National Sports

Sooners’ QB starts things off with first of many honors

By Ralph D. Russo The Associated Press NEW YORK — Baker Mayfield is The Associated Press college football Player of the Year, becoming the fourth Oklahoma quarterback to win the award since it was established in 1998. Mayfield easily outpointed Stanford running back Bryce Love, who came ...

Clemson coach defends his pick

By Paul Newberry The Associated Press ATLANTA — Dabo Swinney has an explanation for putting Ohio State ahead of Alabama in his last ballot for the coaches’ poll. “A moment of insanity,” Swinney quipped Thursday. “Complete insanity.” Alabama (11-1) slipped into the final spot ...

Moon accused of sexual harassment

Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon has been accused of sexual harassment in a lawsuit filed in California by a woman who worked as his assistant at his sports marketing firm. In the lawsuit filed early this week in Orange County Superior Court, Wendy Haskell alleges that Moon made ...

NHL going all out to improve game

By Stephen Whyno The Associated Press The nets aren’t bigger, the goaltenders aren’t smaller and yet scoring is up significantly around the NHL. Through the first two months of the season, goals are up more than 12 percent from the same time a year ago, including a whopping 14 ...

Nassar sentenced to 60 years in federal prison

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A former elite sports doctor whose sexual assault cases have rocked Michigan State University and the group that trains U.S. Olympic gymnasts was sentenced Thursday to 60 years in federal prison for possessing thousands of images of child pornography. It’s the first ...

Olympic plans unchanged

Members of the Trump administration surprised the U.S. Olympic Committee by suggesting the nation’s participation at the upcoming Pyeongchang Games in South Korea was “an open question,” and the USOC responded by saying it has no plans on pulling out. The confusion began when U.N. ...

Browns fire general manager

CLEVELAND — One win in two seasons cost Sashi Brown his job with the Browns. Coach Hue Jackson is keeping his — for now. Winless with four weeks left in another dismal season, the Cleveland Browns fired Brown on Thursday, jettisoning their top football executive who was unable to improve ...

Vols pick Alabama’s Pruitt

The Associated Press KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt’s mission is to get the Volunteers back to the status they enjoyed when his new boss was roaming the sidelines. Pruitt took over as Tennessee’s coach Thursday, capping a tumultuous search in which Phillip Fulmer ...

Division II stars making the big jump to D-I in Big East

The Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. — Manny Suarez always believed he was capable of playing Division I basketball, and he did for one season before unforeseen circumstances led him to the Division II ranks for a couple of years. Once he graduated from Adelphi University in New York, he knew ...

Barkley impresses voters in Big Ten Conference

The Associated Press Penn State’s Saquon Barkley is the offensive player of the year for the second straight season and Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell is defensive player of the year on The Associated Press All-Big Ten Conference team released Wednesday. Wisconsin took the other two top ...

Taggart leaves Oregon after one year

The Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Willie Taggart grew up a Florida State fan and dreamed of playing for the Seminoles. He never donned the garnet and gold as a player, but has managed to one-up that goal. Taggart was introduced as the 11th head coach in Florida State history on ...

Falcons need to rebound quickly

The Associated Press One of the NFL’s better rivalries has plenty riding on its latest installment. Saints-Falcons tonight also is one of the better midweek matchups on this year’s schedule. New Orleans leads the NFC South at 9-3, one game in front of Carolina, which the Saints have ...

Giants talking Stanton trade scenario

The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — Giants general manager Bobby Evans confirmed on San Francisco’s flagship radio station KNBR that the club has reached the parameters of a potential trade for Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton. Evans spoke Wednesday of the Giants’ pursuit of the ...

Ball withdrawing son from UCLA

LOS ANGELES — The father of UCLA guard LiAngelo Ball says he plans to withdraw his son from school because of concerns related to the freshman’s indefinite suspension for his participation in a shoplifting incident during the Bruins’ trip to China. The younger Ball, along with freshmen ...

Edwards official at Arizona State

TEMPE, Ariz. — Herm Edwards talked about trains and conductors, Catholics and Devils, told stories and cracked jokes, his timbre rising and falling for emphasis during a nearly hour-long introductory news conference. No doubt, the man can win over a room. Arizona State is hoping he can ...

DE Chubb takes home Nagurski Award

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Playing four seasons at North Carolina State has paid off for Bradley Chubb. The Wolfpack’s senior defensive end won the Bronko Nagurski Award on Monday night given to the nation’s top defensive player. The award was presented at the Charlotte Convention Center. The ...

Gronkowski suspended for late hit

The NFL suspended New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski one game on Monday for a late, gratuitous hit to the head of Bills defensive back Tre’Davious White. White was lying face down on the sideline after intercepting a pass in Buffalo on Sunday when Gronkowski body-slammed him, ...

Bowl-qualified schools show progress in class

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A study of bowl-bound FBS schools shows academic progress for all students had continued and the gap between white and African-American football players on making progress toward graduation has improved in the past year. The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport found ...

Frost’s assistants going to Nebraska

OMAHA, Neb. — New Nebraska coach Scott Frost will bring seven of his assistant coaches from Central Florida with him to Lincoln. Frost announced Monday that UCF staffers joining him will be offensive line coach Greg Austin, defensive coordinator Erik Chinander, defensive line coach Mike ...

McAdoo, Reese fired by Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Believing the team was spiraling out of control, the New York Giants went out of character by making two major in-season moves, firing coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese. With the team reeling at 2-10 in a season where most felt it was capable of ...