National Sports

Astros blast by Dodgers 13-12 in 10th, lead World Series 3-2

By BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer HOUSTON (AP) — When the winning run finally came sliding across home plate on Alex Bregman's single, more than five unforgettable hours after the first pitch, a frantic Carlos Correa sprinted toward his Houston Astros teammates in the middle of the ...

Astros, Dodgers set Series HR record amid juiced ball buzz

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Home runs kept flying over the wall at Minute Maid Park, on line drives up toward the train tracks, on fly balls that just dropped over the fence. Seven more were hit in Game 5, raising the total to a World Series record 22 — with two ...

Steelers lean on D, Smith-Schuster in 20-15 win over Lions

By LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — JuJu Smith-Schuster made an inside move like a veteran and used his young legs to do the rest. The rookie receiver scored on a 97-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger late in the third quarter, and the Pittsburgh Steelers forced the ...

ICYMI in NFL Week 8: Texans kneel; game of season in Seattle

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Pro Football Writer LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — The two most significant events of the NFL weekend took place at the same site: First, dozens of Texans players knelt during the national anthem as a rebuke to team owner Robert McNair and his comment about "inmates running the ...

STAT WATCH: Stanford’s Love sits out, stays No. 1 in rushing

By ERIC OLSON, AP College Football Writer Stanford's Bryce Love remains in strong position to win the national rushing title despite sitting out the Cardinal's game against Oregon State as San Diego State's Rashaad Penny ran for a career-high 253 yards against Hawaii. Love was held out of a ...

Beleaguered bullpens for Astros, Dodgers in World Series

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Nobody needs a day off in this World Series more than those run-down relievers. Brandon Morrow has pitched in all five games for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He had never pitched three straight days before talking himself into a wild Game 5, ...

Dodgers even World Series with 6-2 win

HOUSTON (AP) — Cody Bellinger lined a go-ahead double in the ninth inning, four Dodgers pitchers combined on a two-hitter and Los Angeles rallied past the Houston Astros 6-2 Saturday night to tie the World Series at 2-all. Joc Pederson homered to cap a five-run burst in the ninth, ensuring ...

Anthony scores 21 to lead Thunder’s 101-69 rout of Bulls

CHICAGO (AP) — Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points and Paul George had 20 to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 101-69 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night. Russell Westbrook added 12 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists for his third triple-double of the season. He has now recorded ...

Astros get first ever Series victory at home

HOUSTON (AP) — George Springer and the Houston Astros broke out their bats in a four-run second inning, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 Friday night for a 2-1 World Series lead. Lance McCullers Jr. allowed three runs and four hits over 5 1/3 innings for the win and Brad Peacock followed ...

Angry Ravens say QB Flacco’s concussion was on ‘dirty play’

By David Ginsburg AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens are angry and calling for a review of the rule book after watching Joe Flacco being helped off the field, bleeding and disoriented following a late hit. Flacco sustained a concussion Thursday night against Miami ...

Rainbow resurgence: Bright Astros jerseys now a fan favorite

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Once mocked, now fashionable, those rainbow jerseys of the Houston Astros are back in full bloom at the World Series. The Astros won't be sporting them Friday night for Game 3 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. But they've become a fan ...

Tight end becoming focal point of NFL offenses

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer If you were watching NFL games last weekend — and for much of the season — and didn't notice Zach Ertz and Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis and Rob Gronkowski, well, you probably weren't watching very carefully. Tight end, not too long ago almost an ...

Tiger Woods due in court with plea deal to resolve DUI case

By CURT ANDERSON and TERRY SPENCER, Associated Press PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Superstar golfer Tiger Woods is due in court to resolve a driving under the influence case, expected to plead guilty to reckless driving and agree to enter a diversion program. The 41-year-old Woods was ...

Houston Texans CEO apologizes over ‘inmates’ comment

HOUSTON (AP) — The chairman and chief executive of the Houston Texans has apologized after a report said he declared "we can't have the inmates running the prison" during a meeting of NFL owners over what to do about players who kneel in protest during the national anthem. The comment was ...

Girardi pushed out by Yankees after 10 seasons as manager

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer Joe Girardi's tenure as New York Yankees manager ended Thursday after a decade that produced just one World Series title for a team that expects to win every year. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman made the announcement five days after the Yankees lost ...

Explosive Joshua values entertainment as much as wins

By STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports Writer Anthony Joshua's goal in boxing extends beyond the ambitious task of unifying the world heavyweight titles. He wants to put on a show while doing so. Joshua is leading the resurgence of a heavyweight division that suffered for at least a decade amid the ...

Springer’s HR in 11th gives Astros 7-6 win, ties Series 1-1

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — George Springer screamed with joy as he circled the bases after hitting a two-run homer in the 11th inning. Would it be enough? Was this the final plot twist on one of the wildest nights in postseason history? Yes, it was — barely — ...

Campbell’s culture change leads to success for Cyclones

By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer AMES, Iowa (AP) — This year — like every year — Iowa State fans scoured the schedule before the season in hopes of finding a path to the six wins needed for bowl eligibility. It's such exceedingly low expectations that second-year coach Matt Campbell ...

Canada beats USA 5-1 on pre-Olympic women’s hockey tour

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — In a women's hockey rivalry that has seen medals turn from gold to silver in a matter of seconds, or a few inches, the United States and Canada just aren't sure what to make of the recent spate of blowouts. Three days after the Americans won ...

David Stern calls for NBA changes of marijuana rules

NEW YORK (AP) — Former NBA Commissioner David Stern believes medicinal marijuana use by players should be allowed, but the league says it won't allow it for recreational use. Stern was interviewed by ex-NBA player Al Harrington for the website Uninterrupted's documentary "Concept of ...