National Sports

Big Ten Preview: Rugged East race; Wisconsin flexes in West

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer The Big Ten features maybe the most interesting division in college football and one of the biggest divisional favorites The AP Top 25 College Football Podcast previews the Big Ten this week, with Dave Revsine of the Big Ten Network . In the East ...

Dalton’s aim: Put the big play back in Bengals’ offense

By Joe Kay AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Bill Lazor’s statistical study of the Bengals’ offense during the offseason left him feeling the same as he did on all those discouraging game days. The numbers confirmed what his eyes had seen so many times. Some mighty small numbers ...

Phillies get All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos from Rays

BOSTON (AP) — The NL East-leading Philadelphia Phillies have acquired All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos from the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named or cash. Ramos is batting .297 with 14 homers and 53 RBIs but is on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain. He’ll upgrade an offense ...

Pirates bolster rotation, add Tampa Bay’s Archer at deadline

By Will Graves AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The surging Pittsburgh Pirates are intent on making a run at a playoff spot. The Pirates bolstered the front end of their rotation at the non-waiver deadline on Tuesday, adding Tampa Bay's Chris Archer while sending the Rays a couple of ...

Clemson’s firm control of ACC fuels rise to national elite

By AARON BEARD, AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dabo Swinney has built Clemson into an every-year power with regular College Football Playoff appearances and a recent national championship. None of that could've happened without first asserting unquestioned control of the Atlantic ...

Swihart wins it in 13th, then Red Sox get Kinsler from LAA

By The Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Blake Swihart doubled into the Red Sox bullpen to score Eduardo Nunez in the 13th inning and Boston beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 on Monday night to move a season-high six games ahead of the New York Yankees in the AL East. Boston announced after ...

Users share player tweets to expose ‘toxic’ baseball culture

By ERRIN HAINES WHACK, AP National Writer A pair of Twitter users whose posts exposing offensive tweets by baseball players went viral over the weekend say their aim was not malicious but to give fans a fuller picture of who they're cheering for, and to expose the sport's "toxic" culture. In ...

LEADING OFF: Harper, Archer, Beltre could go on deadline day

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: DEADLINE DAY Teams have until 4 p.m. EDT to swing a trade without waivers, meaning it could be the last chance for contenders to land some top targets. Could Bryce Harper really be on the move? Will the Rays find a ...

Pirates get closer Keone Kela from Rangers for 2 prospects

PHOENIX (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired hard-throwing closer Keone Kela from the Texas Rangers for minor league starter Taylor Hearn and a player to be named. The deal was announced late Monday night after the Rangers' 9-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. "It was a challenging ...

Thames, Yelich lead Brewers to 5-2 win over Dodgers

By DOUG PADILLA, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dodgers fans nearly filled their home stadium Monday night for a reboot of "Mannywood," and then the Milwaukee Brewers stepped in to spoil the party. Eric Thames hit a three-run home run and Christian Yelich extended his hitting streak to ...

LEADING OFF: Newcomb, Turner face fallout after tweets

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: TWEET TROUBLE Atlanta pitcher Sean Newcomb and Washington shortstop Trea Turner will face the fallout from their tweets, a day after they apologized for offensive posts from 2011 and 2012. The 25-year-old Newcomb ...

At Stoneman Douglas, football season comes with heavy hearts

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The first practice of the new season was over, and the only sound on the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was dozens of football players screaming in delight. At 2:15 a.m., they were having a water balloon ...

Hendricks helps Cubs down Cardinals 5-2

BY STEVE OVERBEY, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Kyle Hendricks followed another difficult first inning with one crisp finish. Hendricks retired his last 17 batters, and the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-2 on Sunday night to salvage the finale of their weekend series. Ben ...

Newcomb falls 1 out short of no-hitter, Braves beat Dodgers

By The Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Sean Newcomb came within one strike of pitching the first no-hitter by the Atlanta Braves since 1994, denied when Chris Taylor sharply singled in a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday. Newcomb had a 2-2 count with two outs in the ninth ...

Michael Andrew caps breakout US Nationals with 50 free win

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Michael Andrew is swimming in deeper waters now, having qualified for his first major international senior meet with a breakout performance at the U.S. national championships. Andrew earned his fourth victory, upsetting current world ...

Resurgent Sounders beat New York City FC 3-1

By The Associated Press CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Zlatan Ibrahimovic had his first MLS hat trick, scoring the tying and go-ahead goals in a 4-minute span in the second in the LA Galaxy's 4-3 victory over Orlando City on Sunday night. The 36-year-old Swedish star tied it at 3 in the 67th minute ...

John Isner wins BB&T Atlanta Open for 5th time in 6 years

ATLANTA (AP) — John Isner won the BB&T Atlanta Open for the fifth time in six years Sunday, beating fellow American Ryan Harrison in the final for the second straight year. The top-seeded Isner beat the eighth-seeded Harrison 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 at Atlantic Station to join Jimmy Connors, John ...

Wild playoff race creates tough deadline decisions

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer There are 11 teams within six games of a playoff spot in the National League, which could make for a thrilling last two months of the regular season. It also means some front offices are facing tough decisions as the non-waiver trade deadline looms. It's ...

Caesars launching sports betting in 2 states

By WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Two Atlantic City casinos owned by Caesars Entertainment will start taking sports bets this week, and another two in Mississippi will do so in mid-August. Caesars Entertainment tells The Associated Press its Bally's casino in ...

Ex-WWE star Brian Christopher Lawler dead at age 46

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say former World Wrestling Entertainment star Brian Christopher Lawler has died after attempting suicide in his jail cell. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says the 46-year-old son of WWE Hall of Fame wrestler Jerry "The King" Lawler was found hanging ...