National Sports

Busch leads contenders in qualifying

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Kyle Busch thought he got the jump on the competition with a pole-winning run at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Then he was bumped by teammate Denny Hamlin and the politics began. Hamlin gets the first pick of pit stalls for winning the pole, but Busch wants that spot. Busch is ...

Syracuse thinking upset in Big Apple

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Pinstripe uniforms. The Empire State Building shining blue and gold. The marching band performing at Bryant Park and the drummer’s circle at Rockefeller Center. When Notre Dame plays in New York City it comes with fanfare and pageantry. The third-ranked ...

Former students air claims of sex abuse

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Former students alleging sexual abuse by a former Ohio State University team doctor appealed in person to the school’s trustees for the first time Friday, pleading with them not to dismiss or minimize their allegations. Seven accusers of Dr. Richard Strauss told the board ...

Red Sox bringing back Pearce for one year

The Associated Press BOSTON — World Series MVP Steve Pearce is staying with the Red Sox. The journeyman first baseman agreed to a $6.25 million, one-year contract with Boston on Friday. The 35-year-old Pearce was a free agent after completing a $12.5 million, two-year deal that he got ...

Scandal lingers as USA Gymnastics CEO resigns

The Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — Longtime USA Gymnastics chief operating officer Ron Galimore resigned Friday, the latest high-profile departure for the embattled organization in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal. The move came as USA Gymnastics is facing decertification of its ...

Bengals holding out hope that star receiver can play against Baltimore

The Associated Press CINCINNATI — The Bengals are leaving a slight possibility that receiver A.J. Green could play Sunday at Baltimore even though he hasn’t practiced the last two weeks because of a toe injury. Green initially was listed Friday as out for the game, as anticipated. ...

Manfred gets new deal

ATLANTA — Baseball owners have locked down their commissioner and their main broadcast partner, too. Any decisions on speeding up the game and perhaps making it more enjoyable to watch will have to wait. After wrapping up two days of meetings at a hotel next to the Atlanta Braves’ ...

ATP Cup to debut in 2020

LONDON — The Davis Cup and the Laver Cup are getting a new team-competition companion. The men’s tennis tour said Thursday the debut of the ATP Cup will take place in January 2020, just a week before the start of the Australian Open. The announcement of the 24-team event comes three ...

Maryland’s Loh warned of backlash

University of Maryland President Wallace Loh said Thursday that he told the school’s governing body that “all hell will break loose” if DJ Durkin was retained as head coach of its football team after a player’s death, a warning that went unheeded. Loh told a panel of state lawmakers ...

Big three, Logano square off for title

The Associated Press MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. sat on a bench, scrolling through their phones , oblivious to their surroundings and the stakes. Joey Logano was a room away, mingling in the back of a ballroom, grinning ear-to-ear and totally at ...

Yelich, Betts receive MLB MVP awards

NEW YORK — Mookie Betts is ready to become an ambassador for baseball, now that he’s won a batting title, World Series and Most Valuable Player award with Boston. “I enjoy being kind of a face around the game. I’ve kind of used this pedestal or whatever you want to say to spread ...

Carmelo, Rockets part ways

HOUSTON — Carmelo Anthony is done in Houston. Rockets general manager Daryl Morey released a statement Thursday saying the team is “parting ways” with Anthony and “working toward a resolution.” Anthony played just 10 games for Houston after signing a one-year, $2.4 million deal ...

Michigan rocks ’Nova in title game rematch

VILLANOVA — Charles Matthews set the tone with a slam and celebrated by flexing to the crowd. Quickly, the rematch turned into a rout. Matthews scored 19 points, Ignas Brazdeikis had 18 and No. 18 Michigan beat No. 8 Villanova 73-46 Wednesday night in their first meeting since last ...

UCF has a lot on the line in key game vs. Bearcats

With limited intrigue among the Power Five conference playoff contenders this week, No. 11 UCF gets the spotlight as it puts the nation’s longest winning streak on the line against No. 19 Cincinnati. The Knights and Bearcats are the prime-time game on Saturday and ESPN’s “College ...

Seahawks solid pick at home vs. Packers

The Green Bay Packers have some bitter memories of CenturyLink Field. Who can blame them? The NFC championship game in the 2014 season was in their control until a fake punt by the Seahawks and some bad decisions by the Packers helped Seattle force overtime. Then Russell Wilson spoiled the ...

No Mexico; Chiefs, Rams playing in Los Angeles

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — The NFL moved the Rams’ Monday night showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs from Mexico City to Los Angeles on Tuesday due to the poor condition of the field at Azteca Stadium. The league announced the extraordinary decision six days before one of the ...

Top four spots stay the same

The Associated Press The College Football Playoff rankings held steady at the top, with Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan an unchanged first four from last week. The third rankings of the season were drama-free Tuesday night after every top-10 team won last weekend. In fact, the ...

One-time football employee sues Michigan State

The Associated Press EAST LANSING, Mich. — Former Michigan State football employee Curtis Blackwell has filed a lawsuit claiming his employment agreement was violated when he was disciplined while the school addressed sexual assault allegations against three players in 2017. Coach Mark ...

WVU confident ahead of Cowboys

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — No. 7 West Virginia’s mini-payback tour is off to a good start as the Mountaineers try to secure a spot in the Big 12 championship game. After a lopsided win over TCU, West Virginia has showdowns remaining against Oklahoma State and No. 6 Oklahoma. The Mountaineers ...

NHL, retired players reach settlement

The National Hockey League announced a tentative $18.9 million settlement Monday with more than 300 retired players who sued the league and accused it of failing to protect them from head injuries or warning them of the risks involved with playing. The lawsuit, consolidated in federal court ...