National Sports

Injuries mount in WNBA

Injured Griner, Delle Donne will miss WNBA All-Star game By Doug Feinberg AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — It was a tough week of injuries in the WNBA with both Brittney Griner and Elena Delle Donne getting sidelined. Griner injured her left knee and right ankle on Friday night in ...

Yankees surge past Colon in 5th for 6-3 win vs. Twins

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Bartolo Colon faltered in the fifth inning after a decent start by the burly 44-year-old, whose Minnesota debut ended with a two-run double by Gary Sanchez that sent the New York Yankees on their way to a 6-3 victory over the Twins on ...

Matthews wins Stage 16 in Tour, Froome keeps yellow jersey

By SAMUEL PETREQUIN and JOHN LEICESTER ROMANS-SUR-ISERE, France (AP) — Ahead of two grueling Alpine stages likely to decide the outcome of the 104th Tour de France, Chris Froome and his teammates have sent a clear message to their rivals with another impressive display of collective ...

American needs new coaches to lead drive for Power 6 status

By RALPH D. RUSSO NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — On the strength of rising-star coaches such as Justin Fuente, Tom Herman, Matt Rhule and Willie Taggart, the American Athletic Conference has positioned itself to at least make the case that it should be viewed as a peer to college football's most ...

Herman has to show Longhorns they are capable of winning

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer FRISCO, Texas (AP) — When Tom Herman first met with Texas players after becoming their coach, he asked who had been part of a winning season with the Longhorns. Only three raised their hands. Then there are the high school players the Longhorns are ...

UCLA, Baylor, Wisconsin, Creighton in Hall of Fame Classic

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The annual Hall of Fame Classic will include UCLA, Baylor, Wisconsin and Creighton in a men's basketball showcase this November. The Badgers and Bears will meet in a semifinal matchup at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, on Nov. 20, following UCLA against ...

Zimmerman sets franchise HR record, Nationals beat Reds 6-1

By Joe Kay AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — The NL East leaders opened the second half of the season with a franchise record, a series sweep and a significant upgrade — exactly how the Nationals wanted to keep their momentum going. Ryan Zimmerman set the Nationals’ career home ...

Pierce signs with Boston to retire as member of Celtics

By Kyle Hightower AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Paul Pierce is retiring as a member of the Boston Celtics. The Celtics announced Monday that they have signed Pierce to a contract so the 10-time All-Star can retire with the team where he spent his first 15 seasons in the NBA. Pierce ...

Astros hold mock funeral for Beltran’s glove

HOUSTON (AP) — Carlos Beltran hasn’t used his glove in a game in more than two months. So on Monday, the Houston Astros gathered around their teammate in center field and laid his mitt to rest, holding a mock funeral to send it off. The silly ceremony was held at Minute Maid Park before ...

Rosario, Escobar lift Twins past Yanks 4-2

By Jon Krawczynski AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Eddie Rosario had two RBI doubles and Eduardo Escobar added the go-ahead, pinch-hit single in the eighth inning to help the Minnesota Twins to a 4-2 victory over the New York Yankees on Monday night. Brian Dozier had two hits and ...

No passing fancy: Lonzo Ball looks like ideal fit for Lakers

By KAREEM COPELAND, AP Sports Writer Lonzo Ball seems to be just what the Lakers needed. Yes, it's only summer league, but Los Angeles is mired in a playoff drought and in much need of some excitement. Enter the No. 2 pick in the draft. Ball has created a buzz around the Los Angeles ...

Red Sox manager Farrell says protest denied on play vs Yanks

BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox manager John Farrell says Major League Baseball has denied Boston's protest over a bizarre play on the bases last weekend involving Matt Holliday of the New York Yankees. Farrell said he wasn't surprised the protest was denied, but disappointed that the play couldn't be ...

Redskins QB Cousins to play another season on franchise tag

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Sports Writer Kirk Cousins will be the first quarterback in NFL history to play consecutive seasons on the franchise tag. Cousins and the Washington Redskins didn't sign a long-term deal by the deadline Monday. He will make $23.94 million on the franchise tag in 2017 ...

Canada draws, US loses in opening water polo games at worlds

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Canada came from four goals down to draw with Montenegro 8-8, while the United States lost its opening match of men's water polo at the world championships on Monday. Croatia, the only team to have won a medal at each of the last five worlds, defeated the United ...

Bellinger hits for cycle as Dodgers beat Marlins 7-1

By Steven Wine AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — Cody Bellinger became the first Dodgers rookie to hit for the cycle and Alex Wood became the first Dodgers pitcher in more than a century to win his first 11 decisions in a season, helping the NL West leaders beat the Miami Marlins 7-1 Saturday ...

Brazil court dismisses Ryan Lochte false report case

SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian court has dismissed the criminal case against U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte, who had been charged with filing a false robbery report during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The court confirmed in a statement this week that it tossed out the case after determining ...

Miazga’s late goal gives US 1st place in Gold Cup group

By Alastair Bull Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Matt Miazga scored on a closer-range header from Graham Zusi’s corner kick in the 88th minute, giving the United States first place in its CONCACAF Gold Cup group with a 3-0 victory over Nicaragua on Saturday night. Panama’s 3-0 win ...

14 years after 1st Wimbledon win, Federer eyes 8th vs. Cilic

By Howard Fendrich AP Tennis Writer LONDON (AP) — Much has changed for Roger Federer since he played in, and won, his first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon in 2003. First of all, as he reminded everyone after moving into his 11th title match at the All England Club — with a shot at his ...

Source: Pelicans agree to terms with Rondo

A person with knowledge of the situation of tells The Associated Press that the New Orleans have agreed in principle on a one-year deal with Rajon Rondo. The person says Rondo is expected to sign his contract next week and the terms are still being finalized. The deal joins Rondo with fellow ...

Go West, young man: NBA stars cluster in Western Conference

By Jon Krawczynski AP Basketball Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — As star after star headed West this summer either in free agency or via trade, Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers became more and more bewildered. “I think Gordon Hayward’s the smartest one. He got out of town,” Rivers ...