National Sports

Browns not overly worried about injured top pick

The Associated Press CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns finally caught a break. Top pick Myles Garrett only has a sprained foot. After fearing the rookie defensive end might be out for a significant period, the Browns announced Saturday that Garrett has a lateral sprain in his left foot, ...

New Temple coach bringing Saban-like approach to job

By Ralph D. Russo The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Geoff Collins flips through the pages in a three-ring binder, and then grabs another and does the same. He finds the pages he wants and puts them side-by-side. Two travel itineraries, one from his time as Florida defensive ...

Hamlin edges rookie Byron

BROOKLYN, Mich. — The Xfinity race at Michigan began with instant drama — contact between Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch that sent Busch spinning. The ending was just as compelling. Denny Hamlin inched ahead of William Byron on the final turn and nosed out the rookie at the finish line, ...

Penguins promote Buckley

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins hired Mike Buckley as their new goaltending coach Saturday after Mike Bales left to take the same job with Carolina. Buckley has spent the last four years as the team’s goaltending development coach, where he worked closely with Matt Murray, who has ...

Kiwis open Cup by beating Team USA

HAMILTON, Bermuda — In light, shifty winds on the turquoise waters of the Great Sound, Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand made fewer mistakes than Jimmy Spithill and Oracle Team USA and won the first two races of the 35th America’s Cup. It wasn’t the cleanest start to ...

Cricket drawing huge ratings in rival countries

An intense love of cricket is shared by these nuclear-armed neighbors, as profoundly as their deep and mutual mistrust. The players from India and Pakistan will be cordial before and after the Champions Trophy final in London today — for that is customary in cricket’s conventions — but ...

Oregon State rallies to victory

OMAHA, Neb. — Unbeaten national wins leader Jake Thompson was scuffling, his teammates were struggling against Connor Seabold, and Oregon State was facing a four-run deficit that was its biggest in almost two months. This Beavers team can never be counted out, though. They have, after all, ...

Casey part of logjam at top of leaderboard

The Associated Press ERIN, Wis. — An 11-year-old golf course shaped from Wisconsin pastureland was sure to bring something different to the U.S. Open. This might have been more than anyone was expecting. The four players tied for the lead — Paul Casey, Brooks Koepka, Brian Harman and ...

New faces in new places getting ready for season

By Barry Wilner The Associated Press It’s mid-June, which means for the next month or so, NFL teams basically hibernate. Yes, even those 24/7, sleep-in-the-office, watch-film-around-the-clock coaches take some sort of a break. It’s also a good time to look at key developments of the ...

McIlroy, Day have early exit

By Doug Ferguson The Associated Press ERIN, Wis. — Jason Day was walking away from Erin Hills with his wife and son when he managed to find one positive about this U.S. Open. “Guess what?” he said to 4-year-old Dash. “We get to go home today because Daddy played ...

Mayweather, McGregor not a sideshow

The Associated Press SINGAPORE — Conor McGregor’s fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Aug. 26 has been described by critics as a novelty and a sideshow, among other things. McGregor’s camp doesn’t care what it’s called, promising only that it’ll be a contest. “Keep ...

Louisville not worried about losing recruits

By Gary B. Graves The Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Rick Pitino and Louisville officials are preparing their appeal to the sanctions the NCAA levied on them after its escorts investigation. But one would-be elephant in the room they don’t have to deal with is a postseason ban. ...

Zobrist’s wrist lands him on disabled list

PITTSBURGH — The Chicago Cubs have put switch-hitter Ben Zobrist on the 10-day disabled list because of an inflamed right wrist. The move was made prior to Friday night’s game against Pittsburgh and was retroactive to June 13. Zobrist, who plays outfield and infield, sat out a three-game ...

Larson sitting on pole

BROOKLYN, Mich. — Kyle Larson and Martin Truex Jr. are neck and neck at the top of the NASCAR Cup Series standings. Now, they’re set to start at the front for this weekend’s race at Michigan International Speedway. Larson won the pole Friday and Truex qualified second, another ...

Mets back to putting more on the disabled list

The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey will be sidelined for several weeks with a stress injury to the scapula bone in the right shoulder, the latest setback to a career already slowed by Tommy John surgery and a Thoracic Outlet Syndrome operation. The ...

First day filled with highs and lows

By Doug Ferguson The Associated Press ERIN, Wis. — Erin Hills made its debut as a U.S. Open course Thursday with a most gracious welcome for Rickie Fowler, who matched the record to par in the opening round with a 7-under 65 on the longest course in major championship history. Fowler ...

Pitino upset with NCAA over punishment

The Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The NCAA didn’t feel Louisville went far enough with its self-imposed sanctions following a sex scandal investigation, so the governing body Thursday handed down a few more. An outraged Rick Pitino feels the NCAA went too far. After completing ...

Reports say West thinking Clippers

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Hall of Famer Jerry West is leaving his job as an executive board member with the NBA champion Golden State Warriors and is expected to take a similar role with the Los Angeles Clippers. Warriors general manager Bob Myers said to NBC Sports Bay Area ...

Super fight official

LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather Jr. and UFC star Conor McGregor will meet Aug. 26 in a boxing match that will feature two of the top-selling fighters in the world. The two fighters both announced the fight Wednesday, after months of speculation about whether Mayweather would come out of ...

Rodman hoping NKorea trip leads to positive feedback

By Eric Talmadge The Associated Press PYONGYANG, North Korea — Dennis Rodman, the former NBA bad boy who has palled around with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, flew to Pyongyang on Tuesday on a trip he says he hopes will “open a door” for his former “Celebrity Apprentice” boss ...