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AP sources: Kyrie Irving asks Cavaliers to trade him
AP FILE — In this Feb. 27, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving talks with a teammate in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks in Cleveland. Two people familiar with the situation says All-Star guard Kyrie Irving has asked the Cavaliers to trade him. Irving made the request last week to owner Dan Gilbert, said the persons who spoke Friday, July 21, 2017, to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team is not commenting on the star’s demands.
AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File
AP FILE — In this Feb. 27, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving talks with a teammate in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks in Cleveland. Two people familiar with the situation says All-Star guard Kyrie Irving has asked the Cavaliers to trade him. Irving made the request last week to owner Dan Gilbert, said the persons who spoke Friday, July 21, 2017, to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team is not commenting on the star’s demands.
AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File
CLEVELAND (AP) — Kyrie Irving wants the stage for himself.
Saturday, July 22, 2017


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Federer eyes 8th Wimbledon title vs. Cilic

HOWARD FENDRICH

AP Tennis Writer

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


Saturday, July 15, 2017

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

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

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

KAREEM COPELAND

AP Sports Writer

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


Friday, July 14, 2017

Smith turns in even first round at Constellation Championship

Kim Paisley

Breeze-Courier writer

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


Friday, July 14, 2017

Cubs acquire Quintana in blockbuster trade with White Sox

ANDREW SELIGMAN

AP Sports Writer

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


Friday, July 14, 2017

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

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

 

Friday, July 14, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mayweather-McGregor promo tour gets off to frenzied start

GREG BEACHAM

AP Sports Writer

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


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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

RONALD BLUM

AP Baseball Writer

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


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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

RONALD BLUM

AP Baseball Writer

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


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

SEC faces strong challenges as college football's top dog

JOHN ZENOR

AP Sports Writer

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


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

He made the New York Mets feel even worse.

Monday, July 10, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Harper homers twice, Scherzer dominates as Nats beat Cards

NATE LATSCH, Associated Press

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


Monday, July 3, 2017

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

RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer

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


Monday, July 3, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

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

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

By Tom Emery

Breeze-Courier columnist

 

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


Saturday, July 1, 2017

Nats collapse vs Cubs in 9th, lose Turner

BENJAMIN STANDIG

Associated Press

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

 

Friday, June 30, 2017

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

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

MIKE TULUMELLO

Associated Press

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

 

Friday, June 30, 2017

Police: Venus Williams at fault in fatal car crash

TERRY SPENCER

Associated Press

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


Friday, June 30, 2017

Associated Press source: Kevin Durant declines to opt into contract

JANIE McCAULEY

AP Sports Writer

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


Friday, June 30, 2017

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

MATT CARLSON

Associated Press

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

 

Friday, June 30, 2017

Safe at home; MLB umpire Tumpane rescues woman on bridge
PITTSBURGH (AP) — John Tumpane can't explain why he approached the woman as she hopped over the railing of the Roberto Clemente Bridge on Wednesday afternoon.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Rockets acquire Chris Paul from Clippers in eight-player deal
HOUSTON (AP) — Chris Paul is heading to Houston to join James Harden, giving the Rockets two All-Stars in the backcourt to lead their chase for a championship.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Knicks, Phil Jackson part after dismal 3-year run
NEW YORK (AP)  Phil Jackson wanted to trade Carmelo Anthony and wouldn't rule out dealing Kristaps Porzingis.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Montero blames Arrieta for Nats' 7 stolen bases
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chicago Cubs catcher Miguel Montero blamed pitcher Jake Arrieta for allowing seven stolen bases in a 6-1 loss to the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

D'backs rally past Cardinals 6-5 for 4th straight
PHOENIX (AP) — Comebacks are nothing new for the 2017 Arizona Diamondbacks. Neither are extra-inning wins.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Florida beats LSU 6-1 for 1st CWS championship
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Maybe this wasn't Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan's best team. It is, however, his first national championship team.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

'Big 4' given top-4 seedings at Wimbledon; Kerber also No. 1
LONDON (AP) — The "Big 4" of men's tennis were given the four highest seedings for this year's tournament at Wimbledon.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Russell Westbrook wins NBA MVP; Rockets, Bucks take 2 awards
NEW YORK (AP) — Russell Westbrook moved past Oscar Robertson and kept right on going to the top of the NBA.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Cubs hold on after Nationals rally for four in 9th, win 5-4
WASHINGTON (AP) — After a nail-biting victory over the NL East leading Washington Nationals, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon still cringed to consider what could've happened.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

FIFA corruption mystery revealed in leak of World Cup probe
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — A big mystery in the recent era of corruption linked to FIFA is being revealed this week.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Grichuk, Gyorko lead Cardinals over Reds 8-2
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Randal Grichuk looks good since his return from Triple-A. So does the St. Louis lineup.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Horn says he has plan to beat Manny Pacquiao
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — While Manny Pacquiao has been out running along the river and attracting attention downtown since arriving on a chartered flight with a huge entourage, Jeff Horn has been preparing for their WBO welterweight world title bout in the quiet, outer suburbs.
Monday, June 26, 2017

Costly error, missed chance as Cubs lose
MIAMI (AP) — Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon says this season is like learning to swim, with his team hoping to tread water until several key players return from the disabled list.
Monday, June 26, 2017

Grichuk helps Cardinals top Pirates 8-4
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals welcomed back Randal Grichuk and Yadier Molina, and the duo made a big difference in their return.
Monday, June 26, 2017

CWS finals: LSU and Florida play for title
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Some things to know as Florida (50-19) and LSU (52-18) play for the national championship in the best-of-three College World Series finals starting tonight:
Monday, June 26, 2017

Associated Press Source: Blake Griffin opts out, becomes free agent
(AP) — Blake Griffin has decided to test free agency, telling the Los Angeles Clippers that he is opting out of the final year of his contract.
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Red Sox retire number 34 for Ortiz: 'This is his (pause) city'
BOSTON (AP) — David Ortiz stepped up to the microphone, wiped the tears from his eyes and waited for the sold-out Fenway crowd to shout "Papi!" a few more times.
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Magic: Ball 1 piece in Lakers' grand rebuilding plan
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Magic Johnson pointed a long index finger at the wall of the Los Angeles Lakers' training complex, where the 16-time NBA champions' nine retired numbers hang over the practice court.
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Green Bay fan sues over Bears' sideline ban on Packers gear
CHICAGO (AP) — A Green Bay fan is making a federal case out of a dispute with the Chicago Bears, filing a lawsuit accusing the rival team of violating his free-speech rights by prohibiting him from wearing Packers apparel at Bears' pregame warmups.
Friday, June 23, 2017

76ers take Fultz, Lakers grab Ball to start NBA draft
NEW YORK (AP) — Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and the future of the NBA arrived Thursday night.
Friday, June 23, 2017

Bulls trade all-star Butler to Timberwolves
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ever since Tom Thibodeau took over in Minnesota last summer, a reunion with Chicago Bulls All-Star Jimmy Butler seemed destined to happen.
Friday, June 23, 2017

Aaron Nola helps Phillies beat Cardinals 5-1 to stop 5-game losing steak
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Aaron Nola felt like himself again.
Friday, June 23, 2017

Addison Russell paces Chicago Cubs to 11-1 win over Miami Marlins
MIAMI (AP) — Addison Russell has found a groove after a slow start.
Friday, June 23, 2017

Travelers Championship starring down a strong field at Hartford
(AP) — As the scores kept going lower and lower at Erin Hills, more than one observer suggested the U.S. Open looked more like the Travelers Championship.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Who's No. 3? NBA draft intrigue begins after Fultz, Ball
NEW YORK (AP) — Markelle Fultz is still expected to be the No. 1 pick, though the destination has changed.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Padres beat Cubs 3-2 on Torrens' bases-loaded walk
CHICAGO (AP) — A dash of power, followed by patience at the plate, paid off for the San Diego Padres.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

NHL expansion: Vegas loads up on defensemen in draft
LAS VEGAS (AP) — George McPhee secured a king's ransom to avoid selecting certain players in the Vegas Golden Knights' expansion draft , and he's not done dealing.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Blackhawks' Hossa to miss all next season with skin disorder
CHICAGO (AP) — Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa will miss the entire 2017-18 NHL season because of a progressive skin disorder he says he's been treating for years.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

What offseason? A week after Finals, the NBA is in overdrive
(AP) — Dwight Howard and Brook Lopez are on the move. Dwyane Wade is opting in. Pau Gasol is opting out. The Los Angeles Lakers provided the clearest indication yet that Lonzo Ball is their guy.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sano, Vargas power Twins to 9-7 win over Chicago White Sox
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Miguel Sano has taken to calling Kennys Vargas "Lil' Big Papi," a nod to retired Dominican slugger David Ortiz.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Cardinals score 7 runs in 11th inning to beat Phillies 8-1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tommy Pham wasn't going to let another cutter get by him.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

HR, San Diego error help Cubs beat Padres
CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Rizzo thrived in the leadoff spot again for the Chicago Cubs. However, it was his collision with San Diego catcher Austin Hedges on a play at home that had the Padres fuming.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Supreme Court pushes Redskins' name fight back to society
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Redskins aren't in the clear with their team name just yet, even after the Supreme Court ruled Monday that the government can't block trademarks on the basis that they're offensive.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

GM Griffin, Cavaliers part ways after title, third straight Finals
CLEVELAND (AP) — One year ago, David Griffin celebrated the biggest win in Cavaliers history.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

76ers get Number 1 pick from Celtics, chance to draft Fultz
(AP) — History will say the Boston Celtics passed on the No. 1 overall pick in this year's NBA draft, not only trading it away but doing so in a deal with one of the team's fiercest rivals.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Jimenez leads Orioles past Cardinals, 8-5
BALTIMORE (AP) — Ubaldo Jimenez walked off the mound to a standing ovation, a rare reception for the beleaguered Baltimore Orioles' right-hander.
Monday, June 19, 2017

Larson outlasts Elliott at Michigan again
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Three times, Kyle Larson needed to outrace the rest of the contenders on late restarts.

That's a task he's proven he can handle at Michigan International Speedway.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Lackey deals, Rizzo leads offense as Cubs beat Pirates 7-1
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Anthony Rizzo hardly looks like a typical leadoff hitter. The Chicago Cubs' 6-foot-3, 240-pound first baseman isn't much of a stolen base threat and he doesn't exactly motor down the line. But there's more than one way to challenge opposing pitchers, and Rizzo has done just that when batting first.
Monday, June 19, 2017

Long road: Koepka's journey now includes a US Open title
ERIN, Wis. (AP) — The list of places Brooks Koepka had to go to win golf tournaments looks like a page straight out of a travelogue.
Monday, June 19, 2017

Pitino outraged at NCAA penalties, Louisville will appeal

GARY B. GRAVES

AP Sports Writer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The NCAA didn't feel Louisville went far enough with its self-imposed sanctions following a sex scandal investigation, so the governing body Thursday handed down a few more.


Friday, June 16, 2017

Thames, Broxton homer, Brewers beat Cards

JOE HARRIS

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Milwaukee's Keon Broxton is quickly gaining a reputation at Busch Stadium. His tape measure home run Thursday night furthered that narrative.


Friday, June 16, 2017

Davidson homers for 4th straight game; White Sox top O's 5-2

MATT CARLSON

Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Rookie Matt Davidson keeps powering the Chicago White Sox.


Friday, June 16, 2017

Pilot injured when blimp goes down near US Open

JAY COHEN

AP Sports Writer

ERIN, Wis. (AP) — A small blimp crashed near the U.S. Open on Thursday, seriously injuring the pilot and grabbing the attention of fans and golfers alike as they watched the fiery, smoking craft fall from the sky into an open field.


Friday, June 16, 2017

Phil Mickelson withdraws from US Open to watch daughter graduate
ERIN, Wis. (AP) — Phil Mickelson withdrew from the U.S. Open a little more than an hour after the sun climbed over Erin Hills, realizing there was no chance to get from his daughter's high school graduation in California and make his Thursday afternoon tee time.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Thames' homer leads Brewers to 7-6 win over STL Cardinals
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Eric Thames would like to erase the last six weeks from his memory.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Granderson hits 300th HR, Mets rally past Cubs
NEW YORK (AP) — On a night when Matt Harvey fizzled and so much went wrong for the New York Mets, they still rallied late for a rousing win.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Mayweather to fight UFC star McGregor Aug. 26
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Floyd Mayweather Jr. will come out of retirement to meet UFC star Conor McGregor in an Aug. 26 boxing match that will feature two of the top-selling fighters in the world.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

US steps up security for U19 basketball tournament in Egypt
(AP) — John Calipari would prefer to focus on the players he wants and the offense he'll run.

This time, there are other concerns.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Matt Davidson's slam powers White Sox over Orioles, 6-1
CHICAGO (AP) — Like many young power hitters, Matt Davidson's focus at the plate is not to get himself out.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Cardinals split Tuesday DH with Brewers
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw may have looked locked in Tuesday night, but his mind was hundreds of miles away.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Fans gather in Pittsburgh for Penguins' Stanley Cup parade
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Hundreds of fans had lined up before dawn Wednesday along downtown Pittsburgh streets and in Point State Park for a parade to celebrate the Penguins' Stanley Cup championship.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Happ hits slam as Cubs rout Mets 14-3
NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Maddon had a big idea to turn around his slumping Chicago Cubs.

How big? About 240 pounds, right at the top of the batting order.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Durant, Curry lead Warriors to NBA title
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — As a fresh NBA champions cap sat a tad off-kilter on his head, Kevin Durant embraced mother Wanda. Then he moved across the podium and hugged Stephen Curry before accepting his shiny MVP trophy, holding out his arms and hoisting it for everyone to see.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Cavaliers coach Lue pleased by feisty turn to Finals
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Seven technical fouls, one flagrant foul, stars LeBron James and Kevin Durant jawing at each other and several other dustups.
Monday, June 12, 2017

Pitcher? Hitter? MLB draft marked by 2-way players
NEW YORK (AP) — Brendan McKay's fastball-firing left arm has made him the possible No. 1 overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft.
Monday, June 12, 2017

Pens cap amazing year with 2nd Stanley
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Even Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins are going to be challenged trying to top this.
Monday, June 12, 2017

Death, intrigue shadow making of US Open course
(AP) — The man who first imagined the grassy Wisconsin cattle farm as a potential piece of the U.S. Open's hallowed history will see that vision come to life this week.
Monday, June 12, 2017

Nadal seeking perfect 10-0 record in French Open finals
PARIS (AP) — Rafael Nadal acknowledged during the French Open that he's never been all that good with numbers.

"Math," he said, smiling as he turned his right thumb upside-down, "was the only subject that I failed in the last year that I had the chance to go to school."

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Cavs stay alive, halt Warriors' perfect postseason
CLEVELAND (AP) — Golden State's perfect postseason is over, the champagne corks still in their bottles.

The Warriors had planned to party, to pay back Cleveland.

Everything's on hold in the NBA Finals. The comeback Cavaliers are at it again.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

IOC pushes to award 2024, 2028 Olympics to LA, Paris
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Olympic Committee has formally proposed picking the 2024 and 2028 Olympic host cities at the same time this year.
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Penguins crush Predators 6-0 to take 3-2 lead
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The night started with a catfish throw.

It ended with haymaker after haymaker — both literal and proverbial — from Sidney Crosby and the rest of the resilient Pittsburgh Penguins.

Friday, June 9, 2017

LeBron not faulting Warriors powerhouse team
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James knew what might happen when Kevin Durant merged with the Warriors, a 73-win team out for revenge.
Friday, June 9, 2017

Pulisic scores twice, US beats Trinidad in qualifying
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — After sliding to score a goal with his left foot, Christian Pulisic got back up, raced for a corner and glided across the grass on both knees.
Friday, June 9, 2017

Votto leads Reds to 5-2 win over Cards in sweep
CINCINNATI (AP) — Joey Votto had one of those frequent days when he hits everything hard — the last thing the St. Louis Cardinals needed at this point.
Friday, June 9, 2017

Chatwood, LeMahieu lead Colorado Rockies to 4-1 win over the Cubs
CHICAGO (AP) — The Colorado Rockies didn't need much with the way Tyler Chatwood was dominating. One big home run from DJ LeMahieu was plenty.
Friday, June 9, 2017

Durant's late 3 gives Warriors 3-0 Finals lead

TOM WITHERS

AP Sports Writer

CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Durant released his deep shot, the one he always makes in his dreams.


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Ozuna, Realmuto homer, Marlins beat Cubs 6-5

ANDREW SELIGMAN

AP Sports Writer

CHICAGO (AP) — The Miami Marlins looked like they were on their way to a rather easy win after J.T. Realmuto and Marcell Ozuna homered.


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Lakeshore ladies' golf leagues results
TAYLORVILLE — Ladies’ golf leagues are in full swing at Lakeshore Golf Course. Results and standings for the week of June 5 are as follows:
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Scooter turns slugger, ties MLB record with 4 homers
CINCINNATI (AP) — Kluszewski. Robinson. Bench. Perez. Junior. All of them can just scooter on down the list of great Cincinnati slugfests.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Streaking Cubs pull away from Marlins for 5th straight
CHICAGO (AP) — Jake Arrieta got into a groove, Anthony Rizzo hit a big home run and Kris Bryant showed off his all-around game.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

'16 champ Djokovic stunned by Thiem in French Open quarters
PARIS (AP) — Novak Djokovic's French Open title defense ended with a surprisingly lopsided 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-0 quarterfinal loss to sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria on Wednesday.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Royals' Moustakas homers to halt Astros' streak at 11
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mike Moustakas' no-doubt homer ended the Kansas City Royals' unlikely comeback against baseball's best team.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Garcia, Sanchez, Frazier homer as White Sox beat Tampa Bay Rays 4-2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jose Quintana is still seeking his first win in more than a month, however there are signs he could be back on the right track.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

College cross country runner Tjelmeland paying forward the gift of hearing
ROCHESTER, Ill. — Ellie Tjelmeland was born deaf and later received the gift of hearing through cochlear implants. The Rochester native is also an avid runner and a scholarship athlete on the University of Southern Indiana cross country and distance track teams.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Senior Amateur champion Dave Ryan tees off Wednesday in pro-am match
RIVER GROVE, Ill. — A lot has changed since 1962, the time of JFK, The Beatles and bell bottoms, but one thing has endured to 2017: the game of golf’s camaraderie, principles of honor and integrity and the bonds the game brings to its competitors.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Happ's HRs, Jay's RBI single lead Cubs over Cards
CHICAGO (AP) — Ian Happ's first home run wound up in the street, and his second drew a curtain call from the screaming crowd.
Monday, June 5, 2017

Curry and Durant lead Warriors to 2-0 lead
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry dribbled every which way and ran a circle around LeBron James, then drove left through the paint and beat him to the rim for a right-handed layup over the star's outstretched arm in a move reminiscent of his recent MVP magic.
Monday, June 5, 2017

Dufner hanging with younger crowd and winning again
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — One of the best perks from winning the Memorial is to walk off the 18th green and into a warm handshake from tournament host Jack Nicklaus.
Monday, June 5, 2017

Game 4 tonight: Nashville leaning heavily on defense corps against Penguins
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Roman Josi downplays the production of the Nashville Predators' defensemen as simply the product of their system.
Monday, June 5, 2017

Curry, Durant power Warriors past Cavaliers

JANIE McCAULEY

AP Sports Writer

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant drove through the lane untouched for dazzling dunks. He dished off even when he could have slammed it home, and did it all on defense.


Friday, June 2, 2017

Former Penn State officials face sentencing in Sandusky scandal

MARC LEVY

Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State President Graham Spanier and two other former school administrators are to be sentenced Friday on charges of child endangerment for failing to report a 2001 allegation about Jerry Sandusky to authorities in a child sex abuse scandal that first broke more than five years ago.


Friday, June 2, 2017

Subban says Predators will beat Pens in Stanley Cup Game 3

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A good night's sleep has P.K. Subban more confident than ever about what the Nashville Predators will do on their own ice trailing the Pittsburgh Penguins 0-2 in the Stanley Cup Final.

 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Ronaldo looking for repeat in Champions League final

ROB HARRIS

AP Global Soccer Writer

CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — When Cristiano Ronaldo runs onto the field at the Millennium Stadium, he'll being trying to break new ground on some familiar territory.

 

Friday, June 2, 2017

How many punches did Ali take? New book counts them all

TIM DAHLBERG

AP Boxing Writer

(AP) — Among the questions Jonathan Eig wanted to answer in his upcoming biography of Muhammad Ali was this: How many punches did Ali take during a career that ended with him devastated by Parkinson's?


Friday, June 2, 2017

Mr. Met gives fan the finger, employee out as team mascot
NEW YORK (AP) — Even Mr. Met is frustrated with the team's disappointing start.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Sandoval gets 3 hits as Pomeranz, Red Sox top White Sox 4-1
CHICAGO (AP) — It was just a game, Pablo Sandoval said. Nothing more, nothing less.

What comes next is more important for the one-time slugger and his Boston Red Sox.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

NBA Finals: what to watch
(AP) — Some predictions see the NBA Finals ending quickly. A video game simulation has them going the distance.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Padres win 2-1, slumping Cubs lose 6th straight
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Sweeping anybody is a big deal for the rebuilding, rookie-laden San Diego Padres.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Pens take 2-0 Stanley Cup lead over Preds
PITTSBURGH (AP) — By coach Peter Laviolette's math, the Nashville Predators have been pretty good for all but 10 minutes of the Stanley Cup Final.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Marrero hits 2 HRs, Red Sox beat White Sox
CHICAGO (AP) — This wasn't the way Chris Sale pictured his return to Chicago. With the way the Red Sox swung the bats, it didn't make much of a difference.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Which new FBS head coaches are most likely to succeed?
(AP) — Grading the hires of new college football coaches is an offseason tradition and an exercise in educated guess work.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Dodgers rally past Cards, move into first place
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Chase Utley was searching for his batting stroke in April. He's found it in May
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Illinois pays $250K to settle ex-lineman's injury claims
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois has agreed to pay a former football player $250,000 to settle injury claims that helped prompt wider scrutiny of athletics at the school.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Dodgers homer past Cardinals 5-1 for fifth straight win
ST. LOUIS (AP) — With every ball that sails over the fence, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts gets a little more encouraged that his lineup is finding its groove.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Woods says medication, not alcohol, led to DUI arrest
(AP) — Players arriving for a tournament this week at Muirfield Village might notice a framed picture of Tiger Woods with a resplendent smile and bright red shirt. He's posed there with the trophy, an image that embodies the excitement he once brought to golf.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Guentzel's goal lifts Pens by Preds 5-3 in Game 1
PITTSBURGH (AP) — This is what the Pittsburgh Penguins do. They find a way.

Even on nights when they blow a three-goal lead, they go an entire period (and then some) without registering a single shot and the opponent is fresher, quicker and, for long stretches, demonstrably better.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Family affair: Dillon brings iconic No. 3 to victory lane
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Richard Childress wasn't going to let just anyone drive the iconic black No. 3 Chevrolet following the death of the legendary Dale Earnhardt 16 years ago.
Monday, May 29, 2017

Comfortable wins for Djokovic, Nadal at French Open
PARIS (AP) — Back on the court where he completed his career Grand Slam, Novak Djokovic showed no sign of the crisis of confidence that has affected his game since winning the French Open last year.
Monday, May 29, 2017

Venus looking for 1st French Open title in 20th appearance
PARIS (AP) — Making a record 20th appearance at Roland Garros, Venus Williams is looking to finally get her hands on the French Open trophy.
Monday, May 29, 2017

Cubs stay classy in 'Anchorman' road trip spoof
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Chicago Cubs kept it classy on their way to open a road trip at Dodger Stadium, with the World Series champions dressing as characters from the Will Ferrell comedy "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy."
Saturday, May 27, 2017

7 ID'd for threats to NCAA ref after Kentucky loss
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Seven people have been identified for threatening basketball referee John Higgins after an NCAA Tournament game in March. Information will be referred to authorities in their jurisdictions and to the FBI's Omaha field office, a Nebraska prosecutor said Friday.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Beilein upbeat after Mich loses another to NBA
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — For a major program, Michigan is a somewhat unlikely candidate for this kind of NBA-induced attrition.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Laviolette, Sullivan meet in 1st all-US coaches Cup Final
Hockey history will be made for American coaches in the Stanley Cup Final.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Northwestern's Jackson carries heavy load
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Carrying the load for Northwestern is a seven-day-a-week job for Justin Jackson.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

3 Illinois players facing burglary charges now off team
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois has dismissed three players facing residential burglary and aggravated robbery charges.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Bryant, Heyward, Zobrist homer, Cubs beat Giants 5-1
CHICAGO (AP) — It looks like the Chicago Cubs have got their groove back.
Friday, May 26, 2017

No surprise: It's Cavs-Warriors in the NBA Finals, again
Here they go again.
Friday, May 26, 2017

NHL royalty vs. the rowdy neighbors in Stanley Cup Final
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins kept getting by even as their star players kept skating off the ice in pain. Even as the targets on their back as Stanley Cup champions kept getting bigger. Even as Columbus and Washington and Ottawa kept pushing and prodding, poking and pinching.
Friday, May 26, 2017

Ryu earns 1st career save in Dodgers' 7-3 win over Cardinals
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hyun-Jin Ryu made his first major league relief appearance for the Los Angeles Dodgers, tossing four scoreless innings to earn his first career save.
Friday, May 26, 2017

Game 7: history for Pens, Senators?
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Craig Anderson is a realist, the byproduct of 15 years playing the most demanding position in the NHL.
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Lamb homers, D-backs complete sweep of White Sox 8-6
PHOENIX (AP) — First-year Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo oozes confidence in his team.
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Woods feeling no pain, wants to compete again
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods said he had fusion surgery on his back because he could no longer tolerate the pain, and that he wants to get back on the PGA Tour.
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Leake leads Cardinals to 6-1 win over Dodgers
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mike Leake isn't shocked to see his name atop the National League ERA leaderboard. The St. Louis Cardinals emerging ace gets why it's a surprise to others, though.
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Kyrie-markable: Irving's 42 carries Cavaliers past Celtics
CLEVELAND (AP) — Kyrie Irving gritted his teeth, tightened up his left sneaker and hopped to his feet.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Lester pitches 4-hitter as Cubs beat Cueto, Giants
CHICAGO (AP) — Once Jon Lester waited out the rain, it was mostly smooth sailing for the rest of the night.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Baseball's founding documents to be auctioned

ANDREW DALTON

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In 1876, a group of owners and team officials gathered at a New York hotel to draft and sign the constitution that created baseball's National League and would ultimately have ramifications far beyond the diamond.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Warriors ready for third straight NBA Finals appearance

RAUL DOMINGUEZ

Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Kevin Durant does not need to be told that Golden State should have a muted celebration after winning the Western Conference Finals.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Cavs coach defends LeBron after 'weird' loss
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Panik leads SF Giants to a 6-4 victory against the Cubs

JAY COHEN

AP Sports Writer

CHICAGO (AP) — Joe Panik felt a little better the past couple days in St. Louis. He felt a lot better after his performance Monday night.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tebow ends week-long slump with HR
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Tim Tebow may have found his hitting groove once more with the Columbia Fireflies.
Monday, May 22, 2017

Carpenter, Wainwright lead Cards past Giants 8-3
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright tried his best to keep up with Cardinals teammates Carlos Martinez and Michael Wacha. The veteran right-hander simply came up short.
Monday, May 22, 2017

Cubs-Brewers: Bryant hits 2 HRs to back Arrieta
CHICAGO (AP) — Through the first seven weeks of the season, the Cubs' offense has rarely produced as consistently as expected. Kris Bryant, though, was never concerned.
Monday, May 22, 2017

Celtic pride: Bradley's last-second shot stuns Cavs 111-108
CLEVELAND (AP) — Leprechauns are imaginary. Celtic pride is very real.

Avery Bradley's 3-pointer danced on the rim and dropped with less than a second left and Boston, blown out in the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals and playing without star Isaiah Thomas, stunned the Cleveland Cavaliers 111-108 on Sunday night in Game 3 to end the champions' 13-game postseason winning streak.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Rain makes pole favs hard to find at Indy

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Sebastien Bourdais took a deep breath Friday.

After an early race-day exit last weekend and an engine change Thursday night, he moved into position to contend for the Indianapolis 500 pole.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Cavs send Celtics to record loss, 130-86
BOSTON (AP) — An NBA playoff-record, 41-point halftime lead. A franchise record for total points. A 13th consecutive playoff win, tying another league record.
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Kyle Busch wins truck race at Charlotte Speedway
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Busch raced to his second straight NASCAR Truck Series victory Friday night, leading 90 of 134 laps in a dominating run at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Buccaneers sign Fitzpatrick as Winston's backup
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers agreed to terms Friday on a one-year contract with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick as a veteran backup to Jameis Winston.
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Ducks even Western finals at 2, beat Predators 3-2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Corey Perry just keeps finding the net in overtime this postseason, and his third goal in extra time helped the Ducks tie the Western Conference finals at 2-2.
Friday, May 19, 2017

Lebron, Cavs have reeling Cs in must-win Game 2
BOSTON (AP) — LeBron James did pretty much whatever he wanted to against the Celtics in the Cavaliers' dominating win in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Friday, May 19, 2017

Young breaks tie in 13th, Boston Red Sox rally past Cardinals 5-4
ST. LOUIS — Chris Young waited a long time for his opportunity Wednesday night and made the most of it.
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Cubs hold off sliding Reds for 7-5 win
CHICAGO — Long after Kyle Hendricks looked like Kyle Hendricks again and the Chicago Cubs got big hits from Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber, Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price was still upset about the end of the game.
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Betts, Bradley go deep to lift Red Sox over Cardinals 6-3
ST. LOUIS — Mookie Betts hasn't felt great about his performances lately, even if the results for the Boston Red Sox right fielder look just fine.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Schwarber, Rizzo HR, Cubs top Reds 9-5; Joe Maddon's 1,000th win
CHICAGO — Cubs manager Joe Maddon paired his 1,000th win with a glass of red wine made by Big Smooth wines out of Lodi, California.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Penguins knot series with 1-0 Game 2 victory over Senators
PITTSBURGH — Mike Sullivan calls the energetic back-and-forth on the Pittsburgh Penguins bench "a man's argument."
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

San Antonio Spurs prepare for Game 2 vs Warriors with no Leonard, Parker
SAN FRANCISCO — If all hope seems lost for the San Antonio Spurs heading into Game 2 of the Western Conference finals without injured stars Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker, they only need to look back a few days to see what's possible.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Boston Celtics power past Washington Wizards in Game 7, 115-105
BOSTON — Isaiah Thomas said he didn't feel any pressure entering the first Game 7 of his career.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Derek Jeter's No 2 retired by Yankees; Monument Park plaque unveiled
NEW YORK — Derek Jeter held a microphone and spoke without notes to the crowd that filled sold-out Yankee Stadium. His No. 2, the last of the single digit pinstripes, had been retired and a plaque in his honor dedicated that will be placed in Monument Park alongside tributes to Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle, Berra and the rest of the team's greats.
Monday, May 15, 2017

Golden State Warriors rally for 113-111 win after Spurs lose Leonard
OAKLAND, Calif.  — Stephen Curry started the rally in the third to get Golden State going, then Kevin Durant was determined to do his part in the fourth.
Monday, May 15, 2017

Molina homers twice as Cards beat Cubs
ST. LOUIS — St. Louis infielder Matt Carpenter finally got the best of close friend Jake Arrieta.

But he isn't going to brag about it.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Posey's homer in 17th leads Giants past Reds 3-2
SAN FRANCISCO — After catching for 269 pitches and watching his beleaguered bullpen escape jam after jam in extra innings, Buster Posey took matters into his own hands.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Two Central Illinois golfers join Lincoln Land Charity Championship
SPRINGFIELD — The Lincoln Land Charity Championship is delighted to announce that Jake Marriott, a Springfield native, and Dylan Meyer, a University of Illinois golf standout, have been awarded sponsor exemptions for the tournament.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Matt Szczur returns to Chicago with Padres
CHICAGO — Matt Szczur was caught off guard when he was cut by the Chicago Cubs. He also was relieved.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

A year after mom's death, Senzatela pitches on Mother's Day
DENVER — Every now and then, Colorado Rockies pitcher Antonio Senzatela can still hear his mom's voice when he's on the field.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Bears release veteran wide receiver Eddie Royal
LAKE FOREST — The Chicago Bears released veteran receiver Eddie Royal on Thursday.
Friday, May 12, 2017

Combine still has value even if top NBA prospects skip it
CHICAGO — Creighton forward Justin Patton has been fielding all kinds of questions at the NBA draft combine.
Friday, May 12, 2017

Spurs rout James Harden, Rockets 114-75 to win series
HOUSTON — San Antonio is heading to the Western Conference finals for the 13th time thanks to a player who has never been there.
Friday, May 12, 2017

Cozart's clutch hit helps Reds top Giants, 3-2
SAN FRANCISCO — The way the Cincinnati Reds are going, comeback wins are no longer surprising. They're becoming the norm.
Friday, May 12, 2017

Peter Laviolette too busy coaching Preds to ponder history
NASHVILLE — Peter Laviolette is not one to waste precious time reflecting on how he feels about taking his third different NHL team to the conference finals.
Friday, May 12, 2017

Polanco's HR for Pittsburgh thwarts Greinke no-hit bid, Arizona wins 2-1
PHOENIX — So many great outings for Zack Greinke yet he never has thrown a no-hitter.
Friday, May 12, 2017

German Marquez throws gem, Colorado Rockies beat Cubs 3-0
DENVER — German Marquez's fastball was dancing. His curve, almost untouchable. And after a diving catch by Carlos Gonzalez in the sixth, well, Marquez's mind couldn't help but wonder.
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Anaheim Ducks beat Oilers 2-1 in game 7 to reach West finals
ANAHEIM — Nick Ritchie is an NHL playoff newcomer. The 21-year-old power forward wasn't around for any of the Anaheim Ducks' agonizing Game 7 defeats over the past four seasons.
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Dexter Fowler again helps Cardinals rally to beat Miami Marlins, 7-5
MIAMI — Bob Gibson, Stan Musial, Dizzy Dean and Rogers Hornsby never had a trip with the Cardinals like the one they completed Wednesday night.
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Martinez 4 RBIs, Cards beat Marlins for 4th straight

STEVEN WINE

AP Sports Writer

MIAMI (AP) — Carlos Martinez pulled into second base and began gesturing to his dugout. He swung his clasped hands triumphantly from ear to ear, made a chest-high flapping motion with both hands and raised his arms to the sky, a pitcher celebrating his own slugging .


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Caps overwhelm Penguins to force Game 7
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Washington Capitals are well aware of their franchise's inglorious past, one filled with unmet expectations and gut-wrenching collapses.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Warriors oust Jazz, cruise to 8-0 in playoffs

KAREEM COPELAND

AP Sports Writer

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Golden State Warriors are four wins from their third consecutive trip to the NBA Finals — and likely a third straight showdown with the Cleveland Cavaliers.


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Preds reach 1st Western final in team history, ousting Blues
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ryan Johansen celebrated his game-winning goal with a windmill fist pump, and the Nashville Predators finished off the rest of a thrilling third period with the standing-room only crowd on their feet anticipating history.
Monday, May 8, 2017

Let's play 2: Yankees beat Cubs 5-4 in 18 innings
CHICAGO (AP) — Aaron Hicks slid across home plate, hopped up and flexed his arms in jubilation. No Monday morning blues for Hicks and the New York Yankees.
Monday, May 8, 2017

Leon hits 2 homers, Sale fans 10 and Red Sox rout Twins 17-6
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Chris Sale was on the mound for Boston. Ervin Santana took his turn in Minnesota. This was supposed to be a stellar matchup of starting pitchers.
Monday, May 8, 2017

Pham's 2nd homer lifts Cards over Braves 6-4 in 14 innings
ATLANTA (AP) — After seeing the Braves leave runners in scoring position in the first three extra innings, Tommy Pham was sure the Cardinals would take advantage when their opportunity arrived.
Monday, May 8, 2017

Jaskin, Schwartz score, Blues beat Predators 2-1

JOE HARRIS

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Blues needed a spark. Dmitrij Jaskin gave it to them.


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Holland's strong start helps White Sox trounce Royals

DAVE SKRETTA

AP Sports Writer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Derek Holland hitched up the heavy, gaudy wrestling belt strapped around his waist and flashed the kind of smile any world champion would wear after having their arm raised in the ring.


Friday, May 5, 2017

Aguilar's 1st HR, in 100th AB, lifts Brewers over Cards 5-4

JOE HARRIS 

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jesus Aguilar doesn't need to worry about a Mother's Day present. It was sitting in a paper cup in his locker.

 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Boston College's Turner transfers to Northwestern
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Forward A.J. Turner is transferring to Northwestern from Boston College.
Friday, May 5, 2017

Draymond Green shows range, leads Warriors past Jazz for 2-0 lead

JANIE McCAULEY

AP Sports Writer

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Now, the Golden State Warriors want Draymond Green to pack his 3-point shot for the altitude of Salt Lake City.


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