National Sports

Lynch has big 2nd half, Broncos beat Cardinals 21-10

By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A near-perfect second half in the preseason finale didn't appear to be enough to give Paxton Lynch the No. 2 quarterback job in Denver. Lynch completed 14 of 15 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns and was not intercepted, leading the ...

Mayfield sharp as Browns roll over Lions 35-17

By The Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Baker Mayfield threw for 138 yards in a dominant first half for Cleveland, and the Browns wrapped up the preseason with a 35-17 victory over the Detroit Lions on Thursday night. Mayfield completed a 41-yard pass to Devon Cajuste on the first play from ...

LEADING OFF: Morales swings for HR record; AL West showdown

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: CHASING HISTORY Kendrys Morales has homered in seven straight games for Toronto, one short of the major league record. He can match Dale Long, Don Mattingly and Ken Griffey Jr. when the Blue Jays face rookie David ...

Oh, brother! 2 Coach Grudens: Raiders’ Jon, Redskins’ Jay

By JOSH DUBOW and HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Pro Football Writers Sitting beneath a television at the Gruden family home in Florida are boxes filled with recordings of dozens of games coached by Jon or Jay in the NFL and Arena Football League. There isn't a single loss on any of those discs. That's ...

Family finds way forward after QB Tyler Hilinski’s suicide

By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Mark and Kym Hilinski keenly remember the swirl of activity. Rushing to Pullman after learning their son, Tyler, had taken his life. Planning memorial services both on the Washington State campus and back home in Southern ...

PGA plans major changes for revamped FedEx Cup

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — The PGA Tour is putting the final touches on a revamped FedEx Cup structure that would award a cash bonus to the leading player from the regular season, followed by a new scoring format for the Tour Championship to decide the FedEx Cup ...

Peterson, Cards take 27-3 preseason win as Cowboys stars sit

By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Pro Football Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Patrick Peterson hasn't faced a starting quarterback in the preseason. The three-time All-Pro cornerback for the Arizona Cardinals is getting himself in regular-season form anyway. Peterson returned an interception 30 yards ...

Severino gets 17th win as Yankees beat Orioles 5-3 for sweep

By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — Despite all the injuries, and regardless of the deficit they face in the AL East, the New York Yankees won't let up in their quest to put a strong finish on a heck of a season. Luke Voit went 3 for 3 with a two-run homer to help Luis ...

Dalton enjoys warm welcome in Bengals’ 26-13 win over Bills

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton doesn't believe he could have scripted a better visit to Buffalo on Sunday. The donation he made to Buffalo's Roswell Park Cancer Institute to open the day was special. The two standing ovations he ...

Astros get fifth straight win, 3-1 over Angels

By DAN GREENSPAN, Associated Press ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Houston Astros made themselves at home in California this season, posting a record of 18-5. After punctuating that success with their seventh win in nine games at Angel Stadium, the Astros are ready to take the momentum back home ...

Carpenter ties Cards record with 4 2Bs in rout of Rockies

By PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer DENVER (AP) — Matt Carpenter led off the game with a double to right. It was the start of a double feature — a big day for him and another big series win for the Cardinals. Carpenter tied a St. Louis record with four doubles, pitcher Austin Gomber had a ...

Vikings acquire center Brett Jones in trade with Giants

By DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings, who are running out of time before the regular season begins for rehabilitating center Pat Elflein to return, took a step toward protecting themselves by acquiring center Brett Jones in a trade with the New ...

Serena, Venus Williams could meet in US Open 3rd round

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Serena and Venus Williams could be headed toward their earliest Grand Slam meeting in 20 years, facing a potential third-round matchup at the U.S. Open. If the sisters do play each other, the winner might face No. 1-ranked Simona Halep in ...

Little League World Series spot an honor for umpires, too

By SARA PERLOWITZ, Associated Press SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Ryan Gibson remembers buying clothes from the local Salvation Army to put together his first umpire uniform when he was about 14 years old. Jeff Pruitt recalls going to thrift stores to buy gray pants and a blue, button-down ...

Steelers sign kicker Chris Boswell to new 5-year contract

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers and Pro Bowl kicker Chris Boswell have agreed to a new five-year contract that will keep him in black and gold through the 2022 season. Boswell was entering the final season of his current deal and was scheduled to be a restricted free agent at the ...

European soccer weekend: What to watch in the main leagues

By The Associated Press What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend: ___ ENGLAND Arsenal has already made its worst start to a Premier League season, although it was handed one of its toughest starts with games against defending champion Manchester City and then ...

With Froome absent, Quintana favored to win Spanish Vuelta

By JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Chris Froome's decision not to defend his Spanish Vuelta title and fitness concerns for other top cyclists leaves Nairo Quintana in position to claim the Grand Tour for a second time. Quintana beat Froome to win the Vuelta in 2016 ...

Davis, Orioles stumble together in historically awful season

By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — Cemented together by a seven-year contract, the Baltimore Orioles and Chris Davis are staggering toward the finish of a historically horrid season for both the franchise and former home run king. With 35 games to go, Davis is batting ...

By keeping it in the family, Urban Meyer tarnishes legacy

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Football coaches talk a lot about creating a family atmosphere in their programs. They walk into the homes of teenagers and tell the loved ones of each recruit: We'll make him not only a better player, but a better person. College football media ...

No. 1 Alabama enters season with 6 new coaches on sidelines

By JOHN ZENOR, AP Sports Writer TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Blue-chip players aren't the only ones who come and go on Alabama's sidelines. The Crimson Tide's success has led to a turnover on coach Nick Saban's staff as well. Saban had to recruit six assistant coaches during the offseason while ...