National Sports

Juventus fends off concern that it has taken a step backward

By ANDREW DAMPF, AP Sports Writer ROME (AP) — When Miralem Pjanic asked Lionel Messi for his shirt at halftime, it was clear that Juventus was bowing down to Barcelona and its international cast of stars. It was only one match, and it was an injury-depleted side visiting Barcelona, but ...

LEADING OFF: Indians go for 21st straight; Rays head home

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ BLACKJACK The amazing Indians go for their 21st straight victory when right-hander Mike Clevinger, who hasn't allowed a run in his past three outings, faces the Detroit Tigers in a 12:10 p.m. start. ...

Lewis, Moss, Urlacher among first-year nominees for HOF

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Star linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher and game-breaking wide receiver Randy Moss are among 11 first-year eligible players for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Also part of the 108 early nominees who are eligible for the first time, having been retired for five ...

On defense, No. 7 Michigan is outscoring opposing offenses

By LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — On defense, No. 7 Michigan has scored more points than it has given up. The Wolverines (2-0) have scored three touchdowns on defense, tying Texas for the most in the nation. They have allowed opposing offenses to score just two TDs ...

Cook upstages Peterson as Vikings turn the page at RB

By DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Adrian Peterson spent more time watching from the sideline in his return to Minnesota than romping around the field, an introductory performance for New Orleans that became an afterthought once the Saints fell behind. With Dalvin ...

No. 3 Clemson’s offense needs to ‘bring it’ vs Louisville

By PETE IACOBELLI, AP Sports Writer Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant believes the third-ranked Tigers are ready for a shootout at No. 14 Louisville, even if his offense didn't look that way in last week's victory against Auburn. The Tigers (2-0) trailed much of the first half against ...

Column: Relationships forged among players who make US team

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer Kevin Kisner began to appreciate the value of playing in the Presidents Cup two months before the matches even started. All because of a text message. He was at the Bridgestone Invitational last month when he received a group text sent to players who were ...

Another sluggish Seahawks opener brings up old questions

By TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer RENTON, Wash. (AP) — It took just a few minutes of the season opener against Green Bay for preseason fears about the Seattle Seahawks' offensive line and its ability to protect quarterback Russell Wilson to re-emerge as legitimate concerns. There wasn't much ...

LEADING OFF: Indians eye No. 20 to match “Moneyball” A’s

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ SO MONEY Cleveland goes for its 20th consecutive victory in a game against Detroit, a mark that would match the 2002 "Moneyball" Athletics for the best streak this century. Corey Kluber (15-4, 2.56 ERA) ...

Stephens tops Keys in US Open final for 1st Grand Slam title

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Sloane Stephens never looked shaken by the setting or the stakes in her first Grand Slam final. Her opponent, Madison Keys, most definitely did. Stephens easily beat her close friend Keys 6-3, 6-0 to win the U.S. Open on Saturday, ...

Rules, habits, passion keep NFL aging quarterbacks around

By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer Tom Brady didn't get things started on a strong note for the growing group of graybeard quarterbacks when the Chiefs spoiled the Patriots' latest Super Bowl celebration with a big comeback of their own Thursday night in the NFL opener. Few doubt ...

US Open: Nadal-Anderson seems a mismatch, but upsets happen

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Open finalists Rafael Nadal and Kevin Anderson are both professional tennis players who were born in 1986. Not much else in common. Heading into Sunday's match — well, mismatch, apparently — Nadal owns 15 Grand Slam titles, ...

Man City routs Liverpool 5-0

By ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer Writer LONDON (AP) — Liverpool went from dishing out a humiliation to being on the receiving end of one. A 5-0 loss at Manchester City on Saturday handed Juergen Klopp his biggest loss in two years managing Liverpool. And it quickly punctured the optimism ...

Perfect partnership: Hingis, Murray win US Open mixed title

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Martina Hingis and Jamie Murray have been the perfect partnership. The question now is whether it will continue. Hingis and Murray won the U.S. Open mixed doubles title Saturday, beating Michael Venus of New Zealand and Chan Hao-Ching ...

Raiders place K Sebastian Janikowski on IR with back injury

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Pro Football Writer ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders placed long-time kicker Sebastian Janikowski on injured reserve Saturday with an injured back and promoted Giorgio Tavecchio to the active roster. The team made the move a day before the season opener against ...

No. 13 Auburn faces defending national champ No. 3 Clemson

By The Associated Press Here are a few things to watch during the second week of the Southeastern Conference football season: GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 13 Auburn at No. 3 Clemson: Auburn is considered one of the favorites to challenge league favorite Alabama and the Tigers looked solid in their ...

WNBA attendance grows to highest level since 2011

By DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — WNBA metrics are strong again, with attendance up for the second straight year. The league had nearly 1.6 million fans this season and averaged 7,716 per game, the highest total since 2011. "The success of the 2017 WNBA regular ...

D-backs beat Dodgers 3-1 for club-record 13th win in a row

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers were cruising along with a 21-game lead in the NL West. Now, it's been cut in half. What a difference a week and a half made, all at the hands of the Diamondbacks. Pinch-hitter Adam Rosales doubled in the go-ahead run in ...

Pitt-Penn State, Auburn-Clemson headline ACC’s Week 2

By The Associated Press Things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 2: GAME OF THE WEEK: Pittsburgh at No. 4 Penn State. The muted Panthers renew one of their most heated rivalries and can give the ACC a shot of credibility after an opening weekend in which the league largely ...

Science Says: How repeated head blows affect the brain

By LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Researchers are tackling fresh questions about a degenerative brain disease now that it has been detected in the brains of nearly 200 football players after death. The suspected cause is repeated head blows, an almost unavoidable part of ...