National Sports

Notre Dame-Virginia Tech matchup headlines ACC’s 6th week

By The Associated Press Things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 6: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 6 Notre Dame at No. 24 Virginia Tech. The ACC's only game this week involving two ranked teams matches Virginia Tech (3-1), which bounced back to knock Duke from the Top 25 , against a ...

A look at all 16 potential World Series matchups

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer Familiar faces in the American League, new blood in the National League. That's one way to describe this year's postseason. The two Division Series in the AL will include the same four teams as a year ago. Meanwhile, the NL welcomes the Braves, Brewers and ...

LEADING OFF: Brewers go bullpen, Dodgers send out Ryu

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: OPENER FOR THE OPENER The Brewers will begin their NL Division Series against the Rockies with a bullpen game at Miller Park. Manager Craig Counsell said Wednesday he had not decided on the order of his relievers. ...

Yelich’s steady demeanor balances big production at plate

By GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) — With every home run and big hit, it's getting more difficult for Christian Yelich to go out in Milwaukee without being recognized. It didn't stop the potential National League MVP from making a run to the supermarket for groceries, so ...

4 rookie QBs starting the same week is NFL rarity

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer Four rookie quarterbacks started in the same week for only the second time in NFL history in Week 4. None of them earned a win. Cleveland's Baker Mayfield and Arizona's Josh Rosen came close. Both of their teams lost by a field goal. Buffalo's Josh Allen ...

Big 12 Red River rivalry has Oklahoma and Texas both ranked

By The Associated Press GAME OF THE WEEK No. 18 Texas (4-1, 2-0 Big 12) vs. No. 7 Oklahoma (5-0, 2-0). For the first time since 2012, the Longhorns and Sooners are both ranked for their annual matchup at the State Fair of Texas where the crowd splits 50-50 in burnt orange and crimson. ...

Ovechkin, champion Capitals rout Bruins 7-0 in season opener

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin and the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals opened their title defense with a 7-0 thrashing of the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night. After watching the franchise's first Stanley Cup banner ascend to the rafters, T.J. Oshie opened ...

“Stop crowning us!” 4-0 Rams shrug off hype, focus on ‘Hawks

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams realize they're a popular Super Bowl pick after their spectacular first quarter of the season. Pundits, fans and other teams seem to be lining up to praise them. While they appreciate the respect, this is a ...

Yanks rout A’s 7-2 in wild-card game

NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge got the party started with a two-run homer in the first inning, Luis Severino atoned for flopping in his postseason debut last year and the New York Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics 7-2 Wednesday night in the AL wild-card game. Judge’s drive off starter-turned ...

Capitals open Stanley Cup defense with 7-0 rout of Bruins

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin and the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals opened their title defense with a 7-0 thrashing of the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night. After watching the franchise’s first Stanley Cup banner ascend to the rafters, T.J. Oshie opened the scoring just 24 ...

Chiefs’ league-worst defense becomes best on third downs

By Dave Skretta AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It would take a Nobel Prize-winning mathematician, or perhaps psychologist, to reconcile one of the biggest statistical oddities involving the Kansas City Chiefs this season. They have the NFL’s worst defense by a longshot, ...

LEADING OFF: Brewers-Cubs, Rockies-Dodgers in Games 163

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: WIN OR GO WILD In a big league first, a pair of tiebreaking Game 163s will be played on the same day to sort out the NL playoff picture. First, the Cubs host the Brewers to settle the NL Central at Wrigley Field. ...

AP Top 25 Heat Check: Ohio St too low; More love of Kentucky

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer The AP Top 25 voters need to start getting more creative when filling out the final spots on their ballots. The top of The Associated Press college football poll is not all that tricky to figure out after a month of the season. Orders may differ, ...

Column: US has European way figured out except for winning

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — This is no time for the Americans to panic about the Ryder Cup. The goal that came out of the Ryder Cup Task Force in late 2014 was to have a winning record over the next 10 matches. So even after another thorough ...

Brewers-Cubs set for NL Central tiebreaker

By JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Christian Yelich and the Milwaukee Brewers were on top of the NL Central for much of the season's first half. Then Anthony Rizzo and the Chicago Cubs moved into the lead of what just might be baseball's best division. Then Yelich powered the ...

James captivates crowd in his Los Angeles Lakers debut

By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — LeBron James rubbed his hands in chalk powder at the scorer's table, yelled "Yes!" to ecstatic fans in the first few rows and the Los Angeles Lakers' new era was underway. Playing in the same arena where Magic Johnson made his ...

Stephens’ wild pitch in 10th sends Pirates over Reds 6-5

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Jordy Mercer and Josh Harrison put arms around each other as they walked off the field after Pittsburgh's season-ending victory, enjoying perhaps their final moment together on a Pirates team they helped resurrect. Pablo Reyes scored on Jackson ...

ICYMI in NFL Week 4: Earl Thomas’ middle finger says plenty

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Pro Football Writer Whether or not Earl Thomas should have raised his middle finger in the direction of his team's sideline, this much is clear: His broken leg amid an ongoing flap with the Seattle Seahawks illustrates why the lack of guaranteed contracts is such a ...

Flacco flourishing for resurgent Ravens, downs Steelers

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Joe Flacco knows it's easy to point to his increasingly gaudy stats or the rainbows he's uncorking with ease as proof that he's truly back. The Baltimore Ravens quarterback doesn't quite see it that way. Sure, he feels great. Yet he ...

Raiders steal game from Browns with 45-42 OT win

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Pro Football Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — As much as the Oakland Raiders felt like they might have let a couple of winnable games slip away to start this season, they might have stolen one away from the Cleveland Browns to spoil Baker Mayfield's first career start. Derek ...