National Sports

MIS has been good to Earnhardt

BROOKLYN, Mich. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. was racing for the win in a 1999 IROC event at Michigan. Problem was, his opponent was in no mood to let him pass. “Dad drove to the bottom so I just went around a little bit higher and it stuck, and I got along his outside,” the younger Earnhardt ...

Wallace Jr garners 1st win since 2014

BROOKLYN, Mich. — In his first NASCAR Truck Series race in three years, Darrell Wallace Jr. looked as if he had never left. Wallace held off a late challenge from Christopher Bell to win Saturday at Michigan International Speedway. After taking the lead in his No. 99 Chevrolet with about 10 ...

Eighteenth hole causing problems at Quail Hollow

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jordan Spieth described the 18th hole at Quail Hollow Club as “ridiculously hard.” Justin Thomas said it’s simply “not a lot of fun.” Jason Day, well, he didn’t even want to talk about it, leaving the course Saturday without talking to reporters after an ...

Day shines early, fades as darkness approaches

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jason Day reeled off three straight birdies and took a remarkable gamble that didn’t pay off. This Day was moving at the PGA Championship, all right — both up and down. Day’s quadruple bogey on the par-4 18th finished off a 6-over 77 on Saturday that left him at ...

Memories of LLWS are special

Kids from around the world will be in South Williamsport next week to play baseball. Kids from Seoul, South Korea, and Emilia, Italy. Kids from Sydney, Australia, and Maracaibo, Venezuela. Eight international teams and eight teams from the United States will compete in the Little League ...

Elliott handed six-game suspension

DALLAS — The NFL suspended star Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott for six games Friday, concluding after a yearlong investigation that the league’s leading rusher injured his former girlfriend in three separate incidents last summer. According to the letter Elliott received ...

Kizer not ready to start just yet

CLEVELAND — DeShone Kizer’s time is coming. It’s just not here yet. Kizer excited Cleveland fans and impressed his teammates with a strong performance in his NFL exhibition debut, but Browns coach Hue Jackson isn’t ready to name him his starting quarterback. Unleashing his strong ...

Bills trade top receiver, cornerback in overhaul

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Buffalo Bills’ offseason overhaul isn’t over yet now that receiver Sammy Watkins and cornerback Ronald Darby became the latest players to be sent packing. The Bills dealt both starters in separate blockbuster trades on Friday in an effort to reshape the roster ...

Matsuyama, Kisner leading

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Hideki Matsuyama never looks satisfied with his shots or his score, no matter how good they look. Perhaps it will take winning a major to change that. Five days after the 25-year-old Japanese star closed with a 61 to win his second World Golf Championship, Matsuyama ...

Keselowski claims pole in Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich. — For Brad Keselowski, any victory at his home state’s track is special. Even if it’s only in qualifying. Keselowski won the pole Friday for this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race, putting himself in good position to try for an elusive victory at Michigan ...

Larson pulling double duty this weekend

BROOKLYN, Mich. — Kyle Larson is ready for a hectic weekend befitting his status as one of racing’s rising stars. Larson is set to race in today’s Knoxville Nationals, squeezing in the prestigious sprint car event before returning to Michigan to compete in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series ...

Spieth survives cut but is 11 strokes back

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jordan Spieth all but conceded that his pursuit of the career Grand Slam will have to wait until next year. So he’s approaching the final two rounds of the PGA Championship like he has nothing to lose. Spieth shot a 2 over 73 on Friday to move to 3 over for the ...

Stricker keeps eight-year streak going

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Steve Stricker had to clean out his locker and head home early after missing the cut in the PGA Championship at Hazeltine. That was in 2009. And it was on his mind Friday at Quail Hollow when he was outside the cut line and running out of holes. “It was on my mind today ...

Quail Hollow punishing on opening day

By Doug Ferguson The Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jordan Spieth began his quest for the career Grand Slam by not making a putt longer than 5 feet. What helped was that Quail Hollow punished just about everyone at some point Thursday in the PGA Championship. Kevin Kisner and ...

Caldwell makes Indy return

INDIANAPOLIS — Jim Caldwell skipped the homecoming parade Thursday and got right to work. With the first of two joint practices in Indianapolis before Sunday’s preseason opener, the Detroit Lions coach didn’t have time to shake hands, recount stories or reminisce about the decade he ...

Goodell attends Pats game

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is watching the Patriots’ exhibition opener. It’s his first game in New England since suspending quarterback Tom Brady in the scandal that came to be known as “Deflategate.” Goodell was in Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s luxury ...

High schooler dies during practice

The Associated Press FARMINGVILLE, N.Y. — A high school football player lifting a large log with teammates as part of a Navy SEALs-style drill was hit in the head by the log and died Thursday, raising questions about adapting such military training to young athletes. Joshua Mileto, a ...

Spieth feeling more relaxed

By Doug Ferguson The Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C.— Jordan Spieth already has shown a remarkable sense of the moment. He earned his PGA Tour card by holing a bunker shot on the 18th hole and winning a playoff. In the final round before the Presidents Cup selections, he shot 62 while ...

AP: Cleveland gets slugger Bruce from Mets

The Associated Press NEW YORK — A person familiar with the deal says the Cleveland Indians have agreed to acquire outfielder Jay Bruce from the New York Mets. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the trade had not been announced. Bruce is ...

League hires full-time refs

NEW YORK — The NFL will hire up to 24 full-time game officials. The league will begin hiring between 21 and 24 full-time officials from among the current roster of 124 officials for this season. The decision was announced Wednesday. “We believe this is a great development for NFL ...