National Sports

Usain Bolt trains for 1st time with Central Coast Mariners

GOSFORD, Australia (AP) — Star sprinter Usain Bolt says he passed up the chance to trial with clubs in Europe before accepting an offer to trial for a professional contract with the Central Coast Mariners in Australian football's A-League. Bolt trained with the Mariners for the first time on ...

Jansen gives up 2 HRs in return, Cards top Dodgers 5-3

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Since the calendar turned to August, the St. Louis Cardinals have been on a tear. They kept it up against Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen, who allowed ninth-inning homers to Jedd Gyorko and Matt Carpenter in his return from the disabled list ...

Pick 6: Some old geezers to watch this season

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer Anyone who pays attention to the NFL knows that Tom Brady is 41 as he heads into the season. He's hardly the only geezer, in football terms, still on the field or hoping to be when the season kicks off next month. Indeed, Brady isn't even close to the ...

LEADING OFF: Stanton returns to Miami, Altuve off the DL

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: SOUTH BEACH STANTON Giancarlo Stanton returns to Marlins Park for the first time since Miami traded him to the New York Yankees in December. Stanton spent his first eight years with the Marlins and was the NL MVP ...

AP Top 25 Heat Check: Handling preseason expectations

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Broadly speaking, a team that starts the season in the Top 25 and finishes it unranked has had a disappointing season, failing to meet expectations. The converse is likely to be true as well. Critics of preseason polls complain about setting ...

Mets botch popup in 13th, Giants wind up with 2-1 win

By ADRY TORRES, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Mets left fielder Dominic Smith readily took the blame for plowing into shortstop Amed Rosario on the potential inning-ending play in the 13th inning that ended up costing his team the game. Smith, a highly touted prospect who has been ...

Ravens crash Luck’s homecoming with 20-19 preseason win

By MICHAEL MAROT, AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens spoiled Andrew Luck's Indianapolis homecoming. They picked him off before allowing a completion, and Terrell Suggs nearly chopped the ball out of Luck's hands on a sack. The Ravens then secured a 20-19 preseason win ...

Kluber, Indians top Porcello, Red Sox 5-4

By KEN POWTAK, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Boston pitcher Rick Porcello had the wind knocked out of him after taking a hard liner to the stomach. Two pitches later, Cleveland's Greg Allen knocked the energy right out of Fenway Park. Allen hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning ...

20-year-old Wilson pitches Braves past Pirates 1-0 in debut

By JOHN PERROTTO, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bryse Wilson was pitching for his high school team in Hillsborough, North Carolina, barely two years ago. Now, he's 1-0 in the major leagues. Wilson worked five solid innings, becoming the third 20-year-old pitcher to start in his big ...

Liu breaks 50-meter backstroke world record at Asian Games

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Liu Xiang of China swam a world-record time of 26.98 seconds to win the women's 50-meter backstroke gold medal on Tuesday night at the Asian Games. Liu has become the first woman to swim under 27 seconds in the event, breaking the mark of 27.06 set by fellow Chinese ...

Kid stuff: Mets rout Phillies 8-2 in Little League Classic

By MIKE CRANSTON, Associated Press WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Jason Vargas never talks to fans from the on-deck circle, just like major league teams never line up after a game and shake hands. Put a big league game in a tiny park full of 11 and 12 year olds, though, and those kinds of customs ...

Rossi wins at Pocono in race marred by violent wreck

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Alexander Rossi was as worried as the rest of the IndyCar field when a violent wreck shot Robert Wickens' car airborne, ripped up the catchfence and left the tub of the rookie's Honda toppled on the asphalt. The crash at Pocono Raceway ...

Snedeker opens with 59 and closes with victory in Greensboro

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Brandt Snedeker won the Wyndham Championship on Sunday for his ninth PGA Tour title, four days after opening with a 59. Snedeker closed with a 5-under 65 for a three-stroke victory, breaking a tie with C.T. Pan on the final hole. Pan hit his tee shot out-of-bounds and ...

Verlander wins 200th, Astros back ahead of A’s with 9-4 win

By The Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Justin Verlander pitched just well enough to earn his 200th career win and the Houston Astros hit five home runs, beating the Oakland Athletics 9-4 Sunday to avoid a sweep and retake sole possession of the AL West lead. The surging A's had won ...

LEADING OFF: Gregorius hurt, Stanton in Miami, Felix starts

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors Monday: AILING The Yankees will see how shortstop Didi Gregorius is feeling, a day after he bruised his left heel in a collision while beating out an infield hit. Gregorius was hurt when he tumbled over Toronto first ...

Barrett has 23 points, 11 assists, Duke wins Canadian finale

MONTREAL (AP) — R.J. Barrett had 23 points and 11 assists to help Duke beat McGill University 103-58 on Sunday night in the Blue Devils' third and final game on a Canadian exhibition tour. Duke opened the tour with two games in Barrett's hometown of Mississauga, Ontario, beating Ryerson ...

Cabrera hits grand slam as Indians beat Orioles 8-0

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians showed off their power and pitching Sunday. Melky Cabrera hit a grand slam to cap a six-run fourth inning, four pitchers combined on the team's AL-leading 13th shutout and the Indians continued to roll through August ...

Frazier homers as Pirates top Cubs 2-1 in 11 innings

By WES CROSBY, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh's pitchers delivered once again, and Adam Frazier rewarded them with one big swing. Frazier hit a game-ending homer in the 11th inning, and the Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 on Sunday for a split of their four-game ...

Cubs to face Pirates in 2019 Little League Classic

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — The Chicago Cubs will face the Pittsburgh Pirates in next year's Little League Classic. The game will be held at Bowman Field on Aug. 18, 2019. The Cubs and Pirates will attend Little League World Series games earlier in the day. The matchup was announced Sunday ...

LA Rams spoil Raiders’ return to Coliseum with 19-15 win

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Raiders were back. The Rams were better. Rookie John Kelly rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown, and the Los Angeles Rams welcomed the Raiders back to the Coliseum with a 19-15 preseason victory over Oakland on Saturday. Chris Warren rushed for 110 yards and a ...