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home : sports : college/pro October 16, 2018

Almirola advances in NASCAR playoffs with win
Tony Stewart hired Aric Almirola because he believed the journeyman would win races for Stewart-Haas Racing. Almirola came close time and again this year but fell short.
Monday, October 15, 2018

Price, Red Sox bounce back, tie ALCS 1-1
David Price went home a winner in a postseason start for the first time in his career.
Monday, October 15, 2018

Sanders kicks FG as Dolphins rally past Bears 31-28 in OT
Kicker Jason Sanders turned teammate Kenyan Drake's fumble into a footnote.
Monday, October 15, 2018

Ex-lawmaker Mary Bono hired as USA Gymnastics interim CEO
USA Gymnastics has hired former Congresswoman Mary Bono as interim president and chief executive officer.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Jimmie Johnson, Chad Knaus: 17-year split
There will not be an eighth NASCAR title for Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Butler absent amid trade-demand drama
Jimmy Butler was absent as the Minnesota Timberwolves wrapped up preparations for their preseason finale Friday night.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Dolphins' injured line tasked with Mack
Last week, the Miami Dolphins resorted to eight-man pass protection, so desperate were they to slow an onslaught against quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Illinois, Purdue on Sat. has meaning
Only a few weeks ago, mentioning a possible bowl bid in the same sentence as Illinois might have earned more than a few chuckles.
Friday, October 12, 2018

Wisconsin-Michigan tops Big Ten watch list
Here's what to watch in the Big Ten this week:
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Bitter finish: Indians' first-round exit leaves sour taste in Cleveland
For the third year in a row, the unmistakable aroma of champagne wafted into the hallway outside the visitor's clubhouse following the final game at Progressive Field.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Red Sox hold off Yanks in Game 4, face Astros in ALCS
Eduardo Nunez charged Gleyber Torres' four-hopper toward third base and whipped the ball across the diamond . Steve Pearce stretched, falling on his chest for a sprawling catch. The umpire signaled: "Out!"
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Brees breaks NFL record for yards passing
Drew Brees became the NFL's all-time leader in yards passing — and he did it with a certain panache and precision that made the 39-year-old quarterback look far from finished.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Yanks routed by Red Sox 16-1, trail ALDS 2-1
Their ace got booed off the mound, loudly. Their manager let things get out of hand. And their backup catcher wound up pitching.

"It was an embarrassing day today," New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius said.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Astros advance with 11-3 win, sweep Indians
As his teammates sprayed each other with champagne and beer in Houston's buzzing clubhouse, ace Justin Verlander stayed clear of the fray and foam while enjoying a cigar.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

NFL this week: Eagles, Vikings stage NFC championship rematch
(AP) — When last they met, the Eagles and Vikings were vying for a spot in the Super Bowl.
Saturday, October 6, 2018

Red Sox, Yankees ready to rumble again in playoffs
Fans have been waiting for another one of these rumbles: baseball's most-bitter rivals set to tangle again, this time as 100-win heavyweights in the playoffs.
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Bears take week off just as they gain momentum
The way Chicago Bears tight end Trey Burton figured it, no one wants to stop when he's having fun.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Colorado Rockies top Chicago Cubs 2-1 in 13 innings in epic wild-card game
Tony Wolters waited and waited as the NL wild-card game went deep into Tuesday night. He stretched a couple of times and tried to figure out when he might get a chance to play.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Bears' 'D' gets help from 'O' in 48-10 romp over Bucs
For most of the season, it's been a solo act for Khalil Mack and the Chicago Bears' defense.
Monday, October 1, 2018

Bears, Buccaneers meet in matchup of unexpected leaders
The Chicago Bears are staring down at the rest of the NFC North for the first time in five years.
Saturday, September 29, 2018

Cubs beat Pirates 3-0, open 1-game NL Central lead
Jon Lester felt he wasn't as sharp as usual, though the Cubs and their ace left-hander came through in the clutch.
Friday, September 28, 2018

Goff has 465 yards, 5 TDs, propels Rams past Vikings, 38-31
Jared Goff hit Cooper Kupp in stride with a 70-yard touchdown pass that was just as gloriously wide-open as Rams coach Sean McVay had predicted when they drew it up this week.
Friday, September 28, 2018

Refurbished, loaded St. Louis Blues hoping it's their year
One talented Russian winger. Deep lines and pairings. Years of playoff heartache.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Yelich, Brewers dent Cards' playoff chances with 12-4 win
Milwaukee's last NL MVP thinks he is about to get some company.

Led by Christian Yelich's silky smooth game, the Brewers are closing in on the playoffs.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Bryant hurt, Cubs lose to Pirates 6-0, again miss clinch
The Chicago Cubs lost again, and this one was particularly painful.

Slugger Kris Bryant exited with a bruised left wrist, Mike Montgomery got hit hard over four-plus innings and the Cubs stumbled to a 6-0 defeat against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Brewers beat Cards for 3-game WC lead
A chuckling Eric Thames said it felt so good he almost ripped third base out of the ground and hoisted it above his head.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Taillon outpitches Hamels, Pirates beat Cubs 5-1
Cole Hamels gave the Chicago Cubs something to celebrate when he hit his second career home run.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Roethlisberger shines, Steelers hold off Bucs 30-27
It was not the way Ben Roethlisberger would draw it up, but the Pittsburgh Steelers will take it.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Bears rally for 16-14 victory over winless Cardinals
Another opportunistic day by the Chicago defense has the Bears at 2-1 and alone in first place in the NFC North for the first time since late in the 2013 season.
Monday, September 24, 2018

Bears look to move to 2-1 vs punchless Cards
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Now the 2018 Chicago Bears will find out how they handle success.
Saturday, September 22, 2018

Sanders, McSorley lead No. 10 Penn State over Illinois 63-24
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Miles Sanders burst through the hole, bounced off a defender trying to grab his ankles and sped up the right side for the go-ahead touchdown.
Saturday, September 22, 2018

College football week four preview
(AP) — For the second straight year, Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher will meet in a mentor-mentee matchup.
Friday, September 21, 2018

Number ten Penn State opens conference play at Illinois Sat.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — No. 10 Penn State brings its high-powered offense to Illinois on Friday night, heavily favored against a young Illini team that is off to an encouraging start.
Friday, September 21, 2018

Won, won and won! Browns beat Jets for first win since 2016
CLEVELAND (AP) — For the first time in 635 days, the Cleveland Browns won.
Baker Mayfield showed them how.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Bears D looks to turn sacks into turnovers
In just a few weeks, linebacker Khalil Mack and the Chicago Bears defense feel they've established an identity.
Thursday, September 20, 2018

Illinois RB Mike Epstein poised for breakout season
First-year offensive coordinator Rod Smith's up-tempo, spread offense has created some big opportunities for Illinois, which has contributed to a solid 2-1 record going into Friday's conference opener at home against No. 10 Penn State.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Baez, Murphy go deep as Cubs romp past Diamondbacks
Two nights in a row, Anthony Rizzo has made a major impact on Chicago Cubs wins with efforts that don't stand out in the boxscore.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Homer parade: Cardinals beat Braves 11-6
Miles Mikolas has been unbeatable this season when the St. Louis Cardinals score him a couple of runs.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Hendricks, Cubs beat Diamondbacks 5-1
Kyle Hendricks received a standing ovation from Chicago Cubs fans in Arizona for merely laying down a sacrifice bunt in the top of the ninth inning.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Mack, Amukamara lead Bears over Seahawks 24-17
Khalil Mack once again put on the sort of havoc-wreaking show the Chicago Bears envisioned when they traded for the superstar pass rusher.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Cubs lose to Reds 2-1, NL Central lead stays at 2 1/2 games
The run-deficient Chicago Cubs were in a deficit from the start.

Scott Schebler homered on the first pitch of the game and the Cincinnati Reds went on to beat the NL Central leaders 2-1 Sunday.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Wainwright blanks Dodgers over 6 innings, Cardinals win 5-0
Adam Wainwright had something to prove.

Wainwright pitched two-hit ball over six innings for his first win in five months, Marcell Ozuna homered and the St. Louis Cardinals salvaged the finale of a four-game series with a 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday night.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Cousins' comeback falls short, Vikings and Packers tie at 29
A tie felt odd to Kirk Cousins.

On one hand, the Minnesota Vikings quarterback threw three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to help rally his team from a 20-7 deficit against the Green Bay Packers.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Bears try to rebound against Seattle
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears came into the season believing they were ready to start returning the favor after taking their lumps in recent years.
Saturday, September 15, 2018

Machado drives in 3 runs, Dodgers top Cardinals 9-7
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Dodgers got some help from a former Cardinal before their pivotal series against St. Louis.
Friday, September 14, 2018

Baez's bunt single lifts Cubs past Nationals in 10 innings
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Chicago Cubs got nearly everything they wanted out of their day trip to Washington to face the Nationals, and Javier Baez was in the middle of nearly all of it.
Friday, September 14, 2018

Quintana pitches Cubs past Brewers for 2-game lead
Jose Quintana dazzled all night long.

The Chicago Cubs had the right guy on the mound for a big game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Adams, US soccer get win over Mexico
Tyler Adams showed he might be able to help when the rebuilding U.S. soccer team resumes competitive matches next June. So did Antonee Robinson and goalkeeper Zack Steffen.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Keselowski pumps life into NASCAR playoffs
A snoozer of a NASCAR season got a huge jolt of energy right before the playoffs with back-to-back wins by Brad Keselowski.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Rodgers returns from injury, Packers beat Bears 24-23
Aaron Rodgers heard the applause after walking out of the stadium tunnel and back on to the field.
Monday, September 10, 2018

Rams finally get Donald, Suh together on tantalizing D
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Aaron Donald makes a joke during a break in practice, and Ndamukong Suh chuckles. Pretty soon, the entire Los Angeles Rams' defensive line is cracking up.
Saturday, September 8, 2018

Bears vague on Khalil Mack's playing time against Packers
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Although Matt Nagy has yet to coach a game for the Chicago Bears, he is proving as adept as a veteran coach at keeping trade secrets.
Saturday, September 8, 2018

Packers, Bears meet for 197th time in Sunday's opener
GREEN BAY, Wisc. — The Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears renew the NFL’s most played rivalry when they meet for the 197th time to open the 2018 season on Sunday night at Lambeau Field (7:20, NBC).
Saturday, September 8, 2018

College football preview: what you should watch in week two
(AP) — A couple of early conference games are the only ones matching ranked teams in week two of the college football season.
Friday, September 7, 2018

Fighting Illini to host Western Illinois, eager to find footing
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois, looking to find its footing after a surprisingly tough comeback win against Kent State to open the season, in theory gets another tune-up game at home Saturday against Western Illinois.
Friday, September 7, 2018

Bote helps Cubs come back to beat Nationals 6-4 in 10 innings
WASHINGTON (AP) — With so much attention focused on Daniel Murphy's return to Washington for the first time since he was traded to the Chicago Cubs, it was his in-game replacement — David Bote — who once again tormented the Nationals.
Friday, September 7, 2018

Cubs hold off Brewers 6-4, boost lead to 4 games
Daniel Murphy sees no panic in his new Chicago Cubs teammates.

The Cubs needed a win Wednesday night to avert a three-game sweep by division rival Milwaukee, and Murphy played a big role with three hits and a solo home run in Chicago's 6-4 victory against the Brewers.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Cards beat Nats behind Molina grand slam, 4 other homers
St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt changed his lineup after arriving at Nationals Park, dropping catcher Yadier Molina from second to sixth.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Milwaukee routs Chicago 11-1 to trim NL Central deficit to three games
Wade Miley's baffling off-speed stuff was just part of a frustrating night for the Chicago Cubs.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

LeBron says on Kaepernick deal: I stand with Nike
Clutching his young daughter in his arms, LeBron James said he stands with Nike, a clear reference to the company's Colin Kaepernick ad campaign.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Knee injury ends Illini's Dudek's season for 3rd time
Illinois wide receiver Mike Dudek will miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury sustained against Kent State on Saturday, the third major knee injury of the senior's career.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Harper's HR, sac fly pushes Nats over Cards 4-3
After Bryce Harper swung into action, the St. Louis Cardinals were the ones who didn't feel so good.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Federer stunned by 55th-ranked Millman in US Open 4th Round
Roger Federer served poorly. He volleyed poorly. Closed out sets poorly, too. And now he's gone, beaten at the U.S. Open by an opponent ranked outside the top 50 for the first time in his illustrious career.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Brewers beat Cubs 4-3 in ninth inning after Yelich beats throw
Christian Yelich beat out a throw at first to narrowly avoid a double play that allowed the winning run to score in the ninth.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Cubs add stolen-base specialist Gore to roster
It's September, so it's time for Terrance Gore.
Monday, September 3, 2018

Gruden explains decision to trade Mack
Jon Gruden didn't mince words.

"It wasn't my goal to trade Khalil when we got here," Gruden said Sunday. "One of the reasons I'm here is because of him. Unfortunately, we had a standoff with a contract, and we could not come to terms. The Bears made us an offer of two first-round draft choices and here we are today."

Monday, September 3, 2018

No. 25 LSU off and running with win over No. 8 Miami
Nick Brossette and Joe Burrow waited a long time for their chance to be impact players. They helped No. 25 LSU make a strong opening statement.
Monday, September 3, 2018

Northwestern extends streak with victory at Purdue
Jeremy Larkin proved he could be Northwestern's workhorse Thursday night.
Friday, August 31, 2018

Pujols likely out for season after left knee surgery
Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols is likely to miss the rest of his 18th major league season after undergoing surgery on his left knee.
Thursday, August 30, 2018

LaMarre, Lopez team up on Yankees; White Sox win
The Yankees' pursuit of the Boston Red Sox got stalled by Ryan LaMarre and Reynaldo Lopez.
Thursday, August 30, 2018

Opening week: What to watch week 1 in the Big Ten
Here's what to watch in the Big Ten this week:
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

NFC North Preview: Vikes-Pack rivalry fierce as ever
Will the Minnesota Vikings pick up where they left off, following their surge to the NFC championship game last season?
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Lester helps Cubs beat Mets for sixth straight
Jon Lester got it done with his arm, his glove, and his bat Monday night.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Illini name senior AJ Bush starting quarterback
Senior transfer AJ Bush was named starting quarterback for Illinois on Monday, beating out last year's starter and a promising true freshman.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Hawaii defeats South Korea to win Little League title
It only took one pitch for Mana Lau Kong to deliver Hawaii its first Little League World Series title in a decade.
Monday, August 27, 2018

Hendricks shuts down Reds, Cubs win 9-0 for sweep
After dealing with ups and downs this season, Kyle Hendricks feels like he's in a groove.
Monday, August 27, 2018

Carpenter ties doubles record in win over Rockies
Matt Carpenter led off the game with a double to right.

It was the start of a double feature — a big day for him and another big series win for the Cardinals.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Martinez sets MLS single-season scoring record, Atlanta wins
ATLANTA (AP) — Josef Martinez broke the MLS season goal record with his 28th, giving Atlanta United the lead in the 74th minute in a 2-1 victory over Orlando City on Friday night.
Saturday, August 25, 2018

Why some college scandals don't draw NCAA penalties
(AP) — The question often comes up when a serious scandal hits college sports: Where is the NCAA? Why isn't the governing body of major college sports, you know, governing?
Saturday, August 25, 2018

Ex-Michigan State gymnastics coach, Klages, charged in Nassar case
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A former head coach of Michigan State's gymnastics team was charged Thursday with lying to an investigator when she denied that witnesses told her years ago about being sexually assaulted by ex-sports doctor Larry Nassar.
Friday, August 24, 2018

Bears thinking of using rookie linebacker Smith in preseason finale
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith could be the exception to an unwritten NFL preseason rule.
Friday, August 24, 2018

Cubs land Murphy from Nats, lose Darvish for season
The Chicago Cubs know all too well what Daniel Murphy can do at the plate. So they are very much looking forward to playing alongside him for a change.
Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Jansen gives up 2 homers, Cardinals top Dodgers 5-3
Since the calendar turned to August, the St. Louis Cardinals have been on a tear.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd undergoes surgery on right hand
Despite impressive preseason numbers, the Chicago Bears will enter the regular season no more certain about their pass rush than when they opened training camp due to an injury to linebacker Leonard Floyd.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

No. 1 Alabama tops preseason Top 25; Clemson, Georgia follow
Alabama will begin its quest for a second consecutive national championship with a rare three-peat.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Khris Davis lets Make-A-Wish kid sign jersey, then slugs long HR in his honor
Khris Davis asked a young fan from the Make-A-Wish Foundation to sign his jersey, then slugged a mighty home run for the Oakland Athletics in a 9-0 win against the Texas Rangers on Monday night.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Maryland to wear helmet sticker to honor Jordan McNair
Members of the Maryland football team will wear a helmet sticker with No. 79 to honor former teammate Jordan McNair, who collapsed during a practice session in May and subsequently died.
Monday, August 20, 2018

Quarterback Thorson hopes to lift Northwestern
Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson got married in June, danced at the wedding and honeymooned in West Palm Beach.
Saturday, August 18, 2018

Bears QB Trubisky getting on same page with WRs Robinson, Burton
Matt Nagy read off the numbers almost like the winning lottery ticket: 12-80-10.
Friday, August 17, 2018

Lovie Smith confident Illinois can play winning football
A year's worth of experience, intensive strength training and an emerging leader at quarterback could combine to give Illinois a realistic shot at winning some games.
Friday, August 17, 2018

Lester, Happ lead Cubs over Pirates, 1-0
Jon Lester wasn't overly excited about winning for the first time in just over a month.
Friday, August 17, 2018

Harper drives in three, Nationals snap skid, beat Cardinals 5-4
Koda Glover rewarded his manager's faith.

Bryce Harper had three hits and drove in three runs, Glover earned the save in the first opportunity since Ryan Madson was placed on the disabled list, and the Washington Nationals snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Rizzo leads Cubs past Brewers, 8-4, for 3 game lead
It's purely about the math for Anthony Rizzo and the Chicago Cubs.

A three-game lead is better than a one-game advantage, and that was all that mattered Wednesday.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Ozuna homers, Cards beat Nats for 8th straight W
Austin Gomber learned plenty about pressure during a 15-game stint in the St. Louis Cardinals' bullpen earlier this season.

The left-hander used that experience to his advantage on Wednesday night.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Kahne to retire after 15 seasons
NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne says he is retiring from full-time racing.
Thursday, August 16, 2018

Dave Ryan competes in US Amateur Championship
Dave Ryan from Taylorville got the unique opportunity this week as he is competing at both Pebble Beach Golf Links and at Spyglass Hill Golf Course in Pebble Beach, California.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Gant homers, pitches Cards to 6-4 win over Nats
Even John Gant cracked a smile.

Gant homered for his first major league hit and pitched one-run ball into the sixth inning, helping the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 6-4 on Tuesday night for their season-high seventh consecutive victory.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Puig swings at Hundley, Giants beat Dodgers
Yasiel Puig had another rumble with the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Nats walked off again, this time by Cards' DeJong
Nationals manager Dave Martinez was awake most of the night after Washington lost on a walk-off grand slam Sunday.

He likely won't be catching up on that missed sleep Monday.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Packers' Rodgers expects to make preseason debut this week
Aaron Rodgers is speaking with a heightened sense of urgency as he enters his 14th NFL season.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

As Asian Games host, Indonesia has more at stake than sport
Indonesia is deploying 100,000 police and soldiers to provide security for the Asian Games, the biggest event ever held in its terror attack prone capital Jakarta, parts of which have been dramatically spruced up as the city readies to welcome tens of thousands of athletes and visitors.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Seahawks-Raiders moved to Wembley
NFL games will be played at Wembley Stadium on three consecutive weekends for the first time because the new home being built for English Premier League club Tottenham won't be ready.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

College football 2018: Coaches feeling heat this season
(AP) — A potentially quiet  season for coaching moves can quickly turn into whirlwind of big openings.
Saturday, August 11, 2018

Wisconsin's rugged D gets makeover on edges
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Strong at its core, Wisconsin's defense is undergoing a makeover on the edges.
Saturday, August 11, 2018

Raiders beat Lions 16-10 in Gruden's return
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jon Gruden jawed at the officials, worked closely with the quarterbacks and was once again adored by the Oakland Raiders fans.
It was as if he had never left the Coliseum.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Not kids' games anymore! Dodgeball, Quidditch, mini golf go pro
NEW YORK (AP) — Dodgeball is not just a Ben Stiller movie or anxiety-inducing gym class activity. It’s a professional sport.
Saturday, August 11, 2018

Dalton sharp in new offense, Bengals beat Bears
CINCINNATI (AP) — Andy Dalton made the Bengals' new offense look like a comfortable fit.
Friday, August 10, 2018

NFL preseason roundup: Mayfield and Barkley impress
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Baker Mayfield and Saquon Barkley lived up to early expectations as the top two picks in the NFL draft in their first action as the Cleveland Browns beat the New York Giants 20-10 on Thursday night.
Friday, August 10, 2018

Betts homers in 9th to complete cycle, but Blue Jays top Red Sox
TORONTO (AP) — Mookie Betts has circled a few potential cycles in his young career, not surprising considering his rare combination of power and speed.
Friday, August 10, 2018

Landry Jones, Josh Dobbs lead Pittsburgh over Philadelphia 31-14
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Malcolm Jenkins went back to raising his fist during the national anthem and Chris Long again put his arm around him as the teammates continue trying to raise awareness about racial inequality, social injustices and systematic oppression.
Friday, August 10, 2018

Carpenter hits 31st homer, Cards beat Marlins 7-1
Matt Carpenter leaped into a high-five with Yadier Molina at home plate, trotted down the dugout steps and skipped from one end of the bench to the other, slapping hands with teammates lined up on both sides of him.
Thursday, August 9, 2018

Royals top Cubs 9-0
Heath Fillmyer used a hockey mentality to get a baseball milestone Wednesday night.
Thursday, August 9, 2018

NCAA adopts basketball reforms for agents, draft
The NCAA is taking steps to try to clean up college basketball, carving out a limited role for agents to work with players and changing pivotal parts of its rules-enforcement system as part of numerous reforms in the wake of a corruption scandal.
Thursday, August 9, 2018

Mikita, who led Blackhawks to 1961 title, dies at 78
When Stan Mikita got back together with the Chicago Blackhawks, it was clear how much the reconciliation meant to the Hall of Fame forward.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Montgomery, Bote lead Cubs to 5-0 victory over Royals
Mike Montgomery continues to dominate the club that drafted him out of high school.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

New assistant reshapes Irish line, running game
This small town in northern Indiana annually produces two things when the calendar turns to August: Corn and Notre Dame offensive linemen.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Jim Brown says he'd never kneel during anthem
Jim Brown has spent much of his post-NFL career fighting for social justice and change.

However, the Hall of Fame running back would never kneel during the national anthem.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Carpenter's home run in eighth sends Cardinals over Marlins 3-2
Even Matt Carpenter has been surprised by the run he has been on.

Carpenter, who has won two of the last three NL Player of the Week awards, hit his 30th home run, a tiebreaking drive in the eighth inning that lifted the St. Louis Cardinals over the Miami Marlins 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Baez homers, Hamels sharp as Cubs beat Royals
A little break in the action did Javier Baez some good.

Baez bounced back from a couple of strikeouts with a big home run, Cole Hamels pitched six strong innings and the Chicago Cubs beat the Kansas City Royals 3-1 on Monday night.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Heat serves as muggy reminder of final PGA in August
The PGA Championship finally found its identity. It's the one major where players are allowed to practice in shorts.
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

College Football: Key transfers highlight start of 2018 season
Coach Jim Harbaugh couldn't pass up a chance to deliver a coy response when asked about the quarterback situation at Michigan.
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Guerra gets Molina to escape jam, Marlins hold off Cards 2-1
Javy Guerra kept closer Kyle Barraclough's struggles from costing Miami a victory Monday night.
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Assessing the bullpens after trade deadline
Now that the dust has settled after the trade deadline, here's some quick trivia:

Which team does Zach Duke pitch for?

How about Darren O'Day? Or Seunghwan Oh?

Monday, August 6, 2018

Blackhawks defenseman Gustav Forsling out with wrist injury
Alison Aguilar and Delaney Spaulding drove in three runs each as the United States beat Taiwan 7-0 Saturday to improve to 2-0 in Group A at the women's softball world championship, a qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Saturday, August 4, 2018

Johnny Manziel throws 4 interceptions in CFL debut
Johnny Interception?

Johnny Manziel threw an interception — and made a tackle — on his second play in the Canadian Football League. It didn't get much better after that, with four of his six first-half series ending in interceptions.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Purdue QBs resume battle after injuries
David Blough and Elijah Sindelar are already locked in.

With offseason workouts over and their banged-up bodies finally healthy, they're eager to start Round 2 of Purdue's quarterback battle.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Meyer defends himself, and former assistant denies abuse
Urban Meyer defended himself Friday, admitting he was not forthright with reporters when questioned about 2015 allegations of domestic violence against one of his assistant coaches, but also insisting he handled the situation properly at the time.
Saturday, August 4, 2018

Ravens beat Bears, showcase D in preseason return
The goals were to let the backups play and learn, and to be inspired.

Missions accomplished.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Martinez's 9th-inning single lifts Cards over Rockies
Jose Martinez is making the most of his limited opportunities.

Martinez sliced an opposite-field pinch-hit single to the right-center field gap off Wade Davis with one out in the ninth inning, driving in the tying and go-ahead runs and lifting the St. Louis Cardinals over the Colorado Rockies 3-2 on Thursday.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Abreu, Palka knock homers as White Sox rally to top Royals 6-4
In a matchup of teams on track to both lose 100 or more games, the White Sox avoided getting swept in a three-game series.
Friday, August 3, 2018

MLB offense rebounds in July after a historic drop
Offense is on the rebound in Major League Baseball.

After a historic drop during the season's first three months that concerned the sport's leadership, the big league batting average in July was .255, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, raising the season's average from .246 to .248. Unless it goes up to at least .251 during the final two months, the season average would be the lowest since .244 in 1972.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Chicago suburb to sponsor Bahamas bowl game
A Chicago suburb is spending $300,000 to be the title sponsor for a nationally televised college football bowl game in the Bahamas.
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Cubs, Cards Corner
Thursday, August 2, 2018

OSU's Meyer on hot seat over handling of abuse claims
Urban Meyer's Ohio State program has been one of the best in college football and for the most part has avoided major off-field issues and player behavior problems that tarnished his championship teams at Florida.
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Blackmon, Gonzalez homer, Rockies power past Cards
Jon Gray is back to competing, and the Colorado Rockies are reaping the rewards.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Pirates cap big deadline day with 5-4 win over Cubs
Jameson Taillon spent the hours before the trade deadline doing some detective work. The Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher scoured Twitter for updates, asked team trainers if they were scanning medical records and touched base with acquaintances of potential targets for a brief rundown on who might be joining the hottest team in the majors.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

NJ man, brother find 5 Mickey Mantle cards
Most people who collect sports cards when they are kids usually end up storing them in boxes for years and years. That's where they stay until something prompts the desire to go through them.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Nationals set team scoring record in 25-4 rout of Reyes, Mets
The New York Mets have been searching for any reason to smile during a miserable season. This laugher wasn't exactly what they had in mind.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

NFL concussion claims hit $500M in less than two years
More than $500 million in claims were approved as of Monday under the NFL's concussion settlement, nearly a decade earlier than league officials estimated they would reach that amount.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Ozuna homers in 10th as Cardinals top Rockies 5-4
Marcell Ozuna had always dreamed of hitting a game-ending homer, and finally did it.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Osuna, Giles, more relievers move just ahead of MLB trade deadline
Closers Roberto Osuna and Ken Giles switched spots. Adam Warren and Zach Duke moved into the Seattle bullpen. Lance Lynn got a new look in pinstripes. Adam Duvall will be slugging for the Braves. And Ian Kinsler is primed for a playoff run with his new team, the Red Sox.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

New tackle rule partly to blame for holdout of Bears' Roquan Smith
When linebacker Danny Trevathan returned to practice Monday after recovering from a pulled hamstring, it left the Chicago Bears missing only one inside linebacker — first-round draft pick Roquan Smith.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

LA-bound LeBron leaves lasting gift to hometown Akron, Ohio
LeBron James stood on a stage near one of the streets he walked as a troubled kid and looked out at thousands of faces. He felt connected to every one of them.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Top-ranked Dustin Johnson wins RBC Canadian Open
Dustin Johnson is used to cheers and chants of "Let's go DJ!" But getting serenaded with "O Canada"?
Monday, July 30, 2018

Jutanugarn wins Ladies Scottish Open for 10th LPGA title
Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn hit six birdies in a final round 5-under 66 to win the Ladies Scottish Open by one shot on Sunday.
Monday, July 30, 2018

Cubs get Cole Hamels in trade with Rangers
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs are gambling a change of scenery and a pennant race will help Cole Hamels return to form.
The Cubs acquired the veteran left-hander from the Texas Rangers on Friday for right-hander Eddie Butler, minor league pitcher Rollie Lacy and a player to be named. The Cubs are responsible for paying Hamels $5 million.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Bote, Rizzo homer in 9th, lift Cubs over D-Backs
CHICAGO (AP) — A day that began with Kris Bryant's return to the disabled list ended with a late power surge by the Chicago Cubs.
Friday, July 27, 2018

2 minutes, 8 barrels: Surfer takes a historic ride
(AP) — To say Koa Smith was at the right place at the right time is perfectly accurate. To say he got lucky — that's missing the point.
Friday, July 27, 2018

Injuries behind him, Bears' Long says he is rejuvenated
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears guard Kyle Long showed up to training camp feeling rejuvenated — and a bit old.
Friday, July 27, 2018

Suarez homers to power Reds to 7-3 win over STL
Eugenio Suarez didn't wait around to get his team going on Wednesday.
Thursday, July 26, 2018

Five new head football coaches giving fresh energy to weary Pac-12
The Pac-12 went 1-8 in its bowl games last season, leading to a winter of external criticism and internal soul-searching for most of its programs.
Thursday, July 26, 2018

Trout, Pujols and Ohtani homer as Angels rout White Sox 11-3
With their three biggest stars all shining Wednesday night, the Los Angeles Angels put on quite a show.
Thursday, July 26, 2018

Plouffe's homer in 16th leads Phillies over Dodgers
The Phillies' relievers just kept shutting down the Dodgers, and Los Angeles finally ran out of pitchers.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Browns rookie QB Mayfield signs, avoids holdout
Baker Mayfield's first win was beating the clock.

The No. 1 overall pick in this year's NFL draft signed his rookie contract on Tuesday with the Cleveland Browns, who believe the quarterback from Oklahoma can lead them back to respectability and more.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Wisconsin Badgers a favorite to win Big Ten West
Success for the Wisconsin Badgers is about as ho-hum as their leader's personality.

All Wisconsin does is win under no-nonsense, coach-next-door Paul Chryst.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Gurley gets $60 million contract extension from Rams
Todd Gurley was the key to the Los Angeles Rams' offensive transformation last season, and the Rams have rewarded their star running back with a game-changing contract.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Cardinals' righty unhittable in debut, but Reds rally for 2-1 victory
Daniel Poncedeleon wasn't going to let a sore neck ruin his major league debut, not after all he's come through in the last year. The Cardinals' determined rookie shook it off and made St. Louis history.
Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Molinari survives wild day to win British Open
Francesco Molinari didn't get the loudest cheers for the best golf at British Open.
Monday, July 23, 2018

Harvick uses bump-and-run on Busch to win at New Hampshire
Kevin Harvick warned he was charging for the lead with taps on Kyle Busch's rear bumper over the waning laps. Harvick had failed to methodically work his way around the race leader with a clean pass, so he set aim with his Ford on Busch for the knockout shot.
Monday, July 23, 2018

Dolphins owner speaks on anthem position
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said he hadn't decided whether to actually discipline players who protest during the national anthem when he formally told the team that the demonstrations could be punishable.
Saturday, July 21, 2018

Kurt Busch wins pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Kurt Busch is set to crank up contract talks with Stewart Haas-Racing.

With his deal expiring at the end of the season, the 2004 NASCAR Cup champion is on the hunt for a new agreement that would keep him in the SHR fold and with Monster Energy again on board as a primary sponsor.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Saban's coaching tree casts large shadow on SEC Media Days
There is no escaping Nick Saban's influence on the Southeastern Conference. His coaching tree was represented on each of the four days of the SEC's media gathering.
Saturday, July 21, 2018

Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky takes break from social media
Mitchell Trubisky is tired of it all.

The Chicago quarterback has no use for the critics. And when it comes to social media, he's taking a breather, too.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Machado joins Dodgers after deal with Orioles
It's a whole new beginning for Manny Machado after months of uncertainty. Perfect time for a new number, too.
Saturday, July 21, 2018

Baylor calls claims by former AD baseless
Baylor says its former athletic director made "factually baseless assertions" in a court deposition when he claimed regents tried to steer blame for the school's sexual assault scandal to the football team.
Saturday, July 21, 2018

NFL, NFLPA freeze anthem rules amid backlash to Miami policy
The NFL's two-month old national anthem policy is on hold.

Hours after The Associated Press reported that Miami Dolphins players who protest on the field during the anthem could be suspended for up to four games under a team policy issued this week, the league and the players union issued a joint statement late Thursday night saying the two sides are talking things out.

Friday, July 20, 2018

After busy offseason, Bears ready to see how pieces fit
The Chicago Bears made sweeping changes to lift a struggling franchise, and general manager Ryan Pace can't wait to see how it all comes together.

The next big step is here.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Clemson reworks Venables contract to $2M over 5
Clemson has made a second major statement this year about how much it wants to hold onto defensive coordinator Brent Venables.
Friday, July 20, 2018

Cleveland bolsters bullpen with All-Star Brad Hand, rookie Adam Cimber
With an eye on October and beyond, the AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians scooped up All-Star closer Brad Hand and fellow reliever Adam Cimber from the rebuilding San Diego Padres in exchange for switch-hitting catching prospect Francisco Mejia.
Friday, July 20, 2018

AP source: Falcons won't offer wide receiver Julio Jones new deal this year
Stifled by the salary cap, the Atlanta Falcons won't be offering Julio Jones a more lucrative contract.

Not this year, at least.

Friday, July 20, 2018

As MLB mulls rule changes, union hints at work stoppage
Major League Baseball wants a broad discussion with players about rule changes to combat decreased offense and longer games, an initiative likely to be met by a testy union stung by declining free-agent prices and already raising the possibility of a work stoppage after the 2021 season.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Georgia reloads for another championship run under Smart
Even six months later, there was no way for Kirby Smart to dodge the question.

The Georgia coach just knew he'd be asked if he has recovered from the Bulldogs' loss to Alabama in the national championship game.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Boom or bust: homers, strikeouts dominate All-Star game
Boom or bust. This is what baseball has become — and that has owners worried.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Warriors coach Steve Kerr receives contract extension, details not announced
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has received a contract extension following the franchise's repeat championship and third title in four years during his tenure.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt to make run at professional soccer in Australia
Usain Bolt is making a run at professional soccer in Australia.

The Olympic sprint great has long expressed his love of the game. Since his retirement from track, he has tested himself with Germany's Borussia Dortmund and the Norwegian club Stromsgodset.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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