National Sports

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 ...

Digging the long ball: Arizona’s Martinez hits 4 home runs

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hall of Famers Willie Mays, Lou Gehrig and Mike Schmidt did it. So did All-Star sluggers Josh Hamilton, Carlos Delgado and Gil Hodges. Add J.D. Martinez's name to the list of players with four home runs in a game. Martinez's power show ...

Bolt predicts his world records could stand for 15-20 years

By JIM ARMSTRONG, AP Sports Writer KYOTO, Japan (AP) — Usain Bolt is feeling no pressure in retirement, confident his best times can remain world records for decades. The only sprinter to capture the 100- and 200-meter track titles at three consecutive Olympics, Bolt retired last month ...

Lara Gut targets North American races for comeback

GENEVA (AP) — Former overall World Cup champion Lara Gut has targeted races in North America to make her comeback from a serious knee injury at the world championships. "I'm back on the snow" Gut wrote in an Instagram post that included video of herself skiing again. She heads to Chile next ...

Twins erupt for 17-0 win vs. Royals

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Joe Mauer went 4 for 4 with two RBIs and Eduardo Escobar hit two home runs while driving in six runs, as the Minnesota Twins erupted for a 17-0 victory against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night. Brian Dozier added a three-run ...

No. 11 Michigan gets kicks in 33-17 win vs. No. 17 Florida

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Quinn Nordin became the first Michigan kicker to make two 50-yard field goals in the same game, one of them in a quick go-ahead spurt after halftime, and the 11th-ranked Wolverines won 33-17 Saturday to hand 17th-ranked Florida its first season-opening loss in nearly ...

Royals hold off Twins til end 7-6

By Mike Cook Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mike Moustakas homered for the first time since mid-August, Brandon Moss also went deep and Kansas City held off Minnesota 7-6 on Friday night. Melky Cabrera tied a season-high with four hits for the Royals, who won for just the second ...

Dolphins bury Vikings in preseason finale

By Jon Krawczynski AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jakeem Grant caught four passes for 141 yards and a touchdown and the Miami Dolphins wrapped up the preseason with a 30-9 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night. David Fales completed 9 of 15 passes for 139 yards and ...

Gophers grind out 17-7 win vs. Buffalo in Fleck’s debut

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Tyler Johnson had a 61-yard touchdown reception from Conor Rhoda in the first quarter to give Minnesota a spark in coach P.J. Fleck’s first game, and the Gophers grinded out a 17-7 victory over Buffalo in the season opener on Thursday ...

Hop-off winner: Kepler HBP in 9th, Twins top White Sox 5-4

By Mike Cook Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Max Kepler took one for the team — and wound up with a hop-off winner for the Minnesota Twins. Kepler was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Twins rallied to beat the Chicago ...

Alabama-Florida St, Florida-Michigan highlight SEC schedule

By The Associated Press Here are a few things to watch during the opening week of the Southeastern Conference football season: GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 17 Florida vs. No. 11 Michigan. A lot of eyes will be on the Alabama-Florida State game — and rightfully so — but a better barometer of ...

Federer seeks 80th US Open victory, Nadal also in action

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Federer looks for his 80th U.S. Open victory, while Rafael Nadal also is in second-round action. A number of players will be on the court for a second straight day Thursday after almost all of Tuesday's action was postponed by ...

Last year’s backup QB says he ready to be Clemson’s starter

By PETE IACOBELLI, AP Sports Writer CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Kelly Bryant believes he is prepared to Clemson's starting quarterback and is ready to keep the Tigers playing at a national championship-level. Tiger fans will be watching intently for any slip ups by 6-foot-3, 215-pound ...

Appeal hearing for Cowboys’ Elliott over after 2-plus days

NEW YORK (AP) — Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott's hearing on the appeal of his six-game suspension over a domestic violence case ended Thursday after 2 1/2 days. According to the labor agreement, Arbitrator Harold Henderson must rule on the NFL's punishment "as soon as practicable." The ...

Pac-12 adds new measures to shorten football games

By John Marshall AP Sports Writer College football has a time problem and the Pac-12 Conference is taking steps to fix it. The conference announced this summer that it will reduce halftimes in an effort to shorten what have been increasingly long football games. It revealed more details of ...

Timberwolves hire Roth to coach Iowa G-League team

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have named Scott Roth as the coach of the inaugural Iowa Wolves G-League team. The Timberwolves announced the hiring on Wednesday. Roth will oversee coaching of the team after the Timberwolves purchased the minor league team in Des ...