National Sports

Michael Stich, Helena Sukova inducted into tennis hall

By KEN POWTAK, Associated Press NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Michael Stich and Helena Sukova have been inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. They were enshrined Saturday during a ceremony on Newport's grass center court outside the hall. Stich won Wimbledon in 1991 and a gold medal ...

Woods creates buzz at Carnoustie with 66 at British Open

By STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports Writer CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) — For 20 minutes on a warm Saturday afternoon at the British Open, Tiger Woods' name was back atop a leaderboard at a major championship and Carnoustie was buzzing. Not much in golf compares with Woods on a charge. So when he ...

With Thomas and Froome 1-2, Sky controls the Tour de France

By ANDREW DAMPF, AP Sports Writer MENDE, France (AP) — With Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome sitting 1-2 in the overall standings, Team Sky has complete control over the Tour de France. The two British riders took advantage of their powers in the hilly 14th stage in the Massif Central, ...

Analysis: Few good options for NFL owners on player protests

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer The controversy over NFL players protesting during the national anthem isn't going away, despite — or perhaps because of — team owners' efforts to stop players from using the forum to speak out on political causes. The league's attempt to turn ...

LEADING OFF: Cards’ Carpenter on tear; will Mets make moves?

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: WOOD WORK A day after hitting three homers and two doubles in just six innings, Cardinals slugger Matt Carpenter tries to torment the Cubs over a doubleheader. Carpenter drove in seven before getting pulled early in ...

Rodriguez, Marte power Pirates past Reds 12-1 after delay

CINCINNATI (AP) — Time on the disabled list did as much for Sean Rodriguez's bat as it did for his leg. Rodriguez homered and drove in four runs, Starling Marte hit a grand slam and the Pittsburgh Pirates extended their winning streak to a season-high seven games with a 12-1 rout of the ...

Keuchel takes no-hitter into 7th, Astros top Angels 3-1

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Dallas Keuchel didn't allow a debatable scoring decision to ruin his dominant night. Keuchel took a no-hitter into the seventh and finished with 7 2/3 innings of two-hit ball in the Houston Astros' 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles ...

Indians win in 11th at Texas after debuting new relievers

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Both of Cleveland's new relievers got into the game before the Indians closer had a rare blown save. Manager Terry Francona had to go deep into his bullpen — using seven relievers after All-Star starter Trevor Bauer's early exit ...

Nats’ Strasburg loses, beefs with Scherzer; Braves win 8-5

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Strasburg was batted around by the Atlanta Braves, then engaged in a heated spat with Nationals ace Max Scherzer in the dugout during Washington's 8-5 loss Friday night. It was unclear what prompted the exchange between the star pitchers in ...

Machado joins Dodgers after deal with Orioles

By JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) — It's a whole new beginning for Manny Machado after months of uncertainty. Perfect time for a new number, too. One with an LA story and a Baltimore past. Machado joined the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday after coming over in a blockbuster trade ...

Suns acquire Richaun Holmes from 76ers, Darrell Arthur from Nets

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have acquired power forward Richaun Holmes from Philadelphia and forward Darrell Arthur from Brooklyn. The Suns sent cash considerations to the 76ers on Friday for Holmes, and got Arthur from the Nets for forward Jared Dudley and a protected 2021 second-round ...

Brewers’ Hader apologizes to teammates for racist tweets

By Genaro C. Armas AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) — One by one, the Milwaukee Brewers filed into an auditorium at Miller Park as reliever Josh Hader offered his latest apology for years-old tweets that surfaced during the All-Star Game. Those racist, homophobic social-media messages ...

Johnson and Kisner, housemates and British Open leaders

By Doug Ferguson AP Golf Writer CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) — A light rain in the morning that gave way to soft sunlight in the afternoon took some of the sting out of Carnoustie. Just not all of it. Kevin Kisner found that out with one swing that erased his two-shot lead Friday in the ...

Heyward helps Cubs beat Cardinals 9-6 in return from break

By JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — The All-Star break is over. It's right about now when the Chicago Cubs usually take off. Jason Heyward had three hits and two RBIs, Ian Happ belted a two-run homer and the Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 9-6 on Thursday night for their fourth ...

NFL and its players union working on anthem resolution

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer The NFL and National Football League Players Association have agreed to halt enforcement of rules regarding the new national anthem policy while the two sides work on a resolution. The league and its players union issued a joint statement late Thursday, ...

Indians bolster bullpen with All-Star Hand, rookie Cimber

By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — With an eye on October and beyond, the AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians scooped up All-Star closer Brad Hand and fellow reliever Adam Cimber from the rebuilding San Diego Padres in exchange for switch-hitting catching prospect Francisco ...

Neymar not upset at critics of his World Cup rolling

By MAURICIO SAVARESE, AP Sports Writer SAO PAULO (AP) — Neymar said he isn't upset with critics who have made fun of his apparent theatrics during the World Cup in Russia. At an auction Thursday organized by Neymar Jr. institute, the striker appeared in public for the first time since ...

LEADING OFF: Hader faces Brewers, Machado debuts for Dodgers

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors Friday: HADER RETURNS Milwaukee reliever Josh Hader rejoins the team, three days after years-old racist and homophobic tweets of his resurfaced during the All-Star Game. The Brewers open the second half at Miller Park ...

DeMarcus Cousins relishing fresh start in Golden State

By MICHAEL WAGAMAN, Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins spent his first eight seasons in the NBA chasing two things — peace and the playoffs. After signing with Golden State as a free agent, the four-time All-Star center has no doubts he'll finally find both, and that ...

Kisner takes lead, Carnoustie holds its own at British Open

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) — The silver claret jug was on the first tee Thursday morning at Carnoustie, a trophy that Kevin Kisner knows all too well. Kisner flew home from the British Open last year with Jordan Spieth, a flight that was delayed while waiting ...