National Sports

Banged-up Nuggets sign veteran Nick Young

DENVER (AP) — The banged-up Denver Nuggets have signed veteran guard Nick Young under the injury hardship relief exception granted by the NBA. Young spent last season with Golden State, where he appeared in 80 games and averaged 7.3 points. He's also played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Los ...

4th Redskins QB starter of season prepped with ‘Madden NFL’

By Howard Fendrich Pro Football Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — This is what it's come to for the Washington Redskins: Their fourth quarterback of a once-promising, now-lost season, Josh Johnson, will be making his first NFL start since 2011 and spent time playing the "Madden NFL" video game to ...

Warriors named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of Year

By JOE REEDY, AP Sports Writer The three-time NBA champion Golden State Warriors are the fourth team to be honored as Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year . The Warriors join the 1980 U.S. hockey team, the 1999 U.S. Women's World Cup soccer squad and the 2004 Boston Red Sox as the ...

Boswell’s missed FG sends Steelers to 24-21 loss to Raiders

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Pro Football Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A Pittsburgh Steelers team that kept finding ways to win during a six-game winning streak now has fallen short at the end for a third straight game. A slick field that led to kicker Chris Boswell losing his footing on a potential ...

Column: Across USA, cheers. In New England, shocked silence

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer In viewing areas across America, from sports bars to living rooms, explosive cheers rang out. Throughout New England, shocked silence. Whether the way the Patriots-Dolphins game ended is worthy of being dubbed the South Beach Stunner or South Beach ...

NFL ICYMI: Good as Belichick is, Pats erred on Miami Miracle

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Pro Football Writer Bill Belichick is universally recognized as one of the best coaches — if not THE best coach — in NFL history, and he owns the Super Bowl titles to prove it. That doesn't mean he — or his entire New England Patriots staff — is ...

Baines surprised by Hall of Fame election

By BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Harold Baines answered the phone and learned he was a Hall of Famer. "Very shocked," he admitted. So were many others around the baseball world. In fact, in the hours after his selection by a Hall-picked panel was announced Sunday at the ...

Goff, Rams shut down by Bears in 15-6 loss

By JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Jared Goff was born in California and played his college ball for California before beginning his pro career in Southern California with the Los Angeles Rams. The Golden State kid looked a little lost in the Windy City. Harassed by Chicago's ...

LEADING OFF: Yanks try for HR record, Wright closes career

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: BRONX BOMBERS The New York Yankees take aim at baseball's single-season home run record, a day after tying the mark of 264 set by the 1997 Seattle Mariners. The Yankees connected four times Friday night in Boston, with ...

NL West-leading Rockies beat Nats to lock up playoff berth

By The Associated Press DENVER (AP) — The NL West-leading Colorado Rockies locked up a playoff berth for the second straight season, beating the Washington Nationals 5-2 on Friday night for their eighth win in a row behind a resilient start from Kyle Freeland. David Dahl homered for the fifth ...

Trout slugs 39th HR, Ohtani 3 for 3 as Angels beat A’s 8-5

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Angels are playing out the string, although it's tough to tell by watching Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani. The team's two biggest stars both shined Friday night in an 8-5 victory over the Oakland Athletics. Trout hit a two-run homer ...

NHL goalie equipment continues to shrink, premium on scoring

By The Associated Press Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck recently stopped a puck near his collarbone. It was a shot that, in years past, he might not have thought about twice. This time, it hurt. "Didn't feel very good," Hellebuyck said. He and his fellow NHL goalies will be wearing a ...

Turner, Dodgers beat Giants 3-1, move closer to playoff spot

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Baseball Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Justin Turner and his teammates want to win their way back into the playoffs, no help necessary during the season's final weekend. Turner hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the fifth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers moved to the brink ...

Hayward returns, and the NBA preseason schedule begins

By The Associated Press CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Gordon Hayward finally returned to the court, and Kyrie Irving got to play at North Carolina. Hayward scored 10 points in his first game in nearly a year for the Boston Celtics, who fell to the Charlotte Hornets 104-97 on Friday night — the ...

Americans try to regroup as Europe has 5-3 lead in Ryder Cup

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — Europe has a 5-3 advantage going into the second day of the Ryder Cup, a lead that feels even bigger with the momentum from its first sweep of a session since 1989. U.S. captain Jim Furyk is not ready to panic. After ...

Loose Moose: Moustakas brings pivotal playoff experience

By GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) — It sounds, at first, like a long, drawn out "Booooo!" But look at the name on the scoreboard and it becomes apparent what fans at Miller Park are really chanting. "Mooooose!" Mike Moustakas has been a hit with fans and teammates with the ...

Oklahoma’s Murray beats Alabama’s Tagovailoa for Heisman

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Kyler Murray waited three years to fulfill the five-star potential he brought to college football. With one shot to deliver, Murray replaced a Heisman Trophy winner by becoming a Heisman Trophy winner. The Oklahoma quarterback ...

Mikaela Shiffrin wins World Cup parallel slalom event

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin won a World Cup event for the third time in eight days, beating Petra Vlhova in the head-to-head final of parallel slalom on Sunday. Shiffrin trailed midway down the course after clipping a gate, but led her Slovakian opponent through the final ...

Wade scores 25 points in his 1,000th game, Heat top Clippers

By DOUG PADILLA, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dwyane Wade showed he still has his scoring touch. Wade scored 25 points in his 1,000th career game, leading the Miami Heat to a 121-98 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night. The veteran guard was 8 for 21 from the ...

Holloway stops Ortega by TKO at UFC 231

TORONTO (AP) — Featherweight champion Max Holloway stopped top contender Brian Ortega by TKO at UFC 231 on Saturday night The fight was stopped by the doctor after four rounds. Ortega's left eye was almost closed, his face bloodied. The skills of Holloway, who was returning from an ...