National Sports

After playing games, Wolverines, Gators set to play a game

By ERIC OLSON, AP College Football Writer Some things to watch in the Big Ten this week: GAME OF THE WEEK Michigan vs. Florida, Saturday, in Arlington, Texas. There's been no shortage of gamesmanship in advance of this intersectional game. Jim Harbaugh, coach of the No. 11 Wolverines, ...

US hosts World Cup qualifier in New York area for 1st time

By SCOTT ORGERA, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. is playing a World Cup qualifier in the New York metropolitan area for the first time, a critical match against Costa Rica on Friday night at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. The Americans have played plenty of matches in ...

World Cup qualifying: State of play in Europe

By The Associated Press With four rounds of qualifying remaining, all 13 European slots for the World Cup are still up for grabs. The picture should become clearer over the next week, with Germany able to secure its place at next year's tournament in Russia. The nine group winners qualify ...

Lights, camera, action: No. 1 Bama, No. 3 FSU ready to roll

By JOHN ZENOR, AP Sports Writer TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Jalen Hurts is already accustomed to these kinds of games. The marquee games. The biggest matchups on the largest stage. This one pits top-ranked Alabama against No. 3 Florida State in the first-ever opening matchup of preseason ...

Canelo-GGG to MayMac fans: We’ve got a real show for you

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oscar De La Hoya had no desire to watch Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s victory over Conor McGregor last weekend. Neither did middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, who smirked at the idea of taking the time away from his family. "I just ...

Former Michigan State coach Jud Heathcote dies at 90

By LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer Jud Heathcote, who led Michigan State and Magic Johnson to the 1979 NCAA championship, has died. He was 90. The school announced Heathcote died Monday in Spokane, Washington. Spartans coach Tom Izzo was hired by Heathcote as a part-time assistant in 1983. ...

BYU-LSU moved to New Orleans because of flooding in Houston

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer The BYU-LSU game will be played Saturday night at the Superdome in New Orleans after massive flooding in Houston from Hurricane Harvey forced it to be relocated from NRG Stadium. ESPN announced the move Monday. Finding a stadium to play the ...

AP source: Matthew Stafford, Lions agree to $135M extension

By LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — Matthew Stafford has made a home in the Motor City, leading the Detroit Lions on the field and becoming a first-time father with twin girls earlier this year. "Aggressive start," Stafford recently cracked. The Lions, likewise, made an ...

LEADING OFF: Astros play ‘home’ game, KC nears futility mark

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ FAR FROM HOME The Astros will host a three-game series against the Texas Rangers at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, because of flooding in Houston caused by Hurricane Harvey. Both the Astros ...

Patriots star WR Edelman out for season with knee injury

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots star wide receiver Julian Edelman will miss the 2017 season after tearing the ACL in his right knee in a preseason game. The Patriots announced Saturday that Edelman, Tom Brady’s favorite target and one of the NFL’s most clutch receivers, ...

Jaguars select Bortles starting QB heading into season

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars are sticking with Blake Bortles — because of his legs. Coach Doug Marrone selected Bortles as his starting quarterback for the season opener Saturday, a surprising turnabout that said more about the team’s offensive line than its signal ...

‘12 champ Murray out of US Open; long list of injured men

By Howard Fendrich AP Tennis Writer NEW YORK (AP) — His voice choking, Andy Murray unexpectedly announced Saturday that he was withdrawing from the U.S. Open because of a hip injury, adding to the lengthy list of top players who will miss the year’s last Grand Slam tournament. Murray ...

Snagged: AP sources say Cavs reviewing Irving-Thomas trade

By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Just when it appeared the Cavaliers’ chaotic summer had calmed, there’s a flare-up. That blockbuster deal between Cleveland and Boston is stuck. The Cavaliers have some concerns about guard Isaiah Thomas’ health and are doing a ...

Blue Jays hold off Twins 10-9

By Ian Harrison Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — On Players Weekend, Blue Jays slugger Josh Donaldson is going by the nickname “Bringer of Rain.” To the Minnesota Twins, Donaldson has always been the bringer of pain. Donaldson had three hits including a two-run home run, Kendrys ...

Players Weekend means Yankees break with uniform tradition

By Mike Fitzpatrick AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Batting cleanup and playing right field: All Rise. Hitting fifth, the shortstop: Sir Didi. Over at third base: Toddfather. No, these were not your father’s New York Yankees. Matter of fact, not Joe DiMaggio’s, either. But ...

Cheerleading coach in Denver fired from school due to dangerous technique

By Colleen Slevin Associated Press DENVER (AP) — A coach shown pushing cheerleaders down into splits on video in Denver was fired from another Colorado high school last year because of concerns about his techniques. Ozell Williams is one of five school workers who have been placed on ...

Colon wins, Buxton has 3 hits as Twins beat Jays 6-1

By Ian Harrison Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — Bartolo Colon pitched 6 2/3 innings for his second straight win, Byron Buxton had three hits and two RBIs and the Minnesota Twins beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-1 on Friday night. Joe Mauer had three hits and scored twice as Minnesota snapped ...

Mayweather, McGregor ready to rumble Saturday in much-hyped fight

By Tim Dahlberg AP Boxing Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Conor McGregor has been kept pretty much under wraps ever since his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. was announced, emerging occasionally to trash Mayweather only to disappear again behind the closed doors of the UFC training ...

Alabama-Florida State kicks off this season’s games to watch

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer College football's four-team playoff has altered some of the drama of the regular season. On one hand, some of the biggest games aren't necessarily must-wins, since one loss may not end a team's playoff hopes. Clemson lost in November last year and still ...

The future is now: US Open qualifying tests clocks, coaching

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Right there on Court 4's electronic scoreboard at the U.S. Open, blue numbers counted down the 25 seconds allowed before a player was required to serve. When the readout dropped all the way to zero, the chair umpire announced a warning ...