National Sports

NASCAR champion owner, engine maker Robert Yates dies at 74

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Robert Yates has died after a battle with liver cancer. He was 74. Doug Yates announced his father's death Monday night on Twitter . "He was a leader and inspired everyone around him to do their best and to take it to a new level," Doug ...

Double Play: Judge takes swing at MVP and Rookie of the Year

By MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The jury is out on AL MVP. And when a verdict comes in later this fall, giant slugger Aaron Judge has a great chance to join a very small club. Fred Lynn (1975) and Ichiro Suzuki (2001) are the only major leaguers to win Most Valuable ...

LEADING OFF: Playoffs begin, Twins-Yankees for AL wild card

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ LET'S START The 2017 postseason begins at Yankee Stadium when the Minnesota Twins take on New York in the AL wild-card game. Luis Severino pitches for the Yanks — he's 23, he averaged 97.6 mph on his fastball, ...

Column: Baseball without the knuckler would be a real shame

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Columnist The knuckleball has always been a bit of oddball — the butt of jokes, the object of endless curiosity, a talismanic pitch understood by only a few. It could soon be extinct in the big leagues. What a shame that would be. As the regular season ends and ...

Unexpected losses by solid favorite host teams in Week 4

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer The two most recent Super Bowl teams were at home against big underdogs. So the Patriots and Falcons lost. Dallas held the Rams to two touchdowns in Jerry's Palace. That seems like a sure bet. Nope, should have taken Los Angeles, which got a ...

ICYMI in NFL Week 4: Belichick’s Patriots have bad D, 2 Ls

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Pro Football Writer No matter how many yards and points Tom Brady manages to generate, his New England Patriots are not going to go very far this season if they can't get their defense straightened out. Coach Bill Belichick's reigning Super Bowl champions looked ...

ACL fears for Vikings RB Cook; Mariota, Carr hurt in losses

By The Associated Press Dalvin Cook limped off the field and the Minnesota Vikings fear he may not get back on it this season. The Vikings lost their top running back Sunday to what could be a torn knee ligament, which would end his rookie year. Tennessee and Oakland finished losses without ...

LEADING OFF: Twins check Sano’s leg, 3 teams oust managers

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ WILD WORKOUT The Yankees and Twins will hold workouts in New York ahead of Tuesday's AL wild-card game at Yankee Stadium, and eyes will be on Minnesota's Miguel Sano. The hulking slugger is 1 for 8 in three ...

Home runs, strikeouts hit highs; no hurler wins more than 18

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — In a season of record-high home runs and strikeouts along with record-low complete games, there were some constants in Major League Baseball: Houston's Jose Altuve and a Colorado Rockies player won batting titles. There were 6,105 home runs ...

Pullman Party: No. 16 Washington State beats No. 5 USC 30-27

By TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Mike Leach and his team were engulfed in a sea of crimson on the turf of Martin Stadium, reveling in a rare occurrence for Washington State football. An upset victory 25 years in the making was worth celebrating in grand fashion. And, it ...

Leading Off: Red Sox, Rockies try to clinch, Stanton near 60

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ TRY AGAIN The Boston Red Sox make their third bid to clinch the AL East crown when Drew Pomeranz (16-6, 3.38 ERA) faces Lance McCullers and the 100-win Houston Astros at Fenway Park. The Red Sox have lost two in ...

‘Anger, frustration’ from US biathletes, skiers

By MARTHA BELLISLE, Associated Press Before Susan Dunklee became the first U.S. woman to win an individual medal in a world championship biathlon race, she spent years training 18 to 25 hours each week in the summer and racing about 35 times during the winter to fine-tune her athletic ...

Louisville tabs Padgett as interim replacement for Pitino

By GARY B. GRAVES, AP Sports Writer LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — David Padgett understands replacing Louisville coach Rick Pitino would be difficult under any circumstance. So when Padgett arrived Friday for his introductory news conference as the Cardinals interim men's basketball coach, after ...

Davis has 3 picks, 2 TDs, Utah State defeats BYU 40-24

LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Jalen Davis had three interceptions, returning two for touchdowns, as Utah State forced seven BYU turnovers in the Aggies' 40-24 win over their in-state rival Friday night. Kent Myers threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third for the Aggies (3-2) but the defense took ...

Tanner throws 3 TDs, Nebraska rolls past Illinois 28-6

By JAMES BOYD, Associated Press CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — When Nebraska ended its nonconference schedule with a loss to Northern Illinois, it didn't just drop the Cornhuskers to 1-2. It also served as an early turning point in the season and cost athletic director Shawn Eichorst his job. Life ...

Umpire who has sued MLB asks court not to dismiss lawsuit

CINCINNATI (AP) — An umpire is asking that his lawsuit alleging race discrimination by Major League Baseball not be dismissed and that it remain in federal court in Ohio. MLB has asked a U.S. District Court in Cincinnati to dismiss the lawsuit filed earlier this year by umpire Angel ...

President Trump ‘proud of NASCAR’ for protest-free race

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — President Donald Trump tweeted he was proud of NASCAR because no drivers, crew or other team members protested during the national anthem Sunday prior to a race at New Hampshire Motorspeedway. "So proud of NASCAR and its supporters and ...

Stanley Cup champion Penguins accept White House invitation

By DAN SCIFO, Associated Press CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) — Sidney Crosby is backing the Pittsburgh Penguins' decision to accept a White House invitation from President Donald Trump. The reigning two-time Stanley Cup champions announced their decision Sunday morning. "I support it," ...

Steelers flop again to a lesser team, can’t win in Chicago

By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Chalk it up as another big flop for Big Ben and the Steelers. Once again, they lost to a lesser team. Jordan Howard scored on a 19-yard run in overtime to lead the Chicago Bears to a 23-17 victory over Pittsburgh on Sunday. "We faced a ...

LEADING OFF: Harper back for Nats? Red Sox, Cubs close in

A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ READY OR NOT Nationals slugger Bryce Harper could come off the disabled list and return to the lineup in Philadelphia. "We're still trying to make up our minds," manager Dusty Baker said Sunday. Harper, the 2015 NL MVP, has been out ...