National Sports

G Leaguers get invited back to play in scrimmage

There were more than 50 players from the G League who helped USA Basketball get into the FIBA World Cup by winning enough games during the tournament’s qualifying rounds. A few of them are getting a thank-you this week. USA Basketball invited some of those qualifying players to the final ...

Brown loses his helmet battle

By Josh Dubow The Associated Press ALAMEDA, Calif. — Oakland Raiders receiver Antonio Brown lost his grievance with the NFL on Monday over his use of an old helmet that is no longer certified as safe to use for practice or play. The arbitrator issued the ruling after holding a hearing ...

MLB to make history next season

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Major League Baseball will open its 2020 season March 26, its earliest start other than international games. The schedule also features a late April series in Puerto Rico between the New York Mets and Miami Marlins. Globe Life Field, the new home of the ...

Barkley OK missing preseason games

By Tom Canavan The Associated Press EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Saquon Barkley has no problem watching preseason games from the sidelines, if that’s what New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur wants. While in uniform, the NFL offensive rookie of the year last season was a spectator and ...

Ohio State lineman shines light on mental health issues

The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State defensive tackle Robert Landers struggles with mental illness, and he doesn’t care who knows it. In fact, he wants more people to be aware of it. The mass shooting in his hometown of Dayton, Ohio, rattled him enough that he decided ...

Michigan State makes deal with Feds

The Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State University has agreed to better protect patients from sexual assaults, including following a chaperone requirement for sensitive medical exams, to resolve a federal civil-rights investigation into Larry Nassar’s abuse of young gymnasts ...

League releases schedule

The NBA schedule is a little bit easier on players. Fans might be catching a break — and some more sleep — as well. The league announced its 2019-20 schedule on Monday, featuring another dip in back-to-back games for teams and a major change in the number of nationally televised games ...

Reed delivers clutch putts

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — The harder he worked, the farther Patrick Reed felt he was falling behind. That’s when the people around him sought drastic measures by making him leave his golf clubs alone for 10 whole days. Recharged from his pre-summer break, Reed finally found the result he was ...

Harvick wins Michigan race

BROOKLYN, Mich. — Kevin Harvick is so confident in his talent and team he doesn’t get excited when he wins. “It’s more of an expectation,” Harvick said. He raced to the 47th NASCAR Cup victory of his career and his second in less than a month Sunday, pulling away from the pack to ...

Soto leaves after ankle injury

NEW YORK — Juan Soto has been diagnosed with a right ankle sprain after being pulled from the Washington Nationals’ 7-4 victory over the New York Mets on Sunday. The 20-year-old star came out of the game after turning his ankle running the bases in the seventh inning. Soto went ...

Nadal tops Medvedev

MONTREAL — Rafael Nadal won his fifth Rogers Cup title, beating Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-0 on in just 70 minutes Sunday at breezy IGA Stadium. The 33-year-old Nadal won the event for the third time in Montreal. The first came in 2005 at age 19 over Andre Agassi, and the second in 2013. Nadal ...

Raiders’ slow exit painful for fans

SAN DIEGO — The slow, agonizing demise of the Oakland Raiders will continue for at least one more season. There will be one more “final” home game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, on Dec. 15 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. There have been possible “final” home games for a ...

Wainwright overcomes early homer to beat Bucs

ST. LOUIS — Adam Wainwright gave up a home run on the first pitch of the game but not much else, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1 Saturday night. The contending Cardinals won their second in a row after ending a five-game losing streak. Wainwright (8-8) allowed ...

Reds rookie Aquino homers in first 3 at-bats to top Cubs

CINCINNATI — Reds outfielder Aristides Aquino homered in his first three at-bats against the Cubs on Saturday night, setting a Cincinnati record for a rookie. Aquino was an International League All-Star called up to play right field when Yasiel Puig was traded to the Indians. He hit three ...

Football’s pipeline: How the college game changed

Jay Berwanger won the inaugural Heisman Trophy in 1935 for the University of Chicago and became the No. 1 player taken in the first NFL draft a few months later. He chose to work at a rubber company and be a part-time coach for his alma mater rather than try to make a living playing ...

‘Field of Dreams’ just one possible bad location

Major League Baseball is heading to the “Field of Dreams” next season to pay homage to a terrible flick. Yep, the Chicago White Sox will face the New York Yankees in a temporary stadium, to be constructed among the Iowa cornfields where that corn pile of a movie was filmed. Given my ...

Pair of Jaguars will miss opener

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars don’t expect left tackle Cam Robinson and receiver Marqise Lee to be ready for the season opener. Coach Doug Marrone provided an update on the two starters Saturday, saying “we just can’t get them over the hump.” “We’ve got to go ...

Reed hoping to snap long winless streak

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Patrick Reed handled the strong gusts and a Liberty National course starting to dry out with a 4-under 67 that gave him a one-shot lead over Abraham Ancer of Mexico going into the final round of The Northern Trust. Reed has not won since the 2018 Masters, though it ...

Aggressive driving is addressed

BROOKLYN, Mich. — NASCAR Cup Series drivers are pushing limits on the track and pointing fingers off it as tensions rise with just four races left before the playoffs. Kyle Busch was summoned to the NASCAR hauler at Michigan International Speedway to talk with officials along with William ...

Playing for Popovich a draw for USA basketball players

LAS VEGAS — Make no mistake, the 17 players left in consideration for the 12 spots on the team that USA Basketball will take to the FIBA World Cup in China desperately want to play for the red, white and blue. They also want to play for Pop. Most of the players who went through Week 1 of ...