National Sports

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 ...

Federer on top again

LONDON — After Roger Federer closed out a Wimbledon final that was more of a coronation than a contest with an ace, he sat in his changeover chair and wiped away tears. That is when it hit him: His wait for record-breaking No. 8 was over. Until then, Federer wasn’t focused on the notion ...

Hamlin edges Larson, field

LOUDON, N.H. — Denny Hamlin held off Kyle Larson over the final laps Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to send Joe Gibbs Racing to victory lane for the first time this season. One of the top organizations in NASCAR, JGR had yet to have any of its four drivers win until Hamlin took the ...

Park rallies past Feng to win US Open

BEDMINSTER, N.J. — Sung Hyun Park gave away the U.S. Women’s Open a year ago with a couple of bad rounds on the weekend. The South Korean didn’t make the same mistake this year. Park shot her second straight 5-under 67 on Sunday and won a final-round battle with front-running Shanshan ...

Cole among trade candidates

Teams always seek more pitching before the trade deadline. Whether its aces, closers, back-of-the rotation starters or middle relievers, new arms are welcome in every clubhouse. Of the 10 teams sitting in postseason spots at the All-Star break, eight clubs are in the top 10 in ERA. Yes, ...

Federer defying age

LONDON — Much has changed for Roger Federer since he played in, and won, his first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon in 2003. First of all, as he reminded everyone after moving into his 11th title match at the All England Club — with a shot at his eighth championship, more than any man in ...

Muguruza flies by Venus

LONDON — As a kid, Garbine Muguruza sat in awe in front of the TV as the Williams sisters accumulated Grand Slam titles. They were her role models. Now Muguruza is all grown up, an emerging tennis star in her own right — and, as of Saturday, the only woman who can boast of beating each ...

Logano hoping to star

LOUDON, N.H. — Joey Logano can always count on top billing when he races at what counts as his hometown track. Take a walk at the New Hampshire fan zone and Logano’s name is on the marquee high above the ground for the film “Cross-Threaded.” Logano stars with drag racer Robert Hight ...

Federer faces Cilic for eighth title

LONDON — They love their history around these parts and they love Roger Federer and, above all, they love watching him make history. Now he stands one victory from an unprecedented eighth Wimbledon men’s singles championship after qualifying for his 11th appearance in the final, ...

Noles will be tested early for ’17 season

By Aaron Beard The Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher hopes his players will be ready for a demanding opening month that could determine whether the Seminoles are playoff contenders. Speaking at the Atlantic Coast Conference’s preseason media days ...

Cubs beef up rotation with trade for Quintana

The Associated Press CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs found the pitching help they were looking for just a few miles from Wrigley Field. They hope it will give the scuffling team the kick it needs. The defending World Series champions acquired left-handed ace Jose Quintana from the White Sox on ...

Carmelo talks continue

NEW YORK — The New York Knicks and Houston Rockets are still trying to work out a deal involving Carmelo Anthony, though it may take some time — if it happens. The teams continue to talk about a trade but no deal is imminent, said a person familiar with the situation. The person said ...