National Sports

Vrabel gets 1st crack coaching against Belichick, Patriots

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Pro Football Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Vrabel won three Super Bowl rings over eight seasons with the New England Patriots. He even caught eight passes — all for touchdowns and all thrown by Tom Brady. Then Bill Belichick traded the linebacker away to ...

Clemson-BC Top 25 showdown headlines ACC’s weekend schedule

By The Associated Press Things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 11: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 2 Clemson at No. 17 Boston College. The weekend's only matchup of ranked ACC teams shapes up as BC's biggest home game in years. Nobody's been able to knock off three-time league ...

AP sources: Notre Dame QB Wimbush to start for ailing Book

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer No. 3 Notre Dame will start quarterback Brandon Wimbush against Florida State on Saturday for Ian Book, who is nursing an undisclosed injury, two people familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. Book is not expected to play after ...

No. 7 West Virginia tries to stay in 1st in Big 12 vs. TCU

By The Associated Press TCU (4-5, 2-4 Big 12) at No. 7 West Virginia (7-1, 5-1, No. 9 CFP), noon EST (FS1) Line: West Virginia by 11½. Series record: TCU leads 4-3. WHAT'S AT STAKE? West Virginia is tied for first place with Oklahoma and can move a step closer to a berth in the Big 12 ...

Police: Steelers Antonio Brown pulled over for going 100 mph

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Police say Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown was stopped for speeding over 100 mph in his Porsche, just hours before the team's game against the Carolina Panthers. Ross Township police tell WPXI-TV that an officer was searching for a bank robbery suspect ...

Old-time football: West Virginia team brings back dropkick

By ERIC OLSON, AP College Football Writer Ruan Venter learned how to dropkick playing rugby in his native South Africa and sometimes would do it for fun during football practices at NCAA Division II Shepherd University in West Virginia. Until a couple weeks ago, he wouldn't have fathomed ...

Pionk, Zibanejad rally Rangers to 5-3 win

NEW YORK (AP) — Neal Pionk scored the tiebreaking goal on a sensational, end-to-end rush late in the third period and the New York Rangers rallied to beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-3 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight win. Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider each had a goal and an ...

Blackhawks fire coach Joel Quenneville

By Jay Cohen AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Joel Quenneville knew the deal. After three Stanley Cup titles and nine playoff appearances with the Chicago Blackhawks, the longtime coach figured this was a big season for him. "I only think we're in the winning business and we better win," ...

Roethlisberger guides Steelers past Ravens 23-16

By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — Going up against the NFL's top-ranked defense, Ben Roethlisberger showed his versatility, grit and ability to bounce back from injury. He also proved his own theory: The only unit capable of stopping the Pittsburgh offense is, well, the ...

Chicago Bears rout turnover-prone Buffalo Bills 41-9

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Linebacker Khalil Mack broke into a wide grin when it was pointed out the Chicago Bears defense didn't need him for a second straight week. "Ha, I might be looking for another job here soon," Mack told The Associated ...

Vikings hang 10 sacks on Stafford in 24-9 win vs. Lions

By DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings turned their defensive line loose on Matthew Stafford in a dominant performance that would have made the old Purple People Eaters proud. This unstoppable pass rush was led, predictably, by Danielle ...

Flags, injuries, bad ‘D’ hurt Skins in 38-14 loss to Falcons

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Pro Football Writer LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — As harbingers go, this was quite a start for the Washington Redskins. After a 4-yard run on the opening play of the game, the hosts' initial possession featured a holding penalty, a sack for a loss of 9 yards, an injured left ...

4 interceptions help Dolphins beat Darnold and Jets, 13-6

By STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Jerome Baker danced, waved, waggled his index finger and clicked his heels. For a first-year linebacker, it was a surprisingly polished touchdown celebration. Baker bested fellow rookie Sam Darnold, scoring the game's only TD on a ...

Newton, McCaffrey lead Panthers past Bucs 42-28

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Cam Newton can't keep from grinning when he looks around at the playmakers that surround him in the Panthers' locker room. "The talent level we have on this team is extremely scary," Newton said. The Panthers proved that again ...

Magic Mahomes: KC quarterback throws 3 TDs, Chiefs go to 8-1

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — With almost every flick of his right wrist, the legend of Patrick Mahomes grows. And he's just beginning. Only 10 games into his NFL career, Kansas City's young quarterback is doing things that have never been done before. Mahomes passed ...

No. 7 Mountaineers like the view from on top of the Big 12

By JIM VERTUNO, AP Sports Writer AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — West Virginia likes this view: The Mountaineers are tied with Oklahoma for first place in the Big 12 Conference with three games left in the regular season. The Sooners have seen this view before, but it's a whole new world for West ...

Ethiopia’s Desisa, Kenya’s Keitany win NYC Marathon

By DENIS P. GORMAN, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — By the time Mary Keitany was pacing her way up Manhattan's First Avenue, she had no reason to look back for challengers. The Kenyan's lead was growing over the strong women's field with every stride, and all she thought about was the ...

AP Top 25: West Virginia up to 7 after 10 ranked teams lose

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer No. 7 West Virginia re-entered the top 10 of The Associated Press college football poll after another weekend in which the number of ranked teams losing reached double digits. Unanimous No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Notre Dame remained ...

Cubs exercise option on Hamels, trade Smyly to Texas

By JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have exercised their 2019 option on left-hander Cole Hamels, solidifying their rotation for next year. Hamels, who turns 35 in December, went 4-3 with a 2.36 ERA in 12 starts after he was acquired in a July 27 trade with Texas. ...

Re-run: 4 winners from ’17 to defend titles at NYC Marathon

By MELISSA MURPHY, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — All four winners of the 2017 NYC Marathon return to defend their titles on Sunday. American Shalane Flanagan and Kenyan Geoffrey Kamworor will try to repeat, along with the Swiss pair of Manuela Schar and Marcel Hug in the wheelchair ...