National Sports

New Orleans outlasts Lions

NEW ORLEANS — Saints defensive lineman Cam Jordan saw the goal post right in front him and couldn’t resist the urge to rise up for a basketball-style dunk of the football over the cross bar. Jordan had just tipped quarterback Matthew Stafford’s pass to himself in the Detroit end zone ...

18-point deficit erased by WVU

The Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia finally beat a ranked opponent, using a big rally to do it. Will Grier threw four of his five touchdown passes in the second half and West Virginia overcame an 18-point deficit after halftime to beat No. 24 Texas Tech 46-35 on ...

Perez leading by 4 strokes

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Pat Perez turned in an 8-under 64 at the third round of the PGA Tour’s CIMB Classic to open up a four-shot lead over closest rival Xander Schauffele. The American, who led by a single stroke coming into Saturday, turned on the style on the back nine with six ...

Verlander goes distance for Astros

HOUSTON — With each stinging line drive, Jose Altuve is putting his stamp on this October. Same with every pitch from Justin Verlander, no matter the inning or score. Houston’s longest tenured player and its durable new ace — an incomparable pair so far this postseason. Altuve raced ...

Chiefs make series of roster moves in prep for Steelers game

The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs placed Chris Conley on injured reserve with a ruptured Achilles’ tendon Saturday and elevated fellow wide receiver Marcus Kemp from the practice squad to the active roster. Kansas City also changed wide receiver Albert Wilson’s status ...

Earnhardt Jr. claims final-race pole

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. has won the pole for his final scheduled Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway. Earnhardt is retiring from full-time competition at the end of the season, and the Alabama crowd has always embraced NASCAR’s most popular driver. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has ...

Dodgers top Cubs

LOS ANGELES — Chris Taylor hit a tiebreaking homer in the sixth inning, Yasiel Puig added a homer and an RBI double to his dynamite postseason, and the Los Angeles Dodgers overcame a short start by Clayton Kershaw for a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night in the NLCS ...

Top 25 roundup

No. 6 TCU 26, Kansas State 6 MANHATTAN, Kan. — Kenny Hill threw for 297 yards and ran for a touchdown, TCU’s defense shut down Kansas State’s ailing offense and the sixth-ranked Horned Frogs remained unbeaten with a weather-delayed 26-6 victory over the Wildcats on Saturday. Sewo ...

Cavs finalize roster after trade

CLEVELAND — Valuable veteran Richard Jefferson has been traded from Cleveland to Atlanta and waived. The Cavaliers and Hawks finalized their trade on Saturday with Jefferson and guard Kay Felder going to Atlanta with a pair of second-round draft picks and $3 million. Cleveland needed to ...

No. 2 Clemson upset by Orange

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Eric Dungey threw for 278 yards and three touchdowns, Cole Murphy kicked a tiebreaking field goal in the fourth quarter, and Syracuse stunned No. 2 Clemson 27-24 on Friday night to put a damper on the Tigers’ chances to repeat as national champions. âWe had ...

Cubs win, eliminate Nationals

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Addison Russell drove in four runs, Wade Davis earned a seven-out save, and the Chicago Cubs reached their third NL Championship Series in a row by edging the Washington Nationals 9-8 in a thriller of a Game 5. The defending World Series champion Cubs ...

Keuchel leads Houston against Yanks in opener

The Associated Press HOUSTON — Dallas Keuchel is tired of talking about his success against the New York Yankees. It didn’t matter on Thursday, though. It was an unavoidable subject for Houston’s ace as he prepares to start against them in Game 1 of the AL Championship Series tonight. ...

Eagles improve to 5-1 with win

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carson Wentz threw for 222 yards and three touchdowns to help the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Carolina Panthers 28-23 on Thursday night to improve to an NFC-best 5-1. The Eagles turned two interceptions deep in Carolina territory into 15 points, with touchdown passes to ...

Eagles-Panthers makes for good matchup

Just think: We get another enticing Thursday night matchup. A week after the Patriots beat the Buccaneers in a tight prime-timer, division leaders Philadelphia and Carolina go at it in Charlotte. These two are tied with the Packers for the best record in the NFC at 4-1. The Panthers have ...

Kansas City dealing with several injuries

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Andy Reid had just finished the Kansas City Chiefs’ morning walkthrough inside the team’s practice facility when he stepped up to a microphone and began a roster roll call. At least, that’s what it sounded like. The long list of names was in fact the injury ...

Strasburg, Nationals force deciding game

CHICAGO — Stephen Strasburg gave Washington everything he had, and it was more than enough. So much for all those questions about heart and character. Strasburg shook off an illness and pitched seven dominant innings, Michael A. Taylor hit a late grand slam and the Nationals beat the ...

Rain not changing starter for Nationals

The Associated Press CHICAGO — The showers came a little late, but the rain that soaked Wrigley Field and washed out Game 4 of the NL Division Series followed Tuesday’s forecast pretty closely. Instead, Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker delivered the biggest surprise of the ...

Tribe not panicking for Game 5

The Associated Press CLEVELAND — There were no noticeable signs of panic or pressure. Now is not the time to show any weakness. As the Cleveland Indians got ready for their biggest game this season, a winner-take-all Game 5 tonight against the New York Yankees, everything seemed normal, ...

NFL may change anthem policy

The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — NFL owners will meet next week to consider changes to a game manual that says players “should” stand during the national anthem, a guideline the league has left to the discretion of players who kneeled in large numbers after criticism from ...

Cardinals acquire RB Peterson

The Associated Press PHOENIX — The Arizona Cardinals, with the worst rushing game in the NFL, acquired running back Adrian Peterson from the New Orleans Saints in exchange for an undisclosed 2018 draft pick. The 32-year-old Peterson has rushed for 11,828 yards and 97 touchdowns in his ...