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    Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates, has died. He was 65. Allen's company Vulcan Inc. said in a statement that he died Monday. Earlier this month Allen said the cancer he was treated for in 2009, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, had returned. Allen, who was an avid sports fan, owned the Portland Trail Blazers and the Seattle Seahawks Allen and Gates founded Microsoft Corp. in 1975. Microsoft's big break came in 1980, when IBM Corp. decided to move into personal computers. IBM asked Microsoft to provide the operating system. The decision thrust Microsoft onto the throne of technology and the two Seattle-natives became billionaires. Both later dedicated themselves to philanthropy. Over the course several decades, Allen gave more than $2 billion to a wide range of interests, including ocean health, homelessness and advancing scientific research. .
  • Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale has been released from the hospital and cleared to rejoin the team in Houston before Game 3 of the AL Championship Series. The Red Sox said Sale was released from Massachusetts General Hospital on Monday. He had spent the night in the hospital for observation because of a stomach illness. Game 3 of the series is Tuesday. The 29-year-old Sale struggled with his control in Boston's 7-2 home loss to the Astros in the series opener Saturday night. The left-hander allowed two runs, walked four walks and hit a batter in four innings. His illness was announced by the team during Game 2 on Sunday night, which the Red Sox won to even the series. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • The Bengals' depleted defense went with an all-out blitz, hoping to push the Steelers out of field goal range. Instead, Ben Roethlisberger threw a short pass that Antonio Brown turned into a 31-yard touchdown with 10 seconds left, and the Bengals' litany of last-second losses grew with another mindboggling finish. Brown's catch-and-run into the end zone gave Pittsburgh a 28-21 victory Sunday that evened up the AFC North and left the Bengals (4-2) trying to figure out what happens next. That final play will stick with them for a while. Defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said Monday that he decided to blitz in hopes of pushing the Steelers (3-2-1) out of Chris Boswell's range. The Steelers trailed 21-20 and could have won with a field goal. 'We just decided to go after them,' Austin said. 'I want our guys to play aggressive, we're playing to win, and they had a good play called.' When Roethlisberger saw the Bengals had no safety guarding against a big play, he knew Brown would have a clear path to the end zone. He took the snap and quickly tossed it to Brown, who ran untouched for Pittsburgh's seventh straight win in the series. In the aftermath, the Bengals were left trying to pick up the pieces of a defense that lost numerous players and is headed to Kansas City for a game Sunday night. The Chiefs (5-1) have one of the league's top offenses and are coming off a 43-40 loss to New England. Linebacker Nick Vigil left in the first quarter with an injured left knee and is out indefinitely. Cornerback Darqueze Dennard hurt his right shoulder late in the first half and didn't return. Safety Shawn Williams left with a concussion in the third quarter. Others were in and out of the lineup with injuries. The defense starred in Cincinnati's solid start, scoring three touchdowns and finishing off three games by getting turnovers. With a chance to end the Bengals' streak of abysmal finishes against the Steelers, the defense failed to hold on. The Steelers got the ball at their 23-yard line with 1:12 left and three timeouts. Roethlisberger completed passes of 8 and 10 yards to JuJu Smith-Schuster. A holding call on cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick provided a first down. Roethlisberger completed another pass that Smith-Schuster turned into a 23-yard gain and put them in field goal range with 15 seconds left and two timeouts. That play put the Steelers in position to pull it out. 'That was one there that he found the hole in the coverage,' Austin said. 'Every coverage has got a little bit of a weakness in it, and where they hit us was right behind the linebackers and just in front of the safeties.' Although Boswell has struggled this season, he has never missed a kick at Paul Brown Stadium. He had a game winner with 14 seconds left in Pittsburgh's 18-16 playoff victory in 2015. He had another on the final play of a 23-20 victory last December. Austin decided to take a chance with a blitz, hoping to drop a runner for a loss or sack Roethlisberger, rather than leave Boswell in position to kick another game winner. 'I didn't want to leave it into the field goal kicker's hands and allow him because it's not every day you block a field goal,' Austin said. DEFENDING BURFICT: Coach Marvin Lewis declined again on Monday to address linebacker Vontaze Burfict's latest hit to Brown's head . Burfict hit Brown in the shoulder and helmet with his forearm as the receiver was being tackled by Shawn Williams and Jessie Bates. Brown was shaken up and left the game for a couple of plays. The officials didn't flag the play, but the NFL could discipline Burfict after reviewing it. Burfict was suspended by the league for hitting Brown in the head during the 2015 playoff game and was suspended for the start of the next season. He also was suspended for the first three games of the 2017 season for an egregious hit during a preseason game. He sat out the first four this year for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. 'Everybody makes a comment on everything that 55 does,' Lewis said, using Burfict's number. 'They don't comment on anything anybody else does, so let's leave it at that.' ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • One star-studded freshman class has left Duke for the NBA. Another has come in right behind them. A national title once again is a realistic goal for the latest crop of blue-chip Blue Devils who seem to fit into neatly defined roles. Tre Jones looks capable of running the show at point guard. Guard R.J. Barrett has the all-around game that made him the nation's No. 1 recruit. Swingman Cam Reddish has the versatility to play four positions. Zion Williamson, at 6-foot-7 and 270 pounds, is capable of playing both big and small — and delivering highlight-reel dunks. 'The ultimate goal is a national championship, and as you can see, the teams that win a national championship have great chemistry with one another,' Williamson said Monday. 'They know where the ball needs to be, whose hands the ball needs to be in at what times, and they have fun with it. That's what we're building towards.' A beaming Coach Mike Krzyzewski said his starting lineup for now would include those four freshmen plus one of two returners — either Javin Delaurier or Marques Bolden — and plans to have them running the five-out motion offense, the system run by the NBA champion Golden State Warriors, among other high-scoring teams. Krzyzewski, who has reason to smile, said his players 'are great movement guys — if they're making great reads, then other guys are open 'because other guys are going to react to them. ... Another guy's going to have a better shot, and ultimately that's what the five-out motion does for these teams. ... They take on their own character by the characters that they have playing it.' Barrett said the freshmen and the returners 'can play positionless basketball.' 'We're really long and athletic, so it's going to be hard for teams to score on us,' Barrett added. 'On offense, we have three guys, four guys that can just get by anybody at all times. And we have a lot of shooters, so it's going to look good for us.' Of course, this isn't the first highly recruiting class to come to Duke thinking that way. Nor is it a new phenomenon for Duke to have a freshman-packed roster, with 14 of the 16 one-and-dones in program history passing through since 2011. The Blue Devils won the 2015 national title behind point guard Tyus Jones — Tre's older brother — along with Justise Winslow and Jahlil Okafor. But two years after that, Duke had three more one-year players — including Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles III — but flamed out in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Last year's group bore a closer resemblance to 2015, finishing a rimmed-out shot from the Final Four and losing to Kansas in a regional final. Krzyzewski is replacing the entire starting lineup from that group , four one-and-done freshmen — Marvin Bagley III, Wendell Carter Jr., Gary Trent Jr. and Trevon Duval — plus program stalwart Grayson Allen. 'All we can take away from them is the advice they give us about how it is, being a freshman at Duke, and the environments we're going to be in,' Williamson said. What the Hall of Fame coach wants from his current players is to communicate more effectively — especially on defense, where calling out screens and barking out quick instructions is vital. That was enough of a problem last season that Krzyzewski scrapped his beloved man-to-man defense in favor of a zone. 'It's kind of a nebulous thing to talk about. It's not an easy thing,' Krzyzewski said. 'The communication aspect has always been very critical for the success of our team, and it's actually why we had to change from man to zone last year, because we were never able to conquer the communication thing that man was needed. ... It almost worked to win the whole thing.' ___ More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
  • The fan seen throwing beer on Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill moments after he scored his third touchdown against the Patriots during Sunday night’s overtime game has been banned from Gillette Stadium, team officials said.  >> Read more trending news  It was clear through television replays that fans at Gillette Stadium were not saying nice things and were making obscene gestures to Hill, but it was also immediately clear one of them crossed the line by throwing beer directly into his face after his 75-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. Hill made seven catches for 142 yards Sunday night, and the 75-yard catch tied the game at 40 with slightly more than three minutes remaining in regulation. In a statement issued Monday afternoon, the Patriots organization said it had turned over the fan's identify to local law enforcement and issued 'a letter of disinvite to all future events at Gillette Stadium.' The beer toss, along with several rude gestures made to Hill, were widely derided on social media Monday morning, but Hill later reportedly began exploring legal options against the fan.  The Patriots (4-2) won 43-40 in overtime against the Chiefs (5-1).
  • Falcons kicker Matt Bryant is expected to miss the next game against the New York Giants after straining his right hamstring making a 57-yard field goal that helped Atlanta snap a three-game losing streak. Coach Dan Quinn said Monday the Falcons are going to bring in another kicker this week to fill in for Bryant. Giorgio Tavecchio, who was with the team at the end of the preseason, is among the candidates. Tavecchio kicked last season for the Oakland Raiders. He made 16 of 21 field goals, including three from 50 yards or longer, and all but one extra point. The 43-year-old Bryant is one of Atlanta's most reliable offensive weapons. He has connected on all nine of his field goal attempts this season, including three from at least 50 yards. Bryant's longest kick of the season helped clinch a 34-29 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. But he immediately grabbed his hamstring, hobbled off the field and headed straight to the locker room. The Falcons (2-4) face the New York Giants (1-5) next Monday night. Atlanta is off the following week, which would give Bryant extra time to recover before the Nov. 4 game at Washington. Coach Dan Quinn showed his confidence in Bryant when he decided to go for the long field goal with 1:10 remaining against the Bucs. With the Falcons clinging to a two-point lead, a miss would've given Tampa Bay excellent field position to drive for a winning field goal. But Bryant's kick barely cleared the crossbar, giving the Falcons an edge that stood up for the victory. 'I can't say enough about Matt Bryant and the kick he had in the fourth quarter,' Quinn said. 'He's one of the toughest players I've ever coached. Not just the toughest kicker, but one of the toughest players.' His teammates certainly realize how important he is to the team's success. 'He's an amazing player,' receiver Julio Jones said. 'Every kick is the same. His preparation every game is the same.' In other injury news, running back Devonta Freeman will likely miss at least one more game, according to Quinn. He didn't play against the Bucs because of a groin injury and earlier missed three straight games with a bruised knee. This is the second straight injury plagued year for Freeman, a two-time Pro Bowl selection and one of the NFL's highest-paid running backs. Quinn isn't sure about the status of receivers Calvin Ridley (ankle) and Mohamed Sanu (hip), both of whom had to leave Sunday's game. The coach said an extra day of recovery before facing New York in prime time could make a difference between playing and sitting. 'In the football world, a whole day is a big deal,' Quinn said. The Falcons also have been without defensive tackle Grady Jarrett (ankle) the past two games. Quinn said he'll know more about Jarrett's status when the Falcons resume practicing on Thursday after taking two days off. It's been a tough season physically for Atlanta, which already lost safeties Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen and offensive guard Andy Levitre to season-ending injuries. Linebacker Deion Jones is on injured reserve with a foot problem, but the Falcons are hopeful he can return after sitting out the required eight games. ___ Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 . His work can be found at https://apnews.com/search/paul%20newberry ___ For more AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/NFLfootball and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • Alabama got quite a scare at the sight of starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa on the ground clutching his right knee. But the situation could have been worse — on multiple levels. The Crimson Tide got a break, Tagovailoa was able to trot off the field and apparently won't miss a practice, much less Saturday's game with Tennessee . But if the injury was more serious, top-ranked Alabama has 28-game starter and 2016 Southeastern Conference offensive player of the year Jalen Hurts in relief. It's a comforting notion. 'He led us to the national championship (game) two years in a row, shattered all kind of records, and his resume speaks for itself,' Alabama tailback Damien Harris said of Hurts. 'There's never any doubt in our minds when he has to go in and play quarterback or any other position. Jalen's a pretty special talent, a guy that you only get to play with once in a lifetime. 'I'm thankful to have lined up in the backfield with him and see him do all these kind of things.' Tagovailoa aggravated a sprained right knee in the third quarter against Missouri Saturday night. He didn't return but coach Nick Saban said he could have. The Heisman Trophy favorite didn't miss practice leading up to that game and Saban said Monday he is 'probably better this week than he was last week.' 'We'll just see how he does in practice and continue to evaluate,' Saban said. More questionable is wide receiver DeVonta Smith, who pulled a hamstring on a long catch and didn't return. Saban says he is 'day to day.' There's no doubt Alabama's offense isn't the same without Tagovailoa, who's leading the nation in passing efficiency and has thrown for 21 touchdowns without an interception. But Alabama's Plan B isn't bad either. Hurts, who also caught a pass, has played a significant number of snaps in every game and finished off the 39-10 victory . His passing rating would be third nationally but he doesn't have enough attempts. Plus, Alabama has won 26 of the 28 games Hurts has started. Hurts wound up completing 7 of 8 passes for 115 yards in Tagovailoa's absence. 'It wasn't much of a big deal because we know Jalen will come in and handle business,' wide receiver Jerry Jeudy said. Hurts, who is scheduled to graduate in December, opted to stick around instead of taking advantage of the NCAA's new transfer rule. It further endured him to Alabama fans, as evidenced by the reaction when Hurts caught a 7-yard pass from Tagovailoa. Harris brought up that support without prompting. 'I appreciate looking and seeing how much our fan base supports him and how much they've embraced him throughout this whole entire situation,' the Tide tailback said after the Missouri game.' I definitely want to say thanks to our fans for the way they support him.' NOTES: Saban said defensive lineman Raekwon Davis could miss some playing time. Davis was penalized for throwing several punches at Missouri offensive lineman Kevin Pendleton on the ground after a play. Davis apologized on Twitter for his actions. ... Tennessee's defense has its own injury issues. Starting outside linebacker Jonathan Kongbo tore his anterior cruciate ligament against Auburn and is out for the season. Starting safety Micah Abernathy didn't play against Auburn due to an ankle injury. Safety Trevon Flowers, a freshman reserve who has received ample playing time, also missed the Auburn game after breaking his collarbone during Tennessee's off week. ___ AP Sports Writer Steve Megargee in Knoxville, Tennessee, contributed to this report. ___ More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
  • NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will be at Oracle Arena on Tuesday night, handing the Golden State Warriors what will be their third set of championship rings from the last four seasons. A banner will be displayed. Highlights will be shown. And then the Warriors will have to start all over again. The NBA's 73rd season starts Tuesday night, beginning a year where LeBron James will play for the Los Angeles Lakers, where Carmelo Anthony will aim to push the Houston Rockets over the top, where Dwyane Wade will take his 16th and final lap around the league. A new arena is opening in Milwaukee, eight teams will have new coaches, and everyone will be looking to see if the Warriors can win a third straight title. 'None of us are ready for this run to come to an end,' said Golden State's Draymond Green, part of all three Warriors' titles in this four-year run of dominance. 'So we've got to continue to approach it like we've got zero. And that's cliche and impossible to do, but you want to try to get as close to that as you possibly can. And that's my mindset always entering the season.' They will be the overwhelming favorites, with good reason. The Warriors still have Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Green, plus added All-Star big man DeMarcus Cousins — coming off an injury — on a bargain $5.3 million deal. And calling all the shots is coach Steve Kerr, who won five rings as a player and now three more as a coach. 'If they don't win, it's a failure,' Memphis guard Mike Conley Jr. said. 'I know that's how they feel as well. For us, for the other 29 teams, we're the underdog. We're trying to take what they have. It's a lot easier playing from the underdog perspective than coming in with a lot of expectation.' In this NBA, everybody else is an underdog. That even applies to Houston — which won 65 games last season, has the reigning MVP in James Harden, an elite point guard in Chris Paul who re-signed for $160 million this summer, a deep-pocketed owner in Tilman Fertitta and an always-tinkering GM in Daryl Morey. The Rockets had the Warriors against the ropes in last season's Western Conference finals, leading that series 3-2 yet falling after Paul was lost to a hamstring injury. 'We've all got one goal, man,' Harden said. 'You'll keep hearing the same story over and over until I'm not here no more. We've got to win a 'chip. We've all got the same goal. We kind of, a little bit, we kind of know what it takes to almost get there. But we haven't gotten there yet.' The Warriors are the best team and the Rockets had the best record, but the best player is now in L.A. After 15 seasons in the Eastern Conference, James — who has played in each of the last eight NBA Finals — has moved West. He signed a four-year deal in July with the Lakers, one that makes him the biggest star on the league's glitziest franchise. He's teamed up with talented young players like Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, and former rivals like Rajon Rondo and Lance Stephenson. 'I'm a basketball player,' James said. 'I play ball. That's what I do and that's what I live by. And when I do it at the level I do it at, everything else takes care of itself.' The only certainty in the NBA this season is that James won't win the East — ending an eight-year run of that, four in Miami and four in Cleveland. Boston, Philadelphia and Toronto (with the newly acquired Kawhi Leonard) are the top candidates to take over as East champions. The Celtics had a Game 7, at home, to get to the NBA Finals last season and lost to James and Cleveland, but now get Gordon Hayward back and a healthy Kyrie Irving again. Miami has been trying to get Jimmy Butler from Minnesota, and if they do — someone will get Butler before the trade deadline — the Heat may be able to get back into East contention. It might be Dirk Nowitzki's last season in Dallas. Gregg Popovich no longer has Tony Parker or Manu Ginobili with him in San Antonio, and the Spurs (who have been battered by injuries, including one to point guard Dejounte Murray) are no lock to extend their 21-year run of playoff appearances. Sneakerheads will have a big season, because the NBA now says players may wear whatever colors of kicks that they want. There's plenty of stories. But in the end, it'll be all about someone finding a way to beat Golden State — or not. 'I'll get back to you when somebody cracks that code,' Wade said. 'In this game, the most important thing is health. If they stay healthy, it's tough to beat them. There's teams that can, but you've got to do it, and you're going to have to do it four times.' ___ More AP NBA coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • A judge has scheduled a January trial for a 22-year-old Iowa drifter charged with killing a top amateur golfer from Spain. District Judge Bethany Currie ruled Monday that Collin Richards will stand trial Jan. 15 for first-degree murder in the death of Iowa State University student Celia Barquin Arozamena. Richards entered a written not guilty plea Monday morning and waived his right to a speedy trial. The filing canceled an in-person arraignment hearing that had been scheduled for later Monday. Investigators say Richards attacked Barquin on Sept. 17 while she was playing a round at a public course in Ames, near the university campus. Her body was found in a pond on the course riddled with stab wounds. Richards faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted. __ This version corrects the spelling of the judge's first name to Bethany, instead of Bethan.
  • Brian Snitker has a two-year contract for only the second time in his 43 years with the Braves. It's little wonder that Snitker, who turns 63 on Wednesday, said Monday he never assumed he'd be asked to return as manager even after leading Atlanta to a surprise NL East division title and its first playoff berth since 2013. 'I've been around long enough to know you're never guaranteed tomorrow in this business,' Snitker said after his two-year deal was announced by general manager Alex Anthopoulos. The deal includes a club option for 2021. Snitker began his long run with the Braves as a minor league player in 1977 and spent 20 years as a minor league manager in addition to stints as Atlanta's bullpen coach and third base coach. He said his only previous two-year contract came when Bobby Cox became general manager in 1985. Now, as a leading candidate to be NL manager of the year, he again has more than a one-year contract. 'It does give you a sense of accomplishment, I guess,' Snitker said. 'I feel really good about it. I feel good I have the opportunity to stay around longer and be a part of this.' Pitching coach Chuck Hernandez will not return. All other members of Snitker's coaching staff also received two-year deals. Anthopoulos said it was his suggestion to replace Hernandez, who he said is 'open-minded' about possibly returning in another capacity. Anthopoulos said Snitker had to be talked into replacing Hernandez. 'The human being he is, I think he would have had continuity there. ... I had some concerns. The more we talked about it, he understood,' Anthopoulos said. Snitker said 'I was that guy' who was reassigned in 2013, moving from Atlanta's third base coach to Triple-A Gwinnett's manager. Snitker said Hernandez is a 'wonderful, really good pitching coach,' 'I get that in the process sometimes you want to go in a different direction,' he said. Anthopoulos wouldn't elaborate on his concerns with Hernandez. He said there is no timeframe on hiring a new pitching coach and said the search could include internal candidates. Snitker was named interim manager in May 2016 after Fredi Gonzalez was fired. Snitker will be heading into his third full season as the club's manager in 2019. Anthopoulos said he was impressed with Snitker's leadership from the dugout. 'When we did hit a bump in the road, lost four games in a row, he was steady,' Anthopoulos said. 'Some guys panic.' After a third straight 90-loss season in 2017, the Braves improved to 90-72 with some of baseball's best young talent, including Ronald Acuna Jr., Ozzie Albies and Mike Foltynewicz. They lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in four games in the NL Division Series. 'I love everything about what's going on here from the front office to the organization,' Snitker said. 'The whole thing is really solid. It's got that vibe of what I remember from years ago.' The extension is sure to be met with approval in a young clubhouse. The players constantly praised Snitker and how he always had their back. 'He did a remarkable job,' star first baseman Freddie Freeman said. 'It's really hard to handle 25 to 35 personalities, and he's one of the best at it.' Anthopoulos said the team's payroll will rise in 2019. Right fielder Nick Markakis is a free agent and adding bullpen help and a catcher to share time with Tyler Flowers could other priorities. The team boasts a deep supply of respected pitching prospects, creating the possibility Anthopoulos could look for an offseason trade instead of free agency to boost the lineup. Snitker became a manager for the first time in the Class A South Atlantic League at 26, and his star seemed on the rise when he joined the big league club as a bullpen coach in 1985. It didn't last. He returned to the minors the following season, settling into a largely overlooked career as an organizational jack-of-all-trades. He managed at every level of the minors, from the rookie leagues to Triple-A, and got two more stints as a coach for the big league team. ___ For more AP baseball coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball