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AP Top Sports News at 12:43 a.m. EDT

Boston Red Sox clinch AL East crown, go worst to 1st again
NEW YORK (AP) -- Even though they let a win get away Wednesday night, the Boston Red Sox locked up something more important. And as far as they were concerned, an AL East title was certainly worth celebrating....

Mickelson promises prepared US team at Ryder Cup
CHASKA, Minn. (AP) -- Two days before the Ryder Cup, Phil Mickelson went back 12 years to drive home a point that the Americans are prepared to play their best golf....

Danny Willett apologizes for brother's words about US fans
CHASKA, Minn. (AP) -- With stakes at the Ryder Cup so high, the players are under plenty of pressure. Danny Willett's focus faltered a bit Wednesday during practice at Hazeltine National Golf Club....

Texans place star DE JJ Watt on injured reserve
HOUSTON (AP) -- J.J. Watt is out until at least December and could miss the rest of the season with an injured back, leaving the Texans searching for ways to deal with the loss of the NFL's best defensive player....

Cowboys' Bryant has hairline knee fracture, outlook unclear
FRISCO, Texas (AP) -- Dez Bryant could be joining Tony Romo on the sidelines again, just like a year ago when Dallas slid from first place to last in the NFC East without the two offensive stars....

1936 Olympians receive overdue recognition at White House
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Shortly after Jesse Owens returned home from his snubbing by Adolph Hitler at the 1936 Olympics, he and America's 17 other black Olympians found a less-than-welcoming reception from their own government, as well....

Miami leads Fernandez from Marlins Park; Mets win 5-2
MIAMI (AP) -- The Marlins walked half a block alongside a hearse carrying their ace away from Marlins Park at the start of a funeral motorcade Wednesday, and then peeled away with watery eyes to go back inside and play a game....

Tebow homers in 1st at-bat for Mets in instructional debut
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- Tim Tebow made a powerful first impression for the New York Mets instructional league....

Rex Ryan, ace reporter? Asks Pats' Edelman if he'll play QB
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- Add another reporter to the NFL beat: Rex Ryan....

Burfict back. Will he be under control for Bengals?
Burfict's back, just in time for the Bengals....

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