National Sports

Preece earns first Xfinity win

NEWTON, Iowa — Ryan Preece had waited his whole career for a chance to race in a car as strong as the No. 20 Toyota of Joe Gibbs Racing. Preece then went out and proved what he could do with top-notch equipment. The 26-year-old Preece survived a green-white-checkered finish to win the ...

Webb, Kim are tied for lead in Scotland

The Associated Press IRVINE, Scotland — Hall of Famer Karrie Webb and Sei Young Kim topped the Ladies Scottish Open leaderboard Saturday after another rainy, cold and windy day at Dundonald Links. Kim birdied the par-4 17th and par-5 18th in strong wind and rain for a 3-under 69, and Webb ...

Families share CTE stories

By Jimmy Golen The Associated Press BOSTON — Jim Hudson’s wife came home one day and found him sitting on a couch, clutching a golf ball, with tears streaming down his face. The former New York Jets defensive back, a star of the team’s only Super Bowl championship, had played a lot ...

Raines part of class ready for its induction

By John Kekis The Associated Press COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Tim Raines played in the major leagues for more than two decades, and yet one at-bat still sticks in his mind. Nervous about making the Montreal Expos’ roster after two brief call-ups that didn’t work out so well (one hit in ...

Swimming doesn’t need to be artistic

Commentary BUDAPEST, Hungary — OK, folks, there’s a dark cloud hanging over sports, a pressing issue that can’t go unchallenged. No, we’re not talking about corrupt officials or doped-up athletes. This is something even more troubling. They’ve changed the name of synchronized ...

Top level beckons Byron

NEWTON, Iowa — For now, William Byron’s future is in the NASCAR Xfinity series. If he keeps racing as he has, he’ll likely find himself in a Monster Cup ride soon enough. Byron and the No. 9 JR Motorsports team, in partnership with Hendrick Motorsports, have dominated the Xfinity series ...

Ex-Nittany Lion Urschel calls it career

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel has retired from the NFL after just three seasons. According to a team source, ESPN reported, the former Penn State Nittany Lion’s decision to retire was linked to the results of a medical study released earlier this week ...

Plenty of questions surround Buckeyes despite talent

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State opened training camp Thursday morning eager to bury memories of the last time the team played a game. That was New Year’s Eve in Arizona, where the Buckeyes were humiliated by Clemson 31-0 in the College Football Playoff. The significant flaws in the ...

Darnold front and center in Pac-12

LOS ANGELES — Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold had nowhere to go, an unfamiliar position given his penchant for avoiding pressure as a redshirt freshman. However, there was no eluding the cameras and audio recorders in front of Darnold at Pac-12 media days Thursday. Not for the ...

Junior defends crew chief in final season

By Dan Gelston The Associated Press DOVER, Del. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. has long reigned as NASCAR’s most popular driver. But he thinks too many of his fans have started airing in 140-character bursts a most unpopular opinion — that crew chief Greg Ives should take the blame for the No. ...

Disease dominates new report on CTE

The Associated Press CHICAGO — Research on 202 former football players found evidence of a brain disease linked to repeated head blows in nearly all of them, from athletes in the National Football League, college and even high school. It’s the largest update on chronic traumatic ...

Nets finally get Crabbe from Blazers

The Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Trail Blazers have traded Allen Crabbe to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for forward Andrew Nicholson. The deal, first reported by ESPN, comes a year after the Nets offered Crabbe a four-year, $75 million deal as a restricted free agent. ...

Coaches will be flagged

CHICAGO — Watch your step, Jim Harbaugh. The rest of you Big Ten coaches, too. Conference officials are tired of coaches who treat the sideline like a stage and rage like Hamlet over calls they don’t like — and they’re prepared, finally, to do something about it. Of the several ...

ChiSox end skid against Cubs

On deck Tonight: Pittsburgh at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m. Pitching matchup: Pirates RHP Jameson Taillon (6-3) vs. Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner (0-4) TV: AT&T SportsNet The Associated Press CHICAGO — Adam Engel and Matt Davidson homered and the White Sox snapped a nine-game ...

NBC adds Junior for 2018 season

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Dale Earnhardt Jr. will have a new way to voice his racing opinions next season — on television. NASCAR’s most popular driver will join NBC Sports Group’s coverage of stock car racing next year and there may be more options once he climbs out of the ...

Spieth closes strong in win

SOUTHPORT, England — During one of Jordan Spieth’s many low points Sunday in the British Open, his caddie reminded him of a photo from a Mexico beach holiday two weeks ago that showed him in All-Star company that included Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan. The message: “You belong in ...

Kahne breaks long winless streak

INDIANAPOLIS — Kasey Kahne needed a break Sunday — and got it. The 37-year-old driver barely reached the overtime line before the last caution flag came out in a crash-marred Brickyard 400, allowing Kahne to complete a six-hour marathon and snap a long winless streak. He crossed the ...

Froome dynasty? Cyclist wins 4th

PARIS — After the champagne bubbles fade and Chris Froome drifts away from his Sunday night celebrations to reflect on a fourth Tour de France win, he may do so with greater fondness than the others. The first, in 2013, brought the bursting pride of a first success. But he won by more than ...

Froome eyes greatness after sealing win No. 4

MARSEILLE, France — Chris Froome stands on the doorstep of the Tour de France’s greatest champions. Sewing up his fourth Tour crown with a cool-as-a-cucumber ride in a high-pressure time trial in heat-baked Marseille on Saturday means he needs just one victory more to join the ...

Busch enjoying Indianapolis trips

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis is quickly becoming Kyle Busch’s favorite racing venue. Ten years ago, he met his future wife, Samantha, at the 2.5-mile oval. Last year, he pulled off a rare sweep by winning both poles and both races on Brickyard 400 weekend. It’s the last time Busch ...