National Sports

New leaders running Coyotes

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Rick Tocchet played three of his 18 NHL seasons with the Arizona Coyotes. Steve Patterson worked three years at Arizona State University, the final two as athletic director. The Coyotes’ two new leaders are back in the Valley of the Sun — Tocchet as coach, Patterson as ...

Jackson not thinking about winning Heisman again

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Lamar Jackson didn’t start last season thinking about winning the Heisman Trophy. It just ended up that way. Of course the Louisville quarterback had a lot to do with outcome, thanks to his dizzying array of open-field moves and downfield throws. Jackson figures it’s ...

Howell, Schniederjans lead event

SILVIS, Ill. — Charles Howell III and Ollie Schniederjans each shot 8-under 63 in perfect morning conditions Thursday to share the first-round lead in the John Deere Classic. Howell birdied seven his first nine holes and added a birdie on No. 7 at rain-softened TPC Deere Run. The two-time ...

Murray falls to No. 24 ranked American

By Howard Fendrich The Associated Press LONDON — The first portentous sign of trouble for Andy Murray, surprisingly enough, came right as the two-time Wimbledon champion constructed an ample lead over Sam Querrey in the quarterfinals Wednesday. The top-seeded Murray flicked a ...

Timeouts will be limited in the fourth

The Associated Press LAS VEGAS — The NBA has for years heard complaints that a free-flowing, fast-paced and athletic game grinds to a halt at the most important and compelling time, when everyone tunes in to watch the final few minutes of a tight game. Now the league is finally taking ...

Cano goes yard for AL stars

By Steven Wine The Associated Press MIAMI — Aaron Judge’s flyball to center field in the fifth inning triggered a crowd crescendo even though it came to rest in a glove shy of the warning track. Giancarlo Stanton struck out twice and tapped out to the catcher, so his estimated ...

Commish open to more change

By Ronald Blum The Associated Press MIAMI — With home runs, strikeouts and game times at record levels , Commissioner Rob Manfred says baseball is open to making changes in the sport’s rules. Major League Baseball proposed several initiatives last offseason, including a 20-second ...

Cubs get one of their starters rehabbing at Class AA

The Associated Press SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. — Chicago Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks gave up one run in 3-plus innings Monday while making a rehabilitation appearance in the Double-A Southern League for the Tennessee Smokies. He said his finger felt fine after the game. Hendricks, who led the ...

Venus Williams makes semis at 37

LONDON — Venus Williams’ mother could not stop smiling and laughing. She had just watched her 37-year-old daughter reach the Wimbledon semifinals for the 10th time and, well, the whole thing was just a bit hard to believe. “She says, ‘I love my job!’ and she means it. I guess ...

PGA’s Monahan hopes to make Palmer proud

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Jay Monahan never said his first priority as PGA Tour commissioner was for every player to be just like Arnold Palmer. That would be asking for the impossible. Consider one of the many remarkable stories in Tom Callahan’s book, “Arnie.” Two men from ...

Gibbs replaces Kenseth with 21-year-old Jones

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Joe Gibbs Racing is replacing NASCAR’s oldest full-time driver with one of the youngest as the series undergoes a rapid changing of the guard. Erik Jones will drive the No. 20 Toyota for Gibbs next season. That has been Matt Kenseth’s seat since 2013, and he has won a ...

Pitching power will be on display in Miami

On deck Tonight: MLB All-Star game: American League vs. National League Time: 8 p.m. TV: FOX Pitching matchup: Boston’s Chris Sale, AL, vs. Washington’s Max Scherzer, NL By Ronald Blum The Associated Press MIAMI — In a year when it seems just about everyone is a power ...

Two-time champ falls in marathon final

By Howard Fendrich The Associated Press LONDON — Rafael Nadal kept getting pushed to the brink of defeat. He kept resisting. He dropped the first two sets, then won the next two. He erased two match points in the riveting fifth set’s 10th game, then another two in its 20th game. Only ...

LSU coach relishes new job

The Associated Press HOOVER, Ala. — Ed Orgeron is still an imposing figure at a podium even at 56 years old. With his barrel chest and booming, gravelly voice, LSU’s new football coach was the star attraction on Monday at Southeastern Conference media days. With his gregarious ...

Yankees’ slugger wins derby

The Associated Press MIAMI — Aaron Judge dominated the All-Star Home Run Derby in the same manner he has smashed his way through his rookie season. The larger-than-life New York Yankees slugger beat Minnesota’s Miguel Sano 11-10 with two minutes to spare in the final Monday night, ...

NY’s Judge will always remember .179

The Associated Press MIAMI — Aaron Judge keeps the only piece of motivation he needs on his phone. It’s right there on his notes app, always atop the list for quick access. He looks at it every day and said he’s done so for months, letting it serve as the perfect provider of ...

Rookie captures Greenbrier

The Associated Press WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — A strong finish in the U.S. Open late month helped prepare Xander Schauffele for the nerve-racking grind of chasing a title on the PGA Tour. The rookie made a 3-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday to win The Greenbrier Classic by ...

Rookie wins at Greenbrier

The Associated Press WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — A strong finish in the U.S. Open late month helped prepare Xander Schauffele for the nerve-racking grind of chasing a title on the PGA Tour. The rookie made a 3-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday to win The Greenbrier Classic by a ...

Brewers remain in first place

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Travis Shaw and Stephen Vogt both homered and the Milwaukee Brewers lengthened their surprising lead in the NL Central, topping the Yankees, 5-3, Sunday. The Brewers have won nine of 11. At 50-41, they go into the All-Star break in first place for the fifth ...

Heat turn to Waiters

MIAMI — Dion Waiters bet on himself last season, and it paid off. Waiters and the Miami Heat have agreed on a four-year deal, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations. The deal is worth a maximum of $52 million, provided all incentives are met, said the person who spoke ...