National Sports

Former Pirates C Martin traded back to Dodgers

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers reacquired catcher Russell Martin in a trade with Toronto on Friday, and also reached one-year deals with their seven remaining arbitration-eligible players. The NL champions agreed with Corey Seager, Joc Pederson, Chris Taylor, Enrique Hernandez, Pedro ...

Court helps H.S. star get back on court

Maori Davenport had to go to court just to get back on the court. How ridiculous it’s come to that for the Alabama high school basketball star. Thankfully, a cruel and unjust ruling by the state’s governing body was put on hold Friday by a local judge, just hours before Davenport scored ...

Chiefs look to finish strong

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Given the postseason history involving Indianapolis and Kansas City over the years, Andrew Luck and the Colts have every reason to feel confident heading to Arrowhead Stadium today. The Chiefs have every reason to believe they’re due. Four times the teams have met in ...

Tennis superstar Murray announces plan to retire

MELBOURNE, Australia — Andy Murray is still hoping to make it to one more Wimbledon tournament before his problematic hip forces him into retirement. For now, he’s only committing to the Australian Open. In an emotional news conference Friday, when a tearful Murray had to leave the room ...

LeBron set to miss 3 more games

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — LeBron James’ strained groin is turning out to be perhaps the most significant injury of the famously durable superstar’s 16-year NBA career. James likely will miss at least three more games after being cleared to increase his on-court activity in his comeback from ...

Brown brings to WVU fun style of coaching

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — New West Virginia coach Neal Brown’s lighthearted approach to football is forever captured in a 2016 dance video at Troy. Brown dabbed while his players and assistants showed off their moves in the video that was part of a spring competition among Troy athletic ...

AP: Eagles’ magic will run out

The Associated Press The Philadelphia Eagles have St. Nick, and he hasn’t let them down in the clutch. The problem on Sunday is that New Orleans has a lot of Saints — and a stronger team. Nick Foles has been nothing short of superb in replacing Carson Wentz, first in the 2017 season ...

Browns promote OC to top job

The Associated Press CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns didn’t have to go far to find their new coach. Freddie Kitchens was already in the building. The 44-year-old Kitchens, who had a dazzling eight-week run as the team’s interim offensive coordinator, is finalizing a contract to ...

USADA earns a black eye

With each pedal-stroke of his 80- and now 90-year-old legs, Carl Grove sought to show his fellow Americans that old age can be rich and rewarding. His bike is his soapbox. As time caught up with many of his peers, the former United States Navy Band saxophonist , who played for U.S. presidents ...

Clemson already thinking repeat

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Dabo Swinney won’t be celebrating for long. After leading Clemson to its second national title in three years, the coach is eager to get started on the next one. Swinney will be back in the office Friday — meeting with players, going over the schedule for ...

Kingsbury, Arians, LaFleur hired

PHOENIX — The Arizona Cardinals have hired former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury, a move aimed at providing guidance for young quarterback Josh Rosen and resuscitating the worst offense in the NFL. The Cardinals announced the hiring Tuesday after a long interview earlier in the day. He ...

College men

WVU’s Huggins looking for solutions The Associated Press West Virginia coach Bob Huggins grew tired of a lack of commitment from his players in a season that has been sour since it began, so he sent them a message by giving a freshman walk-on his first start in a Big 12 road game. The ...

Rolled Tide! Clemson slams ‘Bama for title

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Clemson needed a big performance to unseat defending champion Alabama. The Tigers got plenty of them from start to finish. Cornerback A.J. Terrell got it rolling with a 44-yard pick six on Tua Tagovailoa’s third pass of the game, Justyn Ross had a stunning display of ...

H.S. girl benched for USA Basketball check

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — One of the nation’s top girls high school basketball players appears likely to remain benched for her entire senior season after spending part of last summer playing with USA Basketball. Maori Davenport, who received an $857.20 check from USA Basketball that was later ...

Buckeye QB Haskins heads to NFL

Schiano out as Ohio State defensive coordinator COLUMBUS, Ohio — Dwayne Haskins is NFL bound after one spectacular season as Ohio State’s starting quarterback. The third-year sophomore who rewrote the school record book had been expected to enter the draft and is a projected first-round ...

Brady has great respect for Rivers

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady doesn’t know Philip Rivers well on a personal level. But as the Patriots quarterback began his preparations for Sunday’s divisional playoff game with the Chargers, he said he only had to think back to their AFC championship game matchup during the 2007 ...

Young, Ismail now Hall of Famers

Texas quarterback Vince Young and Notre Dame speedster Raghib Ismail have been selected for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, along with 11 other players and two coaches. Young was the Heisman Trophy runner-up and led the Longhorns to the 2005 national championship with a ...

Unbeaten ’Bama, Clemson set for another title game

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Alabama coach Nick Saban and Clemson coach Dabo Swinney went through the familiar routine Sunday. Joint news conference, during which Swinney does most of the talking. Saban compliments Swinney’s Tigers. Swinney compliments Saban’s unprecedented run with the Crimson ...

Chargers hold off Ravens’ rally

BALTIMORE — The Los Angeles Chargers kept Lamar Jackson grounded, and by the time the rookie got the passing game going it was too late for the Baltimore Ravens. Michael Badgley kicked five field goals, and Los Angeles harassed and hounded Jackson during a 23-17 victory Sunday in the ...

Alabama linebacker hurting

The Associated Press SAN JOSE, Calif. — Alabama linebacker Christian Miller is questionable for Monday night’s College Football Playoff national championship game against No. 2 Clemson because of a pulled hamstring. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Miller has not been able to do much ...