National Sports

Rookie Report: Dallas’ Elliott, Prescott command headlines

By JOE REEDY, Associated Press Hall of Fame general manager Bill Polian says a draft class can't be fully measured until after their fourth season. As this year's rookies prepare to hit the home stretch of their first regular season, one early assessment is crystal clear: Ezekiel Elliott ...

Messi scores 2 as Barcelona ends run of draws in Spain

By JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi scored twice in the second half to lead Barcelona to a 3-0 win at Osasuna on Saturday, ending a run of three consecutive draws for the defending Spanish league champions. Messi unlocked the hosts' defense in the ...

Lindholm’s first goal lifts Ducks over Sharks 3-2

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — If the goals aren't going to come in bunches, best make them timely. At least, that's what worked for Hampus Lindholm on Friday night. Lindholm got his first goal of the season with 5:38 remaining, helping the Anaheim Ducks beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 after ...

Rhule’s 1st Baylor hires: 4 from Temple, a Texas prep coach

WACO, Texas (AP) — New Baylor coach Matt Rhule has made some immediate Texas connections by hiring the president of the state's high school coaches who is a former Bears receiver. Rhule announced his first five hires with the Bears on Friday, three days after being named Baylor's coach. ...

Wake Forest outlasts Denver to reach NCAA soccer final

HOUSTON (AP) — After a frustrating first half that saw his team stymied by a resilient Denver defense, Wake Forest coach Bobby Muuss' message to his team was to keep going. "If we're enjoying playing, we'll be victorious tonight," Muuss said. Following a dominant second half and ...

Rockets overcome Westbrook’s 7th straight triple-double

By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Patrick Beverley savored getting the best of his rival, Russell Westbrook. Despite a seventh straight triple-double for Westbrook, Beverley and the Houston Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 102-99 on Friday night. Beverley's ...

Army-Navy rivalry takes center stage in ‘America’s Game’

By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — Army-Navy is America's Game. That's the way Jeff Monken sees it, and he brings a solid argument to back up the assertion. Now in his third season as Army's head coach, Monken previously spent six years as an assistant at Navy. Having ...

Fowler gets $82.5 million, 5-year deal with Cardinals

By WARREN MAYES, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dexter Fowler is headed from the World Series champions to their biggest rival. After helping the Chicago Cubs end their long championship drought, he finalized an $82.5 million, five-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals on ...

Seattle, Toronto prepared for MLS Cup showdown

By PAUL ATTFIELD, Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — Having played in two World Cups for the United States and finishing on the losing side of the Coppa Italia final when he was with Roma, Toronto FC captain Michael Bradley is no stranger to the big occasion. But he's also savvy enough to ...

Siemian has more than 1 way to imitate Peyton

By The Associated Press While these weren't exactly the footsteps of Peyton Manning that Trevor Siemian wanted to follow, the Denver Broncos' QB at least had a little fun over his sprained left foot that sidelined him last week. While rookie Paxton Lynch was running the offense at ...

Kansas forward Carlton Bragg accused of domestic battery

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas forward Carlton Bragg Jr. was arrested on suspicion of domestic battery late Thursday, throwing into question not only his future this season but also with the Jayhawks. The 20-year-old sophomore from Cleveland was taken into custody and accused of causing ...

Judge freezes Rio mayor’s assets over Olympic golf course

By STEPHEN WADE and MAURICIO SAVARESE, AP Sports Writers RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Brazilian judge said he was freezing the assets of Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes on Friday for allegedly failing to charge the appropriate taxes to the developer of the Olympic Games golf course. "The ...

Cubs get Davis, Yankees get Chapman, Nats trade 3 young arms

By BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The champion Chicago Cubs filled their only real need, getting All-Star reliever Wade Davis. He'll take the spot of closer Aroldis Chapman, who locked down a spot by returning to the New York Yankees with a whopping $86 million ...

UEFA charges Dynamo Kiev, Besiktas after fan violence

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has charged Dynamo Kiev and Besiktas with disciplinary offenses after fan violence marred a Champions League game between the teams. Tuesday's game in Kiev, which Dynamo won 6-0, saw clashes involving hundreds of fans in the Ukrainian capital before the game, ...

No. 17 Wisconsin routs Idaho State for 4th straight win

By JASON McMAHON, Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Coming off a difficult early season stretch, playing in front of a tepid home crowd and with final exams looming, the conditions were almost in place for No. 17 Wisconsin to suffer a letdown Wednesday night. Only one thing was ...

Warriors rout Clippers 115-98 for 7th straight win over LA

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Golden State lacked its usual outside shooting touch. The Warriors still had an easy time with the Clippers. Klay Thompson scored 24 points, Draymond Green added 22 points and the Warriors won 115-98 Wednesday night for their seventh ...

48-team World Cup proposal gets thumbs up at FIFA meeting

SINGAPORE (AP) — FIFA president Gianni Infantino said a proposal to expand the World Cup finals to 48 teams, with 16 groups of three teams, received enthusiastic backing at a meeting of national federations on Thursday. That model, along with an alternative 48-team format and a 40-team ...

4-time Olympic sailing champion Paul Elvstrom dies at 88

By JAN M. OLSEN, Associated Press COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Paul Elvstrom, a yachtsman who won four straight Olympic sailing gold medals between 1948 and 1960, has died, the Danish sports confederation said Thursday. He was 88. Elvstrom, who was named Denmark's sportsman of the ...

LEADING OFF: What to watch at the baseball winter meetings

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening today at the baseball winter meetings in Oxon Hill, Maryland: ___ CLOSE IT The World Series champion Cubs are hoping to finish off a deal for closer Wade Davis in a trade that would send outfielder Jorge Soler to Kansas City. Davis ...

Warriors rookie Patrick McCaw learns surrounded by big stars

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Patrick McCaw flings a football across two courts and hits Ian Clark right in the basketball numbers, then jokingly jumps in front of Kevin Durant moments later as if to make an interception against a superstar teammate with a ...