National Sports

Astros hits 4 HRs, make a winner of Greinke in debut

By The Associated Press undefined HOUSTON (AP) — Zack Greinke labored through six innings but wound up with a win in his Astros debut as Houston hit four home runs Tuesday night to beat the Colorado Rockies 11-6. Playing in front of a season-high crowd of 43,243, the AL West leaders won ...

Aussie rugby league star Holmes tackling NFL dream with Jets

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. AP Pro Football Writer FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Valentine Holmes was as massive a star in Australia as he could have ever imagined. The standout winger and fullback for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks of the National Rugby League was recognized wherever he went, with ...

Nelson retires after memorable run with Rodgers, Packers

By Keith Jenkins AP Sports Writer GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Jordy Nelson’s NFL career ended in the same place where it began: Lambeau Field. Nelson signed a one-day contract with the Packers on Tuesday and announced his retirement after 11 seasons, 10 of which he spent in Green ...

Blue Jays to extend protective netting for 2020 season

TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays will extend protective netting at Rogers Centre next season, joining other teams that have taken measures after foul balls injured fans. The team also announced Tuesday they'll extend the nets next season at their spring training home in Dunedin, ...

Raiders in spotlight as NFL preseason begins

By The Associated Press undefined The players stayed at camp in California, but owner Mark Davis and other top Raiders executives were on hand for the ceremonial topping off of the team's new $1.9 billion stadium in Las Vegas. The AP's Barry Wilner talks about how the team might fare in its ...

Panthers to hold out Newton, Kuechly in preseason opener

By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Panthers coach Ron Rivera says quarterback Cam Newton and linebacker Luke Kuechly will not play in Thursday night's preseason opener against the Bears in Chicago. Rivera says he's being extra cautious with both players. Newton is ...

Sarkisian inherits Alabama offense loaded with playmakers

By JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writer TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Steve Sarkisian keeps hitting the jackpot when it comes to quarterbacks and other offensive playmakers. A former USC and Washington head coach, Sarkisian left the Crimson Tide after the national championship game in January 2017 to head ...

Wayne Rooney returning to England from DC to play for Derby

DERBY, England (AP) — Wayne Rooney will be leaving Major League Soccer after less than two seasons to return to play in England and be closer to his family. The 33-year-old former England captain will remain at D.C. United until the end of the season before joining second-tier Championship ...

Law, Reed, Mawae, Bowlen, Brandt, Robinson in Hall of Fame

By Barry Wilner AP Pro Football Writer CANTON, Ohio (AP) — What a defensive backfield in gold jackets: Ed Reed, Ty Law and Champ Bailey. Law and Reed entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night, and Bailey was set to join them a bit later. “Fitting to be in here with Mr. ...

Gonzalez enters hall with 3 DBs who tried covering him

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer CANTON, Ohio (AP) — At one end of the room sat Tony Gonzalez. All the way across it was Ed Reed. Sometimes in the past, that's as close to each other as the two new Hall of Famers cared to be. Same thing for Champ Bailey and Ty Law when it came to ...

Gleyber Torres hits slam, Yankees beat Red Sox 4-2

By The Associated Press undefined NEW YORK (AP) — Gleyber Torres hit a first-inning grand slam, left-hander James Paxton cruised after that and the New York Yankees three-hit the Boston Red Sox in a 4-2 victory Friday night. Boston has lost five straight for the first time since 2015 and ...

Ronaldo loses bid to dismiss or fully seal Vegas rape case

By KEN RITTER Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo has lost a bid for dismissal or complete secrecy in a federal lawsuit by a Nevada woman who accuses him of raping her at a Las Vegas resort in 2009. Attorney Larissa Drohobyczer, representing Ronaldo's accuser, ...

Padres’ Lauer continues mastery of Dodgers in 5-2 victory

By JOE REEDY AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eric Lauer can boast about something not many major league pitchers currently can: an unbeaten record against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The San Diego left hander improved to 4-0 against the Dodgers as the Padres rallied for a 6-2 victory in ...

Marte, Pirates stop Mets’ 7-game win string with 8-4 victory

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Steven Matz's mastery of the Pittsburgh Pirates unraveled quickly. So did the New York Mets' seven-game winning streak. Five days removed from a five-hit masterpiece in which he shut out the Pirates on 99 pitches, Matz didn't make it out of ...

Greinke eager to watch and learn with AL West-leading Astros

By Kristie Rieken AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Zack Greinke has admired the Houston Astros from afar. Now he gets to see them close up, and the newly acquired ace is looking forward to that opportunity. “Probably just being able to watch them play every day ... and just being able ...

Gonzalez enters hall with 3 DBs who tried covering him

By Barry Wilner AP Pro Football Writer CANTON, Ohio (AP) — At one end of the room sat Tony Gonzalez. All the way across it was Ed Reed. Sometimes in the past, that's as close to each other as the two new Hall of Famers cared to be. Same thing for Champ Bailey and Ty Law when it came to ...

Vegas gets rave reviews for thrilling WNBA All-Star weekend

By Doug Feinberg AP Basketball Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Coaches, players and WNBA executives were thrilled with the show Las Vegas put on for the All-Star Game last weekend. From a high-level game to first-class entertainment, the city got rave reviews. “It was electric. It was ...

Chapman rallies A’s past Brewers with two-run HR off Hader

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Matt Chapman hit a two-run home run off struggling closer Josh Hader in the eighth inning to break out of a long slump and the Oakland Athletics beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-3 Thursday. The A’s trailed 3-2 when Robbie Grossman walked leading off the eighth against ...

Rodgers: Packers’ new-look defense has ‘a little more juice’

By KEITH JENKINS AP Sports Writer GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers are hoping this is the year — for the first time in nearly a decade — their defense becomes more of an asset than a liability. Green Bay made it a priority this offseason to upgrade the defense, which hasn't ...

An, Im share lead at 62 after 1st round of Wyndham

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Byeong Hun An and Sungjae Im each shot 8-under 62 on Thursday to share the lead after one round at the Wyndham Championship. Mackenzie Hughes, Rory Sabbatini, Patrick Rodgers and Johnson Wagner were a stroke back behind the South Korean leaders in the final PGA Tour ...