National Sports

Conference schedules expanding next year

NEW YORK — Big Ten basketball came to the Big Apple on Thursday for media day and a look at Madison Square Garden, where the conference will hold its tournament in March. “This is the mecca of basketball,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. “It always has been. And I think it always ...

Experience matters in trying to beat Cats

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Kentucky opponents have trouble agreeing on what it takes to topple a program that annually brings in multiple future first-round NBA picks. Yet a few Southeastern Conference teams may have stumbled across a winning formula the last couple of years. Experience matters ...

Playoff elimination games looming

The Associated Press A team that has lost two games has yet to make the College Football Playoff. The playoff has only been in existence since 2014, and it’s bound to happen at some point, but for now it seems like a difficult bar to clear. So it seems fair to say that No. 11 Southern ...

Yankees head south with 3-2 series lead

The Associated Press NEW YORK — This time, it was Masahiro Tanaka who was untouchable on the mound. And when the New York Yankees sent Houston ace Dallas Keuchel to an early exit, their rollicking crowd let loose with a cathartic roar that must have boomed all over the Bronx. One more ...

Sports at a glance

The Associated Press Cubs win, force Game 5 with LA CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs staved off elimination Wednesday night, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-2, in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series. The Dodgers still lead the series, 3-1, with Game 5 tonight back in ...

Chiefs have enough for bounce-back win

The Associated Press No longer unbeaten, Kansas City now must concentrate on remaining atop the AFC West and, if the Chiefs can manage it, in front of the rest of the conference pack. The first step toward that comes tonight at Oakland, not exactly a favorite destination for the Chiefs ...

Eagles’ Long donating his salary

The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Chris Long is donating the rest of his year’s salary to increase educational equality. The Philadelphia Eagles’ defensive end already gave up his first six game checks to provide two scholarships for students in Charlottesville, Virginia. Now, ...

To suspend or not suspend; Elliott playing

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott was granted another legal reprieve Tuesday night in the running back’s fight to avoid a six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations. A federal judge granted a temporary restraining order blocking the ...

Owners, players air grievances

The Associated Press NEW YORK — NFL players and owners held an unusual meeting Tuesday to discuss social issues, a session both sides termed positive and productive. What was not discussed at any length was the divisive topic of the national anthem that has caught the attention of ...

Late surge gives Yanks 2-2 series tie

The Associated Press NEW YORK — With a soaring shot headed for Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park, Aaron Judge got New York back on track for another memorable October. Judge ignited a rousing rally with a home run, then doubled during a four-run eighth inning to spur the unflappable New ...

Sports at a glance

Pitino decides to sue Adidas LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Former Louisville coach Rick Pitino is suing Adidas and says the sportswear maker “outrageously conspired” to funnel money to the family of a Cardinal recruit without his knowledge. Pitino’s lawsuit filed Tuesday comes a day after ...

Talladega too dicey for playoffs

By Jenna Fryer The Associated Press TALLADEGA, Ala. — Here’s what went right at Talladega Superspeedway: n It was a beautiful day with packed grandstands. n Fans were treated to a sincere send-off to Dale Earnhardt Jr. n NBC’s overnight television rating was the highest for this ...

Fighting Irish QB will play against Trojans

The Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. — No. 13 Notre Dame will have quarterback Brandon Wimbush ready for Saturday’s home game against No. 11 Southern California. Coach Brian Kelley says Wimbush is “100 percent” after missing the win over North Carolina two weeks ago because of a ...

Yankees crush Astros in Game 3

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Back in the Bronx, the big guys delivered. Greeted by an array of “All Rise” signs in a ballpark that fits their style, Aaron Judge hit a three-run homer and made a pair of sparkling catches, leading CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees over the ...

New rivalry beginning tonight for the league

The Associated Press MIAMI — LeBron James loves rivalries. Ohio State-Michigan. North Carolina-Duke. Cowboys-Redskins. Those are some of the favorite matchups he’s cited over the years, ones that have been honed by the flowing of bad blood over generations. Kyrie Irving left Cleveland ...

Pitino is officially out at Louisville

The Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Rick Pitino has been able to roam the sidelines as Louisville’s iconic men’s basketball coach, even defiantly at times, holding onto his job amid a series of highly embarrassing missteps off the court. Things looked bleak this time around, with a ...

Moos introduced as Cornhuskers’ AD

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska football fans longing to recapture the Cornhuskers’ glorious past can be assured that the school’s new athletic director knows his history. One of the first anecdotes Bill Moos told at his introductory news conference Sunday was about tuning into those classic ...

Red zone defense helping Badgers

MADISON, Wis. — The way that outside linebacker Leon Jacobs has responded to challenges during his career epitomizes how the Wisconsin defense takes on tough situations. No excuses, no finger-pointing and rewarding results. The Badgers are stingy in the red zone. They galvanize after ...

Mountaineers back in Top 25

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia was supposed to be in rebuilding mode in the Big 12 this season as the conference welcomes the return of its championship game. Behind national touchdown receptions leader David Sills V and comeback kid Will Grier, the Mountaineers’ latest performance has ...

Turner’s walk-off gives Dodgers 2-0 lead

LOS ANGELES — Justin Turner hit a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 4-1 on Sunday to take a 2-0 lead in the NL Championship Series. Turner drove in every run for Los Angeles, going the other way for a tying ...