National Sports

Spartans may play part of spoiler role

The Associated Press Spoiler season is here in college football, the time of year when being a party pooper is a worthy and honorable goal. After most of last week’s monster matchups turned out to be lopsided affairs, the next couple of weeks should be about setting up Titanic clashes on ...

New Orleans brings in former Cowboys star wide receiver

The Associated Press METAIRIE, La. — Dez Bryant has found a new team, agreeing to contract teams with the New Orleans Saints. The former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver, who has been looking for an NFL home since becoming a free agent, will join one of the NFL’s top offenses in New ...

Prime-time mettle test for Steelers

Two teams headed for January football, the Panthers and Steelers, get to test their mettle tonight. It should be a good one in prime time. Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin, who’s 1-1 in Super Bowls, isn’t admitting any postseason thoughts are in the minds of his players or himself. But he has ...

Big Ben misses practice

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sat out practice on Tuesday to give his broken left index finger a rest but he is expected to play on Thursday night when Carolina visits Heinz Field. Roethlisberger said the finger was “fine” after he threw the ball 47 ...

Michigan moves into top four position

The Associated Press Michigan moved into the fourth spot of the College Football Playoff rankings Tuesday night, behind Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame. Georgia was next at five, followed by Oklahoma. The playoff picture cleared up after a weekend where several contenders asserted ...

Steelers-Jaguars kick time moved

NEW YORK — The NFL has moved the Vikings game at Chicago from Sunday afternoon to prime time on NBC on Nov. 18. That bumps Steelers at Jaguars to 1 p.m. EST on CBS. Also moving that days is the matchup between the Eagles and Saints in New Orleans, now a 4:25 p.m. game on Fox rather than at ...

Georgia not looking past Auburn

ATHENS, Ga. — The No. 5 Georgia Bulldogs are firmly focused on a team from Alabama. No, not the mighty Crimson Tide. After locking up a spot in the Southeastern Conference championship game for the second year in a row, Georgia briefly celebrated but quickly turned its attention to ...

Alabama’s defense riding high after shutout

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The offensive questions kept coming for Alabama coach Nick Saban at his latest news conference. Did you create such a different kind of offensive team by design? How has the offense evolved since the opener? Talk about the offensive line, the receivers. The top-ranked ...

Clemson can clinch title spot

CLEMSON, S.C. — No. 2 Clemson plans to maintain its same season-long focused approach when the Tigers take on Boston College. The Tigers (9-0, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference, CFP 2) visit the 17th-ranked Eagles (7-2, 4-1, CFP 22) with the chance to wrap up a fourth-straight ACC Atlantic ...

College basketball set to begin

The 2017-18 college basketball season had everything a fan could want. Standout performances, a No. 1 seed finally falling in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and Villanova cutting down the nets for the second time in three seasons. Oh, and Sister Jean and Chicago-Loyola giving hope to ...

Around the NFL

Texans 19, Broncos 17 DENVER — Brandon McManus missed a 51-yard field goal as time expired, leaving Demaryius Thomas a winner in his homecoming and Houston escaped Denver with a win. The Texans (6-3) won their sixth straight and the Broncos (3-6) lost for the sixth time in seven ...

Rams handed first loss

NEW ORLEANS — When the time came to dial up a big play for Michael Thomas, the Saints’ leading receiver answered the call. He even had a flip phone planted in the padding of each goal post, just in case. Thomas caught a late 72-yard touchdown reception and then celebrated with a ...

Harvick wins; in title contention

FORT WORTH, Texas — Kevin Harvick gave the checkered flag to a young fan he brought onto the track to take a selfie — one with the winning driver and car that will have a shot at another NASCAR Cup championship. Harvick rocketed past polesitter Ryan Blaney in overtime Sunday, after the ...

West Virginia sits atop Big 12 with Oklahoma

AUSTIN, Texas — West Virginia likes this view: The Mountaineers are tied with Oklahoma for first place in the Big 12 Conference with three games left in the regular season. The Sooners have seen this view before, but it’s a whole new world for West Virginia in early November. The ...

Keitany, Desisa run away from competition

NEW YORK — By the time Mary Keitany was pacing her way up Manhattan’s First Avenue, she had no reason to look back for challengers. The Kenyan’s lead was growing over the strong women’s field with every stride, and all she thought about was the finish line. Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia ...

DeChambeau wins PGA event

LAS VEGAS — Bryson DeChambeau holed an eagle putt from just inside 60 feet on the 16th hole that carried him to a 5-under 66 and a one-shot victory over Patrick Cantlay in the Shriners Hospital for Children Open on Sunday. DeChambeau won for the fourth time in his last 12 starts on the PGA ...

Mountaineers crack top 10; Nittany Lions drop to No. 21

No. 7 West Virginia re-entered the top 10 of The Associated Press college football poll after another weekend in which the number of ranked teams losing reached double digits. Unanimous No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Notre Dame remained unchanged, and No. 4 Michigan, No. 5 Georgia and ...

Grier lifts WVU to win

AUSTIN, Texas — The last time West Virginia quarterback Will Grier ran for the corner of the end zone against Texas, a dive resulted in a gnarly broken finger that ended his season. He stayed upright this time, untouched as he scrambled for a 2-point conversion that gave No. 12 West ...

Notre Dame holds off Wildcats; OSU survives

EVANSTON, Ill. — Ian Book threw for threw two touchdown passes and ran 23 yards for a score in the closing minutes to lead No. 3 Notre Dame to a 31-21 victory over Northwestern on Saturday night. The Fighting Irish (9-0, No. 4 CFP) remained in line for a playoff spot and continued to build ...

Running back leads Pitt over No. 23 Cavs

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Darrin Hall had already had a big night against a team that game-planned to stop him when he put a dazzling cap on it. Hall ran for 229 yards and three touchdowns, the last a 75-yard burst one play after Virginia had awakened it fans by closing to within 14-13, and ...