National Sports

Carpenter hits 31st homer to help Cardinals beat Marlins 7-1

By STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — Matt Carpenter leaped into a high-five with Yadier Molina at home plate, trotted down the dugout steps and skipped from one end of the bench to the other, slapping hands with teammates lined up on both sides of him. It was a routine polished by ...

Archer gets victory as Pirates beat Rockies 4-3

By MICHAEL KELLY, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Adam Frazier has been doing damage with his bat lately. But it was his glove that helped Pittsburgh take a series in Colorado. Frazier had three hits and made a run-saving play in the field, and the Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3 on ...

Colon might not have enough time to pass Marichal again

By Stephen Hawkins AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Bartolo Colon still has another lofty goal after becoming the top winning pitcher from Latin America. “This year is almost getting close to the end. But there is one thing that I will look for, is Juan Marichal has more ...

Browns rookie QB Mayfield not nervous heading into NFL debut

By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Baker Mayfield played on a big stage at Oklahoma, so he’s not scared of stepping onto football’s biggest one. The Browns rookie quarterback — and perhaps their QB of the future — will make his NFL exhibition debut Thursday night as ...

Bolt agrees to practice deal with Australian soccer club

SYDNEY (AP) — Usain Bolt is quickly closing in on a professional soccer career. The Jamaican great has negotiated an "indefinite training period" with Central Coast Mariners in Australia's A-League. The eight-time Olympic gold medalist and the 100- and 200-meter world record holder has been ...

Australian cycling star Simon Gerrans to retire

SYDNEY (AP) — Simon Gerrans, who won two stages of the Tour de France and is the only Australian to have won two of cycling's one-day classics, has announced he will retire at the end of the 2018 season. Gerrans is one of only seven Australians to have worn the leader's yellow jersey in the ...

Taillon, Bettis face off after bonding over cancer battles

By PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer DENVER (AP) — The starters for Tuesday's game between Pittsburgh and Colorado reads like this: Jameson Taillon vs. Chad Bettis. A more accurate description: Two starters bouncing back from testicular cancer. "Both healthy. Both in the big leagues," the ...

COLLEGE FOOTBALL ’18: Key transfers from Big House to Bayou

By GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer Coach Jim Harbaugh couldn't pass up a chance to deliver a coy response when asked about the quarterback situation at Michigan. Going by numbers alone, there may not be much of a contest. Mississippi transfer Shea Patterson could be the new starter behind ...

LEADING OFF: Trout sits, Taillon and Betts meet post-cancer

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: BLUE BIRTHDAY Mike Trout is likely to sit out the Angels' game against Detroit because of a sore right wrist, depriving Los Angeles' fans of what's become an annual treat: Seeing Trout do incredible things on his ...

NASCAR chairman France takes leave after DWI, drug arrest

SAG HARBOR, N.Y. (AP) — NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France announced on Monday he was taking an indefinite leave of absence following his arrest in the Hamptons on charges of driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of oxycodone. France was seen blowing through a stop sign in Sag ...

Bauer strikes out 11, Indians hit 4 HRs in 10-0 win

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Trevor Bauer reached a milestone Monday night. Cleveland's right-hander struck out 11 in six innings — giving him 206 for the season — and the Indians routed the Minnesota Twins 10-0. Bauer (11-6) is one strikeout behind Boston's ...

PREMIER LEAGUE 2018-19: 5 new signings to watch out for

By STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports Writer The transfer window has been shortened in the Premier League and will close on Thursday, before the season starts. Here is the pick of the signings so far: RIYAD MAHREZ (Manchester City) Whether City needed another attacking midfield to complement Raheem ...

Assessing the bullpens after a wild trade deadline

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer Now that the dust has settled after the trade deadline, here's some quick trivia: Which team does Zach Duke pitch for? How about Darren O'Day? Or Seunghwan Oh? It seemed like every contender wanted to add another arm or two in the bullpen, making the ...

LEADING OFF: Injuries mounting for Astros; Phils vs D-backs

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: INJURIES MOUNTING The Houston Astros are hoping for good news on All-Star outfielder George Springer, who exited Sunday's loss to the Dodgers after hurting his left thumb on a headfirst slide. It's unclear how long ...

UCF seeks to deliver encore performance with new coach

By STEVE MEGARGEE, AP Sports Writer Central Florida is trying to follow up on its undefeated season with a new coach, a new defensive cornerstone and the same old high expectations. The Knights head the list of Group of Five teams with reason for optimism this season. UCF lost its coach when ...

Red Sox stun Yankees 5-4 in 10 for 4-game sweep

By KEN POWTAK, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Andrew Benintendi's hit bounced a handful of times before finding its way into center field for the winning run and a big four-game sweep over the rival Yankees. The Red Sox now find themselves in firm control of the AL East. Benintendi's RBI ...

Outside firm will head Meyer probe; expected to take 2 weeks

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State will rely on an outside law firm to investigate what coach Urban Meyer knew and did about domestic abuse accusations against a former assistant, a process expected to be completed within two weeks, the university said Sunday ...

Browns trade disappointing WR Coleman to Bills for pick

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns dropped Corey Coleman. After two disappointing, injury-slowed seasons, Coleman was traded Sunday night to the Buffalo Bills for an undisclosed draft pick. Coleman has been a bust with the Browns, who selected him with ...

Justin Thomas wins in Firestone’s WGC finale

By The Associated Press AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Justin Thomas took all the drama out of the final World Golf Championship at Firestone, never letting anyone closer than two shots and closing with a 1-under 69 to win the Bridgestone Invitational for his third PGA Tour title this season. Sweeter ...

Shaw, Peralta lift Brewers to 8-2 win over Rockies

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Travis Shaw hit a grand slam during Milwaukee’s six-run first inning, and the Brewers beat the Colorado Rockies 8-4 on Saturday night. Milwaukee won for the fourth time in six games stayed one back of NL Central-leading Chicago, which held on for a 5-4 win over San Diego. ...