National Sports

NFL teaming with Jay-Z on entertainment and social activism

By Barry Wilner AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL and Jay-Z's entertainment and sports representation company are teaming up for events and social activism. The league not only will use Jay-Z's Roc Nation to consult on its entertainment presentations, including the Super ...

Jackson, Baltimore defense strong in shutout of Jaguars

BALTIMORE (AP) — Lamar Jackson directed two scoring drives in three possessions and the Baltimore Ravens’ defense throttled Jacksonville Jaguars backup quarterback Gardner Minshew in a 29-0 preseason victory Thursday night. The Jaguars played without quarterback Nick Foles, the 2018 Super ...

Sandusky to be resentenced next month in child molestation case

By Mark Scolforo Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A state judge has ordered Jerry Sandusky be taken to a central Pennsylvania courtroom next month for resentencing on his 45-count child sexual abuse conviction, six months after an appeals court ruled mandatory minimums had been ...

White Sox, Yankees to play at ‘Field of Dreams’ in 2020

By Luke Meredith AP Sports Writer Major League Baseball is going to build it — and the White Sox and Yankees are coming to Iowa. The Chicago White Sox will play the New York Yankees next summer at the site in eastern Iowa where the movie "Field of Dreams" was filmed, MLB announced ...

NFL at 100: How college football became pipeline to NFL

By Ralph D. Russo AP College Football Writer Jay Berwanger won the inaugural Heisman Trophy in 1935 for the University of Chicago and became the No. 1 player taken in the first NFL draft a few months later. He chose to work at a rubber company and be a part-time coach for his alma mater ...

Browns trade Duke Johnson to Texans for 2020 draft pick

By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Duke Johnson got his wish, and the Browns got more than expected for him. Cleveland traded the disgruntled running back to the Houston Texans on Thursday for an undisclosed 2020 draft pick. A person familiar with the deal told The ...

MLB roundup: Yankees extend winning streak to 8 with 14-2 rout of Orioles

BALTIMORE (AP) — Gio Urshela and Kyle Higashioka each hit two home runs, and the Yankees’ long-ball outburst against the Baltimore Orioles reached historical proportions Wednesday night in a 14-2 blowout that extended New York’s winning streak to eight games. Urshela had a pair of ...

Ramírez homers again, Indians sweep Rangers in doubleheader

By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — José Ramírez homered again, Cleveland's bullpen combined on a four-hitter and the Indians beat the Texas Rangers 5-1 to sweep a doubleheader Wednesday and gear up for a big, four-game series in Minnesota. Ramírez's two-run homer helped ...

Special guest: Krzyzewski stops by USA Basketball practice

By Tim Reynolds AP Basketball Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Gregg Popovich somehow only met Mike Krzyzewski for the first time about four years ago, when the two coaching greats saw their paths finally cross when they were together at a USA Basketball event. They're a whole lot closer ...

Making Micah: Parsons primed to be Penn State’s next star LB

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Micah Parsons could hardly wait to see his face on the massive video board atop Beaver Stadium. He imagined how cool it would be to hear 107,000 fans roar when he was announced as a starting linebacker for Penn State — ...

Man City looking to make it a hat trick of league titles

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — One thing Pep Guardiola does not tolerate is complacency. After his formidable Manchester City side powered to the Premier League title with a record-equaling five games to spare in 2018, Guardiola insisted there should be no let-up in the remaining matches. City ...

LEADING OFF: Mets rolling, Yelich resting, Torres exits

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: METS ON THE MOVE The Mets go for their 13th win in 14 tries and a four-game sweep when lefty Steven Matz (6-7, 4.60) faces Miami's Jordan Yamamoto (4-2, 3.94) at Citi Field. The hard-charging Mets are ...

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 ...