National Sports

Super Bowl rematch doesn’t have a real super look

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer The rematch of the Super Bowl with a historic finish doesn't have much of a super look right now. The Patriots are 4-2 and have not cruised in any game, mainly because of a leaky defense. The Falcons are 3-2 and easily could have one win. Still, NBC ...

Curry, Thompson, Durant lead Warriors past Pelicans 128-120

By BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As quickly as Golden State's Klay Thompson pulled up for his seventh 3-pointer of the night, the Pelicans' packed, home-opening crowd stopped chanting, "Defense," and started looking for the nearest exits. Thompson scored 31 points, ...

Ball flirts with triple-double, Lakers hold off Suns 132-130

By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — In his second NBA game, Lonzo Ball earned his first victory and almost got a triple-double to boot. Ball, the No. 2 overall draft pick who doesn't turn 20 until next Friday, had 29 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in the Los Angeles Lakers' ...

LEADING OFF: Yankees, Astros go to Game 7 in ALCS

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ GAME 7 A night after Justin Verlander extended Houston's season, the Astros and Yankees will play Game 7 of their AL Championship Series. It's the first Game 7 for either team since 2004, when New York lost ...

Michigan State’s players put on a show at Midnight Madness

By LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State's basketball team drew so many fans to Midnight Madness that some of them had to settle for seats without much of a view for part of the show. The Breslin Center has 14,759 seats and each seemed to be filled with ...

Strebel kicks game-winner, Air Force runs past Nevada 45-42

By Emerson Marcus, Associated Press RENO, Nev. (AP) — Timothy McVey led three Air Force rushers with 100-plus yards and Luke Strebel kicked a 30-yard field goal as time expired to help Air Force beat Nevada 45-42 on Friday night. McVey rushed for 139 yards, Ronald Cleveland had 118 yards on ...

Tigers hire Gardenhire as new manager

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have hired Ron Gardenhire as their manager, bringing the longtime Minnesota Twins skipper back to the AL Central to take over a team in the middle of a significant rebuilding process. The Tigers announced the move Friday, saying Gardenhire has agreed to a ...

Verlander, Astros beat Yankees 7-1 to force Game 7 in ALCS

HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander remained perfect with the Houston Astros, pitching seven shutout innings when they needed him most, and Jose Altuve homered and drove in three runs during a 7-1 victory over the New York Yankees on Friday night that extended the AL Championship Series to a ...

Morgan, Rapinoe lift US soccer past South Korea 3-1

By BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Alex Morgan and Julie Ertz prolonged their recent scoring binges for the United States, while Megan Rapinoe showcased her knack for exposing weaknesses in even the most technically sound defenses. Morgan scored in a fourth straight game, ...

Rare Jackie Robinson rookie jersey up for auction

By VIN A. CHERWOO, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A rare jersey from Jackie Robinson's historic rookie season with the Brooklyn Dodgers 70 years ago could be available for someone with a few spare millions. The jersey, part of a Heroes of Sports offering by Heritage Auctions, has been ...

No. 2 Penn State faces No. 19 Michigan with high stakes

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer This team is back. That team is back. The practice of proclaiming that a struggling traditional college football power has returned to elite status after a big win is fraught with false steps. The truth is that a return to glory can rarely be ...

Pitt, Duke look to reverse slumps in ACC Coastal matchup

By JOEDY McCREARY, AP Sports Writer DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Both Pittsburgh and Duke can take solace in one thing: One of them has to win Saturday. The Panthers visit the Blue Devils in a matchup of slumping Coastal Division teams. Duke (4-3, 1-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) has lost three ...

Second SkyCam to be used on “Sunday Night Football”

By The Associated Press NBC will unveil a second SkyCam for Sunday night's Super Bowl rematch between the Patriots and Falcons at Gillette Stadium that will provide views from on high. The original SkyCam used for games flies anywhere from 12 feet to 40 feet above the playing field. The high ...

Dodgers rout Cubs 11-1 in NLCS Game 5, move on to World Series

CHICAGO (AP) — Enrique Hernandez put a Hollywood ending on an LA story three decades in the making. Fueled by Hernandez's home run trilogy, Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers are finally going to the World Series. Hernandez homered three times and drove in seven runs, Kershaw ...

Thunder take down Knicks; Raptors stop Bulls

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook had a triple-double and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the New York Knicks 105-84 on Thursday night in their first regular-season game with All-Star additions Paul George and Carmelo Anthony Westbrook, the NBA MVP last season when he averaged a ...

Panthers’ QB Cam Newton opts not to speak with reporters

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has declined to speak to reporters for the second consecutive day. Panthers spokesman Steven Drummond said Thursday the former league MVP gave no explanation as to why he wouldn’t participate in his weekly news conference prior to ...

Hayward, Lin out for year, and many others in NBA are ailing

MIAMI (AP) — Brooklyn’s Jeremy Lin was horrified to see what happened to Gordon Hayward, whose season almost certainly ended in a most disturbing fashion five minutes into the Celtics’ season-opener. A night later, Lin met a similar fate. Here’s some of what should be celebrated from ...

Big Ten expands conference basketball schedules next season

NEW YORK (AP) — Big Ten basketball came to the Big Apple on Thursday for media day and a look at Madison Square Garden, where the conference will hold its tournament in March. “This is the mecca of basketball,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. “It always has been. And I think it ...

US women’s hockey team gets Wilma Rudolph Courage Award

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. women's hockey team received the Wilma Rudolph Courage Award on Wednesday night at the Salute to Women in Sports hosted by the Women's Sports Foundation. In April, the hockey team won its fourth consecutive world title and seventh in eight tries. The U.S. beat Canada ...

Nets’ Lin expected to miss season with right knee injury

NEW YORK (AP) — Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin is expected to miss the rest of the season because of a ruptured patella tendon of the right knee. Lin was hurt midway through the fourth quarter of the Nets' 140-131 loss at Indiana on Wednesday in their opener. He landed hard behind the ...