National Sports

Raiders beat Lions 16-10 in Gruden’s return to sideline

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Pro Football Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jon Gruden jawed at the officials, worked closely with the quarterbacks and was once again adored by the Oakland Raiders fans. It was as if he had never left the Coliseum. Jon Gruden was a winner in his return to the sideline for ...

Texas rookie Guzman homers 3 times against Yankees

By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Ronald Guzman became the first rookie to hit three home runs in a game against the Yankees, powering the Texas Rangers past New York 12-7 on Friday night. Eight days after Boston's Steve Pearce connected three times off the Yankees, Guzman duplicated ...

Calhoun, Upton HR, Angels beat A’s 4-3; Pujols hit milestone

By DOUG PADILLA, Associated Press ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Against one of the best bullpens in baseball, the Los Angeles Angels treated all of the late innings like they were the ninth and the tactic was rewarded when they rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics. Kole Calhoun and ...

Jets get strong QB play against sluggish Falcons, win 17-0

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Sam Darnold sparkled in his NFL debut, Teddy Bridgewater looked sharp and healthy, and the New York Jets earned the franchise's first preseason home shutout by beating the sluggish Atlanta Falcons 17-0 on Friday night. Darnold, the No. 3 overall draft pick in ...

Red Sox hit 3 HRs, erase 5-run deficit and top Orioles 19-12

By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — Down five runs in the third inning? Hardly a challenge for the Boston Red Sox, who quickly wiped out the deficit with a display of patience and power. Xander Bogaerts and Andrew Benintendi each hit three-run homers, Brock Holt connected ...

Carpenter homers again, leads Gomber, Cards over Royals 7-0

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — At this point, it's almost as if the St. Louis Cardinals expect Matt Carpenter to hit a home run every day. Carpenter connected for the sixth time in seven games, Austin Gomber pitched five scoreless innings and the Cardinals defeated the Kansas City Royals 7-0 Friday ...

Gausman, Inciarte power Braves past Brewers

By GEORGE HENRY, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Kevin Gausman loves pitching in a pennant race. The games have meaning, and the fans are engaged. That was hardly the case before the Atlanta Braves acquired him from Baltimore. "As a player to come into it, it's exciting," Gausman said. "I ...

Jets shut out Atlanta

By Dennis Waszak Jr. AP Pro Football Writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Sam Darnold sparkled in his NFL debut, Teddy Bridgewater looked sharp and healthy, and the New York Jets earned the franchise's first preseason home shutout by beating the sluggish Atlanta Falcons 17-0 on Friday ...

Woodland sets PGA record but leads by only a stroke at PGA

By Doug Ferguson AP Golf Writer ST. LOUIS (AP) — Sirens blared across Bellerive, putting the second round of the PGA Championship on hold and ending a day of scoring rarely seen in a major. Gary Woodland set the 36-hole record — for now, anyway — after a round where his driver ...

Strong at core, Wisconsin’s rugged D gets makeover on edges

By Genaro C. Armas AP Sports Writer MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Strong at its core, Wisconsin’s defense is undergoing a makeover on the edges. Coach Paul Chryst needs new starters at both defensive end positions, both outside linebacker positions, and both cornerback spots. It might be ...

Krzyzewski: No ‘plan of execution’ for NCAA hoops reforms

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski doesn’t believe the NCAA with far enough with its reforms when it comes to how the changes were coordinated. Speaking two days after the governing body announced numerous changes following a high-profile corruption scandal in college ...

Shurmur hasn’t provided quick fix for Giants offense

By Tom Canavan AP Sports Writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The additions of new coach Pat Shurmur and No. 2 overall draft pick Saquon Barkley didn’t provide a quick fix for the New York Giants’ offense. The 20-10 loss to the Cleveland Brown in the preseason opener Thursday night at ...

Nebraska’s 3-man quarterback race remains too close to call

By ERIC OLSON, AP College Football Writer LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Mario Verduzco uses two words to describe the state of Nebraska's three-man quarterback race. "Even steven," the Cornhuskers' quarterback coach said Wednesday. Sorting out who takes the first snap in the Sept. 1 opener against ...

Bellerive eager to produce memorable PGA Championship

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer ST. LOUIS (AP) — Bellerive Country Club is considered one of the "Big Four" of traditional, exclusive St. Louis-area clubs, a picturesque parkland course designed by Robert Trent Jones serving as its centerpiece. For a while, big events bolstered its ...

LEADING OFF: Struggling Seattle faces Houston, Porcello up

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: LOSING GROUND Struggling Seattle turns to ace James Paxton as it opens a series against AL West-leading Houston. The Mariners have lost seven of nine overall and three of Paxton's past four starts dating to July 7. ...

MLB’s inclusion efforts must now overcome offensive tweets

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer Major League Baseball has made an effort to grow the sport among African-Americans, and there are finally some small signs of progress. Meanwhile, ballparks from coast to coast host nights celebrating the LGBT community, another example of baseball's ...

Lindor’s 3-run homer in 9th gives Indians 5-2 win

By The Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Francisco Lindor connected for a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning as the Cleveland Indians again moved 10 games ahead of Minnesota in the AL Central with a 5-2 win over the Twins on Wednesday night. Lindor, who struck out with the ...

Fillmyer gets first big league win as Royals top Cubs 9-0

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Heath Fillmyer used a hockey mentality to get a baseball milestone Wednesday night. Fillmyer allowed three singles over seven innings for his first major league win, Adalberto Mondesi and Drew Butera each drove in three, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago ...

Three HRs in first lift Brewers past Padres

By JIM HOEHN, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Welcome to the big leagues, Brett Kennedy. Jesus Aguilar, Travis Shaw and Eric Thames hit consecutive first-inning homers to spoil Kennedy's San Diego debut and propel the Milwaukee Brewers to an 8-4 victory over the Padres on Wednesday ...

Devers hits 2-run HR in return as Red Sox beat Jays 10-5

By IAN HARRISON, Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — The streaking Red Sox have had plenty to be pleased about in recent weeks. The return of Rafael Devers gave Boston one more reason to smile. Devers came off the disabled list and hit a two-run home run, Brian Johnson pitched a season-high ...