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    CINCINNATI (AP) — Anytime there’s a debate about the NFL’s toughest division, teams in the AFC North are quick to point out the playoff appearances.

  • Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron throws during the second half of a NFL preseason football game against the Chicago Bears, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    AJ McCarron’s impressive game puts Bengals at ease

    CINCINNATI (AP) — With an unexpected impressive performance, AJ McCarron put the Bengals at ease and got his first NFL football for the trophy case.

  • ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, AUG. 29-30 -  In this Aug. 23, 2015, file photo, Roger Federer, of Switzerland, returns the ball to Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, during a final match at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament in Mason, Ohio. Djokovic is the No. 1 seed for the 2015 U.S. Open. Federer is seeded second. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

    After restful summer, Federer in the swing heading into Open

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Roger Federer isn’t in such a rush anymore. He’s doing things his way and taking time to savor each moment.

  • Pearland, Texas' Zack Mack, second from right, celebrates with teammates after he hit a grand slam off Bonita, Calif.'s Antonio Andrade during the first inning of a U.S. elimination baseball game at the Little League World Series, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in South Williamsport, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Texas beats California in 8 innings to reach LLWS title game

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Pearland, Texas, hit a pair of homers in the bottom of the eighth inning Thursday night for a 9-7 victory over Bonita, California, and a berth in the U.S. championship game at the Little League World Series.

  • Pearland, Texas' Caleb Low, right, hits the game-winning two-run home run off Bonita, Calif.'s Jacob Baptista during the eighth inning of a United States elimination baseball game at the Little League World Series tournament, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in South Williamsport, Pa. Pearland won 9-7. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Fernando-admiring lefty leads Mexico into LLWS title game

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — The title round at the Little League World Series is flush with second chances.

  • Mexico's Daniel Zaragoza delivers during the first inning of an International elimination baseball game against Venezuela at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Mexico advances to International title game at LLWS

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Left-hander Daniel Zaragoza gave up only three hits and doubled home a pair of runs Thursday, leading Mexicali Baja California, Mexico, to an 11-0 victory over Barquisimeto, Venezuela, and a berth in the International championship game at the Little League World Series.

  • Lewisberry, Pa.'s Adam Cramer reacts after striking out Pearland, Texas' Jarrett Tadlock during the third inning of a U.S. double-elimination baseball game at the Little League World Series, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in South Williamsport, Pa. Lewisberry won 3-0. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Japan in LLWS International title game with 2 big comebacks

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — The closest thing to a home team at the Little League World Series is headed for the final of the U.S. bracket. And Lewisberry can expect a full house when it goes for the title.

  • Japan's Kabu Kikuchi delivers during the first inning of an International pool play baseball game against Venezuela at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Japan beats Venezuela, reaches LLWS bracket title game

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Tokyo got down to its final strike before tying it in the bottom of the sixth inning with a single, then rallied again to overcame a two-run deficit in the eighth for a 5-4 victory over Venezuela on Wednesday and a berth in the International bracket title game at the Little League World Series.

  • Mexico's Raul Leon (24) celebrates as he rounds third after hitting a three-run home run off Taiwan's Yen Cheng Yu during the first inning of an International elimination baseball game at the Little League World Series tournament, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in South Williamsport, Pa. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Mexico keeps going in LLWS, gets to pose with Rivera, too

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Mexico catcher Raul Leon, three teammates and their manager were waiting in the narrow hallway for their turn at the interview room inside Lamade Stadium. They spotted one of baseball’s greatest players walking toward them.

  • Former New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera throws out the first pitch before a United States elimination baseball game between Bonita, Calif. and Bowling Green, Ky. at the Little League World Series, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in South Williamsport, Pa. Rivera was inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence on Tuesday night between games of its World Series. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Mariano Rivera hated pitching in Little League

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