National Sports

US striving to avoid World Cup playoff vs Syria or Australia

By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — American soccer players do not want fly over 8,000 miles (12,800 kilometers) to Malaysia next month for a playoff against Syria or make a more-than 7,000-mile (11,300km) journey for a match in Australia. After getting just one point ...

Turner’s record 5 RBIs drive Dodgers to 9-5 win over D-backs

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw still hasn't figured out how to dominate in October. This time, he couldn't even keep the ball in the yard. Justin Turner and the Los Angeles Dodgers made sure it hardly mattered in a strong postseason opener. Turner ...

NASCAR moves Sunday’s start because of Tropical Storm

By JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Writer CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR has moved the start of Sunday's race up one hour to 1:10 p.m. ET because of a strong threat of rain. The Charlotte Motor Speedway race had traditionally been a Saturday night event, but was rained out last year because of ...

Packers vs Cowboys: Great NFL rivalry is renewed

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer From Lombardi and Landry through Reggie and Brett, Troy and Emmitt. From the tundra of Lambeau to the gap in the Texas Stadium roof to Jerry's palace. Packers-Cowboys has been one of the NFL's most entertaining and meaningful rivalries for decades. ...

NCAA seeking equity with changes in baseball seeding

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA plans to double the number of teams it seeds in its Division I baseball tournament to 16, hoping to provide a more equitable competitive balance. The organization announced the move Friday and it will take effect for the 2018 tournament. The change will allow the ...

Saad, Blackhawks pound Penguins 10-1 in opener

By JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Brandon Saad was a force on both ends of the ice. Patrick Kane made a couple of dazzling passes. Nick Schmaltz showed off his speed, and Ryan Hartman was everywhere. It was quite a show, especially for opening night. Saad scored three times in ...

LEADING OFF: Altuve ascends, NLDS opens at Washington, LA

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ IN FULL SWING Jose Altuve is off to a smashing start in the playoffs, hitting three home runs in Houston's 8-2 romp over Boston in the AL Division Series opener. The 5-foot-6 star tries to boost the Astros in ...

Brady throws for 303 yards, Patriots hold off Bucs 19-14

By FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady tied the NFL record for regular season wins with some timely help from a porous New England defense showing signs of improvement. Brady threw for 303 yards and one touchdown, and the Patriots held off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ...

Martin not surprised by alleged corruption in college hoops

By PETE IACOBELLI, AP Sports Writer COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Frank Martin isn't surprised by allegations of corruption in college basketball, though he was stunned one of his friends and former assistants was among the 10 arrested in the national federal investigation of ...

Bauer power: Indians baffle Judge, Yanks 4-0 in ALDS opener

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Trevor Bauer made Aaron Judge look silly, and made his manager look like a genius. One year after nearly costing the Indians a trip to the World Series, Bauer helped them take the first step back. Named a surprise starter for Game 1, Bauer ...

Rockies fall short in wild-card loss to Diamondbacks

PHOENIX (AP) — The Colorado Rockies had been resilient all season, scraping their way into the postseason after the best start in franchise history fizzled. The Rockies were able to summon some of that resolve again the NL wild card, but never could fully dig their way out of an early hole ...

Pietrangelo gives Blues 5-4 overtime victory over Penguins

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Alex Pietrangelo beat Matt Murray 1:15 into overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night in the season opener for both teams. The Blues recovered after letting a two-goal, third-period lead slip away when Pietrangelo's ...

NHL ’17: What to watch for as season begins

By The Associated Press The 101st NHL season opens Wednesday night and there are endless story lines to follow. The Associated Press asked a handful of its writers to suggest some of the top things to watch as play gets underway: ___ TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS. Adding Patrick Marleau gives a ...

Anthony sharp in OKC debut, Rockets look fine without him

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer Carmelo Anthony sizzled in his first game with the Thunder, though Chris Paul and the Rockets look like they will be just fine without him. Houston overcame Anthony's 19 points in just 20 minutes and Paul George's 15, spoiling their Oklahoma City debuts ...

Twins match record with 13th straight postseason loss

By JAKE SEINER, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Brian Dozier rounded third and yelled "Let's go!" at his teammates, and it seemed these Twins might finally be the ones to foil the New York Yankees in the playoffs. Then the Yankees got their turn at bat. Minnesota starter Ervin Santana ...

Steelers want Antonio Brown to quiet sideline histrionics

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin understands Antonio Brown's competitiveness is what helps make Brown one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. The Pittsburgh Steelers coach just wishes his star would do a better job of channeling it properly when things don't go Brown's way. Tomlin mildly ...

On deck: Bauer _ not Kluber _ starting for Indians in Game 1

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber has been relieved already. The Indians will open the playoffs with their ace on hold. Instead of starting their Cy Young Award favorite in Game 1 of the AL Division Series, the defending league champions will pitch Trevor Bauer ...

Talent management group: Dismiss ex-football star’s lawsuit

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal lawsuit linking a talent management company to alleged improper use of ex-Ohio State athletes' photos should be tossed out because there's no evidence the company did anything wrong, according to a court filing. IMG ...

Chiefs’ Smith shines again in win over Redskins

By JORDAN WOLF, Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alex Smith has earned plenty of detractors over the course of his career, getting labeled as a "game manager" and a quarterback who is unable to lead his team when the pressure is on. He quieted all those doubters once again Monday ...

For Bucks, new arena is also avenue to sell Milwaukee

By GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) — Construction vehicles and dusty streets surround the Milwaukee Bucks' new downtown arena that is less than a year away from completion. The state-of-the-art facility will be the Bucks' home starting in 2018. But in many respects the ...