National Sports

Harper Mania in ‘Phull’ swing

PHILADELPHIA — Bryce Harper swag is going, going and just about gone before he takes a swing in Philadelphia. Phillies merchandise stores and ticket vendors are certainly getting their hefty cuts thanks to Harper hype. Harper has Phillies fans spending stupid money on his No. 3 jerseys, ...

Kingham goes four scoreless in win

FORT MYERS, Fla. —Nick Kingham struck out the first nine batters he faced in a scoreless four-inning day on the mound, and Colin Moran went 2-for-2 at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored for the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 6-1 win over the Boston Red Sox in spring training action ...

Recent champs show small deals can be big

Nick Jensen was just a Minnesota boy who played his first three seasons in Detroit. Then he walked into the Washington Capitals’ locker room and saw the likes of Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov, who welcomed their newest defenseman with open arms. “I never knew ...

14 years of winning Big 12 over for KU

The Associated Press Devonte Graham called up his former teammates at Kansas a couple weeks ago, offering them encouragement in the midst of a rough season and gently reminding them about “the streak.” The one Graham helped keep alive for four seasons. The one that stretched back 14 ...

FIFA looks into WCup co-hosting

FIFA continues the push to expand the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams, considering Kuwait and Oman becoming co-hosts with Qatar, which remains in the middle of a complicated diplomatic standoff with several Arab neighbors. Qatar’s infrastructure is already stretched for the Middle East’s first ...

Duke avoids upset loss at home to Wake Forest

The Associated Press DURHAM, N.C. — RJ Barrett scored 28 points and No. 4 Duke held on to beat Wake Forest 71-70 on Tuesday night after Chaundee Brown’s jumper rimmed out at the buzzer. Tre Jones added 13 points for a sluggish Duke team missing star freshman Zion Williamson for a fourth ...

3 get prison in recruiting scandal

NEW YORK — A former Adidas executive and two others who paid families to persuade top college basketball recruits to play for schools sponsored by the shoe brand were sentenced to prison Tuesday by a judge who said he wanted to send a “great big warning light to the basketball ...

Complaining about rules not doing golf any favors

ORLANDO, Fla. — The memo PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan sent to players on the new Rules of Golf can be interpreted different ways based as much on the timing as the message. One theme was to be patient. “We are committed to playing under these rules as we analyze their effectiveness ...

Ex-Penn State kicker franchised by San Francisco

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Five defensive players, all premier pass rushers, and 49ers placekicker Robbie Gould, were given franchise tags by their teams before Tuesday’s NFL deadline. Ends DeMarcus Lawrence of Dallas and Frank Clark of Seattle, linebackers Dee Ford of Kansas City ...

Archer has strong outing for Pirates

From Mirror, wire reports SARASOTA, Fla. — Chris Archer started and struck out four of the seven batters he faced over two shutout innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Baltimore Orioles, 10-4, Tuesday in grapefruit league action. The Pirates (5-5-1) trailed 2-1 before scoring five ...

Terps, Hawkeyes may meet again

Iowa and Maryland tussled for the Big Ten title all season, with the Terrapins emerging as the outright champions despite a loss at Iowa in late February. The Hawkeyes might get another crack at the Terps in Indianapolis this weekend with a shot at their first Big Ten tournament title since ...

Delany to step down in 2020

Jim Delany helped the Big Ten grow to 14 schools, launched the first athletic conference television network and helped construct the College Football Playoff while steadfastly protecting the league’s relationship with the Rose Bowl. Over three decades, as Big Ten revenues soared under his ...

Texans put non-exclusive tag on Clowney

The Houston Texans placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on defensive end/outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney on Monday. The move doesn’t close the door for the Texans to sign the edge rusher to a long-term deal. General manager Brian Gaine says: “Our goal is to continue to work with his ...

Giants CEO Baer takes leave of absence

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco Giants President and CEO Larry Baer was granted a leave of absence from the team on Monday following the release last week of a video showing him in a physical altercation with his wife. The Giants board of directors released a statement that said Baer had made ...

Sochi’s legacy: Loving ski resorts

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — In the five years since the Sochi Olympics, Russians have been flocking south to enjoy their subtropical ski slopes. The mountains above the Black Sea resort city are full of weekend skiers, with nearly a million visitors making the trip each winter. That’s ...

Penske still on top of racing world

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Somewhat overshadowed by the stifling scrutiny of NASCAR’s new rules package was another Team Penske victory. Joey Logano held off teammate Brad Keselowski’s last-lap push to win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway — the fourth victory for a Roger Penske car in seven ...

Gonzaga dominates WCC

Gonzaga moved back atop the AP Top 25 this week. Wins over Pacific and Saint Mary’s took the Bulldogs a step closer to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Still playing without one of its best players, No. 1 Gonzaga capped off a perfect run through the West Coast Conference and extended ...

Mitchell gets first PGA win

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Keith Mitchell’s first and until now only win as a professional was three years ago, on something called the G Pro Tour. As is the case with minitour life, hardly anybody was watching and hardly anybody noticed. He earned $5,600. Those days are long gone. ...

Logano holds off Keselowski for win

LAS VEGAS — Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski were side by side off the fourth turn, two teammates fighting for the last burst of speed on the final lap at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Logano barely managed to block Keselowski’s move, and the defending NASCAR Cup Series champion hung on for ...

Al-Shaair hoping to make a difference

INDIANAPOLIS — Azeez Al-Shaair views his NFL future differently from most other prospects in Indianapolis this week for the scouting combine. He’s not driven by fame or fortune, fancy cars or the latest high-priced gadget, and he certainly isn’t interested in comparing material ...