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home : sports : college/pro September 24, 2017

Trump tells NBA's Curry visit is off
SOMERSET, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump says if a basketball player doesn’t want to visit the White House to celebrate an NBA title, then don’t bother showing up.
Saturday, September 23, 2017


NFL Sunday: Time for Broncos to show what they've got in a road show
(AP) — It's time for the Broncos to leave the Mile High City and show what they've got in a road show.
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Trump to NLF owners: If players won't stand for the anthem, fire them
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — President Donald Trump has some advice for National Football League owners: Fire players who kneel during the national anthem. He's also encouraging fans to walk out in protest.
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Western's 'Leathernecks' legend to be memorialized
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — The man behind the Fighting Leathernecks nickname at Western Illinois University will be memorialized in a campus statue.
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Fowler delivers again as Martinez, Cardinals beat the Reds 8-5
CINCINNATI (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals rinsed the bad taste of being swept by the Chicago Cubs the best way they could — sweeping the Cincinnati Reds.
Friday, September 22, 2017

Cubs rally in 9th, beat Brewers 5-3 in 10th to extend their lead
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The pressure was on and Javier Baez delivered for the Chicago Cubs.
Friday, September 22, 2017

Week 4 college football: Big 12 showdown; hot seat watch in SEC
(AP) — There is a sense of impending mayhem going into this weekend of college football.
Friday, September 22, 2017

Stanton hits 56th homer, Marlins sweep Mets
MIAMI (AP) — Home runs before small crowds in the eighth inning of lopsided games between also-rans count, too, which is fortunate for Giancarlo Stanton.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Sale reaches 300 Ks, Red Sox clinch
BALTIMORE (AP) — Chris Sale was at his very best — right down to his momentous last pitch — in another meaningful victory for the Boston Red Sox.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Big Ten Week 4: What to watch
(AP) — Some things to watch in the Big Ten this week:
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Rays, Snell end Cubs' seven-game winning streak
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Their seven-game winning streak is over and the Chicago Cubs are still being challenged for the NL Central lead with 11 games left in the season.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Cards get 3 homers, Power past Reds, 9-2
CINCINNATI (AP) — Mike Matheny enjoyed the St. Louis Cardinals' best all-around game in a while so much, he wouldn't mind seeing a replay.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Cubs beat Rays 2-1, extend streak to 7
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Back at Tropicana Field, Joe Maddon got to show off his Chicago Cubs.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Cowboys' Elliott accused of quitting; Garrett plans chat
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott was accused of quitting by Hall of Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson in Dallas' 42-17 loss to Denver.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

No. 22 USF starts slowly before rolling over Illinois 47-23

FRED GOODALL

AP Sports Writer

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A big night passing for Quinton Flowers, three 100-yard rushers and another lopsided victory for No. 22 South Florida.


Monday, September 18, 2017

N. Illinois stuns Nebraska 21-17 as Tanner Lee struggles

ERIC OLSON

AP College Football Writer

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Northern Illinois is now 4 for 5 against the Big Ten under coach Rod Carey, so if you were looking for shocked expressions after the Huskies' 21-17 upset of Nebraska, you had to go to the Cornhuskers' locker room.


Monday, September 18, 2017

Winston-led Buccaneers dominate Bears in opener

FRED GOODALL

AP Sports Writer

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — There's no room for complacency in Jameis Winston's bid to transform the Tampa Bay Buccaneers into a playoff team.


Monday, September 18, 2017

A budding rivalry: Packers and Falcons meet up again in Atlanta
ATLANTA (AP) — This is becoming a bit of a rivalry.

When the Atlanta Falcons host the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, it will be both an early indicator of the NFC's balance of power as well as the third meeting between the teams in less than 11 months.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Rusty or not, Buccaneers ready to start season against Bears
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jameis Winston concedes it felt a little strange watching the rest of the NFL begin the season while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were scattered around the country for an unscheduled bye imposed by Hurricane Irma.
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Ovechkin, NHL players grudgingly accept Olympic absence

(AP) — With 644 words and two exclamation points, Alex Ovechkin put a final period on his and other NHL players' dreams of playing in the 2018 Winter Olympics.


Friday, September 15, 2017

Bruce, winning Indians enjoying record ride

TOM WITHERS

AP Sports Writer

CLEVELAND (AP) — Just a little more than a month ago, Jay Bruce was in New York sinking with the Mets as a season that began with promise and a richness of pitching was undermined by injuries.


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Baez, Almora back Lester as Cubs rout Harvey, Mets 17-5

ANDREW SELIGMAN

AP Sports Writer

CHICAGO (AP) — Albert Almora Jr. spent most of the night watching from the dugout. Once he entered the game, he sure did make an impact.


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Cardinals power to a 13-4 rout of Reds

JOE HARRIS

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Paul DeJong didn't start the season in the majors. Now he's in the St. Louis Cardinals record book.


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Indians extend win streak to nineteen

TOM WITHERS

AP Sports Writer

CLEVELAND (AP) — One more day. One more game. One more win.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Historic skid: Dodgers lose eleventh straight

JANIE McCAULEY

AP Baseball Writer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Dodgers rallied once, twice and then a third time. Manager Dave Roberts thought his club would snap out of its long losing streak at last.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Ryan leads 2 TD drives in 4th, Falcons get 23-17 victory

ANDREW SELIGMAN

AP Sports Writer

CHICAGO (AP) — All Matt Ryan was trying to do was make something out of a broken play when he saw tight end Austin Hooper wide open near midfield.


Monday, September 11, 2017

NFL to appeal decision to block Elliott's 6-game suspension

SCHUYLER DIXON

AP Pro Football Writer

A.P — The NFL is asking a federal appeals court to review a judge's decision blocking the league's six-game suspension of Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott in a domestic violence case.


Monday, September 11, 2017

Brewers beat Cubs 3-1 for sweep, close within 2 games of Central

JOHN JACKSON

Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers needed to sweep the Chicago Cubs, and they did.

 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Packers beat Seahawks 17-9 to take NFC heavyweight match

GENARO C. ARMAS

AP Sports Writer

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Mike Daniels can be a man of few words. The defensive lineman’s play on the football field speaks volumes as to how important he has become to the Green Bay Packers.

 

Monday, September 11, 2017

LA loves the Olympics, even though they're 11 years away

EDDIE PELLS

AP National Writer

LIMA, Peru (AP) — More than anything, the United States was looking for a city that liked the Olympics. 


Monday, September 11, 2017

Juicy matchup in NFL's opening week; Seahawks at Packers
(AP) — What a juicy matchup to help kick off the NFL's opening week. The two best teams in the NFC, Green Bay and Seattle — sorry Atlanta, but that Super Bowl meltdown remains too fresh — face off at Lambeau Field.
Saturday, September 9, 2017

Anxious Miami Marlins begin road trip as Irma bears down on Florida
ATLANTA (AP) — As the Miami Marlins began a weeklong road trip, they couldn't help but wonder what will be there when they get back home.
Friday, September 8, 2017

Fowler Ks with bases loaded in 9th, Cards lose to Padres 3-0
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Clayton Richard got the better of Lance Lynn in a rematch of an Indiana high school playoff game from 14 years ago, and Brad Hand just narrowly made sure the result held.
Friday, September 8, 2017

Pittsburgh native Ian Happ happy to lead Cubs to an 8-2 rout of the Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ian Happ grew up in Pittsburgh's suburbs and had a big night in his hometown Thursday.

 

Friday, September 8, 2017

'Boys prepared with, without Elliott

SCHUYLER DIXON

AP Pro Football Writer

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott practiced fully Wednesday for the first time since leaving the Dallas Cowboys for a lengthy — and ultimately unsuccessful — appeal of his six-game suspension over a domestic violence case.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Avila delivers in 9th as Cubs top Pirates despite Cole's gem

ALAN SAUNDERS

Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) — On a tough night for hitters in both lineups, Alex Avila didn't need to hit the ball hard to get the Cubs on the board. As it turned out, his broken-bat liner into the right-field corner was the only right-place, right-time shot of the game.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Piscotty's homerun lifts STL Cardinals past Padres 3-1

JAY PARIS

Associated Press

SAN DIEGO (AP) — After a shaky major league debut, Jack Flaherty found his footing for St. Louis.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Fr. Illini RB Epstein has potential
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Coming into the season, coach Lovie Smith made it clear that the young guys on his Illinois team would have the opportunity to play early.
Thursday, September 7, 2017

Former Taylorville man to play in Japan's 1st PGA event

Kim Paisley

Breeze-Courier writer

NARITA, CHIBA, Japan — Former Taylorville resident, Jerry Smith, will play in the first PGA tour sanctioned event to be held in Japan this week at the Japan Airlines Championship (JAL). The tournament will be played Friday, September 8 through Sunday, September 10, 2017.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Arrieta injured, Pirates rout Cubs 12-0
PITTSBURGH (AP)  — Jake Arrieta let the ball go and his right leg seized up in pain. And all of a sudden, Arrieta's sizzling second half came to an abrupt halt.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Martinez throws 3-hitter, Cardinals beat Padres 2-0
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Carlos Martinez was having no problem hitting 98 and 99 mph with his fastball in the eighth and ninth innings.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Tennessee pulls off remarkable 42-41 win over Ga Tech
ATLANTA (AP) — This was a game Tennessee had no business winning. What a boost for embattled coach Butch Jones in the season opener.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Hamlin sweeps Darlington, wins Southern 500
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Denny Hamlin has run for championships before without success. He's worked hard this season to make sure his latest try for a title the way he and his team want.
Monday, September 4, 2017

Stacy Lewis wins, gives earnings to relief efforts
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Stacy Lewis won for Houston. Lewis ended a long winless streak Sunday at Cambia Portland Classic, with her $195,000 in winnings going to the relief efforts in her hometown area. Her two biggest sponsors also stepped up, with KPMG matching her donation and Marathon Oil kicking in $1 million.
Monday, September 4, 2017

US World Cup hopes in jeopardy after loss to Costa Rica
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — With another stunning home loss, the United States' hopes of reaching an eighth straight World Cup berth are in peril.
Saturday, September 2, 2017

Wacha bounces back, Grichuk homers as Cards top Giants 5-2
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When a dominant pitcher with a history of injuries appears to hit a wall late in the season for a contending team, it tends to raise alarm bells.
Friday, September 1, 2017

Dobbins' debut leads No. 2 Ohio State past Indiana
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — J.K. Dobbins wanted to give his fans back in Texas something to cheer about.
Friday, September 1, 2017

Mariners get RHP Mike Leake from Cardinals
SEATTLE (AP) — The Mariners acquired right-hander Mike Leake from the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday for minor league infielder Rayder Ascanio as Seattle tries to bolster its beleaguered starting rotation during the AL wild-card race.
Thursday, August 31, 2017

College football week 1 preview: five things to watch for
(AP) — College football owns Labor Day weekend and has turned it into five-day football holiday.
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Schwarber hits 2 HRs, Cubs pound Pirates
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs are piling up runs and wins. And they're having some laughs along the way.
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Big catch helps Brewers hold off Cardinals for 6-5 victory
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Pitcher Corey Knebel told center fielder Keon Broxton he owes him big time.
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Mich St., Dantonio eager to put last twelve months in the past
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Over three weeks ago, at media day, Mark Dantonio stated emphatically that his Michigan State team would be ready when it was time for the season opener against Bowling Green.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Rodgers, Packers rule anew the NFC North; Bears to rebuild
(AP) — The Minnesota Vikings renovated an offensive line that sputtered through last season, seeking better balance with their potentially dominant defense.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Cubs' Arrieta continues strong second half
CHICAGO (AP)  — By his own admission, Jake Arrieta, wasn't at his best Tuesday night. He still was good enough.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Montgomery pitches Cubs past Pirates 6-1
CHICAGO (AP) — Mike Montgomery is creating all sorts of intriguing questions for the Chicago Cubs.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Stanton hits homerun No. 50 to help Marlins beat Padres 6-2
MIAMI (AP) — Roused from its apathy for baseball, South Florida let out a long roar Sunday for Giancarlo Stanton, who responded with a wave from the top step of the dugout, affording the crowd a good look at the sport's newest 50-homer man.
Monday, August 28, 2017

Jerry Kelly wins Boeing Classic for first PGA Tour Champs title
SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (AP) — Jerry Kelly won the Boeing Classic on Sunday for his first PGA Tour Champions title, closing with a 6-under 66 for a one-stroke victory over former Taylorville resident, Jerry Smith.
Monday, August 28, 2017

Colorado football program to retire Salaam's number
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The University of Colorado football program will retire No. 19 in honor of Rashaan Salaam, who killed himself last December at age 42.
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Jaguars name Blake Bortles starter heading into season

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Blake Bortles is getting another shot as Jacksonville's starting quarterback.

Coach Doug Marrone made the surprising announcement Saturday, naming Bortles his starter for the opener at Houston.


Saturday, August 26, 2017

Big Ten's new coaches chasing breakthrough seasons

MICHAEL MAROT

AP Sports Writer

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Tom Allen and Jeff Brohm remember watching the Big Ten at its rugged best.


Saturday, August 26, 2017

QB Lagow has new message, confidence to lead Hoosiers

MICHAEL MAROT

AP Sports Writer

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The offseason message to Richard Lagow was succinct: Don't be a hero. Just be a quarterback.


Saturday, August 26, 2017

Illinois to stop playing 'war chant' music at games

CARYN ROUSSEAU

Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois will no longer play "war chant " music during sporting events, ending a tradition that stemmed from the school's former mascot Chief Illiniwek.


Saturday, August 26, 2017

Julian Edelman injured in Patriots' 30-28 win over Lions

LARRY LAGE

AP Sports Writer

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The New England Patriots may have a new challenge to overcome when they begin defending their Super Bowl title in less than two weeks.


Saturday, August 26, 2017

Consistency key to Lady Raider cross country win
CLINTON — Both the Central A & M Raiders boys and girls cross country teams competed on Monday August 21 in Clinton. Although it was hot and muggy, the girls team came away with a 15 point margin of victory over Clinton; the boys are one athlete short of being able to compete as a team.
Friday, August 25, 2017

Peraza's double in 8th rallies Reds over Cubs 4-2

JOE KAY

AP Sports Writer

CINCINNATI (AP) — Center fielder Ian Happ ran a long way and thought he had a chance to catch Jose Peraza's fly ball. He stretched his glove and just missed.


Friday, August 25, 2017

Asuaje, Margot lead late rally as Padres beat Cardinals 4-3

JOE HARRIS

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — If Jose Pirela got a boost of confidence from facing a struggling St. Louis bullpen, he wouldn't admit it.


Friday, August 25, 2017

Hill, Dodgers lose no-hit bid on Pirates HR in 10th
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Rich Hill's first 98 pitches left the Pittsburgh Pirates confounded, occasionally fuming and absolutely hitless. His 99th turned a potentially historic night by the Los Angeles Dodgers lefty into something else entirely: A loss.
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Rookie pitcher Luke Weaver helps Cardinals beat Padres 6-2
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Luke Weaver gave the St. Louis Cardinals' ravaged pitching staff a big boost..
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Illinois hoping to get back old Dudek after two ACL tears
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — It has been two seasons — and two ACL tears — since Mike Dudek last appeared in a game with Illinois.
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Schwarber homers, Cubs stay hot with 9-3 win over Reds
CINCINNATI (AP) — The wins are adding up, the lead over the rest of the division is growing. And the defending World Series champions are feeling a little stronger every day.
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Boston bound: Cavs trade Irving to Celtics for Thomas, more
CLEVELAND (AP) — Kyrie Irving was tired of being teammates with LeBron James.

Now he has to figure out how to beat him.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Solarte drives in career-best 6 runs, Padres beat Cards 12-4
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Yangervis Solarte ended his RBI drought with a barrage of timely hits.

Solarte homered and drove in a career-high six runs, Austin Hedges also went deep and the San Diego Padres beat the St. Louis Cardinals 12-4 on Tuesday night.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Bryant nicked, Rizzo plays 3B, Cubs beat Reds 13-9
CINCINNATI (AP) — With the Cubs comfortably ahead, Joe Maddon added to his lore as a manager who's not afraid to go against tradition and have some fun, too.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Vegas to party for Mayweather-McGregor bout
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor may not have sold out yet, but that won't stop Las Vegas from putting on its party hat.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Boldin retires 2 weeks after signing with Bills

JOHN WAWROW

AP Sports Writer

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Receiver Anquan Boldin is abruptly giving up on football to pursue his humanitarian and charitable work just under two weeks after signing with the Buffalo Bills.


Monday, August 21, 2017

Henrik Stenson closes out with 64 to win at Wyndham

JOEDY McCREARY

AP Sports Writer

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Henrik Stenson kept making birdies on the back nine Sunday at the Wyndham Championship. They added up to a tournament record — and his first victory of the year.


Monday, August 21, 2017

Fant's injury cast shadow over Seahawks' win over Vikings
SEATTLE (AP) — Just when the Seattle Seahawks were getting settled on its shaky offensive line, it's once again their biggest question with the regular season approaching.
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Ragan Smith vaults to lead at US gymnastics championships
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ragan Smith admits it's a little weird to look at the scoreboard during a gymnastics meet and not see Simone Biles' name at the top.
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Cutler debuts, Ravens roll past Dolphins
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Jay Cutler's night started by getting an ovation from Miami Dolphins fans just for taking the field, and ended with him giving a shout-out to Mark Bowen.
Friday, August 18, 2017

Fowler has three RBIs, Cardinals top Pirates 11-7
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Cardinals center fielder Dexter Fowler had not felt fully healthy for quite a while. But nothing was ailing him when St. Louis faced Pittsburgh at PNC Park.
Friday, August 18, 2017

USA men's basketball enters a new world without its stars
(AP) — The jerseys say USA, though that's about all that will be recognizable.

When the U.S. men's basketball team returns to action later this month, fans might be left wondering, "the red, white and who?"

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Quintin Demps, veterans bring stability to Bears secondary
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Safety Quintin Demps often resembles a player-coach for the Chicago Bears in practice while answering questions from young defensive backs.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Red Sox complete comeback over Cards
BOSTON (AP) — Mookie Betts finally had a pitch he could drive and the Boston Red Sox pulled out anther last at-bat win in Fenway Park.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

A look at some true freshmen who could emerge as real forces this season
(AP) — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher says he learned long ago not to assume which of his freshmen would make the biggest impact each year.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Atlanta's new stadium is ready for business. . .except for that pesky roof
ATLANTA (AP) — The goal posts are up. The end zones are painted. The concession stands are ready to dish out all sorts of food and drink.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

LeBron calls for love and unity right before taking a swipe at the president
SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — Along with getting good grades and listening to their parents, LeBron James has encouraged kids in his foundation's educational program to stand up for their beliefs.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Gennett, Castillo lead Reds past the Cubs 2-1
CHICAGO (AP) — The last-place Cincinnati Reds tightened up their act to rebound from a lopsided loss and hang on against the top team in the NL Central.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Dodgers beat White Sox 6-1; move 50 games above .500
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fifty over .500.

The Dodgers hit that mark for the first time since September 1953 with a come-from-behind 6-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Red Sox use triple play to down Cards
BOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox have found different ways to win ball games over the past month.

Their latest came thanks to relentless offense and a rare defensive feat.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Goodell: Have to understand other side in anthem protests
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Asked about players who did not stand for the national anthem before preseason games, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday that while the playing of the anthem is a special moment to him, "we also have to understand the other side."
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Bryant, Rizzo homers power Cubs past Reds
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs waited all season for a hot streak from NL MVP Kris Bryant. Now that he's on one, they want it to last a while.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Thomas wins PGA, picks the right major at right time to win

DOUG FERGUSON

AP Golf Writer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The son and grandson of golf professionals, Justin Thomas couldn't think of a better major to win than the PGA Championship.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Dickey helps Braves win 6-3, stops Cards' 8-game win streak

JOE HARRIS

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Brandon Phillips knows what to expect from Cardinals fans.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Larson snatches another win at Michigan on restart

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Kyle Larson's ambitious weekend ended in triumph.

Larson slipped between cars on an overtime restart and won Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway. The victory capped a busy stretch for Larson after team owner Chip Ganassi allowed him to go to Iowa to compete in the Knoxville Nationals on Saturday.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Arrieta tops D-backs; Cubs reopen 1-game lead

JOSE M. ROMERO

Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) — Jake Arrieta is cruising along quite nicely. Same for Kris Bryant.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Bolt gets Jamaica into the relay final for grand farewell

RAF CASERT

AP Sports Writer

LONDON (AP) — Usain Bolt set the stage for his grand farewell, powering down the finishing straight Saturday to qualify Jamaica for the 4x100-meter relay final at the world championships.


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Louisville appeals 'draconian' NCAA penalties in escort case
Louisville said the NCAA "abused" its authority when it disciplined the school for a sex scandal that could result in the loss of its 2013 national basketball championship.
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Marlins plan to sell to group that includes Jeter

STEVEN WINE

AP Sports Writer

MIAMI (AP) — Derek Jeter wins again.


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Elliott suspended 6 games in domestic case

SCHUYLER DIXON

AP Pro Football Writer

DALLAS (AP) — The NFL suspended star Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott for six games Friday, concluding after a yearlong investigation that the league's leading rusher injured his former girlfriend in three separate incidents last summer.


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Trubisky shines in preseason loss to Broncos

ANDREW SELIGMAN

AP Sports Writer

CHICAGO (AP) — Mitch Trubisky might have created a quarterback controversy in Chicago.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Fowler's career night, Cards win 6th straight

STEVE OVERBY

ASSOCIATED PRESS

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dexter Fowler isn't going to share the advice he received from hitting coach John Mabry before his seventh-inning grand slam on Thursday night.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Nadal upset by Canadian teenager
MONTREAL (AP) — Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov upset top-seeded Rafael Nadal 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the third round of the Rogers Cup on Thursday night.
Friday, August 11, 2017

Illinois turn to Crouch and Foster in turnaround bid

JAMES BOYD

Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — As Lovie Smith begins his second season of rebuilding the Illinois football program, he is sure of two things.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Northwestern seeks edge, look to avoid another slow start

ANDREW SELIGMAN

AP Sports Writer

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Northwestern boasts one of the Big Ten's best running backs and a quarterback with an eye on the NFL. So why was coach Pat Fitzgerald a little edgy this preseason?


Friday, August 11, 2017

Dodgers win 80th game of season, rallying over Diamondbacks
PHOENIX (AP) — Hitless in 23 previous at-bats, the Los Angeles Dodgers' Joc Pederson faced Arizona Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke with two outs in the seventh inning and a man on second base.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Giants top slumping Cubs 3-1, Contreras injured
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Madison Bumgarner admits at times he wondered whether he would make a complete recovery from injuries sustained in a dirt biking accident.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Rally cat, Molina slam leads Cards over Royals
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Rally Squirrel became the St. Louis Cardinals' unofficial mascot during their 2011 World Series championship run.

On Wednesday night, the Rally Cat was born.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Mickelson, Els hit milestone, 100 majors
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — On the monitor below them was a photo from the first time they met. The 14-year-old with an easy smile was holding the winner's trophy from the 1984 Junior World Championship. Next to him was the golden boy from San Diego, slightly taller at the time, holding his trophy as the runner-up.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Sale strikes out 13 Rays, Red Sox win seventh straight, 2-0
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Working on six days' rest, Chris Sale followed up his worst start of the season with one of his best.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Former Blackhawk Olczyk diagnosed with colon cancer
CHICAGO (AP) — Former NHL forward and coach Eddie Olczyk has been diagnosed with colon cancer.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Bears rookies looks to impress against Denver
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) — First-round draft pick Mitchell Trubisky naturally commands attention in Bears training camp.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Cards hit 3 HRs, pound Royals for 4th straight
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals scored so many times off Jason Vargas and the Kansas City bullpen in the fifth inning Tuesday night that they broke the Royals' crown-shaped scoreboard.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Home run king Bonds wishes he played 1 more year
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Barry Bonds so badly wanted to play one final season.

On the 10th anniversary of breaking baseball's all-time home run mark, Bonds told The Associated Press on Monday night he believes he would have reached 800 homers or come very close.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Carpenter homers, Cardinals beat Royals 11-3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Matt Carpenter likes hitting in the western side of the state.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

American goalie Hope Solo looks to revive career abroad
AMSTERDAM (AP) — American goalkeeper Hope Solo is looking to resume playing and says she has had offers to play overseas.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Baez's inside-the-parker helps Arrieta win
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As his teammates went crazy celebrating, Javier Baez needed a couple of minutes just to catch his breath after running like mad around the bases.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Wieters hits grand slam as Nationals beat Cubs 9-4
CHICAGO (AP) — In a span of two pitches, the Washington Nationals turned what could've been a tight loss into an uplifting win.
Monday, August 7, 2017

AP source: Jay Cutler agrees to terms with Dolphins
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Jay Cutler has decided to postpone retirement for the chance to be Ryan Tannehill's replacement.
Monday, August 7, 2017

Martinez's 1st grand slam leads Cardinals over Reds
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cardinals want to look back on their big comeback as they day they finally put it all together.
Monday, August 7, 2017

Curry misses cut with 74, impresses golf's best
HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry missed the cut Friday night against professional golfers one notch below the PGA Tour.
Saturday, August 5, 2017

Neymar to miss opener to paperwork issue
PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain's new star player won't make his debut with the French league side against Amiens on Saturday because of paperwork issues.
Saturday, August 5, 2017

Shields' TKO in 5th over Adler gives her WBC and IBF titles
DETROIT (AP) — Claressa Shields is calling herself the GWOAT.

In the boxing ring, it's hard to argue with her boast of being the Greatest Woman Of All Time.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Who will become deep-ball pass threat for Ohio State?
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — There are no marquee names among the Ohio State wide receivers. At least not yet.
Saturday, August 5, 2017

Numbers game: Analytics spreading through college football
(AP) — The game still nags at Tulane coach Willie Fritz. The big upset that got away.

Fritz was head coach at Georgia Southern when the Eagles took a 20-10 lead in the fourth quarter of their 2014 opener against North Carolina State. The Wolfpack rallied to win 24-23 after Fritz made a fourth-down decision — a gut call he is still kicking himself about.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Football is back: Cowboys down Cardinals 20-18 in HOF game
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Now that the Dallas Cowboys have taken care of business in the Hall of Fame game, they're going to hang around for a couple of days.
Friday, August 4, 2017

Broxton drives in go-ahead run as Brewers top Cardinals 2-1
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Keon Broxton did a little bit of everything for the Brewers on Thursday.
Friday, August 4, 2017

Goldschmidt's 3 homers lifts D'backs over Cubs
CHICAGO (AP)  — The shortest of Paul Goldschmidt's three home runs on Thursday -the one that went only about halfway up the left-center bleachers at Wrigley Field - turned out to be his biggest.
Friday, August 4, 2017

Healthy Adesanya looks to play big role for Illinois
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois defensive end Sean Adesanya looks the part. He hasn't played it.
Friday, August 4, 2017

Former heavyweight champ Klitschko retires
BERLIN (AP) — Former heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko announced his immediate retirement from boxing on Thursday.
Thursday, August 3, 2017

De Grasse delayed: Injury derails showdown with Bolt
LONDON (AP) — Hardly a week goes by without someone mentioning Usain Bolt and his playful finger wag toward the Canadian sprinter.
Thursday, August 3, 2017

De Grasse delayed: Injury derails showdown with Bolt
LONDON (AP) — Hardly a week goes by without someone mentioning Usain Bolt and his playful finger wag toward the Canadian sprinter.
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Bears in no hurry to develop QB Mitchell Trubisky
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) — It was a sign of things to come for the Chicago Bears, whether in the near or distant future.
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Real Madrid edges MLS All-Stars on penalties, 4-2
CHICAGO (AP) — As consolation prizes go, it wasn't much.

But it's all the MLS All-Stars have.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Nelson lifts Brewers to 3-2 victory over St. Louis Cardinals
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jimmy Nelson is in the midst of the best year of his career, though the emerging ace of the Milwaukee Brewers had yet to solve the St. Louis Cardinals.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Bears believe healthy defensive front could be team strength
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) — If nothing else, Chicago Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan is undaunted.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Lester homers as Cubs pound Diamondbacks 16-4
CHICAGO (AP) — Jon Lester loved everything about Tuesday night, except for his performance on the mound.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Barcelona has 'doubts' about Neymar's future amid PSG rumors
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona is worried, very worried, that Neymar might be headed to Paris-Saint Germain.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

MLB-best Dodgers go all-in to add Darvish at trade deadline
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yu Darvish is coming to Dodger Stadium — plus a pair of relief pitchers — in an effort to boost Los Angeles to its first World Series appearance in 29 years.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Paris stops short of claiming victory after LA announcement
PARIS (AP) — After failing three times in recent bids, sheer joy was expected from Paris officials when Los Angeles ceded the 2024 Olympics to the City of Lights.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Cubs give World Series ring to Bartman
CHICAGO (AP) — Having ended their title drought, the Chicago Cubs want their most notorious fan to share in their good fortune.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

White Sox win 7-6, Moncada injured
CHICAGO (AP) — The crowd groaned as the replay was shown on the videoboard in center field. Yoan Moncada had to be helped into a cart. Willy Garcia was knocked out.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Cards beat D'Backs
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lance Lynn made it clear he wants to stay in St. Louis. With his words — and his performance.
Monday, July 31, 2017

Caratini connects on 1st career HR, Cubs beat Brewers 4-2
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Two levels up at Miller Park, two Chicago Cubs fans held up a "W' banner to signify another win for the one of the hottest teams in the majors since the All-Star break.
Monday, July 31, 2017

Lovie Smith optimistic entering 2nd season with Illini
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Lovie Smith knew he had a big job when he took over as Illinois' coach, and his first season went about as expected.
Monday, July 31, 2017

MLB: "Playing games abroad is critically important to growing the game"

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball plans to start the 2019 and 2020 seasons in Asia and play regular-season games in England in June of both years.

 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Durant sets a new world record - in India with 3,459 children
NEW DELHI (AP) — The Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant and 3,459 children from the Reliance Foundation Junior NBA program in India entered the Guinness Book of World Records on Friday after holding the world’s largest basketball lesson in multiple venues.
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Schwarber powers streaking Cubs to win over White Sox

CHICAGO (AP) — Kyle Schwarber got off to a terrible start this year with the Chicago Cubs. He was sent down to Triple-A Iowa last month and then recalled after a short stint in the minors.

 

Friday, July 28, 2017

Ledecky back on top, new faces emerge for US men

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.


Friday, July 28, 2017

Martinez's slam lifts D'backs past Cardinals 4-0

JOE HARRIS

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Arizona outfielder J.D. Martinez is beginning to endear himself to the Diamondbacks' fan base.


Friday, July 28, 2017

Rip roarin' racing at the Christian County Fair Wednesday Night
TAYLORVILLE — There was some rip roarin’ action on the track Wednesday night as stock car racers showed off their talent behind the wheel in a triple-header event at the Christian County Fair Grounds that featured three classes of racing, the Sportsman class, Big 10 Street Stocks, and Hornets.
Thursday, July 27, 2017

As Bears get ready for season, pressure could mount on Fox
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears are coming off their worst season in decades and the pressure could be on coach John Fox if there's no improvement.
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Morris's 88th-minute goal gives US Gold Cup title
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) —  As the victorious American players bounced so hard the podium shook, medals round their necks, a beaming Bruce Arena in the back raised his arms to the air right along with them as gold confetti began to fall.
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Cards' offense potent in 10-5 win over Colorado
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Like a true power hitter, Carlos Martinez took a hefty cut and came up empty on the 92 mph fastball.
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Arrieta helps Cubs stay hot with win over Sox
CHICAGO (AP) — One after another, the starting pitchers for the Chicago Cubs are delivering every night.
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Penn State's Franklin has one eye on present, other on future
CHICAGO (AP) — Restoring Penn State's reputation and returning its star near the top of the college football galaxy once again should have earned James Franklin some long-term job security. The fourth-year coach isn't taking any chances.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Illini to follow Ind. with strict domestic abuse policy
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman says there are plans to bar athletes with a history of sexual or domestic abuse from participating in sports.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Contreras homers again as Cubs beat White Sox 7-2
CHICAGO (AP) — John Lackey hit four batters, including three in one inning. Carlos Rodon matched a career high with 11 strikeouts, and was gone after four innings. Javier Baez struck out five times, and Kris Bryant was handed his first career ejection.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Bader slides home in debut as Cards top Rockies
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Harrison Bader started the day in Memphis and ended it sliding across home plate with the game-winning run for the St. Louis Cardinals in his major league debut.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Kershaw has back strain, not herniated disk
LOS ANGELES (AP)  Braced for the worst possible news on injured ace Clayton Kershaw, the Los Angeles Dodgers tried to find some comfort Monday that his back diagnosis did not appear as dire as last season.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Meyer has Ohio State running like Fortune 500 juggernaut
CHICAGO (AP) — The tailored, slate-gray suit, the scarlet and gray power tie, the blacked-out chronograph on his wrist — if you didn't know Urban Meyer was the football coach at Ohio State, your first guess would be a Fortune 500 CEO.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Grichuk, Leake lead Cardinals to win over Rockies
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Randal Grichuk is riding his longest home run streak in the majors.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Kasey Kahne ends victory drought
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kasey Kahne needed a break Sunday — and got it.
Monday, July 24, 2017

Contreras homers as Quintana, Cubs beat Cardinals
CHICAGO (AP) — Willson Contreras yelled as he rounded first base and the ball landed in the bleachers at Wrigley Field.
Monday, July 24, 2017

Spieth takes road less traveled to British Open
SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — The start was not what anyone expected out of Jordan Spieth. All that mattered to him was how he finished the British Open.
Monday, July 24, 2017

AP Sources: Wall, Wiz agree to $170M deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — All-Star point guard John Wall and the Washington Wizards have agreed to a $170 million, 4-year contract extension that will start with the 2019 season, two people with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Friday.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Blackhawks looking to old, new faces in quest for Cup
CHICAGO (AP) — Following a second straight first-round playoff flop last April, the Chicago Blackhawks responded with roster changes that cut all the way to their core of high-priced stars.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

AP sources: Kyrie Irving asks Cavaliers to trade him
CLEVELAND (AP) — Kyrie Irving wants the stage for himself.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Scuba diver finds HOF ring of former AHL star Dick Gamble
PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Former American Hockey League star Dick Gamble ordered a replacement for his Hall of Fame ring when it disappeared a few years ago. Soon, he'll have one for each ring finger.
Friday, July 21, 2017

Coaching swaps sparked by scandal have led to sorry seasons
(AP) — Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze resigned instead of being fired Thursday for what Ole Miss called a pattern of personal misconduct.
Friday, July 21, 2017

AP source: Cavaliers talking contract with Derrick Rose
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers could be adding another former MVP to their roster.
Friday, July 21, 2017

Freeze resigns as Ole Miss football coach
(AP) — Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze resigned Thursday after university officials found a "pattern of personal misconduct" that started with the school's investigation into a call to an escort service.
Friday, July 21, 2017

DeGrom wins seventh straight start, Mets top Cardinals 7-3
NEW YORK (AP) — With the non-waiver trade deadline approaching, Jacob DeGrom's name has been tied to playoff contenders in both leagues.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Dodgers win 11th straight, spoil Moncada's White Sox debut
CHICAGO (AP) — While the Chicago White Sox are looking to the future as their top prospect made his debut with the club, the Los Angeles Dodgers are just fine in the present.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Chicago Bears sign QB and top pick Trubisky
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears on Wednesday signed quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, their first-round draft pick and the No. 2 overall selection in April.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

US survives bites, beats El Salvador 2-0 to advance to semis
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Skirmishing for position at the goal line ahead of a corner kick, Jozy Altidore could not believe what occurred: El Salvador defender Henry Romero bit the back of his left shoulder, then twisted his nipple.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Montgomery homers, Cubs top Braves for 6th straight
ATLANTA (AP) — The Cubs are on the roll that had been long expected from the defending World Series champions.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

All-Star Martinez traded to D'Backs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — J.D. Martinez had been the subject of trade speculation for weeks, and it reached such a crescendo Monday night that even his mom texted to ask if Detroit's star outfielder had been dealt when he left a game in Kansas City with a sore back.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Jerry Jones: Cowboys still exploring latest Elliott incident
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday the team is still gathering details over Ezekiel Elliott's involvement in an altercation at a Dallas bar, the latest off-field incident for the star running back.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Rory McIlroy hoping to catch his wave at British Open
SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Just three years ago, Rory McIlroy was the best player in the world without a trace of argument. He won the final two majors of the year, with a World Golf Championship title in between. He had reason to believe his reign would last as long as he wanted it to.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Yanks get Frazier, Robertson, Kahnle from White Sox
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The New York Yankees made an early push for playoff run Tuesday night, acquiring infielder Todd Frazier and relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle from the Chicago White Sox for reliever Tyler Clippard and three prospects.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Police arrest Spanish soccer federation president and son
MADRID (AP) — Spanish Football Federation president Angel Maria Villar, FIFA's senior vice president and a long-time player in world soccer, was arrested Tuesday along with his son and two more federation executives in an anti-corruption investigation.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Buy or stand pat? Surprising Brewers weigh trade deadline
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers' biggest fan calls team owner Mark Attanasio regularly and wonders occasionally what moves one of baseball's most surprising teams might make at the trade deadline.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Redskins QB Cousins to play another season on franchise tag
(AP) — Kirk Cousins will be the first quarterback in NFL history to play consecutive seasons on the franchise tag.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Jon Lester dominant as Cubs hold off Braves 4-3
ATLANTA (AP) — Wade Davis has converted each of his 18 saves with the Cubs this year.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Pirates beat Cards 4-3 on Frazier's single
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pirates closed their series against the St. Louis Cardinals the same way they began it: with a walkoff win.
Monday, July 17, 2017

Quintana dazzles in Cubs debut, fans 12 to beat Orioles 8-0
BALTIMORE (AP) — Jose Quintana is well aware of the lofty expectations that came with his trade to the Chicago Cubs.
Monday, July 17, 2017

Dempsey, Bradley, Howard, Altidore among US roster additions
CLEVELAND (AP) — Forward Clint Dempsey, midfielder Michael Bradley and goalkeeper Tim Howard are among six additions to the U.S. roster for the knockout phase of the CONCACAF Gold Cup as coach Bruce Arena opted to add some of his most experienced players.
Monday, July 17, 2017

Hamlin wins New Hampshire, ends JGR's poor streak
LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Joe Gibbs Racing has undergone an unexpected upheaval that forced the organization into a youth movement.
Monday, July 17, 2017

Go West, young man: NBA stars cluster in Western Conference
LAS VEGAS (AP) — As star after star headed West this summer either in free agency or via trade, Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers became more and more bewildered.
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Federer eyes 8th Wimbledon title vs. Cilic

HOWARD FENDRICH

AP Tennis Writer

LONDON (AP) — Much has changed for Roger Federer since he played in, and won, his first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon in 2003.


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Muguruza tops Williams for 1st Wimbledon title
LONDON (AP) — Garbine Muguruza already knew what it’s like to lose to a Williams in the Wimbledon final. Now she knows how it feels to beat one for a championship at the All England Club.
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Bike polo team to compete in national championship
WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — There's precision in the way Seth Carlson uses a long-stemmed mallet to send a small rubber ball skidding into the goal in Wausau's Riverside Park. It's even more impressive that he can aim and shoot from his bike without sending himself sprawling on the pavement.
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Lakers' Lonzo Ball posts triple-double, this time in Adidas

KAREEM COPELAND

AP Sports Writer

(AP) — Lonzo Ball had another strong performance in the NBA Summer League, this time in another brand of footwear.


Friday, July 14, 2017

Smith turns in even first round at Constellation Championship

Kim Paisley

Breeze-Courier writer

BALTIMORE, Md. — Jerry Smith, former Taylorville resident, shot an even first round Thursday at the 35th annual Constellation Senior Players Championship in Baltimore, Maryland. His performance puts him in a nine way tie for 48th place with David Toms, Brad Bryant, Billy Andrade, Joe Durant, Tom Kite, Jose Maria Olazabal, Jeff Maggert and Rocco Mediate.


Friday, July 14, 2017

Cubs acquire Quintana in blockbuster trade with White Sox

ANDREW SELIGMAN

AP Sports Writer

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs found the pitching help they were looking for just a few miles from Wrigley Field. They hope it will give the scuffling team the kick it needs.


Friday, July 14, 2017

At 37, Venus Williams looking for a 6th Wimbledon title

LONDON (AP) — Even at 37 and with five Wimbledon titles to her name, Venus Williams still has that overwhelming desire to win.

 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Crimson Tide's offseason goal: Don't waste a failure
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Alabama might have a new offseason mantra: Don't waste a failure.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Bears release 2017 schedule, open with Atlanta Falcons
(AP) — The NFL season schedules for each of the 32 teams were released this week. The Chicago Bears will get a tough one early in their season debut against last year’s Superbowl runner-up Atlanta. The full schedule is as follows:
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Miller forming Ind. schedule after Big Ten decision
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Archie Miller's trickiest summer job might be piecing together Indiana's schedule.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Jerry Smith to play Constellation Senior Players 'ship
BALTIMORE, MD. — Former Taylorville resident, Jerry Smith, is set to play in the 35th-annual Constellation Senior Players Championship at Caves Valley Golf Club in Baltimore, Maryland. The tournament started today and runs through Sunday, July 16.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Baseball chasing Dodgers, Astros in second half
(AP) — The Washington Nationals have Bryce Harper anchoring one of baseball's best lineups, and a glaring hole at the back of their bullpen. The Boston Red Sox are enjoying life with Chris Sale, and missing David Ortiz at times. The Chicago Cubs are searching for answers for their pesky championship hangover.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Westbrook, Biles win athlete of year honors at The ESPYS
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Russell Westbrook won best male athlete at The ESPYS, while Olympic gymnast Simone Biles earned best female athlete honors Wednesday night.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Mayweather-McGregor promo tour gets off to frenzied start

GREG BEACHAM

AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Floyd Mayweather Jr. reached into a backpack and held out a $100 million check for the crowd of 11,000 fight fans to see.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Cano's 10th-inning HR gives AL 2-1 All-Star win

RONALD BLUM

AP Baseball Writer

MIAMI (AP) — Robinson Cano hugged Francisco Lindor after the final out, exchanged high-fives with his American League teammates and put an arm around the shoulder of designated hitter/photographer Nelson Cruz.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Cano's 10th-inning HR gives AL 2-1 All-Star win

RONALD BLUM

AP Baseball Writer

MIAMI (AP) — Robinson Cano hugged Francisco Lindor after the final out, exchanged high-fives with his American League teammates and put an arm around the shoulder of designated hitter/photographer Nelson Cruz.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

SEC faces strong challenges as college football's top dog

JOHN ZENOR

AP Sports Writer

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — When LSU's Ed Orgeron matter of factly declared the SEC as "the best conference in the United States," he was mostly preaching to the choir in the league's backyard.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Trish Johnson takes a 4-shot lead in Senior LPGA tourney
FRENCH LICK, Ind. (AP) — Trish Johnson shot a 5-under 67 in windy conditions Monday to take a four-stroke lead in the Senior LPGA Championship, the first major championship for senior women.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Review confirms Horn over Pacquiao
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — An independent review of the scoring in Manny Pacquiao's contentious WBO welterweight world title loss to Jeff Horn has confirmed the outcome in favor of the Australian former schoolteacher.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

MLB looks to Harper, Trout and Judge
MIAMI (AP) — Bryce Harper, Mike Trout and Aaron Judge have become the face of baseball as a gleaming, modernist ballpark and a city known for its Latino culture host the All-Star Game for the first time. After decades of falling behind, the sport finally has stepped up its national promotion.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Lester rocked as Cubs lose 14-3 to Pittsburg Pirates
CHICAGO (AP) — While the Chicago Cubs packed up quickly for the All-Star break, Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds" played over the speakers in the home clubhouse at Wrigley Field. "Don't worry about a thing," Marley sang, "Cause every little thing gonna be alright."
Monday, July 10, 2017

Pham, DeJong, Voit homer as Cards shutout Mets
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lance Lynn said he felt terrible before his start on Sunday.

He made the New York Mets feel even worse.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Mattek-Sands needs surgery after Wimbledon injury
LONDON (AP) — Top-ranked women's doubles player Bethanie Mattek-Sands needs surgery after dislocating her right kneecap and rupturing her patella tendon during a singles match at Wimbledon.
Saturday, July 8, 2017

Colon passes on Mets, agrees to minor league deal with Twins
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The New York Mets say they wanted a reunion with Bartolo Colon, but Big Sexy has opted for a new home.
Saturday, July 8, 2017

Police: Williams legally entered intersection
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Tennis star Venus Williams legally entered an intersection but was cut off by another car, setting off a chain of events that seconds later resulted in a fatal crash with a third car, police say video released Friday shows.
Saturday, July 8, 2017

Sports Almanac July 9
(AP) — A look back at notabale events on this day in sports:
Saturday, July 8, 2017

Jagr, Kovalchuk among questions left in busy NHL free agency
(AP) — A busy weekend to kick off NHL free agency has left a few prominent players still looking for landing spots and teams still needing to fill some holes.
Saturday, July 8, 2017

FBI investigated claims that Bob Knight groped women
WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI and the U.S. Army investigated complaints from four women that Hall of Fame basketball coach Bob Knight groped them or touched them inappropriately during a visit to a U.S. spy agency in 2015, an investigation that concluded a year later without charges, The Washington Post reported Friday.
Saturday, July 8, 2017

LaVar Ball on Lonzo's debut: 'His worst game ever'
LAS VEGAS (AP) — It took Lonzo Ball 20 seconds to get a near-capacity crowd off its feet in his first summer league game.
Saturday, July 8, 2017

Michigan State football dismisses ex-players accused of sexual assault
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Three former Michigan State football players accused of sexually assaulting a woman earlier this year have been dismissed from the university.
Friday, July 7, 2017

Dry wait: Braves-Nationals delayed 3 hours despite minimal rain
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals told their fans to expect water Thursday night, and after three hours of waiting under storm-less skies, they finally delivered.
Friday, July 7, 2017

Mavs, Nowitzki reach 2-year, $10M deal to set up 20th season
DALLAS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki has a deal with the Dallas Mavericks that sets him up to join Kobe Bryant as the only players to spend 20 seasons with one NBA franchise.
Friday, July 7, 2017

WBO says it will re-score Pacquiao fight, result stands
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The World Boxing Organization will re-score the Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn welterweight title fight because of the contentious unanimous decision awarded to the Australian challenger, but there is no plan to change the result.
Friday, July 7, 2017

MLS player rescued from Lake emerges from coma
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Earthquakes say Matheus Silva has emerged from a coma, two days after the Brazilian defender was rescued from Lake Tahoe.
Friday, July 7, 2017

Clippers acquire Gallinari in three-team trade
DENVER (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers acquired sharp-shooting forward Danilo Gallinari from Denver as part of a three-team trade that also involved Atlanta on Thursday.
Friday, July 7, 2017

Cardinals slip past Marlins for 4-3 win
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Luke Voit is living his childhood dream with his hometown St. Louis Cardinals.
Friday, July 7, 2017

NHL free agents are following the NBA path in picking team destinations
(AP) — Kevin Shattenkirk could've gotten more money but took less to join the New York Rangers.
Thursday, July 6, 2017

In 13th season, Justin Verlander being realistic about trade speculation
DETROIT (AP) — Justin Verlander is a rarity in baseball these days — a veteran in his 13th season who has played for only one franchise.
Thursday, July 6, 2017

A's beat White Sox 7-4 to move Melvin closer to milestone
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — An improving change-up that repeatedly fooled the White Sox hitters was more than enough to offset the stomach illness that bothered Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray most of the afternoon.
Thursday, July 6, 2017

Kershaw gets MLB-best 13th win as Dodgers top D-backs 4-3
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dodgers manager Dave Roberts breathed a sigh of relief when Clayton Kershaw gave up his first hit in the seventh inning.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Finally, farewell: Chris Bosh, Miami Heat formally part ways
MIAMI (AP) — Chris Bosh's time with the Miami Heat is officially over.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Yelich powers Marlins past Cardinals 5-2
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Christian Yelich's long drought is over.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Hayward chooses Celtics over Jazz, Heat
(AP) — Gordon Hayward and Brad Stevens were a couple inches from winning an NCAA championship together at Butler.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Kevin Durant agrees to two year deal with the Warriors
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The NBA Finals MVP gladly accepted a pay cut.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Rodon earns win since '16 as White Sox beat A's
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Carlos Rodon's much-delayed first win of the season nearly got derailed in the second inning when the White Sox pitcher stumbled in his delivery and appeared to twist an ankle.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Voit drives in 4 runs to lead Cards past Marlins
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rookie Luke Voit's first career homer brought back good memories in St. Louis.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Harper homers twice, Scherzer dominates as Nats beat Cards

NATE LATSCH, Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Washington Nationals' two biggest stars took center stage on national television Sunday night.


Monday, July 3, 2017

Judge, Correa, Arenado among 12 1st-time All-Star starters

RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge, Carlos Correa and Nolan Arenado led a new generation of All-Stars, among 12 first-time starters elected by fans for the July 11 game at Marlins Park.


Monday, July 3, 2017

Tebow off to a strong start
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Back in his home state, Tim Tebow had a superb first week with the St. Lucie Mets.
Monday, July 3, 2017

Kenny Perry wins 2017 U.S. Senior Open
PEABODY, Mass. — Kenny Perry won the 2017 U.S. Senior Open Sunday at Salem Country Club, capping his fourth senior major title. He also won the U.S. Senior Open in 2013.
Monday, July 3, 2017

Warriors GM: Team to sign Curry after moratorium
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — One of the NBA’s biggest bargains until now, Stephen Curry is about to receive his massive payday.
Saturday, July 1, 2017

Elliott poised to play spoiler for Earnhardt at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Chase Elliott knows most NASCAR fans want Dale Earnhardt Jr. to win at Daytona International Speedway.
Saturday, July 1, 2017

Local golfers compete in 2017 U.S. Senior Open
PEABODY, Mass. — Second round results of the 2017 U.S. Senior Open in Peabody, Mass. show Kirk Triplett and Kenny Perry tied for first going into Saturday’s round. 
Saturday, July 1, 2017

Still the King, Richard Petty turns 80 today with no intention of retiring

(AP) — Richard Petty heard someone shout for the King to stop as his golf cart sped past rows of RVs parked at the Pocono Raceway infield. 

 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Venus Williams sued by estate of man fatally hurt in crash in Florida
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Tennis star Venus Williams is being sued by the estate of a Florida man who died after a car crash police say she caused.
Saturday, July 1, 2017

137 Pro football franchises have moved or folded since Packers joined NFL

By Tom Emery

Breeze-Courier columnist

 

In today’s NFL, franchises come through a revolving door. The Rams moved from Los Angeles to St. Louis, then back again. 


Saturday, July 1, 2017

Nats collapse vs Cubs in 9th, lose Turner

BENJAMIN STANDIG

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Chicago Cubs caught a break this week when NL MVP Kris Bryant avoided serious injury, suffering only a sprained right ankle.

 

Friday, June 30, 2017

Former Taylorville resident among US Senior Open leaders
PEABODY, Mass. — A former Taylorville resident, Jerry Smith, was among the clubhouse leaders after first-round play at the U.S. Senior Open in Peabody Massachusetts on Thursday.
Friday, June 30, 2017

Grichuk's 5 RBIs lead Cards over D'backs 10-4

MIKE TULUMELLO

Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) — Three weeks in the minor leagues improved Randal Grichuk's swing.

 

Friday, June 30, 2017

Police: Venus Williams at fault in fatal car crash

TERRY SPENCER

Associated Press

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Tennis star Venus Williams caused a car crash earlier this month that led to the death of a passenger in another vehicle, according to a police report released Thursday.


Friday, June 30, 2017

Associated Press source: Kevin Durant declines to opt into contract

JANIE McCAULEY

AP Sports Writer

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant declined to opt in for the second year of his contract with Golden State and will become an unrestricted free agent, an expected move for the NBA Finals MVP who said he plans to do his part to keep the core of the champion Warriors intact to chase more titles.


Friday, June 30, 2017

Fowler's "heartbreaking" debut with Yanks ends in surgery

MATT CARLSON

Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — New York Yankees outfielder Dustin Fowler had season-ending surgery on his right knee Thursday night following a crash into a wall in the first inning of his major league debut.

 

Friday, June 30, 2017











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