National Sports

Players eager to show power

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT — Joey Randazzo’s teammates marveled as the Grosse Pointe, Michigan, shortstop lifted pitch after pitch over the left field fence during Little League World Series batting practice on Wednesday. They were in awe again a batter later as Joseph Wisniewski used his ...

Coach calls Hackenberg a ‘rookie’

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The re-education of Christian Hackenberg is well underway. The New York Jets’ second-year quarterback took the field in a game for the first time in nearly a year last Saturday night, getting extensive action in the win over Tennessee. And as far as offensive ...

Tiger linked to marijuana

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Tiger Woods had the active ingredient for marijuana, two painkillers and two sleep drugs in his system when he was arrested on a DUI charge earlier this year, a report released Tuesday by police said. Police in Jupiter, Florida, released the report less than a week ...

Elliott’s suspension appealed

NEW YORK — The NFL Players Association has appealed Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension over the league’s conclusion that its 2016 rushing leader injured his former girlfriend in three separate incidents last summer. The union said Tuesday it will represent ...

Fowler inching closer to first major victory

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Rickie Fowler, golf’s version of an action hero, keeps showing up too late to save himself at the majors. His final six holes at the PGA Championship were nothing short of remarkable, the very reason why Fowler should remain in the category of “when” and not “if” ...

Seahawks DE Bennett plans to sit for anthem

CARSON, Calif. — Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett plans to sit during the national anthem this season to protest social injustice — and expects a backlash over an issue that is “bigger than a sport.” He sat on the visiting bench during “The Star-Spangled Banner” ...

Beckham putting on show, having fun at camp

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — After a miserable end to the 2016 season and the brouhaha about his desire to be the NFL’s highest-paid player, Odell Beckham Jr. is having a great time at training camp with the New York Giants. The 24-year-old wide receiver, social rock star and fan favorite is ...

Falcons running back Freeman ruled out

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — The Falcons’ Devonta Freeman has concussion symptoms, and the team is taking no chances with the league’s highest-paid running back. He has been ruled out this week’s preseason game at Pittsburgh in what coach Dan Quinn described as a precaution. Freeman left ...

Thomas rallies to win 1st major

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Justin Thomas remembers hearing the roar before he ever saw the shot. He had access to the clubhouse at Valhalla in 2000 as the 7-year-old son of a PGA professional, and the thunder from the gallery reached his ears before the TV showed Tiger Woods making the most ...

Thomas rallies to win 1st major

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Justin Thomas remembers hearing the roar before he ever saw the shot. He had access to the clubhouse at Valhalla in 2000 as the 7-year-old son of a PGA professional, and the thunder from the gallery reached his ears before the TV showed Tiger Woods making the most ...

49ers star rookies include Jerome

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — San Francisco’s rookie class made a positive first impression. Led by first-round defensive standouts Solomon Thomas and Reuben Foster, the 49ers had to be pleased with what they saw from a strong draft class and a few undrafted free agents in a 27-17 exhibition ...

Jones defends use of slogans

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee coach Butch Jones has heard the criticism over his use of slogans and catchphrases, from calling last year’s seniors “champions of life” to describing his pursuit of recruits possessing “five-star hearts.” But he doesn’t plan to change his approach ...

Bosox beat Yanks in 10

NEW YORK — Rafael Devers hit a stunning homer off Aroldis Chapman to tie the game in the ninth inning, and fellow Red Sox rookie Andrew Benintendi singled home the go-ahead run in the 10th as Boston beat the New York Yankees 3-2 on Sunday night. Chris Sale struck out 12 in his latest ...

Larson wins on restart

BROOKLYN, Mich. — Kyle Larson’s ambitious weekend ended in triumph. Larson slipped between cars on an overtime restart and won Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway. The victory capped a busy stretch for Larson after team owner Chip Ganassi allowed him to go ...

Rookie Jones reaches podium

BROOKLYN, Mich. — When a red flag halted the Michigan 400 on Sunday with just two laps to go, Erik Jones was left with plenty of time to think. Sitting in second place behind teammate Martin Truex, he pondered what he could do on the restart to get to the lead. He considered how his No. 77 ...

PGA victory a family affair for Thomas

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A flood of emotions and memories came crashing to mind as Mike Thomas watched his son Justin hoist the Wanamaker Trophy on the 18th green after winning his first PGA Championship on Sunday. “I just started thinking of my dad — three generations of PGA members,” Mike ...

Maloofs make big bet for charity

Gavin and Joe Maloof are so confident Floyd Mayweather Jr. will beat Conor McGregor that they bet $880,000 on it. And if the Maloof brothers are big winners along with Mayweather on Aug. 26, they are giving the proceeds of their whopping wager to charity. The wealthy entrepreneurs and ...

Iowa undecided on starting QB

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The competition for Iowa’s vacant quarterback job will extend into at least next week. Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz said Saturday following a public workout at Kinnick Stadium that junior Tyler Wiegers and sophomore Nathan Stanley will continue to split repetitions with ...

Kisner survives chaos-filled third round

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Even after his shot bounced high off a concrete bridge over a creek, Kevin Kisner wasn’t in the clear at the PGA Championship. His golf ball was buried in thick grass on a hill above the water. As he looked across to the 18th green at Quail Hollow, wondering how he could ...

Coach feels Tannehill will be fine in ’18

The Associated Press DAVIE, Fla. — Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase says he’s confident quarterback Ryan Tannehill will be ready for the 2018 season, but 2017 is out. The Dolphins placed Tannehill on injured reserve Saturday because of his left knee injury, sidelining him for the entire ...