National Sports

Nothing to ‘C’ here: Importance of NHL captains is changing

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer Ryan Johansen remembers how the Columbus Blue Jackets didn't have a captain until one day it clicked and everyone knew it should be Nick Foligno. "There was just no doubt," Johansen said. "It's just one of those things you don't want to force. You don't want ...

Hendricks takes shutout into 9th, Cubs beat D-backs 5-1

By JOSE M. ROMERO, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Kyle Hendricks received a standing ovation from Chicago Cubs fans in Arizona for merely laying down a sacrifice bunt in the top of the ninth inning. He earned all that applause away from home with the way he pitched on the mound. Hendricks ...

AP Top 25 Heat Check: Should LSU be No. 1 in rankings?

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer LSU should be No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll. Yes, that is a thing you could argue after three weeks of the season. None of the 61 members of the AP Top 25 media panel held that opinion Sunday, but the Tigers did make a big ...

Old Davis Cup format shines bright in US-Croatia series

By ANDREW DAMPF, AP Sports Writer ZADAR, Croatia (AP) — Fans banging drums and blowing trumpets for hours on end. Colorful costumes. Chants more reminiscent of soccer games than tennis matches. Plus, a series of marathon matches featuring constant momentum changes and drama. The atmosphere ...

Pirates Top Brewers, 3-2

By COLIN FLY, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brewers manager Craig Counsell says every day is going to be difficult during the final two weeks of the regular season, and the Pittsburgh Pirates showed why. Jesus Aguilar and Domingo Santana hit back-to-back home runs to begin the ninth ...

Verlander, Astros beat Diamondbacks 5-4, extend AL West lead

HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander continued his strong September with another dominating outing Sunday. Verlander struck out 11 in seven solid innings and the Houston Astros extended their AL West edge, topping the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4. "Certainly, in the last couple of months this is his ...

LEADING OFF: NL West showdown, Cards-Braves, Cubs slumping

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: FINAL COUNTDOWN With the Rockies a half-game ahead of the Dodgers for the NL West lead, the teams begin their final series of the regular season. Jon Gray (11-7) pitches the opener of a three-game set at Dodger ...

Week 2 ICYMI: I quit! Bills CB calls it a career at halftime

By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer How's THAT for a halftime adjustment? While the rest of the Buffalo Bills jogged into the locker room at halftime of their game against the Los Angeles Chargers, cornerback Vontae Davis jogged in, then just kept on going. He quit at halftime — a ...

Mahomes spreading the love for unbeaten Chiefs

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Patrick Mahomes is taking a democratic approach to his new job. Get open and the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback will get you the ball. The proof came on Sunday in Pittsburgh in a record-setting 42-37 victory over the Steelers. The ...

Browns feisty even as winless streak continues vs. Saints

By BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Browns were just a kick away. Well, maybe a few kicks, not to mention a defensive penalty that revived a New Orleans touchdown drive, as well as an interception that set up another Saints score in the waning minutes. Even with all ...

Tom Brady loses for 1st time in 9 games vs Jaguars, 31-20

By MARK LONG, AP Sports Writer JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady trudged off the field with his helmet in one hand, grass stains on his jersey and a look of frustration on his face. This was a different feeling for the New England Patriots quarterback — at least against ...

Young Colts defense ready to face Wentz, Eagles

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Sports Writer The Indianapolis Colts' defense looks primed and ready to face Carson Wentz and the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. Fresh off holding the Washington Redskins without a touchdown in a 21-9 victory Sunday, the Colts (1-1) turn their ...

Alvarez wins narrow decision for middleweight title

By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Boxing Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin fought 24 rounds in the space of a year, with little to pick between them. When the scorecards were totaled Saturday night, though, the judges crowned a new middleweight champion of the world — but just ...

Puig’s 3 homers, 7 RBIs lead Dodgers over Cards 17-4

By DAVID SOLOMON, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Yasiel Puig has never missed the postseason since making his major league debut in 2013, and he doesn't plan on ending that run. Puig homered three times and had a career-high seven RBIs, giving him five homers in two games, and the Los ...

Indians blank Tigers, clinch 3rd straight AL Central title

By The Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Unchallenged for months, the Cleveland Indians clinched their third straight AL Central title with a 15-0 blowout on Saturday of the Detroit Tigers, who made four errors and managed only two hits. Francisco Lindor and Michael Brantley connected for ...

Browns releasing troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Gordon's troubled tenure with the Cleveland Browns has ended. The team isn't going to help him any longer. He let them down for the final time. The Browns announced Saturday night that it intends to release the former Pro Bowl wide ...

Brewers now 2 1/2 games behind Cubs with 3-1 loss to Pirates

By JOE TOTORAITIS, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Zach Davies couldn't hold an early lead and it proved costly to the Milwaukee Brewers. Davies gave up a go-ahead double to Francisco Cervelli in the fourth inning that lifted the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-2 win over the Brewers on ...

No. 1 Alabama blows past Mississippi 62-7

By DAVID BRANDT, AP Sports Writer OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Top-ranked Alabama faced a rare bit of adversity Saturday night when Mississippi's first offensive play turned into a 75-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Ta'amu to D.K. Metcalf. The angst lasted a grand total of 11 seconds. Alabama ...

Lester pitches Cubs over Reds 1-0, Chicago maintains lead

By MATT CARLSON, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — After seven dominant innings from Jon Lester, the Chicago Cubs turned to a closer-by-committee due to their loss of Pedro Strop. Lester allowed two hits over seven innings with a season-high nine strikeouts, Willson Contreras hit a ...

LEADING OFF: Sale vs deGrom for 1st time since college

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: YOU AGAIN? Cy Young Award contenders Chris Sale (12-4, 1.96) and Jacob deGrom (8-9, 1.71) face off for the first time since their college days as Boston hosts the Mets. DeGrom was a two-way player at Stetson in 2010 ...

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