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NASHVILLE (AP) — Cairo Santos pulled his first field goal attempt wide left from 50 yards, tried to fix the issue and overcorrected, yanking his next attempt from 36 yards wide right.

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OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — The temptation to look to the future is understandable for Mississippi coach Matt Luke. After all, the most productive skill position players are freshmen, and a rebuilt defensive unit is filled with first-year starters and newcomers filling key roles.

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ATLANTA (AP) — Marcell Ozuna and Kolten Wong each hit two-run doubles in the ninth inning as the St. Louis Cardinals overcame shaky defense and a wild finish to extend Atlanta’s postseason misery, holding off the Braves 7-6 in Game 1 of the NL Division Series on Thursday night.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — After all the heartache and close calls, all the early exits, maybe it makes sense that a 20-year-old kid who never had been to the postseason, Juan Soto, would help the Washington Nationals finally advance.

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NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans and the Buffalo Bills tend to make NFL history whenever these teams meet in the playoffs. The former Houston Oilers got both payback and a finish that will be remembered forever the previous time they got together.

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CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Alex Bowman had just advanced to the second round of NASCAR’s playoffs, climbed from his car and slumped to the ground, dehydrated and overcome by the heat. As he was receiving medical attention, Bubba Wallace approached him and angrily splashed liquid in Bowman’s face.

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NEW YORK (AP) — It’s been almost two decades since the Atlanta Braves advanced in the playoffs. After a sluggish conclusion to another rousing regular season, they’re positive this year can be different.

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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The Auburn Tigers have successfully navigated one-third of the season largely because of one of the Southeastern Conference’s better defenses.

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NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans got an extra day of much-needed practice Monday after giving themselves plenty to fix after a terrible performance under the lights in Jacksonville.

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NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Predators have had plenty of time to look in the mirror. They still like what they see, but they did tweak the roster that had been good enough to win back-to-back Central Division titles.

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KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee has used three different starting offensive lines in as many games as the Volunteers try to find an effective combination.

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NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota finds himself needing a strong performance on a short week to help erase a struggling performance in the Titans’ home opener.

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KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee cornerback Bryce Thompson has returned to practice less than three weeks after his arrest on a misdemeanor domestic assault charge.

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KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt will be relying more and more on younger players to help the Volunteers bounce back from their worst start in over three decades.

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees and Wil Lutz supplied the accuracy and poise New Orleans needed to overcome another officiating gaffe and its defense’s late collapse.

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NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans are about to find out how well they can handle all the attention that comes with blowing out a preseason favorite on the road.

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KNOXVILLE (AP) — Finally given time to throw for one of the few times all night, Zach Wilson delivered a stunning pass and helped rescue BYU from near-certain defeat.

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ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia (1-0) will be eager to get plenty of players into the game, especially those who didn’t make the trip to Vanderbilt for the opener last weekend, in its home matchup with Ohio Valley Conference program Murray State on Saturday in Athens.

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KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee’s Jeremy Pruitt built defenses that feasted on turnovers during his career as an assistant. Now that he’s a head coach, Pruitt is still waiting for his Volunteers to develop a similar knack.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s decision to shift $3.6 billion from military construction projects to build 175 miles of President Donald Trump’s wall along the Mexican border drew sharp pushback Wednesday from some Democrats.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley has a foot injury that could sideline him all season.

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KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt says he still has faith in his team as it attempts to bounce back from one of the most embarrassing defeats in school history.

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DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — A joyful Dale Earnhardt Jr. returned to the racetrack Saturday, finishing sixth in the Xfinity event at Darlington Raceway a little more than two weeks after he and his family escaped a plane that crash-landed in Tennessee and went up in flames.

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MEMPHIS (AP) — Memphis quarterback Brady White has two seasons of eligibility remaining, yet he already has earned his master’s degree.

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NASHVILLE (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger needed three short series to show he’s ready for the regular season, even though he wasn’t happy the Steelers didn’t score earlier.

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NASHVILLE (AP) — Safety Kevin Byard has heard the predictions that the Tennessee Titans will finish last in the AFC South, and it’s very easy to ignore all that chatter.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence headlines The Associated Press preseason All-America team, and he has two teammates from the top-ranked Tigers with him on the first team.

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BRISTOL (AP) — The winner climbed from his car and immediately apologized for denying an underdog his first career victory. The runner-up, in tears over his near miss, was raucously embraced by the crowd for his oh-so-close effort.

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