, whose three wins included a major (PGA Championship) and a World Golf Championship. Koepka was runner-up in two other majors and tied for fourth in the other.
Also on the ballot this year were Morikawa, the British Open champion; DeChambeau, whose two victories in this “super season” included the U.S. Open last September, and two-time winner Harris English.
Rahm, meanwhile, won the PGA of America award as player of the year. That’s based on points, with triple value for winning a major.
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Ravens’ defense a question mark after late leads slip away

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer
Marlon Humphrey was beaten so badly on the winning touchdown that he slowed to a jog while the pass was still in the air.
It was that kind of night for Baltimore’s secondary.
The Ravens arrived in Las Vegas determined to show that they could still play to their usual standard despite a rash of preseason injuries.
Instead, Baltimore fell 33-27 to the Raiders in overtime — and it was hard not to think about the missing players who could have helped.
Much of the attention lately has been on Baltimore’s backfield, which was ravaged by season-ending injuries to J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards. But the secondary was hurting too with Marcus Peters (knee) gone for the year and Jimmy Smith (ankle) out for this game.
Derek Carr threw for 435 yards and two touchdowns for Las Vegas, and with the game on the line, the Ravens could do little to slow the Raiders. Las Vegas scored on four of its final five possessions, and the one stop by Baltimore came on a fluky interception that caromed to Anthony Averett in the end zone in overtime.
“I was very, very happy with the team’s effort. The toughness, the resiliency, fighting back,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “Even there at the end, the example is the goal-line stand, those are the kind of things that make us who we are as a team. We just didn’t close the game out when we had the opportunity to do it, three or four times.”
That interception gave the Ravens new life, but the offense couldn’t take advantage, and when Lamar Jackson lost a fumble for the second time in the game, Baltimore was on the ropes again. Carr ended it with a 31-yard touchdown pass to Zay Jones.
“That ticked me off. I hate fumbles,” Jackson said. “I hate any type of turnover.”
The Ravens led 14-0 at one point and took a 27-24 lead on Justin Tucker’s field goal with 37 seconds remaining — only for the defense to allow two quick completions, which put Las Vegas in position for a long field goal that forced overtime.
WHAT’S WORKING
Baltimore’s big priority this offseason was shoring up the passing game, and newly acquired receiver Sammy Watkins had a nice night with four catches for 96 yards. Jackson had a quarterback rating of 118.8.
WHAT NEEDS HELP
The Raiders certainly used tight end Darren Waller effectively, targeting him 19 times. He caught 10 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown, but by the end of the game, the Ravens were having trouble covering anyone.
Baltimore allowed 327 yards of offense after halftime.
“We have a lot of fight and a lot of heart, but we have a lot of room for improvement,” defensive end Calais Campbell said. “Where we’re at right now, I just feel like this was a tough one.”
STOCK UP
Ty’Son Williams ran for 65 yards on nine carries in his NFL debut and broke free for a 35-yard touchdown. He also had three catches for 29 yards.
Despite all the injuries, the Ravens rushed for at least 100 yards for a 40th consecutive game. They are now three games shy of the record set by the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 1970s.
STOCK DOWN
It wasn’t a great night for the offensive line, which allowed three sacks — including the one that caused Jackson’s second fumble.
“Sometimes you can’t go through your reads, you got to make something happen,” Jackson said. “That’s what I tried doing on that last one. I saw it breaking down, try to push a lineman, try to get out of the pocket and he hit me while I’m doing it. So, I’ll try and hold onto the ball next time.”
INJURIES
Offensive lineman Tyre Phillips was carted off with a knee injury and did not return.
KEY NUMBER
98 — Before Monday, the Ravens had won 98 straight games in the regular season when leading by at least 14 points.
NEXT STEPS
The next test for the Ravens and their struggling secondary figures to be even harder. They host Kansas City on Sunday night. Between now and then, Baltimore will need to evaluate the veteran running backs the team brought in recently. Le’Veon Bell and Devonta Freeman have been on the practice squad. Latavius Murray was active and had 10 carries for 28 yards and a touchdown Monday.
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