National Sports

Popovich facing tough decisions with FIBA

ANAHEIM, Calif. — When Gregg Popovich was cut from the 1972 U.S. Olympic basketball roster, those making the decision took the easiest way out. They posted a note. “Clueless people,” Popovich said, 47 years later, grinning to at least try to suggest it doesn’t still bother him too ...

Hamlin holds off DiBenedetto to win

The Associated Press BRISTOL, Tenn. — Denny Hamlin spoiled Matt DiBenedetto’s shot at his first career victory — just days after DiBenedetto learned he’d been fired — with a late pass Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. Hamlin was the first Toyota and Joe Gibbs Racing driver ...

Newgarden picks up Long Pond pole

By Dan Gelston The Associated Press LONG POND — Josef Newgarden gets a kick out of anyone who considers the IndyCar championship race limited to two or three drivers. The 2017 series champion counts a field four or five deep all chasing him for first as the season winds ...

Playoff positions on the line at Bristol

The Associated Press BRISTOL, Tenn. — There is very little wiggle room in the race to make NASCAR’s playoffs, and as free agency hits full steam drivers are trying to secure their futures as fast as possible. Among those on the bubble is Clint Bowyer, in the 16th and final qualifying ...

Can Golden Gophers take next step?

Write it down The Penn State football team will play at Minnesota on Saturday, Nov. 9. The time will be determined at a later date. The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — The long-languishing football program at Minnesota has experienced plenty of potential breakthroughs over the last ...

UCF topping this year’s Group of Five class

The Associated Press Central Florida again shapes up as the nation’s top Group of Five program heading into the season. Just not by nearly as wide a margin as the last couple of years. The Knights haven’t lost a regular-season game since 2016 and now must try to continue that roll ...

NFL gives Hawaii a try for a night

The Associated Press Aloha. The Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams meet Saturday night in Honolulu, a place that used to be a regular NFL stop for the Pro Bowl. Instead, Hawaiians will see lots of backups for both teams, who faced off in a playoff game in January won by LA on its way to ...

Woods struggling to stay in top 25

The Associated Press MEDINAH, Ill. — Hideki Matsuyama has never missed the Tour Championship since his first full year on the PGA Tour. He played Friday like he doesn’t want the streak to end. Outside the top 30 in the FedEx Cup for the first time at the BMW Championship, Matsuyama made ...

Backup QBS are taking a beating

The Associated Press JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Cody Kessler’s return to Jacksonville lasted seven plays and ended with a slow walk to the visitors’ locker room. Philadelphia’s third-string quarterback was knocked out of the team’s 24-10 preseason victory against the Jaguars on the ...

Pats get Gordon back from suspension

The Associated Press NEW YORK — The NFL has conditionally reinstated Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon. Commissioner Roger Goodell notified Gordon on Friday that on Sunday, Gordon can rejoin the team for meetings and conditioning and individual workouts. After that, according to a league ...

LLWS features girl for first time in 5 years

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT — Maddy Freking’s left foot points back toward home plate as she assumes her stance inside a mesh batting cage on the grounds of Little League headquarters. The bat head swivels slightly as she stands tall, with that angled left foot helping her stay square to the pitch ...

College football awards could go to repeats

The race for the top individual awards in college football this season will have some standout players seeking repeats. Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor won the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s top running back last season, while Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy earned the Fred Biletnikoff Award as ...

Dale Jr., family safe after plane crash

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. will take the weekend off from broadcasting to be with his wife and daughter after the three were in a plane crash landing Thursday near Bristol Motor Speedway. The 44-year-old television analyst and retired driver was taken to a hospital for ...

Purdue’s hopes still on the rise

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Jeff Brohm likes what he sees at Purdue. The offense can rely on an experienced quarterback and a game-breaking receiver. The defense can build around a stout defensive line and some playmaking linebackers. There’s even a manageable schedule. With that ...

Newberry: Jay-Z sells out Kaepernick in money grab

Remember when Jay-Z was a dynamic hip-hop artist whose stark lyrics gave voice to the oppressed and downtrodden? Well, those days are over. He may have 99 Problems — but a conscience certainly ain’t one. Completing his transformation to total sellout, Jay-Z climbed into bed with those ...

Woods takes aim at next Tour event

By Doug Ferguson The Associated Press MEDINAH, Ill. — The course is familiar to Tiger Woods. The circumstances are not. Medinah is where Woods buried that 8-foot par putt on the 17th hole in 1999 to win the PGA Championship for the first time by holding off teenage Sergio Garcia. He ...

Sports at a glance

Colts QB will miss preseason INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Luck will likely miss the rest of the preseason with an injury near the front of his left ankle. Colts general manager Chris Ballard says he isn’t sure if the injury will keep Luck out of the Sept. 8 season opener against the Los ...

Jimmy G throws 5 INTs in row

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Jimmy Garoppolo had a practice to forget in his final session before facing an opposing defense for the first time since suffering a season-ending knee injury in September. Garoppolo threw interceptions on five straight pass attempts at practice for the San Francisco ...

Harbaugh, Cincy’s Fickell in dispute

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Jim Harbaugh lashed out Tuesday night at Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell, who said Michigan did not support a transfer’s attempt to immediately play for the Bearcats. Harbaugh said he told Fickell months ago he wouldn’t lie about what he knew regarding the transfer of ...

Terps starting anew under Locksley

Set the date Penn State will play at Maryland on Friday night, Sept. 27, the Nittany Lions first road game of the year. By David Ginsburg The Associated Press COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Coming off the darkest season in the history of the Maryland football program, the Terrapins are ...