National Sports

LEADING OFF: Newcomb subs in for Braves, Rockies head home

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: 2-0 CHANGEUP Sean Newcomb will start Game 3 of the Braves' NL Division Series against the Dodgers instead of Kevin Gausman. With Atlanta trailing 2-0 in the best-of-five series, manager Brian Snitker made the swap ...

AP Top 25 Takeaways: Texas tops Big 12; SEC East revival

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Texas has been losing the type of game it won on Saturday for nearly a decade. The Longhorns since 2009 had mastered the excruciatingly painful loss as they tried to find their way back (that word!) to being nationally relevant and a legitimate ...

Vargas, Dulorme draw in WBC silver welterweight match

By MATTHEW AGUILAR, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Jessie Vargas and Thomas Dulorme squared off in a fast-paced, competitive and ultimately even bout. Vargas and Dulorme fought to a majority 12-round draw Saturday at Wintrust Arena, leaving the WBC silver welterweight title vacant. Both ...

Fromm throws 3 TD passes, No. 2 Georgia drops Vandy 41-13

By CHARLES ODUM, AP Sports Writer ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — For the first time this season, Georgia found itself trailing in a game. It wasn't much of a crisis. The deficit lasted only 15 seconds. Jake Fromm threw three touchdown passes, including a 75-yarder to Terry Godwin, and No. 2 Georgia ...

Texas A&M outlasts No. 13 Kentucky 20-14 in OT

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Jimbo Fisher has his first signature victory at Texas A&M. It took a little extra time to earn it. Trayveon Williams twisted into the end zone on a 10-yard run in overtime to give the Aggies a wild 20-14 victory over No. 13 Kentucky on Saturday ...

Miller stumbles, Indians fall into 2-0 ALDS hole vs Astros

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Two Octobers after sparking a reliever revolution, Andrew Miller came up empty. Miller failed to get an out in relief of starter Carlos Carrasco, allowing a go-ahead double to Marwin Gonzalez as the Cleveland Indians lost to Houston 3-1 ...

Milton, No. 12 UCF beats SMU 48-20 for 18th straight win

By FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Unbeaten and barely tested. No. 12 UCF won again by double digits Saturday night, continuing to build a resume the Knights hope will be worthy of consideration for a College Football Playoff berth in December. McKenzie Milton threw for ...

No. 3 Ohio State pulls away to beat pesky Indiana 49-26

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A week after a gritty win at Penn State, No. 3 Ohio State had to work hard again, this time to put away pesky, unranked Indiana late in the game. In doing so, Dwayne Haskins Jr. passed for a career-best 455 yards and six touchdowns — ...

LEADING OFF: Springer HR streak, Price not right vs Yankees

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: SPRINGTIME Astros leadoff man George Springer has a chance to tie the postseason record for most consecutive games with a home run. Springer connected for the fifth game in a row Friday as Houston beat Cleveland 7-2 ...

CarGo gone? Rockies, Gonzalez look to avoid NLDS elimination

By GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) — The thin mountain air in Denver might do wonders for the slumping Colorado Rockies. They're going home again, down 2-0 in the NL Division Series to the Milwaukee Brewers. Game 3 in the best-of-five series is Sunday at Coors Field. "I ...

Kershaw allows 2 hits, Dodgers blank Braves 3-0 for 2-0 lead

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — With Sandy Koufax sitting in the front row, Clayton Kershaw pitched the best postseason game of his career, motivated partly by being passed over as the Dodgers' Game 1 starter. He responded with a postseason career-high eight innings of ...

Kevin Durant feels the love in NBA’s return to Seattle

By TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer SEATTLE (AP) — Kevin Durant got off the bus inside the loading dock of KeyArena about two hours before tipoff and made a quick glance toward the court, visible through the tunnel. He was back where his NBA career began more than a decade ago. "When I woke up ...

Sale strong, ‘pen shaky as Red Sox beat Yankees 5-4 in ALDS

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Chris Sale left the mound to a standing ovation and then waited along with anxious Red Sox fans while the Boston bullpen frittered away most of a five-run lead. Bases loaded in the sixth inning. Two runs. Bases loaded, nobody out in the ...

Love tosses 4 TD passes; Utah State beats BYU again, 45-20

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Jordan Love threw for a career-high four touchdowns and ran for another and Utah State beat BYU 45-20 Friday night, the Aggies' first back-to-back wins in the 88-game series since 1973-74. The Aggies, who opened their season with a 38-31 loss at then-No. 11 Michigan State, ...

Marshall, Georgia Tech run all over Louisville 66-31

By STEVE BITTENBENDER, Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Earlier this season, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson decided to make a change. After Johnson's Yellow Jackets walked out of Louisville with a 66-31 victory Friday night, it might be time for the Cardinals to make some changes, ...

Champ Crawford challenging Benavidez to back up his words

By ERIC OLSON, AP Sports Writer OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — World champion welterweight Terence "Bud" Crawford said he's eager to make unbeaten challenger Jose Benavidez Jr. eat his words when they meet in the ring at CHI Health Center on Oct. 13. A heated confrontation between Benavidez and ...

Browns’ Peppers dealing with hostile fan backlash

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns defensive back Jabrill Peppers has stopped going out in public by himself after hostile confrontations with Cleveland fans. Peppers said the exchanges "happen a lot" and he knows some of the encounters are due to his lack of ...

1-2-3-4: Alabama quarter of receivers delivering big plays

By JOHN ZENOR, AP Sports Writer TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Jerry Jeudy took a slant pass 34 yards on Alabama's first drive against Louisiana-Lafayette to set up a touchdown and Henry Ruggs III capped the Crimson Tide's second offensive possession with a 13-yard score. Then freshman Jaylen ...

Report: Male sports fans have big interest in women’s sports

By PAN PYLAS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Male sports fans make up more than half of the group of people with an interest in women's sports, according to a report published Thursday by analysts Nielsen Sports. The report found that 84 percent of general sports fans in eight key markets ...

No. 5 LSU puts undefeated record to test at No. 22 Florida

By The Associated Press Here are some things to watch during Week 6 of the Southeastern Conference football season: GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 5 LSU at No. 22 Florida: The Tigers have been among the biggest surprises in the SEC this season, vaulting into the nation's elite after victories over ...