National Sports

Altuve’s dash lifts Verlander, Astros over Yanks in Game 2

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — With each stinging line drive, Jose Altuve is putting his stamp on this October. Same with every pitch from Justin Verlander, no matter the inning or score. Houston's longest tenured player and its durable new ace — an incomparable pair ...

Taylor, Puig power Dodgers past Cubs 5-2 in NLCS Game 1

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Although Clayton Kershaw once again failed to dominate in a postseason start, these Los Angeles Dodgers don't need one guy to carry them. With a relentless lineup, flawless relief pitching and a collective charisma epitomized by the ...

New version of football targets falling youth participation

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — Nobody is keeping track of the score or exactly how much time is left in the game. Then again the Colts and Cougars have been playing in the rain for about an hour and a coach still has to remind the official that a fumble is a ...

LEADING OFF: No Seager in NLCS, but Puig a party for Dodgers

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ BACKING OUT The Dodgers will have to get through the Cubs without star shortstop Corey Seager in the NL Championship Series. Seager was left off the NLCS roster due to a back injury, a surprise omission ...

LSU stuns No. 10 Auburn, riding clutch defense to 27-23 win

By BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports Writer BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU coach Ed Orgeron didn't want the game ball, turning down a chance to stick it in the faces of so many critics who think he is in over his head. Across Tiger Stadium, Auburn fans clustered in the stands near the visitor's locker ...

No. 12 Oklahoma tops Texas 29-24 after blowing 20-point lead

DALLAS (AP) — Baker Mayfield threw 59 yards to Mark Andrews for the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter after Oklahoma had blown a 20-point lead, and the 12th-ranked Sooners held on to beat Texas 29-24 on Saturday. Mayfield's second TD throw of more than 50 yards came 68 seconds after ...

Altuve’s dash lifts Verlander, Astros over Yanks in Game 2

HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve raced home on Carlos Correa’s double in the ninth inning, Justin Verlander struck out 13 in a complete game and the Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees 2-1 Saturday for a 2-0 lead in the AL Championship Series. Correa also homered, but Houston needed a ...

Nats add another bizarre chapter to playoff disappointments

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Max Scherzer emerged from the bullpen to protect a lead, and Bryce Harper batted with the bases loaded. Again and again, the Nationals had the defending World Series champions on the ropes. For Washington's tortured fans, it was all just ...

Finals MVP Durant keeps launching shots, eager to be better

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Fatigued after a long flight home from China, Kevin Durant knocked down one baseline 3-pointer after another — making 21 of 22 and 19 straight before finally another miss had him hollering in frustration over the blaring music ...

James Neal driving force behind Knights’ remarkable start

By W.G. RAMIREZ, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Golden Knights haven't wasted any time in making an impact on the NHL. Fans in large part can thank James Neal for that. Neal has scored the game-winning goal in all three of the Knights' victories, making them the first team in NHL ...

Panthers QB Newton: We need to get Stewart more involved

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers have long been known for their ability to run the football. Just not this year. Had it not been for quarterback Cam Newton, who had 71 yards on 11 carries, the Panthers would have been completely one dimensional on offense ...

UNC finally set to learn ruling in NCAA academic case

By AARON BEARD, AP Sports Writer North Carolina is finally set to learn its fate in a multiyear NCAA academic case. The NCAA infractions committee panel handling the school's multiyear academic case plans to release its ruling Friday, three people with knowledge of the investigation said. The ...

Surging Iowa State hosts reeling Kansas

By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State has long been accustomed to responding to failure. How will the Cyclones handle success? For once, Iowa State (3-2, 1-1 Big 12) is on a roll heading into a game it is expected to win easily. Iowa State is a 21-point favorite ...

Syracuse hosts No. 2 Clemson eyeing an upset

By JOHN KEKIS, AP Sports Writer SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey was helpless last October as he watched Clemson dismantle the Orange in convincing fashion, a 54-0 beatdown just another step on the way to a national championship. Dungey was knocked out of that game in ...

Oklahoma City’s Big Three shooting for their 1st NBA title

By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony and Paul George have accomplished nearly everything in their basketball careers. Westbrook is a two-time scoring champion, two-time All-Star MVP and the reigning league MVP. Anthony is a 10-time ...

US advances at U17 World Cup despite losing to Colombia

MUMBAI, India (AP) — The United States advanced to the round of 16 at the under-17 World Cup despite losing 3-1 to Colombia on Thursday. Both teams finished on six points along with Ghana, which won Group A on goal difference. Colombia claimed second spot after its head-to-head result ...

Eric Reid: 49ers won’t force players to stand for anthem

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers won't be forcing their players to stand during the national anthem, safety Eric Reid said Wednesday. Reid, the first player to join Colin Kaepernick in protest last season, said he had a conversation recently with 49ers CEO Jed York, who ...

AP sources: NCAA to release ruling in UNC case Friday

By AARON BEARD, AP Sports Writer The NCAA infractions committee panel handling North Carolina's multi-year academic case plans to release its ruling Friday, three people with knowledge of the investigation said. The people said the NCAA notified parties involved in the case Thursday morning. ...

Unbeaten KC looking to get even as Steelers roll into town

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alex Smith lived through last year's playoff loss to Pittsburgh, then relived it countless times on video, trying in vain to learn how the Chiefs lost to a team that didn't even score a touchdown. With the Steelers rolling into town ...

LEADING OFF: Yankees-Indians in Game 5, Cubs try to zap Nats

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ HIGH-5 It's all or nothing when the Cleveland Indians host the New York Yankees in the decisive Game 5 of the AL Division Series (8:08 p.m. EDT). Corey Kluber, considered the favorite for the AL Cy Young ...