National Sports

Rams’ slide threatens to take down Fisher despite extension

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Jeff Fisher was freezing on the New England sideline last weekend, so the Rams coach put on a long coat and wind pants. When he needed to challenge an incorrect call later, the native Californian couldn't find his red flag ...

Wagner comes up big as Michigan edges Texas 53-50

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Moe Wagner slapped at the ball with his right hand, and it popped straight up in the air. For a moment, it looked like a possible foul. "As far as I know, I blocked it," Wagner said. The officials concurred, and Michigan ...

NHL’s new concussion spotters have had spotty results so far

By LARRY LAGE, AP Hockey Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Connor McDavid hit the ice, chin first, and a concussion spotter at least played a part in pulling him from the game. The Edmonton Oilers captain and budding star was not stunned by the jarring trip to the ice, but that someone watching ...

Berlusconi agrees to 3-month delay for sale of AC Milan

MILAN (AP) — Silvio Berlusconi's holding company and a group of Chinese investors have agreed on a three-month delay to complete the sale of AC Milan. A joint statement from Fininvest and Sino-Europe Sports says the parties have agreed to complete the closing by March 3. The deal ...

Man who shot ex-NFL player charged with manslaughter

HARVEY, La. (AP) — The man who fatally shot ex-NFL player Joe McKnight has been arrested and jailed on a charge of manslaughter. Jail records show 54-year-old Ronald Gasser was arrested late Monday. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand has called a news conference for 10 a.m. Tuesday to ...

Villanova hoping to be more comfortable at No. 1

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Basketball Writer PHOENIX (AP) — Villanova already has lofty expectations this season as the reigning national champion. The Wildcats also have to deal with opposing fans screaming louder and opposing teams playing them harder. Villanova has handled anything that's ...

IOC: Rio Olympics were ‘perfect imperfect games’

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A few months after the closing ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, IOC officials have come up with a tagline for South America's first Olympics: "The most perfect imperfect games." The International Olympic Committee held a news conference on Tuesday to accentuate the ...

Penn State gives playoff committee something to ponder

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer The College Football Playoff selection committee was given something to ponder by Penn State. How much value does a conference championship have? How about a head-to-head victory? The Nittany Lions now have both of those over Ohio State ...

Varner wins Australian PGA Championship; Scott finishes 3rd

JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Harold Varner III didn't really know the protocol, so he filled the Australian PGA Championship trophy with champagne, took a sip and then shared it around. The 26-year-old American won a title for the first time outside the U.S. ...

No. 1 Alabama romps past Florida 54-16 in SEC title game

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — This was merely an annoyance for Alabama, a chance to add another trophy to its overflowing cases. The Crimson Tide did just enough things wrong to give Nick Saban something to complain about over the next month, but in the end it was ...

Mayfield, Oklahoma top Oklahoma St. 38-20 to win Big 12

By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — With his best receiver sidelined, Baker Mayfield still boosted his Heisman Trophy resume. Mayfield passed for 288 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 7 Oklahoma defeated No. 11 Oklahoma State 38-20 on Saturday in a matchup that ...

A brief run by Tiger, and now everyone chasing Matsuyama

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Tiger Woods raised his right index finger in the air when he holed a long bunker shot, his fourth birdie in five holes that put him within two shots of the lead early in the third round Saturday of the Hero World Challenge. He ...

Home favorite Faivre gets 1st win in World Cup giant slalom

By GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer VAL D'ISERE, France (AP) — Mathieu Faivre led a fierce French challenge on first-run leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria to win a giant slalom on Sunday for his first World Cup victory. Faivre secured the fastest second run to beat Hirscher, the ...

Oklahoma-Oklahoma State rivalry reaches new level

By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — It's another high-stakes Bedlam game for Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. The Cowboys have emerged in the past decade under coach Mike Gundy, turning the showdown into much more than just a yearly meeting between schools from the same ...

A brilliant start, a bad finish and a 73 in Tiger’s return

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Even with the wind at his back, Tiger Woods figured only a perfect 5-iron from 231 yards would reach the green. Adding to this challenge was he had taken only four full swings in competition over the past 466 days. He posed over ...

Belichick ‘disappointed’ on Gronk: ‘Nobody’s worked harder’

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Patriots coach Bill Belichick says he's "disappointed" to lose tight end Rob Gronkowski for the rest of the season due to a back injury. Belichick praised Gronkowski's hard work on Friday and called the injury "unfortunate." The three-time All-Pro is scheduled ...

Dodt leads Australian PGA, Adam Scott within striking range

By JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Adam Scott put together back-to-back rounds of 68 and feels like he's really back in the swing of things as he heads into the weekend at the Australian PGA Championship four shots off the pace. Andrew Dodt followed his opening ...

Draft classmates Manning & Roethlisberger meet again

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger and Eli Manning are inextricably linked. Taken 11 picks apart in the 2004 NFL draft, the two quarterbacks have spent the last dozen years watching each other from afar, using the other's success as a measuring stick of ...

Formula One champion Nico Rosberg announces retirement

By CIARAN FAHEY, Associated Press Formula One champion Nico Rosberg stunningly retired from racing on Friday, five days after earning his first world championship. "I have decided to end my Formula One career. I had a very, very clear dream, that was to become Formula One world champion. ...

Tiger’s returns from a layoff not what they used to be

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Tiger Woods used to have no trouble returning to golf after a long layoff. That was when he was much younger, before the injuries and surgeries began piling up, before the annual arrival of more young players who made golf ...