National Sports

LEADING OFF: Trout sits, Taillon and Betts meet post-cancer

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: BLUE BIRTHDAY Mike Trout is likely to sit out the Angels' game against Detroit because of a sore right wrist, depriving Los Angeles' fans of what's become an annual treat: Seeing Trout do incredible things on his ...

NASCAR chairman France takes leave after DWI, drug arrest

SAG HARBOR, N.Y. (AP) — NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France announced on Monday he was taking an indefinite leave of absence following his arrest in the Hamptons on charges of driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of oxycodone. France was seen blowing through a stop sign in Sag ...

Bauer strikes out 11, Indians hit 4 HRs in 10-0 win

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Trevor Bauer reached a milestone Monday night. Cleveland's right-hander struck out 11 in six innings — giving him 206 for the season — and the Indians routed the Minnesota Twins 10-0. Bauer (11-6) is one strikeout behind Boston's ...

PREMIER LEAGUE 2018-19: 5 new signings to watch out for

By STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports Writer The transfer window has been shortened in the Premier League and will close on Thursday, before the season starts. Here is the pick of the signings so far: RIYAD MAHREZ (Manchester City) Whether City needed another attacking midfield to complement Raheem ...

Assessing the bullpens after a wild trade deadline

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer Now that the dust has settled after the trade deadline, here's some quick trivia: Which team does Zach Duke pitch for? How about Darren O'Day? Or Seunghwan Oh? It seemed like every contender wanted to add another arm or two in the bullpen, making the ...

LEADING OFF: Injuries mounting for Astros; Phils vs D-backs

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: INJURIES MOUNTING The Houston Astros are hoping for good news on All-Star outfielder George Springer, who exited Sunday's loss to the Dodgers after hurting his left thumb on a headfirst slide. It's unclear how long ...

UCF seeks to deliver encore performance with new coach

By STEVE MEGARGEE, AP Sports Writer Central Florida is trying to follow up on its undefeated season with a new coach, a new defensive cornerstone and the same old high expectations. The Knights head the list of Group of Five teams with reason for optimism this season. UCF lost its coach when ...

Red Sox stun Yankees 5-4 in 10 for 4-game sweep

By KEN POWTAK, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Andrew Benintendi's hit bounced a handful of times before finding its way into center field for the winning run and a big four-game sweep over the rival Yankees. The Red Sox now find themselves in firm control of the AL East. Benintendi's RBI ...

Outside firm will head Meyer probe; expected to take 2 weeks

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State will rely on an outside law firm to investigate what coach Urban Meyer knew and did about domestic abuse accusations against a former assistant, a process expected to be completed within two weeks, the university said Sunday ...

Browns trade disappointing WR Coleman to Bills for pick

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns dropped Corey Coleman. After two disappointing, injury-slowed seasons, Coleman was traded Sunday night to the Buffalo Bills for an undisclosed draft pick. Coleman has been a bust with the Browns, who selected him with ...

Justin Thomas wins in Firestone’s WGC finale

By The Associated Press AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Justin Thomas took all the drama out of the final World Golf Championship at Firestone, never letting anyone closer than two shots and closing with a 1-under 69 to win the Bridgestone Invitational for his third PGA Tour title this season. Sweeter ...

Shaw, Peralta lift Brewers to 8-2 win over Rockies

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Travis Shaw hit a grand slam during Milwaukee’s six-run first inning, and the Brewers beat the Colorado Rockies 8-4 on Saturday night. Milwaukee won for the fourth time in six games stayed one back of NL Central-leading Chicago, which held on for a 5-4 win over San Diego. ...

Packers left tackle Bakhtiari taken off the field on cart

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari was taken off the field on a cart, dampening the spirits Saturday at Family Night at Lambeau Field. Bakhtiari walked to the cart with his left shoe removed. Asked if Bakhtiari’s injury was a major concern, Packers coach ...

Randy Moss: Pro Football Hall of Famer

By The Associated Press NFL receivers usually are tall or fast. Randy Moss was both, making him the most dangerous pass catcher in the game, and now a Pro Football Hall of Famer. A first-year nominee, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound Moss brought the perfect combination of height, speed, soft hands ...

Conor is back: UFC says McGregor will fight Oct. 6 in Vegas

By Greg Beacham AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Conor McGregor will return to mixed martial arts on Oct. 6 in Las Vegas for a title bout against UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. The UFC dramatically announced the matchup Friday with a promotional video to close a news ...

Porcello’s 1-hitter leads Red Sox over Yankees

By Doug Alden Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Rick Porcello pitched a one-hitter, Steve Pearce homered for the fourth time in two nights and the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 4-1 Friday after manager Alex Cora’s ejection to open a season-high 7½-game lead in the AL ...

Rodgers gets Packers up to speed in practice

By Genaro C. Armas AP Sports Writer GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers’ no-look touchdown pass is still the talk of Green Bay Packers training camp. The defense was called for offsides to give Rodgers a free play during a two-minute drill in practice Thursday. The play was going ...

Meyer says he followed protocol for 2015 abuse allegations

By Ralph D. Russo AP College Football Writer Urban Meyer defended himself Friday, admitting he was not forthright with reporters when questioned about 2015 allegations of domestic violence against one of his assistant coaches, but also insisting he handled the situation properly at the ...

Not Kids’ games! Dodgeball, Quidditch, mini golf go pro

By TERRIN WAACK, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Dodgeball is not just a Ben Stiller movie or anxiety-inducing gym class activity. It's a professional sport. That's no Vince Vaughn joke. The World Dodgeball Association , founded in 2013, is holding its second World Cup — this weekend in ...

Bellinger, Pederson, Puig power Dodgers in rout of Brewers

By DOUG PADILLA, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — It took 56 years for Dodger Stadium to see a game like this. Cody Bellinger hit a grand slam, Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig hit two homers each, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 21-5 on Thursday night. Brian Dozier ...