National Sports

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 ...

STAT WATCH: Kansas, Stanford backs post top 2 rushing totals

By ERIC OLSON, AP College Football Writer The nation's top two rushing games had big a big weekend, with Kansas' Khalil Herbert going for 291 yards on 36 carries against West Virginia and Stanford's Bryce Love running for 263 yards on 30 carries against UCLA. Herbert had the best rushing day ...

Column: Dueling winners, an unsatisfying end to golf season

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Columnist ATLANTA (AP) — Xander Schauffele won the tournament. Justin Thomas won the $10 million. There was plenty of drama but no satisfaction. The PGA Tour must figure out a better way to end its season. This was roughly akin to the New York Giants winning ...

NBA media days certain to have plenty of Trump talk

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer The most retweeted post ever sent by LeBron James before this weekend was one in 2013 in response to the incessant who's-better debate about him and Michael Jordan. "I'm not MJ, I'm LJ," he wrote . It was retweeted nearly 112,000 times. And then LJ took ...

No. 4 Penn State faces road test at Iowa

By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Penn State's James Franklin hasn't coached at Kinnick Stadium before — but he knows how dangerous the Hawkeyes can be at home after dark. The fourth-ranked Nittany Lions (3-0) open Big Ten play against one of their most vexing ...

Returning to London, Ravens rookie tackle comes full circle

SUNBURY-ON-THAMES, England (AP) — A decade after discovering the NFL, Baltimore Ravens lineman Jermaine Eluemunor is back where it all started in London. He watched on TV the first regular-season game in England, just a few miles away from where he grew up. Now Eluemunor will step onto the ...

Rams hold off 49ers 41-39 in rare Thursday night thriller

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Pro Football Writer SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — What many expected to be a typical Thursday night snoozer between a couple of teams lacking star power turned into quite a thriller. With Jared Goff and Todd Gurley leading a resurgent Rams offense, Brian Hoyer sparking what ...

Knicks expect Carmelo Anthony at training camp next week

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — When training camp opens, the New York Knicks expect Carmelo Anthony right where he's been — in their uniform and in their starting lineup. The Knicks said Friday they plan for Anthony to report next week after not finding a ...

A lenient NCAA imposes two-year probation on Rutgers

By TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The NCAA has placed Rutgers on two-year probation and publically reprimanded and censured the university for failing to monitor its football program over a five-year period between 2011 and 2015. The Division I Committee on Infractions ...