National Sports

No Mexico; Chiefs, Rams playing in Los Angeles

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — The NFL moved the Rams’ Monday night showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs from Mexico City to Los Angeles on Tuesday due to the poor condition of the field at Azteca Stadium. The league announced the extraordinary decision six days before one of the ...

Top four spots stay the same

The Associated Press The College Football Playoff rankings held steady at the top, with Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan an unchanged first four from last week. The third rankings of the season were drama-free Tuesday night after every top-10 team won last weekend. In fact, the ...

One-time football employee sues Michigan State

The Associated Press EAST LANSING, Mich. — Former Michigan State football employee Curtis Blackwell has filed a lawsuit claiming his employment agreement was violated when he was disciplined while the school addressed sexual assault allegations against three players in 2017. Coach Mark ...

WVU confident ahead of Cowboys

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — No. 7 West Virginia’s mini-payback tour is off to a good start as the Mountaineers try to secure a spot in the Big 12 championship game. After a lopsided win over TCU, West Virginia has showdowns remaining against Oklahoma State and No. 6 Oklahoma. The Mountaineers ...

NHL, retired players reach settlement

The National Hockey League announced a tentative $18.9 million settlement Monday with more than 300 retired players who sued the league and accused it of failing to protect them from head injuries or warning them of the risks involved with playing. The lawsuit, consolidated in federal court ...

Duke victory changes everything

The Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. — Duke changed everything about who AP Top 25 voters considered to be the nation’s best team with a single dominating performance against a marquee opponent. It also gave the Blue Devils yet another milestone under Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski: a ...

Hoops du jour

Good opener for Mount men’s team CRESSON — The Mount Aloysius men’s basketball team opened its season Monday night with an 88-70 win over Shenandoah University in area college action. The Mount, which led, 41-29, at halftime, got 23 points each from Douglass Kaimonne and Julian ...

Season-ending injury for Rams’ star receiver

The Associated Press THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Los Angeles receiver Cooper Kupp is out for the season after tearing a ligament in his left knee, depriving the Rams’ offense of a major contributor heading into a showdown with Kansas City. Coach Sean McVay on Monday confirmed the ACL injury ...

Ohtani, Acuna Jr. win honors

NEW YORK — Shohei Ohtani was rewarded for a Ruthian season at the plate — and on the mound. Baseball’s best two-way player since the Babe at the dawn of the live-ball era a century ago, Ohtani was an overwhelming pick for American League Rookie of the Year on Monday despite an elbow ...

Cowboys win key game

PHILADELPHIA — Ezekiel Elliott had 151 yards rushing and his go-ahead 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter helped the Dallas Cowboys beat the Philadelphia Eagles 27-20 on Sunday night. The defending Super Bowl champion Eagles fell to 4-5 with their third straight loss at home while ...

Lions move up to No. 16

The day after earning a spot in the Big Ten championship game, Northwestern is ranked in The Associated Press college football poll for the first time this season. The Wildcats (6-4) were No. 24 in the Top 25 after beating Iowa to clinch the Big Ten West with two games to play. The rest of ...

Busch, Harvick to face off for title

AVONDALE, Ariz. — Kyle Busch won for the eighth time this season to tie Kevin Harvick for the most victories this season and set up a head-to-head battle for the championship. Busch’s victory at ISM Raceway outside of Phoenix was the final qualifying event for next week’s finale at ...

Harvick has something to prove

The Associated Press AVONDALE, Ariz. — The mood in the desert is tense headed into the final elimination race before NASCAR’s championship, a title Kevin Harvick is determined to win. The 2014 champion is on a mission to lead his Stewart-Haas Racing team into the title race, prove they ...

Northwestern earns spot in championship

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Northwestern clinched bowl eligibility and a spot in its conference title game on the same day. Only in the Big Ten West. Isaiah Bowser ran for 165 yards and a touchdown and Northwestern upset Iowa, 14-10, on Saturday to clinch a spot in the Big Ten Championship. The ...

Grier has his way with TCU defense

The Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Once No. 7 West Virginia’s offense found a rhythm, the Mountaineers imposed their will on TCU. West Virginia scored three touchdowns in a 3:25 span late in the second quarter to break open a tie game and propel the Mountaineers to a 47-10 victory ...

Top 25 roundup

No. 6 Oklahoma 48, Oklahoma State 47 NORMAN, Okla. — Kyler Murray passed for 349 yards and ran for 66 and No. 6 Oklahoma survived a late two-point conversion attempt to beat Oklahoma State on Saturday. Taylor Cornelius connected with Tylan Wallace on a 24-yard TD pass to cut Oklahoma’s ...

Steelers taking five after win

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger was still in the process of picking himself up off the Heinz Field turf when the scrum started, one that sent a message that at the moment it might be unwise to mess with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey and right guard David DeCastro ...

Bears’ Mack, Robinson practice without limits

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Two-time All-Pro pass rusher Khalil Mack and top receiver Allen Robinson look as if they’re just about ready to return after missing the Chicago Bears’ past two games because of injuries. Both players practiced without limitations Thursday for the second consecutive ...

NASCAR’s culture of cheating unmasked during playoffs

By Jenna Fryer The Associated Press AVONDALE, Ariz. — The credo in NASCAR has always been “If you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin’,” and that has never changed despite series effort to keep things on the up-and-up. Now that culture has resurfaced again and at a most ...

Spartans may play part of spoiler role

The Associated Press Spoiler season is here in college football, the time of year when being a party pooper is a worthy and honorable goal. After most of last week’s monster matchups turned out to be lopsided affairs, the next couple of weeks should be about setting up Titanic clashes on ...