National Sports

Kershaw struggles as Dodgers lose to Brewers in NLCS opener

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Clayton Kershaw pounded his glove with his left hand and yelled “Let’s Go!” as he walked off the mound. Pretty soon, he was gone. Kershaw was hit hard in the shortest start of his spotty playoff career, and the sloppy Los Angeles Dodgers lost 6-5 to the Milwaukee ...

Even at 5-0, LA Rams still determined to improve run defense

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Although the Los Angeles Rams have few areas of major concern after their impressive 5-0 start, Aaron Donald thinks their rushing defense is something that needs fixing on this smoothly running machine. The All-Pro defensive ...

Beware of Browns: Snoop Dogg drops in on turnaround team

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Their days as a pitiful punching bag appear to be over for the Browns. They're swinging back, picking up wins and even attracting celebrities. On Wednesday, superstar rapper Snoop Dogg pulled up in his tour bus and made a surprise visit to ...

Tex Winter, innovative basketball coach, dead at 96

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Tex Winter, the innovative "Triangle Offense" pioneer who assisted Phil Jackson on NBA championship teams with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, has died. He was 96. Winter's family said he died Wednesday in Manhattan, where he began his coaching career at ...

Kuznetsov’s 4-point night helps Capitals beat Golden Knights

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Evgeny Kuznetsov continued his dominance against the Vegas Golden Knights, scoring a goal and assisting on three more as part of a 5-2 Washington Capitals victory Wednesday night in a rematch of last season's Stanley Cup Final. Kuznetsov assisted on ...

No. 6 West Virginia to Iowa St as Big 12’s last undefeated

By The Associated Press Some things to know about Week 6 in the Big 12 Conference: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 6 West Virginia (5-0, 3-0) at Iowa State (2-3, 1-2). With Heisman Trophy-contending quarterback Will Grier, the Mountaineers are the Big 12's only remaining undefeated team. Iowa State is ...

Rookie QBs whine while Brady, Brees continue

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer While Drew Brees and Tom Brady continue making history, the rookie quarterbacks are making their mark. Brees broke Peyton Manning's record for career passing yards on Monday night and Brady became the third quarterback to throw 500 touchdown passes last ...

Column: A glimpse of the NBA’s future in Las Vegas

By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Columnist LAS VEGAS (AP) — There was LeBron James, still somewhat of a startling sight in purple and gold. And there were Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors, still very much the champions of basketball for now and the foreseeable ...

No. 2 Georgia gets tough test at No. 13 LSU in SEC matchup

By The Associated Press Here are a few things to watch in Week 7 of the Southeastern Conference football season: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 2 Georgia at No. 13 LSU: Georgia might be in for its toughest game so far this season when it travels to face LSU in Death Valley. The Bulldogs have coasted ...

Loose Moose: Moustakas brings pivotal playoff experience

By GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) — It sounds, at first, like a long, drawn out "Booooo!" But look at the name on the scoreboard and it becomes apparent what fans at Miller Park are really chanting. "Mooooose!" Mike Moustakas has been a hit with fans and teammates with the ...

LEADING OFF: Aching Correa trying to get back ready for ALCS

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors Thursday: BACK AT IT Astros shortstop Carlos Correa is trying to get his aching back as healed as possible before Houston's AL Championship Series opener Saturday. Correa told The Associated Press on Wednesday that although ...

Geraint Thomas’ Tour de France trophy stolen at cycling show

PARIS (AP) — Team Sky says the Tour de France trophy won by Geraint Thomas has been stolen from a cycling show in Britain. The team says police are investigating after the trophy disappeared during an event in Birmingham, where Team Sky displayed the three Grand Tour trophies won by its ...

Red Sox hold off Yanks in Game 4, face Astros in ALCS

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Eduardo Nunez charged Gleyber Torres' four-hopper toward third base and whipped the ball across the diamond . Steve Pearce stretched, falling on his chest for a sprawling catch. The umpire signaled: "Out!" The Boston Red Sox gathered around ...

The Trust helping with post-football transition

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer Now that Eric Winston is no longer playing pro football, he's not exactly soaking up the rays in some exotic locale. He's preparing for the rest of his life by attending the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, while also ...

Bolt to get start in trial game for soccer club in Australia

GOSFORD, Australia (AP) — Usain Bolt says his performance in a trial game on Friday could determine his future with the Central Coast Mariners in Australia's A-League and his quest to play professional football. The eight-time Olympic sprinting champion is expected to start for the Mariners ...

LEADING OFF: Red Sox ready for Astros, Yanks begin offseason

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors Wednesday: MOVING ON The Red Sox are set for a postseason rematch with the World Series champion Astros. Boston eliminated the Yankees with a dramatic 4-3 victory Tuesday night in Game 4 of their AL Division Series, and now ...

Foligno scores twice as Blue Jackets beat Avalanche 5-2

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Coach John Tortorella thought the Columbus Blue Jackets had run out of energy after taking a 2-0 lead in the first period and then allowing Colorado to climb back in the second to tie it. Maybe, but they managed to find some more. The ...

Granderson gives Brewers upbeat, veteran presence off bench

By GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) — Curtis Granderson rounded first base and kept going. He reached second, stopped and turned around to smile back toward the Milwaukee Brewers dugout. Granderson's trademark enthusiasm is evident even in an off-day workout in the ...

Basketball player’s father: Louisville assistant gave cash

By TOM HAYS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The father of a blue-chip college basketball recruit testified Tuesday that an assistant coach at the University of Louisville gave him a secret payment of $1,300 as part of a deal to get the son to sign with the school. At a criminal trial ...

UFC heavyweight champ Cormier set to defend at MSG

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Daniel Cormier is set to defend his UFC heavyweight championship against Derrick Lewis at UFC 230 on Nov. 3 at Madison Square Garden. Lewis has won nine of his last 10 bouts and will fight just weeks after he defeated Alexander Volkov at UFC 229 last weekend in Las Vegas. ...