National Sports

Astros nab D-backs’ Greinke

Out of nowhere, the Houston Astros got a huge head start on October. On a dizzying day that featured two dozen trades, the Astros pulled off the biggest and most startling deal, adding ace Zack Greinke to an imposing rotation already loaded with All-Stars Justin Verlander and Gerrit ...

Bowlen an NFL pioneer owner

DENVER — John Elway is glad he had the chance to return the favor and dedicate a championship to his beloved boss 18 years after Pat Bowlen jabbed the Super Bowl 32 trophy into the San Diego night and hollered, “This ... one’s ... for ... John!” Elway called it the greatest moment of ...

Mayfield plans new leadership style

BEREA, Ohio — Baker Mayfield didn’t hesitate to answer when asked what areas of his game he wanted to improve. When the subject switched to his modified facial hair, he was far less revealing. “That’s the elegance of having a mustache,” Mayfield said, unable to suppress a smile. ...

Nassar case inspires new bill

A bill spurred by Larry Nassar’s sex crimes and other mishandled abuse cases would allow Congress to fire the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s entire board and would quadruple the money the federation provides to the U.S. Center for SafeSport. The bill, to be introduced Tuesday, is ...

Jackson’s speed still a big deal

By Rob Maaddi The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — DeSean Jackson zipped across the field, caught Carson Wentz’s perfectly thrown pass in stride and kept going. Then he did it again. And again. Jackson is back in Philadelphia five years after former Eagles coach Chip Kelly released ...

Bell tells fantasy guys: ‘Pick me’

The Associated Press FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Le’Veon Bell has a fantasy tip for this season: Pick him. First, though, the New York Jets running back is sorry to the frustrated people who drafted him in their leagues last year — and got a big, fat zero as he sat out in a contract dispute ...

Phillies pick up help on mound from Mets

The Associated Press A look at what’s happening around Major League Baseball at the moment: Coming and going Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard (7-5, 4.33) is set to start against the White Sox, and it could be his final appearance with the club. The hard-throwing 26-year-old changed ...

Women have made more than the men

U.S. Soccer says the players on the World Cup champion women’s national team were paid more than their male counterparts from 2010 through 2018. According to a letter released Monday by U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro, the federation has paid out $34.1 million in salary and game ...

Busch going for Pocono trifecta

By Dan Gelston The Associated Press LONG POND — Kyle Busch has swept race weekends across all NASCAR series, so perhaps the idea of driving four times in next year’s packed Pocono slate would hold some appeal for the sport’s winningest driver. “Hell no,” Busch said to ...

Late move by Briscoe gets victory

The Associated Press NEWTON, Iowa — Chase Briscoe passed Christopher Bell with seven laps to go and won the NASCAR Xfinity race at Iowa Speedway on Saturday night for his first victory of the year. Briscoe’s only other Xfinity victory came last season on Charlotte’s roval. Briscoe’s ...

Chastain gets easy victory

The Associated Press LONG POND — Ross Chastain dominated at Pocono Raceway on Saturday to win a NASCAR Truck Series race for the third time this season. Chastain dedicated the victory to popular crew chief Nick Harrison, who died overnight hours after last week’s Xfinity Series ...

Storm brings new leader

TIGNES, France — In an instant, and just as it was becoming even more thrilling, the most exciting Tour de France in decades became truly bizarre, and got a new leader — Egan Bernal of Colombia — who looks all but certain to hold the yellow jersey to Paris on Sunday. A violent hailstorm ...

AB floats into camp

NAPA, Calif. — Antonio Brown celebrated his first training camp with the Oakland Raiders by taking a hot air balloon ride over the Napa Valley. Coach Jon Gruden thought it was tame by the flamboyant wide receiver’s standards. “I expected a little bit more than a hot air balloon,” ...

Steelers extend Tomlin through 2021

From Mirror, wire reports LATROBE — The Pittsburgh Steelers and coach Mike Tomlin have agreed on a one-year contract extension that will run through the 2021 season. The club announced the deal as players arrived at Saint Vincent College on Thursday for the start of Tomlin’s 13th ...

All-star Tulowitzki calls it a career

BOSTON — Troy Tulowitzki, a five-time All-Star with the Colorado Rockies who has missed most of the past two seasons with leg injuries, announced his retirement on Thursday, more than three months after he played in his last game for the New York Yankees. “For as long as I can remember, ...

Clemson feeling confident drug suspensions in the past

By Pete Iacobelli The Associated Press CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson officials are confident the athletic department’s practices and policies will prevent a repeat of the failed performance-enhancing drug tests that caused three players to be suspended before last season’s College Football ...

Clemson, Alabama stay atop throne

Clemson and Alabama have turned college football largely into a two-team show with blowouts wins, conference domination and national championships. The Tigers and Crimson Tide have split the last four national titles, matching the combined number of losses they’ve had against the rest of ...

Clippers owner feeling good about new stars

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kawhi Leonard and Paul George laughed and cheered along with the crowd when the multibillionaire owner of the Los Angeles Clippers waved his arms, stomped his feet and screamed his new players’ praises in a cracking voice. “Pretty cool! Pretty cool!” Steve Ballmer ...

Wrestler loses medal for doping

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Wrestler and Russian politician Artur Taymazov has been stripped of a second Olympic gold medal for doping. The International Olympic Committee said Tuesday that Taymazov, who already lost his 2008 gold medal for doping, has now been stripped of the 2012 gold in the ...

Ex-Met Gooden still finding trouble

The Associated Press NEWARK, N.J. — Ex-New York Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden has been arrested again in New Jersey. Newark police says Gooden was pulled over Monday night after driving the wrong way down a one-way road and charged with driving while intoxicated. Last month, the ...