National Sports

Chelsea, Tottenham dispel doubts with winning starts in EPL

By ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer Writer Chelsea and Tottenham dispelled doubts about their readiness to make winning starts to the Premier League on Saturday. A week after being swatted aside by Manchester City in the Community Shield, Chelsea beat Huddersfield 3-0 in Maurizio Sarri's first ...

Millionaire baseball pick Murray seeks QB job at Oklahoma

By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray insists he hasn't changed, yet there are constant reminders that his life will never be the same. Before June, he was merely a gifted two-sport college athlete. But once the Oakland Athletics took him ...

AP source: Maryland places strength coach on leave

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Maryland placed the head of the football team's strength and conditioning staff on paid leave while it investigates claims he verbally abused and humiliated players, a person briefed on the situation said Saturday. The person spoke to The ...

Finau ties PGA Championship record with 10 birdies

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tony Finau tried not to look at the opening two rounds of the PGA Championship as a Ryder Cup audition as he played alongside U.S. captain Jim Furyk. He sure didn't damage his chances. Not by matching a PGA Championship record with 10 ...

PGA Championship resumes with second round at wet Bellerive

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and the rest of the players that were still on the course when play was suspended at the PGA Championship have resumed their second rounds at soggy Bellerive. All of them are chasing Gary Woodland, whose 66 before the rain rolled through Friday left ...

LEADING OFF: Dodgers await wait on Jansen, Arenado ailing

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: NO WORD YET The Dodgers are still waiting for definitive word on how long closer Kenley Jansen might be out because of an irregular heartbeat. He was put on the 10-day disabled list Friday and manager Dave Roberts ...

Posey, McCutchen lead Giants past Pirates 13-10

By GIDEON RUBIN, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants finally got their offense going, and they needed it to survive another shaky performance from their bullpen. Buster Posey got four hits, Andrew McCutchen homered against his former team and the San Francisco ...

Raiders beat Lions 16-10 in Gruden’s return to sideline

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Pro Football Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jon Gruden jawed at the officials, worked closely with the quarterbacks and was once again adored by the Oakland Raiders fans. It was as if he had never left the Coliseum. Jon Gruden was a winner in his return to the sideline for ...

Texas rookie Guzman homers 3 times against Yankees

By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Ronald Guzman became the first rookie to hit three home runs in a game against the Yankees, powering the Texas Rangers past New York 12-7 on Friday night. Eight days after Boston's Steve Pearce connected three times off the Yankees, Guzman duplicated ...

Calhoun, Upton HR, Angels beat A’s 4-3; Pujols hit milestone

By DOUG PADILLA, Associated Press ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Against one of the best bullpens in baseball, the Los Angeles Angels treated all of the late innings like they were the ninth and the tactic was rewarded when they rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics. Kole Calhoun and ...

Jets get strong QB play against sluggish Falcons, win 17-0

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Sam Darnold sparkled in his NFL debut, Teddy Bridgewater looked sharp and healthy, and the New York Jets earned the franchise's first preseason home shutout by beating the sluggish Atlanta Falcons 17-0 on Friday night. Darnold, the No. 3 overall draft pick in ...

Red Sox hit 3 HRs, erase 5-run deficit and top Orioles 19-12

By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — Down five runs in the third inning? Hardly a challenge for the Boston Red Sox, who quickly wiped out the deficit with a display of patience and power. Xander Bogaerts and Andrew Benintendi each hit three-run homers, Brock Holt connected ...

Carpenter homers again, leads Gomber, Cards over Royals 7-0

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — At this point, it's almost as if the St. Louis Cardinals expect Matt Carpenter to hit a home run every day. Carpenter connected for the sixth time in seven games, Austin Gomber pitched five scoreless innings and the Cardinals defeated the Kansas City Royals 7-0 Friday ...

Gausman, Inciarte power Braves past Brewers

By GEORGE HENRY, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Kevin Gausman loves pitching in a pennant race. The games have meaning, and the fans are engaged. That was hardly the case before the Atlanta Braves acquired him from Baltimore. "As a player to come into it, it's exciting," Gausman said. "I ...

Jets shut out Atlanta

By Dennis Waszak Jr. AP Pro Football Writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Sam Darnold sparkled in his NFL debut, Teddy Bridgewater looked sharp and healthy, and the New York Jets earned the franchise's first preseason home shutout by beating the sluggish Atlanta Falcons 17-0 on Friday ...

Woodland sets PGA record but leads by only a stroke at PGA

By Doug Ferguson AP Golf Writer ST. LOUIS (AP) — Sirens blared across Bellerive, putting the second round of the PGA Championship on hold and ending a day of scoring rarely seen in a major. Gary Woodland set the 36-hole record — for now, anyway — after a round where his driver ...

Strong at core, Wisconsin’s rugged D gets makeover on edges

By Genaro C. Armas AP Sports Writer MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Strong at its core, Wisconsin’s defense is undergoing a makeover on the edges. Coach Paul Chryst needs new starters at both defensive end positions, both outside linebacker positions, and both cornerback spots. It might be ...

Krzyzewski: No ‘plan of execution’ for NCAA hoops reforms

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski doesn’t believe the NCAA with far enough with its reforms when it comes to how the changes were coordinated. Speaking two days after the governing body announced numerous changes following a high-profile corruption scandal in college ...

Shurmur hasn’t provided quick fix for Giants offense

By Tom Canavan AP Sports Writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The additions of new coach Pat Shurmur and No. 2 overall draft pick Saquon Barkley didn’t provide a quick fix for the New York Giants’ offense. The 20-10 loss to the Cleveland Brown in the preseason opener Thursday night at ...

Nebraska’s 3-man quarterback race remains too close to call

By ERIC OLSON, AP College Football Writer LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Mario Verduzco uses two words to describe the state of Nebraska's three-man quarterback race. "Even steven," the Cornhuskers' quarterback coach said Wednesday. Sorting out who takes the first snap in the Sept. 1 opener against ...