National Sports

Stephens provides boost for US in Fed Cup final at Belarus

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Sloane Stephens is back in the United States team for the Fed Cup final, and Victoria Azarenka is missing for Belarus. That alone gives the early advantage to the Americans. Stephens, who won the U.S. Open this year for her first major title, missed the opening two ...

NFL HALFWAY: Wentz, Goff exceed expectations in Year 2

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Pro Football Writer Jared Goff and Carson Wentz have answered almost all the questions they faced following suspect rookie seasons as the top two picks in the 2016 draft. Both young quarterbacks have their teams in first place in their divisions after they became the first ...

Lions snap 3-game skid in 30-17 win over struggling Packers

By GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Eager to end a three-game losing streak, the Detroit Lions picked a tough place to make a stand — Lambeau Field in a Monday night game against the Green Bay Packers. Matthew Stafford delivered with his sharpest performances of ...

Pick Six: Oklahoma, Texas among teams set for tourney return

By STEVE MEGARGEE, AP Sports Writer Oklahoma went from the joy of a 2016 Final Four appearance to the misery of a 20-loss campaign last season. Now the Sooners have a chance to redeem themselves . "Last year motivates me every day," Oklahoma forward Khadeem Lattin said. "It's something I ...

World Cup qualifying tournament reaching its climax

By The Associated Press The lineup of teams at the World Cup in Russia will be confirmed over the next week. Here's a look at the two-leg European and intercontinental playoffs matches, as well as how African qualifying is shaping up: ___ NORTHERN IRELAND vs. SWITZERLAND Northern Ireland ...

Move over, dodgeball: Schools pump up phys ed with choices

By CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press You won't find gym class on the schedule in upstate New York's Victor school district. What you will see: kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking, dance, self-defense, archery and in-line skating — all under the heading of physical education. The ...

Irving takes charge, Celtics beat Hawks for 9th straight win

By The Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Kyrie Irving scored 35 points, Jayson Tatum added 21 and the Boston Celtics held off the Atlanta Hawks 110-107 Monday night for their ninth straight victory. Irving's 3 from the right wing put the Celtics up 104-103 — the game's 25th lead change — ...

Brock Osweiler struggles, Broncos routed by Eagles 51-23

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A quarterback change only made things worse for the Denver Broncos. Brock Osweiler struggled in his first start since returning to the team and the NFL's top-ranked defense was dominated by Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia ...

Heat blow 25-point lead, bounce back to top Clippers 104-101

LOS ANGELES (AP) — James Johnson made two free throws with 8.7 seconds left and the Miami Heat recovered after blowing a 25-point lead, bouncing back to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 104-101 Sunday. Down 25 in the second half, the Clippers began the fourth quarter with a 16-0 run and surged ...

Harvick passes Truex for Texas win, both clinch title shots

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Kevin Harvick went around the outside of Martin Truex for the lead on the 324th of 334 laps, then stayed in front the rest of the way to win the Cup Series race at Texas on Sunday and earn his championship shot in NASCAR's ...

Schroeder, Hawks end 8-game skid, beat Cavaliers 117-115

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Dennis Schroeder scored 28 points and the injury-riddled Atlanta Hawks ended an eight-game losing streak, beating the skidding Cleveland Cavaliers 117-115 on Sunday. The Hawks were missing five players, but still posted their first victory ...

Hilton’s 2 scores lead Colts over Texans 20-14

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — An almost-empty bottle of purple Pedialyte sat in T.Y. Hilton's locker after Sunday's game, a tangible reminder that the receiver hasn't been feeling well this week. While the children's illness remedy helped him feel better before the ...

Giants’ defense hits lowest point in 51-17 loss to Rams

By ERNIE PALLADINO, Associated Press EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants' defense has hit rock bottom, at least for now. It allowed four passes of 35 yards or more, two runs in excess of 20 yards, and 473 yards of total offense in an awful 51-17 loss to the surprising Los ...

LeBron James scores 57, Cavaliers top Wiz 130-122, end skid

WASHINGTON (AP) — LeBron James scored 57 points — the second-highest total of his career and an NBA-best this season — and the Cleveland Cavaliers stopped a four-game slide with a 130-122 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday night. James hadn’t scored this much since getting a ...

Pirates exercise $14.75M option on OF Andrew McCutchen

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have exercised their $14.75 million option on star outfielder Andrew McCutchen. The 31-year-old, a five-time All-Star and the 2013 NL Most Valuable Player, signed a $51.5 million, six-year deal in 2012 that included the option, which had a $1 million ...

Broncos star receiver Thomas hasn’t scored in nearly a year

By Arnie Stapleton AP Pro Football Writer ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Demaryius Thomas is on pace for his usual 1,000-yard season but the Denver Broncos’ star receiver is closing in on another landmark that’s both unwanted and unfathomable. It’s been nearly a year since Thomas’ last ...

LSU gets its chance to topple Alabama in marquee SEC matchup

By The Associated Press Here are some things to watch in Week 10 of the Southeastern Conference football season: GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 19 LSU at No. 1 Alabama. LSU (No. 19 CFP) has done an impressive job resurrecting its season after a stunning home loss to Troy on Sept. 30. The Tigers have ...

No. 7 Penn St., No. 24 Spartans both are in bounce-back mode

By ERIC OLSON, AP College Football Writer Here's what to watch in the Big Ten this week: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 7 Penn State (No. 7 CFP) at No. 24 Michigan State (No. 24 CFP). Both teams are looking to bounce back from losses while playing for the Land Grant Trophy. The winner will be a game ...

Bedlam to start November in Big 12; maybe more in December

By The Associated Press Some things to watch during Week 10 of the Big 12 Conference, with five games Saturday: GAME OF THE WEEK Bedlam to start November, and maybe more to come a month later. For only the second time in 13 years, No. 8 Oklahoma (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) and No. 11 Oklahoma State ...

Who’s next? 7 MLB teams await their 1st title

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Who's next? The Houston Astros won their first World Series crown in their 56th season since starting play as the Colt .45s. And they did it Wednesday night with a 5-1 victory at Dodger Stadium, which opened on April 10, 1962 — the same day Houston beat the Chicago Cubs ...