National Sports

League ready to celebrate birthday

The Associated Press OTTAWA, Ontario — It was a night of sticky ice, last-minute player signings and a small crowd. Such were the glitches when the NHL it made its debut 100 years ago. Now, the world’s premier hockey league celebrates its centennial with an outdoor game tonight between ...

Parade of relievers keep rolling as winter meetings end

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Much like the postseason, the baseball winter meetings became a parade of relievers. Steve Cishek and Fernando Rodney were on the move Thursday, joining Brandon Morrow, Luke Gregerson, Bryan Shaw, Joe Smith and other setup men, middlemen and specialists going to new ...

Youth murder trail heads to jury

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Jurors are set to begin deliberations in a murder trial involving the 2015 death of a Tennessee teenager who shielded friends from gunfire and was posthumously hailed as a hero by then-President Barack Obama. Prosecutors and defense lawyers gave their closing arguments ...

Are 39 bowl games enough?

The Associated Press We have some bad news. It happened months ago, but there is a chance you were not paying attention when the Poinsettia Bowl passed away back in January. If you need to sit down or take a moment to let that settle in, it’s OK. Somehow, college football fans will have ...

Coaching salaries increase despite tax threat

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A potential new tax on seven-figure salaries for employees of non-profits hasn’t deterred schools from doling out huge contracts to new coaches. Football powers aiming for a national title have continued to pay the market rate for proven coaches, topped ...

Bloom is off CEO Jeter’s rose

The Associated Press MIAMI — Reacting to the Giancarlo Stanton trade, a Miami Marlins supporter who is a priest suggested in church that fans boycott the team’s games in protest. Does Derek Jeter have a prayer? Always a winner as captain of the New York Yankees, Jeter is now trying to ...

Eagles’ Folk stepping into big shoes

PHILADELPHIA — Carson Wentz got the Eagles this far. Now, it’s up to Nick Foles to deliver Philadelphia its first Super Bowl title. Wentz has a torn left ACL and will miss the rest of the season and playoffs, forcing the NFC East champions to turn to a familiar backup who once had one of ...

Dolphins shock New England

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Tom Brady was intercepted twice by Xavien Howard and held without a third-down conversion Monday night, and the Miami Dolphins snapped the New England Patriots’ eight-game winning streak with a surprising 27-20 victory. The Dolphins (6-7) were 11-point underdogs at ...

Contenders looking to stock up

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — No matter how much their fans imagined Giancarlo Stanton bashing balls over the Green Monster, the Boston Red Sox never came close to getting the NL MVP. But does anyone really expect the Red Sox or the Cubs and other top contenders to stand still after seeing the ...

Russians expect to top 200 in SKorea

MOSCOW — Despite Russia’s ban from the upcoming Olympics, officials in the country still expect more than 200 of their athletes to compete at the Pyeongchang Games. Under International Olympic Committee sanctions announced last week, all Russians must compete under the Olympic flag as ...

Army: QB’s sexual assault allegations unfounded

By Mike Cranston The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — The U.S. Military Academy said sexual assault allegations against Army quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw were proved to be unfounded and the case is closed. The academy released a statement Saturday, a day after the Daily Beast published a ...

Hall of Fame will have that Tiger feeling

The Associated Press LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Former Detroit Tigers teammates Jack Morris and Alan Trammell were elected to the baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, completing the journey from Motown to Cooperstown. Morris, a big-game pitcher, and Trammell, a star shortstop, were picked by a ...

AP: Wentz suffers torn ACL

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Two sources familiar with the injury tell The Associated Press that doctors believe Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz tore his left anterior cruciate ligament in a 43-35 win over the Rams on Sunday and will miss the rest of the season and ...

20178 Heisman list looks wide open at the moment

By Ralph D. Russo The Associated Press The 2018 Heisman Trophy race could be wide open. There will be no returning winner, with Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield becoming the first senior to win the award since 2006. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, the 2016 winner and a finalist ...

Cam clutch for Carolina

The Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam Newton delivered the body blow and Jonathan Stewart provided the knockout punch for Carolina. Newton’s 62-yard run set up Stewart’s 1-yard touchdown leap — his third TD run of the day — with 1:47 remaining to lift the Panthers to a 31-24 ...

Around the NFL

The Associated Press Bills 13, Colts 7 ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — LeSean McCoy scored on a 21-yard run with 1:33 left in overtime to secure the Buffalo Bills’ 13-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts in a wintry, white-out setting best suited for snow shoes and sled dogs. McCoy finished with ...

Stanford needs double OT for title

The Associated Press CHESTER — Sam Werner ripped off his shirt, raced the length of the field and was smothered by a swarm of Stanford teammates. Even for a budding dynasty, that championship feeling isn’t getting old. Werner scored in the second overtime to lead Stanford to its ...

Mayfield wins in landslide

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield has won the Heisman Trophy, completing a climb from walk-on to one of the most accomplished players in the history of college football. The brash, flag-planting Sooners star became the sixth Oklahoma player to the win ...

Army able to hang on at the wire

The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Bennett Moehring narrowly missed a 48-yard field goal in the swirling snow on the final play and Army held off Navy, 14-13, Saturday to win its first Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy since 1996. Army (9-3) earned its second straight win over Navy (6-6) ...

Cardinals’ Jackson relaxed this season

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Lamar Jackson gets asked to do the Heisman Trophy pose a lot. No matter where he goes, even in bustling and crowded Times Square, he gets recognized often. No sooner was Jackson done talking about the fame that has come from winning the Heisman last ...