National Sports

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 ...

Brock Lesnar on Jon Jones superfight: ‘Anytime, anywhere’

By Greg Beacham AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — If Jon Jones is really interested in taking on Brock Lesnar in a UFC superfight, Lesnar will be ready to roll. Jones is preparing for his rematch with Daniel Cormier in the main event of UFC 214 this weekend, but he made headlines ...

Earnhardt defends crew chief Ives in shaky final season

By Dan Gelston AP Sports Writer DOVER, Del. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. has long reigned as NASCAR’s most popular driver. But too many of his fans have started complaining in 140-character bursts a most unpopular opinion for Earnhardt — that crew chief Greg Ives should take the blame ...

Stephen Curry, Warriors finalize $201 million, 5-year deal

By Janie McCauley AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry has delivered his share of success already to a franchise that desperately needed it. Now, he’s being paid for all he has done — and certainly will do. Curry finalized his new contract Tuesday, signing a $201 ...

Funny thing happened to Harbaugh on way to Forum

By Jim Litke AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Presenting the pope with a Michigan football helmet and a pair of Air Jordans wasn’t the only highlight in Jim Harbaugh ‘s trip to Rome this spring. The jaunt went so well that you half-expected the Wolverines coach to pull out a map and ...

Rose ceremony: Cavs sign Derrick Rose to 1-year contract

By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Derrick Rose’s goal is to win an NBA championship. He’s a little closer to one. The free-agent guard signed a one-year contract Tuesday with the Cleveland Cavaliers, a team that has blocked his path to a title before and one that needs ...

Brain disease seen in most football players in large report

By Lindsey Tanner AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Research on 202 former football players found evidence of a brain disease linked to repeated head blows in nearly all of them, from athletes in the National Football League, college and even high school. It’s the largest update on ...

Elway agrees to 5-year contract with Broncos

By Arnie Stapleton AP Pro Football Writer ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — One leadership saga down, another one continues for the Denver Broncos. John Elway agreed to a new five-year contract on Monday, ending a long-running story line that had fans wondering if their Hall of Fame QB-turned-GM ...

Dantonio vows Spartans will ‘re-establish ourselves’

By Jim Litke AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Spartans coach Mark Dantonio vowed Monday that a program rocked by tragedy and beset by disciplinary issues last season would re-establish itself with the same “inch by inch” philosophy that made Michigan State a championship ...

Pau Gasol signs 3-year deal with Spurs

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs have signed Pau Gasol to a three-year contract. The Spurs announced the signing on Monday. Gasol opted out of the two-year deal he signed last summer to give the Spurs more salary cap flexibility to supplement the roster in free agency. But he always ...

Big Ten announces new TV deals with FOX, ESPN, CBS

CHICAGO (AP) — The Big Ten Network will triple its prime-time national TV exposure during football season and add more basketball games in the time slot, thanks to new deals with broadcast partners FOX, ABC/ESPN and CBS. Commissioner Jim Delany made the announcements at the kickoff of the ...