National Sports

’Bama LB wants to talk to NFL

The Associated Press TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Former Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster was expected to meet with NFL teams on the eve of the Crimson Tide’s pro day. ESPN’s Adam Schefter posted on Twitter a copy of a letter Foster’s agent sent to the 16 NFL teams he had been scheduled to ...

College teams put the work in now

By Ralph D. Russo The Associated Press PISCATAWAY, N.J. — The journey from rock bottom starts before dawn for Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights trickle into their bubbled practice facility, escaping the chill of a winter morning. Basketball shorts, hoodie, T-shirt and headphones are the ...

Rule costs Harvick first

The Associated Press HAMPTON, Ga. — Kevin Harvick was faster than everyone at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Too fast, it turned out. Kevin Harvick ruined a dominating performance by speeding on his final pit stop, allowing Brad Keselowski to steal a NASCAR Monster Energy Cup victory ...

No transition needed so far for Stewart-Haas

The Associated Press HAMPTON, Ga. — So much for a transition period at Stewart-Haas Racing. The NASCAR team hasn’t slowed down since switching from Chevrolet to Ford. Kurt Busch captured the season-opening Daytona 500, and Kevin Harvick followed up by earning the pole for today’s ...

Curry slumping during 2-game skid

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Stephen Curry screamed, turned and kicked the nearby wall, disgusted by another missed jumper. It was just practice and most of his other shots went in, so there was little reason for concern. But if he keeps misfiring in games and the Golden State Warriors ...

Alabama LB not worried over incident at hospital

The Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — If linebacker Reuben Foster is worried that he hurt his draft stock by getting kicked out of the NFL’s scouting combine he isn’t showing it. The Alabama star posted a live video on Instagram on Saturday, but he demurred when fans asked about him ...

Wild finish on horizon in Mexico

The Associated Press MEXICO CITY — Justin Thomas hit a 6-iron that one-hopped into the bottom of the cup. Dustin Johnson hit a wedge that never came down from a tree. In one of the 10 fairways that Phil Mickelson missed, a spectator apparently ran off with his golf ball. Even better than ...

With Bell, Berry off the market, teams ready to look for help

The Associated Press On first look, it’s tempting to ask “Is that all there is?” on the NFL free agency front. A deeper investigation reveals some talent being available at most positions. As for studs, game changers and franchise players, well, there simply isn’t much now that the ...

Steelers to keep Harrison around

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — James Harrison is returning to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The five-time Pro Bowl linebacker has signed a two-year contract with the team that will keep Harrison in black and gold past his 40th birthday. Harrison led the Steelers with five sacks in 2016. ...

Reds star hopes to stay healthy this year

The Associated Press PHOENIX — Devin Mesoraco had a breakout season in 2014, hitting 25 homers and making the All-Star team. Now the Cincinnati Reds catcher is just trying back to get on the field and, he hopes, stay there. “The past two years are the only two summers that I’ve just ...

NASCAR owners feeling good about the future of their sport

The Associated Press DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Joe Gibbs joined the list of heavy hitters defending NASCAR during one of its shakiest periods in decades. The owner of powerhouse Joe Gibbs Racing said NASCAR has a bright future and noted top-level companies would not participate if the sport ...

Reed grabs Xfinity Series win in Daytona wreck-fest

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Reed picked up the second Xfinity Series victory of his career — both at Daytona International Speedway — by winning the wreck-filled season-opener Saturday. Reed held off Austin Dillon and Kasey Kahne in a two-lap overtime shootout to win in a Ford for ...

No. 2 ’Nova cruises past Blue Jays

The Associated Press VILLANOVA, Pa. — Eric Paschall scored a season-high 19 points and Josh Hart added 16 to help No. 2 Villanova clinch its fourth straight Big East regular-season title with a 79-63 victory over No. 23 Creighton on Saturday. Kris Jenkins scored 15 points and Mikal ...

Study shows players get hefty arbitration raises

The Associated Press NEW YORK — San Diego Padres first baseman Wil Myers landed the biggest raise of all the hefty salary increases in arbitration. The 168 players eligible for arbitration as of mid-December averaged a 113 percent raise, according to a study by The Associated Press on ...

MLB union accepts change for intentional walks

The Associated Press NEW YORK — There won’t be any wild pitches on intentional walks this season. The players’ association has agreed to Major League Baseball’s proposal to have intentional walks without pitches this year. “It doesn’t seem like that big of a deal. I know ...

MLB needs to wake up, then speed up the game

There are all sorts of ways to give baseball a much-needed boost of speed. Commentary Unfortunately, those in charge of the game are going about it all the wrong way. Extra inning gimmicks? Seven-inning games? Automatic intentional walks? “All of it is stupid,” Atlanta Braves ...

Elliott does just enough to get Daytona pole

By Dan Gelston The Associated Press DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Chase Elliott nipped Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the final qualifying lap Sunday to win his second straight pole for the Daytona 500. Elliott turned a lap at 192.872 mph to just edge Earnhardt’s speed of 196.864. Elliott and ...

Pelicans’ Davis sets scoring record

The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis had an All-Star Game for the record books. And on a night when Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant provided a glimpse of the past, Giannis Antetokounmpo showed he’s clearly part of the future and a midcourt lob attempt from James Harden ...

No. 14 Cavs struggling with the good teams

The Associated Press CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Virginia coach Tony Bennett has built a program that thrives on defense, toughness and smart play while running a deliberate offense that doesn’t put up big numbers. The past week in the AP Top 25 offered a glaring look at the 14th-ranked ...

UConn coach hopes team learns lesson

The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — Geno Auriemma hopes his UConn Huskies learned something after escaping with a victory at Tulane. Napheesa Collier had 26 points and 12 rebounds and top-ranked Connecticut held off Tulane 63-60 on Saturday night to push its record winning streak to 101 ...