National Sports

New head coaches go 0-7 in Week 1 of NFL season

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer New coach. Familiar results. Teams with a new man in charge went 0-7 in Week 1, the worst start by a group of new head coaches in NFL history. The previous worst was 0-6 in 2001. It took Aaron Rodgers coming back from a knee injury and leading the ...

Gretzky: NHL players in Olympics ‘much better for everyone’

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Wayne Gretzky says the NHL should again allow its players to compete in the Winter Olympics because sending the world's top ice hockey players is "always much better for everyone." Speaking to The Associated Press on Thursday, the ...

No. 12 LSU, No. 7 Auburn in pivotal SEC West showdown

By The Associated Press Here are some things to watch during the third week of the Southeastern Conference football season: GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 12 LSU at No. 7 Auburn: LSU's the lower-ranked team, but has won eight of the last 11 meetings in this series. The Tigers stunned a lot of doubters ...

Red Sox beat Blue Jays 1-0 for 100th victory

By The Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox reached 100 wins for the first time since Ted Williams returned from World War II in the 1946 season, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 1-0 on Wednesday night. David Price (15-6) won his sixth straight decision, allowing three hits and ...

Osaka’s US Open win re-opens identity discussion in Japan

By STEPHEN WADE and MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Naomi Osaka's victory in the U.S. Open has added her to a growing list of athletes, Nobel Prize winners, and beauty pageant contestants who have raised the issue of what it means to be Japanese. The daughter of a ...

Rays’ Snell no-hit bid into 7th, 19th win tops Indians 3-1

By MARK DIDTLER, Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Blake Snell is locked in on the Tampa Bay Rays' longshot postseason hopes, not thinking about winning the AL Cy Young Award. Snell took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning and got his major league-leading 19th win, leading the ...

Brewers beat Cubs 5-1 to move within 1 game in NL Central

By JOHN JACKSON, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Although the Milwaukee Brewers still trail in the NL Central, they believe the pressure has shifted to the first-place Cubs. Curtis Granderson homered, tripled and scored three runs, Lorenzo Cain added three hits and the Brewers beat Chicago ...

Ohio State’s hot offense faces tough test against TCU

By ERIC OLSON, AP College Football Writer Here's what to watch in the Big Ten this week: GAME OF THE WEEK Ohio State vs. TCU at Arlington, Texas The fourth-ranked Buckeyes are rolling on offense, averaging 650 yards and 64.5 points through two games, and they're 33-5 in road or neutral-site ...

Tyron Woodley defends UFC title, hands Darren Till 1st loss

By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Sports Writer DALLAS (AP) — Tyron Woodley had the crowd buzzing instead of booing in his latest UFC welterweight title defense. The champion who keeps on winning likely will avoid the wrath of UFC President Dana White this time as well, while Woodley waits for his next ...

Arizona State rallies to beat No. 15 Michigan State 16-13

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Sports Writer TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State kicked off the Herm Edwards era with a blowout of UTSA. Beating a school from a smaller conference could be expected. Rallying from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter against the nation's No. 15 team? Now that's a ...

Boise State rolls past UConn in record-setting win, 62-7

By JASON CHATRAW, Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Brett Rypien and No. 20 Boise State sure look ready for their showdown with Power Five foe Oklahoma State next week. Rypien threw for 362 yards and three touchdowns in little more than a half and the Broncos set a school record for ...

Scherzer, Harper help Nats sweep rainy doubleheader vs Cubs

By HARVEY VALENTINE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals outlasted the weather and the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night — and early Sunday. Bryce Harper hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning and the Nationals rallied past the Cubs 6-5 to sweep a doubleheader ...

Francois helps Florida State escape with win over Samford

By BOB FERRANTE, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State paid Samford $500,000 looking for a guaranteed win. The Seminoles got a victory — but quite the run for their money. Deondre Francois threw for 320 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning score to Tre' ...

LEADING OFF: Astros seek sweep in Boston, deGrom’s Cy pitch

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: TWO DOWN... Houston tries to become the second team to sweep major league-leading Boston this season when the teams complete their three-game series on national TV. The defending World Series champion Astros took the ...

Love leads No. 10 Stanford past No. 17 USC 17-3

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — With Bryce Love and the key parts of Stanford's offense back, the Cardinal figured to be dynamic on that side of the ball. Two games into the season, the defense showed it's capable of leading the way, as well. Joey Alfieri and crew ...

No. 13 Penn State drills Pittsburgh 51-6

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The future of the rivalry between No. 13 Penn State and Pittsburgh is uncertain. There is no question about the present. The Nittany Lions have separated themselves from the Panthers. And the gap appears to be widening. Quickly. Trace ...

Elliott’s thefts help No. 8 Irish hold off Ball State 24-16

By JOHN FINERAN, Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly fell on his sword after his eighth-ranked Fighting Irish struggled offensively against Ball State in what many assumed would be a tuneup game. "I obviously didn't do a good enough job getting them up to ...

England World Cup glee punctured by homecoming loss to Spain

By ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer Writer LONDON (AP) — Gareth Southgate's trademark garment has gone. England's World Cup feel-good factor also has faded. The football fervor that swept through the country during June and July was punctured by a 2-1 loss to Spain as England's homecoming that ...

Navy uses fourth-quarter rally to beat Memphis 22-21 in rain

By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Because Navy relies so heavily on the run, comebacks are not exactly its specialty. So when the Midshipmen found themselves in a driving rain and trailing Memphis by 12 points in the fourth quarter, only two options remained in ...

Peoples, Jackson sharp; No. 12 Hokies beat Tribe 62-17

By HANK KURZ Jr, AP Sports Writer BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Justin Fuente said he was worried how his team would handle a quick turnaround. The No. 12 Hokies had an emotional 24-3 victory at Florida State on Monday night, then had to travel home, operate on insufficient sleep and prepare to ...