National Sports

British skier Ryding leads season-opening World Cup slalom

LEVI, Finland (AP) — British skier Dave Ryding posted the fastest time in the first run of the season-opening World Cup slalom on Sunday. Ryding clocked 50.29 seconds to lead Felix Neureuther of Germany by 0.14 and Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway by 0.18. Marcel Hirscher was 0.46 behind in ...

Mark Stone lifts Senators past Avalanche in Sweden; Holtby gets 200th win

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Mark Stone scored in regulation and again in overtime to give the Ottawa Senators a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night in the first of two regular-season games in the Swedish capital. Swedish defenseman Fredrik Claesson and Christopher DiDomenico also ...

NFL sacks leaders see teammates as keys to bringing QBs down

DALLAS (AP) — DeMarcus Lawrence lost his NFL lead in sacks when he didn't have one for the first time in eight games this season with the Cowboys. The Dallas defensive end still said it was his best game of the year. Such is the art of the sack, a stat so focused on the individual — down ...

For NBA, Chicago is slam dunk for 2020 All-Star festivities

CHICAGO (AP) — For the NBA, Chicago was a slam dunk to host the 2020 All-Star Game. The city will host the showcase event for the first time since 1988, when Michael Jordan took off from the foul line in an epic dunk contest and delivered an MVP performance in the game. Commissioner Adam ...

Ex-Missouri basketball coach Norm Stewart statue unveiled

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Former longtime Missouri basketball coach Norm Stewart has been immortalized outside the arena where the Tigers play. Stewart unveiled a statue of himself on Friday, hours before Missouri was scheduled to open its basketball season against Iowa State. The man who ...

Penn State payouts on Sandusky abuse claims now top $100M

By MARK SCOLFORO, Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Penn State disclosed Friday it recently paid out an additional $16 million to people with claims they were sexually abused by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, raising the total over several years to more than $100 ...

Bengals’ Green fined $42,541 for fight with Jaguars’ Ramsey

By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green has been fined $42,541 by the NFL for fighting with Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey last Sunday. Green grabbed Ramsey around the neck from behind and took him to the turf while throwing punches ...

Lecomte 22 points, No. 24 Baylor wins opener 107-66 over UCA

WACO, Texas (AP) — The Big 12's top newcomer last season is off to a fast start for No. 24 Baylor. And the Bears are already going deep. Manu Lecomte, the Belgium-born senior point guard and former Miami transfer, had six of Baylor's 12 3-pointers while scoring 22 points to lead the Bears to ...

After massacre, Las Vegas police beef up marathon security

By REGINA GARCIA CANO, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas is posting snipers and surrounding tens of thousands of runners with other safety measures at a weekend marathon, the first large-scale outdoor event since a gunman killed 58 people at a country music festival. Police have ...

With Olympics in 3 months, WADA gets Russian doping files

By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer The World Anti-Doping Agency has obtained files from a Moscow lab that contain data from a period when investigators say Russia ran a state-sponsored system designed to help Olympic athletes evade positive tests. The data is considered a key piece of ...

Wall’s 23, Beal’s 22 help Wiz beat Lonzo Ball, Lakers 111-95

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Wall’s Wizards managed to make a double-digit edge hold up against the Lakers this time, with the All-Star point guard scoring 23 points and Bradley Beal 22 as Washington beat Los Angeles and cold-shooting Lonzo Ball 111-95 on Thursday night. Ball had 10 points, ...

Patriots claim tight end Martellus Bennett off waivers

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots claimed tight end Martellus Bennett off waivers on Thursday, a day after he was cut by the Green Bay Packers for “failing to disclose a physical condition.” He didn’t play in the Packers’ 30-17 loss on Monday to the Detroit Lions ...

Celtics win 10th straight with victory over Lakers

BOSTON (AP) — Aron Baynes matched his career high with 21 points, Kyrie Irving scored 19 and the Boston Celtics beat the Los Angeles Lakers 107-96 on Wednesday night for their 10th straight victory. Baynes also had eight rebounds and three assists, and Boston improved to 10-2 even as Al ...

Jose Altuve voted best by players for 2nd year in a row

NEW YORK (AP) — Houston second baseman Jose Altuve was voted outstanding player for the second straight season in Players Choice Awards balloting by the Major League Baseball Players Association. Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was selected Marvin Miller Man of the Year, given to ...

Even Shanahan’s wife excited to see Garoppolo play

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Coach Kyle Shanahan doesn’t even need to leave his own house to hear about how excited people are to see whether Jimmy Garoppolo can be the long-term answer at quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. The hype surrounding Garoppolo has only been increasing since ...

Scandal hangs over college basketball headed in 2017-18

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Basketball Writer College basketball is better than ever on the floor. Scoring is up, stars players fill every corner of the country and fan support is sky high. Off the floor, it has an image problem. A federal probe this summer uncovered the dark underbelly of college ...

Roy Halladay remembered for his hard work and generosity

By ROB MAADDI, AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A fierce competitor on the mound, Roy Halladay was generous and gentle away from the field. The eight-time All-Star loved his family, baseball and flying. Halladay's passion for piloting cost him his life Tuesday when his private plane ...

Alford to sit 3 players reportedly involved in shoplifting

BEIJING (AP) — UCLA basketball coach Steve Alford will sit the three players reportedly involved in a shoplifting incident in China for Saturday's game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai. Alford, however, declined to address the issue further. "The University came out with a statement, so I ...

NFL HALFWAY: Rams, Bills, Jags succeeding with new coaches

By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer DENVER (AP) — Of the half dozen first-year NFL head coaches, Vance Joseph inherited what was widely considered the best situation: a team just one year removed from a Super Bowl parade with a championship-caliber defense and a renovated ...

ACC trio headlines list of top seniors across country

By STEVE MEGARGEE, AP Sports Writer Notre Dame forward Bonzie Colson's deliberation over whether to turn pro or return for his senior year was never much of a debate. "It was like a five-minute discussion," Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. "He knew he was a four-year guy. His family knew he ...