National Sports

Golden Knights try to play role in healing Vegas with opener

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Hockey fans arrived on the Las Vegas Strip in the crisp desert afternoon, gathering in jovial groups outside the rink. Many wore the striking, multicolored jerseys of the Vegas Golden Knights, the NHL expansion team playing its historic ...

Molitor happy to put uncertainty behind him, stay with Twins

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A bleary-eyed Paul Molitor walked into a season-ending meeting with executives Derek Falvey and Thad Levine less than 10 hours after the Minnesota Twins fell to the New York Yankees in the AL wild-card game. Molitor built a Hall of ...

Offseason overhaul complete, new era begins for Celtics

By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving turned the NBA world upside down multiple times this summer. It happened the first time after news leaked out that he had asked the Cleveland Cavaliers front office to trade him from the team he helped lead to a championship in ...

Georgia Tech’s Marshall ready for huge test at No. 11 Miami

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Four starts into his college career, TaQuon Marshall already has the look of a star. In the end, though, games like this will determine how he's remembered at Georgia Tech. On the road. Against No. 11 Miami. "I'm really excited," Marshall ...

World Cup picture takes shape on global day of drama

By GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer GENEVA (AP) — The World Cup is truly taking shape. A dramatic day of qualifying matches ended with 23 of the 32-team lineup confirmed to play next year in Russia. Lionel Messi will be there. Cristiano Ronaldo, too. The United States will not, for the ...

Rain-soaked field obstacle for US reaching World Cup

By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer COUVA, Trinidad (AP) — The final path to the World Cup involved an unexpected water crossing for the United States. Heavy rain on this Caribbean island 7½ miles off the coast of Venezuela left the center of Ato Boldon Stadium's field soggy, the flanks ...

NFL Overreactions: Big Ben finished, Jets getting started

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer Big Ben is cooked. Maybe Ben Roethlisberger should've retired when he contemplated hanging up his cleats in the offseason. He suddenly turned into Ryan Fitzpatrick, tossing a career-high five interceptions in Pittsburgh's 30-9 loss to Jacksonville on ...

Texas rises to top of Big 12 early with rival Sooners next

By JIM VERTUNO, AP Sports Writer AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas fans have seen this before: a modest two-game win streak and a hot young quarterback giving the offense some desperately needed juice. The question heading into the annual rivalry game with No. 12 Oklahoma is, are these Longhorns ...

D-backs with “good bricks” for building after NLDS sweep

By JOSE M. ROMERO, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Archie Bradley walked off the mound after another scoreless relief outing and tried to appreciate the moment. Arizona's season ended in a 3-1 defeat Monday night to the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 3 of an NL Division Series, and Bradley ...

Astros beat Red Sox 5-4 in Game 4, advance to ALCS

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros poured back onto the field after advancing to their first AL Championship Series, posing for pictures with the Green Monster as a backdrop before a few players bellyflopped in the puddles in the infield dirt. No matter, they ...

Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. has surgery for broken left ankle

By TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Three-time Pro Bowl receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has had surgery for a broken left ankle. The Giants announced Tuesday that Beckham had the surgery on Monday night in New York. Beckham was hurt Sunday in the fourth quarter of a ...

Dolphins assistant resigns following video, is seeking help

By STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Chris Foerster resigned Monday and said he was seeking medical help after a social media video surfaced appearing to show him snorting three lines of a white powdery substance at a desk. Hours after the ...

STAT WATCH: Arizona backup Khalil Tate sets QB rushing mark

By ERIC OLSON, AP College Football Writer Arizona's Khalil Tate turned in the top rushing performance of the season in the Football Bowl Subdivision, piling up 327 yards on just 14 carries against Colorado. In all, nine of the top 27 rushing games came this past weekend. Tate, who entered the ...

AP Top 25 Heat Check: Why is Michigan State behind Michigan?

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Time to start talking about head-to-head results. Michigan State entered the AP Top 25 at No. 21 on Sunday after beating a Michigan team that has been ranked no worse than 11th all season. So it was surprising and confusing to many, including Heat ...

ICYMI in NFL Week 5: Trump, Pence, Jones keep anthem in news

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Pro Football Writer From Vice President Mike Pence's own protest of national anthem protests — labeled a "PR stunt" by one player — to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' claim he won't let members of his team play if they "are disrespecting the flag" to retired ...

LEADING OFF: Watching weather in Boston, Greinke vs Dodgers

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ DAY GAME IT IS The Red Sox and Astros left Fenway Park on Sunday night not knowing what time they'd play Game 4. They were scheduled to start at 1:08 p.m. EDT, unless Cleveland finished off the Yankees in ...

Catching up: Judge’s grab, Tanaka, Bird lift Yanks in Game 3

By MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Good thing for Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees that Aaron Judge is 6-foot-7. Judge reached high and prevented a home run to save Tanaka's seven-inning gem, Greg Bird homered off relief ace Andrew Miller, and New York edged the ...

LEADING OFF: Astros, Indians seek sweeps; HR-happy playoffs

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ BROOMS IN BOSTON? Jose Altuve and the Astros are at Fenway Park, trying to finish off a sweep of the Red Sox in the AL Division Series. Houston won the first two games by identical 8-2 scores, powered by the ...

After winless season, McIlroy plots return to top of golf

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — After completing only the second winless season of his 10-year professional career, Rory McIlroy will put his clubs away for six weeks and plot a way to regain his aura of old. McIlroy finished a frustrating, injury-hit 2017 season with an even-par 72 at St. ...