National Sports

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? ...

Raiders trade star defender to Bears for picks

The Associated Press CHICAGO — The Chicago Bears spent the offseason loading up to end a string of losing seasons. They just made their biggest move. The Bears have acquired star pass rusher Khalil Mack from the Raiders in a massive trade that sends two first-round draft picks to ...

Notre Dame holds on for victory

The Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Brandon Wimbush connected on a long touchdown pass to help No. 12 Notre Dame jump out to a big first-half lead, Te’von Coney and the defense made it stand with a late takeaway, and the Fighting Irish beat No. 14 Michigan 24-17 on Saturday night as ...

Grier gets WVU off to solid start

The Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Will Grier got his Heisman Trophy campaign off to an impressive start, throwing for 429 yards and five touchdowns as No. 17 West Virginia defeated Tennessee 40-14 Saturday in a game delayed for more than an hour at halftime due to lightning. Leading ...

Top 25 Roundup

No. 5 Ohio State 77, Oregon State 31 COLUMBUS, Ohio — With coach Urban Meyer serving a suspension, new starting quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. had a record-setting day, throwing five touchdown passes to help Ohio State rout Oregon State in the opener for both teams. The Buckeyes shook ...

Yankees get clean-cut Cutch

By Jake Seiner The Associated Press NEW YORK — With shoulder-length dreadlocks and a well-crafted beard, Andrew McCutchen spent his 20s forcing the baseball spotlight to shine bright on small-market Pittsburgh. Now, a clean-cut McCutchen is coming cross-country to one of the sport’s ...

Reports: McCutchen traded to Yankees

NEW YORK — The playoff-contending New York Yankees are close to completing a trade for San Francisco Giants outfielder Andrew McCutchen. A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Thursday night the Yankees would send infielder Abiatal Avelino and another minor ...

OSU trustee quits over Meyer ordeal

The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio State University trustee who thought football coach Urban Meyer deserved more than a three-game suspension and resigned from the board over it said Thursday that he was alone in advocating a stiffer penalty when trustees discussed the ...

Kaepernick case will go to trial

PHILADELPHIA — Colin Kaepernick and his legal team are driving inside NFL territory, forcing the league and its 32 teams to brace for a defensive stand. An arbitrator is sending Kaepernick’s grievance with the NFL to trial, denying the league’s request to throw out the ...