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home : sports : college/pro 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


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

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.
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

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

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

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.
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