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home : sports : college/pro October 22, 2019

Tarasenko has one goal, two assists as Blues beat Avalanche 3-1
Vladimir Tarasenko doesn't like talking about himself. Alex Pietrangelo, however, doesn't mind talking about his teammate.

Tarasenko had a goal and two assists to help the St. Louis Blues beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 Monday night, snapping a four-game losing streak.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019


Hot Cole, Astros face Scherzer, Nationals in World Series opener
Gerrit Cole rattles off the names of the pitching greats with ease, featuring the same command he shows with his vaunted four-seam fastball.

Bob Gibson. Tom Seaver. Don Drysdale.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Mich. State No. 1 in Top 25 preseason poll
There isn't much Michigan State has yet to accomplish under Hall of Fame coach Tom Izzo, from Big Ten titles and Final Four trips to winning a national championship.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Illini stuns Wisconsin on last-second FG
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The plan was for Wisconsin to roll into a showdown with Ohio State next week unbeaten, with a defense putting up historic numbers and a Heisman Trophy contender at running back.
Monday, October 21, 2019

Sloppy Bears lose 36-25 to surging Saints, Bridgewater
CHICAGO (AP) — Mitchell Trubisky made a couple of bad throws. Anthony Miller had a costly fumble. A blocked punt turned into a safety, and Chicago's defense looked tired in the second half.
Monday, October 21, 2019

Fields leads No. 4 Ohio State past Northwestern 52-3
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Eyeing a playoff spot and a shot at the national championship, No. 4 Ohio State sure is locked in at the moment.
Saturday, October 19, 2019

CC Sabathia's big league career over
NEW YORK (AP) — CC Sabathia walked into Yankee Stadium's interview room with his left arm in a sling Friday, 16 hours after shuffling off the mound in pain following the 58,692nd and final pitch of his major league career.
Saturday, October 19, 2019

Saints look to keep rolling with Bridgewater against Bears
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints kept their sights set on a Super Bowl even after Drew Brees went down with an injury.
Saturday, October 19, 2019

No. 6 Wisconsin expected to dominate Illinois
(AP) — The Fighting Illini Football team will square off with the the sixth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers Saturday in what is expected to be blowout win for the Badgers. They are favored by 30.5 points.
Friday, October 18, 2019

Astros power past Yanks for 3-1 ALCS lead, Verlander up next
NEW YORK (AP) — They have the pitching, and they don't need the pitches. Certainly, the Houston Astros have confidence for good reason on the brink of another World Series.
Friday, October 18, 2019

Joe Maddon returns to Los Angeles Angels as manager
Joe Maddon is back under the halo.

Maddon agreed to a three-year deal to become the Los Angeles Angels' manager on Wednesday, reuniting the World Series-winning former bench boss of the Chicago Cubs with the organization where he spent the first three decades of his baseball career.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Bears hope to have Trubisky return from shoulder injury
The Chicago Bears are cautiously optimistic quarterback Mitchell Trubisky will return this week from a left shoulder injury.

Trubisky said he feels "close" to 100 percent and hopes to start when the Bears host the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Neb., Illinois football to play in Ireland
Nebraska will play Illinois in Dublin, Ireland, to open the 2021 season, the second game in a five-game series of college football games on the Emerald Isle.

Athletic directors Bill Moos of Nebraska and Josh Whitman of Illinois announced the game Monday. It's set for Aug. 28 at 51,700-seat Aviva Stadium. Illinois is the designated home team.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Yanks' bullpen to be tested after rainout squeezes ALCS
A rainy day in the Bronx has left a most daunting October test for the New York Yankees vaunted bullpen: four games, four days and already a deficit to overcome against the Houston Astros in their AL Championship Series.
Thursday, October 17, 2019

With promising young core, Chicago Bulls set sights on playoff position
Lauri Markkanen and Zach LaVine would love to showcase their skills before the home crowd when the All-Star Game returns to Chicago this season for the first time since Michael Jordan stole the spotlight in 1988.

It would mean the Bulls' promising young stars have taken their games to a higher level. And that would likely mean the team is starting to win again.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Cole pitches Astros past Yankees 4-1 for 2-1 lead in ALCS
Gerrit Cole is making his pitch to own this October.

A gritty Cole held the New York Yankees scoreless without his sharpest stuff, Jose Altuve sparked Houston at the plate and the Astros locked down a 4-1 victory Tuesday to take a 2-1 lead in the AL Championship Series.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Nats sweep Cardinals to make World Series for first time since 1933
As the Washington Nationals moved a party 86 years in the making from their ballpark's infield to a booze-filled clubhouse, manager Dave Martinez paused near the dugout and thrust the silver NL Championship Series trophy overhead, to the delight of loud, delirious fans still in the stands.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Strasburg Ks 12, Nats top Cards 8-1; 1 win from WS
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 100 pitches in, Stephen Strasburg was adamant he wasn't quite ready to leave the latest superb start by a Nationals pitcher against the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Championship Series — a win that put Washington on the verge of the city's first World Series in 86 years.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Illini ready to meet lofty expectations
CHAMPAIGN — Andy Katz, an NCAA college basketball analyst, ranked Illinois in his top 36 teams in the nation as he gave the Illini the number 21 spot on his list.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Bears struggling under expectations at bye
The Chicago Bears came into the season with soaring expectations. They hit their bye staggering and vowing to get things right.

A 24-21 loss to the Oakland Raiders left the defending NFC North champions with a 3-2 record heading into their week off and one big question hanging over them. And it centers on their offense.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

O'Reilly scores 4, Blues beat Senators
Anders Nilsson took the blame for the Ottawa Senators staying winless.

Nilsson stopped 31 shots in his first start of the season as Ottawa fell to the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues 6-4 on Thursday night.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Patriots beat Giants 35-14 to reach 6-0
Under coach Bill Belichick, the Patriots have made a habit of besting young quarterbacks.

They can add Giants rookie Daniel Jones to that list.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Sharks beat Blackhawks 5-4 for 1st win
Patrick Marleau looked terrific in teal.

Just like old times.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Cards oust Braves from NLDS with record 10-run 1st
The St. Louis Cardinals turned the diamond into a giant pinball machine, dinging hits all over SunTrust Park.

By the time the Atlanta Braves finally got the third out, it was the most productive first inning in postseason history.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Bulls drop preseason game to Bucks
Robin Lopez and Frank Mason III both scored 14 points to lead the Milwaukee Bucks over the Chicago Bulls 122-112 in preseason action on Monday night.

Milwaukee didn't play most of its major contributors, including last year's league Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo, Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Pietrangelo scores late tiebreaker, Blues beat Maple Leafs 3-2
The St. Louis Blues have picked up right where they left off last season.

Alex Pietrangelo scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period, leading the defending champion Blues to a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Molina wins it in 10th, Cardinals top Braves 5-4, Game 5 next
They all knew. Every single one of them. Paul Goldschmidt and all the St. Louis Cardinals. Ozzie Albies and the rest of the Atlanta Braves.

Tough to beat Yadier Molina in a big postseason spot.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Bears, Raiders set for London showdown
LONDON (AP) — The Oakland Raiders and Chicago Bears are taking vastly different approaches to their trip to London.
Saturday, October 5, 2019

Konecny powers Flyers past Blackhawks
PRAGUE (AP) — It was a successful home debut for Flyers coach Alain Vigneault — a long, long way from Philadelphia.
Saturday, October 5, 2019

Cards score 4 in 9th, hold off Braves 7-6 in NLDS opener
ATLANTA (AP) — Back in the playoffs for the first time since 2015, the St. Louis Cardinals look as gritty as ever.
Friday, October 4, 2019

Seahawks hold off Rams 30-29
SEATTLE (AP) — For all the other times when Seattle’s Russell Wilson was the best player on the field and made highlight plays, this was different.
Friday, October 4, 2019

Vrana scores in OT, Capitals beat Blues
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jakub Vrana spoiled the St. Louis Blue’s banner-raising party.
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Diaz homers, Rays beat A's 5-1 in AL wild-card game
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — When he got to second base, Yandy Diaz stole a glance back toward the dugout and saw all his teammates going crazy. He gleefully kept running.
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Michigan State's Winston earns preseason Big Ten honors
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Michigan State coach Tom Izzo had little doubt All-America guard Cassius Winston would return for his senior season rather than jump to the NBA. And it wasn’t just because he needed another year of college ball.
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Taylorville woman to be inducted into SIUE Hall of Fame
Thursday, October 3, 2019

New England, KC remain atop AP Pro32 poll
It's only four weeks into the NFL's regular season and it seems like Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes are way ahead of the rest of the AFC.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Soto lifts Nats to 4-3 comeback wild-card win over Brewers
After all the heartache and close calls, all the early exits, maybe it makes sense that a 20-year-old kid who never had been to the postseason, Juan Soto, would help the Washington Nationals finally advance.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Korean Tour suspends player 3 years for obscene gesture
Bio Kim won the tournament and then lost his job. The Korea PGA suspended him Tuesday for three years for making an obscene gesture at the crowd on the 16th hole of the final round because of noise from a cellphone camera.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Ross on list of possible candidates for Cubs manager
The field of candidates to be the next manager of the Chicago Cubs is beginning to take shape.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Rudolph, Steelers break out of funk, stomp Bengals 27-3
The Pittsburgh Steelers insisted they might have been winless through three weeks, but they were far from hopeless. They stressed the process of finding an identity with franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger out for the season with an elbow injury would take time and a collective effort from all involved.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

MLB finishes with 6,776 HR's, 11% above record
NEW YORK (AP) — Major league batters finished with 6,776 home runs, shattering the previous record of 6,105 set two years ago.
Monday, September 30, 2019

Elliott wins playoff race at Charlotte
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Alex Bowman had just advanced to the second round of NASCAR's playoffs, climbed from his car and slumped to the ground, dehydrated and overcome by the heat. As he was receiving medical attention, Bubba Wallace approached him and angrily splashed liquid in Bowman's face.
Monday, September 30, 2019

Cal. to let college athletes make money
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will let college athletes hire agents and make money from endorsements, defying the NCAA and setting up a likely legal challenge that could reshape amateur sports in the U.S.
Monday, September 30, 2019

Bears lose Trubisky in win over Vikings
CHICAGO (AP) — Chase Daniel came through in relief after Mitchell Trubisky got knocked out of the game on the opening possession, and a banged-up defense dominated again for the Chicago Bears.
Monday, September 30, 2019

All MLB playoff slots filled; A's, Rays in, Indians out
The creative Tampa Bay Rays and the tenacious Oakland Athletics earned playoff spots Friday night, filling out the 10-team field for the Major League Baseball postseason.
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Hicks' injury could make stopping Cook even tougher
The Chicago Bears face a huge challenge trying to contain NFL rushing leader Dalvin Cook when they host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
Friday, September 27, 2019

Eagles pick off Rodgers late, beat Packers 34-27
Craig James was on the practice squad at the beginning of the week.

The short-handed Philadelphia Eagles promoted the second-year undrafted cornerback to the active roster two days before the prime-time matchup in Green Bay. James responded by making the game-winning play in the 34-27 win over the Packers on Thursday night.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Cubs eliminated
The Chicago Cubs felt they were in the beginning stages of a dynasty three years ago.
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Vargas hits game-winner in 19th inning, D-backs top Cards 3-2
Arizona had ample reasons to be a beaten-down ballclub one day after being officially eliminated from the National League playoff race.

Instead, the Diamondbacks powered through 19 innings of baseball, used 13 pitchers and earned an unlikely 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in a game that lasted nearly seven hours.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Cubs lose seventh straight game, now on brink of elimination
A seven-game losing streak has all but eliminated the Chicago Cubs and the near finality of that could be felt in their somber clubhouse following the latest defeat.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Trubisky, Bears get offense on track, beat Redskins 31-15
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — After the Chicago Bears' offense was slow to get going this season, Mitchell Trubisky was excited to speed things up.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Goldschmidt hits HR in Arizona return, Cards top D-backs 9-7
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks made it obvious they appreciated Paul Goldschmidt in his return to the desert, honoring him with a tribute video before the game and multiple ovations throughout the evening.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Blues geared up for challenge of being defending champs
(AP) — Jordan Binnington still doesn't look nervous.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Nebraska slips past Illinois 42-38 in conference opener
Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez took the blame for his team's poor first half performance against Illinois on Saturday night.

"I didn't play as well tonight as I should have," he said. "I'll take the blame for that."

He was serious, too.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Packers remain unbeaten with 27-16 win over Broncos
Aaron Rodgers thought his jersey never looked so clean following a game.

The offensive line kept Rodgers upright, the two-time MVP threw for 235 yards and a touchdown, and Aaron Jones tied a career high by running for two scores to lead the Green Bay Packers to a 27-16 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Goldy, Cards clinch playoff spot, rally past Cubs 3-2
Paul Goldschmidt and the St. Louis Cardinals celebrated the franchise's first postseason berth in four years with a champagne toast in the visitor's clubhouse.

It was another sweet finish.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Backup QB Fink leads USC past No. 10 Utah
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Fink decided to stay at Southern California even after finishing third in the Trojans' four-man quarterback competition in training camp last month.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Yankees clinch 1st AL East title since 2012, reach 100 wins
NEW YORK (AP) — Aroldis Chapman got Albert Pujols to swing over a slider in the dirt, and the New York Yankees jogged to the infield to exchange handshakes and hugs after clinching their first AL East title since 2012.
Friday, September 20, 2019

Huskers meet Illini looking to finally break through on road
(AP) — Nebraska heads to Illinois not only looking to win its Big Ten opener Saturday night but also shed something of an albatross.
Friday, September 20, 2019

Raiders notch first conference victory
Friday, September 20, 2019

Bears' struggling offense facing Redskins' shoddy D
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Mitchell Trubisky wants the Bears to believe this will be the week their struggling offense gets going.
Friday, September 20, 2019

Carpenter, Cards bump Cubs from WC spot
CHICAGO (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs wasted no time trading blows in the first game of their crucial four-game series.
Friday, September 20, 2019

Minshew, Campbell, defense shine as Jaguars thump Titans
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Minshew Mania is gaining momentum.
Friday, September 20, 2019

Wainwright, Fowler, Cards top Nats; Cards-Cubs next
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright has pitched in his share of big games throughout a distinguished career. Taking the mound against an ace in a matchup with postseason implications, he delivered once more.
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Iglesias' double in 10th inning leads Reds past Cubs 3-2
CHICAGO (AP) — The improving Cincinnati Reds' pitching staff cooled off the previously surging Chicago Cubs' offense.
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Cubs' hot hitting comes to close against Sonny Gray, Reds
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs had been scoring in bunches lately.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Cavan Biggio hits for cycle, just like dad Craig; Jays beat Os
BALTIMORE (AP) — Cavan Biggio hit for the cycle, just like his dad.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Giants bench Eli Manning, name Daniel Jones starting QB
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Eli Manning's long and distinguished reign as the New York Giants' starting quarterback is seemingly over. Let the Daniel Jones era begin.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Cubs first baseman Rizzo diagnosed with moderate ankle sprain
CHICAGO (AP) — When Anthony Rizzo went down in the infield grass at Wrigley Field, it looked bad for the big first baseman and the Chicago Cubs.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Beckham puts on show in MetLife return, Browns top Jets 23-3
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr. felt right at home again — in the end zone and on the highlight reels.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Anna Lowry wins North Alabama Cross Country Invite
Anna Lowry won the 5K title at the North Alabama Invitational on September 7 with a time of 18:02. It was the second win of Lowry’s career and earned her Missouri Valley Conference Athlete of the Week.
Monday, September 16, 2019

Pineiro's 53-yard field goal lifts Bears past Broncos 16-14
Eddy Pineiro won Chicago's nerve-wracking kicking competition.
Now, he's winning over Bears fans and teammates who suffered through the double-doink miss by Cody Parkey that sent them home from the playoffs.

Pineiro kicked a 53-yard field goal as time expired, giving the Bears a wild 16-14 win Sunday over the Broncos and their former defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, whose gutsy 2-point call 31 seconds earlier had given Denver the lead.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Broncos: This time Fangio knows Mack all too well
This time, Vic Fangio knows exactly what he's getting in Khalil Mack's arrival.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

US Basketball stunned by France in World Cup quarters
No gold. No medal. No more winning streak.

The U.S. reign atop international basketball has ended — this time, thwarted by France at the World Cup.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Senzatela overcomes shaky 1st for strong outing, Rockies beat Cards 2-1
Working his way out of a first-inning jam paved the way for Antonio Senzatela's strongest outing in two months.

Senzatela pitched six strong innings for his first win since July 14, Ian Desmond hit a go-ahead home run and the Colorado Rockies beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 Wednesday night.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Trubisky looking to bounce back again vs Denver
Mitchell Trubisky has been down this road before after a rough game as Chicago Bears quarterback.

A poor night against the Green Bay Packers in Thursday's season opener made for a difficult start to Trubisky's season in a 10-3 loss, and against Denver he'll seek to immediately rebound Sunday — as he's done often in the past.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Spiraling Cubs lose 4-0 to Padres, fall into tie for 2nd wild-card spot
If this was Chris Paddack's final start of 2019, he will have finished his rookie season with a brilliant performance that hurt the Chicago Cubs in their pursuit of a wild-card spot.
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Lutz's 58-yard field goal lifts Saints over Texans
Drew Brees and Wil Lutz supplied the accuracy and poise New Orleans needed to overcome another officiating gaffe and its defense's late collapse.

Lutz made a 58-yard field goal as time expired, and the Saints beat the Houston Texans 30-28 on Monday night in a game that had three scoring plays in the final minute.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Hoerner 3 hits, 4 RBIs in debut, Cubs beat Padres 10-2
Nico Hoerner went from sitting on his couch in Oakland and watching the Chicago Cubs on TV on Sunday to having a remarkable major league debut with them on Monday night.

The touted prospect had three hits and four RBIs in his big league debut and made some nice plays at shortstop for the Cubs, who beat the San Diego Padres 10-2 Monday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Sargent returns to STL with US soccer
Josh Sargent's red hair could become as known in St. Louis as the Gateway Arch one day if he develops into an American soccer star.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Raiders beat Broncos 24-16 in 1st game after Brown's release
The night started with Oakland Raiders fans derisively chanting at former disgruntled receiver Antonio Brown and ended with coach Jon Gruden celebrating a victory in the Black Hole.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Báez could return if Cubs make playoffs
All-Star shortstop Javier Báez could return to the Chicago Cubs if they reach the playoffs.

Báez saw a hand specialist in Chicago who confirmed the slugger has a hairline fracture of his left thumb. He is expected to miss the rest of this month, but the team said Monday he will continue his rehab in hopes of playing in October.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Flaherty dazzles again, Cardinals drop Pirates 2-0
Jack Flaherty always had the tools. Figuring out how to put them together has been the challenge for the 23-year-old pitcher since the former first-round pick arrived in St. Louis two years ago.
Monday, September 9, 2019

Antonio Brown returns to Raiders, plans to play opener
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Star receiver Antonio Brown returned to the Oakland Raiders on Friday after a one-day absence and is set to play the season opener after apologizing following a run-in with general manager Mike Mayock that had put him in jeopardy of being suspended.
Saturday, September 7, 2019

32-year-old soldier gets 2nd chance as CSU running back
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Josh Griffin has seen combat in Afghanistan and Iran.
He has trained with U.S. Army Rangers and Green Berets and has supported both on missions he's not allowed to talk about.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Mexico routs US 3-0 to maintain soccer dominance
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The soccer gap between Mexico and the United States is far wider than the Rio Grande that separates the nations.
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Schwarber's grand slam powers Cubs to win over Brewers
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Kyle Schwarber helped the Cubs put some distance between themselves and the Milwaukee Brewers.
Friday, September 6, 2019

Big-time D, a bit of A-Rod enough for Packers versus Bears
CHICAGO (AP) — To open its celebration of its 100th season, the NFL got a throwback to, well, the 1920s.
Friday, September 6, 2019

US rolls by Japan at World Cup
Jaylen Brown scored 20 points, Kemba Walker added 15 and the U.S. World Cup team finally got to enjoy an easy night, rolling past Japan 98-45 Thursday in the Group E finale.
Thursday, September 5, 2019

Pillar hits go-ahead HR to lift Giants over Cardinals
Kevin Pillar is enjoying every minute of his career season.

The Giants outfielder had four hits, including a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning, and San Francisco rallied to cool off the St. Louis Cardinals 9-8 Wednesday night.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

SEC top teams roll, other squads struggle
With several SEC teams reeling from opening-week flops the Southeastern Conference didn’t look like “top to bottom” the best league in the country as its coaches have long proclaimed.

Only the top teams did their part.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

AP source: Cowboys, Elliott end long holdout
The Dallas Cowboys and Ezekiel Elliott have agreed on a $90 million, six-year contract extension that will make him the NFL's highest-paid running back and end a holdout that lasted the entire preseason, a person with knowledge of the agreement said Wednesday.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Packers and Bears reverse roles in NFL's 100th season opener
The NFL's oldest rivalry takes on a different look to open the league's 100th season.

It's a role reversal for the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Flaherty's gem, DeJong's fluke hit lift Cardinals over Giants 1-0
St. Louis manager Mike Shildt tried to find the right words to describe Jack Flaherty's one-hit effort over eight innings.

"He was stellar. He was impressive," Shildt said. "You can throw a lot of superlatives out there about his performance."

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Bears' GM Pace calls Trey Burton injury minor problem
It's a new injury for tight end Trey Burton, and a familiar situation for Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace.
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Hurts has 6 TDs, No. 4 Oklahoma beats Houston 49-31
Even one of the best nights ever for an Oklahoma player wasn't good enough for Jalen Hurts.

The new Sooners quarterback passed for three touchdowns and ran for three more, and No. 4 Oklahoma rolled past Houston 49-31 on Sunday night.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Bears sign Whitehair to 5-year extension through 2024
Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky wore a smile Sunday like he just received a big contract extension.

In a way, it was an investment by the Bears in their quarterback. The Bears signed one of Trubisky's protectors, left guard Cody Whitehair, to a five-year contract extension through 2024. ESPN reported that it was worth $52.5 million and includes $27.5 million guaranteed. Whitehair was in the last season of his four-year rookie contract.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Taylor scores 4 TDs, No. 19 Wisconsin routs USF 49-0
Jonathan Taylor is off and running.

Catching, too.

Taking up where he left off a year ago, when he led the nation in rushing with 2,194 yards and 16 touchdowns, Taylor ran for 135 yards and accounted for four TDs to help No. 19 Wisconsin open the season with a 49-0 rout of South Florida on Friday night.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Interference reviews big topic in NFL
The NFL would love the main focus of 2019 to be on the celebrations of its 100th season.

Sorry.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

No. 18 Michigan State shuts down Tulsa in 28-7 win
Raequan Williams knocked the ball out, and Kenny Willekes recovered it in the end zone.

When Michigan State's defensive linemen are playing like this, the Spartans' offense has plenty of margin for error.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Gophers avoid upset with 28-21 win over South Dakota State
Don't tell coach P.J. Fleck that Minnesota's narrow win against FCS South Dakota State on Tuesday wasn't good enough.

The Big Ten Gophers were double-digit favorites for the season's first game against their neighbors from the southwest, who nearly beat Minnesota in 2009, long before Fleck joined the Gophers.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Etienne's 3 TDs lead No. 1 Clemson past Georgia Tech, 52-14
Travis Etienne spent all offseason trying to ignore the national attention headed his way. He'll have a harder time doing that after the show he put on in No. 1 Clemson's opener.
Friday, August 30, 2019

NCAA waiver decisions on transfers bring relief, angst
With the college football season set to start for most teams this weekend, the NCAA has been handing down rulings left and right in waiver cases involving transfers seeking immediate eligibility.
Thursday, August 29, 2019

Young linebackers Howard, Allen trying to grab bigger roles for Rams
Los Angeles Rams linebackers Travin Howard and Dakota Allen have plenty in common..

Both were seventh-round picks after playing in the Big 12, with Howard drafted in 2018 after four seasons for TCU and Allen selected this past April after playing three seasons at Texas Tech.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Ozuna helps power Cards power past Brewers 12-2 on six-run 2nd
In less than three weeks, the surging St. Louis Cardinals have climbed to the top of the division -- and then some.

Marcell Ozuna's bases-loaded double keyed a six-run second inning and St. Louis pounded out a 12-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Rendon leads Nationals past Cubs for 5th straight win
Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez thinks Anthony Rendon should win all the awards.

"I'll make a case for him right now, yeah," a chuckling Martinez said. "MVP, Gold Glove. My man, Anthony."

He's making quite a case by himself.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Louisiana wins 1st Little League title, beating Curacao 8-0
For the second straight day, a line drive found the glove of Louisiana shortstop Stan Wiltz and a dogpile ensued in the infield at Lamade Stadium. Stan was fine with all that.

Nothing seemed to go wrong for the boys from River Ridge over the last week at the Little League World Series, and Stan's catch ended the game and the tournament Sunday, with Louisiana shutting out Curacao 8-0 to win the state's first LLWS title.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Big Ben makes preseason debut, Steelers beat Titans 18-6
Ben Roethlisberger needed three short series to show he's ready for the regular season, even though he wasn't happy the Steelers didn't score earlier.

The Tennessee Titans made it very clear protecting Marcus Mariota on a wet and ugly night was their top priority.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Carpenter snaps out of slump as Cards sweep Rockies, 11-4
Matt Carpenter knew it was just a matter of time.

The veteran infielder busted out of a prolonged slump with a homer and two singles as the St. Louis Cardinals cruised to an 11-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies after a long rain delay Sunday.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Steelers eyeing unity even without departed stars
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The word Ramon Foster chose wasn't by accident.

Asked what he expects the identity of the Pittsburgh Steelers to be in 2019 following the high-profile departures of star wide receiver Antonio Brown and versatile running back Le'Veon Bell , the second-longest tenured member of the roster behind quarterback Ben Roethlisberger offered a typically blunt assessment.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

After reshuffling the deck, LaFleur, Rodgers look to lead Pack past weak 2018
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Six wins are unacceptable in Green Bay.
So after a 6-9-1 campaign a season ago, the Packers unloaded the coaching staff, reshuffled the roster and retooled for what they hope will be a return to glory in 2019.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

NFL 2019: Continued Bears success rests with Trubisky at quarterback
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears heard plenty of talk about their possible regression during an offseason brought on by Cody Parkey's double-doink field goal miss.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Fowler's homer caps comeback, Cards beat Rockies 6-5
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Yadier Molina knew Dexter Fowler would come up big, even before Fowler did.
Friday, August 23, 2019

MLB bans players from Venezuelan winter league
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is banning players from participating in the Venezuelan Winter League in one of the first public repercussions of new U.S. economic sanctions against the Venezuelan government.
Friday, August 23, 2019

Hendricks, Cubs edge Giants 1-0 for 5th straight win
CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs manager Joe Maddon says Wrigley Field plays like two different ballparks depending on the elements.
Friday, August 23, 2019

First-round fireworks: Serena, Sharapova to meet at US Open
NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will finally meet in the U.S. Open, and they'll do it in their very first match.
Friday, August 23, 2019

On 80-yard field in Winnipeg, Raiders edge Packers on late kick
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Billed as a chance to get Canadian football fans a close-up look at NFL superstars like Aaron Rodgers, Thursday night's exhibition between the Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers sure gave them something they've never seen.
Friday, August 23, 2019

Brewers knock Cardinals out of 1st place with 5-3 win
Mike Moustakas stopped short of calling Milwaukee's rain-shortened victory over the St. Louis Cardinals a must win.

"But it was pretty important," he said.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Bryant's HR in 8th gives Cubs wild win over Giants
After watching the Cubs waste a couple of leads, Kris Bryant felt a loss was almost inevitable.

That quickly changed with one swing by the Chicago slugger.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Walker, Turner lead Team USA Basketball over Australia
Kemba Walker scored 23 points and Myles Turner added 15 to give Team USA a 102-86 win over Australia on Thursday in a World Cup warm-up game.
Thursday, August 22, 2019

MLS awards expansion franchise to St. Louis for 2022
The prospects of a Major League Soccer franchise ever calling St. Louis home appeared to have died two years ago when voters turned down the use of a business tax to finance a new downtown stadium.

Then a new potential ownership group came along.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Fowler drives in 4 runs, Cards beat Brewers 9-2
Dexter Fowler was focused more on his team getting a win rather than his own production.

Fowler hit a bases-loaded double and drove in four runs, leading the St. Louis Cardinals past the Milwaukee Brewers 9-4 on Tuesday night in the second game of the series between NL Central contenders.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Bears guard Kyle Long apologizes for behavior during fight
Chicago Bears guard Kyle Long took it too far and knew it.

Long had already apologized to teammates for a practice fight last Wednesday night at Halas Hall in which he removed the helmet of rookie Jalen Dalton and began using it as a hammer. On Tuesday, he also apologized to Bears fans and media members.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Cole Hamels returns to form, helps Cubs beat Giants 5-3
Cole Hamels is searching for his usual form. It's a work in progress.

He found a way Tuesday night.

Hamels pitched six innings for his first win in two months, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 5-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Kershaw passes Koufax for wins, Dodgers thump Blue Jays
As good as he felt last week in Miami striking out 10 in seven scoreless innings, Clayton Kershaw felt equally as bad back home at Dodger Stadium.

"It's a humbling game," the Dodgers ace said.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Another 1st for Clemson: No. 1 in preseason polls
Cross off another milestone for Clemson, college football's newest superpower.

For the first time, the defending national champion Tigers are No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 presented by Regions Bank. The Tigers won the program's second national title in three seasons behind freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence in January. Clemson now can claim equal standing with Alabama at the top of the sport.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Illinois' top-rated prospect Beason out for season
Illinois freshman defensive back Marquez Beason is out for the season with a knee injury.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Cards take no-hit bid into 8th, blank Brewers 3-0
Only when Dakota Hudson reached the dugout after being removed from the game did he realize something was different.

"Guys were giving me hugs instead of handshakes," the St. Louis Cardinals starter said. "I thought, what was going on? I didn't know it was a no-hitter."

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Red Sox shut down starter Chris Sale for rest of season
Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale is receiving treatment for inflammation in his elbow that will shut him down for the rest of the regular season, another blow to the defending World Series champions whose postseason hopes appear all but dashed.

Orthopedist Dr. James Andrews gave Sale an injection of platelet-rich plasma on Monday and said he will be re-evaluated in six weeks.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Abreu's 3-run homer helps White Sox beat Twins 6-4
Kyle Gibson made a mistake, and José Abreu was ready.

Abreu hit a towering three-run homer in Chicago's four-run second inning, helping Iván Nova and the White Sox beat the Twins 6-4 on Monday night.

Minnesota returned home after a 5-1 road trip helped re-establish its control of the AL Central. But the loss to Chicago trimmed the Twins' advantage in the division to two games over idle Cleveland.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Garappolo shaky in 49ers' 24-15 win over Broncos
Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders and 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo each made a triumphant return to action Monday night when the San Francisco 49ers' backups engineered a 24-15 preseason win over the Denver Broncos.

Sanders' comeback overshadowed Garoppolo's return.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Quintana, Rizzo lead Cubs past Pirates 7-1 at LLWS
José Quintana pitched seven crisp innings, Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer and the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1 on Sunday night in the MLB Little League Classic.
Monday, August 19, 2019

Cowboys edge Rams 14-10 in preseason, Hawaii
Dak Prescott appears ready for the regular season, with or without Ezekiel Elliott.

The Dallas quarterback completed all five of his pass attempts in his only series, and the Cowboys came away with a 14-10 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday night.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Bears release Elliott Fry, leaving Pineiro as kicker
The Chicago Bears' kicking competition is over, for now, with Eddy Pineiro the winner.

The Bears announced Sunday that Elliott Fry was released after an offseason and preseason competition with Pineiro and several other kickers to replace Cody Parkey.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Manning, Jones throw TDs as Giants beat Bears
Eli Manning pulled out a page from the Daniel Jones' playbook. He was perfect in a game in which the heir apparent faced adversity for the first time.

The 38-year-old, two-time Super Bowl MVP threw a touchdown pass in a flawless series and the New York Giants had their way with the Chicago Bears' backups in a 32-13 preseason victory on Friday night.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

AP sources: Alibaba exec to buy Nets, arena for $3.4 billion
In a record sale for a U.S. sports franchise, the co-founder of Alibaba agreed to buy the remaining 51 percent of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center for about $3.4 billion, two people with knowledge of the details said Friday.
Saturday, August 17, 2019

NFL conditionally reinstates Patriots receiver Josh Gordon
Josh Gordon's winding career has included several second chances following a trail of multiple drug suspensions that cast doubt whether the talented but troubled playmaker would ever get on an NFL field again.

He's getting yet another opportunity.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Osaka's injury lends uncertainty to US Open
Naomi Osaka felt a strange sensation in her left knee, different than anything she'd experienced. The U.S. Open champion left the court worried about whether she'll be in shape to defend her precious title.
Saturday, August 17, 2019

Bristol race could shape NASCAR playoff picture
There is very little wiggle room in the race to make NASCAR's playoffs, and as free agency hits full steam drivers are trying to secure their futures as fast as possible.

Among those on the bubble is Clint Bowyer, in the 16th and final qualifying spot and in a freefall the past two months. He was 12th in the Cup Series standings just seven races ago, but is now trying to hold off seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson heading into Saturday night's race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

USA Basketball tops Spain in pre-World Cup exhibition, 90-81
This was a week of wake-up calls for USA Basketball, some provided by unheralded G League players in practice and now more offered up by the Spanish national team.

The Americans learned from both.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Earnhardt takes time off after plane crash
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will take the weekend off from broadcasting to be with his wife and daughter after the three were in a plane crash landing Thursday near Bristol Motor Speedway.
Friday, August 16, 2019

Jackson sharp, Ravens beat Packers as Rogers sits
It didn't matter that it was merely a preseason game, or that the Green Bay Packers were chasing him, or that his health is of the utmost importance to the Baltimore Ravens.

Given the opportunity to run, Lamar Jackson couldn't resist.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Irish hope to ride Book's arm to 2nd straight CFP berth
For Notre Dame to reach its second straight College Football Playoff, it may have to run the table behind quarterback Ian Book.
Friday, August 16, 2019

USA, Spain set to meet in World Cup basketball warmup
The U.S. and Spain are facing off Friday night, a matchup of the two top-ranked basketball teams in the world and a possible precursor to a medal-round meeting next month at the World Cup.
Friday, August 16, 2019

Harper hits grand slam in 9th, Phillies rally past Cubs 7-5
Bryce Harper knows everyone in the dugout and ballpark expects him to get clutch hits in moments just like this.
Friday, August 16, 2019

Ravens don't lose in preseason So what?
The Baltimore Ravens will see a little bit of Aaron Rodgers on Thursday night in their preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. They'll probably just shrug: The Ravens have won 14 consecutive exhibition matches.
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Hudson solid, Cards crack Keller in rout of Royals
Cardinals rookie Dakota Hudson kept quickly scraping through scoreless innings, even as his Royals counterpart was putting together a no-hit bid that was starting to set social media ablaze.

St. Louis eventually cracked Brad Keller in spectacular fashion.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Prince Amukamara, Bears DBs seeking more interceptions
Chicago Bears cornerback Prince Amukamara matched a career high in interceptions last season and sees no reason his total can't grow higher this season.

He's not alone in expecting big things.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Hittin' season: Harper, Phils pound Cubs in Manuel's return
Hittin' season has arrived for the Philadelphia Phillies.

J.T. Realmuto hit a grand slam, Bryce Harper went deep twice and the Phillies beat the Chicago Cubs 11-1 in Charlie Manuel's first game as hitting coach, ruining Cole Hamels' return Wednesday night.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Flaherty goes 7 innings as Cards edge Royals 2-0
The two words that Cardinals manager Mike Shildt kept using to describe the reasons behind Jack Flaherty's phenomenal pitching success since the All-Star break were conviction and command.

The Royals probably have a few choice words to describe Flaherty, too.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Realmuto, Quinn power Phillies past Cubs 4-2
J.T. Realmuto and Roman Quinn delivered the type of hits that have been rare for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Realmuto homered and drove in the tiebreaking run with an RBI double in the seventh inning to lift the Phillies to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Michigan, Nebraska look set to breakout in Big Ten
The power structure in the Big Ten could be in for a shakeup.

Jim Harbaugh enters his fifth year at Michigan overdue for a breakthrough, and two-time defending conference champion Ohio State is transitioning from Urban Meyer to Ryan Day and replacing a first-round NFL draft pick at quarterback.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Brown returns to Raiders after absence for injured feet
Antonio Brown walked onto the Oakland Raiders practice field in his familiar No. 84 jersey surrounded by cameras and received warm greetings from teammates.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Astros, Chicago White Sox split doubleheader Tuesday
Ivan Nova sparkled for nine innings to stay on a roll. Gerrit Cole's hot streak was put on hold before he even threw a pitch.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Markgraf hired as GM for women's nat'l team
Former defender Kate Markgraf has been named general manager of the U.S. women's national team, U.S. Soccer announced Monday.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Defense may hold keys to Oklahoma's title hopes
Last time Oklahoma's defense took the field, it got shredded during a national semifinal loss to Alabama.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Bears break training camp facing several familiar problems
There was a shoving incident, a coach screaming at his players and the usual unresolved kicking competition.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Rookie Aquino homers 3 more times, Reds drub Cubs 10-1
Rookie Aristides Aquino isn't keeping mementos from his prodigious power display, the one reminding everyone of another Reds outfielder who wore No. 44 and slashed homers with a whiplash swing.
Monday, August 12, 2019

Nathan Peterman runs and throws, Raiders beat Rams
Nathan Peterman ran farther on one play in his first preseason game with the Oakland Raiders than he ever did with the Buffalo Bills.

If it helps Peterman gain an edge in the battle to be Derek Carr's backup, he's more than happy to keep doing it.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Bassitt throws 7 innings as A's beat White Sox
Chris Bassitt admitted he had a little extra incentive Sunday.

Bassitt threw seven sharp innings against his first major league team and Matt Olson homered, leading the Oakland Athletics to a 2-0 victory over Lucas Giolito and the Chicago White Sox.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Thomas' slam leads Cardinals to comeback win over Pirates
In the big leagues primarily as a defensive replacement, Cardinals rookie outfielder Lane Thomas pounced with a chance to flex his hitting muscles.

Thomas ripped a go-ahead grand slam in the seventh inning, Paul Goldschmidt and Dexter Fowler also homered, and St. Louis beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-9 Sunday.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Reed delivers clutch putts to win FedEx Cup opener
The harder he worked, the farther Patrick Reed felt he was falling behind. That's when the people around him sought drastic measures by making him leave his golf clubs alone for 10 whole days.
Monday, August 12, 2019

Biles leads US Championships despite somewhat off night
The competition isn't the judges. Or the rest of the field. Or even the sport she's dominated for the better part of a decade. Simone Biles conquered all of them long ago.

What drives Biles is the voice in her head, the one that tells the best gymnast in the world that perfection is the only standard, even while attempting skills that no other woman on the planet (and very few men) can match.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

NASCAR's Johnson-Blaney feud shows no signs of slowing down
Jimmie Johnson's feud with Ryan Blaney is showing no signs of slowing down, heading into the NASCAR Cup race at Michigan International Speedway

Johnson still wants Blaney to apologize for making contact from behind going into a turn nearly a week ago at Watkins Glen.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Major League Soccer teams navigate new 'no political display' policy
Major League Soccer's new policy that bans political displays at matches is stirring controversy in the Pacific Northwest, where supporters' culture is often intertwined with politics and social issues.

The Seattle Sounders and the Portland Timbers have banned signs and flags with the "Iron Front" symbol, which they say has become appropriated by some in the loosely structured antifa movement, at times in the context of violence.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

USA Basketball plays first scrimmage in advance of World Cup
The first order of business for USA Basketball on Friday night was thanking its fans, so Donovan Mitchell grabbed a microphone to deliver the pregame message.

He got right to the point.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Quarterback Kyler Murray sharp in brief debut as Cardinals edge Chargers
Kyler Murray wanted to take his team on a scoring drive Thursday night, and even checked twice with his coach to see if he could play beyond one possession.
Friday, August 9, 2019

USA Gymnastics pres. points to 'positive trajectory'
Li Li Leung wants Simone Biles to speak up whenever, however and wherever the Olympic gymnastics champion sees fit.
Friday, August 9, 2019

White Sox, Yankees to play at Iowa 'Field of Dreams'
Major League Baseball is going to build it — and the White Sox and Yankees are coming to Iowa.

The Chicago White Sox will play the New York Yankees next summer at the site in eastern Iowa where the movie "Field of Dreams" was filmed, MLB announced Thursday. The game is set for Aug. 13 in Dyersville, which is about 200 miles west of Chicago.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Slye kicks Panthers past Bears in preseason opener
With Elliott Fry and Eddy Pineiro battling for the Chicago Bears kicking job, the best kicking effort in Thursday's preseason opener came instead from Carolina Panthers rookie Joey Slye.
Friday, August 9, 2019

Rizzo celebrates, Cubs beat Reds 12-5 for biggest lead
Anthony Rizzo's 30th birthday celebration had a little bit of something for everyone to enjoy.

Rizzo had a pair of hits on his big day, Nicholas Castellanos added to his Chicago surge with a pair of homers and the Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 12-5 on Thursday night for their biggest NL Central lead of the season.

Friday, August 9, 2019

LaFleur debut: Packers hold on for 28-26 preseason win over Texans
Matt LaFleur walked out of the tunnel Thursday at Lambeau Field and couldn't help but to take a minute to reflect.

At just 39 years old, he was the head coach of the Green Bay Packers.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Run game, creating turnovers key for Illini in '19
At Tuesday’s media day in Champaign, there was a feeling of trepidation in the room as Illinois head coach Lovie Smith stepped up to the podium as a four-win season a year ago didn’t exactly stoke the flames of confidence.

Almost immediately, the talk turned to the offense. Smith hopes Brandon Peters, a graduate transfer from Michigan, will help develop some of the younger talent on the team, especially Isaiah Williams, a five-star quarterback recruit out of Trinity Catholic High School in St. Louis.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Happ's slam leads Quintana, Cubs over Athletics 10-1
Ian Happ and José Quintana are both locked-in right now, and that's good news for the Chicago Cubs.

Happ hit his second career grand slam, Quintana tossed two-hit ball through seven innings to win his sixth straight decision and the Cubs ripped the Oakland Athletics 10-1 on Wednesday.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Martin hits 2-run single in 9th, Dodgers edge Cards 2-1
As the Los Angeles Dodgers' oldest player, Russell Martin figures he has an extra appreciation for this club's remarkable string of impossibly dramatic victories at Chavez Ravine.

When the veteran backup catcher got a chance to contribute to this season of walk-off wonders, he didn't waste it.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Illinois football looking to lean on new talent
Despite going into his fourth year as head coach of the Fighting Illini with a 9-27 record, head coach Lovie Smith believes that his team is ready to improve over its four-win season last year.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Kershaw remains unbeatable at home, Dodgers top Cards
Clayton Kershaw continues to be not only consistent, but dominant for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Lester pounded as Garneau, Piscotty HR, A's rout Cubs 11-4
A night after their late rally fell just short, the Oakland Athletics started quickly and took their frustration out on Jon Lester.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Bears eagerly awaiting Montgomery debut
Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has priorities when it comes to preseason games.

One thing Trubisky is hoping to see from the Bears' offense when they open the preseason Thursday at home against the Carolina Panthers is the running game.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Tigers bruise White Sox 10-6 for doubleheader split Tuesday
The Detroit Tigers will take any kind of win they can get these days.

This one required a long day at the ballpark.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Gonsolin earns 1st win, Dodgers rout Cards 8-0
Tony Gonsolin struck out Paul Goldschmidt and left the Dodger Stadium mound to a raucous standing ovation after his sixth scoreless inning.

Although the rookie right-hander couldn't have pitched much better in his second career start, Gonsolin knows he might have to do even more just to have a shot at sticking with Los Angeles for its playoff run.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Carter returning to Hawks for 22nd season
Vince Carter is putting off retirement for at least one more season.

With that, he'll claim the longest career in NBA history all to himself.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Baez homers twice, Cubs hold off A's for wild 6-5 win
Led by Javier Báez, the Chicago Cubs had enough offense Monday night to make up for the absence of Willson Contreras.

They missed Craig Kimbrel — a lot.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Garcia slam, Jimenez 3-run shot lead White Sox
Bryce Harper was about the last Phillie in the clubhouse still in uniform packing for a seven-game road trip that could decide if the team is really going to be a player in the NL wild-card race. His hat flipped backward and his cleats off, Harper's Phanatic socks peeked out of his pants legs as he shuffled items around his locker, his back pockets as inside out as the offense.
Monday, August 5, 2019

Chase Elliott wins NASCAR Cup race at Watkins Glen
Chase Elliott put an emphatic end to his summer-long struggle, making a statement with a dominating win on the road course at Watkins Glen International.
Monday, August 5, 2019

Newcomers big for A's in win over Cards
The highlight of Tanner Roark's Oakland debut happened when the right-hander struck out Marcell Ozuna with the bases loaded to end a 35-pitch third inning.
Monday, August 5, 2019

Darvish, Heyward help Cubs sweep Brewers with 7-2 win
After a frustrating start with the Chicago Cubs, Yu Darvish is starting to live up to his big free-agent contract.
Monday, August 5, 2019

Gonzalez enters hall with three DBs who tried covering him
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — At one end of the room sat Tony Gonzalez. All the way across it was Ed Reed.
Saturday, August 3, 2019

Bears' defense picking up new changes under coordinator Pagano
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) — Khalil Mack poured into the backfield Thursday at the Chicago Bears' practice, stretched up and deflected Mitchell Trubisky pass before making the interception.
Saturday, August 3, 2019

Man U to pay $97M for defender Maguire
LONDON (AP) — Manchester United is set to break the world transfer record for a defender after agreeing to pay 80 million pounds ($97 million) to sign Harry Maguire from Leicester, a person with knowledge of the deal said Friday.
Saturday, August 3, 2019

Rodgers: Packers' new-look D has 'a little more juice'
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers are hoping this is the year — for the first time in nearly a decade — their defense becomes more of an asset than a liability.
Saturday, August 3, 2019

Trubisky, Bears' offense fight through inconsistency

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears' offense hasn't progressed to a point where it can consistently beat the defense at practice. Then again, few teams could.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Wheeler solid as Mets roll past White Sox 4-0
CHICAGO (AP) — Zack Wheeler is still a Met, which makes him part of a suddenly dominant starting rotation. A day after the trade deadline passed, the hard-throwing right-hander kept his club on a second-half roll.
Friday, August 2, 2019

Cards smash Cubs 8-0, regain NL Central lead
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jack Flaherty didn't panic. Instead, the St. Louis Cardinals' right-hander simply stayed the course during a lengthy stretch without a victory.
Friday, August 2, 2019

Cards smash Cubs 8-0, regain NL Central lead
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jack Flaherty didn't panic. Instead, the St. Louis Cardinals' right-hander simply stayed the course during a lengthy stretch without a victory.
Friday, August 2, 2019

Nebraska drawing confidence as B10 West Favorite
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Scott Frost starts his second year at Nebraska with an experienced quarterback and high expectations.
Friday, August 2, 2019

8 banned in Reds-Bucs brawl; Kela 10 games, Garrett 8
NEW YORK (AP) — Pittsburgh pitcher Keone Kela was suspended for 10 games, wild-swinging Cincinnati reliever Amir Garrett for eight and Yasiel Puig for three after a furious brawl between the Pirates and Reds.
Friday, August 2, 2019

Fangio coaches through kidney stone issue, Denver wins
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — For a while Thursday, Vic Fangio didn't know if his long-awaited debut as a head coach would happen in the Hall of Fame game.
Friday, August 2, 2019

Cubs beat Cardinals 2-0, move into tie atop NL Central
Chicago Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks has no logical explanation for his success against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Agent: Saints, Thomas agree on 5-year, $100M contract
The New Orleans Saints and leading receiver Michael Thomas have agreed to a new five-year, $100 million contract, his agent said Wednesday.
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Bears activate Clinton-Dix
The Chicago Bears have removed safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix from the physically unable to perform list and he is expected to begin practicing Tuesday.
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Goldschmidt stays hot, Cardinals beat Cubs 2-1
Paul Goldschmidt is so hot at the plate, not even Yu Darvish can slow him down.

Goldschmidt homered for the seventh time in eight games, a go-ahead drive off Darvish in the sixth inning that lifted the St. Louis Cardinals over the Chicago Cubs 2-1 Tuesday night and back into sole possession of the NL Central lead.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Syndergaard puts aside talk, shines as Mets beat Sox for 5th straight
Noah Syndergaard thinks will remain with the New York Mets after Wednesday's trade deadline.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

AP source: Indians dealing Bauer to Reds, get Puig in deal
Trevor Bauer's final act for the Indians was throwing a ball over the center-field wall.

Yasiel Puig ended his season with Cincinnati in another brawl.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

US coach Jill Ellis stepping down after 2 World Cup titles
With two Women's World Cup titles in hand, U.S. national team coach Jill Ellis says it's time to move on.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Bears kicker candidates living up to camp pressures
Linebacker Roquan Smith had just witnessed kicker Elliott Fry make a 60-yard field goal Saturday in the Chicago Bears' kicking competition.

"That was pretty exciting," Smith said. "You don't have many guys hitting a 60-yarder. It's pretty sweet."

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

US Soccer says women's team has made more than the men
Facing mounting public pressure in a fight over equitable pay, U.S. Soccer said the World Cup champion women's national team has been paid more than the men's team.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Arms race ahead of MLB trade window
If Madison Bumgarner, Noah Syndergaard, Trevor Bauer, Mike Minor or Robbie Ray are going to get dealt to contenders desperate for arms, it will happen this week or not at all.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Morikawa the latest college player to win on PGA Tour
Just over two months since Collin Morikawa graduated from Cal, he's headed to the PGA Tour's version of final exams.

So far, he is passing every test.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Schwarber hits two HR as Cubs top Brewers 11-4
After losing consecutive nail-biters in a matchup of NL Central contenders, Kyle Schwarber made sure the Chicago Cubs could breathe easier in the series finale.
Monday, July 29, 2019

Sanó homers as Twins take early lead, pound White Sox 11-1I
Fourteen pitches. That was all it took.

These power-packed Minnesota Twins can pile up runs in a hurry.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Muhammad breaks world record in 400 hurdles at nationals
The running joke between Dalilah Muhammad and some of her competitors goes like this: She orders the wet conditions.

Because she reigns in the rain.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Five-time All-Star Troy Tulowitzki retires after leg injuries
BOSTON (AP) — Troy Tulowitzki, a five-time All-Star with the Colorado Rockies who has missed most of the past two seasons with leg injuries, announced his retirement on Thursday, more than three months after he played in his last game for the New York Yankees.
Saturday, July 27, 2019

Khalil Mack has more adjusting to do in Year 2 with Bears
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) — Almost a year ago linebacker Khalil Mack watched and read what people said about his contract situation with fascination.
Saturday, July 27, 2019

Cards tie Cubs for NL Central lead behind Goldschmidt
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt's power streak helped lift the St. Louis Cardinals into a share of the NL Central lead for the first time since early May.
Friday, July 26, 2019

Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky assumes the low-key approach.
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) — Wearing a No. 34 jersey to honor Walter Payton's birthday, running back Tarik Cohen burned rubber in a three-wheeled slingshot on Thursday while tearing around the parking lot in a circle — twice — to announce his arrival at Chicago Bears training camp.
Friday, July 26, 2019

Families spend freely to gain edge in travel sports
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP)  For Dale and Amy Uttecht, guiding two sons through the competitive world of youth travel sports meant sacrificing a few things along the way.
Friday, July 26, 2019

Former Jets QB Sanchez retires from NFL and joins ESPN
Former USC star and New York Jets first-round pick Mark Sanchez is retiring from the NFL and joining ESPN as a college football analyst.
Thursday, July 25, 2019

Cubs demote Russell, scratch Lester, bring Contreras off IL
The Chicago Cubs optioned shortstop Addison Russell to Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday, about two months after he completed a suspension for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy.
Thursday, July 25, 2019

Ledecky returns but US falls to Australia in relay at worlds
The Americans got ailing Katie Ledecky back. They just couldn't overcome a world record by the Australians.
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