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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


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

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

Jabari Parker agrees to 40-million-dollar, 2-year deal with Bulls
Jabari Parker and the Chicago Bulls agreed over the weekend to a $40 million, two-year contract, bringing the talented and oft-injured forward to his hometown team.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Harper wins thrilling HR Derby over Schwarber
The ball cleared the center field wall, and the sellout crowd roared. Bryce Harper threw his bat in the air, thrust both index fingers skyward and yelled with delight as a shower of streamers rained upon the crowd of 43,698.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Machado won't let trade talk diminish his fun as an All-Star
On the night of the All-Star Game, Manny Machado will proudly represent the Baltimore Orioles, the only team he's played for in the big leagues.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

World Cup win gives France new set of heroes, needed boost
The welcome was grand, the emotion visceral as France's victorious World Cup team rolled down Paris' Champs-Elysees Avenue in an open-top bus Monday while tens of thousands of people cheered with unrestrained pride and jets streamed the national colors — blue, white, red — overhead.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Deadline looms for casinos' sports bet plans before football
Time is running out for some gambling companies that plan to offer legal sports betting in New Jersey before football season starts.
Monday, July 16, 2018

World Cup afterglow gives France a sorely needed boost
With the golden World Cup trophy in hand, France's victorious national team is returning home to a grand "Merci!" from a grateful nation that was sorely in need of a boost.
Monday, July 16, 2018

2014 top offensive player, running back DeMarco Murray, retires
(AP) — DeMarco Murray is retiring from the NFL.
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Blue Jays win big, 13-7, to snap Red Sox win streak at ten games
BOSTON (AP) — The streak had to end some time.

Rick Porcello just didn't want it to be his fault.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Clash: World Cup, Wimbledon men's finals could overlap
MOSCOW (AP) — Roger Federer almost sounded offended when asked whether he would be concerned about Centre Court spectators paying too much attention to the World Cup final during the Wimbledon men's singles final.
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Dodgers' Chase Utley to retire at season's end
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chase Utley will retire from baseball at the end of this season, capping a 16-year career that included a World Series championship with Philadelphia and an elder-statesman role with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Saturday, July 14, 2018

USA Gymnastics appoints 5 athletes to task force
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — USA Gymnastics has appointed five retired athletes to a task force to help the organization chart its course after the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal.
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Catch rule: NFL refs thought they were right all along
PLANO, Texas (AP) — Walt Coleman doesn't see the revamped catch rule as a big change for NFL game officials because the veteran referee believes they've already been calling catches the new way.
Saturday, July 14, 2018

THS alum Eric Dust to play for USA D2 Men's Basketball
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Eric Dust, Taylorville’s class of 2015, has been selected to compete in Brazil for the USA D2 Men’s Basketball Team.
Friday, July 13, 2018

Underdog status suits Croatia perfectly for World Cup final
MOSCOW (AP) — A billion-dollar assembly of stars makes France the favorite for the World Cup final, a scenario that Dejan Lovren is pitching as perfect for Croatia's biggest ever game.
Friday, July 13, 2018

New league not trying to replace college football
(AP) — Phil Savage, the former NFL executive who has been a radio analyst for Alabama football for nine years, says the fledging Alliance of American Football league will fill a void in player development but it is not trying to be an alternative to college football.
Friday, July 13, 2018

Pujols hits 630th HR, ties Griffey for 6th; Angels rout M's
DOUG PADILLA
Associated Press
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — On a night when Albert Pujols moved up the career home run ladder, rookie teammate David Fletcher grabbed onto the bottom rung.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Mickelson says he will try to act better
GULLANE, Scotland (AP) — Phil Mickelson wishes he could take back the moment when he swatted a moving golf ball at the U.S. Open.
Friday, July 13, 2018

10 months after baby, Serena in Wimbledon final vs. Kerber
LONDON (AP) — Serena Williams has been saying it over and over and over: Wimbledon is only her fourth tournament since returning to the tour after having a baby.
Friday, July 13, 2018

Blackhawks unload Hossa's contract in trade with Coyotes
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks traded Marian Hossa and Vinnie Hinostroza to the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday, parting with a promising young forward in order to clear out a troublesome contract.
Friday, July 13, 2018

Rodon tosses gem, White Sox blank Cardinals 4-0
Carlos Rodon is healthy, and showing signs of rounding into the dominant starter the Chicago White Sox hoped he'd become.
Thursday, July 12, 2018

Posey hits game-winning single in 13th, Giants beat Cubs
Buster Posey would prefer not to discuss his inflamed right hip, and notes that if it wasn't the reason he has to skip the All-Star Game it might still be a secret that he needs an injection once the first half wraps up this weekend.
Thursday, July 12, 2018

Cards rout White Sox 14-2
Dexter Fowler broke out of his funk in grand style.

The slumping outfielder hit his fourth career grand slam, All-Star Miles Mikolas tossed six innings of three-hit ball and the St. Louis Cardinals routed the Chicago White Sox 14-2 on Tuesday night.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

NFL players union files grievance over anthem policy
The NFL Players Association filed a grievance with the league on Tuesday challenging its national anthem policy.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Sandoval plays hero in 11th inning, Giants beat Cubs
Pablo Sandoval left Boston last season and returned to the San Francisco Giants realizing he no longer held Bay Area star status.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Kershaw dominates San Diego in Dodgers' 8-2 win
Clayton Kershaw is feeling fit again and that's a bad sign for the Los Angeles Dodgers' rivals heading into the season's second half.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Sarkisian loses $30M lawsuit against USC
Former USC head football coach Steve Sarkisian has lost a $30 million lawsuit that claimed he was improperly fired by the school instead of being allowed to seek treatment for alcoholism.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Reserve Bryan Holaday's hit helps Miami beat Brewers 4-3 in 10
Miami Marlins All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto was at the hospital Monday night awaiting the birth of his first child and already celebrating thanks to a big hit by his backup.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Germany makes Mesut Ozil its scapegoat for World Cup exit
Same coach, same team manager, same president.

And yet after almost two weeks of reflection, the German soccer federation (DFB) appears to have decided midfielder Mesut Ozil is the main culprit for the team's shock early World Cup exit.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Bases-loaded walk in 10th gives Cubs win over Reds
In registering a string of comeback wins, the Cubs have come through with big hit after big hit late in games.

On Sunday, they produced a rally without the benefit of a hit.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Royals sign 16-year-old Japanese pitcher for $322,500
Kaito Yuki is headed to the Kansas City Royals organization instead of attending high school in Japan.
Monday, July 9, 2018

AL outfield grabs attention as All-Star teams announced
Mike Trout, Aaron Judge and Mookie Betts form a dream outfield for the American League. Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer make up a not-so-gracious welcome committee for the NL.
Monday, July 9, 2018

Kim shatters LPGA records, shoots 31-under, wins by 9 shots
Sei Young Kim watched her 12-foot birdie putt break toward the hole and disappear into the cup, putting her in territory no one had ever been on the LPGA Tour.
Monday, July 9, 2018

Sandoval's 5 RBIs sends Giants past Cardinals 13-8
At some point, Giants manager Bruce Bochy plans to give Pablo Sandoval a day off. It's just that Sandoval's bat, coupled with a slew of injuries in San Francisco's infield, is making it increasingly difficult to rest the portly third baseman.
Monday, July 9, 2018

Parker, Howard pick new spots, Melo may be next
Tony Parker went to San Antonio as a teenager nearly two decades ago, quickly became part of the Spurs' legendary Big Three and celebrated four championships while wearing silver and black.
Saturday, July 7, 2018

Maryland now latest school in FBI hoops probe
Maryland has joined the list of schools to receive a grand jury subpoena seeking records in the ongoing federal corruption investigation into college basketball.
Saturday, July 7, 2018

DeMarcus Cousins, on the Warriors: 'Scary'
DeMarcus Cousins perfectly summed up the potential of the Golden State Warriors. "Scary," he said.

The rest of the league likely agrees.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Zimmermann denies Colon's history bid, Tigers beat Rangers 3-1
Jordan Zimmermann knew two things when he took the mound against Bartolo Colon on Friday night.

He was going to have to be good to keep Colon from making history, and the game wasn't going to take long.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Nats rally from nine-run deficit to beat Marlins 14-12
The Washington Nationals are far from finished. Not after briefly slipping below .500 this week. And, certainly not after spotting the Miami Marlins the first nine runs on Thursday night.
Friday, July 6, 2018

Cardinals hit 3 HRs to back Weaver in 11-2 win
St. Louis pitcher Luke Weaver flirted with perfection, had to overcome a little frustration, and settled for domination.

The Cardinals' offense was pretty good, too.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Young Bulls upbeat, but there is work ahead
The Chicago Bulls like to think they are one of the NBA's up-and-coming teams, one that could challenge for a playoff berth next season.
Friday, July 6, 2018

Ex-athletes say Ohio State doc groped, ogled men for years
On paper, Richard Strauss was a well-regarded Ohio State University physician who examined young athletes for decades as a team doctor and sports-medicine researcher.
Friday, July 6, 2018

Teen Hannah Roberts rises to top in BMX, Summer Olympics in sight
Hannah Roberts first climbed on a BMX bike as a child to try and follow in her cousin's tracks.
Friday, July 6, 2018

Contreras leads Cubs past Tigers for 6th straight
Javier Baez flashed a little baserunning moxie. It paid off and Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon loved it.
Thursday, July 5, 2018

Bugs, 'lucky' foe send Wozniacki out of Wimbledon
Caroline Wozniacki complained about the flying insects at Wimbledon, demanding that bug spray be brought to the court.
Thursday, July 5, 2018

NBA says 40,000 more travel miles in a 16-team playoff
The NBA estimates an increase of 40,000 miles of travel in the postseason if it scrapped its current conference format and took the top 16 teams.
Thursday, July 5, 2018

Wimbledon: 35 service points, 26 sets in a row for Federer
As Roger Federer was winning 35 consecutive service points at Wimbledon on Wednesday — yes, 35 in a row — a Centre Court spectator cheered him on while wearing a red shirt with white lettering that said, "PeRFect."
Thursday, July 5, 2018

Molina, Munoz HRs help Cardinals beat D-backs 8-4
The St. Louis Cardinals left Arizona feeling a little bit better about themselves, thanks to a late-inning surge by the offense and another strong outing from Miles Mikolas.
Thursday, July 5, 2018

NFL suspends Packers RB Aaron Jones for 2 games
The NFL has suspended Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones for the first two games of the 2018 season without pay for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Past champs Sharapova, Kvitova beaten at Wimbledon
These are not the sorts of matches Maria Sharapova is supposed to lose, letting lead after lead slip away Tuesday against a qualifier ranked 132nd — and in the first round of Wimbledon, no less.
Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Get ready to gobble! Eating titans take on hot dog contest
It's frankly amazing.

Chowdown champions will face off Wednesday at Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest, where the men's record stands at 72 frankfurters and buns in 10 minutes.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Pickford the hero as England's World Cup penalty curse ends
The research paid off for Jordan Pickford.

When Carlos Bacca stepped up to take Colombia's fifth and final penalty, Pickford knew he was likely to shoot to the left.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Goldschmidt homers, Diamondbacks knock off Cardinals 4-2
Paul Goldschmidt struck out his first two at-bats against Jack Flaherty, once on a slider. With two on in the fifth inning, Goldschmidt fell behind against the St. Louis right-hander and laid off two sliders like the one he chased earlier.
Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Blues continue shakeup, acquire O'Reilly
Still stung by the Blues missing the playoffs for the first time in six seasons, general manager Doug Armstrong capped a major roster overhaul on the first day of the NHL's free-agency period by acquiring center Ryan O'Reilly in a multiplayer trade with the Buffalo Sabres.
Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Molina drives in 3, Cardinals beat Diamondbacks 6-3
The St. Louis Cardinals have struggled to get that one big hit they have needed recently, particularly during a three-game weekend sweep by Atlanta.

Yadier Molina came through early in a key situation, sparking the Cardinals to a play-from-ahead victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Wild brawl mars Australia-Philippines basketball game
Basketball's international governing body has opened disciplinary hearings against Australia and the Philippines after a wild brawl that included Milwaukee Bucks forward Thon Maker broke out in their Basketball World Cup qualifying game Monday.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Belgium beats Japan 3-2 to reach World Cup quarters
Jan Vertonghen started Belgium's comeback with a wild, looping header and Nacer Chadli capped it by finishing off a 10-second, end-to-end attack in the final moments.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Warriors add a fifth All-Star in center DeMarcus Cousins
As he has long desired, DeMarcus Cousins will finally get a chance to play for a winner once he's healthy from a torn left Achilles tendon.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018

'Game, set, match, Mrs. Williams': Serena wins at Wimbledon
Now that she's "Mrs. Williams," per the Wimbledon chair umpire, now that she's a mother, now that she is back on tour, Serena Williams is ready to rediscover her full complement of shots and full ability to dominate.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018

LA-Bron: James agrees to 4-year contract with Lakers
LeBron James is leaving home for Hollywood and an iconic team.

The Los Angeles Lakers have a new superstar — L.A.-Bron.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Lester homers, gets NL-high 11th win as Cubs top Twins 11-10
With a career batting average under .100, Jon Lester might seem to be a pitcher who doesn't care what he does at the plate.

Not true.

Monday, July 2, 2018

LeBron declines option, becomes prize free agent
Saturday, June 30, 2018

Elliott at Chicagoland after strong Sonoma showing
Saturday, June 30, 2018

Mbappe, not Messi, stars as France beats Argentina 4-3
KAZAN, Russia (AP) — With Lionel Messi out of the tournament, the World Cup has a new star.
Saturday, June 30, 2018

Darvish heads to Texas for opinion on sore triceps muscle
CHICAGO (AP) — Yu Darvish has a new diagnosis on his injury: It's a right elbow impingement and inflammation.
Saturday, June 30, 2018

IHSA officially releases football schedules
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — On Wednesday, the IHSA officially released the composite football schedule for all teams in the state. A look at the schedule for the teams in the county:
Friday, June 29, 2018

Oregon State Beavers win College World Series

ERIC OLSON

AP Sports Writer

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Arkansas missed a chance to win the College World Series when a foul pop dropped between three infielders. Oregon State made the Razorbacks pay for it behind one of the best pitching performances in a title game.


Friday, June 29, 2018

Mexico stuns US Basketball in World Cup qualifying, 78-70

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Jeff Van Gundy warned the Americans that they were in for a serious challenge.

To his chagrin, he was right, and the U.S. was handed a rare loss.


Friday, June 29, 2018

Paul George becomes free agent
Paul George turned down one option and created a slew of new ones.

George has decided not to exercise his $20.7 million option for next season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, a person with knowledge of the situation said Thursday. George will become an unrestricted free agent on Sunday.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Rookie hurler Bieber sharp as Tribe top Cards
After a rough debut, Cleveland Indians rookie Shane Bieber has found his routine.

Edwin Encarnacion and Lonnie Chisenhall hit back-to-back homers, Bieber pitched six strong innings and the Indians beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 on Wednesday night.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Carpenter homers twice, Cards thump Indians
Matt Carpenter helped the St. Louis Cardinals beat two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber in a way no one has before, then he stuck around to make some history of his own.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

LeBron's loyalty could push him to re-sign with Cavs
LeBron James sprung to his feet and screamed along with thousands of delirious Cleveland fans.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Baez's grand slam powers Cubs over Dodgers 9-4
Javier Baez put on a show for the Chicago Cubs and appeared to nail his audition for a high-profile role later this summer.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Serena Williams at No. 25 in post-pregnancy return
Serena Williams was seeded No. 25 for her return to Wimbledon after having a baby, a decision by the All England Club announced Wednesday that elevates the tournament's seven-time champion above her ranking of 183rd.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Gant, Ozuna spark St. Louis to victory over Cleveland
Spot starter John Gant earned himself another turn in the rotation.

Gant pitched one-hit ball over a career-high seven innings, Marcell Ozuna hit a two-run double and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cleveland Indians 4-0 on Monday night.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Dodgers beat Cubs 2-1
Enrique Hernandez has been around the Los Angeles Dodgers long enough to know that an extended hot streak, even from a utility player, can lead to regular playing time.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Carlson is first domino to fall in NHL free agency
The first big free agent re-signing with his own team is just the beginning of the frenzy that's to come around the NHL.
Monday, June 25, 2018

Weaver, Martinez pace Cards past Brewers 8-2
Luke Weaver seemed to regain his old form. It just took a while.

He settled in after a shaky first inning to win for the first time in eight starts and Jose Martinez hit a three-run homer to pace the St. Louis Cardinals to an 8-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Pitcher homers, Reds rally past Cubs 8-6 for 7th win in row
Once pitcher Mike Lorenzen homered, the Cincinnati Reds got rolling again.
Monday, June 25, 2018

Bubba Watson shoots 63 to rally for 3rd Travelers title
Bubba Watson says TPC River Highlands feels like home. It certainly was a comfortable place again this week.
Monday, June 25, 2018

Japanese teen Nasa Hataoka wins NW Arkansas Championship
Nasa Hataoka didn't have the star power in her final grouping at the NW Arkansas Championship.
Monday, June 25, 2018

Lukaku, Hazard, Belgium beat Tunisia 5-2
Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard scored two goals each in a dominant Belgium display on Saturday, leading their team over Tunisia 5-2 in the highest scoring game of the World Cup.
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Iceland, Mexico, England are all vying for US World Cup support
American soccer fans: Iceland's prime minister wants your support.

The United States is absent from the World Cup for the first time since 1986, which means up to 325 million Americans are temporarily free agents.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

AP source: Thunder's Carmelo Anthony to opt in, take $28 million
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony plans to opt in and take the $28 million he is due next season.
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Cubs owners in talks to purchase AC Milan
The Ricketts family that owns the Chicago Cubs says it is negotiating to purchase the debt-ridden AC Milan soccer team.
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Beaver offense keeps humming in win over Miss. St.
It has been decades since an offense at the College World Series has been as prolific as Oregon State's.
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Arkansas off to CWS finals, chomps Florida 5-2
Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn had a simple message for his Razorbacks before they played Florida for a spot in the College World Series finals Friday night.
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Bulls go big, take Carter at No. 7, Hutchison at No. 22
The Chicago Bulls gave Lauri Markkanen a frontcourt running mate by drafting Duke's Wendell Carter Jr. Then they added help on the wing.

More than anything, the Bulls insisted, they continued to position themselves to move up in the Eastern Conference.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Phoenix takes Ayton No. 1; Young, Doncic swapped
The Phoenix Suns stayed close to home for their first No. 1 pick. The Dallas Mavericks looked all the way to Slovenia for the player they hope can be their next European superstar.
Friday, June 22, 2018

Brazil scores late, beats Costa Rica 2-0
Philippe Coutinho and Neymar scored injury-time goals to help Brazil beat Costa Rica 2-0 Friday at the World Cup.
Friday, June 22, 2018

Fairytale draft spoiled by 76ers
Tyneeha Rivers walked into Barclays Center for the NBA draft with her son, Mikal Bridges.

Rivers had somewhat of a parental advantage, she works for an NBA team, the Philadelphia 76ers. So when her son — who starred at Villanova — was taken by the 76ers with the 10th overall pick, she couldn't believe it.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Suter goes seven innings, Brewers beat error-prone Cardinals 11-3
Brent Suter turned a quick mistake into a big win over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Friday, June 22, 2018

Winker's sixth-inning grand slam rallies Cincinnati past Cubs 6-2
Jesse Winker hit his first career game-ending homer against the Rockies on June 7 and got a pair of Carlos Gonzalez's white batting gloves during the series as a keepsake. He wore them for another career breakthrough on Thursday night.
Friday, June 22, 2018

Lester wins 5th straight, Cubs continue pitching prominence
Whether they were making neat grabs or nailing runners at the plate, the Chicago Cubs came through with one sparkling play after another.

It was just what Jon Lester needed.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

All-time NBA draft - the best pick from every slot
There’s a definitive answer every year to the question of who is No. 1 in the NBA draft, just as there will be tonight when the league holds its annual selection ceremony.
Thursday, June 21, 2018

Herrera's solo homer lifts Phils to 4-3 win over Cardinals
Odubel Herrera smiled when told he was being compared to Ichiro Suzuki and Vladimir Guerrero. He has potential to be known by his first name just like Ichiro and Vlad, too.
Thursday, June 21, 2018

Ozuna misses 2-run double in 10th, Phils top Cards
Aaron Altherr got his first lucky break in a while.

Left fielder Marcell Ozuna dived for and missed Altherr's two-run double with two outs in the 10th inning, allowing the Philadelphia Phillies to rally for a 6-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Trotz resigns as coach of Stanley Cup-winning Capitals
Less than two weeks after lifting the Stanley Cup, Barry Trotz is a free agent and the Washington Capitals are looking for a new coach.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Blackhawks agree to extensions with Hinostroza, Hayden
The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to two-year contract extensions with forwards Vinnie Hinostroza and John Hayden.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Osako, Japan top Colombia 2-1 in latest World Cup surprise
Yuya Osako had a surprise in store for those who thought the absence of Shinji Okazaki left Japan little hope of competing with Colombia at the World Cup.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Tick, Tock: Time running out for Messi to deliver World Cup
Time is running out for Lionel Messi to bring Argentina a World Cup, which would give him the one thing that's missing from a career that ranks among the greatest.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Clemson QB to Northwestern
Former Clemson quarterback and highly touted recruit Hunter Johnson is transferring to Northwestern.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Nassar victims urge Michigan State board to fire Engler
A letter signed by 123 sexual abuse victims of former sports doctor Larry Nassar on Tuesday urged Michigan State University's governing board to oust interim president John Engler, saying he has reinforced a "culture of abuse" at the school.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Egypt goalkeeper declines beer-sponsored World Cup award
An Egypt team official has confirmed goalkeeper Mohamed Elshenawy declined to receive a player of the match trophy at the World Cup for religious reasons.
Monday, June 18, 2018

Texas Tech stuns Gators 6-3 in College World Series opener
Texas Tech cleared the hurdle of winning a College World Series opener. It was a high one, too.
Monday, June 18, 2018

Flaherty, Carpenter help Cardinals shut down Cubs 5-0
John Brebbia pitched in 70 major league games before earning his first career win. When the wait was over, the individual accomplishment was an afterthought compared to the exhilaration of stopping his team's archrival from earning its first sweep in nearly eight years at Busch Stadium.
Monday, June 18, 2018

2 suspended after home plate scuffle
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp and Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos were suspended for one game apiece by Major League Baseball on Friday because of a scuffle that followed a collision at home plate.
Saturday, June 16, 2018

On This Date In Baseball - June 17
Saturday, June 16, 2018

There's one likely winner for certain in the World Cup: Vladimir Putin

Peter Rutland,

Wesleyan University

(THE CONVERSATION via AP) — Half a million soccer fans will head to Russia to watch their national teams compete in the FIFA World Cup. Billions more around the world will watch on television. Brazil and Germany are favorites to win the trophy.


Saturday, June 16, 2018

School, fatherhood and football connect these former teammates
(AP) — David Hood has been a dad and a college football player and sometimes he had to do both at the same time.
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Tourists can now experience the ancient sport of falconry
WOODSTOCK, Vt. (AP)  Falconry is an old tradition in many parts of the world, including the United Kingdom and the Middle East. But now it's starting to be offered as an activity for tourists at hotels, vineyards and other sites around the U.S., from Vermont to Colorado to California.
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Tourists can now experience the ancient sport of falconry
WOODSTOCK, Vt. (AP)  Falconry is an old tradition in many parts of the world, including the United Kingdom and the Middle East. But now it's starting to be offered as an activity for tourists at hotels, vineyards and other sites around the U.S., from Vermont to Colorado to California.
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Tourists can now experience the ancient sport of falconry
WOODSTOCK, Vt. (AP)  Falconry is an old tradition in many parts of the world, including the United Kingdom and the Middle East. But now it's starting to be offered as an activity for tourists at hotels, vineyards and other sites around the U.S., from Vermont to Colorado to California.
Saturday, June 16, 2018

MMA star McGregor says he regrets Brooklyn melee

MICHAEL R. SISAK

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor expressed regret Thursday for a backstage melee at a Brooklyn arena that saw him caught on camera hurling a hand truck at a bus full of fighters, and he is negotiating a plea deal to resolve criminal charges in the case.


Friday, June 15, 2018

A manager's umpire rant goes online, and Manfred cries foul
NEW YORK (AP) — Commissioner Rob Manfred says Major League Baseball is trying to remove from the internet the leaked video of former Mets manager Terry Collins ranting at umpires.
Friday, June 15, 2018

US Open: Gregory faces the music; Phil, Rory do not

JIMMY GOLEN

AP Sports Writer

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Twenty-three year-old Scott Gregory shot 22 over par — dead last in the opening round of the U.S. Open — and then cheerfully answered every question from a group of reporters wanting to know what went wrong.


Friday, June 15, 2018

Putin, Russia get their 1st win at World Cup

JAMES ELLINGWORTH

AP Sports Writer

MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin craves sporting glory, and he got another taste of it in the opening match of the World Cup.


Friday, June 15, 2018

Lindor, Ramirez HR, lead Clevinger, Indians over Chisox 5-2

ANDREW SELIGMAN

AP Sports Writer

CHICAGO (AP) — Francisco Lindor sensed the Cleveland Indians needed a lift coming off back-to-back losses.

 

Friday, June 15, 2018

Dave Ryan helps CDGA defeat IPGA in Radix Cup
The Chicago District Golf Association picked up back-to-back victories over the Illinois PGA professionals in the Radix Cup, with the tournament wrapping up on Wednesday.
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Padres beat Cardinals, lock up fifth straight series win
Padres manager Andy Green is trying not to get too excited about San Diego's run of success. His players seem to be enjoying it, though.
Thursday, June 14, 2018

NCAA eases rules on athlete transfers, eff. Oct. 15
College athletes will no longer need permission from their coach or school to transfer and receive financial aid from another school.
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Teenage dream: Soto, 19, powers Nats' win at Yankee Stadium
Juan Soto is barely old enough to be in college, let alone lighting it up at Yankee Stadium.
Thursday, June 14, 2018

New Jersey begins taking legal sports bets, Murphy makes first bets
New Jersey's governor kicked off a new era of gambling Thursday in the state that led the charge for the entire nation to bet on sports legally.
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Hosmer homers, bullpen shines, Padres beat the Cardinals 4-2
The Padres bullpen has stepped up to fill a hole in San Diego’s rotation.

Eric Hosmer homered, San Diego’s bullpen took a perfect game into the sixth inning and the Padres beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 on Tuesday night for their 10th win in 14 games.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Sports betting focus today at casino conference
A day before New Jersey’s governor makes his state’s first legal wager on a sporting event, sports betting will be the main topic at a major gambling industry conference in Atlantic City.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Shields gets first win since opener, White Sox beat Indians 5-1
The Chicago White Sox had the fog machine and strobe lights going after their latest victory. Considering how little they have had to celebrate this season, they’re not going to let the opportunities go by.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Cubs back in 1st place, beat Brewers 7-2 in 11 innings
Anthony Rizzo turned on the power with a long homer down the right-field line in the 11th inning. Jason Heyward delivered a tying single in the eighth against one of the toughest relievers in baseball.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Cardinals power past Padres, 5-2, with three homeruns
June is shaping up as a good month for St. Louis first baseman Jose Martinez.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Hamilton, Reds end 13-game losing skid vs Cards
Legs, glove and bat — center fielder Billy Hamilton used them all to almost single-handedly stop the Cincinnati Reds' historic losing streak to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Monday, June 11, 2018

Dustin Johnson reclaims world's top spot with win
Dustin Johnson is back in his spot as the world's top-ranked golfer thanks to a dominant victory capped by an absolutely amazing hole-out for eagle.
Monday, June 11, 2018

Wash., Mississippi St. go extras; earn berths in CWS
Before Sunday, Washington was the only baseball team in the tradition-rich Pac-12 to never make it to the College World Series.

The Huskies finally are going to Omaha.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Harrison, Polanco help lead Nova, Pirates over Cubs 7-1
Although reluctant to go on the disabled list two weeks ago, Ivan Nova had to concede Sunday that the break was a great benefit.
Monday, June 11, 2018

Warriors sweep Cavs for second straight title
There were still a few seconds left on the clock when the Golden State Warriors stormed off their bench to begin a celebration that wasn't guaranteed.

They couldn't wait any longer.

They had reached their destination: dynasty.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Trump considers pardon for Ali, wants athletes' advice
Reveling in his pardon powers, President Donald Trump said Friday he's thinking "very seriously" about pardoning former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, whose conviction was already overturned by the Supreme Court in 1971.
Saturday, June 9, 2018

Trying to keep Trotz is first priority for champion Caps
Barry Trotz thought of mentors and friends Jack Button, Tommy Ebright, David Poile and Wayne Fleming when he lifted the Stanley Cup over his head.
Saturday, June 9, 2018

Kyle Larson trying for 4 straight victories at Michigan
Kyle Larson is still seeking his first victory of the season.

He may have come to the right place.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Nadal-del Potro, Thiem-Cecchinato in men's semis
Rafael Nadal takes a 10-0 French Open semifinal record into his matchup at Roland Garros against 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro.
Friday, June 8, 2018

Miles Mikolas improves to 7-1 as Cardinals beat Marlins 4-1
Miles Mikolas was prepared to change jerseys — but he was pitching too well to pull the trigger.
Friday, June 8, 2018

With 6-hitter, Berrios pitches Twins past White Sox 7-2
The day after one of their ugliest losses of the season, the Minnesota Twins turned to ace-in-training Jose Berrios for a quick turnaround.
Friday, June 8, 2018

Caps on top! Washington wins Stanley Cup, beats Vegas 4-3
Alex Ovechkin put both hands to his head and screamed while he left the bench and skated into the thick of the Washington Capitals' joyous celebration.
Friday, June 8, 2018

Dynasty's doorstep: Warriors take 3-0 lead in Finals
Kevin Durant stood calmly near midcourt — and a very familiar spot — as teammates Stephen Curry and Draymond Green screamed at him in celebration.

Another momentous shot for Durant.

And soon, probably another NBA championship.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Bears' Miller won't limit recovery time for leg injury
All Zach Miller knows is he's not setting any limits on his recovery — and his doctors aren't either.

Whether the Chicago Bears' tight end can play again after a gruesome injury last season nearly cost him his left leg still is to be determined.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Hope Solo says don't vote for US World Cup bid
A World Cup winner and Olympic champion with the United States, Hope Solo now wants her country to lose one of its biggest soccer contests: FIFA's vote on the 2026 World Cup host.
Thursday, June 7, 2018

Red Schoendienst dies at 95, was oldest living Hall of Famer
If there was ever anyone who lived his life The Cardinal Way, it was Red Schoendienst.

Right down to his ruby name. The team color, of course.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Horse racing playing catch-up on jockey concussion protocol
Mike Smith knows the feeling. A headache. Maybe some dizziness. As a younger jockey he got concussions, felt better and went back to riding. “I’ve had several,” Smith said. “It’s just like you hit your head playing any sport.”
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Gymnastics exec told to keep quite about Nassar
The former president of USA Gymnastics refused to answer questions Tuesday from a Senate subcommittee about how he handled allegations of sexual abuse by former team doctor Larry Nassar, and another former executive sat next to him and asserted that her former boss instructed her and others to keep quiet about athletes' claims.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Warriors, Cavaliers both say they're not going to White House
Stephen Curry and LeBron James spoke their minds last year. They have not changed their minds this year. No matter whose team wins the NBA championship, neither superstar will be at the White House anytime soon.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Zach Eflin pitches into eigth inning, Phillies beat the Cubs 6-1
When the wind is blowing in at Wrigley Field, it's a green light for pitchers to get aggressive. That's precisely what Zach Eflin did Tuesday night to produce his best outing of the season.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Urena gets first win as Marlins snap skid, beat the Cards 7-4
With some help from Miami's hitters, Jose Urena finally got his first win of the season.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Pana's Jenna Dudra has excellent season for Blackburn
Freshman Jenna Dudra enjoyed an excellent season for the Blackburn College women’s basketball team this winter.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Trump calls off Eagles Super Bowl visit over anthem dispute
Digging deeper into a culture war that he's repeatedly stoked, President Donald Trump on Monday called off a visit to the White House by the Philadelphia Eagles, citing the dispute over whether NFL players protesting racial injustice must stand during the playing of the national anthem.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Tigers draft Auburn right-hander Casey Mize No. 1
Casey Mize went from undrafted three years ago all the way to No. 1.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

QB Murray to play for OU after being drafted by A's
Kyler Murray says he is committed to playing football for Oklahoma this season even after becoming a top-10 pick in the Major League Baseball draft.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

2017 Baseball Draft Selections
Results from the Major League Baseball draft held Monday, June 4.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Curry dazzles from deep, Warriors take 2-0 lead
Stephen Curry backpedaled in pure joy. He skipped, hollered and let the ball fly from everywhere with that feeling he gets when there's no way it will miss — unwavering even with a defender's hand in his face.
Monday, June 4, 2018

FIFA: North America World Cup bid outscores 'high-risk' Morocco

(AP) — FIFA inspectors warned voters deciding the host of the 2026 World Cup that Morocco's plans pose a "high risk" to the tournament due to a lack of infrastructure, while awarding North America's bid a significantly higher score in an evaluation report.

 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Manziel makes Canadian Football League debut in Hamilton's loss

HAMILTON, Ontario (AP) — Johnny Manziel was content with his first time in a game in more than two years.

 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Cavs' Love, Thompson avoid suspension for Game 1 altercation
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — J.R. Smith's blunder, a disputed replay overturn and a key missed free throw dealt the Cleveland Cavaliers an emotionally crushing loss in an opener of the NBA Finals that was ripe to be taken away from the defending champion Golden State Warriors.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Once bygone, Bare-knuckle boxing looks to comeback
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — In 1889, the great John L. Sullivan, the Boston Strong Boy, beat Jake Kilrain in 75 rounds — yes, 75 — in what the International Boxing Hall of Fame has called the "last significant bare-knuckle bout in boxing."
Saturday, June 2, 2018

As leagues debate transfer rules, NCAA moves toward major reform

RALPH D. RUSSO

AP College Football Writer

(AP) — The NCAA is about two weeks away from finally making some substantial reforms to transfer rules. The changes will not be quite as extensive as some had hoped and the work is not complete, but considering previous failed attempts, getting anything accomplished on transfers can be counted as a success.


Friday, June 1, 2018

Quintana, Zobrist lead Cubs to five-one win over banged-up Mets

MIKE FITZPATRICK

AP Baseball Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Everything went so well Thursday night for the Chicago Cubs that free-swinger Javier Baez even drew a walk.


Friday, June 1, 2018

Munoz's three-run HR caps 5-run 9th, Cardinals beat Pirates 10-8

STEVE OVERBEY

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Yairo Munoz was just looking for a fly ball to the outfield.

Instead, he connected for the biggest homer of his career.


Friday, June 1, 2018

Warriors withstand James' 51, win Game 1

JANIE McCAULEY

AP Sports Writer

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors somehow withstood LeBron James' latest brilliance on the NBA Finals stage.


Friday, June 1, 2018

Musgrove beats Cubs 2-1, angers them on bases
Joe Musgrove's fine work on the mound was overshadowed by his aggressiveness on the bases.

Musgrove pitched seven strong innings and his hard slide led to both teams emptying their benches in another tense moment in the series between NL Central rivals, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Reyes returns, throws four scoreless; Cardinals lose 3-2 to Brewers
It was a memorable return for Alex Reyes. Same for Orlando Arcia, albeit for much different reasons.

Reyes pitched four scoreless innings for St. Louis in his return from Tommy John surgery, but Arcia hit a tiebreaking RBI single in Milwaukee's two-run seventh and the Brewers held off the Cardinals for a 3-2 win on Wednesday.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Holtby spectacular as Capitals beat Knights to even Cup Final
Alex Tuch collected the skittering puck with absolutely nothing between him and the tying goal with two minutes left in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Braden Holtby reacted with pure instinct.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Iguodala out for Golden State in Game 1 of NBA Finals
Golden State forward Andre Iguodala will miss Game 1 of the NBA Finals as he recovers from a bone bruise in his left knee that cost him the last four games of the Western Conference finals.
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Rizzo shakes off boos to spark rally, Cubs top Pittsburgh 8-6
Anthony Rizzo has no intention of easing up at home plate, even after Major League Baseball said he should have been called out for interference when he took out Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz and sparked a debate about what is — and what isn't — a legal slide.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Warriors await word on top defender Iguodala as LeBron looms
Klay Thompson sat on the floor in the middle of his teammates and pointed to his "2018 NBA FINALS" hat during a locker-room photo.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Major League Baseball: Rizzo's slide was not dirty, it was illegal
Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon believes Anthony Rizzo's slide that upended Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz at home plate on Monday is still perfectly legal. So does Maddon's superstar first baseman.

Major League Baseball? Not so much

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Goalies under siege in Game 1 Stanley Cup shootout
Marc-Andre Fleury and Braden Holtby have been two of the hottest goaltenders during the postseason.

Their duel between the pipes looked more like survival in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final as the Vegas Golden Knights outlasted the Washington Capitals, 6-4.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Round Four: It's Cleveland vs. Golden State, again
Round 4 — as many predicted, and others probably lamented — is happening. Cleveland and Golden State will meet for the fourth straight year in the NBA Finals, the Warriors looking for a third championship in that span and LeBron James and the Cavaliers trying to wrestle the crown away just as they did in the 2016 series.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Rizzo's slide draws Pirates' ire in Cubs' win
Anthony Rizzo's seventh home run of the season gave the sleep-deprived Chicago Cubs an early lead on Monday afternoon. His two-run single in the ninth put the finishing touches on a 7-0 romp over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Villar, Yelich homer in Brewers' 8-3 win over Cardinals
With Jesus Aguilar hitting so well, Ryan Braun walked into manager Craig Counsell's office with the unusual request of asking to be dropped lower in the Milwaukee batting order.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Epstein: No trade talks for Cubs despite Machado speculation
CHICAGO (AP) — The idea of Manny Machado joining Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo in a powerhouse lineup sure is a tantalizing one.

Whether that happens or not, the Chicago Cubs are banking on the players they have to perform up to expectations. So far, that hasn't happened. And if fans are frustrated, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein understands.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Gordon leads Rockets over GS 98-94 to lead series 3-2
Chris Paul's grit and veteran leadership have pushed the Golden State Warriors to the brink of elimination.
Friday, May 25, 2018

NFL players, coaches grapple with new policy
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll wanted to be talking about football matters — Seattle's recommitment to the run game, the addition of two new coordinators, almost anything to do with what happens between the lines.
Friday, May 25, 2018

Trump pardons late boxer Jack Johnson one-hundred years later
President Donald Trump has granted a rare posthumous pardon to boxing's first black heavyweight champion, clearing Jack Johnson's name more than 100 years after what many see as his racially charged conviction.
Friday, May 25, 2018

In second start, Plutko pitches gem; Indians shutout Cubs 1-0
Adam Plutko was nervous. Not about making his second major league start, really. It was all about stepping to the plate.

Once that was over, everything fell into place.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Royals score three in the tenth inning to down Cardinals 5-2
Drew Butera doesn't get much playing time.

But the Kansas City Royals backup catcher made the most of his opportunity on Wednesday.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Stand or stay out of sight: NFL takes on anthem protesters
Stand or stay out of sight.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

NBA wants 'integrity fee' from betting
The NBA is defending its quest to receive part of the money that states or gambling companies take in as part of legal sports betting.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Celtics beat Cavs 96-83 in Game 5, lead East finals 3-2
LeBron James is tired. The young Boston Celtics seem to be getting stronger.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Ramirez hits 14th homer, Indians rout Cubs 10-1
Jose Ramirez hit his 14th homer and the Cleveland Indians routed the Chicago Cubs 10-1 on Tuesday night in their first meeting at Wrigley Field since the 2016 World Series.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Sato back to defend Indy 500 victory with new team
The fans lined up one by one in the most orderly fashion, waiting for their chance to take a photograph or snag an autograph from the first Japanese winner of the Indianapolis 500.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Central Illinois native Bigelow competed in first Indianapolis 500 in 1911
The Indianapolis 500 has been a Memorial Day tradition since its first running in 1911, and today attracts some 250,000 spectators and a national television audience.  Though those numbers have declined since the infamous IRL-CART split in 1996, the race is still a premier event on the national sports calendar.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Mikolas gets 1st shutout, Cardinals beat Royals
Miles Mikolas was pitching in Japan a year ago. Now he's one of the top pitchers in the majors.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Olympian sues US Swimming, claims failure to act
Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors Smith sued USA Swimming on Monday, alleging the sport's national governing body knew her former coach sexually abused her as a minor and failed to protect her while shielding him.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

LeBron's 44 helps Cavs even series with Celtics
LeBron James knows the path to the NBA Finals better than anyone in today's game.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Aaron Wise gets 1st tour win, shatters scoring record
Aaron Wise had to kick his mom out of his hotel room because she was too chatty during a four-hour rain delay before his best shot at a first PGA Tour victory.
Monday, May 21, 2018

Flaherty fans 13 for 1st MLB win, Cards beat Phillies
Even after such an impressive outing, Jack Flaherty just wanted to talk about his hitting.
Monday, May 21, 2018

Backed by HRs, Darvish beats Reds 6-1 for 1st win with Cubs
More than seven weeks into the season, Yu Darvish finally has his first win for the Chicago Cubs.
Monday, May 21, 2018

Return of Bump Day may boost Indy 500 qualifying

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Roger Penske still bemoans the memories from the 1995 Indianapolis 500.

 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Special teams lift Lightning back in East final vs Caps

FRED GOODALL

AP Sports Writer

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning stormed back in the Eastern Conference final against the Washington Capitals, thanks in part to a thriving power play and suddenly reliable penalty-killing unit.


Saturday, May 19, 2018

Smith's third-period goal lifts Vegas over Jets, 3-2

W.G. RAMIREZ

Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights were a 500-to-1 long shot to win the Stanley Cup before the NHL season began in October. Their surprisingly successful inaugural season is still rolling along, and they're one win from a berth to the Stanley Cup final.


Saturday, May 19, 2018

USA Gymnastics VP Faehn out amid Nassar scandal
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — USA Gymnastics has parted ways with senior vice president Rhonda Faehn, who has come under fire recently from victims of a former national team doctor now serving decades in prison for abusing athletes.
Saturday, May 19, 2018

Houston teams, players offer support after school shooting
HOUSTON (AP) — Rockets star Chris Paul is among many in the Houston sports world offering condolences to the families affected by an area school shooting that left 10 people dead.
Saturday, May 19, 2018

Right-hander Velasquez helps Phillies down Cardinals 6-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Vince Velasquez attributes his recent resurgence to something in his head, not his arm.


Friday, May 18, 2018

Fowler, Carpenter get going in Cardinals' 7-5 win over Minnesota
Dexter Fowler and Matt Carpenter were expected to be key members of the St. Louis Cardinals this season, among the top three hitters in the batting order.
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Acuna gets big hit as Braves score three in 8th to beat Cubs 4-1
Even the youngest player in the majors knows better than to be surprised by another extra-base hit from Ozzie Albies.
Thursday, May 17, 2018

NFL's Carolina Panthers sold to Tepper
The Carolina Panthers are off the market.

The Panthers announced Wednesday they have signed a "definitive agreement" to sell the team to David Tepper, the founder and president of global hedge fund Appaloosa Management.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Cubs throw out 2 runners at home, rally to beat Braves 3-2
Willson Contreras threw one away, then made the tag at home plate to keep the Braves off the scoreboard in the very first inning.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Celtics survive 42 points from LeBron, down Cavs 107-94
The Celtics punched the Cavaliers first and never looked back in rolling to a Game 1 rout. LeBron James took a literal shot to the jaw in Game 2 but kept right on scoring. So did the Celtics.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Albies and Bautista homer as Braves outslug the Cubs 6-5
Nobody expected 5-foot-9 Ozzie Albies to be among the major league home run leaders. Same with the Atlanta Braves’ rise to the top of the NL East.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Games tonight
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Zobrist defies MLB again with spikes
Ben Zobrist was joined by Chicago Cubs teammates Kyle Schwarber and Steve Cishek in wearing black spikes on Monday despite a warning from Major League Baseball that he was in violation of the sport’s uniform regulations.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

A look at where legal sports betting is headed in the US
The Surpeme Court struck down a 26-year-old federal ban on sports betting on Monday, allowing states to decide whether they want to allow legal wagers on football, basketball, baseball, hockey and other games.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Richard fans 10, Wainwright struggles as Pads beat Cards 5-3
After a slow start to his season that included four straight losses, 34-year-old Clayton Richard is looking strong for the San Diego Padres.
Monday, May 14, 2018

Celtics take Game 1 of East finals, beating Cavaliers 108-83
The assignment for Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris in his first start this postseason was easy to explain but nearly impossible to execute.
Monday, May 14, 2018

Trial on tap in Giants, Eli Manning memorabilia lawsuit
Jury selection is scheduled to begin on Monday in a New Jersey memorabilia dealer's lawsuit that accuses New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning of conspiring with the team's equipment staff to sell bogus "game-used" helmets to unsuspecting collectors as part of a long-running scam.
Monday, May 14, 2018

Simpson completes a big win at Players
Starting with the largest Sunday lead ever at The Players Championship was harder than Webb Simpson imagined. Hearing one big roar after another from Tiger Woods playing four groups ahead of him didn't help. Through it all, Simpson managed his game and his nerves.
Monday, May 14, 2018

Pham homers as Cards top Padres 2-1
After three seasons in Japan, pitcher Miles Mikolas is making a strong first impression with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Friday, May 11, 2018

Yankees, Red Sox to play in London 2019
The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will face each other in two regular-season games at the Olympic Stadium in London next year.
Friday, May 11, 2018

Cubs stop five-game slide with 14-2 win over Marlins
The Chicago Cubs broke out of their offensive slump in a big way.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

James, Cavs sweep Raptors to make conference finals
Once the sweeping was done, LeBron James peeled off his jersey and headed toward the locker room. He stopped on the way to share a moment with his two sons, who held basketballs while patiently waiting to take some shots.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Twins rally late for a 5-3 victory over Shields
With the White Sox struggling, James Shields doesn't want to hear about moral victories or solid efforts.
Monday, May 7, 2018

Fowler's HR in 14th rallies Cardinals past Cubs
Dexter Fowler had a flair for the dramatics during his two seasons with the Chicago Cubs, from game-winning home runs early in his first year at Colorado to the leadoff blast in Game 7 of the World Series in 2016.
Monday, May 7, 2018

Pujols becomes 32nd player in the 3,000-hit club
SEATTLE (AP) — Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols got his 3,000th hit, reaching the mark with a broken-bat single Friday night against Seattle and becoming the 32nd player in major league history to join the exclusive club.
Saturday, May 5, 2018

College football legend Crisler was Illinois native

By Tom Emery

Breeze-Courier columnist

ILLINOIS — As a high school freshman in 1913, Fritz Crisler was a self-described “skinny kid” who “didn’t weigh more than 100 pounds.”  It was an inauspicious beginning for a man whose impact on college football is practically unmatched. 


Saturday, May 5, 2018

Pujols gets 2,999th hit, Angels blast Orioles 12-3

GREG BEACHAM

AP Sports Writer

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Angel Stadium crowd rose in breathless unison when Albert Pujols stepped up for his final try at his 3,000th career hit before the Los Angeles Angels left town on a five-game road trip.


Friday, May 4, 2018

Taylorville's Morgan has good season for Blackburn softball

Tom Emery

CARLINVILLE -- Junior utility player Mercedez Morgan of Taylorville enjoyed a solid season with the Blackburn College softball team this spring.


Friday, May 4, 2018

Falcons' Ryan signs 5-year, $150M deal

PAUL NEWBERRY

AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA (AP) — Matt Ryan is the NFL's first $100 million man.


Friday, May 4, 2018

Tatum shines, Brown returns as Celtics beat Sixers 108-103

KYLE HIGHTOWER

AP Sports Writer

BOSTON (AP) — The youth movement is alive and thriving for the Boston Celtics.


Friday, May 4, 2018

James scores 43 as Cavaliers beat Raptors 128-110 in Game 2

IAN HARRISON

Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) — Watching LeBron James at shootaround, Kevin Love knew something special was in store.


Friday, May 4, 2018

7th heaven: LeBron carries Cavaliers past Pacers
LeBron James wasn't ready to go home or to Philadelphia or Los Angeles. He's heading to Toronto, bringing a Cavaliers team that isn't done yet.
Monday, April 30, 2018

Chatwood, Cubs sweep Brewer series with 2-0 win
For four straight days, Tyler Chatwood, Jose Quintana, Yu Darvish and Kyle Hendricks put on a pitching clinic.
Monday, April 30, 2018

Bears draft Georgia LB with No. eight pick in draft
Roquan Smith mentioned Dick Butkus and Mike Singletary, Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs. The Georgia standout hopes to add his name to the list of great Chicago linebackers.
Friday, April 27, 2018

Fowler, Pham lead Cards over Mets 4-3 in 13 innings
Dexter Fowler has hit in six different lineup slots in the last six games for the St. Louis Cardinals. In the series finale against the New York Mets, he was at the right spot at the right time.
Friday, April 27, 2018

Mitchell scores 33, Jazz rout Thunder 113-96
Shutting down the Utah Jazz offense is proving easier said than done for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

A tale of 2 bats, and Babe Ruth's 60th home run in 1927
As part of its collection of Babe Ruth items, the Baseball Hall of Fame says it has the bat the slugger used to hit his then-record 60th home run in 1927.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Modest Nadal impressed by record Masters title
Usually modest about his achievements, Rafael Nadal allowed himself a moment to appreciate his record 31st Masters title on Sunday.
Monday, April 23, 2018

Arenado out at plate in game-ending replay reversal
Nolan Arenado broke for home the moment Brandon Morrow's bases-loaded pitch bounced to the backstop. Arenado wound up causing an unusual ending that left the Colorado Rockies with a painful loss.
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