National Sports

Votto gets fan’s shirt, vote; Reds get 5-1 loss vs Pirates

By JOHN PERROTTO, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — This trade was too good for Joey Votto to turn down. The Cincinnati Reds star first baseman spotted a fan sitting along the first base line Monday at PNC Park wearing a T-shirt that read "Votto for President." It was from a Nike ...

Cilic converts 8th match point at US Open; wins after 2 a.m.

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Marin Cilic, the 2014 U.S. Open champion, needed eight match points to recover from a two-set deficit and eventually edge 19-year-old Alex de Minaur 4-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 at 2:22 a.m. on Sunday, four minutes shy of the latest finish in ...

Green-out: No. 12 Notre Dame beats No. 14 Michigan 24-17

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The Michigan-Notre Dame series returned after a three-year hiatus and the 12th-ranked Fighting Irish became the latest rival to get the best of Jim Harbaugh's Wolverines. Brandon Wimbush connected on a long touchdown pass ...

Tagovailoa shines, No. 1 Alabama routs Louisville 51-14

By FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Alabama doesn't rebuild. The Crimson Tide simply reload. College Football Playoff hero Tua Tagovailoa threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third in his first college start, helping top-ranked and defending national champions open the ...

Ronaldo still scoreless as Juventus extends perfect start

By ANDREW DAMPF, AP Sports Writer ROME (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo is still scoreless after three matches with Juventus. Juventus, however, is doing just fine. Mario Mandzukic scored one and set up another with a backheel pass as the Bianconeri won at promoted Parma 2-1 on Saturday to remain ...

Hamlin looking to his Darlington touch for NASCAR playoffs

By PETE IACOBELLI, AP Sports Writer DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — About the only time Denny Hamlin's had difficulty at Darlington Raceway came when he was trying to impress the brass at Joe Gibbs Racing. He and Tony Stewart tested at the track "Too Tough To Tame" about 15 years ago and Hamlin ...

Indians acquire former MVP Donaldson from Blue Jays

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Donaldson's rough season has taken a positive turn. The Indians are giving him a swing at October. The 2015 AL MVP was traded Friday night by Toronto to Cleveland, which is hoping a healthy Donaldson can bolster its lineup and help the ...

Umpire confiscates Phillies pitcher’s cheat sheet

By AARON BRACY, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pitchers can't have a cheat sheet — at least for now. Veteran umpire Joe West confiscated a card from Phillies reliever Austin Davis in the eighth inning of Philadelphia's 7-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night. Davis and ...

Raiders send star pass rusher Mack to Bears in massive trade

By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer The Chicago Bears spent the offseason loading up to end a string of losing seasons. They just made their biggest move. The Bears acquired star pass rusher Khalil Mack from the Raiders in a massive trade on Saturday that sent two first-round draft picks to ...

No. 10 Nittany Lions edge Appalachian State 45-38 in OT

By TRAVIS JOHNSON, Associated Press STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — After squandering a 14-point, fourth-quarter lead to a program with a history of being a giant killer, things grew tense in Happy Valley. Not for Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley. The Heisman Trophy hopeful led a game-tying ...

No. 9 Auburn scores late, beats No. 6 Washington 21-16

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — The Auburn Tigers had some bad memories from their last two trips to Atlanta. They headed home from this one feeling a whole lot better. With a performance that didn't earn a bunch of style points but will look awfully good on the resume, ...

LEADING OFF: Angels’ Ohtani returns to mound, Nola vs Lester

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors Sunday: SHO TIME Angels rookie Shohei Ohtani is set to pitch again, and will start at night against the Astros at Minute Maid Park. The two-way sensation from Japan hasn't been on the mound in the majors since spraining the ...

Maryland stuns No. 23 Texas 34-29 for interim coach Canada

By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — It was one of those rare occurrences when the sequel proved even more impressive than the original. Maryland emerged from a trying offseason with an emotionally charged 34-29 upset of No. 23 Texas on Saturday, shaking off a lengthy ...

No. 2 Clemson pounds Furman 48-7, QB question unanswered

By JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — One game against an overwhelmed opponent isn't enough to push the highly touted freshman quarterback at Clemson past the veteran starter. Freshman Trevor Lawrence threw three touchdown passes and scored on all five of his drives to ...

Kirk Ferentz passes Fry, Iowa rolls past NIU 33-7

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Kirk Ferentz’s record-setting 144th win at Iowa could not have been more emblematic of his tenure in Iowa City. There were times when every play on offense looked like a struggle — especially early on. But they kept grinding, finally breaking through with a win ...

Raiders send star pass rusher Mack to Bears in massive trade

By Andrew Seligman AP Sports Writer The Chicago Bears spent the offseason loading up to end a string of losing seasons. They just made their biggest move. The Bears have acquired star pass rusher Khalil Mack from the Raiders in a massive trade that sends two first-round draft picks to ...

49ers RB Jerick McKinnon suffers season-ending knee injury

By Josh Dubow AP Pro Football Writer SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers running back Jerick McKinnon will miss the entire season after tearing the ACL in his right knee on the final play of practice Saturday. McKinnon took part in his first day of team drills since injuring ...

No. 5 Ohio State beats Oregon State 77-31 without Meyer

By The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — With coach Urban Meyer serving a suspension, new starting quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. had a record-setting day, throwing five touchdown passes to help No. 5 Ohio State rout Oregon State 77-31 on Saturday in the opener for both teams. The ...

Suns get Anderson, send Knight, Chriss to Rockets

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have completed a four-player trade that sends guard Brandon Knight and forward Marquese Chriss to the Houston Rockets for forward Ryan Anderson and guard De'Anthony Melton. Knight had been considered in line to start at point guard for the Suns after missing ...

Usain Bolt makes soccer debut for Central Coast Mariners

GOSFORD, Australia (AP) — Usain Bolt's soccer debut for the Central Coast Mariners on Friday lasted about 20 minutes against an amateur local team and with almost 10,000 people in the crowd. The eight-time Olympic gold medalist is trying to become a professional soccer player and has been ...