National Sports

Arkansas pounds Longhorns

OMAHA, Neb. — Once Arkansas’ offense got rolling against Texas in the sixth inning, nothing could stop the Razorbacks. Not even the weather. Five straight batters had reached base when the teams were pulled from the field for a weather delay. When play resumed 2 hours, 49 minutes later, ...

Excitement spills into streets over Mexico’s win

MEXICO CITY — Thousands of exuberant Mexican soccer fans took to the streets Sunday to cheer their national team’s long-shot win against Germany in Mexico’s first match of the 2018 World Cup soccer tournament. The 1-0 stunner, with Hirving Lozano scoring the winning goal, has given ...

Brazil frustrated by draw with Swiss

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia — Brazil joined the list of big teams struggling to win their opening matches at the World Cup in Russia. The five-time champions were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland on Sunday, a few hours after four-time champion Germany was beaten by Mexico 1-0. Philippe ...

Whiners go home early at Shinnecock

SOUTHAMPTON — The whiners went home early, beaten down by Shinnecock Hills and the USGA’s clumsy efforts to turn the venerable golf course into something it was never meant to be. Brooks Koepka stood tall, holding a U.S. Open trophy high for the second straight year because he knew what ...

’Nova hero set for NBA

Donte DiVincenzo’s plan was to come out and test the NBA draft waters this spring, with the expectation that he would be returning to Villanova for another season. And then the national championship game happened. The hero of Villanova’s win over Michigan picked the perfect moment to ...

Messi’s missed penalty kick leads to draw

MOSCOW — If there is one flaw in Lionel Messi’s genius, it might be his failure to score penalty kicks in big games. Add Messi’s saved attempt against Iceland on Saturday at the World Cup to misses for Argentina in shootouts for the Copa America title, and for Barcelona in a Champions ...

Denmark, Croatia, France win

SARANSK, Russia — Whether Kasper Schmeichel was making an acrobatic save or just getting lucky, it was his night. In a World Cup debut reminiscent of the way his father, Peter, played for Denmark and Manchester United, Schmeichel made Yussuf Poulsen’s opportunistic second-half goal stand ...

Mickelson acts like 10-year-old on birthday

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Phil Mickelson turned 48 on Saturday, an occasion marked by fans singing “Happy Birthday” at every turn. Unfortunately he ruined it by acting like a 10-year-old at the U.S. Open. And, much like a 10-year-old, he refused to admit he was wrong. “If somebody’s ...

Johnson struggles, falls back to the field

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — The only thing that spared Dustin Johnson from another U.S. Open implosion is that everyone around him suffered on a Shinnecock Hills course that even the USGA conceded got out of hand Saturday afternoon. Daniel Berger and Tony Finau were the exceptions, each posting a ...

Tar Heels triumph

OMAHA, Neb. — It took nearly 4 1/2 hours in 95-degree heat to play the opening game of the College World Series. Time flew for North Carolina coach Mike Fox. He was having fun. The Tar Heels knocked out Oregon State ace Luke Heimlich during a five-run third inning and went on to beat the ...

OSU star prepared for boos

The Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. — Oregon State pitcher Luke Heimlich is the probable starter in the opening game of the College World Series today, and he said he is ready for any kind of reception he receives from the fans on the sport’s biggest stage. Heimlich, 22, is in Omaha a year ...

Johnston takes 4-shot lead into weekend action

The Associated Press SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Dustin Johnson handled the worst of the weather and wound up as the sole survivor to par at the U.S. Open, taking a four-shot lead into the weekend at Shinnecock Hills with plenty of reminders of how it can all go wrong. Some of them from ...

Ronaldo putting Portugal on his back

The Associated Press SOCHI, Russia — Cristiano Ronaldo completed a hat trick with a perfectly taken free kick in the 88th minute to give Portugal a 3-3 draw against Spain on Friday at the World Cup. Ronaldo had twice given Portugal the lead with first-half goals, but Diego Costa equalized ...

Former star tight end in jail without bail

The Associated Press VISTA, Calif. — Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. was jailed without bail Friday after pleading not guilty to multiple counts of kidnapping, rape and other charges. The 34-year-old Winslow was ordered to return to San Diego County Superior Court on June 25 for a ...

NHRA’s Force gaining ground in the national spotlight

The Associated Press Courtney Force has had a whirlwind few weeks, spending time in Nashville as a presenter at the CMT Music Awards, watching her husband Graham Rahal finish 10th at the Indianapolis 500 and squeezing in sponsor events in places like Chicago and Florida. And that’s on top ...

Celebrities join in Jersey’s sports gambling

OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s governor bet that the New Jersey Devils will win the Stanley Cup, while basketball legend Julius Erving bet that Philadelphia’s football team will repeat as champions, placing the wagers Thursday, the day betting on professional sports became legal in ...

Russia routs Saudi Arabia in opener

By James Elling-Worth The Associated Press MOSCOW — Vladimir Putin craves sporting glory, and he got another taste of it in the opening match of the World Cup. Russia ended a 16-year wait for victory in the tournament by routing Saudi Arabia 5-0 Thursday in Group A, with the Russian ...

Sports at a glance

Kellen Winslow Jr. arrested for rape ENCINITAS, Calif. — Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. has been arrested on charges of rape and other sex crimes on the day he was to appear in court on an unrelated burglary charge. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports sheriff’s deputies ...

Woods struggles on first day

The Associated Press SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — As Tiger Woods stood in the middle of the first fairway, the last thing on his mind was a 7. That number was the first thing on his scorecard Thursday in the U.S. Open. It didn’t get better on his way to another ugly number, a first-round ...

Phils’ Velasquez flirts with no-hitter in win

On deck Tonight: Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. Pitching matchup: Reds RHP Matt Harvey (1-4) vs. Pirates RHP Chad Kuhl (4-4) TV: AT&T SportsNet The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Vince Velasquez took a no-hitter two outs into the seventh inning, Rhys Hoskins and Nick ...