National Sports

Badgers first team to knock off a No. 1; WVU moving on

The Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. — When the season ended suddenly and shockingly, much earlier than Villanova expected, Kris Jenkins bent over in disbelief near mid-court. There would be no game-winning shot, no confetti-filled celebration, no more games. The defending champions — and ...

UConn’s new blood leads team in opener

The Associated Press STORRS, Conn. — Napheesa Collier and Gabby Williams didn’t play big roles for UConn on last season’s national championship team. The Husky forwards sent a message during Saturday’s 116-55 first-round rout of Albany that they plan to lead the team in the quest ...

Lakers coach furious over players’ ejections

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Malcolm Brogdon delivered a hard foul to Nick Young, who shoved back. Greg Monroe then staggered Young with another shove, which got D’Angelo Russell and Brandon Ingram involved — along with a Milwaukee Bucks security guard. The third-quarter fracas ...

Fantasy owners need to notice spring stats

The Associated Press Despite being told yearly that spring training statistics are overrated, fantasy baseball owners still buy into them and will over or underrate players as a result. While it’s true that most spring training stats are meaningless and muddy the picture more than ...

Giants come to terms with star defensive end

From Mirror, wire reports EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Star defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has signed a four-year contract to remain with the New York Giants. The team gave Pierre-Paul the franchise tag last month, and reached the long-term deal Friday. A two-time Pro Bowl player, ...

Logano offers up explanation over fight

By Bob Baum The Associated Press AVONDALE, Ariz. — The first face-to-face meeting between Kyle Busch and Joey Logano since last week’s post-race scuffle in Las Vegas is over. Whether the drivers feel any better about things headed into Sunday’s race at Phoenix International Raceway ...

Vikings pick up back from Oakland’s roster

The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — Adrian Peterson has taken his final handoff for Minnesota, a 10-year run featuring a league MVP award, plenty of off-the-field drama and a franchise-leading 11,747 yards rushing over 123 regular-season games. After the Vikings declined their $18 million ...

Jurors to deliberate on case

The Associated Press MIAMI — Federal prosecutors told jurors Tuesday that a Florida sports agent and a baseball trainer orchestrated an illegal Cuban ballplayer smuggling ring to get rich by making it easier for the players to escape the communist island and sign lucrative Major League ...

Price will start year on disabled list

The Associated Press Boston Red Sox left-hander David Price is likely to start the season on the disabled list because of a sore elbow. Starting the second season of a $217 million, seven-year contract, Price has not yet appeared in an exhibition game. “I think at this point, yeah, it ...

Philly slugger having strong spring

The Associated Press Brock Stassi hit his fifth homer — tying Bryce Harper, Yoenis Cespedes, Jabari Blash and Peter O’Brien for most in spring training — and tripled for Philadelphia as the Phillies defeated the Atlanta Braves, 9-0, in Grapefruit League action Tuesday. Starter Jerad ...

Jarvis Jones getting new digs in Arizona

The Associated Press TEMPE, Ariz. — Free agent linebacker Jarvis Jones signed Tuesday with the Arizona Cardinals. A first-round draft choice in 2013 out of Georgia, Jones spent his first four years in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but never made a big impact. He played in 50 games ...

Kelly thinks positive as spring approaches

By Matt Fortuna The Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Brian Kelly was at Notre Dame’s 5:45 a.m. player workouts this winter, a departure from the past. The Fighting Irish coach spent time with multiple position groups during his program’s first spring practice Wednesday, as ...

Storm changes travel plans

ALBANY, N.Y. — Teams chasing a college basketball title are contending with an unexpected wrinkle that’s making last-minute travel plans difficult — a fierce storm bearing down on the Northeast that’s expected to dump up to two feet of snow in some places and create blizzard-like ...

Jenkins’ shot still hangs over Wildcats, Tar Heels

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina’s Joel Berry II still replays it in his mind, over and over. The ball left the hand of Villanova’s Kris Jenkins, reached the height of its arc as the horn sounded then dropped through the net a split second before confetti started falling from the ...

Browns’ trade for Osweiler top shocker on free agency day

By Barry Wilner The Associated Press Everyone expected a free agency flurry when the NFL’s year began on Thursday. Predicting what happened with Brock Osweiler was beyond anyone’s projections. One year after signing a four-year deal with Houston, then losing the starting job to Tom ...

Tiger will bow out of Bay Hill

The Associated Press PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Tiger Woods won’t be at the Arnold Palmer Invitational next week and still doesn’t know when he will play again. Woods announced on his website Thursday night that ongoing rest and rehabilitation on his back will keep him away from Bay Hill and ...

MLB confirms Pirates vs. Cardinals in Williamsport

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Player’s Association announced and confirmed on Thursday that the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals will be playing a regular season game at Bowman Field on Sunday, Aug. 20, known as the MLB Little League Classic. Pittsburgh ...

The death of the anthem protest

Commentary Colin Kaepernick is looking for work, after a season more memorable for what he did before the games than anything he did while in them. What he’s not looking to do, according to multiple reports, is to continue his national anthem protest wherever he ends up. The more ...

AP: Dallas’ Romo will be a free agent

The Associated Press DALLAS — Tony Romo’s star-crossed career as the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys will soon be over. A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that the Cowboys will release Romo when the NFL year opens today. The person spoke to ...

Little-known signings can booster special teams

By Rob Maaddi The Associated Press The best signings in free agency are usually unheralded players. Quarterbacks and skill position players get the most money. High-profile defensive guys get plenty of attention. Special teams players fly under the radar but can make the most ...