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home : sports : college/pro November 24, 2017

Philip Rivers, Chargers thump fading Cowboys 28-6
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Philip Rivers was more than comfortable on the Thanksgiving stage for the first time in his 14 NFL seasons.
Friday, November 24, 2017


No. 2 Arizona upset again at Battle 4 Atlantis, 66-60 by SMU
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — SMU attacked the glass and kept scoring off turnovers to offset a bad shooting performance. It was enough to hand No. 2 Arizona a second stunning loss to an unranked opponent in two nights.
Friday, November 24, 2017

Keenum-led Vikings beat Lions 30-23
DETROIT (AP) — Case Keenum stood in the pocket to take a hit, dipped his right shoulder to slip out of a sack and shuffled his feet in the pocket to give his receivers more time to get open.
Friday, November 24, 2017

Lakers rally from 19 to beat Bulls 103-94
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers' first half resembled many miserable stretches of the past four seasons. Although the Chicago Bulls have plenty of their own problems, they outworked, outshot and outsmarted the Lakers while taking a 14-point lead.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Tarasenko nets 2, gets in rare fight as Blues top Oilers 8-3
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Vladimir Tarasenko dropped his gloves and inspired his teammates.

On a night when he had two goals and two assists , Tarasenko got in a rare fight Tuesday during the St. Louis Blues' 8-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Irving's 47 lead Celtics past Mavericks to maintain streak
DALLAS (AP) — Double-digit deficits are becoming just a minor annoyance to the Boston Celtics as they continue their winning ways.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Ryan's two TDs help Falcons hold off Seahawks 34-31
SEATTLE (AP) — Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons did enough through three-and-a-half quarters that even the best comeback attempt by Russell Wilson fell short this time.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Hall of Fame ballot newcomers: Jones, Thome, Vizquel
NEW YORK (AP) — Chipper Jones, Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel are among 19 first-time candidates on the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot for baseball's Hall of Fame.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Party time! Earnhart Jr. throws epic retirement party after finale
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. threw his own retirement party on pit road. Earnhardt popped out of his car, flashed a thumbs-up sign and chugged a Budweiser. Drenched in sweat and suds, he grabbed another cold one. It was easy enough to keep happy hour rolling since the beer cooler was stashed on the trunk of his Chevrolet.
Monday, November 20, 2017

Trubisky shows promise in another Bears loss; Lions win 27-24
CHICAGO (AP) — Mitchell Trubisky made a couple of big plays with his arm and his feet. He got a chance to show off his progress and passed a couple of challenging tests.
Monday, November 20, 2017

Black, Nichols lead Illinois past Marshall 91-74
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Nursing a late-game lead over Marshall that topped 20 points more than once, Illinois coach Brad Underwood took a timeout and unloaded on his team.
Monday, November 20, 2017

Danica Patrick to end racing career at next Indy

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — She started in go-karts when she was 10, and was a national champion two years later. By the time Danica Patrick turned 16, she was on her own in Europe, pursuing a racing career.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

NFL reviewing allegation against Jameis Winston

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The NFL is investigating an allegation that Jameis Winston groped a female Uber driver in 2016, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback has denied the allegation on his social media accounts.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Lions look to stay on a roll against Bears on Sunday

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Matthew Stafford is rolling along, and the Detroit Lions are starting to pick up wins.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Two career highs push Illinois past DePaul

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Mark Smith shot 40 percent from the field and made just one of his five 3-point attempts.

But he still found a way to be effective - scoring a career-high 21 points - in Illinois' 82-73 victory over DePaul on Friday night in their first meeting in 60 years.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

College Football: Week twelve preview

RALPH D. RUSSO

AP College Football Writer

(AP) — Maybe a few upsets will liven up a weekend college football schedule that looks as if it will be full of blowouts.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Schenn scores twice, has assist to help Blues beat Oilers

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Being traded to the St. Louis Blues has worked out very well for Brayden Schenn thus far.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Big Ben throws 4 TDs, Steelers drill Titans

WILL GRAVES

AP Sports Writer

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Another uninspiring half in the books in a season littered with them for a team that expects to play deep into January and beyond, Ben Roethlisberger decided he had seen enough.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Scherzer, Kluber win Cy Young award by wide margins
(AP) — Max Scherzer heard his name and thrust his arms in the air, shouting and smiling big before turning to kiss his wife.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Westbrook, Thunder top Bulls 92-79 for 3rd straight win
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Things are starting to click for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Russell Westbrook had 21 points and seven assists and the Thunder beat the Chicago Bulls 92-79 on Wednesday night for their third straight victory.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

WADA decision damages Russia's hopes for Winter Olympics
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The World Anti-Doping Agency dealt a blow Thursday to Russia's hopes of competing at next year's Winter Olympics by refusing to reinstate the country's suspended anti-doping operation.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Anisimov, 'Hawks beat Rangers 6-3
CHICAGO (AP) — Artem Anisimov did his usual dirty work. He went to the front of the net and waited for an opportunity.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Alabama to #1 in playoff rankings, then Clemson
(AP) — Alabama and Clemson are back on top of the College Football Playoff rankings, the ninth time over the last three seasons that the Crimson Tide and Tigers have held the first two spots in some order.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

UCLA players return home facing discipline
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three UCLA basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting returned home, where they may be disciplined by the school as a result of the international scandal.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Papa John's apologizes for criticizing NFL anthem protests
(AP) — Papa John's apologized Tuesday night for comments made by CEO John Schnatter blaming sluggish pizza sales on NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Allen leads #1 Duke past #2 Michigan State
CHICAGO (AP) — Forget about Marvin Bagley III and the rest of Duke's talented freshmen for a moment.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

James, Korver lead Cavs' charge in 4th to top Knicks 104-101
NEW YORK (AP) — LeBron James got shoved by the Knicks and then benched by his coach.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Dolphins need to find answers on defense to challenge in AFC
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Despite an embarrassing performance on Monday night, the Miami Dolphins remain in playoff contention in the mediocre AFC.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Flames win wild contest, 7-4, over Blues
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Patience is starting to pay off for Mark Jankowski.

The rookie had two goals and an assist, Kris Versteeg scored the winner with 5:31 left and the Calgary Flames scored five times in the third period to beat the St. Louis Blues 7-4 on Monday night.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Lagow leads Indiana to first Big Ten win of season, 24-14
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Heading into Saturday's game, Indiana was 0-6 in the Big Ten. Losing that many conference games makes it hard to find something to play for late in the season, but the Hoosiers didn't have to look far.
Monday, November 13, 2017

Wood's hat trick helps Devils' rally to beat Blackhawks, 7-5
CHICAGO (AP) — After a slow start, the New Jersey Devils and Miles Wood blitzed their way back against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Monday, November 13, 2017

Black's career high powers Illinois past UT Martin 77-74
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — After a 47-point victory in his Illinois debut, coach Brad Underwood said that it was easy.
Monday, November 13, 2017

Packers can breathe a bit easier after defeating Bears 23-16
CHICAGO (AP) — The Green Bay Packers would love nothing more than to have Aaron Rodgers return this season and lead a deep playoff run.
Monday, November 13, 2017

Jones: Goodell objection not about Elliott
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says his objection to a contract extension for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is not because of star running back Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension over alleged domestic violence.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Lindsey scores 26 points as Northwestern beats Loyola (Md.)
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Being ranked in the preseason poll for the first time in school history may have had Bryant McIntosh and his Northwestern teammates uptight.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Solo says former FIFA pres. grabbed her
(AP) — Hope Solo told a Portuguese newspaper that former FIFA President Sepp Blatter sexually assaulted her at the Ballon d'Or awards ceremony in 2013.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Love's 3 TDs lead Stanford past No. 9 Washington 30-22
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — When Bryce Love aggravated his injured ankle in the first half and had to go to the sideline to get checked out, Stanford coach David Shaw wasn't sure how much he'd be able to get out of his star running back.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman: I was abused by doctor
(AP) — Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman says she is among the young women sexually abused by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Yankees interview former Indians, Mariners manager
NEW YORK (AP) — Eric Wedge promises a touchy-feely approach if hired as New York Yankees manager, rejecting the old-school method of publicly challenging players to motivate them.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Alstork, Jordan lead Illini past Jaguars 102-55
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Graduate transfer Mark Alstork struggled early for Illinois. He missed his first three shot attempts and didn't score from the field until there was 3:15 left in the first half.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Giroux, Voracek lead Flyers to 3-1 win over Blackhawks
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Looking for a scoring boost, the Blackhawks reunited the top line that helped them win three of the last seven Stanley Cups. But it was the Flyers' No. 1 unit that ruled on this night.
Friday, November 10, 2017

Blues beat struggling Coyotes 3-2 in shootout
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Under pressure in a shootout, Carter Hutton looked like a poised veteran.
Friday, November 10, 2017

College football: Week 11 preview
(AP) — Time to start filling those slots for championship weekend.

Depending on how this weekend goes the matchup for Southeastern Conference championship could be set, along with half the Big Ten, Atlantic Coast Conference and Pac-12 title game pairings.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Final Four teams adding transfer depth
(AP) — A few of last year's Final Four teams have added transfers to help restock.

That's particularly apparent at Oregon.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Lonzo Ball says ongoing shooting issues 'just in my head'
BOSTON (AP) — Lonzo Ball is in a shooting slump, and he thinks he knows where the problem is.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

A concise guide to the 2017-18 college basketball season
(AP) — North Carolina closed out the 2016-17 season by holding off upstart Gonzaga for its sixth national championship.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Foster to re-emerge as Illinois' top running back
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois broke a school record this season by starting 16 true freshmen. Kendrick Foster isn't one of them.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

No change atop CFP rankings; Miami poised to make move
(AP) — With three games matching teams in the selection committee's top 10, the College Football Playoff race could become a lot clearer on Saturday.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Tarasenko, Schwartz score in 1:35 span, Blues beat Devils
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The St. Louis Blues got back in the game against the New Jersey Devils with a lucky bounce, and then their talent took over.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

DeRozan scores 24 points as Raptors beat Bulls 119-114
TORONTO (AP) — Bobby Portis gave the Chicago Bulls a boost in his first game back from suspension. Just not enough to top DeMar DeRozan and the Toronto Raptors.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

On point: Thomas making progress, could join Cavs earlier
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Day by day, dribble by dribble , Isaiah Thomas looks a little more like an All-Star point guard — like himself.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

O'Brien says Texans have discussed signing Kaepernick
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien says he and general manager Rick Smith have discussed signing Colin Kaepernick in the wake of last week's season-ending injury to Deshaun Watson.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Oklahoma, TX: Set up for tourney?
(AP) — Oklahoma went from the joy of a 2016 Final Four appearance to the misery of a 20-loss campaign last season.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Lions snap 3-game skid, beat Packers
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Eager to end a three-game losing streak, the Detroit Lions picked a tough place to make a stand — Lambeau Field in a Monday night game against the Green Bay Packers.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Lindgren leads Canadiens to 2-0 victory over Blackhawks
CHICAGO (AP) — Charlie Lindgren kept the Montreal Canadiens in the game until they finally solved Corey Crawford.
Monday, November 6, 2017

Harvick passes Truex for Texas win both clinch title shots
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The timing was perfect for Kevin Harvick's first NASCAR Cup Series victory at Texas. So was his winning pass.
Monday, November 6, 2017

Purdue aggressive defense stifles Illinois
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue's aggressive defense registered nine tackles for loss, including five sacks, and the Boilermakers snapped a three-game losing streak on Saturday with a 29-10 victory against Illinois.
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Neuvirth makes 33 saves, Flyers blank Blues 2-0

STEVE OVERBEY

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Michal Neuvirth looked perfectly comfortable in the black cape with white fur along the collar.


Friday, November 3, 2017

College football week 10 preview: Bedlam at its best

RALPH D. RUSSO

AP College Football Writer

(AP) — The first College Football Playoff rankings are out and seven games matching ranked teams this weekend have the potential to make the second rankings look much different.


Friday, November 3, 2017

Texans' Watson out for season with ACL tear

KRISTIE RIEKEN

AP Sports Writer

HOUSTON (AP) — Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson sustained a season-ending knee injury in practice on Thursday, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.


Friday, November 3, 2017

Jets save season with stifling defense, strong running game

DENNIS WASZAK Jr.

AP Sports Writer

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Muhammad Wilkerson challenged the New York Jets' defense to hold the Buffalo Bills to 60 yards rushing. Steve McLendon thought 80 would be more realistic.


Friday, November 3, 2017

Crawford, Blackhawks blank Flyers 3-0
CHICAGO (AP) — While the Chicago Blackhawks work on their power play and coach Joel Quenneville searches for the right combinations for his lineup, at least they have Corey Crawford in goal.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Happy birthday: Heat top Bulls to end 3-game slide
MIAMI (AP) — Erik Spoelstra seems to get the same birthday present from his team every year.

He is not complaining.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

UConn women a unanimous No. 1 in AP preseason hoops poll
NEW YORK (AP) — UConn is in a familiar spot to start the season — No. 1 in the poll.

The Huskies were a unanimous choice in the top spot of The Associated Press women's basketball preseason poll on Thursday. It's the 12th time in school history that UConn has been No. 1 in the preseason poll, matching Tennessee for the most all-time.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Astros win 1st World Series crown in Game 7
LOS ANGELES (AP) — From laughingstock to lift off.

George Springer and the Houston Astros rocketed to the top of the baseball galaxy Wednesday night, winning the first World Series championship in franchise history by romping past the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Georgia, 'Bama, Notre Dame, Clemson 1st in CFP rankings
NEW YORK (AP) — A couple of games played during week two of the season had a major effect on the first College Football Playoff rankings.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Dave Ryan finishes with most points in CDGA tourney
LEMONT, Ill. - Patrick Flavin is the 2017 Chicago District Golf Association (CDGA) Player of the Year, while John Finnin earned the 2017 CDGA Senior Player of the Year distinction. Both players are first-time winners of the awards.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Dodgers force World Series to Game 7
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joc Pederson sliced a drive over the left-field wall, pounded his chest and danced around the bases , taking as many twists and turns as this World Series itself.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Tarasenko, Schwartz send Blues past Kings
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Five days after his first child was born, St. Louis Blues defenseman Carl Gunnarsson left the rink with a special present for his daughter.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Chiefs force 5 TOs, beat Broncos 29-19
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs proved Monday night they can play a little defense, too.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Saints beat Bears for 5th straight win
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees delivered accurate, aggressive throws downfield in tense moments, when conventional wisdom might have called for a more conservative play.
Monday, October 30, 2017

Bears-Saints clash showcases high picks Trubisky, Lattimore
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Bears rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and Saints rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore have been on a midseason collision course for months now.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Darrell Wallace Jr. to drive for Richard Petty in 2018
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Darrell Wallace Jr. will become the first black full-time driver at NASCAR's top level since 1971 when he takes over Richard Petty's iconic ride next season.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Manfred: ball not to blame for all the HRs
HOUSTON (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred doesn't blame the baseball for all the long balls.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Canada beats USA 5-1 on pre-Olympic women's hockey tour
BOSTON (AP) — In a women's hockey rivalry that has seen medals turn from gold to silver in a matter of seconds, or a few inches, the United States and Canada just aren't sure what to make of the recent spate of blowouts.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Female student golf player denied trophy in boys' tournament
UXBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A female high school student who had the best score at a boys' golf tournament in Massachusetts has been denied the trophy because she's a girl.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

NFL expects Kaepernick invite to next players' meeting
NEW YORK (AP) — NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart says the league expects Colin Kaepernick to be invited to the next meeting between owners and players to discuss social justice initiatives.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Nets overcome James' triple-double, beat Cavs 112-107
NEW YORK (AP) — With injuries on both sides, the point guard matchup came down to LeBron James against Spencer Dinwiddie.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Blues' power play wakes up in 5-2 win over Flames
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Alexander Steen did not panic.

The St. Louis winger knew that his return to form was right around the corner.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

David Stern calls for NBA changes of marijuana rules
NEW YORK (AP) — Former NBA Commissioner David Stern believes medicinal marijuana use by players should be allowed, but the league says it won't allow it for recreational use.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Springer's HR in 11th gives Astros 7-6 win, ties 1-1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — George Springer screamed with joy as he circled the bases after hitting a two-run homer in the 11th inning.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Declaration of independents: Hill rises making Series start
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Out of the majors, Rich Hill never believed he was out of chances.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

LeBron plays point, scores 34 as Cavaliers beat Chicago Bulls 119-112
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers' lineups are changing daily. Their defense is a mess, their slow starts are puzzling and the starting point guard is hurt.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Kershaw, Dodgers beat Astros 3-1 in hot opener
LOS ANGELES (AP) — No sweat, Clayton Kershaw.

Changing jerseys to beat the 103-degree heat, the Dodgers ace with a checkered playoff history delivered a signature performance, pitching Los Angeles past the Houston Astros 3-1 Tuesday night in the World Series opener.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Astros, Dodgers developed quite a rivalry as division foes
(AP) — Long before they made it to this year's World Series, the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers were plenty familiar with each other.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins 34-24
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles keep losing key players and are still winning games thanks to No. 11.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Saints recover late defeat Rodger-less Packers 26-17
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The way that the New Orleans Saints won on the road on Sunday might serve as a valuable lesson in their quest to return to the playoffs.
Monday, October 23, 2017

McCrary, Smith lead Minnesota over Illinois 24-17
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Using just two different plays, Minnesota marched down the field midway through the fourth quarter against Illinois on Saturday. Kobe McCrary carried the ball six times. Rodney Smith ran five times during a grinding, 12-play drive.
Monday, October 23, 2017

AP Top 25: Notre Dame cracks top 10; Michigan drops out
AP — Notre Dame cracked the top 10 of The Associated Press college football poll for the first time this season, coming in at No. 9, and Michigan fell out of the rankings for the first time in two years.
Monday, October 23, 2017

These aren't your 1988 Dodgers, not even close
(AP) — These aren't your 1988 Dodgers, not even close.

Justin Turner was a 3-year-old then, wondering what all the fuss was about when watching Kirk Gibson's home run on TV at his grandmother's home in Southern California. Clayton Kershaw wasn't even walking yet, much less tinkering with the curve ball Vin Scully called Public Enemy No. 1 the first time he saw it.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Matthews up for challenge as Packers rally without Rodgers
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — In the visiting locker room after Green Bay lost to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, the Packers spoke of how they'd rally behind backup Brett Hundley in the absence of injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Detroit coach supports anthem protest against Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy used his team's trip to Washington to again voice his support for athletes who kneel during the national anthem and his opposition to President Donald Trump.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Bears rely on run game while bringing Trubisky along slowly
(AP) — The Chicago Bears are leaning heavily on their running game while bringing along rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky slowly.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Cubs bounced in Game five against Dodgers

ANDREW SELIGMAN

AP Sports Writer

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs went 108 years between championships. Going home without a trophy isn't really new.


Friday, October 20, 2017

Raiders eke out 31-30 win over Chiefs on Carr's late TD pass

JOSH DUBOW

AP Pro Football Writer

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders scored two apparent game-winning touchdowns that didn't count. The Kansas City Chiefs forced incompletions on back-to-back plays that ended with 0:00 on the clock only to have the game extended by penalties.


Friday, October 20, 2017

Cs drop first 2 games after Hayward's injury
BOSTON (AP) — Celtics fans lined up to sign a banner urging Gordon Hayward to "come back stronger than ever." One player wrote his injured teammate's initials on his shoe. The crowd that bought tickets to see him make his Boston debut chanted his name.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Tanaka, Yankees top Keuchel, Astros 5-0 for 3-2 lead in ALCS
NEW YORK (AP) — This time, it was Masahiro Tanaka who was untouchable on the mound.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Schwartz has hat trick, Blues beat Blackhawks
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jaden Schwartz missed the final seven minutes of the first period after taking a big hit and going head-first into the boards. He shook it off in a big way for the St. Louis Blues.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Cubs top Dodgers 3-2 to cut NLCS deficit to 3-1
CHICAGO (AP) — Javier Baez sensed he was ready to bust out of his slump and give the Chicago Cubs the lift they needed.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Dodgers close in on Series with 6-1 win over Cubs
CHICAGO (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have a tough lineup, a talented pitching staff and a manager making all the right moves.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Both sides say protest talks productive, more to come
NEW YORK (AP) — When owners talk directly with players, it often has to do with contracts.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Elliott getting emergency hearing in NY
Attorneys for Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott are set for an emergency hearing in federal court in New York as they try again to stop the running back's six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Monday night.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Woodyard's stop key, Titans beat Colts
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Wesley Woodyard squatted and folded his arms as his Tennessee teammates bowed in front of the veteran linebacker near midfield in celebration, deserving every bit of the attention.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Ten things to know this NBA season
(AP) — Happy New Year, NBA.

The 72nd regular season starts Tuesday night, when Boston heads to Cleveland and Houston goes to Golden State. Fans in Cleveland will boo Kyrie Irving, fans in Oakland will cheer the Warriors' latest championship banner, and the march toward April will finally be underway.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Turner homers in 9th, Dodgers top Cubs 4-1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Justin Turner savored every last stride as he followed in Kirk Gibson's famous footsteps at Dodger Stadium.
Monday, October 16, 2017

Bears run all over defenseless Ravens in uplifting victory
BALTIMORE (AP) — There may come a time this season when the Chicago Bears will have to rely upon the passing of Mitchell Trubisky to win.
Monday, October 16, 2017

Flip out: Bowers' TD leap leads Cal past No. 8 Wash. St 37-3
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Ross Bowers found a way to overshadow California's opportunistic defense that forced seven turnovers and had nine sacks.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Dungey has 3 TD passes, Syracuse stuns No. 2 Clemson 27-24
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — As the celebration in the Syracuse locker room reverberated through the walls of the Carrier Dome, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney winced a little bit, dreams of a perfect season lost in a sea of orange.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Cubs get to Scherzer, hold on to win gripping game 5
WASHINGTON (AP)  — The Chicago Cubs win whenever they need to, with whatever it takes, even a seven-out save by Wade Davis to preserve a shrinking lead and a "Did that really happen?" four-run inning against Washington's Max Scherzer in a thriller of a Game 5.
Friday, October 13, 2017

US Cup absence may have dynamic effects
(AP) — The 2018 World Cup will be a unique test of soccer's appeal in the United States.

Will Americans still watch if their national team isn't there? Fox is certainly hoping so.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Indians blow 2-game lead, Yankees complete ALDS comeback
CLEVELAND (AP) — These young Yankees were unshaken, resilient and as tough as the city they represent.

The baby Bronx Bombers have grown up fast.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

LeBron aggravates ankle injury; opener vs. Celtics in doubt
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James won't play again this preseason, and there's a chance he'll miss Cleveland's hyped opener with Boston.
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Slam sends Nationals past Cubs, forces Game 5
CHICAGO (AP) — Stephen Strasburg gave Washington everything he had, and it was more than enough.

So much for all those questions about heart and character.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Div. III school cuts player for kneeling during anthem
READING, Pa. (AP) — A backup quarterback for Division III Albright College in Pennsylvania has been cut for kneeling during the national anthem.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Goodell finally addresses the anthem issue; NFL now may change policy
(AP) — NFL owners will meet next week to consider changes to a game manual that says players "should" stand during the national anthem, a guideline the league has left to the discretion of players who kneeled in large numbers after criticism from President Donald Trump.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Keenum delivers with Bradford out to lift Vikings over Bears
CHICAGO (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings know they have an insurance policy if Sam Bradford's knee remains a problem.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Pana's Lynch highlights Blackburn Basketball recruiting class
CARLINVILLE – The Blackburn College men’s basketball team will welcome twelve new recruits to campus this fall as the program looks to continue its upward momentum.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Cubs rally past Nationals 2-1, lead NLDS 2-1
CHICAGO (AP) — Moments after his go-ahead hit, Anthony Rizzo walked across the infield at frenzied Wrigley Field and shouted "Respect me! Respect me!"
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Rodgers lifts Packers over Cowboys 35-31 in another thriller
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Aaron Rodgers had more magic in store for the Dallas Cowboys, who can't seem to find the mojo that carried them a year ago.
Monday, October 9, 2017

Blockbuster arrests not shocking to college hoops followers
PHOENIX (AP) — Top-level basketball recruits played in gyms across Las Vegas over the summer, their final shot to impress college coaches during a live-recruiting period.
Monday, October 9, 2017

Stanley, Iowa Hawkeyes roll past Illinois 45-16
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Once again, Iowa was letting a supposedly overmatched opponent hang around.
Monday, October 9, 2017

NBA preseason: Thunder's Big 3 lead way in 102-91 win over the Pelicans
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Thunder's new Big Three looked ready to do big things in their first action together.
Saturday, October 7, 2017

Packers, Rodgers visit Cowboys today
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Aaron Rodgers has experience with what Dak Prescott is going through in his second year as quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys.
Saturday, October 7, 2017

Bears to unveil prized QB against banged-up Vikings
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears are set to unveil their prized rookie quarterback. The Minnesota Vikings are staggering from yet another big hit.
Saturday, October 7, 2017

On Football: First-place Eagles, first-place Rams, first-place Bills. Who knew?

BARRY WILNER,

AP Pro Football Writer

(AP) — Chew on this: First-place Eagles. First-place Rams. First-place Bills.

Throw in the Redskins and — sit down for this one — the Jets, and maybe these teams are a lot better than prognosticated when the season kicked off.


Saturday, October 7, 2017

US vows to 'come out flying' in Cup qualifier

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Accustomed to qualifying for the World Cup with games to spare, United States players realize another slip could cause them to miss next year's tournament, a circumstance that has swelled angst among a growing fan base.

 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Patriots 'D shows signs of improvement in win

FRED GOODALL

AP Sports Writer

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — It's one game.

But for New England's porous defense, holding off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19-14 was a step in the right direction.


Friday, October 6, 2017

Blackhawks pound Penguins in opener

JAY COHEN

AP Sports Writer

CHICAGO (AP) — Brandon Saad was a force on both ends of the ice. Patrick Kane made a couple of dazzling passes. Nick Schmaltz showed off his speed, and Ryan Hartman was everywhere.


Friday, October 6, 2017

A look at all sixteen potential World Series matchups
(AP) — There were eight teams with at least 91 victories this year, and those are the eight that are still in the running for the World Series title.
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Big Ten: What to watch in week six
(AP) — Here's what to watch in the Big Ten this week:
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Bradley's triple helps D-backs outslug Rockies

PHOENIX (AP) — Three bags, four times.

Spirited reliever Archie Bradley hit a stunning triple in the seventh inning, driving in two runs with one of four three-baggers by Arizona that sent the Diamondbacks past the Colorado Rockies 11-8 in the National League wild-card game Wednesday night.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Blues down Penguins 5-4 in OT opener

WILL GRAVES

AP Sports Writer

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins insist they're well aware of the bumpy road ahead as the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions chase history.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Chicago Marathon Sunday
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago officials say they’re constantly evaluating security before the city’s annual marathon, but no changes have been made following the deadly shooting in Las Vegas. 
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Cardinals overhaul coaching staff
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals pitching coach Derek Lilliquist and bullpen coach Blaise Ilsley will not return to the team's coaching staff next season.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Bears LB Trevathan suspension reduced
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The NFL has reduced Chicago Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan's suspension for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Green Bay Packers receiver Davante Adams from two games to one.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Bears rookie Mitchell Trubisky ready to take QB starting role

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky thinks he can handle the pressure of his first NFL start Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings.

 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

No 'Pouty Pants,' Cubs' Schwarber surges into playoffs
CHICAGO (AP) — Even at his worst moments this season, Kyle Schwarber did his best to stay upbeat for the Chicago Cubs.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Different feel for Cubs heading into playoffs

JAY COHEN

AP Sports Writer

CHICAGO (AP) — There are no billy goats this time. No more lovable losers, either.


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Judge takes swing at MVP and ROY
NEW YORK (AP) — The jury is out on AL MVP. And when a verdict comes in later this fall, Yankee slugger Aaron Judge has a great chance to join a very small club.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Field goals send Chiefs over Redskins

DAVE SKRETTA

AP Sports Writer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — After Harrison Butker missed the first field-goal attempt of his NFL career, Chiefs coach Andy Reid walked over to the rookie and prepared to instill a little bit of confidence.


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Playoff-bound Cubs lose 3-1 to Reds in finale

JAY COHEN

AP Sports Writer

CHICAGO (AP) — The cheering slowly increased as the crowd of 40,971 recognized the significance of the Chicago Cubs flag on the videoboard at Wrigley Field. The banner on top of the pole for the NL Central standings rippled in the breeze as the cheering turned into an appreciative roar.


Monday, October 2, 2017

OJ Simpson freed; parole official says he'll live in Vegas

KEN RITTER and JUSTIN PRITCHARD

Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials at a remote Nevada prison where O.J. Simpson was set free after nine years for armed robbery arranged the former football and Hollywood star’s dead-of-night departure to avoid public scrutiny.


Monday, October 2, 2017

Aaron Wilkerson pitches Brewers past Cardinals, 6-1

STEVE OVERBEY

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers’ season is over, but they took some satisfaction from challenging the Cubs in the NL Central and staying in contention until the final weekend.


Monday, October 2, 2017

Top 25: Clemson pulls closer to 'Bama; USC down
(AP) — Alabama's big win over Mississippi didn't keep Clemson from cutting into its lead in The Associated Press college football poll.
Monday, October 2, 2017

Panthers not downplaying significance of win
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Some NFL teams might underplay what a win in Week 4 of the regular season could mean for their overall prospects. Not the Carolina Panthers.
Monday, October 2, 2017

As calendar flips to October, Major Leage Baseball postseason from A to Z
(AP) — All those home runs by Aaron Judge, all those wins by the Los Angeles Dodgers, nicely done. Except none of that matters now — a sinker that bounces to the backstop, a liner that hooks barely foul, the whole script flips.
Monday, October 2, 2017

Lee throws 3 TDs, Nebraska rolls past Illinois 28-6

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — When Nebraska ended its nonconference schedule with a loss to Northern Illinois, it didn't just drop the Cornhuskers to 1-2. It also served as an early turning point in the season and cost athletic director Shawn Eichorst his job.

Life in the Big Ten has been much easier.


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Packers overcome injuries, beat Bears

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Two more key players hurt. A starting cornerback benched. The Green Bay Packers even had to weather a lightning storm delay.


Friday, September 29, 2017

Russell homers, Cubs beat Cardinals 5-1 to clinch NL Central

JOE HARRIS

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The last time the Cubs went to the postseason three straight years was in 1906-08. The World Series champions won the National Central for the second straight year with a 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Rick Pitino placed on leave
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Rick Pitino couldn't survive another scandal, with interim Louisville president placing the coach and his boss on administrative leave amid a nationwide federal bribery investigation that has rocked college basketball.
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Huskers, Illini looking for sharper QB play Friday night

ERIC OLSON

AP College Football Writer

(AP) — All eyes will be on the quarterbacks when Nebraska and Illinois meet on Friday night in Champaign, Illinois. It might not be pretty.


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Trump says he's spoken with Jones
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he has spoken to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones amid his extended attacks on NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Cardinals deny Cubs from clinching
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Chicago Cubs went into Tuesday night's game against St. Louis with a chance to clinch the NL Central. The Cardinals did everything they could to keep that from happening.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Cubs beat Cardinals to near NL Central clinch
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Say cheese!

Addison Russell and the Chicago Cubs were all smiles after moving within a victory of another division title Monday night.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Cowboys kneel, then pull past Arizona 28-17 behind Prescott
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Dak Prescott kneeled with his teammates and team owner before the game, flipped head over heels for a touchdown in the first half and capped his night with a 37-yard TD pass that proved to be the winner.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Cubs close on NL Central title, top Brewers 5-0
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jose Quintana was acquired by the Chicago Cubs for big games, and he came through big against the Brewers.
Monday, September 25, 2017

Howard's 19-yard TD in OT leads Bears over Steelers
CHICAGO (AP) — Jordan Howard pushed through the pain in his right shoulder to give the Bears the lift they needed.
Monday, September 25, 2017

Rodgers burns Bengals deep in OT, Packers win 27-24
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers burned another defense deep with a free play. The Cincinnati Bengals found their offense and a new way to lose.
Monday, September 25, 2017

Wade to AP: Weighing options after Bulls' buyout
MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade is about to become a free agent, and he's hoping that doesn't last for long.
Monday, September 25, 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

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

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

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.
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