National Sports

Bye bye Brandon, Twins ship Kintlzer to Nationals

By Steven Wine AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — After adding three relievers in two weeks, the Washington Nationals still aren’t sure who’s going to be their closer. They suddenly have plenty of candidates. The NL East leaders added another Monday by barely beating the trade deadline ...

Gardner’s walk-off single leads Yankees past Rays 5-4

By Charles O’Brien Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — This latest hit by Brett Gardner produced another walkoff win for the New York Yankees — without any mishaps, either. Gardner hit an RBI single with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, sending the AL East leaders over the Tampa ...

Beltre 1 hit from 3,000 after 4th-inning single for Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adrian Beltre had a single for his 2,999th career hit leading off the fourth inning of the Texas Rangers’ game Saturday night against Baltimore. That grounder through the left side of the infield in his second at-bat of the game put him within one hit of becoming ...

Jaguars’ Bortles throws 5 interceptions in camp practice

By Mark Long AP Sports Writer JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles threw five interceptions in practice Saturday night, quite possibly his worst training camp outing in four years. Bortles was picked off three times in 11-on-11 drills and twice more in ...

Lots of tickets remain for Mayweather-McGregor — at a price

By Tim Dahlberg AP Boxing Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — It’s supposed to be the hottest ticket in sports. So far, though, fans aren’t exactly storming the box office to buy tickets for Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s fight next month with Conor McGregor. A check online Saturday revealed hundreds ...

Wally Hilgenberg’s widow hopes to keep kids from playing football

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer Nearly a decade after Wally Hilgenberg’s death, his widow can still hear his voice telling her he loves her, at the push of a button. It’s programmed into a stuffed bear he gave her shortly before succumbing to ALS in 2008. That’s how Mary ...

Former Minnesota coach Kill returns to coaching

By Ralph D. Russo AP College Football Writer PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Jerry Kill has been seizure-free for almost a year and a half. He has lost 25 pounds by cutting way down on carbs and taking long walks. After years of sleeping two or three hours a night, he now regularly gets six or ...

All-Pro Aaron Donald does not report to Rams training camp

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams have started training camp with everybody except their best player. Defensive lineman Aaron Donald did not report to camp Friday while seeking a new contract from the Rams, who have spent months in negotiations with their two-time All-Pro. General ...

MLB plans Asian, England games for ‘19, ‘20

By Ronald Blum AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball plans to start the 2019 and 2020 seasons in Asia and play regular-season games in England in June of both years. The collective bargaining agreement reached in November was finalized and sent to the clubs Friday, and ...

Fowles has 29 points, 8 rebounds to lead Lynx by Dream 90-80

ATLANTA (AP) — Sylvia Fowles had 29 points and eight rebounds to help the Minnesota Lynx beat the Atlanta Dream 90-80 on Friday night. Fowles was 11 of 15 from the floor and 7 of 10 at the line. Minnesota was ahead 42-28 with 4:03 left in the second quarter, but Atlanta closed the half on a ...

Nationals hit 8 HRs to blast Brewers 15-2

By David Ginsburg AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals staged their own version of the Home Run Derby, with Michael Blazek serving as the unwilling batting practice pitcher. Washington tied a franchise record with eight homers and matched two major league marks ...

Pearce hits 10th-inning grand slam, Jays sweep A’s, win 8-4

By Ian Harrison Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — Steve Pearce became the latest Blue Jay to hit a game-ending home run. Pearce hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the 10th inning and Toronto beat the Oakland Athletics 8-4 on Thursday to complete a four-game sweep. “Hopefully we just keep ...

Rangers’ Adrian Beltre on the brink of 3,000th career hit

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adrian Beltre just wanted to work hard, be consistent and earn respect in the game. As a young player, he never even thought about historical numbers like 3,000 hits. "Never in my mind did I think that I was going to be in the ...

Falcons’ young defense bolstered by improved depth

By CHARLES ODUM, AP Sports Writer FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Desmond Trufant has returned from a 2016 season-ending pectoral injury to find himself in a new role among Falcons defensive backs. Only 26 and entering his fifth season as the team's top cornerback, Trufant suddenly is the ...

Ledecky back on top, while new generation emerges for U.S. men

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP National Writer BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — On a night when Katie Ledecky returned to a more familiar spot — the top rung of the medal podium — the U.S. men's team began passing the torch to a new generation at the world championships. Step aside, Michael Phelps and ...

Dolphins owner Ross calls Marlins sale price ‘unrealistic’

By STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, who explored purchasing the Miami Marlins last year, says the sale price is too high and he's no longer interested. Owner Jeffrey Loria has been publicly shopping the Marlins since February but hasn't found a ...

Cardinals, Rockies experiment with shortened inning breaks

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals and Colorado Rockies tried to speed up the pace of play on Tuesday night and it was hardly noticed. Major League Baseball experimented with having the timing clock between half innings set at 1 minute, 45 seconds. Since 2016, the clock has been set at ...

Pac-12 will test shorter halftime, reduced TV timeouts

By DAN GREENSPAN, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Pac-12 will shorten halftime and reduce the number of commercial breaks during its non-conference schedule this season as part of a trial program to reduce the length of its football games. Halftime will be 15 minutes long, cut down ...

Panthers LB Davis: CTE study ‘alarming,’ will keep playing

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis called the latest medical report on brain injuries involving former football players "alarming," and said it's something NFL players are talking about. But the 12-year NFL veteran quickly added it ...

NCAA rule ending two-a-days forcing teams to adjust

By STEVE MEGARGEE, AP Sports Writer The two-a-day football practices that coaches once used to toughen up their teams and cram for the start of the season are going the way of tear-away jerseys and the wishbone formation. As part of its efforts to increase safety, the NCAA approved a plan ...