×

National Sports

Elite teams rolling early, nary an upset

The top six teams from The Associated Press preseason poll are still the top six teams as the calendar turns to October. The order is a little different, but it has been a chalky start to the college football season. No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Georgia, No. 4 Ohio State, No. 5 LSU ...

Diaz hits two homers in Rays’ win

OAKLAND, Calif. — Yandy Diaz slugged baseball’s lowest spender into a matchup with mighty Houston, Charlie Morton silenced the powerful Athletics on the mound, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat Oakland at its own game 5-1 in the AL wild-card round Wednesday night. Diaz hit a leadoff homer and ...

Eighth-inning error allows Nats to live another day

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Washington’s Juan Soto delivered a bases-loaded single against Josh Hader that scored three runs with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, and the Nationals rallied to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 in the NL wild-card game Tuesday night. After ...

Maddon’s Chicago time runs out

The Associated Press CHICAGO — From the moment Joe Maddon joined the Chicago Cubs, taking the reins in a Wrigleyville bar five years ago, he talked about winning. He was the right manager at the right time for a franchise that had experienced mostly terrible timing for more than a ...

Brees-less Saints winning

The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Vonn Bell’s forced fumble and two recoveries helped the Saints stifle a Dallas offense that had rolled through its first three games, and Wil Lutz kicked four field goals to lift New Orleans to a 12-10 victory over the Cowboys on Sunday ...

Around the NFL

The Associated Press Chiefs 34, Lions 30 DETROIT — Darrel Williams ran for a go-ahead, 1-yard touchdown with 23 seconds left after Patrick Mahomes’ run converted a fourth down, lifting the Kansas City Chiefs to a 34-30 win over the Detroit Lions. Kansas City started the winning drive ...

Elliott triumphs on ugly day

The Associated Press CONCORD, N.C. — Alex Bowman had just advanced to the second round of NASCAR’s playoffs, climbed from his car and slumped to the ground, dehydrated and overcome by the heat. As he was receiving medical attention, Bubba Wallace approached him and angrily splashed liquid ...

Defense wins it for Fighting Irish

The Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. — No. 10 Notre Dame’s defensive linemen had eight sacks in a 35-20 victory over No. 18 Virginia on Saturday. And Julian Okwara thinks they can to do more. “We’re excited about the win, but we still have work to do,” said the defensive end, who ...

Braun to sit out again

DENVER — Milwaukee outfielder Ryan Braun missed Saturday’s game and will miss the final scheduled game of the regular season today because of a mild left calf strain but hopes to be available after that for the playoff-bound Brewers. An MRI on Braun’s calf Saturday morning confirmed the ...

Cham takes 3-shot lead into today’s final round

NAPA, Calif. — Even as he bolted to the top of the leaderboard at the Safeway Open, Cameron Champ’s mind was elsewhere. Champ’s grandfather, Mack, is in hospice battling stomach cancer and the family has been commuting back and forth between the tournament and his hometown of ...

Top 25 roundup

No. 1 Clemson 21, North Carolina 20 CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Clemson stuffed North Carolina’s 2-point conversion attempt with 1:17 left and the No. 1 Tigers held off the Tar Heels 21-20 on Saturday. The Tigers (5-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) had trouble all day in trying to extend their ...

Minnesota holds off Purdue in fourth

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Tanner Morgan threw for 396 yards and four touchdowns, both career highs, to help Minnesota hold off Purdue 38-31 on Saturday. The Golden Gophers (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) have won six straight overall and four in a row outside Minneapolis for the first time since ...

Panthers quarterback says he needs time away from game

The Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said he plans on taking “time away from the game” because of a mid-foot sprain that has bothered him since the third preseason game. Newton says in a 15-minute video blog released Friday night that he probably ...

Drivers try to protect position for playoffs at tricky Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. — The Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway was created specifically to add a unique venue to NASCAR’s playoffs and the hybrid road course doesn’t disappoint. As a reminder, last year’s inaugural event ended with the leaders crashing each other trying to win. A return trip ...

Encore expected from last week’s victors

The Associated Press As any artist who has ever produced a hit record will attest, the follow-up can be a real challenge. Last week, Wisconsin, Auburn and Southern California were at the top of the charts in college football, registering big wins and looking like teams that could seriously ...

Eagles not ready for a Pack attack

The Associated Press A team considered a strong Super Bowl contender will be at Lambeau Field tonight. It’s not — at least right now — the visiting Eagles. Philadelphia was among the early favorites in the NFC. Then injuries and sloppiness struck. Now, the Eagles (1-2) are scrambling ...

Young QBs need mobility to thrive

By Teresa M. Walker The Associated Press It’s an NFL rite each season that young quarterbacks find themselves playing early whether because of high draft status, injuries or simply a struggling team looking for a spark. Injuries already have forced Gardner Minshew of the Jaguars, Mason ...

Akers, Pittman picking up momentum

By Ralph D. Russo The Associated Press The Associated Press has been honoring college football’s best with an All-America team since 1925. The midseason All-Americans will be released Oct. 15. The full three-team AP All-America team presented by Regions Bank will be unveiled in ...

Bucs victorious as Cubs stumble

PITTSBURGH — The freefalling Chicago Cubs committed five errors, including two in a seven-run seventh inning, and moved to the brink of elimination with a 9-2 defeat to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night that extended their losing streak to seven. Chicago dropped to 82-75 and would be ...

MLB sets new record for strikeouts again

Major League Baseball has set its season strikeout record for the 12th straight season. Batters struck out 41,098 times through Monday, closing in on the 41,207 of last season. Philadelphia and Washington combined for 19 strikeouts in the first game of their day-night doubleheader, and there ...