National Sports

Puig’s 3 homers, 7 RBIs lead Dodgers over Cards 17-4

By DAVID SOLOMON, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Yasiel Puig has never missed the postseason since making his major league debut in 2013, and he doesn't plan on ending that run. Puig homered three times and had a career-high seven RBIs, giving him five homers in two games, and the Los ...

Indians blank Tigers, clinch 3rd straight AL Central title

By The Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Unchallenged for months, the Cleveland Indians clinched their third straight AL Central title with a 15-0 blowout on Saturday of the Detroit Tigers, who made four errors and managed only two hits. Francisco Lindor and Michael Brantley connected for ...

Browns releasing troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Gordon's troubled tenure with the Cleveland Browns has ended. The team isn't going to help him any longer. He let them down for the final time. The Browns announced Saturday night that it intends to release the former Pro Bowl wide ...

Brewers now 2 1/2 games behind Cubs with 3-1 loss to Pirates

By JOE TOTORAITIS, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Zach Davies couldn't hold an early lead and it proved costly to the Milwaukee Brewers. Davies gave up a go-ahead double to Francisco Cervelli in the fourth inning that lifted the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-2 win over the Brewers on ...

No. 1 Alabama blows past Mississippi 62-7

By DAVID BRANDT, AP Sports Writer OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Top-ranked Alabama faced a rare bit of adversity Saturday night when Mississippi's first offensive play turned into a 75-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Ta'amu to D.K. Metcalf. The angst lasted a grand total of 11 seconds. Alabama ...

Lester pitches Cubs over Reds 1-0, Chicago maintains lead

By MATT CARLSON, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — After seven dominant innings from Jon Lester, the Chicago Cubs turned to a closer-by-committee due to their loss of Pedro Strop. Lester allowed two hits over seven innings with a season-high nine strikeouts, Willson Contreras hit a ...

LEADING OFF: Sale vs deGrom for 1st time since college

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: YOU AGAIN? Cy Young Award contenders Chris Sale (12-4, 1.96) and Jacob deGrom (8-9, 1.71) face off for the first time since their college days as Boston hosts the Mets. DeGrom was a two-way player at Stetson in 2010 ...

Tate throws for 349 yards, 5 TDs as Arizona routs S. Utah

By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer TUSCON, Ariz. (AP) — A sore ankle seems to be slowing that dynamic breakaway speed of Khalil Tate. But the Arizona quarterback sure can still throw the ball. Tate passed for a career-best 349 yards and five touchdowns, then sat out most of the fourth quarter ...

Agnew, Washington lead SDSU to upset of No. 23 ASU, 28-21

By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego State made a statement with another win against Arizona State, even if it took until the final play to seal the 28-21 upset of the No. 23 Sun Devils. Junior Ryan Agnew threw his first career touchdown pass to cap an impressive ...

No. 10 Washington shuts down Utah in 21-7 victory

By JOHN COON, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Washington's defense is as strong as advertised once again. The No. 10 Huskies smothered Utah for the better part of four quarters on the way to a 21-7 victory on Saturday night. Nothing the Utes did on offense had a real impact as the ...

AP Top 25 Takeaways: First major upset shakes Big Ten

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer The fun in a college football season does not really start until there is big upset, a Top Ten team losing to an unranked team. BYU provided the season's first shocker, one that could reset the College Football Playoff race and have long-term ...

No. 12 LSU beats No. 7 Auburn 22-21 on last-play field goal

By The Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — Cole Tracy kicked a 42-yard field goal on the final play to give No. 12 LSU a 22-21 victory over No. 7 Auburn on Saturday in their Southeastern Conference opener. Joe Burrow led LSU (3-0) down the field in the final minutes with clutch plays and two ...

Ehlinger’s 2 TD passes lead Texas over No. 22 USC 37-14

By JIM VERTUNO, AP Sports Writer AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The cheers of "Texas Fight!" had likely never sounded louder, and the postgame singing of the "Eyes of Texas" had never sounded sweeter. At least not for Texas coach Tom Herman and this group of Longhorns. Texas gave Herman his biggest ...

No. 4 Ohio State holds off No. 15 TCU 40-28 after quick TDs

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Fourth-ranked Ohio State overcame the adversity of Urban Meyer's absence and its toughest test so far — and is still undefeated for the return of the suspended coach. Trailing No. 15 TCU and with star defender Nick Bosa in the ...

McCann kicks FG as time expires; Missouri beats Purdue 40-37

By JIM JOHNSON, Associated Press WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Tucker McCann had a good feeling Missouri was going to need him on Saturday night. The junior kicker was ready when the Tigers turned to him to put the game away against Purdue. McCann kicked a 25-yard field goal as time expired ...

No. 12 LSU beats No. 7 Auburn 22-21 on last-play field goal

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Cole Tracy kicked a 42-yard field goal on the final play to give No. 12 LSU a 22-21 victory over No. 7 Auburn on Saturday in their Southeastern Conference opener. Joe Burrow led LSU (3-0) down the field in the final minutes with clutch plays and two pass interference ...

Sharks acquire Erik Karlsson from Senators

By Josh Dubow AP Sports Writer SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks acquired two-time Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Erik Karlsson from the Ottawa Senators on Thursday, making a blockbuster addition to the roster after missing out on high-scoring center John Tavares in free ...

No 15 TCU gets another chance for Big 12 vs No 4 Ohio State

By The Associated Press Some things to watch in the Big 12 Conference during Week 3 of the season: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 15 TCU (2-0) vs. No. 4 Ohio State (2-0), at Arlington, Texas. Ohio State got into the inaugural College Football Playoff four seasons ago ahead of Big 12 co-champions TCU ...

LEADING OFF: Diamondbacks-Rockies, Dodgers-Cards, Cubs in DC

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: GETAWAY DAY With both teams chasing an NL West title, the Diamondbacks and Rockies wrap up their pivotal four-game series. Colorado leads the division by 1½ games over the Dodgers, while Arizona is 3½ back. Clay ...

New head coaches go 0-7 in Week 1 of NFL season

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer New coach. Familiar results. Teams with a new man in charge went 0-7 in Week 1, the worst start by a group of new head coaches in NFL history. The previous worst was 0-6 in 2001. It took Aaron Rodgers coming back from a knee injury and leading the ...