National Sports

Newton suffers foot injury

The Associated Press FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton left Thursday night’s exhibition game against New England in the first quarter with a foot injury. The team announced that he would not return. The 2015 NFL MVP was playing for the first time since Dec. ...

Thomas shares lead after one

ATLANTA — Xander Schauffele was six shots behind before he ever hit a shot Thursday in the new scoring format for the Tour Championship. His goal was to keep his head down, play good golf and see where he stood to par at the end of two days. The TV cameras following his every move on the ...

Indians’ ace hits bump in the road

The Associated Press CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber’s comeback has been sidetracked. The Cleveland Indians ace will be shut down for two weeks with an abdominal strain, an injury he sustained as he was rehabbing from a broken arm. Kluber was pulled from a minor league outing for Triple-A ...

Steelers-Titans game will use Skycam a lot

The Associated Press NEW YORK — NBC will use a Skycam as its primary camera during the preseason game Sunday between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans. The network received plenty of critical reviews the last time it tried this for a Thursday night game between the Steelers and ...

Australia is USA’s top threat

MELBOURNE, Australia — Team USA coach Gregg Popovich sees Australia as a title threat at the upcoming World Cup in China. He’ll soon find out how much of a threat when the teams meet Thursday in the first of two exhibition games in Melbourne. A record Australian basketball crowd of 50,000 ...

Lawrence leads preseason All-Americans

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence headlines The Associated Press preseason All-America team, and he has two teammates from the top-ranked Tigers with him on the first team. Lawrence, the first freshman to quarterback to lead a team to a national championship in more than 30 years, was ...

Illinois names former Wolverine starting QB

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Former Michigan quarterback Brandon Peters has been named the starter for Illinois’ season opener Aug. 31 at home against Akron. Peters, a graduate transfer, is a former Mr. Football in Indiana who played 10 games with four starts at Michigan, passing for 680 yards and ...

Iowa DT Nixon impresses

IOWA CITY, Iowa — It appears as though defensive lineman Daviyon Nixon will finally be able to help No. 20 Iowa this fall. Nixon, a 310-pound sophomore who transferred from Iowa Western Community College before spending last year as a redshirt, will be one of the players who will be ...

Brown practices with helmet

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Star receiver Antonio Brown practiced in a certified helmet with the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday, two days after being given an ultimatum by general manager Mike Mayock to be “all in or all out.” “He’s all in, ready to go,” coach Jon Gruden said. “That’s my ...

FedEx Cup about cash, not majors

ATLANTA — The FedEx Cup is still about the money. Whoever wins this week at the Tour Championship gets $15 million, more than Greg Norman’s career earnings on the PGA Tour. The FedEx Cup might one day be as much about prestige. Tiger Woods (twice), Vijay Singh and Jim Furyk won the ...

Clemson earns first No. 1 in preseason poll

Cross off another milestone for Clemson, college football’s newest superpower. For the first time, the defending national champion Tigers are No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 presented by Regions Bank. The Tigers won the program’s second national title in three seasons ...

There are some good players on some not-so-strong teams

The Associated Press Not every college football team makes it to a bowl, though 39 postseason games in the Bowl Subdivision can make it seem that way. That leaves more than 50 teams whose seasons will end before December. Among those unfortunate squads there are still some terrific players ...

Rodgers says he’s ready to play

The Associated Press GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers is participating in practice and is expected to play in the Packers’ third preseason game against the Oakland Raiders in Canada. Green Bay general manager Brian Gutekunst said Monday the plan is for the two-time MVP to make his ...

NBA superstar does good deed for golf team

WASHINGTON (AP) — What started as an innocuous conversation during a public event has evolved into a golf partnership between NBA star Stephen Curry and Howard University. The two-time NBA MVP announced Monday that he is helping Howard re-establish a golf program. Curry is providing a ...

Feel-good story taking place with Indians

The Associated Press AKRON, Ohio — Cleveland Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco has returned to the mound in the minor leagues as he tries to come back after being diagnosed with leukemia. Carrasco came on in relief Monday night for Double-A Akron against Harrisburg. He received a ...

Raiders GM gives ultimatum to WR Brown

Oakland Raiders general manager Mike Mayock told disgruntled receiver Antonio Brown it’s time to decide whether he’s “all in or all out” about playing this season after losing a fight with the NFL and NFLPA over his helmet. Mayock issued a statement to reporters that the Raiders ...

Former NFL running back Benson dies at 36

AUSTIN, Texas — Former NFL running back Cedric Benson, one of the most prolific rushers in NCAA and University of Texas history, has died in a motorcycle accident in Texas. He was 36. Benson’s attorney, Sam Bassett, said Austin law enforcement told him that Benson was killed in the wreck ...

Eagles get McCown to end his retirement

The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Josh McCown’s retirement lasted two months. The Philadelphia Eagles signed the 40-year-old quarterback to a one-year deal on Saturday. He is coming out of retirement to join his 11th team and play his 17th season. McCown provides insurance behind ...

Thomas crushes Medinah for 6-shot lead at BMW

The Associated Press MEDINAH, Ill. — Justin Thomas opened with five straight birdies, added a pair of eagles and shattered the course record at soft, vulnerable Medinah with an 11-under 61 to take a six-shot lead into the final round of the BMW Championship. Thomas hit 5-wood to 2 feet ...

Raiders’ Brown making his way back to the field

The Associated Press NAPA, Calif.— Antonio Brown made it through a walkthrough practice for the Oakland Raiders with no issues with his frost-bitten feet and is expected to be a full participant in practice soon for the first time this summer. Coach Jon Gruden said Saturday that he ...