National Sports

Hurricane impacting ACC slate

RALEIGH, N.C. — While safety concerns at Atlantic Coast Conference schools are being addressed ahead of Hurricane Florence, the storm’s significant impact on this week’s schedule will have a lingering effect on scheduling obstacles, monetary implications and bowl considerations once it ...

AFC North could be tougher than 2017

The Associated Press Considering what happened in the rain at Cleveland last Sunday, the rugged AFC North looks like it will be wide open. So tonight’s visit to Cincinnati by Baltimore takes on an extra bit of importance, even in mid-September, after the division-favorite Steelers ...

Big Ben hopes he’s ready to go

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hopes his balky right elbow will be good to go Sunday against Kansas City. The 36-year-old says he banged his elbow on Pittsburgh’s next-to-last offensive snap during last week’s ugly tie in ...

Winning streak pumps life into playoff chase

The Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A snoozer of a NASCAR season got a huge jolt of energy right before the playoffs with back-to-back wins by Brad Keselowski. Keselowski wasn’t a championship contender before the two crown jewel victories — at the Southern 500 and the Brickyard ...

Woman sues MSU over alleged rape

EAST LANSING, Mich. — A woman has filed a lawsuit against Michigan State University, saying she became pregnant after she was drugged and raped by Larry Nassar when he was a medical student in 1992 but that campus police refused to investigate. The lawsuit was among dozens filed to meet a ...

Panthers lose 2 starters to injury

The Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers will be without three-time Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen and second-team All-Pro Bowl right tackle Daryl Williams for the foreseeable future. The team announced Tuesday that Olsen re-fractured the same right foot that kept him ...

Professional athletes paying their respect

The Associated Press NEW YORK — In a way, Don Mattingly was about as far from the hustle and bustle of downtown New York City as an ex-ballplayer could be on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. The former New York Yankees captain was cleaning out stalls on his horse farm in Indiana when he ...

Hurricane threat already cancels out weekend games

The Associated Press Hurricane Florence has forced the cancellation of several Top 25 games this weekend, including No. 13 Virginia Tech’s home game against East Carolina, No. 14 West Virginia’s trip to North Carolina State and No. 18 UCF’s game at North Carolina. The Category 4 ...

Everyone in Green Bay holding their breath

The Associated Press GREEN BAY, Wis. — Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy needs more information on the extent of Aaron Rodgers’ knee injury to determine the quarterback’s availability for next week’s game against Minnesota. Rodgers was sore when the team returned to Lambeau ...

Browns only part of busy first weekend

The Associated Press Browns tie! Browns tie! Browns tie! It’s not a win, but Cleveland will take it after going 0-16 last year and 1-15 in 2016. The Browns rallied from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter against the rival Steelers and snapped a 17-game losing streak with a 21-21 ...

Tennessee losing all-pro TE for year

The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Three-time Pro Bowl tight end Delanie Walker has been placed on injured reserve after the Tennessee Titans’ season opener. The Titans announced the move Monday before coach Mike Vrabel’s news conference. Tennessee signed tight end MyCole Pruitt ...

Jets’ rookie quarterback has solid debut

The Associated Press DETROIT — Sam Darnold made a stellar debut despite throwing a pick-6 on his first NFL pass and the New York Jets intercepted five passes while routing the Detroit Lions 48-17 in their season opener Monday night. The 21-year-old Darnold became the youngest quarterback ...

Wait on for WNBA finals to conclude

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. — Dawn Staley and USA Basketball are used to players showing up in the final days before the world championship. It’s an ongoing issue with the current world cup format since the tournament begins right after the WNBA season ends. “It’s familiar territory,” she ...

Schools monitoring hurricane warnings

— The Associated Press With Hurricane Florence bearing down on the Carolinas’ coastline, conferences and schools are monitoring the strengthening storm’s progress and exploring contingencies for games this week. The National Hurricane Center issued an advisory Monday that the storm is ...

Alabama No. 1 at being No. 1

Alabama is No. 1 at being No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll. The Crimson Tide made its 106th overall appearance at the top of the AP rankings, which started in 1936, passing Ohio State for the most by any school. Alabama received a season-high 54 first-place votes from the ...

Djokovic wins 14th major

NEW YORK — The U.S. Open final suddenly appeared to be slipping away from Novak Djokovic. He dropped three consecutive games. He was angered by a crowd roaring for his popular opponent, Juan Martin del Potro. He was, in short, out of sorts. And then came Sunday’s pivotal game, a ...

Serena situation sparks rules talks

NEW YORK — Depending on the person and the perspective, there were all sorts of ways of viewing and interpreting what went on between Serena Williams and chair umpire Carlos Ramos during the U.S. Open final. Here’s what the big-picture takeaway should be: Tennis needs a commissioner to ...

Fitzpatrick retains European Masters title

CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland — Matthew Fitzpatrick sank a 12-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole to retain his European Masters title Sunday in a playoff against Lucas Bjerregaard. In a tournament whose winners include Nick Faldo, Ernie Els and Lee Westwood, the 24-year-old Fitzpatrick ...

Dreary day rains out Bucs-Marlins

PITTSBURGH — Sunday’s game between the Miami Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates was cancelled more than four hours before its scheduled 1:35 p.m. start time because of heavy rain that was expected to continue into the evening. The game was rescheduled for Oct. 1, the day after the regular ...

Brickyard 400 to be run today

INDIANAPOLIS — Persistent rain washed out the Brickyard 400 and delayed the conclusion of NASCAR’s regular season. Rain washed out the entire weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the final race before the playoffs was moved to today. It will run at 2 p.m., after the rescheduled ...