National Sports

Chris Berman’s wife dies in car crash

The Associated Press WOODBURY, Conn. (AP) — The wife of longtime ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman died in a traffic crash in Connecticut, the sports network’s president confirmed Wednesday. Katherine Ann Berman, 67, a teacher, was one of two victims in the two-vehicle crash Tuesday ...

Rockies’ rookie pitcher nearly no-hits Chicago

The Associated Press DENVER (AP) — German Marquez’s fastball was dancing. His curve, almost untouchable. And after a diving catch by Carlos Gonzalez in the sixth, well, Marquez’s mind couldn’t help but wonder. “I thought about it,” Marquez said of a no-hitter. Marquez allowed ...

Undrafted LB has chip on his shoulder

By Steve Reed The Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Ben Boulware has a message for NFL teams: You made a mistake. The linebacker who was the heart and soul — as well as the leading tackler — for the national champion Clemson Tigers defense last season has plenty of motivation after ...

Officials OK December football signing day

The Associated Press High school seniors can now sign football letters of intent in December in addition to the traditional signing period that starts the first Wednesday of February. The Collegiate Commissioners Association on Monday announced its approval of the new signing period, the ...

Stenhouse writes new chapter with victory

Commentary TALLADEGA, Ala. — “I have a boyfriend, his name is Richard.” With those eight words spoken by Danica Patrick in 2013, everything Ricky Stenhouse Jr. had accomplished in his career became a footnote. He was suddenly “Danica’s boyfriend.” The princess of auto racing ...

City of angels awaiting decision

By Graham Dunbar The Associated Press GENEVA — Los Angeles and Paris, both already seen as winning options for the 2024 Games, await their Olympic inspectors this week. The cities will host three-day visits by an International Olympic Committee panel, whose chairman has no doubt about ...

Braves release former MVP

ATLANTA — Ryan Howard doesn’t want to retire from baseball. He may not have a choice. The former National League MVP was released from his minor league contract Monday by the Atlanta Braves after he struggled at Triple-A Gwinnett, a major blow to the 37-year-old slugger’s hopes of ...

Yankees not tired enough to lose game

The Associated Press CINCINNATI — Brett Gardner and Matt Holliday homered, Masahiro Tanaka won his fifth consecutive start, and the New York Yankees shook off a long game and a short night’s sleep, beating the Cincinnati Reds 10-4 on Monday for their sixth victory in a row. The Yankees ...

Stenhouse gets 1st Cup win

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Ricky Stenhouse Jr. used a strong Ford engine to blow past Kyle Busch in overtime at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday for his first NASCAR Cup victory. It was the first victory for Roush Fenway Racing since Carl Edwards at Sonoma in 2014. Stenhouse, who has led a ...

Harman denies Johnson

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Dustin Johnson was in the clubhouse, tied for the lead and poised for a chance to join an elite class with a fourth straight PGA Tour victory. Brian Harman was on the last tee, knowing a birdie on the par-5 18th would be enough to win the Wells Fargo Championship. Harman ...

Always Dreaming wins in slop

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A trainer and jockey accustomed to success. A headstrong horse with a mind of its own. Together, they harnessed their collective talents to win the Kentucky Derby. Always Dreaming splashed through the slop for a 2 3/4-length victory on Saturday, giving Todd Pletcher and ...

Weather doesn’t damper spirit of the fans

The Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Danielle Bunker’s flowery hat drooped and rain dripped from her pink poncho as she settled into the waterlogged Churchill Downs infield, but she wasn’t going to let gloomy weather dampen her Kentucky Derby bachelorette party. “It’s all in the ...

Buckeyes repeat as volleyball champs

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Nicolas Szerszen led Ohio State to its second straight NCAA volleyball championship, hitting .480 and finishing with 16 kills and eight digs in the top-ranked Buckeyes’ 25-19, 25-20, 25-22 victory over BYU on Saturday night. Ohio State (32-2) also beat BYU (26-5) in the ...

Mets ace on disabled list until July

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mets ace Noah Syndergaard will be sidelined through at least the All-Star break because of a torn muscle behind his right arm. The hardest-throwing starting pitcher in the major leagues with an average fastball velocity of 98.1 mph this year, Syndergaard partially ...

Junior nearly gets the pole

The Associated Press TALLADEGA, Ala. — Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s farewell tour has officially started. All eyes are on NASCAR’s favorite son as he races today at the Talladega Superspeedway, a place where he’s adored by the fans and expected to win every time he gets in his ...

Almirola adds another to trophy case

The Associated Press TALLADEGA, Ala. — Aric Almirola earned the third Xfinity Series victory of his career Saturday by holding off a hard-charging pack in the closing laps at Talladega Superspeedway. He knew just minutes into practice at Talladega that he had a Ford capable of ...

Schumacher is tops at Southern Nationals

The Associated Press COMMERCE, Ga. — Tony Schumacher raced to the No. 1 qualifying position Saturday in the Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway. The Top Fuel pilot took his 82nd career No. 1 qualifier and second of the season with a 3.736-second pass at 325.45 ...

Patrick Reed surges into lead at Wells Fargo

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Patrick Reed was befuddled by the wind when his golf ball was in the air, and by the book when his ball was on the green. He went back to playing aggressively, and it gave him the lead Saturday in the Wells Fargo Championship. But not by much. Reed hammered a wedge into ...

Wie outlasts Yin in Ochoa match

MEXICO CITY — Michelle Wie rallied to beat Angel Yin on Saturday in the Lorena Ochoa Match Play to join Ariya Jutanugarn, Sei Young Kim and Mi Jung Hur in the semifinals. Four down after 11 holes at Club de Golf Mexico, Wie twice rallied to tie the long-hitting Yin and won with a birdie on ...

Warriors up 3-0 on Jazz

The Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY — Kevin Durant totaled 38 points and 13 rebounds as the Golden State Warriors beat the Utah Jazz, 102-91, on Saturday night to take a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinal series. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were a combined 7 for 29 from the ...