National Sports

LEADING OFF: New jerseys across majors, Jones back in Boston

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ BRIGHT IDEA Uniforms, bats and spikes will have a different look across the big leagues this weekend. Major League Baseball has relaxed the rules for a few days, so players can put nicknames on their ...

Jerry Kramer, Robert Brazile senior Hall of Fame finalists

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Robert Brazile and Jerry Kramer have been picked as the senior finalists for the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame class. The seniors committee selected Brazile and Kramer on Thursday. A senior nominee must have completed his career at least 25 years ago and will need at ...

England record-scorer Wayne Rooney ends international career

By ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer Writer England record-scorer Wayne Rooney called time on his often tempestuous international career on Wednesday, retiring from duty after spurning an offer to return to the squad. "I believe now is the time to bow out," the former England captain said in a ...

Pujols passes Sosa on HR list, Angels beat Rangers 10-1

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — For Albert Pujols, the home runs keep coming and the records keep falling. The Angels slugger hit a three-run homer Tuesday night, the 610th of his career, snapping his tie for eighth on the career list with Sammy Sosa to become baseball's all-time leader for home runs ...

Billy Payne retiring as Masters, Augusta National chairman

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Billy Payne is retiring as chairman of Augusta National and the Masters, ending 11 years of substantial change that included the club having its first female members and playing a leading role in growing the game around the world. Payne ...

Strong armed: Browns rookie quarterback Kizer named starter

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — DeShone Kizer has strong-armed his way into a starting job. The rookie quarterback will start Cleveland's exhibition at Tampa Bay on Saturday, and unless he flops or gets hurt, Kizer will start the Browns' Sept. 10 season opener against ...

Boston bound: Cavs trade Irving to Celtics for Thomas, more

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Kyrie Irving was tired of being teammates with LeBron James. Now he has to figure out how to beat him. Cleveland's All-Star guard, who asked owner Dan Gilbert to trade him earlier this summer, was dealt Tuesday night to the Boston Celtics ...

Bullpens looming large again for this year’s postseason

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer Around this time last year, the Cleveland Indians were providing a preview of the American League postseason. Manager Terry Francona was using newly acquired reliever Andrew Miller in all sorts of situations, and for more than one inning if necessary. It ...

US beats Europe in Solheim Cup 16 1/2-11 1/2 in Iowa

By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Four years ago, Team Europe celebrated the most decisive win in Solheim Cup history — on American soil, no less. Captain Annika Sorenstam and her team will likely spend their trip back across the Atlantic wondering when ...

NFL, Electronic Arts unveil Madden ’18 competition

NEW YORK (AP) — NFL fans and gamers can play their way to the Super Bowl — if they're good enough at the newest edition of "Madden NFL 18." Electronic Arts and the NFL on Monday announced they're teaming up to create an online tournament involving all 32 teams. It makes the NFL the first ...

LEADING OFF: Royals all set to watch eclipse on day off

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE PARK The Kansas City Royals are off, and several of them already have big plans for their day away from Kauffman Stadium — they're going to watch the eclipse. Manager Ned Yost says he ...

Undisputed champ: Crawford stops Indongo in 3rd round

By ERIC OLSON, AP Sports Writer LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Terence Crawford took all the drama out of his fight against Julius Indongo, and he did it fast. Now Crawford is the only undisputed world champion in professional boxing. Energized by his huge home-state following 45 minutes from his ...

MMA fighters, pro wrestlers blur line in fight game

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer Jon Jones has teased making an appearance at WWE's SummerSlam event to stir things up in his quest for a mega fight with Brock Lesnar. Lesnar might have trouble keeping an eye on Jones, should the UFC star grab a seat in the front row. The WWE universal ...

Raisman: scandal marred USA Gymnastics needs sweeping change

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Aly Raisman is ready to talk about "the elephant in the room." And the six-time Olympic medal winning gymnast thinks it's time USA Gymnastics joins in a conversation she feels is long overdue. The 23-year-old is calling for sweeping ...

LEADING OFF: Cardinals-Pirates meet in Little League Classic

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors Sunday: ___ LITTLE BIG LEAGUE A day after they played at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, the St. Louis Cardinals and Pirates will fly about 200 miles to central Pennsylvania for the Little League Classic in Williamsport. ...

Frazier HR, 3 hits, Pirates top Cards 6-4 to end 6-game skid

By WES CROSBY, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Adam Frazier and the Pittsburgh Pirates finished off a win at PNC Park, then packed their bags for a trip — to another home game about 200 miles away. Frazier homered, doubled and singled to help the Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals ...

Brady has TD in preseason debut as Pats fall to Texans 27-23

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Tom Brady threw a touchdown pass in his first game since winning the Super Bowl on the same field and the New England Patriots fell to the Houston Texans 27-23 in a preseason game on Saturday night. Brady, who sat out last week, was 6 of 9 ...

Steinbrenner, Torre like Jeter with Marlins

By Jay Cohen AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Derek Jeter won five World Series during a 20-year run with the New York Yankees. He piled up 3,465 hits and made the All-Star team 14 times while becoming one of baseball’s biggest stars. Will that success continue in the front office of ...

Betts’ 2-run double caps Red Sox’s 5-4 comeback win

BOSTON (AP) — Mookie Betts lined a two-run double off the left-field wall with two outs in the ninth inning, capping a three-run rally that lifted the Boston Red Sox to a 5-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night. Xander Bogaerts hit a solo homer for the AL East-leading Red ...

Mayweather, McGregor will fight in smaller gloves

By Tim Dahlberg AP Boxing Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor got their wish to fight in smaller gloves, but not before being chastised by a Nevada boxing official for using the issue to hype their fight later this month. Nevada boxing regulators on Wednesday ...