National Sports

Yankees top Red Sox 3-2, deny Boston a division clincher

By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Neil Walker hit a three-run homer, Zach Britton started a game-ending double play on New York's third try in the ninth inning and the Yankees kept the Boston Red Sox from a bubbly celebration in the Bronx for at least another night with a 3-2 victory ...

Jones leads backfield trio reshaping No. 8 Irish offense

By JOHN FINERAN, Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — There doesn't seem to be a load that Notre Dame running back Tony Jones Jr. cannot handle. The junior shed more than 10 pounds from his 5-foot-11 frame over the summer after playing at 230 pounds during an injury-plagued 2017 season. ...

Lavarnway drives in winning run, Pirates top Royals in 11

By ALAN SAUNDERS, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ryan Lavarnway was an unlikely candidate to get a big hit in a pressure situation for the Pirates. The 30-year-old fourth-string catcher was playing his 142nd career game, spread out over seven seasons with five teams, and spent most of ...

Kluber wins 19th, strikes out 11 as Indians top White Sox

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber isn't letting up as the regular season winds down. Kluber struck out 11 in eight innings to record his career-high 19th win as the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3 on Tuesday night. Although the Indians have ...

Orioles fall to Blue Jays 6-4 for a team-record 108th loss

By TODD KARPOVICH, Associated Press BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles trudged off the field following a historic loss, still not absorbing that they are part of one of the worst teams in franchise history. The Orioles lost to the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 on Tuesday. It was the team's ...

Hall of Fame members threaten boycott of inductions

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer A group of Pro Football Hall of Famers led by Eric Dickerson is demanding health insurance coverage and a share of NFL revenues or else those former players will boycott the induction ceremonies. In a letter sent to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFLPA ...

Jets not taking hungry, still-winless Browns lightly

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Pro Football Writer FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Jamal Adams and the Jets are well aware of the struggles going on in Cleveland. They know the Browns are still looking for their first win since 2016, and New York isn't taking them lightly. If anything, the Jets ...

AP source: 76ers name Elton Brand general manager

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Elton Brand is in charge of the Philadelphia 76ers. A person familiar with the situation says the Sixers have made Brand their new general manager, replacing Bryan Colangelo. Colangelo resigned in June as the 76ers' president of ...

Renewed push to protect QBs has defenders stumped

By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer Pass rushers like Clay Matthews are stumped as to what constitutes a clean hit on quarterbacks anymore. Lending a sympathetic ear is none other than Mike Zimmer, one of the biggest beneficiaries of the league's renewed emphasis on protecting the ...

Mack, Amukamara lead Bears over Seahawks 24-17

By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Khalil Mack once again put on the sort of havoc-wreaking show the Chicago Bears envisioned when they traded for the superstar pass rusher. Even better for them, they came away with the victory this time. Mack had one of six sacks against ...

LEADING OFF: Bosox try to clinch in Bronx, Snell goes for 20

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: BOSOX BUBBLY? The Red Sox can clinch the AL East at Yankee Stadium with a single win during their three-game series — in 2016, Boston locked up the division while playing on the home field of its archrival. ...

Yelich propels Brewers with 2nd cycle in 3 weeks vs Reds

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Christian Yelich became the first major leaguer to hit for the cycle twice in one season against the same team, driving in four runs to lead the Milwaukee Brewers over the Cincinnati Reds 8-0 on Monday night. Less than three weeks after his cycle in Cincinnati, the streaking ...

Bears honor Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher

By JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Brian Urlacher finally got a chance to say goodbye, and he tackled the opportunity the same way he played for 13 seasons. Fast. Urlacher was honored by the Chicago Bears at halftime of their 24-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Monday ...

Rookie Stallings caps Pirates’ 7-6 comeback win over Royals

By JOHN PERROTTO, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jacob Stallings has 19 hits in parts of three major league seasons, and the rookie third-string catcher has made a some of them count. Stallings hit a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth inning to rally the Pittsburgh Pirates to a ...

Orioles fall to Blue Jays 5-0, tie 1988 team with 107 losses

By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — A historic defeat for the Baltimore Orioles wasn't much different than the 106 that preceded it. Baltimore managed only three hits in falling to Toronto 5-0 on Monday night and tied an Orioles record for losses in a season. "It's ...

Out pattern: Browns trade receiver Josh Gordon to Patriots

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Wrier CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Gordon's strange, stuttering career will start anew in New England. Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have a new offensive toy. The Browns severed ties for good with the problematic wide receiver by trading him to the Patriots for a ...

Nothing to ‘C’ here: Importance of NHL captains is changing

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer Ryan Johansen remembers how the Columbus Blue Jackets didn't have a captain until one day it clicked and everyone knew it should be Nick Foligno. "There was just no doubt," Johansen said. "It's just one of those things you don't want to force. You don't want ...

Hendricks takes shutout into 9th, Cubs beat D-backs 5-1

By JOSE M. ROMERO, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Kyle Hendricks received a standing ovation from Chicago Cubs fans in Arizona for merely laying down a sacrifice bunt in the top of the ninth inning. He earned all that applause away from home with the way he pitched on the mound. Hendricks ...

AP Top 25 Heat Check: Should LSU be No. 1 in rankings?

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer LSU should be No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll. Yes, that is a thing you could argue after three weeks of the season. None of the 61 members of the AP Top 25 media panel held that opinion Sunday, but the Tigers did make a big ...

Old Davis Cup format shines bright in US-Croatia series

By ANDREW DAMPF, AP Sports Writer ZADAR, Croatia (AP) — Fans banging drums and blowing trumpets for hours on end. Colorful costumes. Chants more reminiscent of soccer games than tennis matches. Plus, a series of marathon matches featuring constant momentum changes and drama. The atmosphere ...