National Sports

Bellerive eager to produce memorable PGA Championship

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer ST. LOUIS (AP) — Bellerive Country Club is considered one of the "Big Four" of traditional, exclusive St. Louis-area clubs, a picturesque parkland course designed by Robert Trent Jones serving as its centerpiece. For a while, big events bolstered its ...

LEADING OFF: Struggling Seattle faces Houston, Porcello up

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: LOSING GROUND Struggling Seattle turns to ace James Paxton as it opens a series against AL West-leading Houston. The Mariners have lost seven of nine overall and three of Paxton's past four starts dating to July 7. ...

MLB’s inclusion efforts must now overcome offensive tweets

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer Major League Baseball has made an effort to grow the sport among African-Americans, and there are finally some small signs of progress. Meanwhile, ballparks from coast to coast host nights celebrating the LGBT community, another example of baseball's ...

Lindor’s 3-run homer in 9th gives Indians 5-2 win

By The Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Francisco Lindor connected for a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning as the Cleveland Indians again moved 10 games ahead of Minnesota in the AL Central with a 5-2 win over the Twins on Wednesday night. Lindor, who struck out with the ...

Fillmyer gets first big league win as Royals top Cubs 9-0

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Heath Fillmyer used a hockey mentality to get a baseball milestone Wednesday night. Fillmyer allowed three singles over seven innings for his first major league win, Adalberto Mondesi and Drew Butera each drove in three, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago ...

Three HRs in first lift Brewers past Padres

By JIM HOEHN, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Welcome to the big leagues, Brett Kennedy. Jesus Aguilar, Travis Shaw and Eric Thames hit consecutive first-inning homers to spoil Kennedy's San Diego debut and propel the Milwaukee Brewers to an 8-4 victory over the Padres on Wednesday ...

Devers hits 2-run HR in return as Red Sox beat Jays 10-5

By IAN HARRISON, Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — The streaking Red Sox have had plenty to be pleased about in recent weeks. The return of Rafael Devers gave Boston one more reason to smile. Devers came off the disabled list and hit a two-run home run, Brian Johnson pitched a season-high ...

Carpenter hits 31st homer to help Cardinals beat Marlins 7-1

By STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — Matt Carpenter leaped into a high-five with Yadier Molina at home plate, trotted down the dugout steps and skipped from one end of the bench to the other, slapping hands with teammates lined up on both sides of him. It was a routine polished by ...

Archer gets victory as Pirates beat Rockies 4-3

By MICHAEL KELLY, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Adam Frazier has been doing damage with his bat lately. But it was his glove that helped Pittsburgh take a series in Colorado. Frazier had three hits and made a run-saving play in the field, and the Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3 on ...

Colon might not have enough time to pass Marichal again

By Stephen Hawkins AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Bartolo Colon still has another lofty goal after becoming the top winning pitcher from Latin America. “This year is almost getting close to the end. But there is one thing that I will look for, is Juan Marichal has more ...

Browns rookie QB Mayfield not nervous heading into NFL debut

By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Baker Mayfield played on a big stage at Oklahoma, so he’s not scared of stepping onto football’s biggest one. The Browns rookie quarterback — and perhaps their QB of the future — will make his NFL exhibition debut Thursday night as ...

Bolt agrees to practice deal with Australian soccer club

SYDNEY (AP) — Usain Bolt is quickly closing in on a professional soccer career. The Jamaican great has negotiated an "indefinite training period" with Central Coast Mariners in Australia's A-League. The eight-time Olympic gold medalist and the 100- and 200-meter world record holder has been ...

Australian cycling star Simon Gerrans to retire

SYDNEY (AP) — Simon Gerrans, who won two stages of the Tour de France and is the only Australian to have won two of cycling's one-day classics, has announced he will retire at the end of the 2018 season. Gerrans is one of only seven Australians to have worn the leader's yellow jersey in the ...

Taillon, Bettis face off after bonding over cancer battles

By PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer DENVER (AP) — The starters for Tuesday's game between Pittsburgh and Colorado reads like this: Jameson Taillon vs. Chad Bettis. A more accurate description: Two starters bouncing back from testicular cancer. "Both healthy. Both in the big leagues," the ...

COLLEGE FOOTBALL ’18: Key transfers from Big House to Bayou

By GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer Coach Jim Harbaugh couldn't pass up a chance to deliver a coy response when asked about the quarterback situation at Michigan. Going by numbers alone, there may not be much of a contest. Mississippi transfer Shea Patterson could be the new starter behind ...

LEADING OFF: Trout sits, Taillon and Betts meet post-cancer

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: BLUE BIRTHDAY Mike Trout is likely to sit out the Angels' game against Detroit because of a sore right wrist, depriving Los Angeles' fans of what's become an annual treat: Seeing Trout do incredible things on his ...

NASCAR chairman France takes leave after DWI, drug arrest

SAG HARBOR, N.Y. (AP) — NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France announced on Monday he was taking an indefinite leave of absence following his arrest in the Hamptons on charges of driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of oxycodone. France was seen blowing through a stop sign in Sag ...

Bauer strikes out 11, Indians hit 4 HRs in 10-0 win

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Trevor Bauer reached a milestone Monday night. Cleveland's right-hander struck out 11 in six innings — giving him 206 for the season — and the Indians routed the Minnesota Twins 10-0. Bauer (11-6) is one strikeout behind Boston's ...

PREMIER LEAGUE 2018-19: 5 new signings to watch out for

By STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports Writer The transfer window has been shortened in the Premier League and will close on Thursday, before the season starts. Here is the pick of the signings so far: RIYAD MAHREZ (Manchester City) Whether City needed another attacking midfield to complement Raheem ...

Assessing the bullpens after a wild trade deadline

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer Now that the dust has settled after the trade deadline, here's some quick trivia: Which team does Zach Duke pitch for? How about Darren O'Day? Or Seunghwan Oh? It seemed like every contender wanted to add another arm or two in the bullpen, making the ...