National Sports

Heart trouble keeps closer out of series

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers are expected to be without All-Star closer Kenley Jansen for a key weekend series with the Colorado Rockies after a team cardiologist recommended the right-hander not travel to Denver. Twice in his career Jansen has experienced an atrial ...

Big non-conference games headline weekend schedule

The first few weeks of the season often set the tone for which conference will be deemed best for the rest of the season. It’s a debate that can be both fun and tedious. Does it really matter whether Kentucky is better than California when it comes time to figure out if the Pac-12 champion ...

Fight breaks out in Mariners’ clubhouse

The Associated Press SEATTLE — A brawl involving several players broke out in the Seattle Mariners’ clubhouse Tuesday night several hours before a game at Safeco Field. Shortstop Jean Segura, catcher Mike Zunino and other players were involved in the skirmish. Moments after center ...

Athletes in court fight for money

By Paul Elias The Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. — Attorneys for college football and basketball players returned to court Tuesday to fight NCAA rules that cap athletes’ compensation at what is traditionally covered by a scholarship. A federal trial in Oakland opened with the ...

Kareem helps Irish win

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — With a first-year starter at defensive end and two other linemen trying out new positions next to him, having coach Brian Kelly consistently call this position group the most stable on the Notre Dame defense seemed like a stretch of logic through the preseason. If the ...

Perry quits as president

USA Gymnastics turned to an outsider when it tasked Kerry Perry to steer the embattled organization through the fallout of the Larry Nassar scandal. Perry, who had no background in the sport when she was hired as president and CEO last November, stressed her focus would be “on creating an ...

LSU, Hokies rising

No. 11 LSU and No. 12 Virginia Tech made the biggest jumps in the first Associated Press college football poll of the regular season while No. 4 Ohio State leapfrogged No. 5 Wisconsin after a week in which most off the top teams were unchallenged. Alabama remained No. 1 with a blowout of ...

Plenty to look forward to as NFL begins

NEW YORK — Rules changes and national anthem demonstrations seem to have folks inside and outside the NFL obsessed as the opening kickoff of the season approaches. Yes, the Super Bowl champion Eagles and Atlanta Falcons will open things on Thursday night in Philadelphia. What many folks ...

Barkley ‘just wants to play’ in opener

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — There’s no doubt halfback Saquon Barkley is the most-hyped rookie to join the New York Giants since future Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor donned the blue in 1981. Within weeks of being taken second overall in the draft, the likable 21-year-old from Penn State had ...

Sharapova knocked out again

By Howard Fendrich The Associated Press NEW YORK — Maria Sharapova won the U.S. Open as a teenager. More than a decade later, she can’t seem to make it past the fourth round. With a mistake-filled performance, Sharapova lost a night match at Flushing Meadows for the first time in her ...

No. 20 Virginia Tech dismantles No. 19 Florida State

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Josh Jackson threw two touchdown passes, one early and another late, and No. 20 Virginia Tech handled 19th-ranked Florida State 24-3 in the rain Monday night to spoil coach Willie Taggart’s debut with the Seminoles. Florida State looked dysfunctional and disorganized ...

Meyer saga leads to questions on coaches’ responsibilities

COLUMBUS, Ohio — What got Urban Meyer in hot water? The suspended Ohio State football coach puts it this way: “My fault was in not taking action sooner against a troubled employee about his work-related issues.” That now-fired assistant coach had been accused of past spousal violence as ...

Larson hopes for big break

DARLINGTON, S.C. — Brad Keselowski took nearly the entire season to break through to victory lane. Kyle Larson will have to wait a little bit longer. Keselowski overtook Larson’s dominant car by a few feet coming out of the pits on the final caution, then took off on the restart to win ...

DeChambeau wins again

NORTON, Mass. — Bryson DeChambeau plays golf differently from everyone else and is getting the results everyone wants. It doesn’t take a scientist to figure that out. For the second straight week in the richest part of the PGA Tour season, DeChambeau took down one of the strongest ...

Russia struggling to build off World Cup momentum

MOSCOW — For Russia’s top clubs, it’s almost as if the World Cup never happened. The national team made an incredible run to the World Cup quarterfinals, but Russia’s clubs have struggled to show any momentum in European competitions this season. Spartak Moscow was knocked out of ...

Keselowski picks up first Cup win of year

By Pete Iacobelli The Associated Press DARLINGTON, S.C. — Brad Keselowski beat leader Kyle Larson out of the pits with 22 laps to go, then pulled away on a restart to win the Southern 500 on Sunday night and sweep the weekend at Darlington Raceway. Keselowski took the Xfinity race ...

Williams heading to quarters for 10th straight appearance

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Serena Williams’ yells of “Come on!” crescendoed right along with the tension in a fourth-round U.S. Open match that began as a rout and suddenly became riveting. When she ripped a backhand winner to claim the third set’s opening game Sunday, ...

First weekend ruined by nasty weather

The Associated Press LINCOLN, Neb. — The first big weekend of the college football season was marred by weather problems across the country Saturday, with officials calling off games at Nebraska and Iowa State and delays hitting stadiums from the Air Force Academy in Colorado to the ...

Wentz still waiting for medical clearance to play

The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Carson Wentz still hasn’t been medically cleared for contact, though Eagles coach Doug Pederson won’t rule out the quarterback for the season opener against Atlanta on Thursday night. Pederson again told reporters in a testy exchange Sunday that he ...

Federer ‘unreal’ in third round

By Howard Fendrich The Associated Press NEW YORK — The most pivotal part of Roger Federer’s U.S. Open victory over Nick Kyrgios, both men agreed, came all of 17 minutes in, when the 20-time major champion was serving at 3-all, love-40 and got out of the jam. The most spectacular part? ...